Jonathan is a lay therapist, organizer and cognitive liberty advocate with a long-standing passion for the therapeutic and sacramental uses of psychedelics and plant medicines. He currently serves as the Executive Director of the Global Ibogaine Therapy Alliance (GITA), and has worked with ibogaine in a variety of therapeutic and sacramental contexts in Canada, Mexico, Costa Rica and Panama since 2009. He acts as a liaison between academics, government officials, researchers, not-for-profits, and care providers in regard to ibogaine research and practice, and has organized several international conferences on ibogaine, in Canada, South Africa, and Mexico. In 2014 he was initiated into the traditional practice of Bwiti in Gabon, West Africa. Jonathan studies permaculture design for both small scale agriculture and social enterprise, and is involved in several research and development efforts to support ecological regeneration in the ibogaine therapy community.
“Right, so i’m interested in the use of iboga and self-sustaining permaculture systems in the context of autonomous resistance to systemic layers of oppression, and what that shares in common with the effort to de-pathologizing addiction and drug use. so not policy reform, but more philosophical about cultural change.”
TITLE: Ibogaine: Community & Ecology
The social dislocation theory of addiction provides an important critique of the limitations’s of psychiatry’s definition of addiction a a chronic neurological disorder. Through an examination of historical and experimental evidence, it suggests that addictive use of drugs is a functional response to the alienation experienced in heavily dislocated societies, such as under the neoliberal model of capitalism. Without this analysis, there is a risk of pathologizing issues of fundamental human diversity and ignoring discourse around systemic oppression that may become embedded in addiction treatment strategies.
This analysis is relevant to the discourse around ibogaine, which has been demonstrated, over several decades, to be one of the most effective methods for easing difficult transitions off of opioids. The modern use of ibogaine in the treatment of addictions provides a case study into how models developed around this pathology paradigm can result in the harmful externalization of social and environmental costs. It also provides an important opportunity to discuss regenerative models that incorporate medical support to provide multiple levels of individual, social and environmental benefits.