On the Curative Mushrooms podcast, ex-MMA World Champion Ian McCall delves into his profound shift from battling addiction and the rigors of professional fighting to championing the benefits of plant medicines like ‘Happy Mushrooms’. Learn more about the benefits of ‘Happy Mushrooms’ at https://www.curativemushrooms.com?sl=ampf0924
Ian McCall, former Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) World Champion, appeared on Curative Mushrooms podcast to discuss his transformational journey from a life of addiction and professional fighting to his current role as an advocate for plant medicine, 'Happy Mushrooms' and psychedelic research.
Those interested in learning more about 'Happy Mushrooms' can check out the Curative Mushrooms website.
During a long road trip, McCall delved into topics ranging from his childhood and experiences as a professional fighter to the healing possibilities of plant medicine and psychedelics. McCall, once a symbol of athleticism and a pioneer in MMA, reveals the toll that years of drug abuse took on his life and career, as well as the profound impact that psychedelics had on his recovery and well-being.
A Fighter's Life
Born and raised in Dana Point, California, McCall was introduced to martial arts at a young age. However, despite achieving a black belt by age 13 and climbing the ranks in the world of MMA, his life took a dark turn. "I was addicted to opiates for over 20 years," McCall confessed, detailing the challenges he faced during his career. "There's more (obscenity) out there like me in every sport, afflicted with traumas that they then let rule their life."
A Turn for the Better
After retiring, McCall faced severe brain damage and addiction. It was in this desperate state that he discovered the potential of plant medicine and peptides to heal his body and mind. He is now actively involved in Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) research with Imperial College London and the University of Miami, among other prestigious institutions. "As long as they're embarking on this study, I'm happy; that's all I want," said McCall.
Spreading the Message
Beyond the upcoming research, McCall expressed excitement about the broader implications for athletes and the general public. "Microdosing is just going to heal their brains and lead to better performance and longer-lasting performance," he noted. "I want to have a full spectrum of people. Some of them are doing very bad, which is fine. That's what I need to help most."
Those interested in learning more about microdosing can check out an article written by Curative Mushrooms.
A New Focus: Non-Profit Work
Besides his research endeavors, McCall has also founded a non-profit organization, aiming to further the understanding of the healing effects of ayahuasca, 'Happy Mushrooms' and other psychedelics, especially for athletes suffering from Traumatic Brain Injuries.
About The Curative Mushrooms Podcast
The Curative Mushrooms podcast is a leading podcast that explores the intersection of culture, health, and science. The show aims to bring conversations that matter into the spotlight, featuring a diverse range of guests who are experts in their fields related to 'Happy Mushrooms'.
Those interested in listening to the full podcast of this transformative interview can check out the Curative Mushrooms website on Spotify.