Aaron Rodgers has never shied away from his ayahuasca use, and now calls for it to be normalized.
Speaking at the 2023 Psychedelic Science Conference in Colorado, Rodgers, who credits ayahuasca with helping him with his MVP awards in 2020 and 2021, praised his experiences.
«I’ve been lucky in recent years to be able to sit in the ceremony with my teammates,» Rodgers said, via the New York Post. «I’m telling you, it radically changes life, and it’s crazy to be in a locker room and look and know, like, I’ve been in the maloca [an indigenous South American dwelling] with you boy It’s pretty special. It changes the dynamic, for sure.»
Rodgers added that «hundreds» of players have approached him for information on the psychedelic.
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«It’s been a lot of fun being able to connect with these guys who have done this work or were fascinated by it and want to learn more about it. But I’m very, very grateful for those opportunities because it just changes the dynamic when you’re in a room with somebody, you’re in a group with somebody, in a team with somebody, you’re talking, and like, man, I’ve been there with you and that’s my brother.»
Due to Rodgers’ positive experiences with it, he now hopes it can start a conversation about the negative stigma of the concoctions and normalize their uses.
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«We have an opportunity to change the conversation by dispelling these archaic myths about the dangers of them or the negative side effects or whatever and start sharing the real wisdom and truth about it,» he said. «It’s a permission slip for other people to stand up and talk about their own experiences, come together, dive in, and learn about it. And I think that’s how we move this conversation forward so more people feel comfortable speaking up.» . about his own travels. His spiritual journey, his medicine journey, his ceremonies. So we can get this to the people who need it.»
Advocates have claimed that psychedelics can help people better cope with post-traumatic stress disorders and even counteract alcoholism.
However, many medical experts have dismissed those claims, stating that more research is needed to provide evidence on the potential benefits and risks of psychedelics.
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Rodgers went on a now-infamous «darkness retreat» after the 2022 NFL season to contemplate his future in the NFL; before he started, he had said that he was «90%» sure he would retire. Instead, he expressed that he wanted to play for the New York Jets.
The Green Bay Packers, after 18 years, were ready to move on as well, and sent him to the East Coast.