Iconic boxer, Mike Tyson, has revealed that he took psychedelic toad venom and what he experienced on his trip just may surprise you.
The 55-year-old athlete returned to the boxing ring after an extender hiatus for an intense fight against Roy Jones Jr. in November. However, in a post-match interview, Tyson shared with the New York Post that he had a life-altering experience when he smoked toad venom.
“I ‘died’ during my first trip,” he stated. He went on to note that death is typically seen as a negative aspect of life, but after he experienced his psychedelic trip, he understands the beauty of dying now.
Tyson explained, “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 famous fighter recalled that the first time he began taking toad venom was four years ago and ever since then, he has tripped upwards of 50 times. “I did it as a dare,” he admitted. “I was doing heavy drugs like cocaine, so why not? It’s another dimension. Before I did the toad, I was a wreck.”
The Sonoran Desert Toad, which is native to the deserts of California, Arizona, and Mexico, produces a highly hallucinogenic venom. The Drug Enforcement Agency has classified the toad’s venom as a Schedule I drug, which is characterized by being highly addictive and does not have accepted medical use.
Mike Tyson discusses experiencing a death of ego while using toad venom
Tyson then went on to describe his life prior to the trip and touched on how the trajectory of his life changed. “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.”
After first using the psychedelic drug, the boxer lost 100 pounds and drastically changed his view of the world. “People see the difference (in me),” he then added. “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.”
Tyson then shared an important life lesson that the toad trip helped him learn. “The toad’s whole purpose is to reach your highest potential,” he commented. “I look at the world differently. We’re all the same. Everything is love.”
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