Voacanga africana (Voacanga)

Cameroon, Root Bark, Roughly Cut from Cameroon (SKU 3995)

Great quality roughly cut root bark, wild harvested in Cameroon.



Family: Apocynaceae (Dogbane family)

Voacanga africana is a small tropical African tree. It produces yellow or white flowers, which become berries with yellow seeds. In Western Africa Voacanga is believed to have medicinal and visionary qualities and has been a part of various rituals. The bark and seeds of the tree contain a number of alkaloids related to ibogaine.

Voacanga africana is reportedly one of the guarded secrets of the African Magic Healers. The plant is held in high esteem for ritual and visionary purposes. The root bark is used as a stimulant during hunts, which can reportedly last for several days. Voacanga africana is also used as a poison, and has a reputation as an aphrodisiac.[2]

"Ibogaine is a natural alkaloid of Voacanga africana that is effective in the treatment of withdrawal symptoms and craving in drug addicts."[3]

Voacanga africana is member of the Apocynaceae (Dogbane family), native to West Africa. The genus of Voacanga is closely related to that of Iboga (Tabernanthe iboga). Voacanga africana is an evergreen shrub or tree that can reach upto 10 meter.  Branches lenticellate. Leaves opposite, elliptic or narrowly elliptic; texture herbaceous when fresh, membranous or papery when dry; base cuneate; apex acuminate, sometimes acute or obtuse. Calyx not clasping the corolla and not shed with it; lobes mostly partly recurved, 0.8-1.3 times as long as the tube. Corolla cream, greenish or yellow; lobes obovate, narrowly obovate or elliptic. Fruit composed of two separate mericarps. Seeds with an orange aril.

Voacanga africana contains a complex mixture of iboga alkaloids such as voacangine, vocamine, vobtusine, amataine, akuammidine, tabersonine, coronaridine and vobtusine.[1]

[1] Voacanga africana, Wikipedia
[2] Voacanga africana, The Vaults of Erowid
[3] Ibogaine and a total alkaloidal extract of Voacanga africana, University of Calgary, Faculty of Medicine, Canada.

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