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.”

By John Biggs

John Biggs is an entrepreneur, consultant, writer, and maker. He spent fifteen years as an editor for Gizmodo, CrunchGear, and TechCrunch and has a deep background in hardware startups, 3D printing, and blockchain. His work has appeared in Men’s Health, Wired, and the New York Times.

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