Some street names have entered the common vocabulary, while countless others remain obscure. Even so, a working knowledge of the most commonly used street names for the most popular illegal drugs can be very useful, especially if you suspect that someone in your care is using drugs.
Marijuana has a wealth of street names, many of them familiar, including pot, weed, reefer, dope, ganja, grass, herb, bud, green, trees, skunk, smoke and sinsemilla. Some street names refer to particular ways of administering marijuana; for example, a blunt is a marijuana-filled cigar.
The various effects of marijuana include euphoria, relaxation, paranoia, sensory distortion, poor balance and coordination, increased heart rate, anxiety and increased appetite.
Heroin has a wide variety of street names, including some that are also nicknames for marijuana. Heroin can be mixed in with marijuana (or a regular cigarette) and smoked. The most commonly heard street names for heroin are brown sugar, smack, horse, dope, H or Big H, junk, skag, skunk, white horse or China white. Heroin is found in powder or tar-like form that ranges from white to dark brown.
Heroin is a depressant, which means that it causes the central nervous system to function more slowly. Users experience an initial euphoria, accompanied by heavy limbs, dry mouth and flushed skin. Users then move from wakefulness to drowsiness, as the depressive effects become more pronounced. Slurred speech, impaired vision, droopy eyelids, constricted pupils, diarrhea and vomiting are common.