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Street Names of Drugs

Speed, lucy, xannies, brown sugar, and MJ might sound innocent, but they are the different drug street names for methamphetamine, LSD, Xanax, Heroin, and Marijuana. There are a vast amount of different names for illegal drugs when they are sold on the streets.

Because these street drug names are often changing, it can be difficult for law professionals and parents alike to understand the alternative dope drug names. Even for those who do not have children, it is important to be aware of illicit drug names and know what they are being sold as.

Understanding Dope Drug Names

Some drug nicknames might sound funny, but this is done intentionally to draw away from the danger these drugs cause. Consider a teenager is at home with their friend, and one of them says, “Hey, should we go spend time with Lucy today?” The first rational thought that might come to your mind is that they will see their friend named Lucy. Unfortunately, lucy drug is another name for LSD or “Acid,” a powerful hallucinogenic.

Dope drug names are also commonly used as a code among dealers. This allows them to deceive authorities, keep things secretive, and even lets them talk about drugs in public. “Did you take methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA) last night?” is much more incriminating than, “Did you have a visit from Molly last night?”

Effects and Abuse Regarding Dope Drug Names

Using dope drug names, covering the effects of these drugs, and their abuse has never been easier.


This is a white powder, made popular in the 1980s. It is one of the most well known illicit drugs on the street and is known for causing energy and confidence. It is very bad for the heart, brain, and adrenal glands.

Cocaine is known on the street as:

  • Coke
  • Blow
  • White
  • Nose candy
  • Snow
  • “Doing a Line”
  • Flake


Methamphetamine, known as crystal meth, produces an extremely long and intense high. According to 70% of law enforcement, crystal meth is a much bigger threat than even opioids. The crash of methamphetamine might be the worst part, as it creates withdrawal symptoms and addiction even after the first use.

These dope drug names refer to crystal meth:

  • Meth
  • Tweak
  • Glass
  • Ice
  • Whizz

Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA)

This drug, most commonly known as ecstasy, is also abbreviated as MDMA. MDMA is very often seen as a club drug, being used in clubs and raves. When using MDMA, the user has an increased release of dopamine. This stimulates a feeling of false connection between different users and promotes social behavior.

Typically the pressed pill form of MDMA is known as ecstasy and is only 30% pure MDMA. This makes it quite dangerous because it can be mixed with all different drugs, including other amphetamines.

MDMA goes by many other dope drug names including:

  • X
  • E
  • XTC
  • Molly
  • Mandy
  • Moon rocks
  • Scooby Snacks
  • Thizz


Possibly the most addictive drug on this list, heroin is an incredibly dangerous substance. Heroin is usually used by injection and is often the next step after opiate addiction.

Various heroin street names include:

  • H
  • Dope drug
  • Smack
  • China White
  • Skag
  • “Chase the dragon”
  • Thunder


Made popular in the Woodstock era, LSD became mainstream in the 1960s. LSD is powerful, with dosages being very small and placed on a small piece of paper. With this small dosage, hallucinatory trips typically last around 12 hours.

Known mainly as acid, LSD is also known by its alternative dope drug names:

  • Lucy
  • L
  • ‘Cid
  • Tabs
  • Blotter
  • Dots
  • Looney Toons
  • Superman


Different from household mushrooms, psychedelic mushrooms produce a hallucinogenic effect similar to LSD. Users might experience an alternate reality with color, sound, and visuals due to the chemical compound psilocybin. Mushrooms also go by the names:

  • Magic mushrooms
  • Mushies
  • Caps
  • Cones
  • Magics
  • Cubes

Mental Illness and Dope Drug Names

Most people know that drug abuse causes physical problems, but drug abuse can bring on mental illness. This is another reason why dope drug names are used to cover up how dangerous they truly are.

When a drug user is purchasing “Lucy” (LSD), they most likely won’t think that it can bring on schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, anxiety, or clinical depression. This is similar to how MDMA can cause high blood pressure, heart attack, and depression if overused.

Changing Drug Nicknames

Drug nicknames have consistently changed over time, mainly due to police attention. Dope drug names have often begun as code and slowly become too dangerous to use due to detection. Often sub-groups or brand names are created for drugs, as well. For example, with pressed pills of ecstasy, certain dealers might put a shape stamped into the top (like a butterfly) and call them “blue butterflies,” rather than ecstasy.

Dope drug names can sometimes become so normalized that they become entirely accepted. Once the term becomes normalized with the public and law enforcement, the drug street name might change.

Treatment Options

Many people begin experimenting with drugs in their teens out of the want to party or have a good time. Unfortunately, this sometimes leads to physical or mental addiction and can destroy lives. Although drug abuse is extremely serious, it can be treated. Drug rehab programs are available throughout the United States and can help those addicted to reclaim their lives.

Inpatient Rehab

This type of rehab involves therapy and physical rehab services, where the patient stays in a hospital.

Outpatient Rehab

Outpatient rehabilitation is in reference to services received by someone in rehab without physically living in a hospital.

Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)

IOPs are typically reserved for addicts who do not require detoxification. Rather than someone who is currently detoxing, IOPs are for patients who want to continue their day-to-day lives while in rehab. This type of rehab is often used to help patients slowly move back into their daily lives after a more intense rehab program.

Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP)

Typically known as “dry rehab,” PHPs are an intense rehab program that is a type of outpatient rehab. It is essential for those looking for an intense rehab program, who still want to remain living in their home.

Where to Seek Treatment

There are many different treatment types when it comes to drug addiction, but for it to be successful, it needs to be the right program. If you or a loved one needs help escaping the grasp of drug addiction, do not hesitate to contact us at Resurgence Behavioral Health.

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