The psychedelics industry has seen massive attention and growth in the past couple years, with more and more of the stigma once attached to them, disappearing into thin air. As it becomes acceptable to speak about their use, celebrities have been more open with their stories, and how they’ve been helped in life by psychedelics.
It’s not that shocking so many celebrities have been helped by psychedelics, the growing body of research is very positive. The same is true for cannabis, which has been expanding out very quickly in the last few years, with tons of people backing it in the media, and with all new products coming out. One interesting addition is delta-8 THC, an alternate THC which doesn’t cause the same anxiety, couch locking, or cloudy head as delta-9. We’ve got a great array of delta-8 THC, delta 10, thco, thcp, thcv & even hhc deals, so check out the selection, and stay on top of what’s new in the world of cannabis.
Celebrities and drug use
First and foremost, there’s nothing actually special about celebrities, at least not as a rule. There are plenty of non-celebrities that can compete with the famous on pretty much any metric. This isn’t meant to undermine the special qualities of those who have made it big, but it is meant as a reminder that celebrities are still human, and representative of the human population. What makes them interesting, however, is how known they are. If I have an interesting experience, there might be a few people that care about it, but the story isn’t going to go far. If the same thing happens to Justin Bieber, or Samuel L. Jackson, or Lebron James, it gets echoed around the world.
Plenty of people in the world have drug problems, but the overdoses and deaths of celebrities make the biggest news. From Kurt Cobain to Heath Ledger to Johnny Depp, we never seem to be able to get enough of celebrities and their problems. In just the last few years, the following celebrities have all made headlines with their drug issues, and all of them ended up dead (whether drug-induced or not): Anthony Bourdain, Tom Petty, Prince, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Winehouse, Mac Miller, and Chester Bennington.
Go back even further and you can include Janis Joplin, Heath Ledger, Kurt Cobain, Jim Morrison, Michael Jackson, Jimi Hendrix, Elvis Presley, Whitney Houston, Brittany Murphy, and River Phoenix just to make a short list. And let’s not forget some of the biggest names in drug headlines that have made it through this far, like Johnny Depp, Charlie Sheen, Drew Barrymore, Lindsay Lohan, Steven Tyler, Demi Lovato, and Robert Downey Jr, just to name a tiny number. Regardless if the story is watching someone fall from grace, or watching them get their problems under control in an act of strength, if it’s happening to someone in the spotlight, we all know about it.
Just like many celebrities have openly spoken about how cannabis has helped them, many celebrities will also openly speak now about how their lives were helped by the use of psychedelics. Here are a few interesting stories.
Celebrities who say they were helped by psychedelics
Mike Tyson is an all around interesting character, reigning for years as a heavyweight boxing champion, doing short-lived stints in reality TV, showing up in films, getting his face tattooed, spending some time in jail, and reemerging in the past few years as an entrepreneur in the world of cannabis. First, Tyson opened Tyson’s Ranch in California, meant for the recreational use of cannabis. He even started setting up shop in Antigua, and has tons of expansion plans for both locations, with the vision of creating entire entertainment complexes with hotels, stores, entertainment venues, and more. Tyson promotes the production of high-quality products, and high quality experiences when it comes to cannabis, and has been using his celebrity to help bolster his moves in the cannabis field. Mike Tyson also hosts a popular podcast called ‘Hotboxin’.
But Tyson doesn’t stop with cannabis. He’s also an avid promoter of psychedelics. In fact, Tyson is a great example of celebrities who have been helped by psychedelics. Earlier in 2021 Tyson was interviewed by Reuters Magazine, he not only says psychedelics helped him revive his career, but that they helped save his life as well. In his own words about magic mushrooms:
“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.” He went on to say: “Everyone thought I was crazy, I bit this guy’s ear off…I did all this stuff, and once I got introduced to the shrooms … my whole life changed.”
Another celebrity who has been open about her psychedelic experience, is Megan Fox. During a trip to Costa Rica with boyfriend Machine Gun Kelly, Fox took part in an ayahuasca ceremony. In these hours long ceremonies, ayahuasca is given to participants in a ritualistic way, and they are guided through their experience. Ayahuasca is the mix of two different plants, Psychotria viridis which contains DMT, and the caapi vine, which produces an MAO inhibitor which activates the DMT orally, and keeps it from breaking down so quickly, enabling a much longer trip experience. Ayahuasca is known for creating intense hallucinogenic experiences that many credit with helping to deal with emotional and mental wounds and issues. This is what she had to say about the experience:
“You have to walk a very far distance to get your water. You can’t shower because they’re in a drought. Nothing glamorous about it. It’s all part of making you vulnerable, so you surrender to the experience…You have to vomit a certain amount before they let you back… It’s such a good bonding experience. That gets you ready to go into the ceremony that night because your vanity’s gone.”
While fox had expected a more glamous camping experience (glamping), what she got was a dose of life medicine. If this doesn’t sound like the amazing spiritual awakening most hope for, she went on to say that ayahuasca: “goes straight into your soul, and it takes you to the psychological prison that you hold yourself in.” She said, in the end, ayahuasca “surpasses talk therapy or hypnotherapy.”
Yet another example of celebrities who say they were helped by psychedelics, is actress Kristen Bell. Bell has been open about dealing with anxiety and depression in life, and has had issues with treatment resistance, to the point that she decided to give magic mushrooms a shot.
“I really wanted to try some psilocybin and feel what kind of doors open, have a trip that was my own,” she explained on the podcast ‘Hypochondriactor’, hosted by actor Sean Hayes and Dr. Priyanka Wali. In order to make sure she was safe during her experience, she heavily researched psychedelic medicine, and made sure her husband Dax Shepard was there to watch over her.
Post experience, Bell says she’s in a better place with her anxiety and depression, but that it still comes back in waves. However, concerning these waves, she explains, “But my waves are never suicidal or anything… So I’m very lucky because that does happen to people.”
Bell encourages people to really do the research and understand themselves and their issues, she says, “During your treatment, you’ll learn a lot about what this disease is, and you may or may not decide a medication is right for you… But there’s a lot of different routes to feeling better, I guess is what I’d say, a lot.”
Steve Jobs isn’t around today to further confirm his use of psychedelics, but during his life he spoke about them enough. Jobs, who co-founded Apple in 1976, went on to become one of the most important people in computing and technology, creating a massive empire for himself that included being chairman of Pixar, on the board for Disney, and founder, chairman and CEO of NeXT. Jobs died in 2011 of respiratory arrest, due to pancreatic cancer he had been battling since 2011.
Steve Jobs was known for being a little eccentric, and for trying things not everyone else would. For example, he actually embraced a fruitarian diet on-and-off for many years, which includes eating nothing but fruit, a rather extreme form of veganism. In the 70’s, during his college years, Jobs experimented with LSD. Of these trips, which he said took place between 1972-1974 he later stated:
“Throughout that period of time I used the LSD approximately ten to fifteen times… I would ingest the LSD on a sugar cube or in a hard form of gelatin. I would usually take the LSD when I was by myself. I have no words to explain the effect the LSD had on me, although, I can say it was a positive life changing experience for me and I am glad I went through that experience.” He also said of these experiences,
“Taking LSD was a profound experience, one of the most important things in my life… LSD shows you that there’s another side to the coin, and you can’t remember it when it wears off, but you know it. It reinforced my sense of what was important — creating great things instead of making money, putting things back into the stream of history and of human consciousness as much as I could.”
It might not require celebrities to get behind them, but any measure is no doubt helped along by the public push of those who everyone knows. And this includes psychedelics. If anything, by the time celebrities are willing to start talking about something, it says a lot for how far that topic has come. And celebrities are opening up more and more about their psychedelic use, and how its helped them in life.
With cannabis working its way to complete legalization, the DEA requesting more cannabis and magic mushrooms to be grown, with psilocybin and MDMA earmarked as breakthrough therapies by the FDA, and considering the legalization of esketamine in 2019 for depression, and for suicidal thoughts (updated 2020), the world of medicine is certainly shifting. In fact, in another decade, cannabis will likely be smoked freely, and psychedelics might be the basis of every psychiatric medication.
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