Mike Tyson says he ‘died’ while tripping on toad venom

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  • Mike Tyson said that he ‘died’ the first time he tripped on Sonoran Desert Toad venom.
  • Tyson said he’s tripped 53 times on the psychoactive amphibious venom, and that it’s greatly improved his life.
  • “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.”

Boxing legend Mike Tyson said that he “died” during a psychedelic trip — in a way. The 55-year-old told The New York Post about his experiences at Wonderland, a conference dedicated to hallucinogenics.

“I ‘died’ during my first trip,” Tyson told the outlet. “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.”

Tyson was referring to Bufo alvarius, AKA the Sonoran Desert Toad. When it’s not spending seven months of the year underground, the amphibian’s venom can produce a brief psychoactive trip.

“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.”

Tyson said he first discovered the toad four years ago when he was 100 pounds overweight and heavily using drugs and alcohol. He was unhappy, so a friend suggested he try toad venom.

“I did it as a dare,” Tyson said. “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.”

The former world champion has tripped on the venom 53 times — sometimes three times in one day. Tyson said he lost 100 pounds in three months, started boxing again, and reconnected with his wife and children. His experience inspired him to advocate for psychedelics.

“People see the difference [in me],” Tyson said. “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.”

Tyson now has a nursery of toads at his ranch in Southern California.

“It has made me more creative and helps me focus,” he said. “I’m more present as a businessman and entrepreneur.”

While the confines of the law prevent him from selling toad venom, Tyson is working on two brands of marijuana. One is called “Undefeated” and the other “Toad.”

However, cities like Denver, Detroit, and Oakland are starting to decriminalize mushrooms. Tyson hopes that psychedelics will become more accessible overall. He invested in Wesana Health, a biotech company that uses psilocybin to treat traumatic brain injuries.

“I’m fighting for psychedelics to become medicine you can buy over the counter,” he said. “I’m not finished. I want to do more. I want to be the best I can be in this field.”

Source: New York Post

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