Slang-o-pedia, volume 1: Drug slang
As we prepare to reenter the hallowed halls of academe, it's time to start getting ready to decode all the slang you will hear flying around your head. So today, I am going to attack slang references to drugs and alcohol. C'mon --we heard 'em as kids, and today's teens and yes, pre-teens, frustratingly do not always use the same terms we heard growing up. That's the point of slang.
So, courtesy of WebMD and CBS news:
Cold Medicine Abuse
Dextromethorphan (DXM): This is a drug contained in over-the-counter cough suppressants. After 900 milligrams, it becomes a hallucinogen. Synonyms for DXM include Candy, Dex, DM, Drex, Red Devils, Robo, Rojo, Skittles, Tussin, Velvet, Poor Man's X, and Vitamin D. "Tussin is a very popular name that’s has been catching on lately," says Pollock.
"Cold medicine abuse is a very serious problem, from what I have seen, because it is so available."
Syrup heads: Users of DXM
Dexing: Abusing cough syrup. Synonyms include robotripping or robodosing because users tend to chug Robitussin or another cough syrup to get high.
Triple C: This stands for Coricidin HBP Cough and Cold. "The triple C or CCC is something that we are seeing a lot of, and that is specific to Coricidin, but anything with DXM is abused today," adds Kevin M. Gray, MD, an assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston.
More Teen Drug Use Terms
Special K: A medication used as an anesthetic in humans and animals, ketamine is sometimes abused as a "club drug." It can cause hallucinations and euphoria in higher doses. Synonyms include vitamin K, breakfast cereal, cat valium, horse tranquilizer, K, Ket, new ecstasy, psychedelic heroin, and super acid.
Crank: The stimulant methamphetamine. Synonyms include meth, speed, chalk, white cross, fire, and glass. "Crystal methamphetamine is called ice," says Cleveland Clinic's Pollock. "Crystal meth is smoked, but meth can be injected, snorted, or taken as a pill," he explains.
Antifreeze: Heroin. Synonyms include Big H, brown sugar, dope, golden girls, H, horse, junk, poison, skag, smack, sweet dreams, tar, and train, according to the web site of Phoenix House, a national alcohol and drug abuse treatment and prevention facility.
Crunk: This is a verb that means to get high and drunk at the same time.
Snow: Cocaine. Synonyms include Charlie, crack, coke, dust, flake, freebase, lady, nose candy, powder, rock, rails, snowbirds, toot, white, and yahoo, according to Phoenix House. "After all this time, alcohol and pot are still the most used drugs by teens, but cocaine is really a strong third, especially with females, because of the weight issue," says Janice Styer, MSW, a clinical coordinator-addictions counselor at Caron Treatment Center in Wernersville, Pa. "The drug of choice among women with eating disorders is almost invariably cocaine." A stimulant, cocaine can decrease appetite.
X: Ecstasy or 3,4-Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA). Synonyms include Adam, E, bean, clarity, essence, lovers speed, MDMA, roll, stacy, XTC, according to the Phoenix House.
Georgia Home Boy: This refers to Gamma Hydroxybutyrate (GHB), a central nervous system depressant can produce euphoric, sedative, and body-building effects. Other synonyms include Gamma-OH, Grievous Bodily Harm, Liquid Ecstasy, Liquid E, Liquid X, Organic Quaalude, and Scoop, according to Phoenix House.
Roofies: This refers to rohypnol, a.k.a. the date rape drug. Synonyms include the forget pill, La Rocha, Mexican valium, R-2, rib, roachies, roofenol, rophies, roche (pronounced roe-shay), and rope.
Kibbles and bits: The attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) drug called Ritalin. It is sometimes also referred to as pineapple, says Pollock.
Teens and Drugs on the Web
Cheese: This is a hazardous mix of black tar heroin and Tylenol PM or other medicines containing diphenhydramine). It looks like grated parmesan cheese -- thus the name. There were more than 20 teen deaths in Dallas and surrounding neighborhoods that have been attributed to Cheese since it was identified in 2005.
Candy flipping: This term refers to a high that’s achieved by combining LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide) or acid with ecstasy. "The new thing, especially with kids on the Internet, is which drugs are best and safest to combine," explains Styer.
A new study by the Caron Treatment Centers found that one in 10 messages on the Internet involved teens seeking advice from their peers on how to take illicit drugs. The messages were posted on common online message boards, forums, and social network sites such as MySpace.com.
When it comes to teens and drugs, "You will never know everything, but you don’t want your kids to think you are an idiot," Styer says. "You need to keep communication open and talk to your kids about the dangers of the Internet."
Then there's this drink I heard a kid talk about: Lean, which is Sprite mixed with Promethazine w/Codeine VC and a Jolly Rancher-- this is usually purple. Also called sizzurp or aunt jemima or drank or purple.
Another dangerous pastime is huffing, or inhaling the propellant in aerosol cans. Other words referring to this activity are: fweep, gas, gasoline, ropies, or Scotch Guard. (And watch the use of Wite-out.)
Surprisingly, there are those terms which still have some usage that you may know.
For marijuana: weed, pot, smoke, grass, herb, reefer, bud, ganja (thanks, Bob Marley!), chronic, dank, hydro or dro (for hydroponically grown pot), skunk (a particularly potent smelly form), buddha, spliff (half pot, half tobacco cigarette), blunt (hollowed out cheap cigar with pot inserted), bone (and by the way, just don't ever use this word, because it has about eleven meanings, and none of them are good), j or jay (for joint), fattie (see blunt), bowl (for the little place on the bong where you put the drug to smoke it), and pipe (for a device used to smoke with-- also a dangerous word for other reasons). Then there's 420, which is, according to some of my students, both a day in April upon which to smoke pot all day, and the time of day to smoke pot, and the etymology of this term is just fascinating.
And urbandictionary?-- don't leave home without it.