Many a time in movies, we see people use drugs and smoke cigarettes but are they really smoking and using the real thing? The reputable researches, UpVoted, spoke to a Hollywood props master, Jeff Butcher, and asked him what actors are smoking and ingesting in these movies.
He said that actual cigarettes were used but had to be stopped when new regulation prohibited product placement by Big Tobacco. So, in lieu of that, non-addictive cigarettes like Ecstasy Cigarettes and Honeyrose are used in these movies.
He also said places such as International Oddities offer fake weed as they are the company that provided all the weed used by Seth Rogen and James Franco in Pineapple Express.
When it comes to cocaine, he said any benign white powder will do but Vitamin B powder, powdered milk and baking soda are most favoured.
“Heroin use is usually implied, but sometimes prop masters will use trick needles that retract when pushed down.”