Gwyneth Paltrow reveals how husband helped her through 'very emotional' MDMA experience
Gwyneth Paltrow has opened up about about how her husband, Brad Falchuck, guided her through an "emotional" MDMA trip in her new Netflix series, The Goop Lab.
In the first of the six-part series, the actress and entrepreneur explores how psychedelics can be used as an alternative form of healing. And in the episode, she touches on her own experience of using drugs, revealing that she once tried ecstasy in Mexico.
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After a case study demonstrated how the Class A substance helped a man suffering with post-traumatic disorder, the Shakespeare in Love actress proceeded to share her own story about using the drug. "I never thought of MDMA as a psychedelic and when I took it, I didn’t hallucinate," she recalled.
"It wasn’t a rave, it was actually very, very emotional and I was with my then-boyfriend, who’s now my husband, and he’s a very empathetic, very profoundly wise person and he was able to help me through it," she continued. "It does make me think there’s so much to unearth if I did it [using MDMA in therapy]."
Paltrow also touched on how psychedelics could potentially help her address her own deep-seated issues, saying "Being the person people perceive me to be is inherently traumatic, you know, so I think that lack of connection you describe, that is so pervasive now."
As well as the 47-year-old sharing her personal experience of MDMA, the first episode of The Goop Lab sees several of her employees travel to Jamaica to take magic mushrooms in a therapeutic setting.
"The goop staff nominated themselves and raised their hands. I’d say almost everyone at goop wanted to go to Jamaica," elaborated Goop's Chief Content Officer, Elise Loehnen.
"Leading with curiosity, Gwyneth Paltrow and her Goop team look at psychedelics, energy work and other challenging wellness topics," reads the description of the new Netflix original series, which is due to debut in the UK on the 24th January.
Paltrow first launched the lifestyle brand back in 2008, and it now boasts over 300 employees in its Santa Monica, California headquarters.