The Shaman Will See You Now

New York's most radical rehab counselor is still standing after a duel with the DEA

"How much money was spent on this?" he wonders. "How many thousands of dollars? How many beds could we have opened up for addicts with that money? And not just for iboga, but for other forms of treatment, too."

Now he is considering a lawsuit to challenge restrictions on ibogaine use in Bwiti ceremonies. He has formally established a religious organization, the Universalist Bwiti Society of New York, and is consulting with a law firm that specializes in religious civil liberties cases. They hope to sue under a precedent set by a 2005 U.S. Supreme Court case (Gonzales v. O Centro Espirita Beneficente Uniao do Vegetal) that allows a New Mexico church to use hallucinogenic ayahuasca tea in their services. Mugianis says he's raising funds to cover legal fees.

He earns a modest living from his harm reduction work and has vowed not to administer ibogaine in the United States until it is legal. Still, he continues to offer his services at IbogaLife, a rehab center in Costa Rica. There, the shaman doesn't have to shock clients with a warning about how he might be forced to abandon their corpse in a hotel room.

Dimitri "Mobengo" Mugianis practices Bwiti, an African religion that involves elaborate rituals and ibogaine, a potent hallucinogen that some say helps cure opiate addiction.
Willie Davis
Dimitri "Mobengo" Mugianis practices Bwiti, an African religion that involves elaborate rituals and ibogaine, a potent hallucinogen that some say helps cure opiate addiction.
Mugianis and his assistant, Michael "Kombi" McKenna, perform a ceremony that makes offerings to "the mother of the forest" (represented by the tree).
Willie Davis
Mugianis and his assistant, Michael "Kombi" McKenna, perform a ceremony that makes offerings to "the mother of the forest" (represented by the tree).

"I used to say that for people to realize the gravity of the situation," he says. "We have such reverence with dead bodies in this country and really don't give a shit about living people. I'd never leave a living body behind, but I'd leave a dead body. Besides, what would I do with a dead body? They'd be out of trouble, and I'd be in it."

Keegan Hamilton wrote about ibogaine in a feature published in the Village Voice in 2010: bit.ly/ibogaine1

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anonymox101

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amber.faraway
amber.faraway

 Riiiiight, this guy. Dimitri Mugianis is a sexual predator. He molested my friend during some meditation thing in NYC. I wouldn't trust him while under the influence of a powerful hallucinogenic!

hakon39
hakon39

DEA, ATF, NSA, FBI...how many Alphabet-Soup paramilitary's are we paying for with our tax dollars?  How many stone-killer tactical teams are out there, funded by the money taken from your minimum-wage paycheck?


The Oligarchs use these paramilitary's and the fed court system to systematically terrorize the population and keep it meek and in check.


The Only Solution Is Another Revolution.


TOSIAR

waqasahmed1570
waqasahmed1570

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WoodsideAl
WoodsideAl

"We have such reverence with dead bodies in this country and really don't give a shit about living people."

That pretty much sums up the wonderful America we've built for ourselves today.  

 Good for the judge for at least partially seeing through the DEA's BS and doing the right thing by Dimitri and his friends.  Too bad the DEA in Seattle had to waste goodness knows how much of our money to lure and entrap them to extract that big $25 out of them.

artgolden
artgolden

Fuck the DEA.  Defund it, eliminate it.  It serves no useful purpose.

robertgsmiley
robertgsmiley

Never trust an addict! I hope the bitch sucks crack for the rest of her miserable life.

bovenga
bovenga

Dimitri's center in Costa Rica, ibogalife.com

carrieneversettles
carrieneversettles

So sorry to disappoint you, but I am not only clean and sober...I'm laughing at your ignorance. Crack is obviously something on your mind a lot. Cheers!

SP-M
SP-M

@robertgsmiley I remind you most Ibogaine providers are themselves addicts albeit ones living a sober life. 

carrieneversettles
carrieneversettles

And may I also remind you that crack is illegal in the USA, and promoting the use of it just as insane as promoting ibogaine. I hope you can find treatment for your illness.

 
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