In 2023, Aaron Rodgers is known for two things. Perhaps primarily, he admitted to using Ayahuasca and other psychedelic compounds last year, much to the chagrin of the Green Bay Packers and to the mixed reviews of his fans.
As for the other thing, well… he throw ball good.
So exactly why he’s going to be speaking at a Denver psychedelic conference this summer is kind of beyond us, but you mark our words: according to an article from CBSNews, he’s going to be there.
The conference is called Psychedelic Science and will feature more than 300 different speakers, and if they’re all in the same vein as Rodgers, we’d urge you that your week would be just as equally spent binge-listening to episodes of Joe Rogan’s podcast.
(For the record, the rest of the speakers aren’t all as unqualified as Rodgers. It’s probably worth noting the lineup has some pretty big players in the psychedelic game, and can be found here.)
On the event’s website, the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) is calling the event the “largest psychedelic gathering in history” as well as the “definitive event of the psychedelic renaissance.”
Don’t get us wrong, we’ve been smitten with MAPS as an organization since we read about Ketamine in high school, but we can’t help but wonder: if a prior Ayahuasca experience and throwing a football are the two prerequisites for speaking at this conference, then why are the friends we had in high school still stuck pouring beers for suburbanites at the Olive Garden?
“Aaron Rogers will be interviewed by Aubrey Marcus at Psychedelic Science 2023 about his experiences with Ayahuasca, which he's previously spoken about on Aubrey's podcast. We're delighted Aaron is open to sharing his views at what will become the world's largest psychedelic conference ever," MAPS Founder Rick Doblin told CBSNews.
The conference is scheduled to take place from June 19-23. More information can be found at pschedelicscience.org.
In hindsight, perhaps we’re being too harsh. It’s possible that what we need in order to usher in a new psychedelic age is to find a champion of both hallucinogens and the common man.
Indeed, perhaps what Ayahuasca really needs isn’t hundreds of qualified scientists, but one NFL quarterback who can convince the entire population of a city like Green Bay, Wisconsin to try psychedelic compounds.
Yep, we’ve changed our minds. Rodgers can speak at the conference if it means that people like our moms will try Ayahuasca.