- Jaden Smith reveals that his mother, Jada Pinkett Smith, introduced him to magic mushrooms.
- Neuroscientists explain the potential negative effects of psilocybin on developing brains.
About 11% of adults in the US have reported using psilocybin or mushrooms, according to a recent survey.
Jaden Smith recently discussed how his mother, Jada Pinkett Smith, introduced him to psychedelic mushrooms.
Neuroscientists caution that taking psilocybin before the brain is fully developed can have negative effects.
“The developing brain is in a constant state of change, or plasticity, with periods of intense refinement called ‘critical periods’, which are largely absent in the adult brain,” explains neuroscientist Dustin Hines.
Experts advise against young people trying psychedelics due to potential long-term outcomes and the interference with natural brain development during critical periods.
Further research is needed to fully understand the effects of psilocybin on developing brains.