Dr. Chris Jenks has applied his background in organic chemistry to ibogaine extraction studies since the 1990s. Over the years, he developed simpler and less expensive procedures and manufacturing methods to extract ibogaine from various plant materials, resulting in multiple manuals and papers detailing the process. The driving force behind his efforts is to provide abundant ibogaine from alternative cultivated sources to people in need, especially those seeking addiction treatment. I invite Chris on the podcast to discuss his and his predecessors’ contributions to non-traditional iboga consumption methods. Members of the Bwiti religion have consumed iboga for hundreds or perhaps thousands of years. Total alkaloid extract, or TA for short, and ibogaine hydrochloride (HCl), are the result of Western extraction processes that drastically reduce the amount of wood product one needs to consume. In this episode, we’ll hear Chris’s perspective and discovery of iboga alkaloid extraction and purification from the Tabernanthe iboga plant species. Topics of our discussion include: his initial major discovery of TA extract and the refinement of his extraction and purification processes; PTA or purified total alkaloid; RA or residual/recovery alkaloids; what is lost if anything during the extraction process; historical timeline of iboga extraction starting in France; the Western mindset regarding capturing the essence of a thing through distillation and extraction; concerns and comments on Tabernanthe iboga extinction; previous (short-lived) ambition of becoming an iboga farmer; and whether he knows of cases wherein Bwiti members consumed extracted iboga products. To find out more about Chris, visit his website at (http://www.puzzlepiece.org/ibogaine/index.html). Also, visit my Podcast Supplements article regarding afterthoughts of Chris and I’s conversation (https://amhouot.com/86-ep3-4_ta-extract-and-hcl-methods-and-history_chris-jenks/).
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