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Mike Tyson Says This Psychedelic Drug Inspired His Return to Boxing
By Morgan Cook
Nov 30, 2020
Fresh off the heels of Saturday’s exhibition, many are wondering exactly what it was that got Mike Tyson interested in fighting again…
And according to Tyson, toad venom was part of what helped the fighter get into shape and back in the ring!
“I took the medicine, and the medicine told me to get into shape,” Tyson told USA Today. “It really blew my mind. It told me to come back and start getting in shape.’’
The psychedelic (5-MeO-DMT) that’s found in the Colorado River toad can also be found in certain plants, or even made synthetically in a lab.
Made from the venom of a toad in the Sonoran Desert, the psychedelic is said to be six times more potent than other hallucinogenics. But according to the Addiction Center, toad venom is not a recreational drug, and they are now warning the public that it would not be safe to use at parties…
“Smoking toad venom has recently become a way for people to partake in a so called “religious experience” where the psychedelic venom from the Colorado River toad causes the user to trip and hallucinate,” the website states. “Some say it can cure depression, but other research shows it can be addictive and dangerous.”
Scroll down for more on the Colorado River Toad, including a photograph of the toad, wow?
This toad venom is considered to be a less visual, yet more intense cousin of DMT.
Anna Wilcox / DoubleBlindMag.com
August 26, 2020
The Colorado River toad—a.k.a. the Sonoran Desert toad—is flat and squat. No distinctive markings adorn its swampy olive skin, and while a passerby may remark upon its large size, the toad does little to draw attention to itself. And yet, for an animal so easy to miss or ignore, the amphibian provides a surprising asset for psychonauts: The Colorado River toad is the only animal source of “the God molecule”—5-MeO-DMT.
5-MeO DMT: Sonoran Desert Toad Venom, Synthetic Psychedelic, Plant Medicine, or All Three?
5-MeO-DMT is a potent psychedelic found within the excretion of the Colorado River toad (Bufo alvarius or Incilius alvarius). Although, it’s also present in some plants and can be made synthetically—the latter being the most sustainable way to consume the entheogen. It belongs to a class of chemical compounds called tryptamines, which include psilocybin and DMT (N,N-dimethyltryptamine).
In the United States, the Colorado River toad is one of the most common and controversial sources of 5-MeO-DMT. Its native habitat runs along the southwestern United States and northern Mexico. But, the oldest known uses of 5-MeO-DMT come from South America. The chemical is a natural constituent in Anadenanthera peregrina seeds, which are used to make entheogenic Yopo snuff.