Decriminalization and legalization across the world are happening at a quicker pace, and new information about the effects of many opiates keeps surfacing. Some of them are good, some of them are bad, but fortunately, opiate users are getting more information about the substances they consume.
Furthermore, fully legalized usage and the option to acquire licensing to grow and manufacture these substances provide more opportunities for organized studies.
Psilocybin and mushrooms have always been viewed as an opiate that has a very low impact on your general health.
Recently though, there have been a lot of murmurs that athletes can get benefits from using psilocybin during training. We’re here to see what exactly is going on here.
Who’s talking about this?
Well, the first public instance of an athlete using psychedelic mushrooms and performing well happened in 1970. As a part of the MLB game, the pitcher of the Pirates, Dock Ellis, threw a no-hitter, an incredibly difficult pitch, while high on LSD.
Since then, there have been various athletes coming out with confessions that they used some psychoactive substances during either training or as a stimulus for recovery. UFC fighter Nate Dias is, to some extent, a champion of using cannabis as a way to combat the stress of fighting other highly trained athletes inside a cage. He even got in trouble for it a couple of times.
Joe Rogan, the host of the famous podcast “The Joe Rogan Experience” and caster for UFC, also discussed the use of psychoactive substances, micro-dosing, and the general application of psychedelics on multiple occasions with psychologists, athletes and other guests on his show.
What does science say?
First off, psilocybin, compared to synthetic drugs (like ecstasy, amphetamine, cocaine, etc.), has minuscule effects on your health.
Numerous studies have been performed to try and gain a better insight into psilocybin and its impact on both body and mind.
So far, we have the study conducted between 1999 and 2009, which determined that there are no adverse effects of psilocybin on health. Only the subjects that received the highest doses showed signs of panic and anxiety, which were resolved with interpersonal contact and didn’t require medical intervention. Other subjects described the experience as pleasurable and enriching.
There is also the study from 2015 that shows that mushrooms can help reduce depression, suicidal thoughts, and reduce psychological distress. It is not conclusive, and it does state that further research and testing are required, but it is a move in a positive direction.
There is also an article on Psychology Today that tackles the subject of psilocybin use, which outlines the benefits quite nicely. Also, a TEDx video called Psychedelics: Lifting the Veil with Robin Carhart-Harris, sheds some light on the potential this substance may have for the mind and the body.
All in all, we have some concrete evidence that, with the right dosage, psilocybin can help with cognitive performance, focus, and stress relief.
What does this mean for athletes?
Well, we’re still some time away from knowing exactly how psilocybin can impact the performance of athletes.
We do, however, know that most athletes cherish the feeling of being as they say, in the zone. This is a state of maximum focus where the athlete is zoned in on the task at hand, and nothing else enters his or her mind. Thus, this is something that psilocybin can help athletes achieve.
Still, the most important questions regarding this are:
- What is the right dosage, and how to reliably get it?
- Should this be considered a performance-enhancing drug?
The first question is a problematic one as the popular micro-dosing approach works differently with different body types, body weight, states of the athlete, and so on. Furthermore, when you find the right dosage, you’ll need to be sure that your portions of psilocybe don’t have larger quantities of the active substance – which can happen.
The goal is to create a way to relabel the dose in your intake to create reliable results every time you do so.it should be same as other supplements like trenbolone. Otherwise, this will be a bit of risk for athletes, especially those who are professionals and do it as a career choice.
The second question is more of a philosophical one. Psilocybin doesn’t enhance your body as some steroids would, making it stronger, more durable, less susceptible to fatigue, etc. They do, however, give you a mental edge of sorts. If you can enhance your cognitive performance, then you would be able to have quicker reaction times, be less susceptible to the impact of environmental stress (cheering or booing crowds, TV cameras, etc.) and would be able to notice patterns better which is a legitimate edge in martial arts competitions but also basketball, football, and many other sports.
We’re still quite a bit away from having to regulate this, but it could be a question that sports federations and leagues might have to deal with a few years down the road. Meanwhile, we know that magic mushrooms are great for your mind in reasonable doses, and we can use them to have great experiences with no hangover effects.