The DEA Knows All Of The Hot New Drug Slang

What the DEA is talking about when it's talking about drugs.

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) recently released a list of commonly used drug slang and other code words used by drug dealers, users, traffickers, and smugglers to describe drugs. The unclassified list compiled by DEA agents in May 2017 features terms that––even if you’re not zooted––are funny and could probably be found in text messages between you and your connect.

According to the DEA, the drug vernacular is as evolutionary and open to change as drugs themselves.

“Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information presented. However, due to the dynamics of the ever-changing drug scene, subsequent additions, deletions, and corrections are inevitable.”

It seems the “righteous bush" (AKA marijuana) and “Black Pearl" (AKA heroin) have more nicknames than any other drugs. According to the DEA, other notable drug slang includes:

"Booty Juice" (MDMA); “Yahoo” (crack cocaine); “China Town” (fentanyl); “Golden Dragon” (acid/LSD); “Georgia Home Boy” (GHB); "Cactus" (Mescaline); “Queso Blanco” (cocaine); “El Gata Diablo” (methamphetamine); "Crystal Skull" (synthetic cannabinoids); “Midnight Oil” (opium); “Hongos” (psilocybin mushrooms); “Half Moon” (peyote); and “Jet Fuel” (PCP), among countless others.

In regard to cannabis, the DEA list reads at times like the Leafly strain database, while other code words the administration lists for weed sound like something your parents might have been worried you were smoking.

I’m worried about Arthur, he must be on that “Wacky Tobacky.”

And while thankfully the country isn’t in the grips of a “Shmagma” (again, weed) epidemic, the United States is indeed facing a depressingly fatal “Tragic Magic” (heroin) crisis, which saw 52,404 recorded overdose deaths in 2015, according to the New York Times.

So, even if it’s kind of funny to picture a room full of DEA agents comparing notes on different terms used by the drug dealers they've busted, this report is indeed important.

Now, pass me some “Rainy Day Woman” (weed), and stay the f*ck away from the “501s” (fentanyl). 

Thanks to Keegan Hamilton of VICE, you can check out the full list below.