Module 6: how drugs work: facilitator's guide

3.2 Naming drugs

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See below for how the same drug can be named in different ways.

Young people often have their own names (sometimes called street names) for particular drugs which can differ from area to area.

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Cannabis (generic name) is also known as:
  • Chemical name: Delta 9 - tetra hydro cannabinol (THC)
  • Brand name: N/A
  • Common term: Marijuana
  • Street name: Pot/mull
Alcohol (generic name) is also known as:
  • Chemical name: Ethanol
  • Brand name: Victoria Bitter
  • Common term: Beer
  • Street name: Grog
Temazepam (generic name) is also known as:
  • Chemical name: 7-chloro-1, 3-dihydro-1-methyl-5-phenyl-2H-1, 4-benzodiazepin-2-1
  • Brand name: Normison
  • Common term: Sedatives
  • Street name: Pills

Street names for drugs

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Workplace learning/brainstorm activity

Question - What are street names in your local area for:
  • Cannabis
  • Inhalants
  • Benzodiazepines
  • Ecstasy
  • Amphetamines
  • Hallucinogens
  • Opioids
  • Cocaine


Complete the following:

  • Possible street names: Pot, grass, weed, reefer, joint, spliff, Mary-Jane, Acapulco Gold, rope, mull, cone, dope, skunk, bhang, ganja, hash, chronic, wacky tobacky
  • Names in my area:
  • Possible street names:
    • Nitrous Oxide: laughing gas, whippits, nitrous
    • Amyl Nitrate: snappers, poppers, pearlers, rushamies
    • Butyl Nitrate: locker room, bolt, bullet, rush, climax, red gold
  • Names in my area:
  • Possible street names: Pills, downers, benzos, rohies, normies, vals, serries
  • List names in my area:
  • Possible street names: E, eccy, love drug, eggs, point, paste base, zip
  • Names in my area:
Top of pageAmphetamines:
  • Speed, uppers, ice, crank, meth, crystal, whiz, snow, goee, shabu
  • Names in my area:
  • Possible street names:
    • LSD: acid, trips, wedges, windowpane, blotter, microdot
    • Psilocybin: mushies, blue meanies, magic mushrooms, gold tops
    • PCP: angel dust, hog, loveboat
  • Names in my area:
  • Possible street names:
    • Heroin: horse, hammer, H, dope, smack, junk, gear, boy
    • Methadone: done ('doan')
  • Names in my area:
  • Possible street names:
    • Cocaine: coke, flake, snow, happy dust, Charlie, gold dust, Cecil, C, freebase, toot, white girl, Scotty, white lady
    • Crack: rock, base, sugar block
  • Names in my area:
It can be very helpful to become familiar with some of the commonly used street names but it is also important to clarify which drug a young person is referring to by using universally understood names for drugs like heroin, marijuana and ecstasy.