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Cocaine Street Names

Cocaine is often referred to by its street names. As an illicit drug, cocaine has many of these street names, used by those who sell and abuse it. It is important to know the street names for cocaine, as you may need to be aware if someone is discussing the drug.

What is Cocaine?

The DOJ describes cocaine as an “intense, euphoria-producing stimulant drug with strong addictive potential.” It is “derived from cocoa leaves grown in Bolivia, Peru, and Columbia” and is usually a white powder that people dilute or cut with different substances. People usually snort cocaine or inject it into their veins. The injection is done after the drug is mixed and dissolved in water.

Cocaine base is another way of using cocaine. It “looks like small, irregularly shaped chunks (or ‘rocks’) of a whitish solid.” This type of cocaine is smoked, sometimes on its own and sometimes when mixed with marijuana or tobacco. Any way that cocaine is used, people usually “binge on the drug until they are exhausted or run out of cocaine.”

Street Names for Cocaine

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Cocaine is a very harmful and addicting stimulant drug.

Cocaine has various street names which are the ways dealers and users refer to the drug. The most common street name is usually coke. In the United States, most people who are using a street name for the drug will refer to it this way. However, there are many other street names for the drug. According to the CESAR, they are:

  • Blow
  • Snow
  • Sugar
  • “Nose candy”
  • Johnny
  • Toot
  • Happy Trails
  • Snow White
  • Rock
  • C
  • Powder
  • Yeyo (Spanish term for cocaine)
  • Charlie
  • Flake
  • Speedball/snowball
    • Cocaine and heroin used together
  • Chronic
    • Marijuana that is “laced with cocaine”

There are several other terms which are used in relation to cocaine or doing the drug itself. They are:

  • A bump- “a small amount of cocaine for a quick rush”
  • Eightball- one-eighth of an ounce of cocaine
  • Kilo- one kilogram of cocaine
    • This is also referred to as a brick.
  • Line- when people snort cocaine, they often cut it into a line so that they can inhale it
    • A line is “usually 2-4 inches long.”
  • The drip- what the person feels in the back of his or her throat after sniffing cocaine
    • This is both a taste and a sensation

Street Names for Cocaine Base

Cocaine base also has its own slang terms, or street names (CESAR). The most used in the United States are crack or crack cocaine. The other street names for cocaine base are:

  • Apple Jacks
  • Rock
  • Hard rock
  • Topo (Spanish term for cocaine base)
  • Base
  • Sugar block
  • Kryptonite

Other terms which are related to cocaine base use and abuse are:

  • Crackhead- term for a person who uses cocaine base heavily
  • Crackpipe- usually a glass pipe from which a person smokes cocaine base
  • Crack baby- a child whose mother was addicted to cocaine base who is then born with an addiction to the drug
  • Crack house- a “place where crack is used or sold”

It is important to know the specific terms associated with cocaine abuse. Knowing them may help you, or you may even be able to help someone else.

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