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Cocaine/Crack

Common Names: angel powder, baby, base, blast, blow, Big C, candy cane, charlie, crack, coke, cola, divits, dust, flake, freebase, lady, nose candy, pebbles, powder, ringer, rock, rails, snow, snowbirds, toot, white, yahoo, yeyo

Synopsis:

Cocaine is a drug obtained from the leaves of a coca plant. It is very potent and highly addictive. Cocaine can be found in a white crystalline powder or as “crack”, or cocaine processed with baking soda and ammonia, which results in chunks or rocks and can be smoked. Cocaine produces a euphoric effect coupled with hyper-sensitivity and increased clarity. The high from cocaine may last 15 to 30 minutes while the high from crack lasts about 10 minutes. Followed by this intense high is just as intense of a crash and the user becomes irritable, depressed, and anxious. Using cocaine over time can incite extreme paranoia. Cocaine use can result in heart disease, heart attacks, respiratory failure, seizures, or death.

 

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Definition

Base House

Place for smoking freebase cocaine or crack

Base Pipe

Pipe for smoking freebase cocaine or crack

Baseball

Freebase cocaine

Coke Bugs

Hallucination after using cocaine which creates the illusion of bugs burrowing under the skin

Coke Crash

The crash after a coke high, which results in depression, irritability, and fatigue

Cork the Air

To inhale cocaine

Fluff

Filtering heroin or cocaine through cloth to increase its apparent bulk

Freebase

Smoking cocaine from a special water pipe

Snort

To inhale cocaine through the nostrils

Snow Bird

Someone who is dependent on cocaine

Speedball

Injection of heroin and cocaine mixture

Toot

To sniff cocaine

 

 

Ecstasy

 

Common Names: beans, dolphins, E's, love drug, hug drug, pills, pokeballs, rolexes, rolls, Scooby snacks speed for lovers, XTC, X

 

 

Common "Brand Names": Armanis, Batmans, Blue Nikes, Buddhas, Butterflies,Ferraris, Mercedes, Mitsubishis, Playboys, Red Devils, Supermans, White Diamonds, X-Files, Yin Yangs, etc.

 

Synopsis:

MDMA or Ecstasy is a synthetic drug with hallucinogenic properties, classified as a stimulant. It comes from a tablet and is usually “branded” with names like Playboy bunnies, Nike swoosh, etc. Ecstasy isusually taken at “raves,” clubs or other parties to enhance mood and perceptions. Ecstasy is known to produce incredibly pleasurable effects, such as self-confidence, acceptance, feelings of closeness, and desire to touch others. However, this high can lead to severe dehydration and hyperthermia or increases in body temperature. Usage can cause muscle breakdown and kidney, liver, or cardiovascular failure. It can also cause anxiety, sleep-deprivation, and depression. Ecstasy can damage cells that produce serotonin which regulate mood, appetite, etc and thus can create emotional problems and learning disorders. Research has also shown effects on memory.

 

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Definition

Candy Flipping

Using LSD with ecstasy

Elephant Flipping

Using PCP with ecstasy

E-tard

Person who uses a great deal of ecstasy; a burnout

Flower Flipping/Hippy Flipping

Using mushrooms with ecstasy

 

 

Heroin

Common Names: Aries, Big H, brown, brown sugar, dope, gear, golden girls, H, Harry Jones, horse, junk, poison, scat, skag, smack, sweet dreams, tar, train

 

Synopsis:

Heroin is derived from morphine, obtained from the opium poppy, and is highly addictive. Heroin is classified as a “downer” or depressant and as such interferes with the brain’s ability to perceive pain. It can be white to dark brown powder or a tar-like substance. Heroin can be injected into a vein, called mainlining, injected into a muscle, smoked in a pipe, mixed with marijuana or tobacco, inhaled as smoke, or snorted. Heroin creates a euphoric high and then an alternately wakeful and drowsy state. Over time, using can lead to collapsed veins, infection of the heart lining and valves, liver disease, clogged blood vessels, and eventually death.

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Back to Back

Smoking crack after injecting heroin or heroin used after smoking crack

Back-up

Permitting blood to back up into a syringe to ensure the needle is in a vein

Bombita

A mixture of cocaine and heroin

Chasing the Dragon

A particular way of inhaling heroin

Cheese

A hazardous mix of black tar heroin and Tylenol PM (or other medicines containing diphenhydramine). It looks like grated parmesan cheese - thus the name.

China White

A very pure white heroin

Cook

To heat heroin with water to prepare it for injection

Cotton Shooter

A desperate addict who injects the residue from cotton used to filter heroin

Dime's Worth

The amount of heroin to cause death

Evening

The onset of a heroin withdrawal

Give Wings

Inject someone or teach someone to inject heroin

Half Load

15 bags (decks) of heroin

Hong-yen

Heroin in pill form

Night Time

A heroin withdrawal

Nixon

Low potency heroin

Super Flu

Heroin withdrawal symptoms

 

 

Inhalants

Common Names: Amyl Nitrate - ames, amys, boppers, peals, poppers; Isobutyl Nitrate - aroma of men, bullet, bolt, climax, hardware, locker room, poppers, quicksilver, rush, snappers, thrust; Nitrous Oxide - bomb, buzz, hippie crack, laughing gas, whippets

Synopsis:

Inhalants are ordinary products that are inhaled by a person to get high. This could be glue, nail polish remover, cleaner fluids, hair spray, aerosol cans, Freon, etc. Inhalants are sniffed, bagged (fumes inhaled from a plastic bag), or huffed (an inhalant-soaked rag in the mouth). The effects are similar to being intoxicated by alcohol such as slurred speech, uncoordinated movements, and delirium. Users might experience hallucinations, nausea, or vomiting. Long-term symptoms are weight loss, muscle weakness, inattentiveness, irritability, and depression. Since effects last a few minutes, inhalers will continue huffing for hours which can result in unconsciousness and potentially death.

 

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Definition

Air Blast

An inhalant

Bagging

Using an inhalant

Cracker

Tool used to open a canister of nitrous oxide

Glading

Using an inhalant

Huffing

Soaking a rag, sock, or toilet paper in inhalant fluid and inhaling with the device over the mouth.

 

 

LSD

Common Names: acid, blaze, blotter, cheer, cubes, dose, dots, drop, flash, fry, gel, hawk, Kool-Aid, L, lightening, liquid acid, Lucy, microdots, paper mushrooms, purple haze, pyramid, smilies, stars, rainbows, tab, trips

 

Synopsis:

LSD is manufactured from lysergic acid and is a strong hallucinogenic. It is usually put on “blotter” paper, or paper that is perforated into small squares for absorption on the tongue. The small squares are called tabs and can be decorated (“blotter art”). It can also come in liquid form or in sugar cubes or thin squares of gelatin. The liquid and gelatin can be absorbed through the eyes. The effects of LSD depend on the user’s mood, environment, and expectations before taking the drug. Users frequently encounter “bad trips” or an un-relieving horrifying experience where the user experiences pain or anxiety. Many people report an altered sense of time and self as well as altered sensations such as feeling or hearing colors and seeing sounds. Some users experience flashbacks or a recurrence of their experience on LSD that is unprompted and unexpected. This can happen even to one-time users or months after LSD was taken. It is not categorically an addictive substance since it doesn’t produce the same obsessive seeking as do other drugs like heroin or cocaine. Long-term effects include psychosis, HPPD (Hallucinogen Persisting Perception Disorder), panic and anxiety, and other emotion-altering defects.

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Definition

Acid Cube

Sugar cube containing LSD

Acid Head

LSD user

Blotter Art

LSD blotter art or Vanity blotter art are terms for the artwork that LSD is dropped onto. The artwork is printed onto blotter paper and then perforated into tiny squares or stamps which can be torn apart.

Blotter Paper

The paper that a liquid solution of LSD is dropped onto, which commonly is perforated into individual doses and artfully decorated also known as blotter art.

Come Home

To end a trip on LSD

Tabs

A tab is one of the common ways that LSD is ingested for use. The paper is soaked in LSD and then perforated into squares, supposed to regulate dosage. However, it is very difficult to tell the amount of LSD until it is ingested.

Trip

To be high on LSD

Yen Sleep

Restless, drowsy state after LSD use

 

 

Marijuana

Common Names: Aunt Mary, bud, chiva, chronic, dojo, doobie, dope, gage, ganja, grass, herb, kush, MJ, Mary Jane, mota, pot, reefer, skunk, weed

Synopsis:

Marijuana is the most often used illegal drug in American and is derived from the hemp plant Cannabis sativa. THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol) is the main active chemical that affects the body by reducing pain sensations. It is a green or gray mixture of dried leaves usually rolled into a joint, or marijuana cigarette. It can also be smoked in a water pipe, mixed in with food, or brewed as tea.  The effects of marijuana include memory loss, difficulty with thinking and problem solving, distorted perceptions, and anxiety attacks. Long-term effects include chest illnesses, lung infections, and increased chances of cancer.

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Definition

A-bomb

Marijuana and heroin smoked in a cigarette

Ace

A marijuana cigarette

Alice B. Toklas

A marijuana brownie

Amp Joint

Marijuana cigarette laced with some form of narcotic

Aquatic

Water-grown marijuana

B/Blunt

A joint rolled in the tobacco-leaf paper of a cigar or cigarette

Baked

To be high on marijuana

Bale

A compressed brick of marijuana, usually ranging in weight from 10 to 40 pounds

Beat

Term used to describe a finished bowl or joint

Biffda

A large joint.

Blazed

To be high on marijuana

Blitted

To be very high on marijuana

Bong

A large pipe containing water to cool the smoke, usually made out of bamboo, glass or acrylic

Bowl

The part of a pipe, bong, or similar smoking device which holds the marijuana to be smoked

Brick

A kilogram-sized slab or cube of compressed pot

Bud

Slang term for marijuana. The fresh/dried flowers of the Canabis plant

Chief/Chiefin'/Chief Out

Slang term meaning to smoke a lot of weed. Refers to the image of a Native American chief puffin' on the old peace pipe.

Chronic

Used to describe high quality marijuana or marijuana laced with cocaine.

Clambake

A pot smoking session that takes place in a small, closed, confined space so that the smokers may increase their high by breathing secondhand smoke; a hotboxing session.

Cocktail

A joint made with tobacco and marijuana combined.

Cocoa Puffs

Marijuana laced with cocaine.

Colombian

The most common type of marijuana on the black market.

Crip/Crippy

Potent, hydroponically grown marijuana with white crystals on top.

Dank

Used to describe high quality weed.

Dime

A ten-dollar bag of marijuana.

Dub

Slang for a $20 bag of marijuana.

Elbow

A pound of mairjuana.

Gold

Yellow marijuana from Acapulco in Mexico or Santa Marta Department in Colombia

Hash/Hashish

Smoking mixture that regionally varies, generally based primarily on resin from substandard Middle Eastern or Indian marijuana.

Hemp

Cannabis stalks and stems, especially those used to make rope, fabrics, etc.

Henry

One eighth ounce of weed. Derived from Henry the Eighth.

Hit

A single inhalation of smoke taken from a joint or smoking device; a drag; puff.

Hotbox

To smoke marijuana in a small, confined space so as to take advantage of secondhand smoke for an increased high.

Hydro/Hydroponic

Marijuana grown in a controlled, optimized enviroment including automatic irrigation systems, regulated climate, the best fertilizer and other such amenities. Consequently, the yielded product is extremely potent.

Jamaican Seed

A quarter-sized seed of a special marijuana that can be smoked and is very potent.

Joint/ Jay/ J

Marijuana rolled into paper in the same way a cigarette is.

Kind

Of exceptional quality, referring to marijuana; dank.

Munchies

The intense hunger that comes after smoking marijuana.

Nickel Bag

Five dollars worth of pot, or any other street intoxicant.

Nug

A bud from a marijuana plant. Often used to refer to the separate cohesive pieces of weed in a bag of marijuana; short for "nugget."

Oh-Ze

One ounce of pot.

Oil

The purified and concentrated resin from hashish or marijuana.

One-Hitter

A small pipe with a bowl that holds only one hit.

Pinner

A very skinny joint that doesn't get a smoker high.

Purple Haze

A type of marijuana with veins of purple originating in Jamaica.

Stoned

To be high on marijuana

Toke

To inhale the smoke into your lungs

ZigZags

One of the more popularly used papers to roll joints.

 

 

Methamphetaminse (Meth)

Common Names: amp, chalk, crank, crystal, crystal meth, Christina, glass, ice, P's, speed, spoosh, tick-tick, Tina, yaba, yellow powder

Synopsis:

Methamphetamine (Meth) is an addictive stimulant that can come as a crystal-like powdered substance or in large chunks and is white or slightly yellow, depending on the purity. Users can take meth orally, inject, snort, or smoke it. Meth creates a rush or a high that last about a few minutes followed usually by a state of agitation and anxiety. The effects of meth are insomnia, decreased appetite, nervousness, and sometimes convulsions and heart attack. Some users abuse meth as a weight-loss measure. Many users become paranoid and develop compulsive behaviors. Another effect of meth is “formication,” in which the user hallucinates that bugs or parasites are crawling under the skin and so obsessively scratch at it. It has been reported that some users who experience formication can even scratch their skin off. Long-term usage can lead to psychosis, strokes, and death.

 

 

 

 

OxyContin

Common Names: Hillbilly heroin, killers, O.C.'s, oxy, oxycet, oxycottons

Synopsis:

OxyContin or oxycodone hydrochloride is a prescription-only pain reliever. It releases the medicine over a longer period of time and is supposed to be taken every 12 hours by prescribed patients. Users remove the coating that time-releases the drug to create an instant rush similar to heroin. Some effects are constipation, nausea, vomiting, headache, mood changes, decreased appetite, and slowed breathing. This difficulty breathing can sometimes lead to death. It is an addictive substance and requires a larger dose to achieve the previous high. Long term use can lead to painful withdrawal symptoms, cardiovascular damage, and altered brain chemistry that results in volatile mood swings.

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Definition

Jammed

Under the influence of OxyContin

 

 

Phencyclidine (PCP)

Common Names: amp, angel dust, elephant, embalming fluid, hog, juice, killer weed, kools sherms, loveboat, lovely, ozone, peace pills, rocket fuel, supergrass, wack, wet daddies, zoom

Synopsis:

PCP was developed in the 1950s as an anesthetic. The use of PCP in humans stopped in 1965 due to agitation and delusion found in patients under its influence. At a low does, PCP affects the body much like alcohol intoxication. Higher doses create a feeling of being “out of body” and detached from the surroundings. A high dose can also produce symptoms of schizophrenia such as paranoia and catatonia (loss of motor skills, repetitive talk, an apathetic state). Effects of PCP use are constant sweating, numbness of limbs, interference with normal growth (in adolescents), seizures, coma, and even death. PCP users in high doses can become suicidal and violent. Long-term effects are compulsive use, memory loss, difficulty speaking or thinking, depression, and other mood disorders.

 

 

Psilocybin/Psilocyn (Mushrooms)

Common Names: Alice, amoeba, boomers, buttons, caps, cubes, liberty caps, little smoke, magics, magic mushrooms, mushies, sherm, shrooms, silly putty, tweezes

Synopsis:

Psilocybin and Psilocyn, more popularly known as mushrooms or shrooms are hallucinogenic when ingested. They look like dried mushrooms and can be eaten or brewed in tea. Mushrooms create a feeling of distortion and altered perceptions of the five senses. The high is due to a loosening of the conscious mind by the drug and thus erasing normal filters between cognition and the outside world. Users can also experience a “bad trip” or nervousness and paranoia with anxiety about insanity and death. Like LSD, this depends on the priming of the situation, or the mood and surroundings of the user. Some users experience flashbacks or HPPD (hallucinogen persisting perception disorder), or recurring hallucinations when not on the drug. Short-term effects include cramping, nausea, diarrhea, and vomiting. This is because a fungus is being ingested and so effects are much like those of food poisoning.  Some long-term effects include memory loss, anxiousness, and depression.

 

 

Ritalin

Common Names: West Coast, Vitamin R

Synopsis:

Ritalin, or methylphenidate, is prescribed to children with ADHD (attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder) and can also be prescribed for narcolepsy. It has a calming and focusing effect when taken. Because it is a stimulant, it has been abused and can cause nervousness, insomnia, decreased appetite, vomiting, headaches, weight loss, and severe depression upon withdrawal. Long-term use can cause irregular respiration, paranoia, delusions, and sometimes formication. It can also lead to an obsessive dependence on the drug, malnourishment, psychosis, and damage to the brain. However, Ritalin can be a positive prescription drug for those who use it under the guidance of a doctor.

 

 

General Drug Terms

Definitions      

Abe

$5 worth of a drug        

Agonies

Withdrawal symptoms

Amped-Out

Accelerated heartbeat

Bag

Package of drugs, usually the standard amount for sale

Balloon

Small amount of contained narcotics

Barbituates

Drugs that are depressants on the central nervous system. This can result in mild sedation or total anesthesia.

Big Man

A supplier of drugs

Blackout

Amnesia for events occurring while heavily intoxicated

Booze

Slang for alcohol (beer, wine, liquor)

Bread

Money

Bummer

A bad experience with drugs

Bundle

Multiple bags of a drug

Burnout

Heavy user of drugs

Candyman

A supplier of drugs

Chipping

Occasional use of drugs

Chippy

Person who uses drugs infrequently

Clean

Drug free or not in possession of drugs

Coasting

Being high on drugs

Come Down

The ending of a drug experience

Cooker

Usually a spoon or bottle cap used to heat drugs for injection

Cop

To obtain drugs

Cut

To adulterate drugs

Dealer

Someone who sells illegal drugs

Deck

A packet of drugs

Downers

Depressants

Dried Out

Having gone through a withdrawal program for drugs or alcohol

Drop

To take a drug orally; a place where money or drugs are left

Dusting

Sprinkling a narcotic powder on another drug such as PCP on marijuana

Dynamite

High quality, potent drugs

Fix

An injection of drugs

Flashback

Recurrence of previous hallucinations

Flip out

To become psychotic or irrational

Flying

Under the influence of drugs

Formication

A medical term for the sensation under heavy drug use in which the user experiences insects crawling under the skin. It can cause itchiness, tingling, burning, or pain. Many users will scratch incessantly to get rid of this sensation.

Freeze

To back out of a drug transaction

Front

To put money out before receiving drugs

Fuzz

The police

Hard Stuff

Narcotics

Head

Someone who uses drugs frequently

Head Shop

Store specializing in the sale of drug paraphernalia

Holding

In possession of drugs

Hot

Wanted by the authorities

Hot Shot

A fatal injection of drugs

Huffer

A glue sniffer, or an inhalant user

Hustle

Attempt to obtain drug customers

Loaded

To be high on drugs or alcohol

Mainline

To inject a drug directly into a vein, to "shoot up"

Mule

A carrier of drugs

Papers

Rolling papers, used to make marijuana or tobacco cigarettes

Paraphernalia

Accessories used to take drugs

Pharming

Consuming a mixture of prescription drugs

Piece

Usually one ounce of drugs

Plant

A hiding place for drugs

Rig

Paraphernalia for injecting drugs

Script Writer

A doctor willing to write a prescription for illicit drug use

Speed

Amphetamines

Spike

Needle used to inject drugs

Stash

A place where drugs are hidden

Straight

Not using drugs

Stuff

Another term for drugs

Taste

A small sample of drugs

Tracks

A row of needle marks on the skin

Trap

A hiding place for drugs

Trip

Under the influence of drugs

Turf

A location where drugs are sold

Turned On

Introduced to drugs, or under the influence of drugs

Uncle

Federal agents

Uppers

Stimulants, Amphetamines

Vallies

Tranquilizers

Zonked

Extremely high on drugs

 

 

 
 
 

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