What did Aaron Rodgers say about his drug use?
Aaron Rodgers has justified his consumption of ayahuasca, saying it is not a drug because it is a plant and not produced by a pharmaceutical company.
Aaron Rodgers, quarterback of the Green Bay Packers, has openly declared that he has consumed ayahuasca to improve his performance in the NFL, and now has justified his act by saying that the plant is not a drug.
During his weekly appearance at the Pat McAfee Show, the quarterback justified his consumption of ayahuasca, stressing that it is a plant that grows from the earth and not created by a pharmaceutical company like aspirin or cough syrup.
“Putting the drug label on ayahuasca or marijuana creates a prejudice. [...] Ayahuasca is not a drug. It has properties within it that have hallucinogenic capabilities, but it is not a drug. We are talking about a plant,” he said.
Two weeks into the 2022 NFL season, the four-time MVP has recorded 429 yards, two touchdown passes and one interception after completing 41 of 59 throws attempted.
What does the DEA say about ayahuasca?
According to the DEA Controlled Substances Act, the hallucinogen dimethyltryptamine, the active ingredient in ayahuasca, is found in Catalog I. This category includes drugs, substances or chemicals that have the potential to be addictive and have no accepted medical use in the United States.