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CEO Elon Musk said his ketamine prescription benefited Tesla’s investors in a video interview with former CNN anchor Don Lemon posted online Monday.

Musk — who ended the partnership shortly after the interview and a list of Lemon’s exorbitant demands was exclusively revealed by The Post — said the drug helps him manage a “negative chemical state” similar to depression, in the interview this month was held and that also touched on politics, content moderation on X and Tesla.

“From a Wall Street standpoint, it’s about execution,” said Musk, who runs the automaker, rocket company SpaceX and social media platform X. Musk argued that Tesla was worth as much as the rest of the auto industry combined.

Elon Musk said the drug helps him manage a “negative chemical state,” similar to depression, in the interview conducted this month that also touched on politics and content moderation on X and Tesla. instagram/donlemonofficial

“For investors, if I take something, I have to keep taking it.”

A Wall Street Journal investigation published in January found that Musk had used drugs including LSD, cocaine, ecstasy and psychedelic mushrooms, raising concerns among executives and board members at his companies.

The report raised concerns that illegal drug use would likely violate federal policies that could jeopardize SpaceX’s government contracts.

The Journal, citing people familiar with the matter, reported that a Tesla executive became so frustrated with Musk’s behavior that she did not seek re-election to the board in 2019.

Musk responded to the Journal report on X in January, saying he agreed to three years of random drug testing at the request of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, which works with SpaceX. “Not even traces of drugs or alcohol were found,” Musk said.

Musk told Lemon that he had a doctor’s prescription for ketamine. The billionaire estimated he took “a small amount every week.”

Musk told Lemon that he had a doctor’s prescription for ketamine. The billionaire estimated he took “a small amount every week.” CNN

His comments were in response to Lemon asking what Musk’s ketamine prescription was for, and whether he ever worried “that it could get in the way of your government contracts and approvals and also Wall Street.”

Lemon posted the interview to YouTube and X after saying last week that Musk was canceling an exclusive partnership that “The Don Lemon Show” had with X.

Lemon would have three 30-minute episodes a week on X. “His approach was really just CNN, but on social media, which doesn’t work,” Musk wrote on X.

Musk did not respond to a request for comment from Reuters.




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