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Drug use, particularly psychedelics, is becoming more common among public figures and tech executives in Silicon Valley. The global psychedelics market is estimated to reach $8 billion by 2029.

 Elon Musk takes ketamine. Google cofounder Sergey Brin sometimes enjoys magic mushrooms (AFP)Premium
Elon Musk takes ketamine. Google cofounder Sergey Brin sometimes enjoys magic mushrooms (AFP)

Tech executives and employees in Silicon Valley are embracing psychedelics like ketamine, psilocybin, and LSD as potential catalysts for business breakthroughs. Routine drug use has shifted from after-hours activities to an integral part of corporate culture. This trend has left boards and business leaders grappling with their responsibilities towards a workforce that frequently engages in drug use.

As per a Wall Street Journal (WSJ) report, Elon Musk takes ketamine. Google cofounder Sergey Brin sometimes enjoys magic mushrooms.

Meanwhile, Founders Fund, a prominent venture-capital firm known for its investments in SpaceX and Facebook, has even hosted parties that include psychedelics.

“They don’t want a normal person, a normal company," Spencer Shulem, CEO of BuildBetter.ai, told WSJ, disclosing how he uses LSD in work settings to improve his focus. “They want something extraordinary. You’re not born extraordinary."

Meanwhile, shortly after the report’s release, Musk clarified in a tweet “ketamine taken occasionally is a better option" than traditional medication for depression, citing the experience of “friends."

Elon Musk, however, criticised the use of SSRIs, commonly prescribed for mental illness, stating concerns about their potential to "zombify" people.

Drug use in not only common in Silicon Valley. A growing number of public figures are speaking out about their psychedelic experience. New York Jets quarterback Aaron Rodgers described his ayahuasca psychedelic experience as "radically life-changing."

“I found a deeper self love," he said, as quoted by Fortune. “It unlocked that whole world of what I’m really here to do is to connect, to connect with those guys, and to make those bonds and to inspire people."

Globally, the psychedelics market is estimated to grow from $2.9 billion in 2021 to $8 billion by 2029; psychedelic use, including LSD and hallucinogens, has increased among adults in the last 20 years, the report cites

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Published: 29 Jun 2023, 09:27 AM IST
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