In yesterday’s episode of the Joe Rogan Experience Show #90, Joe interviews Rashad Evans, a retired mixed martial artist, UFC Light Heavyweight Champion, and 2019 inductee of the UFC Hall of Fame. Among other topics, Joe and Rashad discuss Rashad’s transformative experiences with psilocybin and 5MEO- DMT.
Rashad mentions a profound experience or “ego death” during a psilocybin trip and how it ultimately led to him becoming a vegan. He also mentions that during his experience with “the toad” 5-MeO-DMT, he became more “ego aware” and took inventory of why he says and does certain things—questioning his motives and intent. Overall, Rashad says that his experience with psychedelics has transformed the way he thinks, eats, and acts in positive and spiritual ways.
Rashad discusses the potential healing power of psychedelics for other fighters too. Psychedelics are showing promise for the treatment of neurological ailments such as Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, better known as CTE. He states, “…I’ve seen fighters have those down moments and those down moments are the moments where it’s harder to come back from. I think those are the times where a psychedelic or something like that could put things in perspective and allow the fighter to see the why behind the reason they’re doing it and maybe create a new why.”
During the discussion, Rashad also mentions his good friend, Del Jolly, one of the co-founders of Unlimited Sciences. Del and Rashad met when one of Rashad’s family members needed help understanding dosing for CBD. Del was able to help Rashad by connecting him to Realm of Caring, the fiscal sponsor and inspiration for Unlimited Sciences.
Which is why we’re honored to have Rashad as an ally and advocate. As Rashad mentioned, in March 2020, we will be releasing an IRB-approved study in collaboration with Johns Hopkins University, to learn more about the use of psilocybin in naturalistic settings. If you are intending on having a psilocybin experience in the near future, are 18 years or older, and can read and write English fluently, we welcome you to participate.
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When asked by Rogan what was next for him Rashad responded “I just want to help people.” We couldn’t agree more.