People take cocaine for different reasons; to get high, to kill boredom, to deal with pain, as a performance-enhancing substance, to deal with depression, anxiety, grief, trauma and in some cases, people take cocaine to look cool.
In many countries, the use or possession of cocaine, particularly in large quantity is illegal. So as a matter of discretion, whether to avoid detection by the cops or just when in polite company, dealers and users alike, use different codeword, slangs and alternative names for cocaine.
In this article, we have managed to compile the ultimate list of nicknames for cocaine! Some of these will be familiar to you. Others you may have never heard before.
Table of Contents
- Cocaine Nicknames That Come From the Word Cocaine
- Nicknames for Cocaine from the Origins of the Drug
- Color-Based Nicknames for Cocaine
- Method-Based Nicknames for Cocaine
- Effect-Based Nicknames for Cocaine
- Cost-related Cocaine Nicknames
- Feminine Nicknames for Cocaine
- Name-Based Nicknames for Cocaine
- International Nicknames for Cocaine
- Well-Known Nicknames for Cocaine
- Strange Nicknames for Cocaine
Cocaine Nicknames That Come From the Word Cocaine
These are ones that are obvious and need very little explanation. If you need a secretive nickname, these might not be for you because they are all widely known across the world.
- Big C
- Candy C
Nicknames for Cocaine from the Origins of the Drug
People have been using cocaine for centuries. Before society learned about addiction science, cocaine was even a key ingredient in Coca-Cola! Cocaine the drug, as we know it, was first taken from coca leaves in 1859. Traditionally, coca leaves are from countries in the Americas.
The leading producers of cocaine are in South America – Columbia, Bolivia and Peru. These countries are also the basis for some of the nicknames.
- Columbian Marching Powder – named so because cocaine gives users a lot of extra energy.
- Inca Message
- Peruvian Dancing Dust
- Peruvian Lady
- Peruvian Flake
- Bolivian Marching Powder
Color-Based Nicknames for Cocaine
In its purest form, cocaine is snow white. This, coupled with cocaine coming in a powder form, led to many similar words and items being used as nicknames. Cocaine is frequently referred to as snow, sugar, powder, and dust.
How many of these have you heard of before?
- Angel Powder
- Baby Powder
- Birdie Powder
- Candy Sugar
- Gold Dust
- Icing Sugar
- Paradise White
- Snow Cones – named after the fairground ice cone.
- White Dragon
- White Horse
- White Mosquito
- White Paint
- White Powder
Method-Based Nicknames for Cocaine
In its powder form, the most common method of taking cocaine is by inhaling the drug through the nose. Otherwise known as snorting, doing lines, or riding the rails.
The following are nicknames that derive from the act of snorting coke – or just because cocaine is going up the user’s nose!
- Blow – The act of inhaling cocaine. This nickname is very well known.
- Blow Blue
- Blow Coke
- Cork the Air
- Do-a-Line – Cocaine is often arranged in lines before snorting.
- Esnortiar – A funny nickname that sounds like Latin American Spanish.
- Nose Candy
- Nose Beers – This is a very American term.
- Nose Bag
- Nose Powder
- Nose Stuff
- Rail – Lines can be laid out like railway tracks.
- Ride the Rails
- Toke – Also used to describe the inhaling of marijuana.
- Toot – A small amount snorted at one time.
- Schnoz – A word to describe a long nose.
- Sniff Bumps
- Sugar Boogers
Effect-Based Nicknames for Cocaine
Cocaine has many effects. For most of us, these feelings are generally ones of euphoria, happiness, enhanced sexuality, and increased energy. Until the next morning, at least!
As such, there are a lot of nicknames for cocaine derived from the effects of the drug. These include:
- A-1 – Feeling first class. Also, a term to describe very good cocaine.
- Big Rush – Because the effects of cocaine are felt almost immediately.
- Bouncing Powder – Increased energy tends to make one move more than usual.
- Dream – Users can lose all sense of reality.
- Foolish Powder
- Frisky Powder – Cocaine increases feelings of sexuality.
- Glad Stuff
- Happy Trails
- Happy Powder
- Happy Dust
- Heaven – Because cocaine causes feelings of euphoria.
- Heaven Dust
- Joy Powder
- Love Affair
- Marching Powder
- Marching Dust
- Mojo – Again, this nickname comes from the supposed effects of cocaine on users’ mojos (AKA sexuality).
- Paradise White
If you’ve ever brought cocaine, you’ll know that it isn’t the cheapest drug in the world. Far from it, in fact.
Because of the expense, using cocaine is often considered to be a habit that only the wealthy can afford. This has resulted in a few nicknames for cocaine that relate to the cost and the rich and powerful users.
There’s also the fact that many users will utilize a rolled-up note (preferably a $100-dollar bill) to imbibe of the substance.
- Rich man’s pleasure
- King’s Habit
- Movie Star Drug
- Society High
- Studio Fuel
- Yale – This is an old nickname which comes about because apparently, only students at Yale University could afford to take cocaine!
- Cash shot
- Money snort
- Kensington coffee – named after an affluent suburb in London in the UK.
Feminine Nicknames for Cocaine
Perhaps unsurprisingly, it is not just boats that are referred to as female. Cocaine is considered by many to be a feminine drug. Probably because of its seductive nature!?
- Fast White Lady
- Lady Caine
- Lady Snow
- Lady White
- Lady Blow
- Lady Snuff
- Lady Sugar
- Lady Candy
- Lady C
- Madame C
- Mama Coca
- Sugar Love
- Sugar Loving
- White Lady
- White Witch
Name-Based Nicknames for Cocaine
Using a person’s name is a great way to refer to a drug. Especially when you don’t want people to know what you are talking about. Some are real people; some are fictional. And some are just random names!
What they all have in common though, is that they’re nicknames for cocaine.
- Aunt Nora
- Bernie’s Gold Dust
- Bernie’s Flakes
- Billie Hoke
- Carrie Nation
- Cheyenne – An American Indian tribe.
- Charlie – One of the more popular nicknames.
- Devil’s Dandruff – Does the devil have hair?
- Henry VIII
- Katy Perry
- Serpico – Named after the film “Frank Serpico,” which is about an undercover cop.
- Scottie – Beam me up….
- Sherlock – For Sherlock Holmes, known for injecting cocaine when not working on stimulating cases.
- Snow White
- Whitney – From Whitney Houston’s reported cocaine issues.
International Nicknames for Cocaine
Different countries and cultures have come up with different nicknames for cocaine. Here, we’ll go over some nicknames unique to the US, the UK, and Latin America – the birthplace of cocaine.
- All-American Drug
- California Snowflakes
- Florida Snow
- Fish Scale
- Foo-Foo Dust
- Late Night
- Star-Spangled Powder
- Charls – Short for Charlie.
- Snowbird – Also used to describe a female cocaine dealer.
- Tit lick
Charlie is probably the most common nickname used in Great Britain for cocaine. In London, Cockney Rhyming Slang is also used to refer to cocaine as:
- Lemon Barley
- Oats and Barley
- Gianluca Vialli – An Italian footballer who played for and went onto manage Chelsea Football Club.
- Salvador Dali
As well as coca, there are other Spanish words which are used around the world to describe cocaine. These include:
- Azucar – Sugar
- Basa – Base
- Blanca – White
- Blanca Nieves – Snow White
- Bolitas – Balls
- Damablanca – White Lady
- El Perico – A Parrot or Parakeet
- Mujer – Woman
- Nieves – Snow
- Yeyo – A word famously used by Tony Montana (played by Al Pacino) in Scarface!
- Yayo – Alternative spelling of Yeyo
Well-Known Nicknames for Cocaine
Although these nicknames for cocaine are well known, their meanings aren’t.
What they all have in common is that they are internationally used and recognized. For this reason, these nicknames may not be your best choice if you’re trying to be discreet!
- Brick – Large quantities of cocaine are packaged into a brick shape.
- Bump – A small amount.
- Caviar – A mixture of cocaine and marijuana.
- Candy – Although not sweet tasting, cocaine is thought of as candy by some.
- Ching – As used in “Porno” by Irvine Welsh.
- Eight Ball – An eighth of an ounce.
- Hitch (up the Reindeer) – Referring to taking a sleigh ride in the snow.
- Onion – An ounce.
- Sleigh Ride
- Speedball – Although a commonly used nickname, it is actually a mixture of cocaine and heroin.
- Stash – A large amount hidden away somewhere.
- Sweet Stuff
Strange Nicknames for Cocaine
The following list of nicknames is one of our longest. Each of these alternative names for cocaine bears no immediate link to the drug. But the funny thing about nicknames is that they don’t always have a distinct meaning.
We’re willing to bet that there’s some in here that you’ve never heard before!
- Big Bloke
- Chicken Scratch
- Double Bubble
- Fish Scale
- Haven Dust
- Prime Time
- Working Bags
And there you have it, from Azucar to Zip and everything in between. Whether you currently call it the devil’s dandruff or the chicken scratch, we’re sure that after reading our list you’ll be able to come up with a new, fun, and discreet term.
Great care has been taken to include as many cocaine street names as possible. Did we miss anything? If you know any which are not on the list, drop us a comment and let us know!