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03-03 Word on the street: 10 popular drug slang terms in 2016

As parents it’s hard to know what’s an inside joke, innocuous or code for something else. When a phrase so simple as ‘Netflix and chill’ is code red in double entendre when it comes from your high schooler’s mouth, it’s high time (no pun intended) for parent’s to get an update in street slang. Here’s a list of the most well-known drug terms. Obviously these terms are as most popularly defined by active users in mainstream and clinicians second-hand report from patients.

  • Dabbing: Reportedly this is a method of using marijuana by pressing a piece of butane hash oil, a cannabis extract, against a hot surface and inhaling the smoke. These extracts have up to 90 percent THC levels.Warning: Dabbing also refers to a type of dance. As rapper Peewee Longway clarifies, the term has both verb and adjective meaning, similar to the 1990s advent of “dope.”
  • Feenin: This verb has been around for a few decades and replaces the older term “jonesing.” When people say they’re feenin, it means they are craving cocaine or another addictive substance when it’s unavailable.
  • Flowers: If a teen normally consumed with their cell and the TV suddenly starts talking or texting about picking flowers or getting flowers, they’re likely going to a marijuana dispensary.
  • Lit: Getting lit has been around for some years and still refers to using meth or heroin primarily, but it can also refer to getting drunk or high in general.
  • Cheese: Any references to cheese that sound odd, ungrammatical within conversation or seemingly without preface could be referring to a hazardous mix. A dangerous cocktail of black tar heroin and Tylenol PM or other medicines using diphenhydramine as an ingredient is the code here. Warning: The name derives from its grated parmesan cheese appearance. There were reportedly more than 20 teen deaths in Dallas and surrounding neighborhoods that have been attributed to cheese since it was identified in 2005.
  • Candy flipping: Allegedly this code phrase refers to a high achieved by combining LSD with ecstasy.
  • Georgia Home Boy sounds funny, but this is street talk for the designer drug GHB – gamma hydroxybutyrate. That’s a depressant that affects the central nervous system, giving body-building, euphoric and sedative effects. Users – who might include that athletic teen who cares about his muscle appearance – may also call it grievous bodily harm, organic quaalude, gamma-OH, liquid ecstasy, liquid E, liquid X and scoop.
  • Bob: Unless your family knows someone with the name, a repeated and seemingly out of place reference to Bob is actually a verb in slang, short for discombobulated, according to
  • Breakfast cereal: This everyday phrase, in the mouth of a teen who usually skips that most important meal is possibly innuendo for anesthesia and tranquilizer ingredient ketamine; initially dubbed special K or vitamin K. Other references include: cat valium, K, super acid and horse tranquilizer.
  • Robotrippin/Dexing: According to WebMD this verb describes abusing cough syrup. Beyond 900 miligrams, DXM (or Dextromethorphan), the main ingredient in cough syrup, becomes a hallucinogen.

If you do stumble upon your teen using one or several of these phrases, stay calm, seek professional guidance and do not shy away from a serious talk. Your new insight could come just in the nick of time.

Sovereign Health in Rancho San Diego is specifically tailored toward rehabilitating teenagers 12-17 who are entrenched in substance abuse and/or mental disorder. We speak their language. Our versatile clinicians utilize up-to-date treatment modalities and alternative therapies to craft holistic wellness. Call our 24/7 helpline for details.

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Sovereign Health Group staff writer Kristin Currin is a mindful spirit swimming in metaphysical pools with faith as her compass. Her cover: a 30s-something Cinderella breadwinner of an all-sport blended family. Her repertoire includes writing poetry, lifestyle articles and TV news; editing, radio production and on-camera reporting. For more information and other inquiries about this media, contact the author at

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