Say What? Mike Tyson Says the Psychedelic Drug Toad Venom Helped Him Lose 110 Pounds
Former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson has had an explosive career in and out of the ring.
He became the youngest boxer, at 20, to win the world heavyweight championship in 1986. The pugilist, originally nicknamed “Iron Mike,” would come to be known as “The Baddest Man on the Planet” due to the ferocity and quickness of knocking his opponents out. Now retired, Tyson is currently hosting his podcast, “Hotboxin’ with Mike Tyson.”
According to Essentially Sports, on a recent episode of “Hotboxin’ with Mike Tyson,” Tyson had actor and comedian Wayne Brady as a guest. During the discussion with Brady, Tyson admitted that he had lost about 110 pounds while using “The Toad,” a psychedelic toad venom.
According to Addiction Center, toad venom is a mind-altering drug from a rare toad species native to the Sonoran Desert, the Bufo Alvarius. It produces a venom that is known as 5-MeO-DMT, which is an extremely potent natural psychedelic. It is believed to be about four to six times more powerful than DMT (dimethyltryptamine).
While speaking about toad venom, Tyson said, “if you like who you are right now and stuff, you don’t f**k with this s**t. First time I did the Toad, I lost a 110 lbs man, and this ain’t b******t, and I fought somebody.”
He also stated that a typical experience with toad venom usually lasts around 20 minutes. He also added, “in 20 minutes, you’re going to get two thousand years of experience in your face.“
This isn’t the first time Tyson has discussed his experience with toad venom. USA Today reported last November before his exhibition fight with former boxing champion Roy Jones Jr. that Tyson had disclosed his use of “The Toad.”
He told USA TODAY that the psychedelic drug played a part in his return to boxing at 54.
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