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Psilocybin Mushrooms and Sports Recovery

In the world of sports, injuries are just a part of life. From the very beginning of their careers, athletes competing in contact sports in particular, automatically throw themselves into the camp of being at significant risk of severe, or minor but repetitive head injuries which can lead to potentially life-altering complications from impact injuries to the brain.

Full contact sports such as MMA, hockey, football, boxing, lacrosse, and rugby just to name a few, all have brain damage as an acceptable risk for all athletes who play them.

Sadly, there are still not many tools beyond medications and talk therapy available to individuals who may have suffered a debilitating brain injury.

Luckily, in recent years, discussions around using psilocybin mushrooms to assist athletes with brain trauma and lifestyle challenges are beginning to gain a foothold and the preliminary data are nothing short of extraordinary.

To offer some perspective, a few years ago during an interview with Joe Rogan, Mike Tyson offered some perspective on his life in dealing with brain injury and outbursts of intense anger and violence, and how using psychedelics medicinally has fundamentally changed his life and all but eliminated most of his old patterns and healed, or at least significantly improved, his brain health and emotional well-being.

As the years have progressed, Tyson’s story of psychedelic use has become a more and more frequently replicated and scientifically backed means of treating brain trauma that seems to far exceed most other models.

Because of people like Tyson sharing their success in improving their health, more athletes are finding their way to these medicines – either on their own or with clinical guidance – as an alternative to other treatment models that may be less effective, or all too often prove to be ineffective.

You can listen to more first-hand accounts of these stories in this Microdose podcast in which several professional athletes from the NHL, NFL WRL, and others share their recovery journey – many of whom credit magic mushrooms as a key component of their return to better health.

How Does it Work?

The truth is, there’s very little we know about exactly how psilocybin, in particular, seems to be able to have a positive impact on health if used with proper care, education, and intention. What we do know is that mood and cognition are primarily artifacts of the cortex (higher region of the brain responsible for consciousness) and that psilocybin is so close in molecular structure to the serotonin hormone molecule that it’s able to interact with the cortex of the brain at the receptor level – ultimately having an impact of the pre-mentioned factors as well as having the ability to restructure the connections in the brain and even grow new ones.

Scientists don’t know why this is the case, or where the benefits really come from, but what they are able to prove with a high degree of duplicability is the cause and effect relationship between treatment, process, and result.

Summary

Head injuries from sports can be life-altering events that leave thousands of athletes per year with a great deal of suffering and uncertainty. But thanks to a small community of professional athletes and individuals who have seen fit to be open with their experiences, the methods of helping such individuals overcome their conditions and thrive once again is becoming a more accepted part of the conversation in mental healthcare in the sports industry.