Common Stimulants Slang Names

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Slang names are often used to conceal drug use.

Nowadays, anyone looking for an energy boost can easily choose from a wide variety of stimulant medications and over-the-counter drugs. Unfortunately, the energy boost stimulants provide can be addictive, especially when ingesting the more potent varieties.

Not surprisingly, stimulant enthusiasts have created a whole host of stimulants slang names; names that best characterize their drugs of choice. While the making of new stimulants slang names still continues to this day, current stimulants slang names exist for the three most commonly abused drug types: cocaine, methamphetamine and prescription stimulants. No matter have cute or trendy stimulants slang names may be, these drugs can still carry dangerous consequences when used in excess.

Stimulant Overview

The name “stimulant” well describes the effects these drugs have on the body’s central nervous system. Stimulant drugs ‘stimulate’ or speed up central nervous system functions. According to the West Virginia Prosecuting Attorneys Institute, stimulants affect the following central nervous system functions:

  • Metabolism
  • Heart rate
  • Respiratory rate
  • Focus and concentration
  • Energy levels
  • Blood pressure rate
  • Body temperature

Stimulants slang names are commonly used within teenage drug cultures as well as by avid users of all ages. Knowing and using stimulant slang names signifies openness with using and trying various drugs.

Stimulants slang names may vary by region, time periods or eras and are constantly being changed and updated.

Cocaine Slang Names

Cocaine, one of the more popular Schedule I narcotic drugs, can be snorted, smoked and injected. Injection produces the most intense effect, also known as a “rush” or a “flash.” All Schedule I drugs carry a high risk for abuse and addiction and carry no known medicinal purposes.

Crack, a freebase version of cocaine, comes in a rock-like, crystal form that’s smoked. The name “crack” describes the cracking sound it makes when smoked.

Other commonly used stimulants slang names include:

  • Nose Candy
  • Powder
  • Coke
  • Blow
  • Big C
  • Snow
  • White
  • Lady
  • Snowbirds
  • Cookie

Methamphetamine Slang Names

Another Schedule I narcotic stimulant, methamphetamine also carries strong addictive properties. As a synthetically made drug, anytime someone says the words “meth lab,” they’re probably referring to a homemade laboratory where people cook batches of the drug for their own use or to sell on the street.

Long-term users are known to inject methamphetamine several times a day to the point where they experience dangerous symptoms, such as psychosis, delirium and physical exhaustion.

Common slang names for methamphetamine include:

  • Ice
  • Speed
  • Crystal Meth
  • Crank
  • Crystal
  • Methadrine

Prescription Stimulants Slang Names

Prescription stimulant drugs fall within the Schedule II narcotics category. Schedule II narcotics can be used for medicinal purposes, but still carry a high potential for addiction. Prescription stimulant medication types include:

  • Ritalin
  • Adderal
  • Desoxyn
  • Amphetamines

When used for recreational purposes, these drugs can be smoked, injected, snorted and taken in pill form. The slang names associated with prescription stimulates typically describe the effects each particular drug has, much like the slang names used for cocaine and methamphetamines.

Commonly used slang names for prescription stimulants include:

  • Bumblebees
  • Pep Pills
  • Uppers
  • Black Beauties
  • Co-pilots
  • Ups
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