Aaron Rodgers Risks Nothing From NFL For Using Ayahuasca
The Green Bay Packers quarterback recently opened up about consuming ayahuasca while traveling in Peru in 2020 and earlier this year. In an episode last week of “The Aubrey Marcus Podcast,” Rodgers accepted a suggestion that his first experience with ayahuasca was tied to a career-ending revival that saw him earn NFL MVP honors. after the 2020 and 2021 seasons.
“I don’t think it’s a coincidence. I really don’t know,” the 38-year-old quarterback told the podcast host. “I don’t really believe in coincidences at this point. It is the universe that causes things to happen when they are supposed to happen.
In comments to NBC Sports published Monday, Rodgers praised ayahuasca for “unlocking a big part of my heart.”
“Being able to give my heart fully to my teammates, to my loved ones, to my relationships because I can embrace myself fully unconditionally,” he continued. “I just haven’t done this for a long time. I was very self-critical. When you have so much judgment about yourself, it’s easy to transfer that judgment onto other people. When you find a better way to love yourself, I think you can love people better because you don’t judge others the same way you do about yourself. I’m really grateful for that.
Ayahuasca is illegal in the United States because it contains dimethyltryptamine (DMT), which is federally classified as a Schedule I drug under the Controlled Substances Act. These drugs are considered by the government, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration, to have “no currently accepted medical use and high potential for abuse.” Other examples of Schedule I drugs include heroin, lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMT or ecstasy), peyote, and marijuana.
On the podcast, Marcus recounted how Rodgers previously told him “one of the best days” of the quarterback’s life was when he consumed psychedelic mushrooms, which contain the Schedule I chemical psilocybin.
Rodgers said he wouldn’t necessarily recommend ayahuasca to everyone, but credited his multi-night “travels” with helping him achieve “deep self-love and healing.”
“The greatest gift I can give my teammates, in my opinion, is to be able to show up and be someone who can show them unconditional love,” he said. “Obviously it’s important that I play well and show up and lead and all that. But they won’t care what you say until they know how much you care. you.
Of his experiences while taking drugs, Rodgers said: “I had a magical experience of feeling like a hundred different hands on my body, giving me a blessing of love and forgiveness for myself and gratitude for this life, of what seemed to be my ancestors.
Upon his return in 2020, just before the coronavirus pandemic brought much of the world of sport and everyday life to a standstill, Rodgers said he found he was “able to get back to my job and have a different perspective on things.”
“To be much freer at work, as a leader, as a teammate, as a friend, as a lover,” he continued. “I really feel like this experience paved the way for me to have the best season of my career.”