Joe Wicks couldn’t quite pluck up the courage to try a mind-bending medicine on a previous trip to Mexico, but he says he’s determined to try the hallucinogenic plant once and for all.
While in Mexico, the fitness enthusiast – also known as the Body Coach and the nations’s PE teacher during lockdown – came across a tribal ceremony that uses the plant brew ayahuasca.
It’s known for causing hallucinations and while Joe, 34, decided to back out of joining first time round, he’s revealed he would actually like to ‘properly’ give the ceremony a go in the Amazon.
Speaking on the Diary of a CEO podcast, Joe revealed: ‘I was in Mexico and they were doing ceremonies, but I couldn’t quite convince myself to do it.
‘But I would love to do ayahuasca one day, do it properly and go into the Amazon with a shaman and feel that Mother Nature feeling they talk about, the earth, being connected to the human race. It must be a wonderful feeling.’
‘They say it’s a gateway that opens up even more love and more connection,’ Joe said, later adding: ‘It feels like this scary thing, but it’s been going on for thousands of years and with tribes… it opens up neurological pathways and all these memories unlock.’
He continued: ‘In a way you don’t know what you’re unlocking, you can unlock really beautiful memories and amazing things, but it can also show you quite traumatic, upsetting things. Either way I think you can learn from it.’
Ceremonies are known for taking place across South America and are led by a shaman, with ayahuasca traditionally being used for religious and spiritual reasons.
People now take part in the ceremonies to help open their minds and heal from past traumas, with it being known to help those suffering from addiction, anxiety, depression and PTSD.
The psychedelic brew is made from two plants – Banisteriopsis caapi and Psychotria viridis – and is said to lead to an ‘altered state of consciousness’ that can cause out-of-body experiences, hallucinations and feelings of euphoria.
On the podcast, Joe revealed that he has never done drugs.
He has previously spoken about his dad’s addiction to heroin and how it ‘changed his life’ and inspired him to carve out a career in fitness.
‘Because of my dad’s life, I didn’t go near it,’ he said on BBC 4’s Desert Island Discs. ‘I was scared of it and I got into exercise and fitness and so his mistake changed my life.’
Joe said: ‘I just don’t regret anything I’ve gone through or anything I have been through with my mum and dad, I’m just proud of who I am.’
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