Crack Cocaine | Common Street Names & Slang Terms

Crack cocaine can be found on the street and goes by several nicknames such as jelly beans, black rock, and sleet. Additionally, there are slang terms which refer to smoking crack cocaine, including basing and speedballing.

Cocaine is a stimulant drug and Schedule II controlled substance according to the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). It has a high potential for abuse which is one of the reasons why people turn to the street to obtain the drug.

Cocaine is available as a white powder substance. Some may snort the powder using paraphernalia such as a straw while others combine the powder with a liquid to intravenously inject the drug.

However, some cook cocaine into small rocks. These smokable rocks are known as crack cocaine due to the crackling sound which occurs when the drug is heated. Once heated, a person can inhale the vapors, causing increased energy as well as feelings of joy and euphoria.

There are drug slang terms associated with cocaine use as well as street nicknames.

Common Street Names Of Crack Cocaine

Crack cocaine nicknames include:

  • base
  • black rock
  • 51s
  • apple jack
  • egg
  • nuggets
  • boulder
  • 151s
  • bump
  • tornado
  • chalk
  • ball
  • cookies
  • gravel
  • dice
  • jelly beans
  • famous dimes
  • freebase
  • candy
  • scotty
  • blowcaine
  • chemical
  • grit
  • hail
  • rock candy
  • moon rock
  • hard rock
  • crack
  • nickle
  • sleet
  • stone
  • ice cubes
  • yahoo
  • top gun
  • bubble gum
  • sugar

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Slang Terms Associated With Crack Cocaine

Some slang terms associated with crack cocaine include:

  • “basing,” which refers to inhaling vapors from the drug
  • “speedballing,” which refers to when cocaine is combined with heroin
  • “cutting,” or the process in which cocaine is cut with other substances
  • “picking,” or a term describing searching on your hands and knees for the drug
  • “pimp your pipe,” which refers to lending out your cocaine paraphernalia

Other terms include “shooting up,” referring to injecting the drug, or “doing a line,” which refers to snorting a line of powdered cocaine.

Street Names For Powder Cocaine

There are several slang terms associated with the powder form of cocaine, including:

  • nose candy
  • paradise
  • soda cot
  • 8-ball
  • foolish powder
  • coke
  • baby powder
  • zip
  • dandruff
  • beach
  • blow
  • coca
  • toot
  • coca-Cola
  • dust
  • florida snow
  • blast
  • white powder
  • henry VIII
  • wooly
  • powder
  • rail
  • snow
  • stardust
  • galaxy
  • big c
  • flake
  • big bird
  • scottie
  • blizzard

Street Names For Cocaine Combinations

Cocaine can be purposely combined with other drugs. In fact, some sprinkle the crack on smokable products such as marijuana or tobacco. 

This allows a person to experience greater effects of cocaine such as feelings of euphoria, but is extremely dangerous and may lead to an overdose or other life-threatening problems such as a stroke or heart attack.

Slang names for cocaine combined with other drugs include:

  • bazooka (cocaine mixed with marijuana)
  • candy flipping (cocaine combined with MDMA or LSD)
  • spaceball (cocaine combined with PCP)
  • belushi (cocaine mixed with heroin)
  • croak (cocaine combined with methamphetamine)
  • five way (cocaine mixed with alcohol, heroin, methamphetamine, and benzodiazepines or benzos)
  • dirty fentanyl (cocaine combined with the synthetic opioid fentanyl)

The Dangers Of Purchasing Crack Cocaine On The Street

People turn to the illicit drug market due to the ease of accessibility. Purchasing crack cocaine on the street is associated with several dangers.

Whether you’re seeking cocaine, prescription drugs, or other substances for drug use, there is a lack of quality control. This means the drug you purchase may be contaminated or laced with other drugs.

The lack of quality control may result in small amounts of fentanyl or traces of other dangerous drugs such as methamphetamine. If this occurs, there is an increased risk of overdose.

If an overdose is suspected, contact 911 immediately.

Harmful Effects Of Cocaine

Whether you are snorting, injecting, or smoking the drug, some of the serious effects of cocaine, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), include:

  • high body temperature
  • mental health problems such as anxiety or paranoia
  • tremors
  • loss of appetite
  • stroke
  • kidney damage
  • irregular heartbeat
  • seizures
  • death

Cocaine Addiction Treatment

If you or a loved one suffer from a drug addiction, consider finding assistance at an addiction treatment center. At an inpatient rehab facility, healthcare representatives can help provide a comfortable environment while you participate in a treatment program for your substance abuse.

You can take part in medical detox, behavioral health practices, and evidence-based care when you choose Ohio Recovery Center. Contact us today to learn more about our residential treatment plans.

  1. Drug Enforcement Administration
  2. National Institute on Drug Abuse
  3. Office of the Surgeon General

Written by Ohio Recovery Center Editorial Team

Published on: October 18, 2023

© 2024 Ohio Recovery Center | All Rights Reserved

* This page does not provide medical advice.

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