Cocaine Street Names & Slang Terms

Manish Mishra, MBBS

Medically Reviewed By: Manish Mishra, MBBS

on August 18, 2023

Cocaine goes by many names depending on what form it’s in and what it’s mixed with. If you hear someone using slang terms like “nose candy,” “freebase,” or “speedball,” they may be abusing cocaine and other drugs.

Cocaine is a stimulant drug that’s illegal for recreational use but is occasionally used in medicine. Though the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) classifies cocaine as a Schedule II controlled substance, it’s among the most highly trafficked drugs on the street. 

Much of the cocaine in the United States comes from the coca plant in South America. The drug travels through distribution hubs in major US cities, including Cleveland, Ohio. There are dozens of slang names for cocaine powder and crack cocaine.

Street Names For Powder Cocaine

Cocaine is a white powder that people snort (insufflate), inject, or rub onto their gums. It’s a stimulant drug that gives you energy and can increase concentration. 

When you buy cocaine on the street, you don’t know how pure it is. Most cocaine manufacturers or dealers cut cocaine with cheaper substances like laundry soap, talcum powder, or other drugs like fentanyl. 

There are dozens of street names for cocaine powder and they may vary by location and demographic. 

Common street names for powder cocaine in Ohio are:

  • angel powder
  • big c
  • big rush
  • blow
  • candy
  • coca-cola
  • coke
  • devil’s dandruff
  • dust
  • flake
  • girlfriend
  • gold dust
  • niña
  • nose candy
  • snow
  • snowball
  • snow cone
  • snow white
  • stardust
  • sugar
  • toot
  • white
  • white girl
  • white lady

Crack Cocaine Street Names

Crack cocaine is a smokable form of cocaine that comes from heating cocaine powder with baking soda until it hardens. Many people call this freebase cocaine because it cooks out the hydrochloride from cocaine hydrochloride and “frees” the pure cocaine. 

There are also a large number of street names for crack cocaine in Ohio, such as:

  • black rock
  • cheap basing
  • cloud nine
  • cookies
  • crunch and munch
  • devil smoke
  • dice
  • freebase
  • gravel
  • grit
  • hard rock
  • hotcakes
  • jelly beans
  • kryptonite
  • moon rock
  • nuggets
  • pebbles
  • rock
  • scrabble
  • sleet
  • tornado

Slang Terms For Cocaine

Besides names for the specific type of cocaine, there are a lot of nicknames for cocaine in different forms and mixed with other substances.

Common slang names for cocaine include:

  • 8ball: roughly ⅛ ounce of cocaine (3.5 g)
  • Bazooka: cocaine paste mixed with marijuana
  • Belushi: cocaine mixed with heroin
  • Bombita: cocaine and heroin
  • Boy and girl: heroin (boy) and cocaine (girl)
  • Cocoa puffs: tobacco cigarette with cocaine
  • Dirty fentanyl: crack mixed with fentanyl
  • Fire: cocaine base
  • Fish: liquid cocaine
  • Flamethrower: heroin, cocaine, and tobacco combined
  • Scottie or Scotty: crack cocaine (from Star Trek—“Beam me up, Scottie”)
  • Spacebar: PCP (phencyclidine) with crack cocaine
  • Speedball: heroin and cocaine
  • Takeover: crack cocaine with fentanyl
  • Whack: cocaine and PCP 
  • Woolies or wooly: hand-rolled cigarette (joint) or cigar (blunt) with a mixture of marijuana and crack cocaine or PCP
  • Woo woo: blunt with cocaine

Cocaine Abuse & Addiction

If you hear a loved one using these terms and you think they may be abusing cocaine, don’t ignore it. It takes no time to go from occasional abuse to life-altering addiction.

Cocaine is highly addictive. The effects of cocaine don’t last very long, so many people keep using it throughout the day to maintain the high. A crack high is even shorter, though more intense, which makes people use it repeatedly. 

Each hit reinforces drug-taking behavior and makes your brain want more. Your first time smoking crack or using cocaine can lead you to addiction.

Risk Of Overdose & Other Health Problems

Repeated cocaine use also raises the risk of overdose, especially if you mix cocaine with other drugs. People in Ohio and around the US combine cocaine with opioids, MDMA (ecstasy), LSD (acid), amphetamines, and other mind-altering substances that make it even more dangerous.

Cocaine addiction is linked to long-term health problems like heart issues and insomnia. The disease of addiction can drain your bank account, destroy your relationships, and leave you empty. Get help now.

Cocaine Addiction Treatment

Cocaine addiction treatment facilities are available throughout the country to help you heal. 

Ohio Recovery Center, located in northwest Ohio, offers evidence-based treatment options and drug rehab programs based on your unique needs. We nurture your physical and mental health so you can experience whole-person healing and reclaim your life.

Speak with one of our treatment specialists today to take the first step toward recovery.

  1. DEA Intelligence Report
  2. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

Written by Ohio Recovery Center Editorial Team

© 2024 Ohio Recovery Center | All Rights Reserved

* This page does not provide medical advice.

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