Article by Sam Riches, Growth Op
Last November, Mike Tyson stepped back inside a boxing ring for the first time in 15 years.
In a pay-per-view exhibition, ‘Iron Mike’ took on Ray Jones Jr. in an eight-round fight that was scored a draw.
Tyson, who has struggled with drug addiction throughout his life, got back on his feet and into the gym after consuming psilocybin, Reuters reports.
“Once I got introduced to the shrooms … my whole life changed,” Tyson said. “To think where I was – almost suicidal – to this now. Isn’t life a trip, man? It’s amazing medicine, and people don’t look at it from that perspective.”
Tyson told Reuters he wants to share his experience with the world and has joined Wesana Health, a life sciences company founded by former NHL enforcer Daniel Carcillo, to spread the message.
Like Tyson, Carcillo struggled with depression and suicidal ideation after retiring from hockey. A trip to Colorado, and a therapeutic psilocybin session with former NHL teammate Riley Cote, changed his life, he told The GrowthOp last year.
“Riley is the one who really stayed on me and helped me,” Carcillo said. “He helped save my life.”
Last month, Wesana announced a multi-year clinical research project, in partnership with the World Boxing Council, to find novel treatments for traumatic brain injuries. Part of that effort will include studying Wesana’s Sana0013, a psilocybin formulation and potential TBI treatment.