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Street Names for Hallucinogens

Anyone who’s used hallucinogens for any length of time has likely tuned into the jargon used among frequent hallucinogen users. Street names for hallucinogens permit regular users a certain degree of discretion and cover from listening ears. While many of these street names may sound colorful and playful, the effects of these drugs can be dangerous, and even deadly.

Types of Hallucinogens

Street names for hallucinogens reflect the wide range of effects these drugs produce. Drug effects tend to vary according to the type of hallucinogen used. Street names for hallucinogens may also reflect the form of the drug in terms of liquid, versus powder versus pills.

Hallucinogen drugs have no accepted medical uses, making for an illegal class of drugs overall. Hallucinogens exist as raw plant materials as well as synthetically made substances.

In general, hallucinogens drugs fall into three main categories:

  • Deliriants
  • Psychedelics
  • Dissociatives

Each class of drugs produces its own distinctive effects, many of which are depicted by street names for hallucinogens.


Psychedelics alter a person’s sensory perceptions, producing a deluge of sounds, smells, textures and colors in his or her mind. Normally, the brain filters out extraneous details from the surrounding environment, which enables a person to interact with his or her surroundings. Psychedelics block these filters, exposing users to all aspects of their surrounding environment.

street names peyote

Street names for peyote include nubs and half moon.

The most commonly used psychedelic hallucinogens include:

  • Peyote
  • Mescaline
  • LSD

Street names for peyote include:

  • Nubs
  • Half Moon
  • Hikuli

Street names for mescaline include:

  • Mesc
  • Cactus Head
  • Buttons

Street names for hallucinogens involving LSD include:

  • Boomers
  • Acid
  • Cid
  • Dots


While psychedelics expand a person’s sensory awareness, dissociative drugs rather block sensory perceptions and allow the brain to create its own sensory experiences. Commonly used dissociative drugs include:

  • Ketamine
  • PCP
  • MDMA

Street names for ketamine include:

  • Super C
  • Special K
  • Green

Street names for PCP include:

  • Mushrooms
  • Moon
  • Musk

Street names for hallucinogens involving MDMA include:

  • Ecstasy
  • Molly
  • Love Trip


Unlike psychedelics and dissociative drugs, deliriants produce altogether false perceptions of reality that have no basis in a person’s surrounding environment or the brain’s internal environment, according to the U. S. Drug Enforcement Administration. In effect, deliriants bring on a state of overall confusion leaving users in a stupor-like state.

Deliriant-based hallucinogen drugs types include:

  • Datura
  • Deadly Nightshade
  • Henbane

Street names for Datura include:

  • Thornapple
  • Stinkweed
  • Devil’s Snare

Street names for Deadly Nightshade include:

  • Devil’s Berries
  • Death Cherries
  • Beautiful Death

Street names for hallucinogens involving Henbane include:

  • Devil’s Eye
  • Fetid Nightshade
  • Hog


Street names for hallucinogens usually describe the types of experiences these drugs produce. In most cases, these experiences leave users in helpless and vulnerable states. For this reason, there’s a street name for hallucinogens that refers to the “lookout” or caretaker, which is someone who ensures the safety of others while they “trip.” This person’s street name is “ground control.” This designation speaks to the dangers surrounding the use of these drugs.

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