Common Illegal Drugs and Their Street Names

There are many illegal drugs that are commonly known like: marijuana, cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamine. Though you may have heard these names before, you may not be aware of all the street names given to these drugs. To be safe and avoid using unwanted drugs, it is good to know what these alternative drug names are.

The Different Names

Illegal drugs are often called something else when purchased on the street. The same drug may go by several different names even though they are the same drug. Here are some examples:


The most commonly illegal drug that is used is marijuana. Some states are even legalizing it's recreational use so obtaining it is safe and carefully monitored. Marijuana has a list of alternative names including:

  • 420,
  • Aunty Mary
  • Grass
  • Reefer
  • Pot
  • Weed
  • Mary Jane
  • Skunk
  • Greens

These are some of the more popular "street names" given to Marijuana.


Cocaine is a dangerous narcotic which can be referred to as:

  • Blow
  • C
  • Coke
  • Monster
  • Snow
  • Sweet stuff
  • White powder

When you buy cocaine on the street, you have to worry about the negative effects of the drug but also the quality of what you just bought. Many street drugs are laced with other chemicals that can be toxic. Be extremely careful because there is no recourse if your cocaine is laced with rat poison.


Another dangerous, illegal and highly addictive drug is heroin. It also goes by the names:

  • Aunt Hazel
  • Black pearl
  • Charley
  • Good horse
  • Hero
  • Smack
  • Brown sugar.


Meth is consumed to increase alertness, energy, and concentration. People on meth are "amped up". Methamphetamine is also called:

  • Blue devils
  • Chalk
  • Crank
  • Speed
  • Tina
  • Meth
  • Crystal
  • Yellow powder

Know the Name, Avoid the Drug

Simply knowing the name of an illegal and dangerous drug may not prevent you from using it but it will help you know what you are doing. Illegal drugs are not regulated so you get them on the street from drug dealers and take them at your own risk. If you think drugs are a problem for you then get professional help today. Don't wait. Sign up for an online drug class or attend a community support meeting.