The plant is used in Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Congo and, above all, Gabon by all ethnic groups, e.g. the pygmies, Fang, Mitsogo, etc. in the Bwiti cult, as well as other contexts. In Western society, ibogaine (one of the alkaloids of Tabernanthe iboga) is an experimental tool used in psychotherapy and therapy for people with problematic use of opiates and other drugs, and medications. The government of New Zealand has been the first to approve Ibogaine as prescription medication indicated for the treatment of drug dependency.