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Mike Tyson Credits Psychedelic Drugs For Saving His Life

Mike Tyson Credits Psychedelic Drugs For Saving His Life

Mike Tyson, the former heavyweight boxing champ, says his experiences with psychedelic substances have changed him fundamentally

Tom Wood

Tom Wood

Mike Tyson, the former heavyweight champion of the world, has said that he is a fully paid-up believer in the power of psychedelic drugs such as magic mushrooms.

Sure, maybe he might not be the best person in the world to get your medical advice from, and we're by no means suggesting that you do that, but let's see what he has to say about it, shall we?

To be fair to Tyson, he's clearly keen on the idea, and has even put up his own money towards an investment in Wesana Health, a bio-technology company that deals in medicinal psychedelics.

He got involved in the world of mind-bending drugs when he was a young kid in New York during the 1970s, but had a bad time.

Now, he's back for another shot at them.


Speaking to Forbes, he explained: "I did acid early in my life and it was a bad experience, I never did it again. I did it once in my life when I was like eleven."

So, that's definitely too early to be doing these sorts of things, if you're going to do them at all, which - as we say - we're not advocating.

However, later in life he has revisited the substances and now believes that they're great.

In between those experiences, he won the world championship, and won 50 out of 58 fights, becoming regarded as one of the finest boxers ever.

Tyson continued: "As I got older I got introduced to the toad and then I did various plant and animal medicines."

Toad, if you're not sure, is a chemical psychedelic substance secreted by the Sonoran Desert Toad.

Pretty niche stuff.


Now, that substance - 5-MeO-DMT - is being tested for usefulness for treating mental health issues.

Since he started using the substances, he says 'he will never be the same again'.

The 55-year-old said: "You see how much my life changed five years ago? I was a junkie five years ago. I didn't even think I could survive. Then I got introduced to animal and plant medicine.

"Before you always read about me in the papers, doing something negative. Now, what happened to that guy? You don't see me partying anymore. That's not my life anymore.

"It's hard to really articulate it from my perspective, but psychedelics helped me assume my relationship with God.

"I don't use it for recreation, I'm not a recreational user.

"This stuff is only done from a spiritual perspective."

Well, he's clearly ready to put up the cash for it, so he is clearly a believer.


Of his new investment, he added: "There's tonnes of companies to get involved with, but it's only the right one that would do for me. And I think Wesana, they're the right ones with my personality, I think it suited just well.

"This is my medicine. I'm not telling people what to do. I'm telling you what my experience was with it.

"I wish I knew about this when I was boxing because I would never box without it. I just think it varies on the individual. He should have the right to want to use it or not.

"I'm afraid to die, but I know I don't cling to life. But that's what all this stuff is for, that is what animal medicine and plant medicine is for, preparing for our expiration date. This is preparing you for death.

"Fight your fears, and don't be afraid to try it. You can't be free unless you free yourself from fear."

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