Jaden Smith says mother Jada introduced the family to psychedelics

Jaden Smith praises the power of psychedelics – and says he owes it to his mother, Jada Pinkett Smith.

The 24-year-old “Icon” rapper spoke at the Psychedelic Science conference in Denver last week, where he described how drugs like psilocybin and MDMA, also known as magic mushrooms and ecstasy, have therapeutic benefits.

“I think it was actually my mom who really was the first to take that step for the family,” Jaden Smith said Friday. according to USA Today. “For a very, very long time it was just her, and then at some point it evolved and everyone found it in their own way.”

While the American Psychiatric Association has not yet endorsed psychedelic treatmentdid the Food and Drug Administration both are referred to as psilocybin And MDMA as “breakthrough therapies” — a designation meant to speed up their review for treating conditions like PTSD and depression.

The Smith family certainly had its own stressful ups and downs, too, including matriarch Jada Pinkett Smith’s admission of an “entanglement” outside of her marriage to Will Smith — and his infamous Oscar slap, which added even more drama to the family .

Jaden Smith, who said he often argued with his family, claimed psychedelics helped.

“Me and my siblings have done so much of it in the past,” he said in Denver. “But the level of love and empathy I can feel for her inside and outside of the experiences is something profound and beautiful.”

Jaden Smith said,
Jaden Smith said, “Psychedelics are a way to tear down the ego to see what’s behind it.”

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Jaden Smith previously told his mother’s Red Table Talk that feeling like his ego was dissolving “was the moment that really changed him.” according to ET. He said he sees psychedelics as “a way to break down that wall” of “trauma, emotion, or ego” to “see what’s behind it.”

While the rapper’s personal account was more philosophical — and followed years of cryptic tweets — his mother was more practical in her public statements about psychedelics.

“Plant medicine has completely liberated me from a debilitating depression and changed my life for the better.” Jada Pinkett Smith said in 2021 according to Newsweek. “I came home, I’m home. I really hope we find a way for African Americans to have safe access to these herbal medicines.”

“You really have to want it, it’s not a game,” she continued. “You have to be willing to face some difficult things. It is very healing and has changed my life.”

The legality of psychedelics is evolving, and there may even be a supporter in the highest office in the country. Frank Biden, Joe Biden’s youngest brother, claimed Wednesday that the president is “very open-minded” about psychedelic treatment.

Oregon became the first US state to legalize psilocybin in 2020, while Colorado voted to decriminalize it in 2022. Even Republican-led states like Utah and Missouri consider studies on the drugprimarily due to his documented help for veterans with PTSD.

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