Common Street Names for Illicit Drugs

Drugs can go by Many Different ‘Code’ Names

While drugs have their rightful names, they also go by street names which can be code for the certain drug itself. Unfortunately, being familiar with the popular street names of drugs can allow for a smooth and more secretive transaction as opposed to addressing the drug in its real name.

Frequently Used Street Names

Substance: Marijuana

On street level, marijuana goes by a number of names. Some of the street names that marijuana can go by are:

  • Green
  • Mary Jane
  • Reefer
  • Weed
  • Skunk
  • Bud
  • Ganja
  • Reefer
  • Dope

Substance: Heroin

Heroin is growing in demand across many corners of the U.S. and is a major contributor to the drug epidemic that the nation is facing. Some common names that heroin goes by on the street are:

  • Brown Sugar
  • Horse
  • Dope
  • Smack
  • China White
  • Cheese
  • Skunk

Substance: Cocaine

Cocaine is an illicit substance that is often cut with agents in order to increase profits for drug dealers. In turn, the purity of the cocaine is compromised with each added agent. Some of the most frequent names that cocaine is gone by are:

  • Snow
  • Blow
  • Bump
  • Rock
  • Toot
  • Candy
  • Charlie

Substance: Methamphetamine

Methamphetamine is a highly addictive class of substances that are available on the street. Since this class of drug works to increase heart rate, it is extremely dangerous to mix any other sort of substances with it as it can be fatal. Some names that methamphetamine goes by are:

  • Ice
  • Speed
  • Go fast
  • Glass
  • Fire
  • Chalk
  • Meth
  • Crank

Substance: MDMA

MDMA is classified as a hallucinogen which can increase feelings of sensitivity and empathy. Some of the names that MDMA go by are:

  • Adam
  • Lovers’ Speed
  • Molly
  • Uppers
  • Peace
  • Clarity

Substance: Ketamine

Ketamine is classified as an analgesia which can impair memory and can cause respiratory depression as well. When it is smoked, snorted, or injected, it gives the individual a high. Some common names for Ketamine are:

  • Vitamin K
  • K
  • Special K
  • Cal Valium
  • Green
  • Super C

Substance: LSD

LSD stands for Lysergic Acid Diethylamide and works by increasing the core body temperature causes sweating. It also creates a feeling of dizziness and loss of appetite. Some common stress names for LSD are:

  • Acid
  • Cubes
  • Blotter
  • Yellow Sunshine
  • Blue heaven
  • Blotter
  • Microdot

Substance: Inhalants

Inhalants are particularly dangerous as these substances are available at your local store. Some examples of inhalants are propane tanks, whipped cream dispensers, nitrous oxide, hair spray, gasoline, glue, and felt-tip markers, just to name a few. Some common names for inhalants are:


  • Nappers
  • Laughing gas
  • Poppers
  • Whippets

Getting Help

If you or someone close to you is struggling with a drug or alcohol issue, it’s important that they get the necessary help. Addiction is a progressive disease that will continue to worsen with time. The sooner you get help, the sooner you will be able to live a fulfilled and content life that is not controlled by your substance abuse. There are a number of treatment programs available for those who are seeking help.

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.