Street Names For Methamphetamine

Methamphetamine, more commonly referred to as meth or crystal meth, is an illicit stimulant that resembles glass in appearance. It has many different slang names on the street and is often mixed with other illicit substances as well.

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Dr. Manish Mishra, MBBS

Medically Reviewed By: Manish Mishra, MBBS


Methamphetamine is a powerful stimulant that works on the central nervous system to create an intense and euphoric high, lasting up to 12 hours at a time.

The street names for methamphetamine are constantly changing, though some have remained the same over the years.

Drug dealers and their customers attempt to elude law enforcement by not referring to meth as “meth” on the streets.

As nicknames get discovered by authorities, they are dropped and new ones are invented — thus the list of current slang names for meth is always evolving.

Common Slang Names For Meth

The following are common street names for meth, although it is important to note that this list is always changing and expanding.

Current slang terms for meth include:

  • scooby
  • rocket fuel
  • yaba
  • batu
  • hot ice
  • white cross
  • glass
  • chalk
  • pookie
  • christina
  • croak
  • tweak
  • crank
  • speed
  • cotton candy
  • trash
  • garbage
  • poor man’s cocaine (crystal meth)

Slang Terms For Getting High On Meth

The following are common street names for using meth or the act of getting high on meth:

  • hot rolling
  • chicken flippin’
  • tweaking (meth tweaking means going on a meth binge, or using large amounts of meth in a short period of time)
  • getting geared up
  • zooming

Common Nicknames Of Meth Cut With Other Substances

There are also nicknames for the act of combining meth with the use of other substances at the same time.

When multiple drugs are used at the same time, it is called polydrug abuse. This is usually done to either amplify or alter the effects of the substances being used.

Biker Coffee

A “biker coffee” is the nickname for a coffee that is spiked with either amphetamine or methamphetamine. This combination allows a person to stay up to party or simply to stay awake for any reason.


“Twisters” are a combination of crack cocaine and methamphetamine. Twisters are usually smoked but can be used in other ways as well.

Hugs And Kisses

“Hugs and kisses” are a combination of methamphetamine and ecstasy (MDMA). This combination is also sometimes called “Super X”.

Jet Fuel

“Jet fuel” refers to using PCP and methamphetamine at the same time.


A “shabu” is a combination of white powder cocaine and methamphetamine. A shabu is typically snorted or injected.


A “speedball” is the nickname for any time a depressant is mixed with a stimulant.

When meth is used as the stimulant, heroin is typically used as the depressant. When meth and heroin are injected together it is called a “methball”.

Slang Terms For People Who Use Meth

Among people who use illicit drugs, there are some common terms to refer to people who use meth, specifically.

Some of these are tweaker and speed freak.

Health Risks Of Methamphetamine Abuse

Crystal meth is a highly addictive stimulant, and the more it is used and the longer it is used, the more damage is done to a person’s brain and body.

Some risks of meth use and drug addiction include:

  • weight loss and malnourishment
  • tooth decay and other dental problems
  • skin sores
  • drug-induced psychosis
  • organ failure
  • addiction, physical dependence, and withdrawal
  • increased risk of death from stroke or heart attack

Addiction Treatment Services For Meth Use

An addiction to crystal meth can be very dangerous, and it is important to seek help for yourself or a loved one who is struggling.

An addiction treatment program for meth, or any drug for that matter, will usually begin with a period of medically monitored detox.

This is done so that people can go through withdrawal safely and comfortably at a certified treatment center, as it is usually one of the biggest obstacles in a sobriety journey.

Once the detox period is over, a person then generally has a choice between entering inpatient or outpatient treatment, which may be offered at a number of rehab centers.

Whichever option they choose, they will have access to therapy and counseling to address their mental health and behavioral health.

Find Substance Abuse Treatment At Bedrock Recovery Center

The decision to enter substance use treatment for yourself or a loved one is not a choice to make lightly. At Bedrock Recovery Center, we can guide you through the entire process.

We specialize in early recovery and take a trauma-informed approach to addiction treatment.

Are you ready to get started on your recovery from meth addiction? Give our helpline a call today and talk to one of our treatment specialists.

  1. National Institute on Drug Abuse
  2. National Library of Medicine: MedlinePlus
  3. United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)

Written by Bedrock Recovery Center Editorial Team

© 2024 Bedrock Recovery Center | All Rights Reserved

* This page does not provide medical advice.

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