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Blair: You sure Layla's asleep?
Nina: Don't worry. I [used] warm milk with extra honey. She'll be out for hours!

When writers want to do a Very Special Episode but don't invent a one-shot abuser friend, they generally feel skittish about having their character suddenly use so-called 'hard' drugs. Coupled with this is the infamous rigidity of broadcast standards and practices, who sometimes frown on the depiction of drugs even if it is completely negative.

Thus, any drugs commonly portrayed are just unnamed drugs in a ominous-looking context, such as red-and-white caplets or vaguely white powder. Occasionally over-the-counter but still-unnamed drugs are used, which carries a bit more realism. The writers might also just invent a fictional drug.

A riskier prospect is to depict a named drug, but with ridiculously overblown effects considering the known real-world impact of the drug and the shortness of the storyline. This was commonly done with marijuana despite the public perception of its effects as "bland," and thus a major reason such depictions are avoided in case they are not taken seriously. In any case, the strength of any drug never seems to result in symptoms of withdrawal in further episodes.


Alcohol can usually fit the bill, since it's commonly viewed as merely "adult" or even inoffensive and culturally mainstream, rather than sinful or dangerous.

In comedies, a complete non-drug may be treated as if it were, like sugar addicts or milk-alcoholics: that's I Can't Believe It's Not Heroin! In Speculative Fiction, the drug may be entirely fictional, making it a Fantastic Drug (which, if it gives superpowers, would be Psycho Serum).

Despite the name of the trope, this can show up in works with adult ratings, not just G rated/family friendly works. Moral Guardians - and in many cases, the actual creative teams - may feel uncomfortable using real drugs in certain contexts, even if the rating would otherwise allow for it. For example, if the story depicts use of a deadly narcotic as fun, cool and useful with no bad consequences, it can sometimes be reasonable to fiddle "opium" into "Tropeium" to prevent unnecessary negative attention and get on with telling the story. This tends to show up in types of work that wouldn't be taken seriously by executives as having a valid artistic reason to use a real drug, so tends to turn up in trashy sci-fi TV, lurid exploitation flicks or pulpy power-fantasy video games.


See also: No Smoking, Frothy Mugs of Water, Toad Licking, Drunk on Milk, Klatchian Coffee, High on Catnip, G-Rated Stoner.


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  • There was an entire series of commercials in the 80s/early 90s about people having increasingly agitated monologues about how unfair it is that some circumstances prevented them from getting their morning bowl of Corn Pops, while the theme from Jaws played in the background. Surprisingly, these commercials were made by Kellogs with the implication that the cereal was just that good, ignoring the implications that people who can't get Corn Pops act like junkies going into withdrawal.

    Anime & Manga 
  • The Level Upper in A Certain Scientific Railgun is a sound file that amplifies the powers of any esper that listens to it. However, it comes with the side-effect of causing its users to collapse into a coma. It's distributed illegally throughout Academy City by shady people and it's generally treated as if it were a deadly drug.
  • In the Welcome to the N.H.K. light novel and manga, nearly the first thing we see the protagonist do is snort a small amount of a 'legal drug' he 'brought off the internet'. In the anime, the drug was removed, and the resulting trip was changed from a drug-induced hallucination into a psychotic hallucination.
  • In season 2 episode 4 of Baka and Test: Summon the Beasts, Himeji gets drunk off some chocolates she ate. And due to her Yandere and Clingy Jealous Girl tendencies, she and Shouko force their respective Love Interests and resident Butt Monkeys Akihisa and Yuuji to play a strip card game with them. And both girls win pretty handily.
  • Ryuk in Death Note needs apples! He practically has withdrawal symptoms if he doesn't eat any for a prolonged amount of time.
  • Chitose in YuruYuri gets drunk off chocolates as well, and has a tendency to kiss anyone in the vicinity when she does it.
  • Chihiro Kawai from Pretty Sammy has an extreme addiction to karaoke, at one point going through withdrawals after her new computer (which she mistook for a high-tech karaoke machine) breaks. In a later episode she even ties up and gags a bus attendant and steals the woman's microphone so she can lead a tour bus in a rendition of one of her songs.
  • One chapter of Ah! My Goddess started with Belldandy first drinking everyone under the table at a party, and she explains that alcohol simply has no effect on her. Then she has one can of cola and is instantly intoxicated. Hilarity Ensues.
  • In Cardcaptor Sakura, the normally serious Spinel Sun (aka Suppi-chan) gets drunk/high on sugar, and goes crazy after eating just a few sweets.

    Asian Animation 
  • Season 7 episode 39 of Happy Heroes is about Lele the Funny Animal dog accidentally consuming chocolate and becoming addicted to it (unlike the real-life animal, chocolate is not poisonous to Lele's species of dog alien, though it is still strong enough to make them delirious). It eventually devolves into Big M. and Little M., both disguised as cats, secretly selling him chocolates in a suitcase.

    Comic Books 
  • The "Knuckles" spin-off series of Sonic the Hedgehog (Archie Comics) featured a mini-arc involving the Chaotix investigating the distribution of an addictive substance called Lemon Sundrop Dandelion, under the guise of secret sauce for a theme park's chili dogs. It had led to the death of one of Charmy the Bee's old friends before the story began. Its hallucinogenic side effects are coincidentally similar to actual LSD (hence the equally-coincidental connection to the comic's drug name).
  • In Justice League International, Martian Manhunter developed an addiction to Oreos, which were later renamed "Chocos" due to copyright issues. When Booster Gold and Blue Beetle (Ted Kord) played a prank on J'onn by hiding his Chocos, he went on a rampage.
  • Dandelions were implied to be hallucinogenic, addictive and self-destructive in Bloom County several times.
  • Iron Man #178 featured a lighthearted story about a group of kids who dress up as the Avengers and pretend to fight crime. In a scene parodying Tony Stark's struggles with alcoholism at the time, Mikey, the club's former Iron Man, is shown aimlessly wandering around Brooklyn without any shoes on and guzzling a bottle of...Coca-Cola. When Mikey begins questioning his own memory, he even says "I have been hitting the old sugar-water lately."
  • Judge Dredd parodies this trope several times.
    • In "The Comic Pusher", with vintage comic books. Of 2000AD, at that.
    • Another couple stories center on Umpty, candy that tastes so good it causes cravings. Overlaps as Fantastic Drug.
    • Finally, genuine sugar has been banned - citing numerous health reasons - and in the present of the comic counts as a hard drug.

    Fan Works 
  • Along with previously established G-rated drugs in The Sims 4, Catastrophe Theory treats mood potions as a drug because they're technically mood-altering substances. It's unclear whether taking mood enhancers is habit-forming, but it's highly discouraged by some sims for being unnatural.
  • In the Fairly Oddparents fanfiction, Origin of the Pixies, magical beings are subject to getting drunk on sugary substances like candy and soda rather than alcohol.

    Films — Animated 
  • While 9 is rated PG-13 for its Family-Unfriendly Violence and terror, 8's addiction to magnetism still fulfills this trope.
  • Simba pretty much uses the philosophy of Hakuna Matata in The Lion King (1994) in the same way some drug addicts use drugs to solve their problems.
  • During The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie, Spongebob gets a hangover from too much ice cream.
  • Archibald Snatcher, the Big Bad of The Boxtrolls, is obsessed with cheese as a status symbol, even though eating it causes a violent allergic reaction that not only makes his face swell up in a nasty fashion, but causes him to act like a surly drunk and even hallucinate at one point. One of his lackeys, Mr. Pickles, even warns him "You know what cheese can do to you..."
  • While Fantastic Planet is hardly G-rated, the film abounds with drug imagery, drug effects, hallucinatory other-worlds — and yet, no real drugs.
  • Bowdlerized in Kiki's Delivery Service where Kiki and her friends are shown to drink coffee (with no ill effects). The English translation implies they are drinking hot chocolate instead.
  • In Frozen Fever, Elsa's cold starts to make her act increasingly delirious as the short continues. It's implied the cold medicine Anna got from Oaken didn't help matters (in olden days, it was common for "patent medicines" to contain strong narcotics like cocaine and heroin).
  • In The Good Dinosaur, Arlo and Spot eat some fruit from the ground. Judging from the hallucinations following, it was well fermented fruit.
  • In Sahara, Gary the snake can't help but inhale flower pollen every chance he gets.He willingly refuses to do this near the end of the film however, as helping Ajar rescue his sister is more important.
  • Trolls: The Trolls are this to the Bergens. They serve as psychedelic drugs that when consumed orally, they help make a Bergen feel happiness.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Repo! The Genetic Opera averts this with Zydrate. The promo stuff makes it seem G-rated, but then its first appearance in the actual movie is when Grave-Robber extracts it from a corpse, and it has some pretty nightmarish effects. Towards the finale, Amber Sweet, the daughter of the owner of GeneCo, Rotti Largo, has her face fall off because of a shoddy, last-minute surgery to fix her accidentally-scarred face right before the opera. The really nightmarish thing is that she isn't screaming because she's so high off Zydrate. The nightmarish effects are because, when you're extracting it from a corpse, it's bound to be a little less than 99 44/100% pure. The official GeneCo version just seems to be a very effective (and incidentally addictive) painkiller.
  • El Indio in For a Few Dollars More smokes what is presumably marijuana, but it's never mentioned exactly what it is. There's a few points where we see him so stoned he falls asleep with his eyes open or ends up giggling uncontrollably, but other than that the film deliberately makes it unclear whether Indio's psychotic behavior is caused by the drugs, or whether he's actually medicating a mental illness with them and without them he'd be even worse. (The fact that he twitchily requests joints from his underlings after killing people for trivial reasons supports this interpretation). Presumably, the intention was to placate Moral Guardians in America, without ending up in the Reefer Madness hysteria school by claiming weed will turn you into a bipolar rapist.
  • The drug-fueled, hallucination-laden madness that is Naked Lunch (the film, at least) revolves around Lee's addiction to... extermination powder? Granted, it was meant as an indirect adaptation of the original novel, in which heroin was the culprit.
  • In Chuck E. Cheese in the Galaxy 5000, there's "Zoom Gas." The antagonists flood their cockpit with it then start acting all giddy and driving at absurd speeds. Hmmm....
  • In The Smurfs, Grouchy has a scene in which he overindulges in M&M's and has a "candid" conversation with a green M&M plushie.
  • Radagast in The Hobbit feels the effects of Gandalf's pipe-weed, and Saruman later comments disapprovingly on his consumption of mushrooms. At the risk of informing you of something you already know: Tolkien unambiguously intended "pipe-weed" to be interpreted as Nicotiana, not Cannabis. Though tobacco does contain, as the genus name indicates, nicotine, and that can give people who aren't used to it a "buzz".
  • According to actor Topher Grace, his portrayal of Venom in Spider-Man 3 was deliberately meant to evoke the image of a drug addict, with the symbiote substituting for any actual substance abuse.
  • The Lotus Hotel in The Lightning Thief. While in the book, it was the arcade games that kept you there, the film has them literally eat lotus blossoms during their stay. This is treated as them getting high.
    Annabeth: I think I figured it out, I know why we're here.
    Percy: Why are we here?
    Annabeth: To HAVE FUN!
  • The Extremis serum in Iron Man 3 has some hints of this. Jack Taggart very clearly seems to be going through withdrawal, and Aldrich Killian states that test subjects who can't regulate their dosage properly will be dropped from the trials, as addiction will not be tolerated.
  • In X-Men: Days of Future Past, Xavier being dependent on his medicine, and suffering intense pain from his powers returning when he stops taking it, is about the closest a PG-13 film can come to depicting the effects of drug abuse and withdrawal.
  • The Happytime Murders, despite being an R-rated film, has this in the form of sugar and sugar-based products (e.g. rock candy, syrup, etc.), which are treated as hard drugs for puppets.
  • Labyrinth features a peach, which after all is just a peach, but seems to operate a lot like a hallucinogenic roofie.

  • Animorphs, maple and ginger instant oatmeal is highly addictive to the Yeerks, unfortunately it also permanently removes their need to leave their hosts to feed, and drives them insane, although it does also weaken their ability to control the host's body.
  • The Star Wars Expanded Universe introduces us to the Arcona species, for whom simple salt acts as a hallucinogen. The innocent-sounding "spice" is a stand-in for drugs, with the most common being glitterstim (basically space LSD), and a Shout-Out to Dune.
  • In Kage Baker's Company series, the cyborg process gives (along with superpowers) immunity to all the usual drugs — but, unexpectedly, cyborgs get stoned on chocolate.
  • Touched on in The Dark Tower novel The Drawing of the Three. Roland is in the body of Eddie, a drug user who is currently drug running to get his fix. When Eddie gives Roland a hot dog and Pepsi, he has a major sugar rush and wonders, dumbfounded, why someone would need heroin when something like this (sugar) is widely and legally available.
  • In The Dresden Files, pizza is this for pixies. Harry Dresden keeps a small army of them on as retainers for recon work and other support jobs (plus picked up a faerie extermination squad to keep roaches and rats out) in exchange for a weekly "bribe" of hot, fresh pizza. Lampshaded in Changes when Harry does this in front of Sanya.
    Sanya: You are a drug dealer. To tiny faeries. For shame.
  • The Strugatsky Brothers' novel The Final Circle Of Paradise has an agent being sent to a seaside resort to investigate a number of mysterious deaths that may indicate an overdose by a new drug. His goal is to find the suppliers and the manufacturers, so it can be shut down before spreading to other places. Everyone is reluctant to talk about it, but someone lets it slip that the drug is called "slug" (or "slag" in the original version), which turns out to be a "vacuum tubusoid", a cheaply-made commonly-available electronic component that someone accidentally inserted into a radio receiver (it has the same shape as a heterodyne receiver) while taking a bath, resulting in an LSD-like effect enhanced by adding aroma-salts to the bath water and taking a few anti-mosquito tablets. At the end, the agent fails to convince his superiors that this is not your typical drug ring and quits, deciding to fight the threat to human civilization (i.e. everybody spending their days in bathtubs with the "slug" plugged in) by changing the way people think.
  • In Hal Clement's "Iceworld" the aliens suffer a single dose activated addiction to nicotine that will kill them if they are not forever supplied with the drug.
  • Jasper Fforde loves this trope
    • Characters in Shades of Grey use different colours as recreational drugs. "Lime" is seen as a gateway drug, while "Lincoln" is more dangerous.
    • In Nursery Crime, bears are addicted to porridge.
    • In the Britain of Thursday Next, cheese is a controlled substance
  • In Julie Cross's Tempest: A Novel Adam drinks a 6 pack of red bull and ends up wired for the rest of the night. It's stated that even a single can of coke keeps him up all night building bridges out of toothpicks.
  • In Worldwar by Harry Turtledove, it turns out that ginger is an extremely addictive drug to the Race (with effects similar to cocaine) and within a few months of the invasion, drug smuggling rings have sprung up and humans are exploiting the addiction. The bigger problems start when females arrive and it turns out that ginger sends them into estrus (they normally mate in seasons). This results in two new institutions among the Race: prostitution and romantic love.
  • In Mercedes Lackey's modern urban fantasy books, elves react to caffeine the way humans to cocaine. (Give an elf a can of cola and he'll be very happy. Give him a double shot of espresso, and it could kill him if he's not used to it.)
  • In Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, the tour passes by a room where the Oompa-Loompas are drinking "butterscotch and soda" and "buttergin and tonic", which make them "tiddly".
  • In The Heroes of Olympus, Dakota, a son of Bacchus, is addicted to Kool-Aid. With three times the normal sugar.
  • Mr Tulip in the Discworld novel The Truth is addicted to the idea of drugs, and is noted several times as taking various substances as if they were drugs, regardless of what effects such substances might actually have. He's been known to snort things like mothballs, for example.
  • Vampire Academy:
    • Moroi and Strigoi release endorphins when they feed. This is treated as seriously as any other drug, however. There are three notable references to the drug-like qualities.
    • Those that are "feeders" are perfect examples. They allow the Moroi to drink from them in return for the high. Those who have been a feeder for a long time are portrayed to be very out of it, almost constantly high.
    • Blood Whores are Dhampires that let Moroi feed on them. While feeders are treated with respect, Blood Whores, surprisingly, are not. Rose has to deal with something similar in the first book, as when she ran away with Lissa, she would allow Lissa to feed on her.
    • When Strigoi Dimitri captures Rose, he keeps her incapacitated by feeding off of her.
  • In The Falconer the small faery Derrick gets drunk on honey.
  • Averted on multiple occasions in Hank the Cowdog In the first book, Hank gets drunk on fermented corn—which he goes out of his way to inform the reader is alcoholic, complete with slurred speech, loss of balance, and a Drunken Song. It happens again in a later book, where he tricks a monkey into opening bottle of beer from the fridge which they both share. Another Drunken Song ensues. The cowboys are also frequently seen chewing tobacco.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer had magic during season 6, especially during the episode "Wrecked".
  • How I Met Your Mother plays this for laughs, having Future!Ted refer to marijuana as "sandwiches" in order to avoid outright mentioning the drug to his kids, and the live action has the characters puffing on them as though they were blunts. In one episode they baked a bag of "sandwiches" into brownies.
  • Saved by the Bell had Jessie, caffeine pills, and one of the most memorable scenes in the history of television.
  • Small Wonder had an episode called "Vicki and the Pusher." Instead of consuming the drug she obtained in the schoolyard, Vicki hid it in a flowerpot.
  • Welcome Back, Kotter: The episode "What Goes Up ..." featured Freddie (one of the show's four main students) becoming addicted to painkillers after being prescribed them to heal a basketball injury. He convinces a scared Horshack that the pills are really just "vitamins" (but is unsuccessful with his teacher or other friends), only seeing the light when Horshack tries to contact the pusher who sold Freddie the pills.
  • In Family Ties, Alex Keaton becomes addicted to unspecified "diet pills" (in the days when this would likely be an amphetamine or NDRI) which operate as a stimulant, in an attempt to handle the stress of scholastic life. He eventually crashes, missing the big exam that has been the build-up of the entire sequence.
  • In California Dreams they had a very special episode in which one of the girls is convinced to take steroids to qualify for an Olympic volleyball team. She's eventually found out, and has an intervention (complete with breakdown in the middle of the local teen hangout) after which it is never referred to again.
  • ALF: Alf once got addicted to cotton, where the effects seem like a combination of being both high and drunk.
  • The Young Ones: "Vyv - can you actually, like, kill yourself with laxative pills?"
  • Stephen Colbert's painkiller addiction on The Colbert Report, which lasted for the duration of the actor's wrist injury. The broken wrist was real; the painkillers were SweetTarts.
  • Averted (as you might expect) in It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, where Dennis and Dee intentionally get addicted to crack.
  • NCIS: Abby and her Caf-Pow! It's definitely treated like a coffee addiction; there's episodes of her trying to quit and episodes that mention that she drinks a lot of Caf-Pow.
    [Gibbs walks into her lab with his hands behind his back]
    Abby: What are you hiding?
    [Gibbs reveals a Caf-Pow]
    Abby: Oh no! It's too late, I can't.
    [Gibbs reveals a No Caf-Pow]
    Abby: Gibbs, you are an enabler. And I love you for it. [takes both of them]
  • The Doctor Who serial "Nightmare of Eden" has the drug Vraoxin, an organic substance whose origin are unknown but whose properties are ultimately lethal.
  • Kamen Rider has sometimes used the drug metaphor for whatever's turning people into the Monster of the Week:
    • The Gaia Memories in Kamen Rider Double give their users superpowers, but improper use results in addiction, insanity, and withdrawal symptoms. It doesn't help that people who use them are called Dopants. Don't even think about mainlining one; it will mess up your body. And may your deity of choice help you if you get an adulterated Gaia Memory from a shadier-than-usual dealer...
      • And most Dopants only use one Memory for a VERY good reason, the only one shown to have used more than one (in fact a large number) got a VERY disturbing death.
    • Zodiarts Switches in Kamen Rider Fourze have a very similar effect to the aforementioned Gaia Memories, with the major difference being that Zodiarts Switches are Magical Space Drugs instead of Magical Earth Drugs.
    • Lock Seeds in Kamen Rider Gaim don't have any drug-like effects with their usual use of summoning Invase Mons, but they're sold by a shady character named Sid, who dresses and behaves suspiciously like a drug dealer. It doesn't help that Sid and his superiors have an ulterior motive and specifically target kids because they're immature and don't know better.
      • ...But for less usual uses, the drug effects become more apparent. For starters, any Invase that eats a Lock Seed goes One-Winged Angel. The Riders also use Drivers to use the Seeds' powers on themselves; and when one gets his Driver destroyed he definitely seems to be going through power withdrawal (including hallucinations). And then there's the fruit that the Seeds come from, which is supernaturally tempting and - while apparently safe for Invase to eat - causes a transformation into a mad Invase when consumed by humans.
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation:
    • The first season episode "Symbiosis", which featured a planet of people addicted to the narcotic "felicium" because it was a virus cure (and therefore invoking this trope) and another planet that did nothing but supply the drug even after the disease it was supposed to treat had long been eradicated, since the residents were so addicted to it.
    • The episode "The Game" that did it with a video game that directly affected neurotransmitters in all kinds of ways and was described constantly as addictive.
  • Dollhouse features a mysterious "memory drug" in the season one episode "Echoes". Supposedly, it triggers suppressed memories. Effectively, the characters in contact with it act like they are on a strong psychotic substances like mescaline.
  • Sliders:
    • In an episode, the main characters slide into a Prohibition-like world, where caffeine has taken the place of alcohol. Along with the clothing and music styles of the 20s, they also got speakeasies, where coffee is sold in tiny bags for $5 each, gangsters, and corrupt cops.
    • Another episode has the opposite: a world where there are no illegal drugs, and being an addict is mandatory. Cops walk around with tranq guns to calm down those who have gone off meds, until they can get an implant that allows easy injections directly into the bloodstream.
  • In an episode of MythBusters, Tory Grant and Kari tested a myth about smugglers smuggling contraband across borders by driving with no lights on to evade detection. The (theoretical) contraband being smuggled in this scenario? Canadian maple syrup.
  • Sabrina the Teenage Witch: Sabrina gets addicted to pancakes, which isn't THE family secret, but a family secret.
  • Parodied (in their usual absurd fashion) by Tim & Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! with an advertisement for the fictional children's product, the Cinco i-Jammer and e-Bumper. The device is a digital jukebox with "two revolutionary dance tones," which clearly seem to have some form of highly questionable effect. Then, you factor in the fact that it makes you so wonky that you have to eat food paste ("Oh Hungee")
  • For some reason, in the original Hawaii Five-O episode "Up Tight", every reference to LSD was removed and the word "speed" substituted. The women's behavior when they were using it, and the charismatic Leary-like guru who dispensed it, all indicated LSD, not speed.
  • An early First Wave episode reveals that ordinary table salt has a cocaine-like effect on the Gua (either that or it's an unintended side-effect of their Half-Human Hybrid husks). Later, Gua salt dens are found. It's shown that any Gua caught ingesting salt is executed.
  • In a combination of this and (heh) Crack Is Cheaper, 3rd Rock from the Sun had Dick becoming obsessed with Fuzzy Buddies and wasting much of the Solomons' finances on them.
  • In Farscape, one episode has the crew travelling back in time to Earth through a wormhole. They arrive on Halloween, and Rygel gets hopped up on sugar, acting a bit like a crack/speed addict.
    Rygel: Chrichton! How illegal is this dren?
  • The Nanny: In "Shopaholic", Fran becomes addicted to shopping in order to cope with her ex-boyfriend Danny's engagement to Heather Biblow. She even goes through withdrawals and has to have a "fix" via smelling shopping receipts.
  • In an episode of Kenan & Kel, Kenan challenges Kel to stop drinking orange soda for a week, it leads to Kel acting like he is going through a drug abstinence, including shakings and nightmares.
  • Similar to the Spectacular Spider-Man example below, Arrow replaced Roy Harper's heroin addiction from the comics with a dependence on a fictional Japanese Psycho Serum called "Mirakuru."
  • Victorious has bibble, a sugary candy from Britain. Cat gets addicted to it, bringing a wheelbarrow full of the candy wherever she goes. Her friends try to get her off the candy, giving her bibble-flavored gum as an alternative. Eventually, her parents hire a bodyguard to stop her from eating bibble. Bibble is mention in Cat's Spin-Off show, Sam & Cat.
  • WandaVision: In "Don't Touch That Dial", Vision, an android pretending to be a human, accidentally swallows some chewing gum and it clogs his internal machinery. As a result, his behavior swerves from prim and proper to extremely cocky and inebriated.

  • In Froggy Fresh's two-part music video 'Fun Trip', recurring protagonist James gets all the kids in town hooked on a the titular powdery blue candy (made with pure Brazilian sugar). It turns users into blue-eyed addicts, and withdrawal requires two weeks to detox.
  • As recorded on The Hamilton Mixtape, Lin-Manuel Miranda's part in "Wrote My Way Out" compares being without his pen to being in withdrawal and he begs someone to give it back to him.

    Newspaper Comics 
  • Frequently in Peanuts, whenever Linus is without his blanket, he suffers painful-looking withdrawal symptoms. In one sequence Charlie Brown agrees to keep Linus company during a night in which his blanket is missing. Charlie explains as the punchline, "The first night without the blanket is going to be the hardest."

    Puppet Shows 
  • Dinosaurs:
    • The show has an episode about thornoids, which are sentient drugs meant to increase strength and muscles size, but have side-effect of growing thorns.
    • Another episode focuses on Robbie and Spike happening upon a plant in the forest which they eat, and become high. Robbie brings it back home and soon Earl and Charlene get high on it, and Earl brings it to work where everyone there eats it too — including his boss Mr. Richfield — and they're in a marijuana-like high for most of the episode, eventually running out of food in the house. In the end, they go back to the forest to find more of the plant, only to find Spike — who never left where he was — covered in dirt and leaves after just being high in the forest for a week. Robbie then lampshades this by breaking the fourth wall and telling the audience that drugs are bad because drug use compels sitcoms like Dinosaurs to do obligatory drug-PSA episodes like this one.
  • Fraggle Rock had "Wembley's Wonderful Whoopee Water," which, based on the description, was basically a clear caffeinated soda. Unusually, the episode that featured it was NOT about drugs, but a Green Aesop; it was procuring the whoopee water that was dangerous, not its use.

  • Children's radio show Jungle Jam and Friends had an episode in which characters discover that they get a pleasant buzz from being knocked on the head by a falling coconut, a practice they refer to as "clunking." What follows is a perfect metaphor for the controversy surrounding the consumption of cigarettes, complete with political rallies, discussions about the dangers of "second-hand clunking," and the eventual revelation of a fatal outcome for the clunker: terminal hiccups.

    Video Games 
  • Heavy Rain has Norman Jayden, an FBI agent with a Boston accent that comes in and out from line to line and a powerful addiction to blue luminescent powders, even more over the top in the end because it's hard to know what's coming from the drugs/withdrawal, his magic sunglasses from the future or the way he himself seems a bit unhinged to begin with.
    • The addiction is treated as something akin to an addiction to painkillers, since he takes the medication to stave off the side effects of using his future police glasses (which include blinding headaches, nausea, and occasional loss of basic motor functions). Throughout the whole game he walks a fine line between using the glasses too much and taking too much medication to compensate. There is actually at least one instance where the player can make the choice to press on with the case (and risk further damage to Nahman's system) or to quit and save him the trouble (at which point the player switches to another one of the playable characters).
    • Though the ARI (afformentioned future-glasses) are actually capable of permanent damage. Three endings illustrate this. Two of these are more permanent than the third. It has these effects even on people who have never used it. Norman has 20 thousand points in an ongoing game of VR pong.
  • The Sims 3: Late Night has the bubble bar. The Sims 2 had the bubble blower, which caused Sims to giggle and even float!
  • Yoshi's Island: Touch Fuzzy, Get Dizzy and the entire screen will turn Technicolor and swirl, and walking straight will become a challenge. Just imagine if it happened to you in real life.
  • Cuphead has Cagney Carnation's fuzzies, whose attacks become a quickie type of drug in the patched version in that if you get hit by one, the entire screen will get blurry and distorted (and the sound will get static-y) for a second or two.
  • In Sly 2: Band of Thieves, Rajan is a seller of illegal "spices" and acts very much like a drug mogul.
  • Monster Party used 'pills' that turned Mark into a flying gargoyle that would shoot lasers, essential making him a much more powerful character. The effect would be temporary and would often leave the player scrambling for another pill.
  • The Warriors has a healing drug called "Flash" that is sniffed.
  • The later installments of Mega Man Battle Network have a variant in the form of Dark Chips. The chips are extremely powerful when used in battle, but harms the NetNavi to use them; said NetNavi becomes addicted to them with repeated use, until they are too far gone for their operator and they eventually get deleted.
  • All of the Fallout games use made-up drugs with drastic effects far beyond those of real-world drugs (for example, drinking a beer will make the character objectively stronger for a short time, letting him/her carry more and use heavier equipment). Fallout 3 was set to contain real-world morphine, but Australian Moral Guardians led to the game being banned until "morphine" was replaced with the generic "Med-X." Fallout: New Vegas even introduces "Fixer," an anti-drug that will kick your addictions in exchange for some Interface Screw.
    • The series also subverts this, since the drugs and their beneficial effects are fictional, but prolonged use will cause harmful effects and create stat-damaging dependencies that have to be treated.
  • Fangame Sonic: After the Sequel has the Sugar Splash Zone and the piles of sugar lying around the stage that give Sonic beady eyes and make him run faster when he runs into them. Cue cocaine jokes.
  • Black ISO-8 is treated this way in Marvel: Contest of Champions, with characters referring to it and the abilities it grants like one would crave a drug. The "Contamination" event involves tracking down the source of it, eventually revealing Joe Fixit to be behind it.
  • One of Impossamole's power-ups is a can marked with an S, presumably standing for "steroids", that increases Monty's kick power.
  • In Duke Nukem 3D's Nintendo 64 port, the Steroids were renamed "Vitamin X".
  • Upon returning from the ruins of old Aperture in Portal 2, GLaDOS explains that the system that allows the core AI to maintain the facility is embedded with a function that gives the AI a jolt of euphoria upon a test subject completing a test. She's explaining this because she's currently not the one running the testing. Rather a Too Dumb to Live personality core named "Wheatley" is due to some shenanigans earlier in the story. Wheatley initially responds positively to the euphoric state but quickly starts becoming tolerant, which GLaDOS says is inevitable and the only way she managed to keep from continually craving the sense was because she enjoyed the testing for the sake of science. Without the secondary motivation, Wheatley becomes more ravenous and incensed to see tests completed like an addict needing a new high.
  • Played for Laughs in Roundabout where Georgio eats some candy dots and it somehow causes them to have an acid trip. Funnily enough, that scene alone gave the game a "use of drugs" content warning, even though the character is clearly eating candy.
  • In one of the first questlines in Callahans Crosstime Saloon, you're tasked with saving an endangered jungle-dwelling variant of chocolate bean plant, considered to produce the tastiest chocolate in the world. In order to convince the land owner to spare the bean (he wants to clearcut the area for wood) you have to make a bar of the stuff with an extremely makeshift process that is crude, clumsy and missing many necesseary ingredients... and the taste is still enough to briefly send the man into an euphoric fugue state, after which he's completely sold on preserving the plant, even if it means giving up the logging business. You're later informed that the plant was saved, and the owner became insanely wealthy producing chocolate... chocolate that had to be classified as a drug and restricted, because it was just that good. The owner had unrestricted access and died very happy, weighing about as much as a SUV and having to be buried by collapsing his house because the body couldn't be carried.
  • In Metal Gear Solid V, the player can gather medicinal plants in order to develop various items, usually drugs or drug-based weapons. As the game could not be seen to endorse real drug manufacture, species associated with illegal drugs were tweaked.
    • "Golden Crescent", an ancient analgesic cultivated in Afghanistan and used to make Instant Sedation weapons, is an opium poppy recoloured blue, a colour impossible for poppies to be in real life. The name 'Golden Crescent' is a traditional name for the area opium is cultivated, though in-game we're informed the plant's name comes from its golden, crescent-shaped leaves (which it does not have).
    • "Haoma" is a central nervous stimulant plant used to make drugs that enhance senses or speed up perception of time. It is said to have been included in a sacred drink named Haoma in Zoroastrianism, but is Ephedra sinica with the stem and bud colours reversed. (Ephedra is the plant which gives us ephedrine, a stimulant drug and a naturally occurring member of the amphetamine family, and is the most archaeologically evidenced candidate for the active ingredient of Soma, a sacred drink of the ancient Aryan war god cult).
    • Wormwood and the two Digitalis species are real plants that are medically useful in real life, but the effects of them in the game are not representative of their real purposes. V vapes wormwood for recreation - while wormwood in reality is believed to have some recreational psychoactive effects, these are more along the lines of 'pleasant, stimulated feeling of everything being just right' rather than 'deliriously fast-forwarding an entire day's worth of time'. Digitalis is a valuable drug in the real world for slowing dangerously high heartbeats, but in the game is used to create tranquillisers, and Ishmael makes V instantly alert and resilient to pain with an injection of (digitalis-derived) digoxin in the opening sequence as if it was some kind of intense stimulant.
  • In Puyo Puyo!! 20th Anniversary, Witch accidentally leaves her potions on Primp's schoolyard. Klug mindlessly drinks the stuff and immediately gets very drunk, resulting in him going through intense mood swings. Lidelle is constantly giggling when Klug meets her later in that same story, implying she too has consumed a potion.
  • The first two entries in Gameloft's Gangstar series of ''Grand Theft Auto'' clones has players engage in what appears to be a drug-dealing minigamenote , though Crime City and Kings of L.A. were censored to the point that narcotics are instead substituted with confectionery products.

    Web Animation 
  • Homestar Runner:
    • In the Strong Bad Email "personal favorites", Strong Bad claims he once tried to fly Bubs' Concession Stand after drinking an entire glass of soy sauce.
    • According to "imaginary", too much "blue drink" will apparently warp a child's mind enough to start creating imaginary friends.
    • At the end of "Characters from Yonder Website", it turns out Strong Bad and company were hallucinating the mellow, far-out antics of their more crudely-drawn versions after drinking too much expired "Smarty Juice", a beverage which lists such side effects as "drowsiness, euphoria, and unbelievably soothing children's programming."
  • Starter Squad: Bulbasaur is shown to enter a stoned-like state whenever he gets injected with venom from any other Pokémon's Poison Sting attack. Luckily, he's part Poison-type himself and it doesn't cause him any long-term harm.
  • Sam & Mickey's Barbie's Childhood reveals in episode three that when their Barbie was too young to drink alcohol, she drank a lot of juice, instead.
  • In episode 2 of Team Neighborhood to cope with the stress of loosing internet the Soldier makes chocolate pudding at 4am and proceeds to snort it like cocaine, leading to a vivid hallucination.

  • Amazing Super Powers found someone's lampshade.
  • As mentioned on the quote tab, Sergeant Schlock is addicted to Ovalkwik mix, which he eats directly from the can - although the ingredient statement suggests it might not be so G-rated, containing among other things nicotine, codeine, and something called "hyper-ephedrine."
  • Rare Candy, Zinc, Carbos, etc. in 151 Hidden Depths.
  • Homestuck: Meulin and Kurloz apparently get stoned on catnip together. Catnip does have relaxing and euphoric effects similar to weed when smoked by humans in real life, but it's not potent enough to get anyone stoned enough to completely space out for about ten minutes like Meulin suspects 'nip' made her do. Damara is shown smoking a blunt and asks Meenah to get stoned with her, but it's never explained what exactly she is smoking.
    • Later, there is a powerful magic artifact known as a juju, shaped like a lollipop, the licking of which causes great power and great insanity. From an outside perspective, it resembles a powerful hallucinogen.
    • There's also Faygo, which affects trolls in a similar way to how alcohol affects humans. Eridan is fairly unimpressed by it, but Gamzee is more or less addicted to it and Terezi becomes so on the meteor.
  • Eerie Cuties: At one point, Nina switches bodies with her older sister Layla, but doesn't want Layla to wake up and realize what has happened, so right before she makes the switch, she consumes a heavy dose of the most powerful sedative she can imagine:
    Nina (in Layla's body): Don't worry. I drank warm milk with extra honey. She'll be out for hours!
  • Housepets!: Orange Soda has the effect of making pets drunk.
    Miles: [narrating] I must say, I did not expect intoxication was possible from a can of orange soda.
  • When Knights of Buena Vista covers Frozen, chocolate changes from Anna's Trademark Favorite Food to being an addiction, due to minor Min-Maxing.
  • In Awful Hospital, gas pills are these to the Sickly Stomach.

    Web Original 
  • Played with in Tokyo Mew Mew in a Nutshell, where the gymnastics team offers Ichigo steroids so she can look mannish like them.
  • Linkara can stop collecting old Power Rangers toys any time he wants to, dammit!
  • Auto-Tune the News: Steve Buyer warns that lettuce is exactly the same as tobacco, so be careful (and stop regulating tobacco).
  • Frothy Pint of Metal's Happy Viking has one for Folk Metal.
  • One of the mods in the Yogscast's Minecraft mod packs includes a Mana Potion which when drunk can cause random effects like speed boosts, blindness and dizziness. When Duncan and Kim discover this, they treat it very much like a drug (and an enjoyable one). They have also referred back to this a few times since.
  • Dr. Crafty: Nurse Worse, being a Cute Frankenstein's Monster Girl, gets her drug fix by attaching electric cables to her bolts. When Crafty calls her out on it because of high power bills, she excuses this as being for "medicinal purposes".
  • Jimmy, a guest character in The Out Crowd snorts garlic powder. Tang and Kool-Aid, sometimes mixed together. You Hoo is this for Prof. Mindy.
  • Joked about in episode 4 of the Disc Only Podcast. The four guys talk about giving drug-like street names to cereal after Jerod confesses that cereal is his favorite snack. They even act out drug dealing with cereal.

    Western Animation 
  • All Hail King Julien:
    • Julien starts to act drunk without any substance intake when exhausted from hours and hours of partying, complete with a hangover the next day.
    • Party animal Rob turns one of Julien's parties into a rave by adding "witch doctor prescribed bone dust extract".
    • At one point, Horst, who is often seen drinking an unspecified Umbrella Drink, appears to be Drowning His Sorrows with them and very obviously becoming more and more drunk as the episode continues.
  • The Amazing World of Gumball: In "The Flakers", Richard spends most of the episode high on anesthetics from the dentist, experiencing vivid hallucinations, even though real dental anesthetics are not hallucinogenic.
  • American Dad!:
    • One episode has Steve get addicted to a energy drink called "Cougar Boost" and he starts acting like a twitchy junkie if he doesn't have any.
    • There is also the episode where Stan gets addicted to burn cream. More accurately, he needed to apply the cream to a burn on his penis and misunderstood his doctor's directions. This led to him masturbating for the first time in his life. His addiction was actually towards masturbating and using the application of the cream as an excuse to do it without him considering it a sin. Once he ran out of cream refills he eventually performed the act as is.
  • An episode of Arthur featured a popular candy bar that's later subverted when it's revealed to contain not only radioactive elements, a fictional chemical known as Tri-Enzomated Zorn Jelly which works like a real drug (directly affecting the brain chemistry to make the person consuming the candy bar extremely happy but making the consumer feel sad when the chemical wears off until they get more of it) and the in-show explanation on how said chemical works sounds like an extremely simplified way of explaining how real drugs work. This discovery prompts the candy to become illegal.
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender has an episode where Sokka (and Momo) are high on cactus juice almost the entire time. This is actually Truth in Television: there is a type of cactus (peyote) that causes hallucinations if it's eaten.
  • Batman Beyond:
    • In "Hooked Up" the villain Spellbinder opens a VR arcade, where people can experience their greatest fantasies. The massive doses of endorphins released by living out these fantasies, however, make these simulators extremely addictive. As soon as people leave his VR machines, they experience intense withdrawal symptoms. He uses this to get people to steal and commit other crimes for him.
    • "The Winning Edge" is actually an aversion of the "G-rated" part as it features steroids (a "steroidal compound" according to Bruce Wayne's files on it) taken like nicotine patches via adhesive pads called "slappers." It turns out they're based on Bane's Venom, which has rendered him a comatose junkie and invalid after decades of abuse. Terry was accused by his mother of taking the drug, but the test results proved he was clean. To be fair, though, he only swiped a sample to investigate and shut down the source as Batman, and was only in trouble because his little brother was prying.
  • Renuyu from Batman: The Animated Series. Matt Hagen is shown to be violent and irritable when he runs out of it, and a goon seems to explicitly liken him to a drug addict, saying "Once they're hooked, they stay hooked." There's also the obvious subtext of Matt becoming so desperate that he agrees to perform increasingly shady and illegal acts just to get more of it. Since the purpose of the drug is to cover up Matt Hagen's deformity and make him able to work in show business, it combines drug addiction with plastic surgery addiction.
  • Beavis and Butt-Head: Beavis's alternate persona, The Great Cornholio, is created due to a large consumption of caffeine. One episode has Beavis having a sugar crash and is given a powerful cappuccino to keep going (he was in a poetry night thing. Don't ask) and, in the movie, he downs a number of caffeine pills after a well-meaning old woman gives him some to help him (first to help with airsickness, the second after the bus driver kicks his ass).
  • Bob's Burgers: Tina's addiction to coffee in "The Unnatural" is treated like this, with Tina adopting an aggressive new personality and experiencing vivid hallucinations when she goes into withdrawal.
  • The Boondocks episode "The Itis" highlights the destructive effects of too much junk food (soul food) on the neighborhood and its citizens, such as people neglecting their jobs before eventually losing them, becoming morbidly obese, committing crimes to afford their sustenance, the infrastructures falling apart...
  • Mira Nova from Buzz Lightyear of Star Command gains a power boost after absorbing nuclear energy in "Super Nova", but becomes addicted to it over time. Zurg attempted to exploit this, but Mira's father saves her before she falls into the villain's trap. While she does get better in the end, King Nova warned her that it will take time to be completely Off the Wagon.
  • Captain Planet and the Planeteers: 'Bleeesss...I NEED Bleeesss...' It's explicitly called "a new designer drug" and kills a person who overdoses on it.
  • Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers gives us Monterey Jack, whose cheese addiction is often played like this.
  • Clone High parodies this in an episode revolving around Abe's destructive addiction to smoking raisins. After learning that you can't actually get high on raisins, the students decide to kick the habit for good and "smoke crack, instead!"
    • Another episode has Abe growing a crippling addiction to Staying Awake (so he can do elaborate favors for Cleo). Joan reveals she had a problem with the same thing, and once had to spend a summer at a "Sleep-Away Camp".
  • In Codename: Kids Next Door, Numbah 2 was once a chocolate sauce addict; he claims he's "off the sauce" in "Operation: S.P.A.N.K.E.N.S.T.I.N.E.", but the end suggests he might have relapsed.
    • Sugar and caffeine in general are basically this in general for the show, as drinking soda is illegal for anyone under 13 and the KND are often hired to smuggle it.
    • Numbuh 5 is implied to be a sugar addict. Her solo episodes are usually themed around candy and hunting for it against a rival.She has a secret stash of candy, has (albeit accidentally) gotten psuedo-high off coffee, and once passed out due to **drinking** several pounds of straight sugar! Numbuh 5's Distaff Counterpart rival, Heinrich von Marzipan, also seems to have an addiction and handles it far worse than the former.
  • Root beer is often used in place of beer in 1990s Television programs. In the Dexter's Laboratory episode "Dexter's Rival", in the end, Dexter has a toast with one of his inventions in which he pours root beer in a glass that's usually used for drinking liquor.
    • Also, another episode "Beard to be Feared" has Dexter getting roped into breaking up a band of flour smugglers.
    • Shows with an "Old West" setting will substitute sarsaparilla, a broadly similar drink that was popular at the time but has fallen out of fashion.
  • The Double Dragon cartoon series, notable for having An Aesop at the end of every episode, had an episode that focused on the Shadow Master producing a designer drug, known as Euphoria, which turned users into wide-eyed, green-eyed zombified people. Presumably in attempt to avoid portraying real drug abuse methods, the green liquid Euphoria was not ingested nor injected, but rather poured onto bare skin, though it was often applied this way to the forearm. Later on, the Shadow Master was back in the business, selling RPM.note  Billy looked horrible when forcibly dosed. The drug acted very much like steroids.
  • An episode of Disney's Doug centered on Nic-Nacs, a legal, gum-like "relaxant" that was clearly tobacco in all but name (its main ingredient was "nicoglutenousmonopexterate"). The episode was a pretty heavy-handed screed against the tobacco industry for a kids' show.
  • In the Ed, Edd n Eddy episode "Over Your Ed", the Eds are making energy drinks to sell to the customers for Eddy's latest scam, and Eddy just pours a large bag of sugar into the mix when Edd isn't looking. When Edd takes a sample, he spends the rest of the episode hopped up on a sugar rush, acting much more cheerful and manic than usual. By the end of the episode, Edd is even shown to be "hung over", wearing an ice-pack on his head and everything.
    • Let's also not forget Ed's love of horror movies. In the Halloween special, Ed watches so many movies that during his trick-or-treat adventure with his friends, he hallucinates and sees the kids as many macabre figures, resulting in him giving them a beatdown. In other words, the whole special is basically a metaphor for one creepy drug trip.
  • Family Guy:
    • In "I Take Thee Quagmire", Stewie became hopelessly addicted to his mother's breast milk. Lois tries to wean him, and he actually kicks the habit, but because of her engorged, painful breasts and missing the closeness breast-feeding offers, she soon hooks him again. Truth in Television; ask any nursing mother.
    • In "Love Thy Trophy", Stewie gets addicted to a diner's pancakes so much that, when Child Services comes when hearing of Meg's lie about Stewie being her crack-addicted baby, his obsessive behavior only seems to confirm their suspicions. Finally, in The Stinger, he starts to go through a withdrawal process and begins hallucinating a la Trainspotting.
  • The Frosty Freezy Freeze slushie from Fanboy and Chum Chum, a Trademark Favorite Drink of the eponymous duo. They can get a little obsessive over it and it becomes a major plot point in too many episodes to let it slip. Perhaps best evidenced by this sequence, from the episode "Berry Sick".
  • Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends:
    • Mac gets hyperactive when he eats sugar. In an episode where Bloo throws a massive rave at Foster's, Mac unwillingly ingests sugar, then proceeds to go through a climbing-the-walls-nude drug trip from the effects. The post-rush withdrawal reduces him to a shivering wreck that's equal parts jonesing junkie and Gollum parody.
    • The episode "Cookie Dough" has Frankie devour thousands of boxes of her grandmother's cookies, which she has loved since she was a baby.
  • Futurama:
    • The episode "Hell Is Other Robots" has Bender get addicted to electricity, which leads to the first appearance of the "Fry-fro", a funny hairstyle Fry gets on occasion. After an intervention, the main plot plays out when Bender decides to convert to a robot religion.
    • Lampshaded in a later episode, where Bender tries electricity again and gets arrested for "possession of something analogous to drugs".
    • "The Butterjunk Effect" has this in the form of a nectar found on Kif's home planet, which acts like steroids, including the deepening of one's voice. Leela and Amy began to use nectar to win in Butterfly Derby matches, but it makes them meaner, especially towards Fry and Kif. It also makes them attracted to Fry after a vicious, giant butterfly sprays him with its butterjunk.
    • Futurama also features Slurm, whose tagline is "It's highly addictive!" Fry is shown to be extremely addicted to Slurm - even after he finds out what it's made of. When going more than twenty minutes without a Slurm he starts to twitch and get shakes. It doesn't help that he's tasted the super-addictive Super-Slurm.
    • Apparently there are no bad drugs in that time. Hermes smokes pot (and doesn't lose it when his young son steals a "cigar" and smokes it). Crack is sold in vending machines, as well as crack mansions. Robots are fueled by alcohol. Bender becomes Iron Cook/Zinc Saucier by (unknowingly) dosing the meal with large amounts of LSD; once the Professor analyzes the liquid, Bender offers to cook a meal knowingly dosed, and everyone accepts eagerly.
      • Interestingly, since Bender runs on alcohol, he gets drunk when he doesn't drink for a while!
  • Galaxy High had an episode where Doyle becomes addicted to "Brainwaves" administered through a device called a "Brain Blaster", so that he could pass a test and retain his sports eligibility.
  • In one U.S. Acres segment of Garfield and Friends, Roy asks Wade for "just one" of his peanuts. Despite Wade's warning that "nobody can eat just one" peanut, Roy insists. However, true to Wade's warning, Roy starts craving another, and when Orson's no-good brothers loot the peanut supply, Roy goes nuts trying to find more peanuts. (There's a bout of Hypocritical Humor at the end, where Orson, who's narrating, calls it dumb that anyone could go crazy over peanuts; then someone from offstage offers him a potato chip...)
  • In G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero, in "The Greatest Evil", Spark is a deadly drug peddled by Headman. Even Falcon and the sister of a Crimson Guard gets caught up in it. Thanks to the efforts of G.I. Joe's Drug Enforcement Force, Headman was finally confronted, and died from a taste of, or rather, a massive overdose of his own medicine.
  • Gravity Falls had "Smile Dip", a banned German confectionery (and a parody of the real life candy Fun Dip) that caused Mabel to hallucinate. Although, eating bleven-teen packages of it probably didn't help matters either.
  • Tanning cream (oh, I'm sorry, crème) acts as this in one episode of Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law, with Peanut even acting as dealer. Taken to hilarious extremes when Harvey's friends hold an intervention...all while indulging in more realistic vices, such as nicotine, alcohol, and gambling.
    Peanut: First taste is always free with P-to-the-N-U-T.
  • In He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (1983), the episode "A Friend in Need" has Ileena become addicted to a blue potion given to her by a "sorceress" who uses her addiction to try getting her to steal the Transmutator. She starts to suffer a withdrawal and Prince Adam becomes concerned... but obviously not much, since he coldly dismisses her instantly when the weeping girl says she can't tell him what's wrong!
  • Even Hey Arnold! had this, with chocolate. Regular chocolate. Chocolate Boy once went into a withdrawal, curling up into a ball and shivering when he didn't have it, as well as digging through dumpsters to find some.
  • Kaeloo: Quack Quack's yogurt. Without it, he undergoes withdrawal symptoms, and in one episode, everybody accuses him of cheating in an athletic event because he was eating yogurt.
    • A season 2 episode had Stumpy and Quack Quack get addicted to carrots, which produced the same effect as smoking tobacco.
  • King of the Hill:
    • One episode has Bobby getting addicted to New York-style deli food, which ends up giving him Gout. When the chef making the food suggests that maybe he should stop eating, Bobby angrily screams out "I'll tell you when I've had enough!"
    • Another episode does this with charcoal, of all things; since Hank is practically a propane fanatic, his family decided to try charcoal grilling when he goes out of town. When he gets home and finds a loose briquette, we get a parody of traditional drug PSAs where he angrily interrogates Peggy and Bobby about it — Peggy even says "I thought it was drugs!".
  • The Legend of Korra has Bolin get drunk on noodles.
  • An episode of The Looney Tunes Show has Bugs Bunny addicted to Spargle, an energy drink he acquires from Yosemite Sam. He is extremely hyper, euphoric and over-productive when he consumes large amounts of it and freaks out when his supply runs out to the point of threatening Sam for more. Subverted when it turns out that Sparkle's secret ingredient is an illegal drug.
    • Another episode has Bugs getting addicted to Porky's catering, after the latter switches to his grandmother's high in butter recipes. Bugs becomes obsessed with getting his hands on more of Porky's cooking and wastes a lot of money hosting parties with random strangers pulled off the streets. Even the other characters try to warn Bugs eating too much of that stuff isn't healthy, pointing out he's steadily growing fat until he gets humongous and Porky cuts him off. Bugs manages to kick the habit after he empties an entire swimming pool jumping to save Daffy from drowning.
  • In the '90s Mega Man cartoon, the meteor fragments in Red Gulch (as seen in "Showdown at Red Gulch") were this to robots.
    Mega Man: I felt great at first! But then I got really weak.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • The episode "Hearts and Hooves Day" has the love poison. After Big Macintosh and Cheerilee drink some, they become obsessed with one another and call each other increasingly sickening pet names. Doesn't help that the Cutie Mark Crusaders serve it to them in shot glasses and it makes them both hiccup after they drink it.
    • In "Inspiration Manifestation", the spellbook effectively serves as this for Rarity. Under its influence, she stops eating, grows increasingly manic in her behavior, and is only free of it when Spike finally stops enabling her and makes her realize how harmful it is.
  • Popeye. Come on, you honestly never thought of the spinach = steroids connection? One Popeye cartoon has Bluto replacing Popeye's spinach with locoweed.
  • The Powerpuff Girls:
    • There are a couple of examples, both played surprisingly somber and serious for the show, in that the substances themselves might be goofy or fantastical, but the consequences are appropriately dire. In one episode Mojo Jojo offers four diverse kids from the Girls' class temporary superpowers from a Chemical X knockoff. Before long they are willing to kill the Powerpuff Girls for the next fix.
    • In the episode "Candy is Dandy" where the mayor starts rewarding the girls with candy for their heroics, not only is the effect disturbingly similar to a drug high, but the Girls are also willing to abandon their morals to get more: first they strike a deal with Mojo Jojo and repeatedly break him out of prison so that they could arrest him and get candy. When Mojo reneges on the deal and steals the candy instead For the Evulz, the Girls literally beat him to within an inch of his life. This is the point the girls realize how badly their addiction has affected them
  • In the world of Regular Show, soda acts like beer, donuts may be dangerous, and coffee...
    • In the episode "Weekend at Benson's", the main characters drink a concoction of seafood, mayonnaise, and various spicy things called "Mississippi Queen". After hallucinating vividly, they wake up in the park, hung over and unable to remember what happened.
    • In Gold Watch, after eating hot wings Benson is told by Skips "a lot of people do things they regret on a belly full of wings" and he was told to take it easy on them. He wakes up not remembering anything after having too many.
  • Rugrats
    • An earlier episode, "Weaning Tommy", has Tommy give up drinking from a bottle, which could also be a metaphor for giving up alcoholism.
    • Similarly, the episode "No More Cookies" is basically a g-rated version of drug addiction, in which Tommy and his friends try to keep Angelica from eating any more cookies after her addiction gives her a massive stomachache. Heck once you learn the definition of the term "pot cookies", you probably wouldn't look at this episode the same way again.
  • Parodied in the Sealab 2021 episode "Chalkboard Jungle". Debbie Love explicitly states that, as per written instructions from Standards and Practices and Production Council offices, she is enjoying her hookah in a drug free way. She then immediately giggles after smoking it.
  • The Simpsons:
  • In 6teen's "Over Exposed", Jude becomes addicted to Burger McFlipster's French Fries. He ends up with a major Balloon Belly and nausea in the end.
  • The Smoggies had purple silly sauce, which was a G-Rated Drug powerful enough to contaminate an eco system and cause whomever came into contact with it to involuntarily sing and dance perpetually, even in diluted amounts. The song they would sing, "The Purple Rag" was an Ear Worm as well as being a state of And I Must Scream.
  • South Park has had episodes based around people getting high on DXMnote  ("Quest for Ratings") and cat urine ("Major Boobage"), and in another episode, Cartman snorts the skin off of illegally-obtained KFC ("Medicinal Fried Chicken"). "Medicinal Fried Chicken" additionally has a story where many of the male adults deliberately get testicular cancer so they can smoke all the medical marijuana they want.
  • Space Goofs has Gorgious hopelessly addicted to sugar, secretly stashing candy everywhere in the house and acting like a coke fiend in withdrawal when it is taken away.
  • Since Harry Osborn's amphetamine addiction was too touchy a subject to use in a cartoon aimed at children, The Spectacular Spider-Man compensated by having him instead develop an addiction to "Globulin Green," the serum that turns him into the Green Goblin.
  • The SpongeBob SquarePants episode "Cuddle E. Hugs". SpongeBob eats a moldy Krabby Patty and meets a fluffy, smiley, and Disney-esque hamster, but he is initially the only one who is able to see him. In an attempt to prove that he is real, they give all of SpongeBob's friends (except Squidward) pieces of said Krabby Patty. Cuddle E. Hugs then proceeds to eat everyone who can see him.
    • To be fair, Krabby Patties can be considered as these. For starters, they are very fattening, and eating many of them would give anyone an heart attack or they would go right to their tights and literally explode. Inversely, if someone doesn’t get a Krabby Patty for a great amount of time, not only they would go on withdrawal, but they would tear the entire city apart, to the point of creating an apocalyptic setting.
  • There was an episode of Static Shock featuring a Bang Baby with the ability to give other people super powers the price of not telling anyone where they got them; oh, and they have to steal stuff for him. Well, if you want to get high — uh, get super powers...
  • SWAT Kats sees not only catnip used as drugs, but milk as synonymous with alcohol.
  • In Teen Titans, Cyborg becomes addicted to the power that a new processor has given him, allowing him to do more things in a day than possible. However, when faced with the multiplying enemy named Billy Numerous, Cyborg ends up draining his internal systems and using the Titan Tower's own power supply to keep his processor functioning, which ultimately leads to a system crash that forced his teammates to remove the new processor.
  • Tiny Toon Adventures used alcohol, yet with amusingly sarcastic bookend scenes; Buster points out the obvious hyperbole in them doing a Very Special Episode and closes by optimistically assuming they'll get to do a "funny" episode again.
  • In Total Drama's first season, the underage Courtney recklessly wolfs down sandwiches at the boot camp party in a child-friendly metaphor for binge drinking. Despite Bridgette's admonition that "I think you've had enough", Courtney eats one too many and shortly thereafter pukes over the porch railing.
  • In the Totally Spies! episode "Passion Patties", the villain of the week works for a cookie company and adds a chemical to their new Passion Patties cookies that makes them not only incredibly addictive, but also causes the consumer to gain absurd amounts of weight in a very short time. Naturally, one of the girls (Clover) becomes hooked on them during the episode.
  • In Transformers Animated, motor oil is treated like beer/alcohol, with Those Two Guys Mixmaster and Scrapper being especially fond of it.
  • In Transformers: Prime, Ratchet creates Synthetic Energon and then injects himself with it, causing him to gain immense strength, but renders his mind unstable, making him aggressive and incredibly arrogant.
  • In the Wander over Yonder episode "The Fremergency Fronfract", Lord Hater spends most of the episode loopy from the anesthetic his dentist used... which, in this case, is some kind of electric squid that shocks Lord Hater's face.
  • Winx Club: Not straight in the series but in the official comics of the franchise, specifically in issue#52: Infernal Concoction where the Trix sisters brew a dangerous potion, Mistura Infernalis, from an ancient-looking book from Cloud Tower's library and melt it in the form of red candies. It enhances human potential by boosting energy and improving mood as well as other mental and physical capacities such as memory. They sell them by the name of Sublimax to their classmates and get rich while using them as Guinea Pigs to explore the drug's side effects. Non-so-surprisingly, it turns out as harmful as a real-life drug: extreme exhaustion, dependence, and withdrawal.
  • Young Justice

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  • Caffeine.
    • Energy shots are derived from Japanese "tonics", which were small amounts of extremely potent liquid that would do different things. When Energy Drinks became popular, it was a no-brainer to combine "This drink that does something to you" and "This extremely potent drink that does something to you in small doses". Whose bright idea was it to cram all the crap of an energy drink into a 2 oz. package?
    • Interestingly, if caffeine had only been discovered in modern day, rather than centuries earlier, based on its bodily effects and addictive potential, it might've been evaluated as a dangerous/controlled substance.
    • Before Europeans adopted coffee, they only knew it as a drink from the Middle East. In a very literal application of this trope, the Europeans sometimes called it 'the wine of Islam' (Islam being a religion that forbids alcohol).
  • Nutmeg contains a natural hallucinogen. The only problems: It tastes horrible by itself, it takes a huge dose to get anything, it makes you nauseous, and the trip tends to be dysphoric, unpleasant, and long (lasting up to three days). It's still not uncommon for thirteen-year-olds who can't afford weed to get together and try it, though.
    • One of Carl Barks' stories has Scrooge McDuck addicted... to nutmeg tea. It was "A Spicy Tale" from September, 1962.
    • In the movie The Wrong Box, old Joseph Finsbury attributes his brother's erratic behavior to a nutmeg poisoning (oblivious to the fact his brother is trying to kill him).
    • In the movie Idle Hands, Anton is told by his stoner buddies that "I hear if you combine nutmeg and oregano you can get pretty wasted." He tries it, and it's apparently disgusting. Later when he's killing those same stoner friends, one of them, trying to call the cops, exclaims that "I think he smoked some nutmeg or something!"
    • Nutmeg would be like other drugs except for the timeframe involved: Onset is 3-4 hours, peak 9-12, and distinct aftereffects of 2-3 DAYS.
  • Nepeta, also known as catnip. In humans it has "soothing" and numbing effects and is used as a flavoring in tea, it's also mixed with tobacco or marijuana and smoked. A study found that a 4-year-old child who had eaten 3 raisins soaked in the stuff got high. Why do you think cats like it so much? Has its own subtrope.
  • Calamus root. Theoretically, it's mildly stimulating and in large quantities becomes hallucinogenic. Practically, its taste is "interesting" - if you used to drink black coffee without sweeteners - but, even then, trying to chew that much of the root will probably sooner get your whole digestive tract (along with the taste center in brain and maybe skin on the back of your ears) tanned for good than it will make you really "high."
  • In Russia, extremely strong tea (leaves boiled to black sludge-strong) known as Chephyr, is sometimes used as substitute for Amphetamine in prisons.
    • For a more innocent example, the sunflower seeds ("semechki") are immensely popular and are positively impossible to stop nibbling.
  • For Retro Studios' staff during the Troubled Production of Metroid Prime, it was Atomic Fireballs. The crew reports 72 gallons were consumed while making the game.
  • Salvia divinorum is still legal in most parts of the world, but produces an extremely intense half hour of hallucinations, euphoria, and/or panic when extractions are smoked. It has no health effects and is not addictive. However, there's a media campaign against it. People have been known to do bizarre things up to and including kill themselves or other people while under the influence of the stuff, but then again, alcohol can do that too...
  • Dextromethorphan is a cough medication available without prescription in most parts of the world - despite the fact that it's a potent hallucinogenic dissociative in high doses. It got away on the grounds that there's not really another option for dealing with a persistent cough, and the medicine is well-known to taste absolutely vile, which discourages most casual high-seekers. Eventually, though, teenagers chugging the syrup and tripping in school caused companies to mark cough medications in the US, and American grocery stores to card youngsters for cough medicine the same way as they would for cigarettes or alcohol; elsewhere, however, sales of DXM are usually completely unrestricted.
    • In fact cough medicine are typically opioids like codeine and even heroin. Dextromethorphan is available over the counter because it is the one with the least potential for abuse.
  • Benadryl, also known as diphenhydramine. Remember how your mom used to give it to you to sleep? People get high off of quantities around 700mg+. It is deliriant that it can cause confusion between hallucinations and reality, seeing people that aren't there etc. Abusers often take it mixed with DXM, because both drugs cancel each other's undesirable side effects: DPH cancels the dizziness and itch caused by DXM, and DXM cancels the feelings of anxiety caused by DPH.
  • Those who have made the decision to quit smoking sometimes pick up another habit to cope with the absence of nicotine, such as eating a certain kind of snack. Ronald Reagan did this. He replaced his nicotine habit with a lifelong consumption of jelly beans.
  • For diabetics, too much insulin causes symptoms that mimic drunkenness. Insulin shock is actually a medical emergency. At least for Type 1, this is entirely because of low blood sugar. It's mostly blurry vision and tiredness.
  • Coca is an interesting case. In Peru, the leaves are commonly chewed directly or brewed into a tea. (It's quite common to see boxes of coca tea in the grocery store right next to the Earl Grey.) In normal amounts, this is said to prevent altitude sickness; larger doses can be somewhat intoxicating. Of course, grinding up and concentrating the leaves gives you a drug that's most certainly not G-rated. For this reason, trying to import even a commercially-packaged box of coca tea into the U.S. will, at the very least, result in confiscation and a long chat with a customs agent.
  • Extremely strong preparations of cacao beans (the substance from which chocolate is derived) has recently become a small alternative health fad, where it is used as an antidepressant and meditation aid in cacao ceremonies. Unlike a lot of the drugs on its list, its effects are, in almost all cases, pleasant and benign, consisting of a caffeine buzz and a "loved-up" feeling from the theobromine. It's sometimes reported as being hallucinogenic, but most people using cacao to have "visions" will actually just go to sleep and have a vivid dream experience due to the stimulants in the beans keeping them partly awake.
  • Sugar-and-salt-laden snack foods operate on the same pleasure centers of the brain as heroin.
    • Sugar is without question the king of this trope. Numerous studies have proven that the effect of sugar on the brain is more or less equal to that of cocaine.
  • Monosodium glutamate (MSG) is effectively the salty/savoury counterpart of sugar, giving people the drive to eat large quantities of snacks.
  • Ginger taken in only slightly larger doses than normal just before sleep has been found by many studies to cause very vivid and almost hallucinogenic dreams. Often, ginger-based anti-travel sickness pills are abused for this very reason.


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Cactus Juice

Sokka gets high off cactus juice. "It's the quenchiest!"

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