- Mike Tyson is currently an advocate for toad venom and psychedelics
- The former heavyweight boxing champion said he "died" while using toad venom for the first time
- Since he started taking it, Tyson says it has killed his ego and improved his life
Legendary boxer Mike Tyson recently gave an interesting account on how he ‘died’ after his first attempt at taking toad venom.
The 55-year-old former heavyweight boxing champion learnt the hard way that not everything is meant to be ingested into the body, and his first experience with toad venom was nearly a lethal one.
There are numerous substances around the globe that can alter the human senses and twist perspective and toad venom is believed to be one of them.
However, Mike Tyson, who is infamous for trying out activities which no ordinary human would, says he briefly crossed to the other world after trying the concussion.
During an appearance at a Miami conference focusing on psychedelics, micro-dosing, and medicine, Tyson tried to explain exactly how he felt after taking the venom.
"I 'died' during my first trip," he said as per the New York Post. "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."
That was four years ago and the boxer went on to reveal that at the time, his self-esteem was not that high and the venom gave him a painful reality check.
"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 subsidise that. The toad strips the ego."
Notably, the toad venom was suggested to him at a time when he was heavily involved in drug usage.
Since then, the boxer says he has taken the venom more than 50 times and it has helped him lose weight, return to boxing and focus more on family.
“People see the difference [in me],” he 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.”
The boxer is now an advocate for toad venom and psychedelics.
The toad in question is the Bufo alvarius, also known as the Sonoran Desert Toad. When active, the toad's venom can be used to create a psychoactive experience.
Tyson and Gorilla tale
In 2020, TUKO.co.ke highlighted an equally interesting story of how Tyson wanted to fight a gorilla back in his glory days.
Tyson, who became the youngest ever heavyweight aged only 20 back in 1986, once offered some solid money to a zookeeper for a chance to engage a gorilla in a fight.
A gorilla’s strength is up to six times that of a human and a fully grown alpha silverback primate has been found to be capable of lifting up to 815 kilograms.