Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers told former Packers teammate A.J. Hawk that he used Ayahuasca and Psilocybin to alleviate a crippling fear of death. He also took the medicine on a 2020 trip to Peru where he participated in a ceremony, a trip that he felt allowed him to win MVP awards in 2020 and 2021.
“I had a major fear of death… there was a lot of weird sentiment around Y2K, remember that? The world was going to end,” he said to CBS Sports. “For me personally, since I was a young teenager, I was like, man if the world ends and I’m 16, I’m not going to be able to accomplish anything I want to accomplish.”
The interview ran on the “The Pat McAfee Show.”
He eventually overcame his fear by using the psychoactive drink Ayahuasca and the psychedelic drug Psilocybin.
“It relieved a lot of the stress around the idea of needing to accomplish things before I actually die, kind of taking away some of that fear,” he said. “I think when you’ve seen the other side, it makes the idea as more of a passage and less of an ending. More of just kind of the next chapter of life.”