In 2020, SpaceX announced it would be supplying cannabis and vaporization devices to astronauts on its Mars missions with the company citing several groundbreaking studies on the positive impacts of cannabis in zero gravity,
“We have been improving our understanding of every system necessary to carry both crew and cargo on long-duration interplanetary flights, and help humanity return to the Moon, and travel to Mars and beyond,” noted SpaceX CEO Elon Musk. “In doing so, we have identified mental health as a critical success factor in long-term travel. From a weight-to-efficacy perspective, cannabis is the least expensive and most effective method to solve for this concern.”
A successful 2021 collaboration between Tesla Motors (TSLA) and Prrl Labs, Inc. to incorporate their proprietary NBT (no-burn tech) into Tesla’s automotive climate control system in 2021 made it possible to easily integrate the same technology into SpaceX’s Starship launch vehicle.
“It was a real pleasure working with the engineers at SpaceX,” said Prrl Labs CEO Mark Lewis, a former rocket scientist himself. “Developing the additions of the BFP and BFP Heavy to the line of Terp Surfer smokeless pipes with their engineers and having them stress-tested by some of Elon’s celebrity friends is an experience we will always remember. Carl Sagan would be so proud of our space program right now.”
Astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson seems to be on board with the idea saying
“The problem with space travel is that so many things can kill you. One can see how altering your understanding of reality for short periods of time, especially during long flights, could improve your mental health. Why not lock yourself in your cabin, get high, play a little Bowie, and enjoy the trip if all of your other responsibilities are complete?”
“We are excited to make humankind an interplanetary species, but what’s the point if you aren’t having some fun along the way?” Musk added.