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Street Names and Nicknames for Cocaine

What Is Cocaine Called on the Street?
Some of the popular nicknames for cocaine are coke, blow, nose candy, snow, and yeyo. Street names for crack include rocks, gravel, sleet, and nuggets. Cocaine mixtures have their own street names, which include speedball, cocopuffs, bumping up, and snow seals.

Street Names for Cocaine

Cocaine is a powerful stimulant drug that is both highly addictive and potentially lethal. Some people may find the allure of the cocaine high difficult to resist, and may find themselves hooked after merely one try.

cocaine baggy on ground

As a popularly abused illicit substance, cocaine has accumulated its fair share of aliases. Many of the monikers or nicknames used to refer to cocaine and cocaine use are derived from cocaine’s appearance or from popular methods of using cocaine.

Those who use street names and nicknames may be doing so in an attempt to make their cocaine use much less conspicuous. Cocaine users may be able to get away with openly referencing their drug use by using these words in everyday conversation—dodging the scrutiny of authorities and family members.

Their function to this end relies on non-drug users remaining unfamiliar with the oft-changing designations. Inevitably, by the time that a slang drug reference has become a part of our modern vocabularies, active drug users will have moved on to new ones to further promote the deception.

It would be nearly impossible to list all the street names and nicknames for cocaine since they often vary by region or country and, furthermore, because users are constantly coining novel terms to describe the drug.

However, some of the more popular and enduring ones used in the United States include the following:

  • Coke.
  • Flake.
  • Snow.
  • Blow.
  • White.
  • Toot.
  • Base.
  • Basa.
  • Powder.
  • Dust.
  • Big Rush.
  • Pearl.
  • Candy.
  • Cola.
  • C.
  • Big flakes.
  • Nose candy.
  • Baseball.
  • Bump.
  • Line.
  • Rail.
  • Snow.
  • Stash.
  • Yeyo.

Street Names for Crack Cocaine

Crack cocaine also has its own street names. Crack cocaine is a freebase, crystalline form of cocaine that can be smoked. Nicknames for crack cocaine include the following:

  • Snow coke.
  • Rocks.
  • Black rock.
  • Chemical.
  • Candy.
  • Nuggets.
  • Gravel.
  • Grit.
  • Hail.
  • Hard rock.
  • Jelly beans.
  • Cookies.
  • Dice.
  • Purple caps.
  • Scrabble.
  • Yam.
  • Sleet.
  • Tornado.

Street Names for Cocaine Mixtures

Cocaine obtained on the street is sometimes laced with other drugs, or later mixed with different substances by those looking to achieve a different type of high when it is used. Some of the more frequently encountered substance combinations are created by mixing cocaine with marijuana, methamphetamine, PCP, heroin, ecstasy and LSD.

Nicknames for these drug mixtures may include:

  • Speedball.
  • Spaceball.
  • Woo-woo.
  • Cocopuffs.
  • Woolies.
  • Boy-girl.
  • Candy flipping.
  • Bumping up.
  • Snow seals.
  • Flamethrowers.
Cocaine use results in increased activity of the neurotransmitter known as dopamine – a signaling chemical in the body that plays a role in the brain’s reward system, as well as in mediating pleasurable or euphoric experiences. Excessive use of cocaine and repeated manipulation of this reward system can quickly lead to physiologic dependence and addiction.

How to Know If Your Loved One Is Doing Cocaine

sad girl with beanie next to wallAlthough this list of cocaine slang is not an all-inclusive list, it is important that you are aware of some of the various street terms and nicknames, especially if you are a parent. Teens may try to hide cocaine use from their parents by using less common terminology that they might not be familiar with.

Knowing the various names for cocaine may help parents identify drug use in the household and hopefully allow them to take action (e.g., cocaine abuse treatment) before their child either develops an addiction or begins to experience the health consequences associated with substance abuse.

Other Signs of Cocaine Use

Other possible signs and symptoms of cocaine use – in addition to hearing someone use cocaine nicknames – may include any of the following1:

  • Heightened energy, alertness and restlessness.
  • Insomnia.
  • Extreme mood changes: feelings of exhilaration, irritability, depression, aggression.
  • Talkativeness or fast speech.
  • Nasal congestion.
  • Enlarged pupils.
  • Increased heart rate.
  • Persistently diminished appetite, weight loss.

Health Effects of Cocaine

Cocaine is a relatively short-acting, yet powerful drug that can have devastating effects on one’s health—both acutely and chronically.

Short-term effects may include:

  • Enlarged pupils.
  • Narrowed blood vessels.
  • Increased heart rate, blood pressure, body temperature.
  • Erratic, aggressive behavior.
  • Irritability, anxiety, restlessness.
  • Paranoia, panic.
  • Muscle twitches, tremors, dizziness.
  • Heart attack, abnormal heart rhythm.
  • Headaches, seizures, strokes, coma.
  • Nausea and abdominal pain.
  • Sudden death.2

Long-term effects may include:

  • Profound sleep deprivation, irritability.
  • Frequent panic attacks, paranoia, possible psychosis.
  • Decreased appetite, weight loss, dehydration and malnourishment.
  • Consequences from snorting cocaine: difficulty swallowing, nosebleeds, decreased sense of smell, nasal septum irritation, hoarse throat, runny nose.
  • Consequences from swallowing cocaine: intestinal gangrene (tissue death).
  • Consequences from injecting cocaine: development of deadly, allergic reactions to either cocaine or its additives, in the case of street cocaine.3

Withdrawal Symptoms of Cocaine

Many knowledgable about cocaine’s withdrawal syndrome would advise those who’ve made the decision to quit using cocaine to seek the supervision and supportive care offered from a structured detoxification program. While acute cocaine withdrawal is rarely inherently dangerous, it can be a difficult-to-endure start to your recovery efforts. The following unpleasant withdrawal symptoms may be seen, with a few of them – depression and suicidal ideation – warranting vigilant medical care:

  • Anxiety and concentration problems.
  • Fatigue, increased sleep.
  • Cocaine cravings, increased appetite.
  • Depression, decreased ability to feel pleasure, suicidal thoughts.
  • Slowed psychomotor skills.4-6
  • Involuntary motor movements.
  • Muscle and bone pain.
  • Chills.7

Finding a Cocaine Treatment Center

Cocaine’s powerful grasp can prove very difficult to overcome by yourself. Furthermore, the onset of troublesome withdrawal symptoms can weaken your resolve to quit.

Cocaine addiction treatment programs, however, can help you succeed in your journey in overcoming addiction. Most programs will involve some combination of detox, group and individual therapy, relapse prevention skills and aftercare planning for ongoing recovery work. There are several types of programs to be aware of:

Luxury rehab programs tend to offer much privacy as well as a range of plush, resort-like amenities – all in addition to a complete residential recovery program.

Executive programs allow busy professionals to remain active in their work life throughout their recovery process.

Traditional rehab programs usually cost a bit less than luxury programs, as they do not offer the full range of luxurious amenities. Treatment can still be top notch, however – whether you choose an inpatient or outpatient program.

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