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

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

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

The Green Bay Packers quarterback was comfortable discussing his drug addiction openly on a podcast — a sign of the growing social acceptance of psychedelics, which for decades have been banned and users jailed.

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

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

A healer serves up a hallucinogenic ayahuasca brew - part of a South American indigenous ritual popular among a growing list of celebrities

A healer serves up a hallucinogenic ayahuasca brew - part of a South American indigenous ritual popular among a growing list of celebrities

A jar of psilocybin mushrooms next to a pill form of the drug, which therapists say can be used to treat depression and PTSD

A jar of psilocybin mushrooms next to a pill form of the drug, which therapists say can be used to treat depression and PTSD

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

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

Talking about the Aubrey Marcus Podcast this week, Rodgers opened up about 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 U.S. — helped him win the MVP award twice, boosted his mental health and taught him to “love himself unconditionally,” he said he.

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He joined such ayahuasca-sipping celebrities as pop-punk musician Machine Gun Kelly, Miley Cyrus, and Will Smith, who in his 2021 autobiography, Will, called his high the “unparalleled greatest feeling” of his life.

Gwyneth Paltrow’s wellness website Goop.com promotes a fancy ayahuasca retreat in Costa Rica, Joe Rogan often praise DMT in his podcasts and Tesla founder Elon Musk has posted that psychedelics make a ‘real difference to mental health…we have to take this seriously’.

Even Mike Tyson, the boxer from Brooklyn, spoke last year about the ‘super drug’ of psilocybin, the psychedelic in magic mushrooms, which helped him recover from dark times, such as the infamous earbiting moment in his 1997 fight against Evander Holyfield .

Psychedelics – mind-altering drugs including DMT, psilocybin, LSD and MDMA – have come a long way from the 1960s, when The Beatles sang about tripping on LSD and Harvard psychologist Timothy Leary urged Americans to ‘turn on, turn off votes, to fall off’ .

Instead of mainstreaming the drug, however, hippie culture encouraged a moral panic, war-on-drugs governments and the shutting down of promising research into the therapeutic value of psychedelics.

A California-based research and educational group that develops treatments using psychedelics and marijuana. Research says that the drugs benefit many patients, but are not for everyone

A California-based research and educational group that develops treatments using psychedelics and marijuana. Research says that the drugs benefit many patients, but are not for everyone

A California-based research and educational group that develops treatments using psychedelics and marijuana. Research says that the drugs benefit many patients, but are not for everyone

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

While there is little support nationally for decriminalizing psychedelics, 54 percent of respondents 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 with psilocybin. President Joe Biden’s administration expects regulators to approve psilocybin and MDMA for antidepressant therapy within years, letter says leaked out to The Intercept.

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

Colorado voters will decide in November whether to approve state-regulated ‘healing centers’ where people over 21 can receive therapeutic psilocybin. Oregon will begin licensing such clinics next year, after voters supported a measure in November 2020.

Changing attitudes toward psychedelics are fueled 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. Older microdosers, as users of small doses are known, showed improved skills.

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

However, researchers from the University of North Carolina last month found that psychedelics were not for everyone. Despite ‘dramatically positive results’ for some users, others feel nothing but a ‘long strange journey’, they said.

The risk of addiction or overdose is considered low with psychedelics, but there are psychological risks beyond a ‘bad trip’. Those with mental illness or a family history with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder should be warned.

Many parents remain unconvinced. One self-described ‘heartbroken mother’ told DailyMail.com of her daughter’s start cannabisthanks to dispensaries ‘every few miles’ in her native Oregon, and moving on to LSD and MDMA.

The 16-year-old has racked up mysterious $800 credit card bills, has been suspended from school, is being prosecuted for drug dealing and was admitted to hospital after being found unconscious ‘in a road at night’, the terrified mother said.

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

‘I don’t even expect her to go to high school at this point.’

Dried hallucinogenic magic mushrooms with psilocybin. Hippie culture caused a moral panic in the 1960s, but today mushrroms are endorsed by a growing list of influencers, politicians and therapists

Dried hallucinogenic magic mushrooms with psilocybin. Hippie culture caused a moral panic in the 1960s, but today mushrroms are endorsed by a growing list of influencers, politicians and therapists

Dried hallucinogenic magic mushrooms with psilocybin. Hippie culture caused a moral panic in the 1960s, but today mushrroms are endorsed by a growing list of influencers, politicians and therapists

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