Researchers say psychedelics like ayahuasca, psilocybin, ketamine, ibogaine and 5-MeO-DMT prove so beneficial to professional athletes because they have the ability to heal. The sacrifice athletes of high-impact sports make to succeed goes beyond the personal and physical. Researchers have found that repeated head blows and concussions can have detrimental long-term effects on the brain—headaches, dizziness, forgetfulness, insomnia, anxiety, depression, aggression, and in some cases, the desire to kill oneself or others.
According to a 2018 study published in the journal Cell Reports, psychedelic medicines can actually increase connections between neurons and essentially rewire the brain. These structural changes suggest that psychedelic drugs may hold the secret to repairing circuits in the brain that cause mood and anxiety disorders.
“People have long assumed that psychedelics are capable of altering neuronal structure,” according to David Olson, assistant professor in the departments of Chemistry and of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine, who led the research team, “but this is the first study that clearly and unambiguously supports that hypothesis.”
Conventional mental health therapies have offered little help. But a growing number of professional athletes are finding the path back to a better life with a more unconventional therapy—psychedelics. These five athletes are leading the way in psychedelic therapy.
Published: January 27, 2021