The Pinkett Smith family – Will, Jada, Jaden, Willow and Trey – are without a doubt one of LA’s most entertaining clans. They’re perfect Hollywood story fodder that exists beyond their creative work (and yes, we stan both parent’s bodies of work here in this house.)
A combination of immense wealth, even more immense public profiles and a tendency for creating headlines whether that’s about your open relationship (no judgment) man-slapping someone for talking about your wife (some judgement) or most recently – letting the world know you all take trips together.
No, not trips to see the Grand Canyon or Disneyland. The psychedelic sort.
At least that’s according to certified middle child Jaden Smith. Speaking to USA Today, Jaden explains that the whole Smith family are all fans of the occasional mushroom shake and the person who introduced it to them was matriarch Jada.
“I think it was my mum, actually, that was really the first one to make that step for the family,”he explained in an interview. “It was just her for a really, really long time, and then eventually it just trickled and evolved and everybody found it in their own ways.”
To put the purpose of the interview into context, Jaden was a speaker at the most recent Psychedelic Science 2023 fair, hosted by the nonprofit group Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies, or MAPS.
According to Jaden, the family’s use of psychedelics is totally strategic and done in a way to strengthen relationships. Should he, and brother Trey and or sister Willow, fight they will then share a shroom and let it all go.
Research into psychedelics has grown in popularity (again, because weren’t already aware of this in the 60s?) for its potential use in treating everything from PTSD to depression. They’ve also been used in boosting creativity and stimulate neuroplasticity which helps form new synaptic connections. Back in 2020, it was reported that micro-dosing had become a huge phenomenon among Silicon Valley’s tech industry.