Cocaine has various nicknames including coke, blow, coca, nose candy, snow, and flake. Street names for crack include rocks, gravel, sleet, and nuggets. Combinations of cocaine and other drugs have their own street names, which include speedballs and cocoa puffs. Cocaine is an addictive stimulant drug extracted from the leaves of the coca plant. While cocaine is a Schedule II drug, meaning it can be administered by a doctor for medical uses (a very limited number of them), it has a high potential for abuse and addiction development; all recreational use of cocaine is illegal. Cocaine is typically encountered as a fine, white, crystalline powder and is commonly snorted, smoked, injected, or swallowed.
Street Names for Cocaine
Cocaine is a highly addictive drug with powerful stimulant effects.Cocaine is a highly addictive drug with powerful stimulant effects. Many find the allure of the cocaine high difficult to resist and its potent physiological actions (e.g., vasoconstriction, raised blood pressure) can proved dangerous even after a single use.
As a popularly used 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 purpose toward these ends 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 difficult 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.
Some of the more popular and enduring names used in the United States include the following:
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:
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 other drugs including amphetamine, heroin, and synthetic opioids (such as fentanyl).
Nicknames for these drug mixtures may include:
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/or addiction.