Drug Slang Terms

The following list covers some street-terms for drugs, drug use, and drug paraphernalia. It is by no means comprehensive. Furthermore, drug slang depends a great deal on local dialect, culture, and time. Drugs, drug terms and slang vary a great deal, so the following list should be used with caution.



Acid: LSD, Lysergic Acid Diethylamide.

Adam: MDMA; Ecstasy

Amp: Ampoule

Apples: Brand of ecstasy



Back-loading: method of filling one syringe with another, by removing the plunger of the empty syringe and squirting the contents of the full syringe into the back of the empty one.

Bad hit: an unpleasant reaction to injecting drugs, possibly caused by injecting poor quality or contaminated drugs, using dirty equipment, or missing the site. Also known as a Dirty Hit.

Bag: packaging for drugs, especially heroin, which is often sold in small bags, e.g. a £10 bag.

Banging Up: injecting

Bar: term for larger quantities of cannabis, ounce bar or kilo bar.

Barbs: barbiturates

Barrel: part of syringe, the graduated cylinder that hold the liquid.

Base: cocaine that has been freed from its base (crack); grey, putty-like amphetamine based compound, typically far stronger than amphetamine sulphate.

Benzos: Benzodiazepines, tranquillisers

Billy: billy-whizz; amphetamines.

Biscuits: Disco-biscuits, Ecstasy

Black: Cannabis resin, typically soft, malleable and a bit oily.

Blow: cannabis, usually resin but is used for grass as well.

Blowback: sharing a spliff with someone else by blowing through the lit end while the recipient inhales on the other end.

Bob: bob-hope, Dope: cannabis

Bombed: Usually, amphetamines wrapped in a cigarette paper and swallowed.

Bones: crack-cocaine

Bong: pipe, often part-filled with water, used to smoke cannabis

Brew: Special Brew; strong lager.

Brown: Street heroin

Buddha/booda: Sometimes spliff with strong weed; elsewhere spliff with crack.

Burgers: Ecstasy

Bush: Herbal cannabis, mainly flowering heads.

Butane: gas, used in lighter refills, inhaled to achieve intoxication



Callies: type of Ecstasy

Charlie: cocaine

Chasing the dragon: smoking heroin from a piece of silver foil. The heroin is placed in a line on the foil and heated from below. The heroin becomes liquid and gives off a curl of smoke, which is inhaled through a tube.

China White: Very pure heroin, scarce in the UK, more available in the US.

Clean: drug-free

Clucking: withdrawing from or experiencing withdrawal from heroin or other opiates.

Coke: cocaine

Cold Turkey: the symptoms and experience of withdrawing from heroin.

Coming up: the point at which a drug, typically Ecstasy, starts to have its effect. Pulse rate increases, and a user may feel exhilarated, anxious, paranoid, and breathless.

Cooking-up: preparing drugs, especially Heroin, for injection.

Crack: cocaine that has been treated to free it from its hydrochloride base, allowing it to be smoked.

Cranking: injecting

Crystal meth: methamphetamine, ice.

Cut: Adulterants added to a drug to increase its bulk.



Deal: sell illegal drugs; a purchase of drugs ( e.g. a £10 deal.)

Dennis the Menace: ecstasy, usually in red and black capsules.

Dexies: Dexedrine, dexamphetamine sulphate; amphetamine-type CNS stimulants.

Dikes: diconal; an opiate analgesic.

DFs: DF118, Dihydrocodeine; an opiate analgesic

Dope: cannabis

Double Zero: Cannabis resin

Doves: ecstasy, usually round white tablets with dove imprint.

Downers: depressant drugs.

Draw: cannabis

Drawing-up: using a syringe to suck prepared drugs from a spoon for injection.

Dropped: taken, swallowed (e.g. How long ago did you drop that E.)



E’s: Ecstasy

Eggs: Temazepam capsules

Eighth: Deal of cannabis weighing an eighth of an ounce.

Eve: MDE, A PhenylEthylAmine similar to Ecstasy, but more speedy.



Fix: injecting drugs (e.g. “I’ve been fixing or two years,) preparing drugs for injection (e.g. “You score, I’ll fix it up”), drugs needed to maintain a habit, (e.g. if I don’t get my fix, I’ll be ill.”)

Flashback: Experiencing moments of an LSD trip a considerable period after using the drug. Flashbacks can occur weeks, months or rarely years after the actual acid experience. While lasting only a short time, such flashbacks can be disorientating and scary.

Flatpress: Cannabis resin.

Flushing: after finding a vein, a small amount of blood is drawn into the syringe prior to injecting. Some users will flush several times after injecting.

Freebase: cocaine that has been treated to free it from its hydrochloride base, allowing it to be smoked.

Frontloading: method of filling one syringe with another, by removing the needle of the empty syringe and squirting the contents of the full syringe into the nozzle of the empty one.



Ganja: cannabis

Gas: butane gas, a volatile substance.

Gauching: Heavily sedated through using opiates; user will appear drowsy, and appear to drop off mid sentence or activity.

GBH: GHB, GammaHydroxy Butyrate

Gear: cannabis or heroin.

Glue: adhesives that are also used as volatile substances

Grass: cannabis, in herbal form.

Green: Herbal cannabis



Habit: being dependent on a drug (e.g. “I’ve had a habit for three years,”) or the amount being used (e.g. I’ve got a gramme a day habit.)

Hash: cannabis resin

Hash-cakes: Cannabis cooked into cakes.

Hemp: the cannabis plant, its seeds, and fabric or rope derived from the plant.

Herb: Cannabis in leaf or flower form.

Hit: injected drugs; the effect of drugs reaching the brain.

Homegrown: herbal cannabis grown on a small scale; may be low in strength.

Hooked: Addicted, dependent

Horse: Heroin

Hot Knives: Method of taking cannabis by placing a pellet of resin between two heated knife blades and inhaling the smoke as the pellet vaporises.



Ice: methamphetamine, a powerful smokeable CNS stimulant.



Jacking-up: injecting

Jagging: injecting

Jellies: Temazepam capsules

Juice: methadone mixture

Junk: heroin

Junky: a person who is dependent on a drug, usually heroin. While the term is widely seen as derogatory, many people who use drugs use the term self-referentially.



K-Holing: taking Ketamine, the experience of using Ketamine.



Lick the bones: smoke crack

Liquid Cosh: Largactil, a powerful antipsychotic medication.



Mainlining: Using drugs intravenously.

Meth: methadone, methamphetamine or Methedrine.

Microdots: form of LSD, which is small pellets, little larger than 2mm across.

Munchies: Intense desire for food brought on by taking cannabis.

Mushies: Magic mushrooms





OD: overdose

Off it: drug free, (e.g. “I’m off the gear now.”)

Ohms: LSD design featuring symbol of an ohm.

Oil: cannabis oil; oily liquid high in THC.

On one: under the influence of a drug, typically Ecstasy or LSD

Out of it: heavily intoxicated, possibly past the point of rational conversation or actions.



Penguins: LSD design illustrated with a picture of a penguin.

Pills: generic term for drugs in pill form; may refer to nearly any drugs, though is often used in relation to Ecstasy.

Pins: needles for injection.

Pinned: Under the influence of opiates, typified by contracted (pinned) pupils.

Plunger: Part of a syringe.

Poppers: amyl or butyl nitrites.

Pot: cannabis

Puff: Cannabis



Qat: Khat



Rattling: feeling unwell due to withdrawal from drugs.

Red Seal: cannabis resin

Rhubarb and Custard: Type of Ecstasy, usually sold in yellow and purple capsules.

Rinse: to reclaim residue from a spoon after injecting to resuse

Roach: Small piece of cardboard placed in end of spliff.

Rocks: lumps of crack cocaine.

Rocky: cannabis resin, usually hard and dry texture.

Rohies: Rohypnol

Rush: Amyl Nitrites; the sense of drugs impacting rapidly on the body, of Heroin when injected or of stimulants as they start to take effect.



Score: to purchase drugs illegally

Script: Prescription, usually for controlled drugs.

Sensimellia: cannabis, the flowering heads of the female cannabis plant.

Shit: heroin; cannabis

Shrooms: Magic mushrooms.

Sixteenth: smallest deal of cannabis, a sixteenth of an ounce.

Skag: heroin

Skin Up: Prepare cannabis in a spliff.

Skunk: hybrid strain of cannabis, bred in Holland, stronger than typical cannabis.

Smack: heroin

Snort: Take drugs, mainly cocaine, amphetamines or heroin by inhaling into the nasal passages.

Snow: cocaine

Snowball: Ecstasy type substance, often more MDA than MDMA.

Soap: cannabis resin, usually comes in smooth brown rounded bars.

Solid: Cannabis resin

Special K: Ketamine.

Speed: amphetamines.

Speedball: mixture of an upper and a downer, usually speed and heroin or cocaine and heroin.

Spliff: cannabis; cannabis that has been put into cigarette papers with tobacco to smoke.

Stoned: generic term for under the effects of drugs mostly associated with cannabis.

Stones: lumps of crack cocaine.

Strawberries: LSD illustrated with a picture of a strawberry.



Tab: LSD; cigarettes.

Teenth: sixteenth of an ounce of cannabis.

Temazzies: Temazepam.

Tolly: toluene, a solvent.

Tranx: tranquillisers

Trip: LSD; sometimes used for Ecstasy; also the act of using LSD (e.g. I’m tripping.)

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Uppers: Generic term for stimulant drugs.



Vallies: Valium

Vitamin K: Ketamine



Wacky Baccy: Cannabis

Wash: to prepare crack from cocaine powder; also to recover residue from a spoon after injecting to reuse it

Weed: Cannabis (herbal form).

White Lightning: LSD

Whiz: Amphetamines

Wobbly Eggs: Temazepam capsules.

Wrap: Small folded paper packet used for selling powdered drugs especially cocaine and speed.



XTC: Ecstasy, MDMA.





Zero Zero: Cannabis resin, Double Zero.