You’ll often see depictions of marijuana in fictional TV shows, movies, books or other outlets but they don’t call it “marijuana.” Sometimes it’s because they’re in some different galaxy where marijuana shouldn’t exist, sometimes it’s because it’s a whole different fictional world where everything has a different name. But you still know when the author or creator is getting their characters stoned.
Here are seven fictional drugs that aren’t called marijuana but totally are:
1. Death Sticks – Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones
Like most things in George Lucas’ Star Wars prequel series, Death Sticks aren’t exactly a subtle reference. They’re similar to marijuana in that they can be smoked like a cigarette, induce euphoria and cal lead to psychedelic effects. Although they’re also made of mushrooms, and they take years off your lifespan, so they’re not 100 percent like cannabis.
2. Soma – Brave New World
In Brave New World, the government uses Soma to make people feel happy and not want to rebel against the government. In fact, it’s also described as having all of the advantages of alcohol without any of the side effects, like a hangover. People even eat it with their food. It definitely sounds similar to marijuana.
3. Lho Sticks – Warhammer 40,000
Warhammer is a popular tabletop role-playing game. In the game, Lho sticks are a mild narcotic derived from plants and smoked like a cigarette. You could basically use that same description for marijuana.
4. Lotus Tree – Homer’s Odyssey
In Homer’s Odyssey, anyone who eats the fruit from the tree enters an opium-like trance that would lead to them forgetting about their families and friends, which would lead to them losing the desire to return home. While marijuana doesn’t bear fruit, and there are other plants that bear fruit with similar effects to the Lotus tree, the effects of the fruit sound very similar to cannabis.
5. PTV – Silent Hill
In the Silent Hill video game, PTV is a drug made from a plant called White Claudia. The drug can cause psychedelic experiences and was used in religious ceremonies. While the drug may be a little more powerful than norma marijuana, it’s definitely in the same family.
6. Green Powder – The Chronicles of Narnia
Green powder may be one of the more lazy attempts to pretend a drug isn’t marijuana. First of all, it’s green. And when it’s burned, it makes people feel happy yet drowsy when they inhale the smoke, and it also dulls their thinking.
7. Pipe-Weed – The Lord of the Rings
While pipe-weed isn’t described as having psychoactive effects like marijuana in the Lord of the Rings books, author J.R.R. Tolkien did include a passage in his unpublished notes where Gandalf talks about how happy using Pipe-weed makes people. And in the movies, Pipe-weed is definitely portrayed as a marijuana substitute with Saruman saying to Gandalf, “Your love of the halflings’ leaf has clearly slowed your mind.” And in another scene, Merry and Pippin get the munchies and act goofy after using pipe-weed.