During a visit Jimmy Kimmel Live on Tuesday, the mother of two revealed that she told her kids about trying hallucinogenic mushrooms on her 40th birthday.
The Frozen actress, who shares 9-year-old Lincoln and 7-year-old Delta with husband Dax Shepard, said that as parents they are very honest with their children about everything.
“Their dad is recovering, so he’s been very honest about what alcohol does to your body, how it makes you feel weird and hurts things,” Bell, 42, shared. “What drugs do to your body and why most drugs are illegal and all that.”
But her decision to be honest ended up backfiring.
“It fell through a few weeks ago because my mom came to town, who’s more conservative than I am,” Bell shared. the nightly TV presenter55.
“Then I heard my daughter talking to grandma and saying, ‘I’m actually really happy [my parents] share all these things with me. So anyway, my mom really wanted to try mushrooms…”
Bell immediately began to panic.
“I was like ‘Uh-oh, uh-oh, uh-oh,'” she said with a giggle. “For some reason I’m more worried about telling my mom than telling my daughter.”
The actress shared on the podcast that after reading the book by author Michael Pollan How to change your mind in 2020 she was inspired to create a new approach to combat her anxiety – psychedelic drugs.
Bell decided that she “really interested in doing mushrooms.”
“I really wanted to try something psilocybin [the technical term for hallucinogenic mushrooms] and feel what kind of doors open, have a journey that was my own,” she explained.
The Food and Drug Administration is currently conducting trials to study the effects of psilocybin on people with major depression has said that results so far show that it is a ‘breakthrough therapy’.
“I’m very lucky to be married to an ex-drug addict,” she said. “Not only did he know where to get the mushrooms… he got that really nice, quality, organic, set and setting, beautiful mushroom. And then… he looked after me.”
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Shepard is now sober again after suffering a relapse in his addiction to painkillers in September.
Bell said she decided to do it for her birthday last year, with Shepard, 46, by her side.
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“I said, ‘I would really like to experience this. And I don’t want to, I’m not going to celebrate with it, but I want to know what this feels like. And I want to talk as I do and I want you to talk to me.’ And he took me for a walk around the neighborhood and it was so beautiful.”
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