Elon Musk teases electric plane design and smokes weed on Joe Rogan podcast

Elon Musk smokes weed on Joe Rogan podcast.

“I have a design for a plane,” said Elon Musk in a wide-ranging interview for the Joe Rogan Experience podcast broadcast live Thursday night on YouTube. The interview included the two men drinking whiskey and smoking weed.

Musk thinks his electric airplane would be better than current planes, capable of vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) and supersonic flight at high altitudes. The Tesla and SpaceX CEO admitted, however, that it’s not a priority for him. “Electric cars are important, solar energy is important, stationary storage of energy is important,” said Musk. “These things are much more important than creating electric supersonic VTOL.” Musk then became visibly emotional in describing our addiction to fossil fuels, calling it the “the dumbest experiment in human history.”

The spliff was introduced by Rogan long after the discussion of the plane. “It’s legal, right?” asked Musk before taking a single, tentative puff. The interview was conducted in the state of California where marijuana is legal for recreational use.

The airplane discussion begins at 1:15:08, the urging to accelerate the switch to sustainable energy begins at 1:19:16 and the weed smoking at 2:10:00.

”I’ve thought about this quite a lot, quite a lot,” Musk said of the electric jet design, although he admits that he’s only discussed it with friends and girlfriends. “The trick,” said Musk, “is that you have to transition to level flight. The thing you’d use for vertical takeoff and landing is not suitable for high speed flight.” Musk then describes in broad terms how he’d power the plane.

”The interesting thing about an electric plane is that you want to go as high as possible, but you need a certain energy density in the battery pack, because you have to overcome gravitational potential energy. Once you’ve overcome gravitational potential energy and you’re at a high altitude, the energy you use in cruise is very low, and then you can recapture a large part of your gravitational potential energy on the way down. So you really don’t need any kind of reserve fuel.”

Musk quickly conceded, however, that he has more important things on his plate that prevent him from taking his electric plane design further. “The electric airplane isn’t necessary right now,” said Musk. “Electric cars are important, solar energy is important, stationary storage of energy is important. These things are much more important than creating electric supersonic VTOL.”

Musk then sighed heavily, and became visibly emotional as he described the need to adopt sustainable energies more quickly.

”We’re really playing a crazy game here with the atmosphere and the oceans. We’re taking vast amounts of carbon from deep underground and putting this, putting this in the atmosphere, this is crazy. We should not do this. It’s very dangerous. We should accelerate the transition to sustainable energy. I mean the bizarre thing is that obviously we’re going to run out of oil in the long term. There’s only so much oil we can mine and burn. That’s totally logical, we must have a sustainable energy transport and energy infrastructure in the long term. So we know that’s the end point, we know that. So why run this crazy experiment where we take trillions of tons of carbon from underground and put it in the atmosphere and oceans. This is an insane experiment. It’s the dumbest experiment in human history. Why are we doing this, it’s crazy.”

“So we’re fucked?” asked Rogan later. “No we’re not fucked,” responded Musk. “But the momentum to sustainable energy is too slow.”

In 2017, Musk shared a vision of city-to-city travel using SpaceX rockets. The futuristic concept would allow passengers to make “most long-distance trips” in just 30 minutes, and go “anywhere on Earth in under an hour.”

Elon Musk has a storied history of floating ideas like Hyperloops and tunnels long before they become official projects under his command. Of course, Musk also says plenty of things that never happen, and is currently facing an SEC investigation into whether he misled investors about taking Tesla private.


Jesus christ Elon, just politely refuse.

Why should he?

Jesus Christ.

There are some people who believe that a CEO’s massive compensation is in part due to the heavy scrutiny and implied covenant to comport themselves at all times in the public eye as reliable, moral, responsible stewards of the public trust and private funding that a corporation has received. A captain of a ship, whose authority rests in part on the testimony of his/her personal conduct in the public and employees’ eyes. Someone who is expected to sacrifice some amount of personal freedom and enjoyment in service to a cause greater than themselves.

Elon Musk is not one of those people.

You’re a buzzkill and part of the problem. It’s just weed and I find it funny that no one has a problem with him drinking whiskey.


With all of his recent erratic behavior you would think people would be happy to see him smoking weed. If it was a cigarette drastically increasing his risk, and those around him, of cancer less people care.

He didn’t even smoke, this is hyperbole at it’s best. He took a puff, and immediately exhaled. He tasted it like one would taste a cigar. People need to cool their jets. The title should really say "Elon tasted a spliff"

Yup, this is accurate.

His recent erratic behavior is why people have a problem with it.

Find me the correlation between smoking weed and erratic behavior. All morning I’ve been reading articles "Elon Musk smoking weed!", implying that the act is the reason he has been a little trigger happy lately.

People are just using it as another excuse to attack Elon. No wonder he suffers from depression; hell I’d be smoking weed all day and night if I were him.

On another note, if you listen to the entire podcast, it’s a very intelligent, thought-provoking interview. I didn’t care much about him or his issues before listening to it, but now I see that he’s a really smart, genuinely good guy who wants to change the world, and understand why he has such a fan base. We shouldn’t try to limit him.

Everyone seems to be cherry picking portions of it and making their own conclusions to fit some predispositioned narrative about him, without actually watching it. Society builds people up then tears them down, the higher the fall the more they like it.

There are plenty of very recent studies showing increase in various behavioral and psychiatric symptoms in the general population with increased cannabis usage. It’s not really a secret. These studies also identify "heavy usage" as one per week.

You’re confused. I never said the weed was the cause of the erratic behavior, I said it was a symptom of it.

Sounds like weed is EXACTLY what he needed.

Smoking weed would help with his "erratic behavior" if anything.

Let me add that this was filmed in California where weed is just as legal as whiskey. If people are going to call him out they need to address both or neither.

I can’t recall seeing another CEO of a multi-billion dollar company drinking whisky during a media interview.
Especially, a CEO who’s judgement is already being questioned by the media and his company’s investors.

The blunt was just icing on the cake.

Exactly the point……. Weed is legal in California for recreational use, and quite frankly, is way less of a problem than alcohol if you ask me. Weed is not addictive, doesn’t give you a hangover, and has real medicinal uses. Alcohol is addicting, impaires your judgment, and leads people to bad decisions.

I agree with your point.

But I also think that it’s sad that one mood-altering drug (whisky) is totally fine for CEOs to use and abuse, but the mere idea of a puff of another mood-altering drug is totally verboten.

It’s a weird social hypocrisy we still haven’t left behind.

It’ll take a generation or two to get over once weed is legalized everywhere.

He drinks regularly and knows what to expect,. That’s the difference.

He smokes "almost never" and yet he thinks it’s a good idea to take a toke of a Joe Rogan level blunt during an interview. Really bad idea.

He literally said that when he has tried it he has noticed very few effects.

Ultimately its up to the investors to decide that with their wallets, no? If there wasn’t some kind of massive, career ending backlash after his pedo comments and other erratic behavior, I really highly doubt there will be one after him doing a single puff of something completely legal on a talk show of the specific "lets just chill out and talk about stuff" type of genre.

And, lets be real here, we live in "The Age of Trump" - take CEO out of your statement above and put in "The President" -- if money people don’t care about him, they wont care about Musk.

Unrelated: turns out putting double dashes makes your text mark-through. Neat.

If you watch Elon’s CEO salary you’d be surprised how he’s not making a huge "salary" directely from those jobs, but more from the stocks and everything else.

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