The revelation that NFL star Aaron Rodgers used psychedelic drugs to boost his performance was just the latest celebrity endorsement of mind-altering drugs, which for decades have been taboo but are fast entering the mainstream in America.
Rodgers, 38, who says South American ayahuasca helped make his “best season” in the NFL, joins a growing list of California athletes, celebrities and tech experts who brag about the performance-enhancing virtues of the drug.
The Green Bay Packers quarterback was comfortable discussing his drug use openly on the podcast — a sign of the drug’s growing social acceptance, which has been reprehensible for decades and has landed users in prison.
Medicines also attract fans among scientists, politicians, therapists who treat depression, and war veterans with PTSD. But for many parents, they are a danger that can plunge their children into a gritty underworld.
“There’s a big shift, but it turned out to be normal,” Dr. Zack Walsh, a scientist at the University of British Columbia who studies how hallucinogenic drugs counteract stress and boost mood and performance, told DailyMail.com.
A healer serving ayahuasca, a hallucinogen in South America; and a pot of psilocybin mushrooms along with a pill form of the drug, which therapists say can help those with depression and PTSD
For thousands of years these medicines have been part of civil society, rites of passage, and medicine. One day, we will look back and be puzzled as to why we ban the drug and allow substances like alcohol.
talking on Aubrey Marcus Podcast This week, Rodgers opened up about his use of ayahuasca — a psychoactive tea containing the hallucinogen DMT — during a trip to South America ahead of the 2020 and 2021 seasons he celebrates.
He said the drug — a controlled substance that is illegal to possess or distribute in the United States — helped him win two MVP awards, boosted his mental health and taught him to “love himself unconditionally.”
Join ayahuasca-sipping celebrities like pop punk machine gun Kelly, Miley Cyrus, and Will Smith, who he described in his 2021 autobiography as the “greatest feeling like no other” of his life.
Gwyneth Paltrow Luxury Website Goop.com Promotes A Luxurious Ayahuasca Retreat In Costa Rica, Joe Rogan Often praises DMT and Tesla founder Elon Musk posted in his podcasts that the drug makes “a real difference to mental health…we should take this seriously.”
Even Mike Tyson, a boxer from Brooklyn, last year spoke of the “amazing drug” of psilocybin, the drug in magic mushrooms, that helped him recover from dark times, such as the infamous ear-biting moment in his 1997 fight against Evander Holyfield.
Psychedelic drugs–mind-altering drugs including DMT, psilocybin, LSD and MDMA–have come a long way since the 1960s, when the Beatles sang about stumbling on LSD and Harvard psychologist Timothy Leary urged Americans to ‘go off, tune in,’ And stop studying.” .
Rather than popularizing drugs, hippie culture has sparked moral panic, the government’s war on drugs, and the shutdown of promising research into the therapeutic value of drugs.
A California-based research and education group that develops psychedelic and marijuana treatments. Research says that drugs benefit many patients, but they are not suitable for everyone
At present, YouGov researchers 28 percent of Americans have tried a psychedelic drug have found Last month. The most common were LSD, which is used at 14 percent, and psilocybin, which is used by 13 percent. Defenders are most concentrated in the western United States
While there is little national support for decriminalizing the drug, 54 percent of survey respondents said mind-altering substances should be used to help military service members with PTSD.
The Department of Veterans Affairs is now conducting clinical trials of psilocybin. President Joe Biden’s administration expects regulators to approve psilocybin and MDMA for antidepressant treatment within years, says letter leaked to the intersection.
There are movements in at least two dozen states — red and blue — to either study, decriminalize or legalize some drug, ranging from California to New York, Vermont, Utah, Kansas and Florida.
Voters in Colorado will decide in November whether to approve state-regulated “recovery centers” where those over 21 can receive therapeutic psilocybin. Oregon will begin licensing such clinics next year, after voters backed a measure in November 2020.
Changing attitudes toward the drug are at least partly driven by a growing body of positive research from universities.
Dr. Walsh and colleagues have found In the past month, trace amounts of psilocybin have made users happier and less stressed than others. Older microdosers, as microdosing users are known, showed improved versatility.
University of California-San Francisco study from April open That psilocybin improves the brain function of depressed people and frees them from “rumination and excessive self-focus.”
University of North Carolina researchers still last month have found That dope wasn’t for everyone. Despite the “hugely positive results” for some users, others felt nothing but a “weird long journey,” they said.
The risk of addiction or overdose is considered low with narcotic drugs, but there are psychological risks beyond ‘bad trip’. People with mental illness or a family history of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder should be careful.
Many parents remain unconvinced. One self-described “mommy” told DailyMail.com of her daughter who started taking cannabis, thanks to dispensaries “every few miles” in her native Oregon, and transitioning to LSD and MDMA.
The worried mother said the 16-year-old had mysterious $800 credit card bills, was suspended from school, faces trial for drug trafficking and was taken to hospital after being found unconscious “by the side of the road late at night.”
“She is now emaciated, malnourished, has asthma problems and frequent eye infections, coughs black stuff, and can barely pass a class,” added the woman, who we decided not to name.
“I don’t expect her to even graduate high school at this point.”
Dried hallucinogenic magic mushrooms that contain psilocybin. Hippie culture sparked a moral panic in the 1960s, but nowadays mushrooms are endorsed by a growing list of influencers, politicians, and healers.