Aaron Rodgers is finally ready to talk since he returned from his four-day retirement in the dark… but it’s unrelated to his future in the NFL, as the quarterback will discuss psychedelics at a conference this summer, in the middle of of a possible trade to the Jets.
From June 19-23, the 39-year-old will appear as a celebrity guest at the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies’ ‘Psychedelic Science 2023’ event in Denver, Colorado, also known as the ‘largest psychedelic gathering in history’. .
The five-day conference will attract 10,000 people from around the world and will host ‘informative talks, valuable workshops, exciting events and market’ on hallucinogen use in modern society.
Previously, Super Bowl champion Rodgers opened up about his use of the plant-based psychedelic, Ayahuasca, which he often credits with improving his on-field performances in 2020 and 2021, the last two seasons of which he won the nfl. MVP award.
“I took Ayahuasca in 2020 and won two MVPs,” Rodgers told Fox in September. ‘I don’t think it’s a coincidence. I really don’t believe in coincidences.
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers to talk about his experience with psychedelics
The 39-year-old has been invited to a ‘Psychedelic Science’ conference in Colorado in June.
Ayahuasca is a South American psychoactive concoction used in shamanic spiritual medicine.
I believe in science and synchronicities, and I really feel like what it allowed me to do is have a greater love for the game that I play, a greater love for my teammates, and perhaps had the best season of my career in 2020. and then followed this up last year with even greater integration of many of those lessons.’
The 10-time Pro Bowler also endorsed hallucinogenic tea, often consumed by tribal societies in the Amazon as a shamanic spiritual medicine, during an appearance at The Pat McAfee Showrevealing that he no longer fears death and things that are out of his control.
“He was definitely scared to death,” Rodgers said. “And the ayahuasca and the psilocybin (mushrooms) really helped me with that and relieved a lot of stress around the idea of having to accomplish things before you die.”
American pharmaceuticals could sell a medical-grade version of the popular hippy drink Ayahuasca within the next decade.
Filament Health, a Canadian psychedelic drug company, has created a medicinal form of the powerful psychedelic that can be taken orally in pill form. The firm hopes to push the medical-grade version through an FDA trial in 2023.
Ayahuasca is touted as an alternative treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depression after becoming popular with celebrity endorsements like Rodgers.
But Americans currently need to travel to Central and South America for expensive retreats and religious experiences involving the potent concoction.
However, its therapeutic benefits are mostly anecdotal, and a growing body of evidence shows that the drug also carries the risk of long-lasting mental health effects.
Most of the people who took ayahuasca said they felt a physical side effect, including vomiting.
Mental side effects also come into play, as most people feel disconnected when taking the drug.
Winter Olympics figure skater Sasha Cohen will also be at the psychedelic science conference
WHAT IS AYAHUASCA?
Ayahuasca is an illegal hallucinogenic drink in the US and UK, but widely used by tribal societies in the Amazon Basin.
Shamans consider ayahuasca a ‘wisdom’ plant that allows entry into the spiritual world, and it was recognized as such by the Peruvian government in 2008.
It can cause hallucinations similar to the effects of LSD or magic mushrooms, according to Talk to Frank. They last two hours and are “generally enjoyable” but can cause panic and horrible memories, the website says.
The negative emotional effects of taking ayahuasca can last for days and make it especially dangerous for people with mental health problems.
It can also increase blood pressure and heart rate and may harm people with a pre-existing heart condition.
Rodgers has previously revealed that he drank the hallucinogenic concoction during a trip to Peru in 2020, emerging with “a deep and meaningful appreciation for life” as well as a closer connection to his teammates that helped him capture honors from Consecutive MVPs.
The psychedelic trip didn’t violate the NFL’s rules on banned substances, but it did give him a new perspective on himself and his connection to “all sentient beings and all plants and fungi.”
Rodgers even opened up about his mind-blowing experience with podcaster Joe Rogan in August, suggesting that many of the world’s problems could be solved if more people took psychedelic mushrooms.
“Isn’t it funny that that sounds crazy to say, but that would literally fix the world: if more people had psychedelic trips and more people had more ego-dissolving experiences and more people understood that community is just a group.” of people living together, it’s a group of people who care about each other, and we can treat the world as a community,” Rogan said.
“I couldn’t agree with you more,” Rodgers replied.
The Packers quarterback isn’t the only athlete attending the June conference, with Winter Olympics silver medalist and figure skater Sasha Cohen as a special guest.
And with the event in three months, fans will most likely know what’s next for Rodgers, who has yet to confirm whether he will retire or play in Green Bay or elsewhere.