Familiarizing yourself with teen slang can be overwhelming—especially when there seem to be new secret text codes, emojis, and phrases emerging online every other week. The number of existing terms and expressions that currently exist, and that are ever-evolving with TV, movies, music and pop culture, can be daunting for a parent to understand. Fortunately, Parentology has got you covered.
Find out how often your teen gets “lit”—along with what substances they use to do so—with our comprehensive list of party drug slang terms all parents need to know. We’ve also created unique cards with quick definitions for easy reading and sharing.
1. Nic/Device – Nicotine
In part of the recent rise in teen nicotine use, these terms are common in teen vocabulary. Nicotine is usually shortened to “nic,” and vaporized (“vaped” or “hit”) out of an electronic cigarette — referred to as a “device.” These devices include the popular, easy-to-hide JUUL products as well as several other e-cigarette brands, like Suorin and PHIX.
Example: “I can’t wait to use my new device, but I still need nic. ”
2. Kush/Flower – Marijuana
You’re probably family with the many names for marijuana, but when it comes to modern party drug slang terms “pot” is out of date — teens are more likely to use “kush,” “flower,” and even “bud.”
Example: “I’m gonna pick up some flower for tomorrow’s party.”
3. Domed/Headed – Nicotine Rush
Teens use these terms to describe the sensation of taking a long hit from a nicotine device. The effects of e-cigarettes are usually described as a fast-acting, dizzying head rush, sometimes referred to as a “dome” (due to the way it makes your “dome” feel).
Example: “I took way too many hits. I’m so domed right now.”
4. Faded/Cooked/Baked – High Off Marijuana
These slang words describe one’s experience smoking marijuana, not nicotine. Yes, “high” still works, but teens are more likely to get more creative with the lingo.
Example: “Let’s get some food, I’m baked.”
5. Addy/Study Buddy/Study Drug – Adderall
While some do mix it with other drugs at parties and music events, Adderall is more popular among college students and high schoolers as a study drug. Some students are prescribed Adderall or Vyvanse for ADHD, and a few of those will sell some of their supply to friends. Students typically take Adderall to cram for exams.
Example: “Do you have an addy? I’m not ready for the chemistry final.”
That’s not the only popular prescription party drug to know about…
6. Beans/Bars/Xannies – Xanax
Like Adderall, Xanax is a drug that’s prescribed to some teens and adults, but is often abused. While sedatives are appropriate for diagnosed anxiety, some young people experiment with them at parties, combining the pills with alcohol. Combined, Xanax and alcohol can do severe long-term damage to the cardiovascular and respiratory systems. Keep an eye out for the words “xannies” “beans” and “bars.”
Example: “He took a bean last night, probably doesn’t remember anything.”
7. Drank/Sizzurp – Codeine
Codeine is a strong narcotic used to treat pain and coughs. It’s usually in the form of cough syrup, hence the term“sizzurp.” When taken recreationally, which is illegal, codeine is often mixed with a bottle of soda. The combination is called “drank” or “purple drank.”
Example: “Want to pour up some drank? I got sizzurp.”
8. Coke/Yay/Blow/Snow – Cocaine
While cocaine is generally less accessible to teens, it’s still possible to find, given its prevalence on college campuses. Cocaine is the second most frequently used illegal drug globally, after cannabis. If your teen is texting about “yay” “blow” or “snow,” they might be looking for this stimulant. Be aware — it’s extremely addictive, especially when mixed with alcohol.
Example: “We got yay for the party, want some?”
9. X/E/Ecstasy – MDMA
“X” or “E” stands for ecstasy, otherwise known as “molly” or MDMA. The psychoactive substance lasts 3 to 6 hours, increasing heart rate, sexual arousal, and energy levels. Ecstasy is popular for concerts and music festivals. Users often describe it as a “love drug.” Short term, ecstasy raises body temperature and increases blood pressure, which if taken too much, can become fatal. Long term, ecstasy can impair memory and other mental processes.
Example: “Are you going to the concert on Saturday? I’m getting E.”
10. Spice/K2 – Synthetic Cannabis
“Spice” or “K2” are nicknames for synthetic marijuana. The fake substance is much more harmful than actual cannabis — the effects can be similar but are much more likely to be life-threatening. It’s likely that a teen won’t know their cannabis is synthetic, so even if they have experimented with marijuana, it’s important to learn the difference between the real and fake substances. No one has ever died from cannabis use, but hundreds have overdosed from K2 in just the last year.
Example: “This weed doesn’t feel right… I think it might be spice.”
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