Aaron Rodgers gets lucky with recent drug use on ayahuasca journey

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Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers did not violate the NFL’s drug policy by consuming ayahuasca, so he will not face any consequences from the league.

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Aaron Rodgers has opened up to the world about how ayahuasca changed his life, allowing him to be healed by his ancestors, reconnect with loved ones and win back-to-back MVP awards.

And even though ayahuasca contains DMT, a Schedule I drug in the United States, Rodgers will not be punished for his recent trip to Peru.

According to ESPN, NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy confirmed that Rodgers “would not have triggered a positive test result on either substance abuse or performance-enhancing drug policies jointly negotiated by the NFL and its players union.”

Head coach Matt LaFleur wasn’t concerned about the league’s punishment either. When asked about the situation Monday, LaFleur replied, “”I really haven’t thought about it that much.”

What McCarthy, LaFleur and Rodgers all realize is that violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy comes as a result of testing — and if the NFL doesn’t test for DMT during the summer testing period, there’s nothing the NFL can do.

Aaron Rodgers was well aware that he was not violating drug policy with the ayahuasca trip

There’s a good reason Rodgers chose to disclose his ayahuasca experiences when he did, knowing that DMT was not a substance the league tested for during their annual drug screening period.

According to the 2020 NFL CBA, players will no longer be tested for THC, the psychoactive compound in marijuana, this summer. Players are still tested for drugs such as cocaine, amphetamines, opiates, opioids, PCP and MDMA. The NFL’s random screening window for drug testing runs from April 20-Aug. 9.

However, NFL players can still be tested for THC during the preseason.

The NFL’s drug policy makes it clear to players like Rodgers that there are a select few substances that one can ingest and will not be tested for, like the powerful hallucinogenic DMT. And since Rodgers took the drug in Peru, where it is legal, he is not expected to face any federal prosecution in the United States.

It may seem glaring compared to the year-long struggle Josh Gordon experienced in the league, but drugs and NFL politics were different back then. The policy may change, but as of now, other players could do what Rodgers did without consequence.

All in all, Aaron Rodgers is ready — and according to him, he’s the best at it.



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