Street names for Inhalants and Types of Inhalants

Learning the street names for inhalants and types of inhalants commonly abused can help you detect if your teen is at risk

Is your teen abusing inhalants? Most parents are aware of the dangers that their teens face from illegal and prescription drug abuse, but there is another deadly threat that may be slipping by undetected. Inhalant abuse has become widespread among young teenagers in the United States. A survey by the National Institute on Drug Abuse revealed that 13 percent of 8th-graders have used inhalants, and nearly 21.7 million Americans aged 12 years or older have tried inhalants at least once. You may have actually heard your teen discussing his or her inhalant habit and just not recognized the slang names for these dangerous substances. Educating yourself about inhalants – learning the street names of inhalants and the types of inhalants commonly abused gives you a valuable tool that can help you detect if your child has a problem.

Common street terms for inhalant abuse include

  • Glading – sniffing or snorting the fumes from air fresheners
  • Huffing – Substances sprayed onto a rag that is held in the mouth as fumes are breathed in
  • Bagging – substances are sprayed or poured into a bag; teens breath the fumes from the bag


Common street names for inhalants

There are street names that can be used to refer to any inhalant. The most frequently heard street names for inhalants include:

  • Air blast
  • Bang
  • Bullet Bolt
  • Climax
  • Discorama
  • Heart-on
  • Highball
  • Hippie crack
  • Huff
  • Medusa
  • Moon gas
  • Oz
  • Poor Man’s Pot
  • Satan’s Secret Spray
  • Texas Shoe Shine
  • Toilet Water

Street names for specifictypes of inhalants

There are also street names that apply to specific types of inhalants. Knowing the specific street names for inhalants and the types of inhalants to which they refer can help parents pin down when and where their teens’ inhalant abuse is taking place. Frequently heard street names for specific inhalants, listed according to types of inhalants follows:


Street names: Ames, Amys, Boppers, Pearls, Poppers, Bolt, Bullet, Hardware, Poppers, Quicksilver, Rush, Rush Snappers, Thrust, Whippets

Inhalants that contain amyl, butyl, and cyclohexyl nitrites and other related compounds that work directly on the central nervous system. They are banned in household products but sold in small quantities in products that are labeled as air deodorizers, video head cleaners, or liquid aromas.


Street names:  Chroming (paint cans), Aroma of men (deodorant spray)

Inhalants in sprays that contain propellants or solvents such as paint cans, hairspray, deodorant, and cooking sprays


Street names: Laughing gas, Shoot the breeze

Gases that are used as inhalants can be found in medical anesthetics such as nitrous oxide and as propellants in everyday items such as whipping cream and lighter fluid

Volatile Solvents

Street names:  Whiteout, Snotballs

Inhalants in liquid form that give off vapors that users inhale as the solvents evaporate. In many common household products such as glue, paint thinners, and typewriter correction fluids, among others

Side effects of inhalants

Inhalants are often the first drug that teens turn to, because they are readily available in the home and teens can try them without knowing a drug dealer, obtaining restricted substances, or performing any illegal acts. The fact that inhalants are in everyday items doesn’t mean that inhalant abuse is safer than other types of drug abuse. Inhalant abuse actually wreaks an incredible amount of damage on users’ bodies that can be irreversible.  Inhalants side effects can be devastating and cause significant impairment, including

  • Damage to brain cells – causes inability to concentrate or engage in planning
  • Damage to nerve fibers – causes spasms, tremors similar to multiple sclerosis
  • Damage to organs – causes liver and kidney damage, hearing loss, bone marrow damage
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.

About the Author

is a proud alumni member of WhiteSands Treatment. After living a life of chaos, destruction and constant let downs, Mark was able to make a complete turnaround that sparked a new way of life. He is serious about his recovery along with helping others. At WhiteSands Treatment, we offer support to you in your homes or when you are out living in your daily lives.