People of all backgrounds can become victims of substance use disorder, and cases of addiction are rising in the United States. One troubling trend is seen in New Hampshire: The number of people dying from cocaine use is rising, and that’s a scary fact.
The drug continues to find a way into New England states and cause addiction due to the way cocaine alters the brain and other bodily physiology. Accepting that substance use disorder is a health problem is one way to combat this issue, but so is vigilance and policing. If you suspect that someone you love may have a substance use disorder involving cocaine, it would be wise to educate yourself about the drug and the things its users say, such as slang terms.
Some people who use the substance might just say “cocaine,” but not all of them will. You should know all the nicknames linked to this drug so that you can identify it if it’s discussed in your household or anywhere else.
Nicknames Based on Appearance
People come up with names for illicit drugs for various reasons, often to conceal illegal activity surrounding purchasing, selling or using drugs. Sometimes, names evolve from popular culture or references to a drug’s appearance. While the plant the drug comes from is green, most people know cocaine as a white, powdery substance, which could explain some of the following nicknames:
- Big Bloke
- Haven Dust
- Gold Dust
- Bernie’s Gold Dust
- Have a Dust
- Bernie’s Flakes
- Paradise White
- White Mosquito
- Sleigh Ride
- Big Flake
- White Powder
These are some of the more popular nicknames for cocaine that are mostly based on the drug’s appearance. These names might change at some point, and there might be additions as time moves on.
Nicknames Based on American Culture
Some American movies might attempt to tell people that cocaine is harmful, but the film industry has also glorified its usage. The drug first became popular in the 1970s, and its popularity hasn’t waned, especially in media. As the drug continued to rise in popularity in America, it began to earn more nicknames influenced by pop culture and entertainment, like some of the following:
- All-American Drug
- California Cornflakes
- Foo Foo
- Florida Snow
- Late Night
- Foo Foo Dust
- Double Bubble
- King’s Habit
- Move Star Drug
- Studio Fuel
- Society High
- School Boy
- Star-Spangled Powder
- Love Affair
The drug has become such a big problem in the entertainment industry and so notorious in American media that most of the world thinks it is an American drug. However, cocaine is rarely grown in the United States.
Nicknames Based on Geographical Origin
Cocaine is most commonly grown in North and South America. Many countries have done their best to figure out a way to regulate the growth of this plant, but the problem is that some countries don’t have the manpower to police illegal growth.
The origins of cocaine or the places where people think it comes from have helped create nicknames for this drug. The following are some of those names:
- Peruvian Lady
- Inca Message
- Peruvian Flake
If you hear some of these nicknames used by people you love in connection with suspicious behavior, you want to look for other clues of substance use disorder. You can call Granite Recovery Center for advice, and we’ll explain some signs to watch out for.
The following are a few signs of substance use disorder:
- Uncontrollable mood swings
- Dilated pupils
- White residue in areas loved ones frequent
- Financial instability that only seems to be getting worse
- Continued loss of interest in things that used to matter
- Hygiene issues
When you call Granite Recovery Center, we’ll also go over some steps you can take with your loved one to encourage them to seek help and overcome addiction issues.
This is not something you or your loved one has to go through alone. We’ve created effective programs to help treat substance use disorder, and our team is committed to any person who’s brave enough to walk through our doors.
Nicknames Based on the Effects of Cocaine
Some of the nicknames associated with cocaine come from the effects that users say they experience. For the most part, the effects that these nicknames refer to are the most common, not the whole range of effects people might experience.
The following are some slang terms applied to cocaine:
- Glad Stuff
- Happy Dust
- Bouncing Powder
- Marching Dust
- Big Rush
- Happy Powder
- Bolivian Marching Powder
- Happy Trails
- Friskie Powder
- Nose Powder
- Marching Powder
- Happy Stuff
- Nose Candy
Some of these names have more to do with the way it’s consumed; most often, cocaine is inhaled through the nose in order to deliver a euphoric high.
Even though some of these names sound comical, there is nothing comical about them. Street names may be clever, but we should do our best to give this drug the seriousness it deserves. Cocaine has ruined lives, sent parents and children to jail and even sent loved ones to their graves. This is why it’s important to encourage your loved one to seek help as soon as possible.
Nicknames Based on People and Characters
Cocaine also has nicknames based on names or characters. Sometimes, these names just play on the name of the drug. In other circumstances, there’s no way of telling how the street name came about.
The following are some names or characters used to talk about cocaine without really talking about it:
- Billie Hoke
- Aunt Nora
- Carrie Nation
- Jejo or Ye-yo
- Lady Snow
- Henry VIII
- Merk or Merck
If you suspect that your loved one might be using drugs, one sign is to watch out for a loved one talking about someone they’ve never talked about before. They might call this person a friend, but if you’ve never met this person, then it could be suspicious. The name might refer to the drug itself or to a dealer or fellow user of the drug. If this occurs with other signs of substance use disorder, you may want to confront your loved one about their potential addiction.
Other Slang Terms for Cocaine
Some nicknames for cocaine are just plays on the name of the drug, such as the following:
- Big C
- Mama Coca
- Lady Caine
Many of these names might remind you of a popular soda brand, and that’s because the brand did and continues to use the cocaine plant to make their popular drink. Of course, the company only uses an extract today that doesn’t contain any psychoactive ingredients, but this history means that the name of the soda and the name of an illicit substance might be interchanged.
If a loved one uses a word that sounds like cocaine and this person is displaying signs of addiction, then please reach out to Granite Recovery Center for help. We can walk you through the next steps to take.
Many times, people suspect that something is up with their loved one but take no additional steps until it’s too late. It’s okay to feel worried and confused. The reason we’re here is to help clarify some of what’s going through your mind and to provide an effective path to addiction recovery for your loved one.
Street Names With No Purpose but to Deceive
Sometimes, the street names for cocaine are completely illogical, and these are mostly spoken by users to cover up their tracks. These names can change or grow out of style, so it’s always good to keep researching names every so often, especially if you know that the problem is rising in your particular region of the country.
The following are some illogical names worth knowing:
- Candy C
The good thing about some of these words is that they aren’t really used in normal conversation. If you hear something that sounds like one of these words or a word you’ve never heard before, you may want to type it in a search engine to get more information. Hopefully, all you heard was some new slang that people are using and nothing more than that, but if your loved one is displaying other signs of substance use disorder, you may want to make sure.
Nicknames for Cocaine When Mixed
Cocaine isn’t always pure; sometimes, the substance is mixed. When it’s mixed, it earns a new set of nicknames that you may want to familiarize yourself with.
The following are some nicknames you should be aware of:
- Space and Whack, which is cocaine mixed with PCP
- Bazooka, which is a mix of cocaine and marijuana
- Belushi, Bombita and Speedball, which is a mix of cocaine and heroin
- Dirty Fentanyl or Takeover, which is mix between cocaine and fentanyl
Hopefully, you never hear these words in your household or neighborhood, but you should be aware of them. It can save the life of someone you care about.
Getting Help From Granite Recovery Center
If you notice some of the signs of substance abuse and hear any of the aforementioned slang terms for cocaine in your household or among your friend group, then it’s something to take notice of. Our team is here. We can help you figure out what to do next.
Don’t try to confront the person while they are under the influence because that isn’t always helpful. Often, it’s better to plan the confrontation for when they are sober so that you know what to say and how to say it.
We can help you know what to say if your loved one fights back or becomes defensive. It’s not surprising to see a loved one become defensive after a confrontation. Still, if you approach your family member or friend with a plan to explain how their behavior is affecting you, you might get through to them.
Making sure a loved one is ready to receive help is one of the biggest hurdles. A person suffering from substance use disorder has to be willing, or at least a part of them has to be willing, to fight their addiction and enter treatment.
At Granite Recovery Center, we’ve worked with many people who’ve fallen victim to cocaine use. We know what to say and how to help guide your loved one to our doors. Our team has experienced professionals who join you and offer support.
No one dealing with this problem can go at it alone. They need support from their loved ones, but you need support too. We are here to support everyone who’s hurting because of substance use disorder. The pain, the confusion, the betrayal, the fatigue, the love and the frustration are real. Our team will help you confront your loved one while helping them understand the importance of getting treatment.
Give us a call at Granite Recovery Center to learn about our evidenced-based treatment programs.