Aaron Rodgers credits ayahuasca for his recent MVPs: What is the psychedelic drug?

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  • Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers revealed he consumed ayahuasca in Peru.
  • The plant-based psychedelic drug is a drink that contains the chemical dimethyltryptamine, or DMT.
  • Nicknames include Huasca, yagé, Kamarampi, Huni, brew, daime, the tea, and la purga.
  • Ayahuasca has no approved medical use in the U.S. and is considered a Schedule I drug.

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers revealed an ayahuasca experience paved the way for the “best season” of his decorated NFL career.

On the Aubrey Marcus Podcast, Rodgers said he consumed the plant-based psychedelic drug ayahuasca in South America prior to winning his third and fourth MVP awards in 2020 and 2021.

The 38-year-old credited it for helping him produce two of the best seasons of his career thanks to a change in mindset and mental health improvement.

“I don’t think it’s a coincidence,” Rodgers said during the podcast, which went live Wednesday on YouTube. “I really don’t. I don’t really believe in coincidences at this point. It’s the universe bringing things to happen when they’re supposed to happen.”

Aaron Rodgers said he took ayahuasca:Green Bay QB said it improved his mental health and spurred MVP seasons

Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers reacts after an incomplete pass on a fourth down play during the fourth quarter against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Lambeau Field on October 03, 2021 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

But what is the psychedelic drug, where is it used and how does it affect people?

What is ayahuasca?

Ayahuasca, a brown-reddish drink with a strong taste and smell, contains the active chemical dimethyltryptamine, or DMT.

The Drug Enforcement Administration classifies DMT as a hallucinogen, and it is associated with religious practices and rituals in South America.

A healer starts a Yage ceremony in the Guavio Province, Colombia, on Aug. 9, 2014. Yage, a mixture of ayahuasca and a psychoactive bush, attracts many people to Colombia who seek to participate in a traditional indigenous ritual of spiritual and physical healing.
Shaman Cesar Ampuero  (R) conducts the ayahuasca ceremony with local villagers on April 29, 2018 in Yarinacocha, Peru. During the ritual,  participants will smoke black tobacco cigarettes called mapachos and perform traditional sings know as Icaros, to call for support of the spirits.
Details of a candle and Mapachos, or dark tobacco cigarettes, during an ayahuasca ceremony for international tourists on April 30, 2018, in Caserio Nueva Luz de Fatima, Peru.
Peruvian Shaman Gilber Rãtegui  conducts a ayahuasca ceremony for tourists on April 30, 2018 in Caserio Nueva Luz de Fatima, Peru.

The herbal drink is usually made from bark of the Banisteriopsis caapi vine and leaves of the Psychotria viridis bush, according to the National Library of Medicine National Center for Biotechnology Information.

Nicknames include Huasca, yagé, Kamarampi, Huni, brew, daime, the tea, and la purga, according to the Alcohol and Drug Foundation.

Is ayahuasca legal in the US?

Ayahuasca has no approved medical use in the U.S. and is considered a Schedule I drug. Marijuana, heroin, LSD, and ecstasy are among other Schedule I drugs.

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