There is great concern being raised this week after a recent study came out that implicates Aaron Rodgers and what he admitted to earlier this year.
A research surveyed people from 50 countries about their experiences with ayahuasca and the results were not good. You might remember, Aaron Rodgers opened up about how his use of psychedelic drugs helped his personal mental health journey. During an interview on the Aubrey Marcus Podcast, Rodgers said ayahuasca, a plant-based psychedelic, helped him “unconditionally love” others.
“To me, one of the core tenets of your mental health is that self-love,” Rodgers told host Aubrey Marcus, who also founded the supplement company, Onnit. “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?”
Unfortunately, the study found “more than half said they had negative mental health effects while on ayahuasca such as hearing or seeing things that other couldn’t. One in five said they suffered disturbing thoughts or nightmares, hallucinations or felt disconnected.”
More from the study:
“More than five in 10 people said the mental health issues stuck with them for ‘weeks or months’. However, nearly nine in 10 considered them ‘completely or somewhat part of a positive growth process’.
The study also found that 70 per cent of users experienced at least one adverse physical effect during or shortly after consuming the drink, the most common being vomiting or nausea, headache, and abdominal pain — all of which are common as part of the ‘purge’ process.
But a small number suffered severe physical harm. Two percent suffered seizures, one percent went into respiratory arrest and another one percent went into cardiac arrest.”
The authors write: ‘Many are turning to ayahuasca due to disenchantment with conventional Western mental health treatments, however the disruptive power of this traditional medicine should not be underestimated, commonly resulting in mental health or emotional challenges during assimilation.
‘While these are usually transitory and seen as part of a beneficial growth process, risks are greater for vulnerable individuals or when used in unsupportive contexts.’
The 38-year-old former Super Bowl champion said previously the effect of the drug also helped his relationship with the Packers. While Rodgers said he didn’t recommend ayahuasca to others, he said it had a profound impact on his life.
“I laid there afterwards on my mat and then opened my eyes and it felt like I was opening my eyes for the first time,” Rodgers told Marcus of one of his experiences.
“I really feel like that experience paved the way for me to have the best season of my career,” he continued.
In February, Rodgers was named the Most Valuable Player for the 2021-2022 NFL Season. It was the second time in two seasons that he won the honor.
None of those trophies are helping this team in 2022 as they sit in second place in the NFC North with a 4-7 record.
This season, Aaron Rodgers has a passer rating of 93.2 with 2,542 yards, 19 touchdowns, and 7 interceptions in 11 games. His numbers have fallen off a cliff and a large part of it has been due to the departure of Davante Adams.