As the NFL star joins the list of celebrities endorsing psychedelics, are the drugs FINALLY mainstream?

Revelations that NFL star Aaron Rodgers used psychedelic drugs to enhance his performance were just the latest celebrity endorsement of mind-altering drugs, which were taboo for decades but are fast entering the American mainstream.

Rogers, 38, who He says South American hallucinogen ayahuasca helped his ‘best season’ in the NFL, joins a growing list of athletes, celebrities and California techies touting the performance-enhancing virtues of psychedelics.

The Green Bay Packers quarterback was comfortable speaking openly about his forays into drugs on a podcast, a sign of the growing social acceptance of psychedelics, which for decades were frowned upon and landed users in jail.

The drugs are also gaining traction among scientists, politicians and therapists who treat depressives and veterans with PTSD. But for many parents, they are a danger that can drag their children into a gritty underworld.

“There’s a big change, but it’s a return to normal,” Dr. Zach Walsh, a scientist at the University of British Columbia who studies how psychedelics counteract stress and improve mood and performance, told DailyMail.com. .

A healer serves a hallucinogenic brew of ayahuasca, part of an indigenous South American ritual that is popular with a growing list of celebrities.

A jar of psilocybin mushrooms alongside a pill form of the drug, which therapists say can be used to treat depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.

A curandero serves a hallucinogenic ayahuasca brew in South America; and a jar of psilocybin mushrooms along with a pill form of the drug, which therapists say can help sufferers of depression and PTSD.

‘For thousands of years, these drugs were part of civil society, initiation rites and medicine. One day, we will look back and be confused as to why we banned psychedelics and allowed substances like alcohol.’

speaking in the Aubrey Marcus podcast This week, Rodgers discussed his use of ayahuasca, a psychoactive tea containing the hallucinogen DMT, during a trip to South America ahead of his celebrated 2020 and 2021 seasons.

The drug, a controlled substance that is illegal to possess or distribute in the US, helped him win MVP twice, improved his mental health and taught him to “unconditionally love” himself, he said.

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He’s joined ayahuasca-drinking celebrities like pop-punk musician Machine Gun Kelly, Miley Cyrus, and Will Smith, who in his 2021 autobiography Will called his high the “incomparable best feeling” of his life.

Gwyneth Paltrow’s wellness website Goop.com promotes an elegant ayahuasca retreat in Costa Rica, Joe Rogan often lauds DMT on his podcasts and Tesla founder Elon Musk has posted that psychedelics make a “real difference in mental health…we should take this seriously.”

Even Mike Tyson, the boxer from Brooklyn, spoke last year about the ‘amazing medicine’ of psilocybin, the psychedelic in magic mushrooms, helping him bounce back from dark times, like the infamous ear-biting moment in his 1997 fight against Evander Holyfield.

Psychedelics, mind-altering drugs such as DMT, psilocybin, LSD, and MDMA, have come a long way since the 1960s, when The Beatles sang about LSD trips and Harvard psychologist Timothy Leary urged Americans to “turn on, tune in, quit”. .

Instead of incorporating drugs, however, hippy culture led to a moral panic, government crackdown on drugs, and the shutdown of promising research on the therapeutic value of psychedelics.

A California-based educational and research group that develops psychedelic and marijuana treatments.  Research Says Drugs Benefit Many Patients, But Not For Everyone

A California-based educational and research group that develops psychedelic and marijuana treatments. Research Says Drugs Benefit Many Patients, But Not For Everyone

Today, 28 percent of Americans have tried a psychedelic, YouGov researchers found last month. The most popular were LSD, used by 14 percent, and psilocybin, used by 13 percent. Defenders are most concentrated in the western US.

While there is little national support for decriminalizing psychedelics, 54 percent of those surveyed said mind-altering substances should be used to help military service members suffering from PTSD.

The Department of Veterans Affairs is now conducting clinical trials on psilocybin. President Joe Biden’s administration expects regulators to approve psilocybin and MDMA for depression therapy within a few years, a letter says. filtered out to The Intercept.

There are movements in at least two dozen states, both red and blue, to study, decriminalize or legalize some psychedelics, from California to New York, Vermont, Utah, Kansas and Florida.

Colorado voters will decide in November whether to approve state-regulated “healing 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 psychedelics are driven, at least in part, by a growing body of positive research from universities.

Dr. Walsh and his colleagues found last month that small amounts of psilocybin made users happier and less stressed than others. The older microdosers, as small dose users are known, showed improved dexterity.

A study from the University of California – San Francisco from April revealed that psilocybin improves the brain function of depressed people and frees them from ‘rumination and excessive self-focus’.

Still, researchers at the University of North Carolina last month found that psychedelics weren’t for everyone. Despite the “dramatically positive results” for some users, others felt nothing more than a “long, weird ride,” they said.

The risk of addiction or overdose is considered low with psychedelics, but there are psychological risks beyond having a “bad trip.” People with mental illness or a family history of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder should be careful.

Many parents remain unconvinced. A self-described “heartbroken mom” told DailyMail.com that her daughter started cannabisthanks to dispensaries ‘every few miles’ in his native Oregon, and moving on to LSD and MDMA.

The 16-year-old racked up mysterious $800 credit card bills, was suspended from school, is facing prosecution for drug dealing and was admitted to hospital after being found unconscious “by the side of a road late at night.” the night,” said the anxious mother.

“Now she is emaciated, malnourished, has asthma problems and repeated eye infections, coughs up a black goo and can barely pass a class,” added the woman, whom we decided not to identify by name.

“I don’t even expect him to graduate from high school right now.”

Dried hallucinogenic magic mushrooms containing psilocybin.  Hippy culture sparked a moral panic in the 1960s, but today mushrroms are supported by a growing list of influencers, politicians and therapists.

Dried hallucinogenic magic mushrooms containing psilocybin. Hippy culture sparked a moral panic in the 1960s, but today mushrroms are supported by a growing list of influencers, politicians and therapists.

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