Mike Tyson is notorious for his stories and life experiences, and recently he has revealed his journey with psychedelics.
Tyson was a speaker at the Wonderland conference in Miami, Florida, which is touted as “the largest psychedelic medicine business event.” Former NBA great and ex-addict Lamar Odom was also a speaker and advocate for psychedelics at the event.
Tyson spoke freely on his usage of the amphibian venom.
“I ‘died’ during my first trip,” said Tyson to The New York Post. “In my trips I’ve seen that death is beautiful. Life and death both have to be beautiful, but death has a bad rep. The toad has taught me that I’m not going to be here forever. There’s an expiration date.”
The 55-year-old former professional boxer became an undisputed world heavyweight champion during his 18-year professional career. Now a multi-faceted entrepreneur, Tyson has investments in the cannabis industry with his Tyson Ranch.
Mike Tyson saying he's used psychedelic toad venom as a drug on more than 50 occasions explains a lot.
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In addition, he also is an investor in Wesana Health Holdings, Inc., a company focused on developing innovative approaches for better understanding, protecting, and improving neurological health and performance, including through the advancement of psychedelic medicines, according to a statement.
“I’m fighting for psychedelics to become medicine you can buy over the counter,” said Tyson to The Post. “I’m not finished. I want to do more. I want to be the best I can be in this field.”
Tyson is a company advisor, and according to his Wonderland speaker bio, he has suffered from a traumatic brain injury from his years as a boxer. However, the former heavyweight champion says psychedelics would have helped him with his mental health during his career.
Tyson now uses the “toad” to alleviate his mental health challenges.
Done On A Dare
“I did it as a dare,” said Tyson to The Post. “I was doing heavy drugs like cocaine, so why not? It’s another dimension. Before I did the toad, I was a wreck. The toughest opponent I ever faced was myself. I had low self-esteem. People with big egos often have low self-esteem. We use our ego to subsidize that. The toad strips the ego.”
According to Addiction Center, the drug comes from the Bufo alvarius, a rare toad species native to the Sonoran Desert in Mexico. The amphibian produces a venom known as 5-MeO-DMT. It is the cousin of DMT or Dimethyltryptamine, a more popular natural psychedelic.
However, 5-MeO-DMT is reportedly about four to six times more powerful than DMT.
Now Exactly Legal
The drug is listed as a Schedule 1 classified substance or narcotic, and for many years it taken by licking the toad’s back. However, now it is consumed more in smokable “dust” form.
It is then rendered through dehydration into a crumbly dry paste by extracting the liquid from milking the amphibian’s venom glands. According to the Addiction Center, medicine men or shamans in Mexico and the U.S. southwest have harvested and smoked the substance for decades.
Tyson has said he’s used the toad 53 times and is now one of its biggest advocates. According to reports, he now has an amphibian nursery at his ranch in Desert Hot Springs in Southern California.
New Lease On Life?
Tyson claims to have lost 100 pounds and has now reconnected with his wife and children because of the drug.
“It has made me more creative and helps me focus,” Tyson continued to The Post. “I’m more present as a businessman and entrepreneur.”
“People see the difference [in me], it speaks for itself. If you knew me in 1989 you knew a different person. My mind isn’t sophisticated enough to fathom what happened, but life has improved. The toad’s whole purpose is to reach your highest potential. I look at the world differently. We’re all the same. Everything is love.”