Cocaine is a dangerous drug that has been around for a long time. It’s made from coca plants and is usually in the form of white powder, though it can be mixed to make a hard form known as crack. Cocaine is highly addictive, making it one of the most abused drugs in the world. It causes a short period of being high when snorted, injected or smoked. Because teens and young adults are likely to use slang names for cocaine, it’s important to know such terms. Knowing these will help you become alert to conversations that may be about drug use and prepare you to address the circumstances if necessary.
Slang Names for Cocaine
There are numerous slang names for cocaine, and they can refer to different forms of the drug. Common terms for cocaine when it’s in powdered form include coke, blow, rock, dust, snow, sugar, gutter glitter, nose candy, white horse, snow cone, Lois Lane and Chuck Norris. If you hear these names being used, it’s an indication that there’s drug talk going on, and it may give you an opportunity to intervene.
When cocaine is in the hard form, it’s known as crack. Some of the slang names for cocaine in crack form are rock, bubble gum, crackers, ice, crank, bones, white ball, fry, base, candy, pony, sleet and biscuits. It’s also common for teens to mix cocaine with other kinds of drugs, so it’s a good idea for you to be familiar with the slang names for cocaine when it’s mixed. The different terms you may hear are blunt, bazooka, juice joint, goofball, cocktail, snowcaps, p-funk, cocktail, champagne and dirties. Be aware of phrases such as candy flipping, sheet rocking, speedballing, amping and tweaking, which all refer to using the drug.
The Dangers of Using Cocaine
Using cocaine can cause many short-term problems as well as long-term negative effects. Immediate issues associated with using this drug include elevated temperature, a faster heart rate, high blood pressure and dilated pupils. It can also cause headaches, seizures, stomach pain and nausea. Although some of these effects may be temporary, serious health problems and dangerous side effects can occur from long-term use. These problems aren’t only physical, but they can also be psychological and lead to long-term, irreversible mental illness.
A person’s heart can start to beat irregularly, leading to a heart attack and stroke. When cocaine is taken in through the nostrils, nosebleeds may become common, the sense of smell can be dulled and the inability to swallow properly can occur. Cocaine can also lead to gangrene in the bowels, chest pain, lung problems, kidney or liver failure, excessive weight loss, ulcers, schizophrenia, paranoia, overdose and sudden death. When cocaine is mixed with alcohol, it causes another substance to form – one that raises euphoria but can bring about sudden death.
Prolonged use of cocaine may cause a tolerance that leads the user to need larger amounts of the drug or more frequent use to maintain the same euphoric effects.