Kristen Bell opened up to her kids – and Jimmy Kimmel – about experimenting with drugs.
While visiting Jimmy Kimmel Live on Tuesday, the mom of two revealed that Aisyah told her kids about trying hallucinogenic mushrooms on her 40th birthday.
The frozen The actress, who shares 9-year-old Lincoln and 7-year-old Delta, with her husband Dax Shepard, said that as parents, they are very honest with their children about everything.
“His dad is in recovery, so he’s really honest about what alcohol does to your body, how it makes you feel funny and ruins things,” Bell, 42, shared. “What drugs do to your body and why most drugs are illegal and all.”
But her decision to be honest ended up backfiring.
“It backfired a few weeks ago because my mom came to town, who is more conservative than I am,” Bell, 55, told the late-night TV host.
“Then I heard my daughter talking to her grandmother, ‘I’m really happy [my parents] share all this with me. So what, my mom wants 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 mother than telling my daughter.”
Bell previously opened up about her experience trying mushrooms while on actor Sean Hayes and Dr. Priyanka Wali’s new podcast, Hypochondriac.
The actress shared in the podcast that after reading author Michael Pollan’s book How to Change Your Mind in 2020, he was inspired to try a new approach to combat his anxiety – psychedelic drugs.
Bell decided that he was “really interested in doing mushrooms.”
“I really want to try psilocybin [the technical term for hallucinogenic mushrooms] and feel a kind of open door, have my own journey,” he said.
The Food and Drug Administration is currently conducting a trial to study the effects of psilocybin in people with severe depression, and has said that the results so far show that it is a “breakthrough therapy.”
The mother of two knew she needed to try them in a safe and comfortable place, and husband Shepard, a recovering drug addict, wanted to help.
“I was very lucky to be married to a former drug addict,” she said. “Not only does he know where to get mushrooms … he has good, quality, organic, set and setting, beautiful mushrooms. And then he … nurtures me.”
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Shepard is now sober after suffering a relapse in 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 really want to experience this. And I don’t want to, I’m not going to party with it, but I want to know what it feels like. And I want to talk while I’m doing it, and I want you to talk to me.’ And he took me for a walk around the neighborhood and it was really nice.
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