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Cocaine’s list of street names is long and continues to evolve. Some of the more common nicknames for cocaine refer to its effects, appearance, form, and place of origin. There are also a variety of names for drugs that contain cocaine in addition to other substances. In some cases, traffickers, dealers, and users have invented slang terms for cocaine as a way to evade law enforcement and potential informants. Users may also do this to make their habit less noticeable to friends or family who might be compelled to intervene.

Regardless of what cocaine is called, it’s an addictive stimulant associated with many adverse short- and long-term health effects, including emotional instability, cardiovascular issues, and organ damage. Guardian Recovery is an accredited treatment center specializing in treating drug and alcohol addiction. Cocaine misuse is one of the many conditions we treat using evidence-based therapies, services, and activities. Contact us today to get started on your recovery journey and reclaim the fulfilling life you deserve.

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Why Are Street Names for Drugs Created?

Street names for drugs are often used to conceal illicit drug use, indicate distinguishing features between products, or promote a sense of belonging among users.

Reasons Why Street Names for Drugs Are Used Include:

  • To conceal illicit activity and avoid detection by law enforcement, possible informants, or loved ones.
  • To foster a sense of community and for users to identify themselves as part of a specific subculture.
  • To rebrand a cocaine product and make it appear new or more appealing to potential customers.
  • To differentiate between similar products, such as crack versus powder cocaine, their effects, and those that also include other psychoactive substances.

Common Street Names & Slang for Cocaine Products

Cocaine products come in various forms, including powder, rock, and base. There are dozens of names for cocaine based on each product’s distinct characteristics, including the following:

Cocaine (Coke)

When people use the basic term “cocaine,” they usually mean traditional powdered cocaine, most often ingested intranasally or snorted in “lines.” (1) The most common alternate name for cocaine is indisputably “coke,” but there are numerous others.

Slang Terms for Cocaine Include:

  • Baseball
  • Big bloke
  • Blow
  • Bump
  • Candy/nose candy
  • Dust
  • 8-ball
  • Line
  • Rail
  • Sneeze
  • Sniff
  • Stash
  • Toot
  • Yeyo

Crack Cocaine

Crack cocaine is a crude, rock-like form produced from powder cocaine. It is commonly referred to as the shortened “crack” as an homage to the sound the drug makes when it’s heated—it is most often smoked.

Slang Terms for Crack Cocaine Include:

  • Ball
  • Black or hard rock
  • Chemical
  • Cookies
  • Dice
  • Gravel
  • Grit
  • Hail
  • Nuggets
  • Purple caps
  • Rocks
  • Scrabble
  • Sleet
  • Snow coke
  • Tornado
  • Yam

Freebase Cocaine

“Freebase” refers to the base form of cocaine, which is solid and highly pure. “Freebasing” cocaine describes the process of freeing the drug’s base from its salt form (hydrochloride), which, along with crack, is the most common form found on the street. (2) Moreover, freebase is not prevalent due to its cost and is often referred to as “base,” “basa,” or other names for cocaine itself.

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Names for Cocaine Based on Effects

Many cocaine nicknames are based on its anticipated effects. Cocaine induces a state of euphoria, and the following are just some of the monikers that have occurred as a result:

Slang Terms for Cocaine Based on Effects Include:

  • Big rush
  • Bouncing powder
  • Happy dust or powder
  • Happy stuff
  • Happy trails
  • Glad stuff
  • Friskie powder
  • Happy powder
  • Marching powder or dust
  • Paradise

References to Cocaine Based on Geography

Some associate the quality of cocaine with the place in which it originates. Creating nicknames that connect the drug to a specific country or location may, in some cases, increase the product’s value.

Slang Terms for Cocaine Based on Location Include:

  • Burmese
  • Inca message
  • El percio/percio
  • Persia
  • Peruvian flake or lady

Nicknames Based on Appearance

References to cocaine can describe its appearance, such as color and consistency.

Cocaine Slang Name Based on Appearance Include:

  • Blanca
  • Flake/Big flake
  • Haven or gold dust
  • Icing
  • Paradise white
  • Pearl
  • Powder
  • Sleigh ride
  • Snow/snow cones
  • Snowflake
  • White mosquito
  • White powder
  • White/White rock

Slang Based on Actual Names

Occasionally cocaine is referred to by the given names of individuals. This is another method of speaking about cocaine in public or around others without arousing suspicion.

Street Names for Cocaine Combinations & the Associated Drug Include:

  • Angie
  • Aunt Nora
  • Bernie/Bernie’s Gold Dust
  • Bernie’s flakes
  • Billie Hoke
  • Carrie
  • Choe
  • Cecil
  • Henry VIII
  • Her
  • Lady snow
  • Merk
  • Mujer
  • Schmeck

Nicknames That Sound Like the Term Cocaine

In some situations, names may be used as a play on the word cocaine.

Similar Street Names for Cocaine Include:

  • C/Big C
  • C-game
  • Coconut
  • Cola
  • Mama coca
  • Lady caine

Additional Cocaine Names

Some nicknames for cocaine are entirely unrelated to specific factors, such as the type of drug, how it’s used, or where it can from

Unrelated Street Names for Cocaine Include:

  • Beam
  • Came
  • Caria
  • Cholly
  • Combol
  • Esnortiar
  • Jelly/jelly beans
  • Mosquitos
  • Monster
  • Tardust

Common Street Names for Cocaine Combined with Other Drugs

Cocaine is commonly adulterated or combined with other drugs with different properties, including other stimulants, depressants, narcotics, and hallucinogens. (3)

Street Names for Cocaine Combinations & the Associated Drug Include:

  • Bazooka (with marijuana)
  • Boy-girl
  • Belushi (with heroin)
  • Candy flipping (with ecstasy)
  • Cocoa puffs
  • Flamethrowers (with heroin and tobacco)
  • Spaceball (with PCP)
  • Speedball (with heroin or other depressants)
  • Takeover (with fentanyl)
  • Wicky (with marijuana and PCP)
  • Woolies

How to Know If Your Loved One Is Using Cocaine

Anyone can become cocaine-dependent as a result of regular use. Drug and alcohol addiction affects individuals of any gender, race, ethnicity, age, or socioeconomic group. Frequent use of slang terms referring to cocaine is a strong indication that a loved one is struggling with a substance use disorder. Still, there are many more observable signs and symptoms seen in those facing these circumstances. (4)

Signs & Symptoms of Cocaine Use Include:

  • Elated mood.
  • Markedly increased energy.
  • Hyperactivity and talkativeness.
  • Jitteriness.
  • Anxiety and restlessness.
  • Irritability.
  • Paranoia and panic.
  • Erratic, aggressive behavior.
  • Headache, dizziness.
  • Nausea and stomach pain.
  • Enlarged pupils.
  • Increased body temperature.
  • Increased heart rate and blood pressure.
  • Muscle twitches and tremors.

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