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Slang Glossary

Drug Slang Glossary

There are many words and phrases people use to refer to drugs and alcohol. Understanding the slang of addiction is the first step in getting your loved one the help they need. At our addiction treatment center in Massachusetts, we offer drug and alcohol addiction treatment for patients who are ready to get sober. Our addiction experts have put together a slang glossary to help families and loved ones better understand the phrases and words people use to secretly discuss drugs and alcohol. Though we update this drug slang glossary frequently, the drug slang words are always changing. Be sure to keep a lookout for other signs of addiction, such as changed behavior or physical changes.

Acid: Street name for LSD, a hallucinogenic drug.

Angel Dust: Name for PCP, a mind-altering drug that can cause violent behavior.

Apple Jacks: This is slang for crack or crack cocaine.

Aries: Slang words for heroin, an illegal drug with dangerous side effects.

Bad Bundle: Heroin that is of inferior quality, damaged.

Ball: Crack cocaine, or black tar heroin.

Base: A commonly used word that is slang for cocaine or crack cocaine.

Base Head: Someone who uses smokable cocaine.

Bars: Used to refer to Xanax pills.

Bennies: Refers to amphetamines.

Broccoli: Marijuana.

Cakes: Tightly pressed discs of crack cocaine.

California Sunshine: Refers to LSD.

Cold Turkey: Suddenly stopping drug or alcohol use.

E: Ecstasy, also known as MDMA.

8 Ball: Common slang for cocaine. One eighth of an ounce of cocaine. Can also address a mix of heroin and crack cocaine.

Following that Cloud: Looking to obtain drugs.

Freebase: Smoking crack cocaine.

Gutter: The vein into which a drug is injected.

Hard Candy: Slang term that refers to heroin.

Herb: Marijuana.

Ice: Crystal methamphetamine.

Jet: Refers to ketamine.

Jet Fuel: PCP.

Jonesing: Slang for alcohol and drugs, specifically slang for craving drugs or alcohol.

Kibbles & Bits: Refers to Ritalin, a stimulant.

Kryptonite: Refers to crack cocaine.

Lean: Addresses codeine cough syrup.

Mary Jane: Refers to marijuana.

Molly: MDMA.

Nuggets: Amphetamines.

On a Trip: When someone is under the influence of drugs.

Papers: Rolling papers used for joints or blunts.

Parachuting: A method of ingesting drugs in which the drugs are rolled or folded to paper and swallowed.

Scooby Snacks: MDMA.

Skittles: Cough and cold tables.

Totally Spent: Hangover feeling after using MDMA.

Tweaking: Paranoia or anxiety sparked by drug use.

White Cross: Slang for meth in several forms, including amphetamines and methamphetamines.


Zonked: High on drugs.

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