A mock up of the Crew Dragon spacecraft is displayed during a media tour of SpaceX. ( ROBYN BECK/AFP via Getty Images)

culture | 08.17.2022

NASA Steps in After Elon Musk Smokes a Blunt on Joe Rogan’s Podcast

The smoking saga is not over for the tech billionaire–or us.

If you thought the smoke had cleared since Elon Musk hit a blunt on Joe Rogan’s podcast, think again.

A handful of cannabis-related stunts have landed the tech-entrepreneur in hot water this year, and now, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) will perform a safety review of SpaceX, one of Musk’s companies. 

On Tuesday, November 20, The Washington Post published an article claiming that NASA has concerns involving “everything and anything that could impact safety.”

Boeing, unaffiliated with Musk, will also be undergoing the month-long safety inspection that will commence in the new year.

Though NASA spokesman Bob Jacobs declined to comment on what specifically prompted the safety review of SpaceX, he did, however, state that the review’s purpose is to “ensure the companies are meeting NASA’s requirements for workplace safety, including the adherence to a drug-free environment.”

Another representative, this time NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine, told the Washington Post that NASA’s concerns lie in the culture of the companies that they contract.

Jim Bridenstine, NASA Administrator, speaks at the 69th International Astronautical Congress (IAC). (Photo by Mohssen Assanimoghaddam/ Getty Images)

“If I see something that’s inappropriate, the key concern to me is what is the culture that led to that inappropriateness and is NASA involved in that,” Bridenstine said to the Washington Post. “As an agency, we’re not just leading ourselves, but our contractors, as well. We need to show the American public that when we put an astronaut on a rocket, they’ll be safe.”

Bridenstine also stated that while he has confidence in SpaceX, anything that questions a NASA-affiliated company’s culture and safety requires immediate attention.

As the year’s final days dwindle, Musk’s activity throughout this year, in hindsight, has seen the billionaire entrepreneur’s actions trotting a thin line between comedic and bizarre, entertaining and inappropriate.

This year, Musk sent out a “420” tweet that led to Tesla’s stock tanking and was met with a hefty $20 million fine from the Security and Exchange Commision (SEC). Musk subsequentially stepped down as the company’s chairman.

Despite the repercussions Musk faced after hitting the blunt with Joe Rogan, fellow man-of-science Neil DeGrasse Tyson defended Musk, saying the innovator shouldn’t be punished for enjoying cannabis but did warn him about staying in good graces with the SEC.

With all of this talk about space and almost sci-fi technology, we think Elon and Joe should’ve been smoking from the newest laser technology available instead of the regular old joint, you know?

We are talking about the Hitoki Trident, an innovative futuristic device that uses clean laser combustion to vaporize your dried flower with just a button. This device mixes the best of state-of-the-art technology with the child of premium quality, electronic hookah, and a bong.

Photo courtesy of Hitoki

Its unique laser technology doesn’t use any fuel, lighters, or wicks, making it perfect for someone who uses only electric energy like Elon.  Think of this device as a Sci-Fi Bong, using cutting-edge laser technology to ignite your favorite bud and give you the cleanest and smoothest smoke available through their waiter chamber.

This translates into fewer wasted favorite flower, as the laser technology blasts and ignites the herb to the perfect degree without having any leftovers. So, The Trident is not only great to save weed, but you really experience all the flavors, aromas, and terpene profiles your herb has.

With minimal cleanup and more than 280 uses on a single charge, this device is for sure the Tesla of the regular bongs by giving state-of-the-art technology to ensure premium-quality smoking sessions every time.

Photo courtesy of Hitoki

No more fear of having grime leftovers stuck to your device, hours of leaving your bong to a salt and alcohol mix, or breaking your bong because it slipped while washing it.

If you are interested in knowing more about this high-tech smoking device, you can read more here.

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