Elon Musk may know a little more about rockets and electronic machines, but in an interview with podcaster Joe Rogan this week, he found a blind spot regarding cannabis, saying he thinks CBD is a hoax.
That doesn’t mean he doesn’t believe that a non-toxic cannabinoid doesn’t actually exist. Instead, the contractor’s technologist stated that he felt there was too much pressure and did nothing. Rogan, for his part, had his say on the benefits of cannabidiol.
The exchange began with Musk and Rogan reflecting on an earlier podcast, in 2018, 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 moved the headquarters of his podcast from California to Texas last year, noted that marijuana is not yet legal in his new home state, but CBD is.
CBI’s not doing anything. Really, Musk said. I think it’s fake.
Listen to Musk and Rogan discuss CBD, starting at 50:00:
Rogan quickly gave Musk a crash course on the many therapeutic benefits of CBD that have been established in a growing body of scientific literature.
Read the rest of the exchange below:
JR: Well, no, no, it definitely does something for inflammation.
EM : Really?
JR: Yes, of course.
EM : How many CBIs do you have to have before you figure it out?
EM : Yes.
JR: Yeah, physically, you don’t need much. Physically, CBD works very well for people with arthritis and muscle pain, among others. Yeah, no, the CBD definitely works for that, but as far as psychoactive effects go, not so much. It eases people’s anxiety.
EM : That’s all I’m saying.
JR: It helps people fall asleep, especially when combined with things like melatonin, things like that. But it won’t get you high. People mix CBD with THC for muscle creams, and that doesn’t get you high either, but it does increase efficiency.
EM : That’s all I’m saying.
JR: Yes, there are creams that are really good that have these people THC and CBD.
EM : Okay, you have sunscreen or something and then, I mean, why not just throw it in?
JR: Why not? It’s good for sore muscles.
EM : They smell like grass all day.
JR: But it doesn’t smell like weed.
EM : You don’t?
JR: No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no. Although, in some cases… That’s what’s unregulated, isn’t it? When hippies do them, it’s always a problem.
EM : Quality control.
JR: Yeah, no quality control. That’s the problem with edible spices. They’re made by a bunch of crazies, who cook them and some of them, 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 shares soared to $420, he responded on Twitter with a tear, a touching smile and a comment : Wow… stocks are so high, lol.
Of course 420 is well known to cannabis enthusiasts, as it is the unofficial 4/20 cannabis festival. And it wasn’t the first time Musk had played it.
The billionaire technology entrepreneur found himself in 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 the required legal notice.
Rogan, on the other hand, is a proud cannabis and psychedelic enthusiast. For example, he once told of hanging out with Dave Chappelle while the actor ate psilocybin mushrooms given to him by a stranger.
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Photo courtesy of Joe Rogan Experience/Witness.
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