cocaine danger

Three thousand years before Christ, ancient Incas in the Andes chewed coca leaves to fasten their breathing, to counter living in the mountains. Citizens of Peru also chewed on coca leaves during sacred rituals and ceremonies. Indian labourers in Spain were given coca leaves, as it made them easier to manage and exploit after its intake.

Coca is one of the prehistoric stimulants of natural origin. This was first discovered in 1859 by a German chemist named Albert Niemann. However, it took nearly 21 years for cocaine to get popular in the medical commune, i.e. in the year 1880.
cocaine dangerSigmund Freud, an Austrian psychoanalyst used it as a tonic to cure depression and sexual impotence. His article, “Uber Coca” called cocaine a ‘magical’ substance and endorsed its benefits. He prescribed it to many and recommended it for general use, which also resulted in many deaths too. John Pemberton used cocaine as a key ingredient in Coca-Cola, which gave a euphoric and energising effect to its drinkers. This made it “the drink of the CENTURY.”

Thomas Edison and Sarah Bernhardt from Hollywood were two of the major promoters of the miraculous effects of cocaine tonics. Eventually, dangers of this drug became more prominent and in 1903 Coca-Cola was pressurized to remove cocaine as a key ingredient from their drink.

In 1912, around 5000 people died from cocaine overdose and finally in 1922, this drug was officially banned. 1970s saw re-emergence of cocaine as a fashion statement and it quickly became a rich man’s companion. However, it quickly fell from grace in 1980s and soon became linked to poverty, crime and death.

How the names are derived

A widely abused drug and a key to many problems in homes, streets, within the state and country, across other countries and in communities around the world is what cocaine is today. This has come to be known by a wide slang terms and street names without using its original name.

Some names are derived at, from the method of use or from the actual type of the drug. Like the crack or hard are two cocaine street names that are used commonly when it has been cooked down to a hard, rock form.

Some are names based on the effect of the drug it has on the user such as speed or fast, rush or similar effect stuff. Many names have come from the appearance of the drug or the form of the drug such as powder or soft.

From nose candy to candy powder, marching dust to happy trails, paradise to bouncing powder, are many such interesting names that has evolved over time as street names. Many are 40 years old names while many have just come out as new nick names.

A few easy to spot names are coke, coca, cola, lady caine, Big C etc. Many have names on how high the high is felt like base, beam, candy C, Monster, Tardust, Came etc.

Why Different Names

By 2008, this drug became the second most trafficked illegal drug in the whole world and was sold at different places, different countries and different streets under different names to make it less conspicuous and this façade dodged the authorities and the user’s family members.

Being one of the most popular illegal substance has resulted in cocaine accumulating its fair share of alias. Appearance of the drug and the preferred mode of use are the major factors that play a role in deciding the various nicknames.

Change in names is done generally to make it unfamiliar to the non-users and by the time one slang name becomes popular, drug peddlers and users would have shifted on to a new name/slang to deceive the suspecting crowd.

A whole lot of names have been created by drug users and it is not possible to list all of the nicknames and street names for cocaine at a given point of time. Often, it varies by region, state, country and the creative mind of these users’ who coin novelty names for describing it.

However, some of the popular names used in different parts of the world are:

Aunt NoraFlake
BaseNose Candy
Big RushPearl
Big flakesLine

Crack Cocaine too has a whole lot of names of its own. Crack cocaine is a freebase, crystalline form of cocaine that can be smoked, hence these names:

Snow cokeScrabble
RocksHard rock
Black rockJelly beans
Purple capsTornado

Cocaine can be blended with other drugs and mixed with different substances to achieve a different high. Cocaine is frequently mixed with marijuana, methamphetamine, PCP, heroin, ecstasy and LSD. These cocaine mixtures have different names too, some of which are:

SpaceballCandy flipping
Woo-wooBumping up
CocopuffsSnow seals

Cocaine names have evolved from one generation to another and every era has resulted in cocaine getting different set of names. Some of the most common nicknames from each era and from different countries are listed in the table below.

These are the slang names used for cocaine of all types (smokeable, used in injections, or crack). Street drug language changes all the time and the moment a list is generated of the new names, it gets out of date. The slang used for cocaine in one country may include some of these terms and may also include a totally different list of names.

List of Cocaine Nicknames and Slang

51Double BubblePercia
All-American DrugDrafPercio
AngieDreamPerico (Spanish)
AuntDustPeruvian flake
Aunt NoraDynamitePeruvian lady
BallingEl diablito (Spanish)Picking
BananoEl Diablo (Spanish)Piece
BarbsEl Perico ("parrot")Pimp
BasaElectric kool-aidPolvo blanco (Spanish)
BaseEsnortiar (Spanish)Pop
Base craziesEverclearPowder
Base headFast White LadyPowder diamonds
Based outFive-wayPremos
Basuco (Spanish)Flame CookingPrimo
BatmanFlamethrowersPrimo turbo
BeamFleecePurple caps
Beam me up ScottieFlexPurple haze
Behind the ScaleFlorida snowQuill
BeigingFoo FooRacehorse charlie
BelushiFoo foo stuffRane
BerniceFoo-foo dustRaw
BernieFoolish powderReady rock
Bernie's FlakesFreebaseReal tops
Bernie's Gold DustFreezeRecompress
Big BlokeFrisco specialRider
Big CFrisco speedballRock star
Big flakeFriskie powderRock(s)
Big rushFrontloadingRoxanne
Billie hokeG-rockRush
Birdie powderGeek-jointsSchmeck
Black rockGeezeSchoolboy
Blanca (Spanish)GhostbustingScorpion
Blanco (Spanish)Gift-of-the-sunScottie
BlowGirlfriendSerial speedballing
Blow BlueGlad stuffSerpico 21
Blow CokeGo on a sleigh rideSevenup
Blow SmokeGold dustShabu
Bolivian Marching PowderGremmiesShe
BoosterH & CShebanging
BopperHalf pieceSherman stick
Bouncing PowderHandlebarsShot
BoyHappy dustShrile
Boy-GirlHappy powderSleigh ride
Break NightHappy trailsSmoke houses
BrickHave a dustSmoking gun
Bubble GumHaven dustSniff
Bump upHeavenSnow
BumperHeaven dustSnow bird
Bumping upHenry VIIISnow seals
BunkHerSnow white
BureseHitch up the reindeersSnowball
CHorningSociety high
C & MHunterSoda
C JointIceSoft
C-gameInca messageSpace
Cabello (Spanish)JamSpaceball
California cornflakesJim JonesSpeedballs-nose-style
CameJoy powderSplitting
Candy CKingSquirrel
Candy Flipping on a StringKing's habitStacks
Candy SticksLaceStar
Candy SugarLadyStar-spangled powder
CapsLady caineStardust
CarnieLady snowStudio fuel
CarrieLate nightSugar
Carrie NationLeafSugar boogers
CaviarLineSweet stuff
CDsLiquid ladyT
CecilLove affairTalco (Spanish)
Chalked upMa'aTardust
ChalkingMacaroni and CheeseTeenager
ChampagneMama cocaTeeth
CharlieMarching dustThe five way
ChaseMarching powderThing
Chicken ScratchMayoTio
ChollyMighty whiteTrails
Cocaine BluesMojoTutti-frutti (Portuguese)
Cocoa PuffMonos (Spanish)Uptown
CoconutMonsterWhote boy
CokeMosquitosWhite Dragon
Coke BarMovie star drugWhite girl
ColaMujer (Spanish)White horse
CombolMurder OneWhite lady
ComebackNieve (Spanish)White mosquito
ConnieNoseWhite powder
Cooking upNose candyWhiz bang
CoolieNose powderWicky
Cork the AirNose stuffWild cat
CorrineNumber 3Window pane
CorrinneOne and oneWings
Cotton BrothersOne bombWitch
CrackOne on one houseWoo blunts
Crack BashOne plus one salesWoolas
CrisscrossingOnionWoolie / Woolie Blunt / Wooties
CrystalOyster stewWorking bags
Dama Blanca (Spanish)P-dogsYam
Devil's DandruffParadiseYao
DirtiesParadise whiteYay
Do a LineParibaYeyo (Spanish)
Double-breasted DealingPearlZip

Fancy Names?

A long and diverse history of cocaine use has actually resulted in increasing the list of street names by the day. Some names are colourful, some define traits of the drug and some are just fancy names spelled to disguise its properties and the actual use. No matter what the name, all that cocaine does is – “deteriorate the person from being a normal human to becoming the complete contradictory of what he was or what he should have been.”
cocaine street names
All of us have a tough time in keeping up with the relatively long list of street names for common illegal drugs; nevertheless, in this whirlpool of drug trafficking, we are not the only ones. After all, these names were created to confuse, divert, re-route, distract and dodge the law, parents, teachers, friends and people who care and people who love.

Some nicknames have joined common vocabulary while countless others remain ambiguous. Even if that’s the case, a working know-how of the most common and frequently used street names for the most popular, dangerous and illegal drugs can be useful, especially when you suspect that someone in your care is indulging in the drugs.

Way back in 70s and 80s

The pop/American culture that was prevalent over the years was the main cause for many of these names and also the cocaine becoming so popular in that period. Obviously, this drug has had a major influence on that era and some of the names back then were based on the culture and lifestyle:

Love affairPimp
King’s habitWhite pimp
Late nightGirl friend
Society highStudio fuel
Movie star drugStart-Spangled Powder

Watchfulness and Staying Alert

Parents and family members have to be alert and be aware of various street names and nicknames of cocaine; though this list is not the complete one, as each day at a different place, country a new one crops up. Teens and other drug users usually use a lesser common name to hide it from their people.

Knowing this vast spread of names of cocaine would definitely help parents and family to take steps to stop their child from getting addicted to this one, or if he/she is already addicted, can help take action as well. Apart from knowing the different names of cocaine, a few things to watch out for are their child’s increased energy, alertness and his/her restlessness.

The child’s mood swings, depression, aggression, agitation, talkativeness or rapid speech and inability to sleep like before are few signs to watch out for. Of course, the child’s loss of appetite and his/her weight loss could also be a concerning sign.

Whatever said and done, whatever name it is called with, cocaine is a treacherous street drug that should never enter into our lives. No matter whatever cute or funny names it is called as, the single reality is – it is an exceedingly potent and a controlling stimulant that can cause overdose, an addiction that is not treatable or even death. Stay guarded!!!!

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Dr. Freeman completed her Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) in 2008 from UT Health San Antonio. She was a fellow at the University of Michigan and performed a surgery residency at Lahey Hospital in Burlington Massachussets. Dr. Freeman is currently a surgeon at TRACC in the Dallas Fort Worth area.