Mike Tyson says he smokes toad venom up to 3 times a day
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Former boxing champion Mike Tyson says he smokes toad venom up to three times a day for its powerful psychedelic high, and says it made him more creative and focused.
Not to mention he’s able to envision a life beyond, uh, life.
“In my travels, I have seen that death is beautiful,” Tyson told The New York Post in Wonderland, a Miami conference devoted to hallucinogens. “Both life and death must be beautiful, but death has a bad reputation. The toad taught me that I won’t be here forever. There is an expiration date.
Toad venom is very potent and its possession is illegal. The poisonous, anti-predatory secretions of the Sonoran Desert Toad are turned into a dry paste that is smoked to quickly trigger an intense high, according to the Center for Addiction. The trip can be physically crippling for about half an hour.
“It’s such an intense experience that in most cases doing it at a party isn’t safe,” Alan K. Davis of the Psychedelic Research Unit at Johns Hopkins University said in a 2019 Center for Addiction report. “It’s not a recreational drug. If people are given too high a dose, they can “turn white” and become disassociated from their mind and body. “
This can produce anxiety and lead to an emergency room visit, Davis added.
Tyson said he discovered the drug four years ago, when he was 100 pounds overweight and abusing alcohol and drugs, the New York Post noted. He tried it on the advice of a friend and credits it with helping him lose weight, resume boxing, and reconnect with his family. He took it dozens of times and indulged three times a day on occasion.
“I did it as a challenge,” Tyson recalls. “I was taking heavy drugs like cocaine, so why not? It’s another dimension. Before doing the toad, I was a wreck. The toughest opponent I have ever faced was myself. I had low self-esteem. People with a big ego often have low self-esteem. We use our ego to subsidize this. The toad strips the ego.
Tyson now keeps Sonoran Desert Toads at his ranch in Desert Hot Springs, California.
“The goal of the toad is to reach your highest potential,” he told the Post. “I look at the world differently. We are all the same. All is love.
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