Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is once again opening up about how using psychedelic drugs radically changed his life forever.
During this week’s episode of The Pat McAfee Show, the NFL star shared with listeners that he used ayahuasca, a psychoactive brewed drink from South America, as well as psilocybin, a hallucinogenic substance found in certain types of mushrooms. According to the athlete, both drugs bring incredible gifts to the table, including helping him overcome his fear of dying.
“I definitely had a major fear of death,” Rodgers explained during the show. “Ayahuasca and psilocybin really helped me with that.”
The quarterback went on to explain that the Y2K scare initially put the fear of death inside of him at a young age. However, after experiencing an unseen reality through the use of psychedelics, he is no longer scared of what is on the other side. The 39-year-old stated, “When you’ve seen the other side, it makes the idea of death more of a passage and less of an ending and more so the next chapter of life.”
Rodgers also noted that he doesn’t like to refer to ayahuasca as a drug, as it creates a bias. Earlier this year, he made another appearance on The Pat McAfee Show and gave his thoughts on the matter. “I do think it’s important to go on this ridiculous tangent about how words are used to create bias,” he relayed. “Those biases create fears and those fears prevent people from doing their own research or having their own idea and truth in a situation.”
Aaron Rodgers explains other positives of using ayahuasca
Moreover, this is not the first time Rodgers has discussed his use of psychedelics. When he sat down for an episode of the Aubrey Marcus Podcast, he told the host that using ayahuasca taught him to unconditionally love others.
“To me, one of the core tenets of your mental health is that self-love,” he said, beginning to explain the journey ayahuasca brought him on. “That’s what ayahuasca did for me, was help me see how to unconditionally love myself.”
“It’s only in that unconditional self-love, that then I’m able to truly be able to unconditionally love others,” he added. “And what better way to work on my mental health than to have an experience like that?”
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