The use of drugs in the 1960s were considered by many of that decade's youth to be a sociopolitical response to formenting change in society. The discovery of ibogaine's antiaddictive effect occured in this setting by young persons who believed the use of hallucinogens would significantly improve individuals and society. The introduction of heroin to the 1960s generation and concurrent use of hallucingenic substances lead directly to the discovery of ibogaine's ability to interrupt heroin addiction both in terms of physical dependence and craving to use opiates.
Approximately twenty years later, with the attempt to develop ibogaine as a medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the US and Ministries of Health in other countries, the political ramifications of such accomplishments were not lost. The ability to break the back of drug dependence in developed societies would have significant political and economic impact. There was no support for the development of antiaddictive medications within the pharmaceutical industry and the counterculture that supported ibogaine development moved to influence US and European governments to research the drug and make it available to growing addicted populations. To this end art, as it has been in every political movement, was used to move decisions and influence policy makers.