After over two hours discussing everything from simulation theory to why roofing torches aren’t flamethrowers to the fact a 300-mile range is pretty reasonable for an electric car, Joe Rogan and Elon Musk sparked up a blunt.
It was close to midnight on Sept. 6 and the pair were conversing for an episode of Rogan’s podcast, “The Joe Rogan Experience.” On the morning of Sept. 7, stock for Tesla — the electric car company of which Musk is the CEO — had plummeted 9 percent in response to the video of Musk smoking cannabis.
Earlier in the podcast, Rogan had threatened to lock the door on Musk’s manager and light a joint because the lines of thought Musk was exploring were so mind-bending. The cause of Rogan’s excitement: Musk’s belief in simulation theory, which is the theory that we’re all living inside of a supercomputer indistinguishable from true reality. However, Musk told Rogan not to worry because it was “probably boring outside the simulation,” so Rogan pulled back on his initial spark-up threats.
A couple hours later, Musk picked up one of the trinkets on Rogan’s studio table. Rogan told Musk that he had purchased it in the hope it would be a good joint holder, but it was a little small.
“It only holds one,” Rogan noted, as he handed Musk a blunt so he could see the dimensions in action. It’s worth noting that it appears the blunt was, in fact, a Backwoods, but visual confirmation is tough.
Upon receiving the blunt back from Musk, Rogan gave his trusted producer Jaime Vernon a mischievous look and proceeded to spark up the blunt.
With a dash of shock on his face, Musk asked, “Is that a joint or cigar?”
“It’s marijuana inside of a tobacco leaf,” Rogan replied.
Musk called it “posh tobacco” with a smile before Rogan asked him if he’d ever smoked a blunt before.
“I think I have once before,” Musk retorted, before letting out a booming laugh.
Rogan asked Musk if he couldn’t smoke the blunt because of stockholders.
“It’s legal right?” Musk asked Rogan.
“It’s totally legal,” Rogan replied. The comedian records his podcasts in his private studio in Los Angeles, where adult consumption of cannabis in private is legal.
Musk grabbed the blunt.
“How does that work? Do people get upset at you if you do certain things?” Rogan asked.
Then, in the greatest crossover between reusable rockets and cannabis of all time, Musk shook his head no and ripped the blunt.
Rogan told Musk that the combination of marijuana and tobacco is wonderful and that he was first turned on to it by comedian Charlie Murphy. He went on to say that Dave Chappelle had rekindled his enthusiasm. Musk noted that he believes alcohol was a drug that “had been grandfathered in,” as he looked at his whiskey.
All was well in the fabric of space-cannabis-time for about ten minutes. Then, Musk started receiving texts.
“It’s my friends calling, saying, ‘What the hell are you doing smoking weed?’” Musk replied.
“Is that bad for you? It’s legal,” Rogan asked.
“It’s not, you know. I’m not a regular smoker of weed,” Musk replied.
Rogan asked how often Musk indulged in cannabis.
“Almost never,” Musk replied.
Rogan dropped a fantastically inquisitive “Hmm…” before asking Musk if the cannabis had affected him. Musk said he wasn’t actually noticing any effects. This might be because, at certain points, it appears that Musk was not actually inhaling the smoke from the blunt, leading a few Twitter users to accuse the Tesla CEO of “pulling a Bill Clinton.”
Later in the conversation, Musk said that he believes it’s fine that so many people love cannabis, but that he “doesn’t find that it’s very good for productivity.”
“For you?,” Rogan asked.
“For me,” Musk replied.
Rogan dropped a “You like coffee better?” comment that flew over Musk’s head now that it was in low-earth orbit.
“I like to get things done. I like to be useful. That is one of the hardest things to do, is to be useful,” Musk replied.
Not long after they capped off their conversation, Rogan thanked Musk by noting that he knew the CEO tended to avoid long interviews and that he hoped he wouldn’t get in trouble for the weed.
“It’s legal, we’re in California,” Rogan said. “It’s as legal as this whiskey we’ve been drinking.”
“Exactly,” Musk replied.
They clinked their glasses one more time, and one of the greatest podcasts of all time was over.
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