Common Street Names for Cocaine

Slang Terms Based on Appearance, Effects, Drug Culture


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At the peak of its use in the 1970s and 1980s, cocaine began to influence many aspects of American culture. Glamorized in songs, movies, and disco culture, cocaine became a very popular recreational drug.

Some of the cocaine street names, slang terms, and nicknames used during the height of its popularity have become part of the American lexicon. Some of those names are based on the appearance of the drug, the effect cocaine has on users, the influence the drug has had on many aspects of society, and merely to cover up the topic of conversation.


Cocaine begins as green leaves of the coca plant, but by the time people use it, it's already been developed into a flaky white powder. Cocaine is also a component of crack cocaine. Cocaine is dissolved into water and ammonia or sodium bicarbonate, boiled, dried, and then broken off into small rocks.

Cocaine Street Names
  • Blanca

  • Flake

  • Gold dust

  • Haven dust

  • Snow white

Crack Cocaine Street Names
  • Badrock

  • Crack

  • Devil drug

  • Hard ball

  • Snow coke

Additional cocaine street names based on the drug's appearance include:

  • Bernie's flakes
  • Bernie's gold dust
  • Big bloke
  • Big flake
  • Have a dust
  • Icing
  • Line
  • Paradise white
  • Pearl
  • Sleigh ride
  • Snowcones
  • White mosquito
  • White powder

Cultural Influences

As the drug began to gain popularity in the 1970s, it also began to influence many areas of society, particularly the entertainment industry. Many cocaine street names that evolved into the language were the result of the drug's influence on American culture, as well as the culture's influence on the use of the drug.

  • All-American drug
  • California cornflakes
  • Double bubble
  • Dream
  • Florida snow
  • Foo foo
  • Foo-foo dust
  • Gift-of-the-sun
  • Gift-of-the-sun-god
  • Gin
  • Girlfriend
  • Hunter
  • King
  • King's habit
  • Late night
  • Love affair
  • Movie star drug
  • Pimp
  • Schoolboy
  • Scorpion
  • Sevenup
  • Society high
  • Stardust
  • Star-spangled powder
  • Studio fuel

Geographical Origin

Some names used for cocaine are based on the geographic origin of the drug, or at least the perceived geographic origin of the drug. Some of these street names may be used for the sole purpose of enhancing the perceived market value of the drug.

  • Burnese
  • Inca message
  • Percia
  • Percio
  • Peruvian
  • Peruvian flake
  • Peruvian lady


More cocaine street names were derived from how the drug affects its users. The potency or the pureness of the drug also prompted many of its nicknames and street names.

  • Big rush
  • Bolivian marching powder
  • Bouncing powder
  • Friskie powder
  • Glad stuff
  • Happy dust
  • Happy powder
  • Happy trails
  • Love affair
  • Marching dust
  • Marching powder
  • Nose candy
  • Nose powder
  • Nose stuff
  • Paradise

People and Characters

Typical for most illegal drugs, some of the street names used to refer to cocaine sound like names of people, at least in part to disguise the subject of the conversation. Some of these nicknames are based loosely on the word "cocaine" while others seem to have no apparent logical connection at all.

  • Angie
  • Aunt Nora
  • Bernice
  • Bernie
  • Billie Hoke
  • Carrie
  • Carrie Nation
  • Cecil
  • Charlie
  • Chippy
  • Choe
  • Corrine
  • Corrinne
  • Henry VIII
  • Her
  • Jejo
  • Lady Snow
  • Merck
  • Merk
  • Mujer
  • Nieve
  • Schmeck
  • Scottie
  • Serpico 21

Plays on the Word Cocaine

Some of cocaine's street names are simply derivatives of the word "cocaine" itself, or plays on the words "cocaine" and "coke."

  • Big C
  • C
  • C-game
  • Coca
  • Coconut
  • Coke
  • Cola
  • Lady Caine
  • Mama Coca

Purely Deceptive Street Names

There are dozens of slang terms for cocaine that seem to be based on no other criteria except that they are deceptive. These names are used by cocaine users to cover up the topic of their conversations about the drug in case they are overheard by others.

  • Barbs
  • Basa
  • Base
  • Bazulco
  • Beam
  • Boy
  • Burese
  • Came
  • Candy C
  • Carnie
  • C-dust
  • Cholly
  • Combol
  • Duct
  • El Perico
  • Esnortiar
  • Jelly
  • Monster
  • Mosquitos
  • Tardust
  • Teenager
  • Yesca
  • Yesco
  • Zambi

Cocaine Mixed With Other Drugs

There are also slang terms used to describe cocaine when it is combined with other illicit substances, including:

  • Cocaine with PCP: Space, whack
  • Cocaine paste with marijuana: Bazooka
  • Cocaine mixed with heroin: Belushi, bombita, speedball
  • Crack cocaine mixed with fentanyl: Dirty fentanyl, takeover

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By Buddy T
Buddy T is an anonymous writer and founding member of the Online Al-Anon Outreach Committee with decades of experience writing about alcoholism.