How does the world’s richest man unwind? Apparently by attending weekend-long parties and other extravagant social gatherings while indulging in psychedelic drugs for their healing properties, which may not come as too much of a surprise after the billionaire lit up a blunt on an episode of Joe Rogan’s podcast.
Elon Musk advocates the use of psychedelic drugs and maintains that they may be better at alleviating depression than the most commonly used selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) drugs. He is known to carry around a chart at parties explaining the medicinal benefits of psychedelic drugs to anyone willing to listen.
In a recent New York Times feature on Musk with a byline that reads: “When the world’s richest man isn’t tweeting, he’s flying to Burning Man, trying to impress comedians and hopping on yachts.”
The magazine spoke with over 40 people who have spent time with Musk in a social environment, many of whom wanted to stay anonymous due to concern of repercussions as anyone attending the same party as Musk would have to sign a non-disclosure agreement as noted by Business Insider.
But… there are always a few that don’t mind dishing:
- “For the past 20 years, Musk has attended nearly every Burning Man festival — often accompanied by his younger brother, Kimbal Musk…”
- “I have been with him on mild exploratory journeys,” David Marglin, a Bay Area lawyer who met Mr. Musk at Burning Man and has been his friend for 20 years, told The Times. “And he appreciates the value of those journeys. Nothing out of control or wild, but it’s all night, and there’s dancing and revelry.”
- “Musk likes to pass around a chart purporting to explain why 3,4-Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA) and psilocybin mushrooms are healthier choices than alcohol.”
- “I think, generally, people should be open to psychedelics,” Musk said during a 2021 interview. “A lot of people making laws are kind of from a different era, so I think, as the new generation gets into political power, I think we will see greater receptivity to the benefits of psychedelics.”
Musk seems to feel very passionate about the subject, as he even tweets about it:
I’ve talked to many more people who were helped by psychedelics & ketamine than SSRIs & amphetamines
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 30, 2022
But is he on to something (or just on something)?
There are clinical trial results to MDMA and psychedelics may be useful in treating patients with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and depression.
It is important to note that a person can develop tolerance and/or physical dependence when using any form of drugs. It is always advised to consult a medical doctor before taking any medication.
Picture: Joe Rogan’s Podcast / Youtube