NFL, NFLPA: Ayahuasca isn’t banned under substance-abuse policy or PED policy

Ayahuasca Ceremony in the Peruvian Amazon
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Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers admitted in a podcast that debuted last week to using ayahuasca in recent offseasons. In so doing (and in openly talking about using it), Rodgers faces no issues with the NFL.

Both the league and the NFL Players Association have informed PFT that ayahuasca counts as neither a prohibited compound under the substance-abuse policy nor a PED.

The primary psychoactive ingredient, N,N-Dimethyltryptamine (DMT), is a Schedule I drug under federal law. It’s not a problem under NFL law.

Even without a positive test, players can fall under scrutiny for admitting to using a given substance. During his playing career, receiver Randy Moss admitted to smoking marijuana “every blue moon.” That sparked an effort by the league to place him in the drug-testing program. Ultimately, the league office backed off.

It won’t even be an issue with ayahuasca. Players can use it. They can talk about using it. They can use it some more.

That said, it’s probably not a good idea to include a cup of it with the pre-game meal — even if the results would make for some must-see TV.

20 responses to “NFL, NFLPA: Ayahuasca isn’t banned under substance-abuse policy or PED policy

  1. The NFL should be recommending that teams use it to make Hard Knocks more interesting.

  2. Rodgers would probably go 32-35 passing for 450yds and four scores while he’s tripping on DMT.

  3. That’s the dumbest thing ever. If something is a schedule 1 drug then Rodgers admitted to breaking the law and breaking the law is against the personal conduct policy. They can absolutely punish him if they want to, but they won’t because it’s Rodgers. If it was a player they were already looking to punish the league would be all over it.

  4. It’s a strong hallucinogen which definitely isn’t a PED. Plus Ayahuasca while being a Schedule 1 drug is often ignored by the feds due to its role in Native American rituals. This seems on brand for Rodgers. I say that in a good way this time.

  5. AR is an expert at trolling. It is impossible to know if he is serious about something or simply playing around.

  6. bullcharger says:
    August 8, 2022 at 2:22 pm
    That’s the dumbest thing ever. If something is a schedule 1 drug then Rodgers admitted to breaking the law and breaking the law is against the personal conduct policy. They can absolutely punish him if they want to, but they won’t because it’s Rodgers. If it was a player they were already looking to punish the league would be all over it.

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    The “dumbest thing ever” is not realizimg that where he used it isnt covered by US federal law.

  7. bullcharger says:
    August 8, 2022 at 2:22 pm
    That’s the dumbest thing ever. If something is a schedule 1 drug then Rodgers admitted to breaking the law and breaking the law is against the personal conduct policy. They can absolutely punish him if they want to, but they won’t because it’s Rodgers. If it was a player they were already looking to punish the league would be all over it.
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    Speeding is against the law. Parking facing the wrong way is against the law. If everyone who “breaks the law” is punished we’ll need a lot more jails.

  8. The NFL’s drug policy has been laughable for decades. No problem with their players taking a ton of anti-inflammatories or pain pills, but don’t you dare smoke a little weed.
    Especially galling considering how much damage the extensive and expansive use of those legal pharmaceuticals can have on bodies that are already being chewed up by the sport itself.

  9. White superstar QB gets a pass for using a Schedule 1 Drug—because it’s a fancy international exotic drug.

  10. Unless he wants to barf, cry and crap his pants during a game, anyone would probably not want to drink a cup of the stuff before the game.

  11. If something is a schedule 1 drug then Rodgers admitted to breaking the law and breaking the law is against the personal conduct policy.
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    He was in South America, where it is legal. Nice try though.

  12. If dmt is anything like psilocybin then it definitely isn’t performance enhancing, unless you’re trying to rip out a nice solo on the old guitar that is lol. But physically, forget about it

  13. The league doesn’t like our Vikings so we’ll never win a championship. That’s the only reason, right? Right???

  14. jafo1265 says:
    He used it in a country where it’s legal, Right? Then what’s the problem?

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    I really, REALLY hope that I live to see the day when people do not equate legal with “right” and illegal with “wrong”.

  15. Witch hunt over for the Rodgers haters.People rag on AR for anything.Guy is living life,enjoying the hell out of playing with media and the haters.Never been accused of cheating,been involved in tampering,no off field incidents,and is top 5 qb all time.Couple more SBs propbaly be best.

  16. Amazing variety comments. I do find the ones ironic calling for jail time, when prosecutors all over the country are not enforcing drug laws, and letting people free on no bond for far worse crimes.

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