Cocaine is a stimulant which is highly addictive and potentially lethal. People can become addicted to cocaine after the first try but may also end up struggling with addiction after using a few times. Nicknames and slang terms have developed to describe or refer to cocaine. Some derive from appearance of the drug and are used to make cocaine use seem less conspicuous. Learn about why street names for cocaine developed, what the names are and how the names are used by people who use the drug.



A person who is using cocaine may be reticent to use the drug name to dodge scrutiny of authorities and family members. To avoid suspicion, an individual may rely on the fact people who do not use drugs will not know the ever changing names given to this potent drug. Once a moniker becomes part of general use in reference to a certain drug, people who are actively using drugs will create new ones to keep suspicion away.



Names and nicknames for cocaine vary widely by region, country and worldwide as individuals who use cocaine create new terms to describe the drug. Some of the more popular names in the United States include the following:

  • Coke
  • Flake
  • Snow
  • Blow
  • White
  • Toot
  • Base
  • Basa
  • Powder
  • Dust
  • Big Rush
  • Pearl
  • Candy
  • Cola
  • Nose Candy
  • Line
  • Bump
  • Snow
  • Stash


Crack Cocaine

Street names exist separately for crack cocaine which is a freebase, crystalline form of cocaine that is smoked. Some of the nicknames refer to the appears of crack cocaine in this form but others are derived for other means including the following:

  • Snow coke
  • Rocks
  • Black rock
  • Chemical
  • Candy
  • Nuggets
  • Gravel
  • Grit
  • Hail
  • Hard rock
  • Jelly beans
  • Cookies
  • Dice
  • Street
  • Tornado


Cocaine Mixtures

Cocaine bought on the street may be laced with other drugs or mixed with different substances to achieve a different type of high. Some of the more frequently created substance combinations may include a mixture of marijuana, methamphetamine, PCP, heroin, ecstasy and LSD. A few nicknames of these cocaine mixtures can include:

  • Speedball
  • Woo-woo
  • Cocopuffs
  • Woolies
  • Candy-flipping
  • Bumping up
  • Flamethrowers


How to Help

When family and friends understand the terminology for cocaine use, it may become easier to spot a loved one at risk. Teens may try to hide use from parents using less common terminology so it is helpful to stay aware of the language teens use online, with friends and social circles. Various names for cocaine can help parents identify drug use in the home which can hopefully perpetuate action towards treatment before an addiction takes hold or health consequences result from drug use. Some signs of use can include heightened energy, insomnia, extreme mood changes, nasal congestion, enlarged pupils and persistently diminished appetite or weight loss. Treatment and supportive services are essential to help teens, and adults, get the necessary help to kick the habit for good.


Cocaine abuse and addiction can have serious consequences for teens and adults. If a loved one is using cocaine, call Treatment Now to find out how we can help you support their journey to recovery. 844-438-8689