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Do you even trip, brother? A look at psychedelic masculinity, from Joe Rogan to Mike Tyson

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Professional athletes and men’s health experts turn to psychedelics to explore their inner selves. What happens with narcotic masculinity?

What is American manhood in 2022? Having a look at male role models is helpful. Our Canadian father figure Kermit-the-frog in Jordan Peterson mixes tips for cleaning your room with suggestions for just eating meat, revisiting exposed physiognomy, and dire warnings about messy dragons. And we have our older brother Joe Rogan, who talks about the performance-enhancing powers of both weightlifting and doing ayahuasca. What’s going on with this new psychedelic masculinity?

These days, it feels like everywhere I turn to professional bros describe their life-changing psychedelic experiences. These include Joe Rogan, former NHL outlet Riley Cote, Daniel Carsello, Mike Tyson, and Aaron Rodgers. Which makes me wonder: Why are all these stumbling, stumbling men suddenly shooting with balls? And what do you say about modern masculinity?

I was first introduced to fitness influencer and supplement darling Aubrey Marcus at the first wellness startup I wrote for in 2018. Marcus is, well, very masculine. He has got an undeniably handsome face and has become even more attractive for his sturdy and striking appearance. Of course his body was torn. And the deep voice didn’t hurt. He has also been, at least for a time, openly polygamous and has spoken very openly and in detail about his experiences with psychedelics.

Cote’s job as an NHL enforcer was not doing his mental or physical health any favors. His role was so hard on his brain and body that he is now not allowed from the sport. As if punching him in the face and having four diagnosed concussions weren’t enough, he’s been drinking heavily and using painkillers.

While his first forays into the drug were recreational, things changed when Cote started using it on purpose. Today, you’re more likely to see Cote sitting on a cushion, cross-legged, wearing a beaded necklace and using words like “safe container” and “botanical medicine” than a fistfight.

When Cote talks about hallucinogenic drugs, he’s clearly a changed man. He said psychedelics are helping to give people a “quick start to help us get on the road.”

“Anesthetic has a way of calming the heart,” Cote said. Our hearts have become rigid, perhaps because of the structure of the system in which we live. We may not be very sympathetic at times in our relationships. I think a lot of men’s relationships with women are toxic. It’s all just about sex. It’s not really about understanding sexual energy as creative energy. so it is [psychedelics] It brings awareness to all these things that you might not have discovered at this age if you didn’t have a stimulus like an anesthetic to get you on the right track.”

The botanical medicines helped Kot City to empathize with himself and others. They also helped him let go of the feeling “that I had to maintain this physical existence just to be worthy enough and be this strong man,” Cote said.

“I’m talking about a flower here,” Cote recently told Rolling Stone with a laugh. “It was an incredible trip. And really, I just want to take as many people as possible with me.”

To this end, Cote introduced former NFL linear Justin Renfrew and Steve Downey to psilocybin for similar effects. Downey was torn and talked about his father’s death. Renfrew has given up on the idea that he has to commit to playing through his injuries.

Marcus described his first experience with MDMA as a “heart-opening experience,” and says it helped him realize “I love people.”

Psychedelic drugs have helped these men express feelings other than anger and speak openly about love, bonding, and compassion. In each case, these masculine men found themselves still wanting more, even after the phenomenal success of everything culture tells us men should want. They had great jobs, girls, and pretty things.

At the same time, their success was very narrowly dependent on their physical strength, skills, and endurance. In a way, a professional athlete goes through the same thing that a lot of American men do, but more intensely and in a shorter period of time. There comes a time when you are not physically and/or mentally able to leave everything on the field anymore. And where do you find meaning, purpose, and self-worth when you can no longer count on your job?

For many of these athletes, the drug helped them He feels worthy of love and acceptance outside their work or performance.

Cote asked if the drug had any effect on his concept of masculinity. “One hundred percent,” he said. “I’ve checked every box regarding toxic masculinity.”

Cote said he was lucky to have grown up in a positive home and not learned toxic masculinity there. “I think it was the culture of being male in this society,” Kott said. “Then getting away from home at a young age and playing budding hockey. Then you’re on a team with a very male group. The energy is like a subconscious program. It’s parties and girls.”

And this notion of masculinity extends far beyond professional hockey. “It’s the community,” Cote said. “It’s not just a sport. I think it’s a microcosm of the macro. There’s a lack of self-love. Don’t study. It’s like telling a hyper-masculine guy, ‘Love yourself’. Self-care? No, we’re not taking care of ourselves. We’re just burying ourselves at the end of every A week. We don’t need to sleep. We’ll sleep when we die. With so many suicides and mental health issues, this way of thinking does not enhance life. It encourages death and decay.”

But Cote says dope, yoga, and other lifestyle changes have helped him achieve a healthier balance between more masculine and feminine energy.

Can drugs offer an alternative route to a strict, narrow masculinity in which a man’s self-worth is determined by his career, anger is the only acceptable emotion, women are for sex, and aggression and control are the default patterns of connectedness? Maybe in some cases. But looking at the broader picture, it becomes clear that the drug is not a panacea for toxic masculinity.

Shortly after declaring that he felt his “expiration date” was fast approaching, Mike Tyson told Muscle and Health Magazine that he takes the drug every day, especially “mushrooms.”

Like Cote in a previous interview, Tyson said his athletic performance would likely have been better if he had started these medications sooner. But based on Tyson’s recent comments and tweets, it doesn’t appear that the drug has awakened any feminine energy within him. And Joe Rogan’s attitude to love, bonding, and/or sympathy does not appear to have significantly increased as a result of drug use. After revealing the drug, Will Smith slapped prostitute Chris Rock on national television, an explosive expression of toxic masculinity that was broadcast to the entire world.

It may just as easily be that for at least some, cannabinoids are better understood as a relatively “safe” way to preserve your reputation as a bad boy edgy Even after you weren’t physically able to fight in the ring anymore.

Then there is the aspect of capitalism. Scratch under the surface of a male influencer who talks about the life-changing power of drugs and you’ll find a partnership with a company that seeks to make money from the growing slum boom.

Letting yourself cry about your father’s passing can be incredibly beneficial for a full and fulfilled life, but you’re not likely to sell too many supplements. Currently, the ability to help balance feminine and masculine energy remains the subtext of the male psychedelic. The text is still focused on improving performance. It’s hard to sell a better version of masculinity to an audience that’s still desperately trying to buy the toxic kind. The ultimate irony is that the psychedelic influential brothers sell their brothers’ performance-enhanced mushrooms to help these brothers discover for themselves that they can’t perform their way to merit. To quote Rogan, “Wow, man. That’s crazy.”

The career path of a professional American athlete has some similarities to the average American man, only faster and more intense. They both take advantage of their physical and mental health to win in a highly competitive environment, swimming or swimming as long as they are both physically and mentally capable. Then, when they can’t give more to the game, they have a choice to do.

Every long-living man must answer a question: Can I reorient my life to be around something bigger, broader, and more important than winning at any cost? Or do I keep looking for the next drug or supplement to try and derive more performance? Narcotic masculinity explodes in both of these desires.

Which way, Western man? Are you using dope to try to maintain your supremacy in the rat race, or are you using it to help you see the edge of the labyrinth?


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