Drug Slang


by Karen Littleton 

For physicians who deal with patients they might suspect as recreational drug users, it’s often easier to communicate with them about their usage in a language they understand.

A teenager might deny the use of methylenedioxymeth-amphetamine if questioned, but if the doctor asks, “Have you ever taken a hit of ecstasy?” the patient might say yes.

On the other hand, a patient might report feeling dazed and confused after a weekend of “dropping roofies.” Without the patient knowing that roofies are formally known in the medical community as Rohypnol, the physician may not know how to react or what to do to help the patient.

Following is a list of common (and uncommon) slang names for drugs that have the potential for abuse. Some are regional, some are silly, some are out of vogue among the drug abusing population, but some just might help a physician communicate — and hopefully help — a patient whose substance abuse might become life threatening.

GHB (gamma hydroxybutyrate):
Goop, Grievous Bodily Harm, Liquid
Ex, Max, Soap

Ketamine (ketamine hydrochloride):
Cat Valium, K, Jet, Special K, Super Acid

MDMA (methylenedioxymethamphetamine):
Ecstasy, Essence, Ex, XTC, Hug Drug, Go

Rohypnol (flunitrazepam):
Date Rape Drug, Forget Me Drug, Roofies, Rophies, Mexican Valium

Psilocybin Mushrooms:
Caps, Magic Mushrooms, Musk, Sacred Mushrooms, ‘Shrooms

PCP (phencyclidine):
Angel Dust, Dust, Elephant Tranquilizer, Horse Tranquilizer, STP

Base, Blow, Bolivian Marching Powder, Coke, Flake, Freebase, Incentive, Nose Candy, Peruvian Flake

Crack cocaine:
Base, Cat Pee, Rock, Jelly Beans, Tornado

Tramdol pain killer that can be used as a recreational drug.

Crack users:
Crackhead, Crack ‘ho

Acid, Blotter, Blue Cheer, Blue Flat, Dots, Microdots, Owsley, Purple Haze, Tabs, Window Pane

Crank, Crystal, Crystal Meth, Glass, Go Fast, Ice, Meth, Speed, Tweak

Big H, Black Tar, China White, Horse, Junk, Smack

Acapulco Gold, BC Bud, Blunt, Bud, Bush, Colombian, Dope, Doobie, Ganja, Grass, Hemp, Homegrown, Joint, Panama Red, Maui Wowie, Mota, Loco Weed, Pot, Redbud, Roach, Sinsemilla, Skunk, Spliff, Stuff, Thai Stick, Weed