Dean: Uh, should we dim the lights and sync up Wizard of Oz to Dark Side of the Moon?
Dean: What did you do during college?
Though alcohol is the drug of choice for hunters, some characters in the series are shown turning to marijuana and prescription drugs as their own form of escapism. While no characters are explicitly shown smoking or snorting any illegal substances in the series, Dean especially has a running commentary on drugs, both in joking reference to other characters’s paraphernalia and by alluding to his own history with illegal substances.
- 1 Episodes
- 1.1 2.04 Children Shouldn’t Play with Dead Things
- 1.2 2.05 Simon Said
- 1.3 2.10 Hunted
- 1.4 2.20 What Is and What Should Never Be
- 1.5 2.21 All Hell Breaks Loose: Part One
- 1.6 3.08 A Very Supernatural Christmas
- 1.7 3.10 Dream a Little Dream of Me
- 1.8 4.07 It’s the Great Pumpkin, Sam Winchester
- 1.9 4.08 Wishful Thinking
- 1.10 4.10 Heaven and Hell
- 1.11 4.17 It’s a Terrible Life
- 1.12 4.21 When the Levee Breaks
- 1.13 5.04 The End
- 1.14 5.05 Fallen Idols
- 1.15 5.11 Sam, Interrupted
- 1.16 5.13 The Song Remains the Same
- 1.17 6.14 Mannequin 3: The Reckoning
- 1.18 6.21 Let It Bleed
- 1.19 7.03 The Girl Next Door
- 1.20 7.17 The Born-Again Identity
- 1.21 8.01 We Need to Talk About Kevin
- 1.22 8.04 Bitten
- 1.23 8.14 Trial and Error
- 1.24 9.13 The Purge
- 1.25 9.16 Blade Runners
- 1.26 11.07 Plush
- 1.27 11.11 Into the Mystic
- 1.28 11.17 Red Meat
- 1.29 11.19 The Chitters
- 1.30 14.05 Nightmare Logic
- 1.31 15.05 Proverbs 17:3
- 1.32 15.10 The Heroes’ Journey
- 1.33 15.16 Drag Me Away (From You)
- 2 Further Reading
2.04 Children Shouldn’t Play with Dead Things
“Are you high?” Sam asks Dean sarcastically, and Dean takes a moment to seriously consider the possibility before Sam moves on.
2.05 Simon Said
In Andy’s van, Sam and Dean find a very large piece of drug paraphernalia, which Dean refers to as “Moby Dick’s bong.”
Laughing, Sam asks where he and Dean are headed next. Dean jokingly suggests Amsterdam, and when Sam objects, Dean responds, “Come on, man! I hear the coffee shops don’t even serve coffee.” The coffee shops in Amsteradam do, of course, serve coffee. They also legally serve cannabis.
2.20 What Is and What Should Never Be
In what appears to be an alternate reality in which Mary is still alive, Dean is acting strange. Sam asks what’s gotten into Dean that he seems so happy and affectionate towards his family, saying, “I mean this whole warm, fuzzy ecstasy-trip thing.” Dean brushes it off as just being happy about Sam’s engagement to Jessica, who is also still alive. Later in the episode, Dean struggles to differentiate whether his new reality is in fact a djinn’s spell. He theorizes, “Maybe [the djinn] gives us some kind of supernatural acid and then just feeds on us slow.” To which (a fake) Sam argues back, “I’m real. This is not an acid trip. I’m real, and that thing is gonna come down here and kill us for real. Now, please—” Because Sam is actually a creation of Dean’s wish, both drug references that Sam makes in this episode are actually Dean’s own imagining.
2.21 All Hell Breaks Loose: Part One
When Sam meets up with Andy Gallagher at Cold Oak, he asks Andy what the last thing he remembered was before waking up there. Andy replies, “My fourth bong load.”
3.08 A Very Supernatural Christmas
As Sam and Dean hunt for an “Evil Santa,” they follow the Santa from a Christmas village to his home. They enter armed, but find a disheveled “Santa” watching Christmas-themed porn and smoking a large bong with a bottle of liquor in hand.
3.10 Dream a Little Dream of Me
Because of the use of African Dream Root in this episode, there are frequent references to drugs and stoner culture, including Dean agreeing to know what a bad acid trip is like (and then denying it when he remembers he’s pretending to be FBI), and the header quote on this page in which Dean references The Dark Side of the Rainbow, typically experienced while high.
4.07 It’s the Great Pumpkin, Sam Winchester
When Sam and Dean go to interview Don Harding, Dean sees a student named Justin putting a large bong-shaped clay piece into a kiln. “Now that brings back memories,” Dean remarks.
4.08 Wishful Thinking
Strange things are happening in the mountain town of Concrete, Washington, including what might be Bigfoot. Sam says that Bigfoot is known even by hunters to be a hoax. Dean answers, “Well, maybe somebody’s pumping LSD into the town water supply.”
4.10 Heaven and Hell
When Anna tells Dean she can take her grace back in and become an angel again, Dean responds: “So what, you’re just gonna take some divine bong hit and Shazam, you’re Roma Downey?”
4.17 It’s a Terrible Life
Sam and Dean watch an informative Ghostfacers video in which Ed refers to salt as, “Like acid to ghosts.” Harry feels the need to correct for clarity’s sake that they mean “Burny acid,” and Ed agrees, “Not LSD.”
4.21 When the Levee Breaks
Throughout the series, Sam’s demon blood addiction is referred to using terms traditionally reserved for drug addictions. In this episode, Sam is trapped in Bobby’s panic room and forced to go without the demon blood in what Bobby refers to as “demon-detox” and going “cold turkey.” The symptoms Sam experiences as a result of being cut off from the demon blood are also similar to the symptoms of withdrawal from hard drugs, including sweating, insomnia, seizures, paranoia, and hallucinations.
5.04 The End
In Zachariah’s vision of a post-apocalyptic future, Castiel is no longer an angel and has turned to sex, alcohol, and prescription amphetamine as a means of escapism. Upon meeting him, Dean asks if Castiel is stoned. Castiel’s response is, “Generally, yeah.”
5.05 Fallen Idols
When Sam and Dean talk to the sheriff about the death off Cal and who did it. Dean asks the sheriff how Jim would have slammed Cal into the windshield with a force of an 80 m/ph crash. The sheriff answers with: Drugs, maybe?
5.11 Sam, Interrupted
In order to get admitted to a psychiatric hospital for a case, Dean and Sam tell a doctor there about the apocalypse. Sam says he blames himself, but Dean insists it was Ruby’s fault, along with the demon blood Sam was drinking. “My brother’s not evil,” Dean concludes, smiling and shrugging. “He was just. high.” Later on in the episode, Sam attacks the doctor believed to be a monster and is sedated. “They gave you something?” Dean asks, to which Sam struggles to reply, “They gave me. everything. It’s spectacu–lacular.” He laughs, and Dean remarks that Sam always was a happy drunk.
5.13 The Song Remains the Same
Anna goes back to 1978 to kill John and Mary Winchester, in order to stop Sam from ever being born. Castiel takes Sam and Dean back to stop her, and is severely weakened by the effort. Dean checks Cas into a motel and tells Sam “So I paid for Cas for five nights up in the, uh, honeymoon suite. I told the manager, ‘Do not disturb no matter what.’ You know what he said to me? ‘Yeah. Don’t sweat it. Want to buy some dope?’ “.
6.14 Mannequin 3: The Reckoning
After Sam suffers through resurfacing memories of Hell, Dean offers him food, caffeine. and a bottle of prescription pills that Dean refuses to identify. Sam declines.
6.21 Let It Bleed
Lisa and Ben are kidnapped, and Dean is torturing demons for information. Sam asks him to take a break by saying, “Look, man. You – you’re running on what, uh, whisky and – and coffee and whatever else you’re taking,” implying drug use beyond alcohol and caffeine. Dean answers simply, “Yeah, and?”
7.03 The Girl Next Door
Dean drops Sam off at a motel, holds up a pill bottle and says “Hey, why don’t, uh – why don’t you check us in? I got to hit the candy store”
7.17 The Born-Again Identity
After Sam has been tortured by visions of Lucifer and is pushed to the point of extreme exhaustion, he is shown in an alley with a drug dealer. Afterwards, he and the dealer are shown passed out in a car, presumably after injecting heroin.
8.01 We Need to Talk About Kevin
Dean angrily rebukes Sam with a drug-laden non sequitur, “The rules are simple, Sam. You don’t take a joint from a guy named Don, and there’s no dogs in the car!”
There is a large bong in Michael Wheeler and Brian Wilcox’s house. After hearing Sam and Dean speculate that the creature responsible for recent deaths may be a Mayan god, Michael (who has become a werewolf) holds the bong aloft and declares: “I am a golden god. I am a golden god!”
8.14 Trial and Error
Kevin is left on his own to translate the demon tablet, and is already shown to be taken aspirin and caffeine regularly. When Dean and Sam drop by, Dean cheerfully gives Kevin two more bottles to add to the mix, along with a friendly slap on the arm. “The, uh, blue ones are for the headaches, and the greens are for pep. Don’t O.D.” After they’re out of earshot, Sam questions Dean, but Dean’s response is dismissive. “Sam, we are on the one-yard-line. It is time to play through the pain.”
9.13 The Purge
Dean is drugged to unconsciousness after eating salted-caramel pudding laced with “supplements.” Dean looks at the pills labelled as supplements and identifies them as roofies, leading Sam to question, “How do you know what roofies look like?” Dean combats, “How do you not know?”
9.16 Blade Runners
Crowley is seen in a hotel room, having his demon minion Lola bleed people dry so he could inject his arm with human blood. The blood appears to give him a more human change in personality and a sudden rush upon injection. When he is forced to detox, he gets sweaty and becomes agitated while in the Bunker’s dungeon.
A jailed killer is wearing a mascot head that can’t come off, and he won’t speak. Disguised as an FBI agent, Dean tries to coax the suspect into talking by baiting him. “So what happened, pal? Hmm? What, you drop too much molly, superglue your mask to your head, get paranoid, stab a guy? I’ve been there.”
11.11 Into the Mystic
While investigating a nursing home for a case, Sam and Dean discover that one of the residents has been stealing Viagra from his neighbors. “A real dick move, huh?” Dean says, before pocketing the bottle for himself.
11.17 Red Meat
In a desperate attempt to save Sam, Dean plans to kill himself by drug overdose. He asks a witness on the scene to help him, saying, “I’m looking for pretty much anything with ‘barbital’ in the name.” After mixing a large number of two sedatives (washed down with grape pedialyte), he overdoses successfully and is able to speak with Billie the reaper. When Dean is later resuscitated, he is placed under arrest for “stealing and consuming a felony’s worth of Schedule IV drugs,” as well as assaulting a police officer.
11.19 The Chitters
While on a case, Dean interviews a witness who saw her friend be taken by a bisaan while on a “cannabis tasting tour.” After interviewing the girl, Libby, Dean surmises that what she saw and heard wouldn’t be something she saw while high on weed, and proceeds to poke fun at Sam, who reveals that he tried smoking marijuana once when he was 18 and in college.
14.05 Nightmare Logic
Sasha Rawling takes a couple pills of benzodiazepine to reduce her anxiety.
15.05 Proverbs 17:3
Ashley Monroe says that the lorazepam the doctors gave her really work. Dean looks at the prescription label and recognizes it as “the good stuff.”
15.10 The Heroes’ Journey
Garth discovers that Dean has 17 cavities, due to never having seen a dentist his whole life. In order to repair his teeth, Garth anesthetizes Dean with nitrous oxide (laughing gas) which sends Dean into a drug induced dream where he and Garth are tap dancing in the Bunker to Irving Aaronson’s “Let’s Misbehave”.
15.16 Drag Me Away (From You)
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