The paper described a sleep-deprived CEO working 120 hours per week who hasn't taken a substantial vacation since 2001.
He went on to say he's constantly exhausted because of his workload and it's compromised his health.
CEO Musk granted a wide-ranging interview with The New York Times, in which he called 2018 the worst year of his career and got choked up talking about missing family events.
Musk has also found himself in hot water this year from comments he has made through social media.
Musk has no plans to relinquish his dual role as chairman and chief executive officer, he said in the interview. But some board members worry that the drug - known for sometimes causing erratic actions and impulsive decisions - does often not put Musk to sleep, but instead contributes to his late-night Twitter ramblings which have landed the CEO in hot water.
Furthermore, the price of $420 a share was the result of a rounding up, and Musk made it clear that "he was not on weed".
Two weeks prior to Musk's tweet it was revealed Tesla had burned through US$739.5 million in cash on its way to a record US$717.5m net loss in the second quarter, as it cranked out more electric cars.
"If you have anyone who can do a better job, please let me know", is the Elon quote the interview ends with. "They can have the job", Musk was quoted as saying. Is there someone who can do the job better?
Tesla Inc is on its way to make 8,000 Model 3 cars per week even as it burns more cash, Evercore analysts wrote in a note on Thursday, following their visit to the electric-car maker's California facility.
Musk told The Times he wrote the tweet in his auto on the way to the airport, and no one reviewed it. Efforts are underway to find a No. 2 executive to help take some of the pressure off Mr. Musk, people briefed on the search said.
Musk said that he hasn't taken a week-long vacation in close to 20 years. "This has really come at the expense of seeing my kids. There's a reason for the word 'stoned.' You just sit there like a stone on weed", he said.
It's followed by how he very almost had to miss being best man at his brother's wedding, and just slipped in and out of the celebration before getting back to the factory, and it makes you wonder anyone could live like that for years at a time.
Kimbal officially married Christiana, the daughter of billionaire Sam Wyly, on April 7, but celebrated the event with around 300 guests at Greco-Roman ruins near Girona.
Anyone can see that Elon Musk has been having a rough year.
Musk branded the 72-year-old "evil" and "a bad human being" saying his father had done "almost every evil thing you can possibly think of".
Musk shocked markets last week with a tweet that he was considering taking Tesla private for $420 and that he had secured funding. So he tweeted $420 because it was "better karma".
His tweet set off a chain reaction which saw Tesla's shares climb 6.8 per cent to US$365.36.
That tweet, and shrill attacks on Tesla's critics, may indicate the need for someone else to take the company's reins.
The Wall Street Journal reported that government regulators have subpoenaed Tesla as they dig deeper into his disclosure of the potential buyout.