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Elon Musk defends using prescribed ketamine for ‘negative frame of mind’

20:36, Tuesday, 19 March, 2024
Elon Musk defends using prescribed ketamine for ‘negative frame of mind’

Elon Musk has defended taking prescribed ketamine to treat his “negative frame of mind,” suggesting that his use of the drug is good for Tesla’s investors.

In an at-times tense interview with former CNN host Don Lemon, Musk said that he finds the anaesthetic helpful when he is suffering from a “negative chemical state”.

“There are times when I have… depression that is not linked to any negative news, and then ketamine is helpful for getting one outside out of a negative frame of mind,” Musk said during an interview released on X on Monday.

Asked if he thought he had ever abused the drug, Musk, who owns X and runs Tesla and SpaceX, said he did not think so and that he only takes a “small amount” once every other week or so.

“If you’ve used too much ketamine, you can’t really get work done and I have a lot of work – I am typically putting in 16-hour days. That’s normal for me,” Musk said.

“I can’t really get wasted because I can’t get my work done,” he added.

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