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Black Tar, Hard Candy, Dragon Rock – Where Does Heroin Slang Come From?

Last updated on January 3rd, 2024

Heroin has been around for a while, as it was first synthesized from morphine in 1874. Is natural for heroin’s street names to develop and change over time. There are different influencers when it comes to heroin street names. These can be based on its:

  1. Physical appearance
  2. Effect on users
  3. To describe the combination of heroin and other drugs

1 Based on its physical appearance:

Commonly heroin is portrayed as white, however, that’s not at all the case. There is black tar heroin, white heroin and brown heroin.

Names for Black tar heroin:

  • Black Pearl
  • Black Sheep
  • Black Tar
  • Dirt

Names for white heroin:

  • Salt
  • White Junk
  • White Nurse
  • White Stuff

Names for brown heroin:

  • Brown Crystal
  • Brown Rhine
  • Brown Sugar
  • Diesel

*Usually brown heroin is less potent than white heroin, as it is created in the first step of purification. Is usually smoked as it doesn’t dissolve very well.

II. Based on its effect on consumers:

  • Dead on Arrival
  • Hairy
  • Hard Candy
  • Hard One
  • Hell Dust
  • Joy Flakes
  • Nice and Easy

* Short-term desired effects of heroine include: a quick feeling of euphoria and warmth. Combined with feelings of heaviness, numbness and relaxedness. Heroin was derived from morphine, so it shares an analgesic effect.

III. Heroine mixed with other drugs:

  • Dynamite: heroin and cocaine
  • Primo or dragon rock: heroin and crack
  • Screwball: heroin and meth
  • H-bomb: heroin and ecstasy
  • Neon nod: heroin and LSD (acid)
  • Chocolate bars: heroin and Xanax
  • Atom bomb or A-bomb: heroin and marijuana
  • El diablo: heroin, cocaine, and marijuana
  • LBJ: heroin, LSD, and PCP

Street dealers don’t necessarily use the above terms. It’s always better to test your drugs.
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