Drug Slang Glossary

Updated August 2021

At Banyan Chicago, we offer a variety of drug rehabilitation programs for various substance abuse disorders at different stages of severity; however, it can sometimes be difficult to get help for yourself or a loved one. Identifying drug addiction can be difficult if you’re unfamiliar with the street names for drugs they may be used to acquire them.

We work closely with addicts who suffer from different addictions at our drug and alcohol treatment center in Illinois, and we wanted to provide a glossary of slang drug names to help. It’s important to familiarize yourself with these common slang terms for drugs so you can better identify substance abuse in a friend or family member.

Street Names for Drugs You Should Know

Slang for Coke and Cocaine

  The first substance in our glossary of slang drug names is cocaine. Cocaine is a powerful stimulant that’s often snorted for recreational use and may be mixed with heroin. Without a cocaine treatment program, those addicted to cocaine are at a higher risk of developing cardiovascular diseases. Because there are different variations of cocaine, a variety of slang words for cocaine exist.

Some of the more common slang names for cocaine include:

  • A-1
  • Angel Powder
  • Belushi (when mixed with heroin)
  • Big C
  • Blanco
  • Blizzard
  • Blow
  • BMW
  • C-Dust
  • Cecil
  • Chevy
  • Coca-Cola
  • Coke
  • Crusty Treats
  • Death Valley
  • Devil’s Dandruff
  • Double Bubble
  • Dust
  • Gold Dust
  • Heaven Dust
  • Line
  • Movie Star Drug
  • Nose Candy
  • Paradise White
  • Racehorse Charlie
  • Rail
  • Sleigh Ride
  • Snow
  • Speedball (when mixed with heroin)
  • White
  • White Lady

Crack cocaine is a form of cocaine that is smoked, a practice that is also known as freebasing. Some slang for crack cocaine and slang for coke include:

  • 501s
  • Apple Jack
  • Beemer
  • Blow Caine
  • Bomb
  • Breakfast of Champions
  • Bump
  • Candy
  • CD
  • Cloud
  • Devil Smoke
  • Dime Special
  • Eye Opener
  • Ice
  • Kryptonite
  • Nine
  • Nuggets
  • Pony
  • Slab
  • Speed Boat
  • White Ball
  • Yale

Slang Words for Heroin

  There are many different types of opioids that people abuse; one of the commonly abused opioids is heroin, which is typically injected and can be highly addictive. Without a heroin treatment program, this drug can be extremely dangerous and difficult to quit using. There is also a strong connection between heroin and opioid pain pills because people who begin abusing pills are more likely to turn to heroin for a more intense high. This means that even if you notice that a loved one is struggling with their prescription opioids, they may eventually experiment with heroin or have already begun to do so. This makes it even more important to learn heroin street slang.

Some common street slang for heroin include:

  • Antifreeze
  • Aunt Hazel
  • Big H
  • Bird
  • Black
  • Black Olives
  • Black Tar
  • Brick Gun
  • Brown
  • Brown Sugar
  • Capital
  • Cement
  • Chocolate
  • Diesel
  • DOA
  • Dope
  • H
  • Horse
  • Roofing Tar
  • Salt
  • Sheep
  • Skag
  • Smack
  • Snow
  • Tootsie Roll
  • Wings

Marijuana Slang Terms and Street Names

  As more states legalize cannabis, we wanted to include it in our glossary of drug slang names. Marijuana comes from a plant and contains the mind-altering chemical THC. It is often seen as a gateway drug for other drugs. As this drug becomes more common, street names for marijuana will continue to multiply.

Fortunately, we’re sharing a list of common slang terms for cannabis:

  • 420
  • African Bush
  • Aunt Mary
  • Blue Crush
  • Cannabis
  • Catnip
  • Colorado Cocktail
  • Dojo
  • Gold Leaf
  • Green Goblin
  • Hash
  • Jamaican Gold
  • Khalifa
  • Leaf
  • Mary Jane
  • Smoke
  • Stavia
  • Stems
  • Weed
  • Zambi

Street Names for Synthetic Marijuana

  Synthetic marijuana, or cannabinoids, are man-made mind-altering chemicals that are dried on material from shredded plants. Fake weed can be smoked or sold as liquids to be ingested in a variety of ways. Fake weed has become popular among teens and young adults. Slang drug terms for synthetic marijuana include:

  • Black Mamba
  • Bliss
  • Bombay Blue
  • Fake Weed
  • Genie
  • K2
  • Moon Rocks
  • Skunk
  • Spice
  • Synthetic cannabinoids
  • Yucatan Fire
  • Zohai

Slang for Meth (Methamphetamine)

  Methamphetamine can be extremely hazardous to a person’s health. Being able to recognize meth paraphernalia as well as the different slang terms for meth enables you to help a loved one who may be showing signs of drug use. If your loved one is abusing meth, they must be admitted into our meth treatment program in Chicago immediately. Common slang words for meth include:

  • Aqua
  • Batu
  • Bump
  • Chalk
  • Colorado Rockies
  • Crank
  • Crystal
  • Crystal Glass
  • Hiropon
  • Ice or Hot Ice
  • A. Ice
  • Meth
  • Methlies
  • Shabu
  • Soap Dope
  • Speed
  • Tine
  • Trash
  • Yellow Bam
  • Zip

Street Names for Amphetamine

  There are different variations of amphetamine street drugs that you may not even know about. Amphetamines are stimulants that affect the central nervous system. Common amphetamine drugs include Adderall, Benzedrine, Ephedrine, Ritalin, and methamphetamine. Someone on one of these drugs will often have more energy, be more focused, and may be overly confident. As with the other drugs on our glossary of drug slang words, there are many street names for stimulants like amphetamine.

Common street names for stimulant drugs include:  
  • Addys
  • Amy
  • Beans
  • Black Birds
  • Black Mollies
  • Cartwheels
  • Chunk
  • Diablos
  • French Blues
  • Greenies
  • Horse Head
  • Jelly Babies
  • Lid Poppers
  • Little Bombs
  • Morning Shots
  • Pixies
  • Speed

Street Names for Opioids

  The opioid epidemic is on the rise, and we are seeing more and more people in our Chicago opiate treatment program. Prescription pain pills are also being abused more frequently. As a result, opioid slang names are a dime a dozen. As different variations of these drugs – like Krokodil, for instance – become more common, there’s more opioid slang that you should be familiar with. There are various types of these medicines, but some common street names for opioids include:

  • Captain Cody
  • Cotton
  • Dreamer
  • First line
  • Fluff
  • God’s drug
  • Hydros
  • Miss Emma
  • Morpho
  • Oc
  • Ox
  • Oxy
  • Perces
  • Pills
  • Vike

Street Names for Fentanyl

  Fentanyl is another particularly dangerous opioid that is being abused increasingly. We’ve treated numerous patients in our prescription pill treatment program who struggled with a fentanyl addiction. Because this drug is often used as an additive or cutting agent in other substances like cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamine, there are many names for the fentanyl street drug. Some other names for fentanyl include:

  • Apache
  • Birria
  • Butter
  • China Girl
  • China Town
  • China White
  • Crazy One
  • Dance Fever
  • Dragon
  • Dragon’s Breath
  • Facebook
  • Fent
  • Fenty
  • He-Man
  • King Ivory
  • Lollipop
  • Murder 8
  • Shoes
  • Toe Tag Dope

Barbiturates Street Names

  These synthetic drugs are sedatives that slow down the central nervous system, also known as depressants. There are many different kinds of barbiturates, including Nembutal, Luminal, Seconal, Butisol, and more. Some common slang for depressants include:

  • Bambs
  • Barbs
  • Blue Angels
  • Blue Bullets
  • Blue Devil
  • Blue Dolls
  • Blue Heavens
  • Blue Tips
  • Bluebirds
  • Blues
  • Downers
  • Green Frog
  • Ludes
  • Luds
  • Marshmallow Reds
  • Phennies
  • Phenos
  • Pink Ladies
  • Quad
  • Quas
  • Rainbows
  • Red Bullets
  • Reds
  • Seggy
  • Softballs
  • Strawberries
  • Tooties
  • Yellow Jackets
  • Yellows

Slang Terms for Club Drugs

  Below are individual lists of street names for club drugs such as LSD, MDMA, molly, and ecstasy.

Street Names for LSD (H4)

  LSD is a psychedelic drug that causes confusion and hallucinations. People often take hallucinogens like LSD when clubbing or partying to enhance the experience. The slang terms for LSD include:

  • Acid
  • Battery Acid
  • Black Star
  • Blue Heaven
  • Blue Sky
  • California Sunshine
  • Cid
  • Coffee
  • Dental Floss
  • Dots
  • Electric Kool-Aid
  • Golden Dragon
  • Hawaiian Sunshine
  • Hippie
  • Jesus Christ Acid
  • Loony Toons
  • Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds
  • Microdot
  • Pane
  • Pink Panthers
  • Pure Love
  • Purple Haze
  • Purple Heart
  • Sunshine
  • Tab
  • White Dust
  • Windowpane
  • Yellow Sunshine
  • Zen

Street Names for Molly (H4)

MDMA is another club drug that produces euphoric effects. Street names for MDMA include:

  • Adam
  • Beans
  • Clarity
  • Dancing Shoes
  • Disco Biscuits
  • E-Bomb
  • Ecstasy or E
  • Egg Rolls
  • Happy Pill
  • Hug
  • Love Drug
  • Love Potion #9
  • Lover’s Speed
  • Malcolm
  • Malcolm X
  • Molly
  • Rolling
  • Scooby Snacks
  • Skittles
  • Thizz
  • Vitamin E
  • Vitamin X
  • Vowels
  • X
  • XTC

GHB Street Names (H4)

  Gamma-Hydroxybutyrate (GHB) is an illicit drug that’s commonly used among bodybuilders and is also considered a common club drug. As a depressant, GHB reduces activity in the central nervous system, producing side effects like sedation, short-term memory loss, and reduced control over motor movement. Due to its effects on the central nervous system, GHB is also commonly used as a date rape drug.

Common GHB slang names include:

  • Blue Nitro
  • Cherry Meth
  • Fantasy
  • G
  • GEEB
  • Georgia Homeboy
  • Gina
  • Grievous Bodily Harm (GHB)
  • Juice
  • Liquid E
  • Liquid Ecstasy
  • Scoop
  • Soap

Rohypnol Street Names (H4)

  Also known as Flunitrazepam, Rohypnol is a benzodiazepine and central nervous system depressant that’s used to treat severe insomnia and assist in anesthesia. Like GHB, Rohypnol is also abused and used as a date rape drug to facilitate sexual assault due to its sedative side effects.

Common slang terms for Rohypnol include:

  • Club drug
  • Forget-me pill
  • Mexican Valium
  • R-2
  • Rib
  • Roach-2
  • Roaches
  • Roofies
  • Roopies
  • Rope
  • Ropies
  • Ruffies

This glossary of slang drug names is meant to help you identify drug abuse in a loved one. If you or someone you know is struggling with a substance abuse disorder, contact our team today to find out more about the levels of care we offer at our drug rehab in Naperville.

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