Jada Pinkett Smith and her son Jaden talked genuinely about their significant encounters with plant medication on a new psychedelics-themed episode of the Smith family’s Facebook Watch series Red Table Talk.
Jada started the episode by informing the audience that she has battled with “crippling depression” for almost 10 years before effectively defeating it using a mushroom regimen. “The thing about plant medicine is not only doing it help you feel better but it helps you solve the problems of how you got there in the first place,” the 49-year-old producer and “Matrix Resurrections” actress described.
Jada isn’t the initial individual from her popular family to drill down into mind-altering encounters with plant medication. Her famous actor spouse Will Smith announced that he discovered a “taste of freedom” from joining ayahuasca. Their son Jaden, who is 23 years old, also has not avoided the psychedelic limelight. The actor and artist not long ago released a mixtape inspired by psychedelics.
Stepping in for his sister Willow Smith on Wednesday’s Red Table Talk, Jaden uncovered unequivocally what drew him toward plant medication. “It started as pure curiosity, not believing that mushrooms could make you feel any sort of way – but then I had an experience,” he told his mom and grandma, co-host Adrienne Banfield-Norris.
“For the first time, I had like an ego dissolution and that was the moment that really changed me,” he proceeded. “You get to a place where you’re blocked by something-whether it’s trauma, whether it’s your emotions, your ego, not being able to express yourself – and I feel like psychedelics are a way to tear down that wall and see what’s behind it.”
Jada and her son were not the only ones in particular who imparted their psychedelic encounters. Red Table Talk’s full list of big-name personalities included investigative journalist Lisa Ling and her better half Dr. Paul Song, billionaire entrepreneur turned psychedelic fan Bob Parsons, and psychedelics specialist and best-selling author Michael Pollan.
As an oncologist, Dr. Song was quite cynical about psychedelics and their healing capabilities for a number of years. This until issues at home persuaded him to try a guided ayahuasca ceremony. “It was everything and more,” Dr. Song said, making sense of how plant medication-assisted him with finding peace with his multi-generational family trauma and fashioned a more profound relationship with his significant other and kids.
“It’s been transformative, it really has,” Ling concurred.
Parsons’ story included an alternate sort of healing. The GoDaddy and PXG Golf pioneer served with the Marine Corps during the Vietnam War. He then returned home with an extreme instance of post-traumatic stress disorder. Even though his tactical preparation gave him the abilities and certainty he needed to build a couple of his multi-million dollar companies, PTSD negatively affected his welfare. “I had a short temper. It for sure cost me two marriages,” he explained to Jada.
All that evolved after he got a copy of Pollan’s “life-changing” book How to Change Your Mind, which investigates the study of psychedelics. It wasn’t some time before Parsons started adjusting his own perspective with psilocybin and ayahuasca. “I felt like being with people again. I felt like going out. My temper didn’t bother me again,” he mentioned. “I was kind of like how I was before the war – I finally came home.”
Jada, Jaden, and the guests in their series concluded the show with a conversation on the absence of variety inside the psychedelic communities and the underrepresentation of Black individuals in clinical preliminaries concentrating on plant medication’s therapeutic capacities.
“The psychedelic world in the United States has been very white,” Pollan said, making sense that African Americans utilize fewer hallucinogens than white individuals. He had a few guesses as to why including the reality, that plant medication was still technically unlawful and the nation has a terrible history of enforcing drug regulations differently among the Black individuals. In any case, taking into account how empowering the clinical preliminaries for psilocybin had been hitherto, Pollan hypothesized that it wouldn’t be long until the FDA would open the entryway for therapists to begin legitimately prescribing psychedelics to their patients.
Jada Pinkett Smith loved her guest’s positivity.
“Plant medicine completely rehabilitated me from debilitating depression and it’s changed my life for the better,” she mentioned. “So, I’m really hoping that we find a way that African Americans can have access to these plant medicines safely.”