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Aaron Rodgers was interviewed about his mental health and made a rather surprising revelation about his use of ayahuasca, a psychoactive tea.
From his “immunization” and not vaccination regarding COVID-19 to his participation in wild cleanses, it’s become clear that Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is quite fond of natural and holistic remedies. And that apparently extends to his approach to looking after his mental health.
However, that does not make his latest revelation in that capacity any less jarring.
In a podcast appearance with Onnit founder Aubrey Marcus (a nutritional supplement company), Rodgers talked about his use of ayahuasca, a psychedelic tea containing hallucinogen DMT, to improve his mental health and his practice of self-love, but also to help him also as a teammate.
Aaron Rodgers used ayahuasca to improve mental health, help with self-love
“To me, one of the core principles of your mental health is that self-love. That’s what ayahuasca did for me was help me see how to love myself unconditionally,” Rodgers said (h/t to SI ). “It is only in unconditional self-love that I am truly able to love others unconditionally. And what better way to work on my mental health than to have such an experience?”
The reigning back-to-back NFL MVP also said that the process through ayahuasca, a tea that has been used for its properties for thousands of years in various cultures, helped him become a better teammate as a “model of unconditional love “, which is just as important as playing well or being a leader.
While fans of course like to poke fun at Rodgers’ holistic approach to many things, mental health is obviously a hugely important topic, and it’s certainly positive that the Packers star has gotten to a good place in that regard.
What’s shocking, though, is that his use of a hallucinogenic drug has gotten him to his point, given the NFL’s long-standing policies regarding banned substances and the fact that players have often been suspended for using marijuana. It is definitely worth noting in this case.