Drug Slang List: Terms and Phrases for Cocaine

Cocaine is a powerful, illegal stimulant that comes in both a powdered form and a hardened, rock-like form that is often referred to as “crack.” Teenagers and older users sometimes rely on slang terms to shield or disguise their communications regarding the drug. A review of the drug slang list for both powdered cocaine and crack will help you detect these coded communications. If you or someone you love has an addiction to cocaine, consider seeking treatment for cocaine abuse.

Powdered Cocaine

Powdered cocaine is made by chemically processing the leaves of South America’s coca plant. Some users consume this form of the drug nasally, by snorting it up the nose, while others consume it by dissolving it and injecting it directly into a vein. In addition, some users consume powdered cocaine orally by rubbing it on their gums. The drug slang list for the powdered form of cocaine includes:

  • Coke
  • Snow
  • Blow
  • Flake
  • Nose Candy, and
  • Toot

There are also a number of quantity-based terms and phrases that reflect commonly sold and consumed amounts of the drug, such as:

  • Eightball
  • Kilo
  • Brick
  • Line, and
  • Bump

In addition, slang for powdered cocaine can refer to the combination of the drug with other substances. Examples of some of these drug combinations include:

  • Chronic (the combination of cocaine and marijuana/cannabis)
  • Snowcap (another term for the combination of cocaine and marijuana/cannabis), and
  • Speedball (the combination of cocaine and heroin)

Crack Cocaine

Crack is made by subjecting cocaine to another stage of processing. The result is a hardened substance that has a greater level of potency than powdered cocaine and lasts for a shorter amount of time per dose. Common terms and phrases for crack include:

  • Base
  • Freebase
  • Rock
  • Apple Jacks
  • Sugar Block, and
  • Kryptonite

Of course, the term “crack” is itself a form of slang. The three terms used to describe the combined use of powdered cocaine and other substances — i.e., Chronic, Snowcap and Speedball — also apply to the combined use of these other substances and crack cocaine.


National Institute on Drug Abuse: Cocaine – Drug Facts https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/cocaine University of Maryland – Center for Substance Abuse Research: Cocaine (Powder)                                                                       https://www.cesar.umd.edu/cesar/drugs/cocaine.pdf University of Maryland – Center for Substance Abuse Research: Crack Cocaine https://www.cesar.umd.edu/cesar/drugs/crack.asp  

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