Gwyneth Paltrow knows what’s next in the health space: psychedelic drugs.
The Goop founder, 46, asserts that she is consistently ahead of her time when it comes to everything from a gluten-free diet (she wrote a cookbook in 2015) to conscious uncoupling. When asked by the New York Times what the mainstream will be looking at in the months to come, Paltrow had the answer: “I think how psychedelics affect health and mental health and addiction will come more into the mainstream.”
“I mean there’s undeniably some link between being in that state and being connected to some other universal cosmic something,” she continued.
Despite her belief that ibogaine — a plant-derived substance from Gabon — is worth exploring and could potentially help our culture “evolve,” the actress has never touched any type of psychoactive drug.
“I’ve never done it. I’m terrified,” she said.
Goop, the wellness e-commerce company that is expanding with a new Netflix docuseries this fall, has been accused in the past for false claims and recently paid out $145,000 in civil penalties to resolve allegations. Despite recommending vaginal eggs, nutritional supplements and various exercises and diets, Paltrow refutes the claims that the company offers a gold star of approval.
“When we were young and not even monetizing the business and just sort of creating content, we didn’t necessarily understand anything about claims. We just thought, ‘Oh, this is a cool alternative modality, let’s write about it,’” she said of past flubs. “Of course we’ve made some mistakes along the way, but we’ve never been prescriptive. We’ve never said, “You should try this,” or “This works.” We’re just saying, “Wow, this is interesting, let’s have a Q and A with this person who practices this.” And then that somehow gets translated into, ‘Gwyneth says you should do this.’”