Gwyneth Paltrow has a new show on Netflix, and it is unfortunately not a television version of Shakespeare in Love.
It is something called The Goop Lab, in which she shows the world the inner workings of Goop, the wellness brand she founded in 2008.
Anyway, this show seems as wild as a vagina candle, so I thought I'd watch the first episode to see what the deal is.
Netflix and Gwyneth told me I could watch the episodes in any order, but I like to play by the rules, so I started with Episode 1, called "The Healing Trip." Here's the synopsis:
It features the following disclaimer:
The point of the show seems to be to try unconventional (aka not FDA approved) healing methods like magic mushrooms to help with different wellness issues. This episode focuses on psychedelic psychotherapy with the use of psychedelic drugs like MDMA, LSD, and psilocybin (magic mushrooms).
Four goopers (Elise, Kevin, Renee, and Jenny) are chosen to go to Jamaica to try psilocybin in a "ceremonial" setting rather than a clinical one.
The episode cuts back and forth between the trip to Jamaica and a discussion on psychedelics between Gwyneth, Elise, and two guest experts: Mark Haden, executive director of the Multidisciplinary Association of Psychedelic Studies, and psychiatrist Will Siu.
In Jamaica, the goopers express what they hope to get out of the experience.
And then we're off! The goopers drink some shroom tea and things immediately get trippy. Elise says she feels like she's in a birth canal and needs to lie down.
Back at the Goop office, Mark and Will explain how psychedelic psychotherapy differs from regular therapy because it accesses the subconscious "trauma tapes" that a person might have repressed.
Meanwhile, things have taken a turn in Jamaica. The goopers are at the height of their mushroom high, and Jenny and Kevin are both sobbing uncontrollably.
We also get to hear from a few non-goopers who have tried psychedelic psychotherapy and found it very helpful. Estalyn and Jon both tried it in clinical trials, and Naima has been taking mushroom microdoses for six years.
Then Mark says something that is confusing to me, since it implies that anyone trying psychedelics should do it in a controlled environment and under therapist supervision, which is not what is happening in Jamaica.
Gwyneth and Elise also have this perfect exchange:
And finally, Kevin (who is actually Gwyneth's assistant) sits down with his boss to discuss how much he loved his time in Jamaica and how healing the trip was.
And that's it! That's the first episode of The Goop Lab. It feels like I just watched a 35-minute informercial for shrooms. If you were hoping we'd get to see Gwyn do some, this is sadly not the place.
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