Elon Musk may know a bit more about rockets and electronic machines, but in an interview with podcaster Joe Rogan this week, he revealed a blind spot regarding cannabis, saying he thinks CBD is “fake.”
This does not mean that he does not believe that a non-toxic cannabinoid does not actually exist. Rather, the enterprising technologist stated that he felt he was overstepping his bounds and “doing nothing.” For his part, Rogan then spoke at length about the benefits of cannabinoids.
The exchange began with Musk and Rogan reflecting on an earlier 2018 podcast in which the CEO of SpaceX and Tesla blew on a blunt object containing marijuana (which he later claimed he never inhaled), triggering a NASA investigation into “workplace safety” and “his aerospace company’s commitment to a drug-free environment.”
Rogan, who last year moved the headquarters of his podcast from California to Texas, noted that marijuana is not yet legal in his new home state, but “the CBD is legal here.”
“CBI is not doing anything. It is,” Musk said. “I think it’s fake.”
Listen to Musk and Rogan discuss the CBD, starting at 50:00:
Rogan was quick to give Musk a crash course on the many therapeutic benefits of CBD identified in a growing body of scientific literature.
Read the rest of the exchange below:
Well, no, no, it certainly does something for inflammation.
Yes, of course.
EM: Well, how many CDBs do you have to have before you notice it?
Yes, physically, you don’t have to have much. Physically, CBD works very well for people with arthritis and muscle pain, among other things. Yes, no, CBD definitely works for that, but as far as psychoactive effects go, not so much. It relieves people’s anxiety.
That’s all I’m saying.
JR: It helps people sleep, especially when it’s combined with things like melatonin, you know, things like that. But it doesn’t get you high. People mix CBD with THC for muscle creams, and you don’t get high from that either, but it increases potency.
That’s all I’m saying.
Yes, there are creams that are really good that have these people THC and CBD.
EM: Okay, you have sunscreen or something, and why not throw it in?
Why not? It’s good against pain.
They smell like grass all day.
But it doesn’t smell like weed.
No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no. Although it’s not. It’s something that’s not regulated, right? Like hippies do, it’s always a problem.
EM: Quality Control.
Yes, no quality control. That’s the problem with edible foods. A bunch of crazies make them, cook them, and some, you know, the Chula Vista apartments, you really don’t know what’s in them.
Musk may not be a CBD pioneer, but he likes to play with marijuana growers from time to time.
For example, when Telsa’s stock reached $420, he responded on Twitter by crying, laughing emotionally and saying, “Wow … The stock is so high, lol”.
Of course 420 is well known to cannabis enthusiasts, as it is the unofficial 4/20 cannabis festival. And it’s not the first time Musk has played it.
The billionaire technology entrepreneur fell into the hot seat of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in 2018 after stating that he was considering privatizing Tesla at a price of $420 – an announcement the SEC called “false and misleading” and made without regulatory notice.
Rogan, on the other hand, is a proud cannabis and psychedelic enthusiast. For example, he once told us that he hung out with Dave Chappelle while the actor ate psilocybin mushrooms given to him by a stranger.
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