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Elon Musk suggests his prescription ketamine use is good for investors

In a new interview, Elon Musk said prescription ketamine had been helpful in treating his occasional depressive episodes and suggested taking the drug had been beneficial for investors in his companies.

Musk, speaking to former CNN anchor Don Lemon in an interview published online Monday, claimed he takes “a small amount once every two weeks” — sometimes less frequently — to treat this condition. which he described as “chemical tides” that may be causing his depression.

“Ketamine is useful for getting out of a negative mindset,” the Tesla and SpaceX chief executive told Lemon.

Lemon asked Musk if ketamine could “harm” his government contracts and his position on Wall Street. Musk said no, so language repeated he has used in the past to explain his drug use.

“From a Wall Street perspective, what matters is execution,” the tech mogul said. “Are you creating value for investors? » He then touted Tesla's valuation and sales. “From an investor’s point of view,” he said, “if there’s something I’m taking, I should continue to take it.” »

Musk added that he initially mentioned his prescription ketamine use on X “because I thought maybe it was something that could help other people.”

Video of the exchange was posted five days after Lemon announced that Musk had canceled his contract for a new talk show on X just hours after a “grueling” interview at Tesla headquarters in Austin, Texas.

X's verified company account confirmed that the company had decided not to “enter into a commercial partnership” with Lemon's show, but that the former CNN anchor was still welcome to post his content on the social media.

The lemon was fired from CNN last April. X said in January it had reached a deal with it as part of what the company billed as a move to expand its video offerings. The platform also partnered with former Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, and sports radio host Jim Rome.

Musk's use of ketamine was first reported by the Wall Street Journal. In an article on the subjectthe newspaper reported that some executives at Tesla and SpaceX were concerned about the billionaire tycoon's drug use.

Lemon asked Musk if he was “abusing” ketamine, which the billionaire said he takes under a doctor's supervision. Musk replied: “I don’t think so. If you take too much ketamine, you can't really work, and I have a lot of work.

Musk's comments on ketamine are notable, in part because he has previously criticized other drugs used to treat depression.

In an April 2022 tweet, for example, Musk said he believed the prescription antidepressant Wellbutrin should be “removed from the market.” In response to this message, health professionals defended the effectiveness and safety of the drug.

In recent years, ketamine – a powerful anesthetic – has gained more attention as a potential treatment for people seeking alternative therapies for depression, anxiety and other conditions.

The drug was recently linked to the death of “Friends” actor Matthew Perry, who died from the “acute effects of ketamine,” according to an autopsy report.

In a brief introduction to Musk's interview, Lemon said he wasn't sure why Musk decided to break their deal. “I challenge you, Elon, to watch the entire interview and tell the world why this is not what you say you want on X,” Lemon said, alluding to Elon's stated desire Musk to turn X into an arena for free speech.

Lemon also released the first episode of “The Don Lemon Show” on YouTube and said he plans to release future episodes on platforms including Spotify, iHeartRadio and “just about any place you stream content “.

In an article on X last week, Musk said Lemon “lacked authenticity” and “his approach was essentially 'CNN, but on social media'.”

Musk's interview with Lemon has been controversial at times. Musk seemed to bristle when Lemon first brought up ketamine, saying, “It's pretty private to ask someone for a medical prescription.”

The interview touched on other hot topics, including Musk's recent meeting with former President Donald Trump and the proliferation of hate speech on X, which Musk acquired in October 2022, when the platform was still known as Twitter.

In a follow-up interview with Chloe Melas of NBC News, Lemon described Musk's demeanor during the interview as “a little cold,” adding that he seemed to become more and more “uncomfortable” as the interview progressed. gradually.

He said “The Don Lemon Show” would air three days a week and tackle “whatever’s in the zeitgeist.” He and his team are looking for new media partners, but he did not provide details on those conversations.

He added that he expects X to uphold his side of his agreement. But if the company doesn't do so, he said, “then of course we'll have to take legal action, but I'm not sure we're at that point yet.”

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