Mike Tyson is no stranger to drug experimentation. In addition to being a passionate cannabis smoker and supporter, Tyson has tested every hallucinogenic drug under the sun. But it's not just a recreational activity for the former world boxing champion. Tyson recently admitted in an interview that psychedelic mushrooms (magic mushrooms) “saved his life” when he was going through a dark period.
Now Tyson strongly advocates the legalization of psychedelics and claims they can change the world for the better.
Tyson is known as an everyday marijuana smoker, and he even plans to create his own cannabis empire with Tyson Ranch. But his passion for getting high goes way beyond smoking weed.
Psychedelics against depression, anxiety and addiction
The boxing Hall of Famer has long been a user of psilocybin mushrooms, among several other hallucinogenic drugs. Magic mushrooms, as they are more commonly called, can cause hallucinations and even an altered perception of time and space. In the medical world, psilocybin mushrooms are used to treat depression, anxiety and addiction.
Tyson admitted last year during an appearance on Logan Paul's podcast, Impaulsive, that he would eat an ounce of magic mushrooms and then hit the gym to work out. During the interview, he even ingested four grams live.
“It helps me be a better me,” he said.
When asked what the legalization of psychedelic drugs would do to the world, Tyson didn't mince his words.
“I think this would be the best event of the 21st century,” he said.
Many see psychedelic drugs only as dangerous hallucinogens that can infect the brain, but they may not be aware of the many medical uses associated with them. Tyson knows firsthand how much psilocybin mushrooms can help with depression specifically. In a recent interview with Reuters, he even admitted that magic mushrooms “saved his life”.
“To think where I was – almost suicidal – versus the situation right now. Isn't life a journey, man?” said Tyson. "It's a great drug and people don't look at it from that perspective."
Tyson battled depression during his early boxing years and even after he got out of the ring, claiming that psilocybin mushrooms are the reason he's still alive today.
Legalization of psychedelic drugs for medical use
Not only did Tyson describe how magic mushrooms saved his life during his recent interview. He also advocated the legalization of psilocybin and other psychedelic drugs for medical purposes.
"I believe this is good for the world," he told Reuters. “If you put 10 people in a room who don't like each other and give them some psychedelics, they'll have their picture taken together. Put 10 people in a room that don't like each other and give them some booze, and they'll shoot everyone. That's real talk.”
Tyson has partnered with Wesana, a popular life science company, to raise awareness about the benefits of psilocybin and work towards the national legalization of psychedelics.