People take drugs for a variety of reasons and many will start to abuse drugs and become addicted. Some of the risk factors of addiction are the person’s genetics, a family history of drugs, mental health problems like depression and anxiety, a childhood of abuse and neglect, experiencing trauma, health and life problems, loneliness and the social environment. Some of the most popular street drugs in the U.S. are listed below to give you an overview of information regarding them.
Cannabis is a psychoactive and psychedelic plant that creates feelings of euphoria and a heady stupor in users. The leaves, stems and flower buds of the plant can be smoked or eaten. Common street names of cannabis are pot, Mary, bobby, marijuana, weed, grass, hemp, stack, Mary Jane, ganja, hash, dope, torch, baby, chronic, boom, herb and ditch.
Heroin is a derivative of morphine and is a powerful opiate narcotic used to treat pain. It can be smoked, sniffed or injected and creates feelings of euphoria in its user. Some popular street names of heroin are charley, mud, Aunt Hazel, black pearl, dope, brown sugar, horse, H, smack and tar.
Cocaine is an opioid narcotic that is processed from morphine. It is derived from the Coca plant and is a powerful stimulant that is snorted through the nostrils. It is an appetite suppressant and anesthetic. Some of the many street names for cocaine are blow, C, snow, candy, shot, sugar, monster, pimp, coke and mojo.
MDMA is a psychedelic drug that is physically stimulating and creates feelings of euphoria and well-being in its user. It can be taken orally or sniffed. The MDMA that is sold on the street is often made through poor and unclean processes posing a high risk to the user. Popular names of MDMA are Ecstasy, Molly, E, hug drug, bean, blue kisses, white dove, X, Adam, clarity, XTC, peace, New Yorkers and lover’s speed.
Methamphetamine is a psychedelic crystal that is smoked. It affects the dopamine and serotonin levels in the brain and creates feeling of euphoria and increases mental focus. Some of the many popular names for methamphetamine are speed, ice, tina, blue devils, chalk, beanies, meth, pink, crank, speckled birds, yellow powder, fast, Mexican crack and CR.
Benzodiazepines are prescription drugs used in the treatment of anxiety, insomnia, alcohol withdrawal, seizures and as an anesthetic. It relaxes muscles and causes sedation and feelings of calm and relaxation. Popular street names for the drug are M&M, benzos, downers, green dragons, joy juice, red bullets, tooles, no worries, backwards, peanut, blue heavens, rainbows, yellow and idiot pills.
LSD is Lysergic Acid Diethylamide and is the most powerful hallucinogenic drug known to man. LSD is taken orally and causes heightened sensory perception and alters reality. While under the influence of LSD the user can experience confusion, panic and paranoia. Some common street names for LSD are acid, golden dragon, A, boomers, ying yang, black star, yellow submarine, microdot, pink robots, blotter, cubes and twenty-five.
Opium is a highly addictive opioid drug. It creates feelings of euphoria and depresses the central nervous system. Opium can be injected, smoked or eaten. It can also be drunk when it is mixed with alcohol (called laudanum). Popular street names for opium are Aunti, chocolate, hocus, Ah-pen-yen, big O, zero, dream gun, black stuff, dovers deck, Chinese tobacco, joy plant, toxy and dopium.
- Psychedelic Mushrooms
Psychedelic mushrooms contain the psychedelic compounds psilocybin or psilocin and cause a hallucinatory state or “trip” in the user. They can be dried, eaten fresh or boiled into a tea. Psychedelic mushrooms are known on the street as magic mushrooms, shrooms, musk, god?s flesh, silly putty, simple simon and little smoke.
Many inhalants are common household products that are sniffed, snorted and huffed. They produce quick intoxication and are extremely dangerous. Inhalants can cause death by heart attack and suffocation from low oxygen levels. Inhalants range from glue and nail varnish to aerosols, gas lighter fluid, paint thinner, petrol, helium, propane and more. Inhalants have a wide variety of street names such as Bullet Bott, hardware, Air Blast, huff, laughing gas, medusa, moon gas, Satan’s secret, whiteout, thrust and bobbers.
Drug addiction is a complex disease that affects normal brain functions, making it difficult to quit. When there is comorbidity of illnesses involved, the problem of addiction is worsened. Add to this any other factors that cause addiction and it becomes clear how easy it is to become addicted to drugs. Knowledge plus medical and psychological treatment provide the answers to overcoming drug addiction. By working together in unison, these factors can successfully assist the drug addict to reach a state of healing and recovery.
If you or a loved one needs help with abuse and/or treatment, please call the WhiteSands Treatment at (877) 855-3470. Our addiction specialists can assess your recovery needs and help you get the addiction treatment that provides the best chance for your long-term recovery.