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Illegal Drugs - Chart

Name How it Works Effects How to Tell if Someone has been Using

Cocaine/Crack Cocaine

Street Names: Blow, C, Charlie, Coke, Crack, Flake, Freebase,  Nose Candy, Rock, Snow, Stardust

Forms: Powder, crystals or rocks

Type: Stimulant

Cocaine is a strong stimulant that affects the brain and makes you very energetic and alert.

  • Euphoria
  • Insomnia
  • Dry mouth and lips
  • Masks fatigue
  • Loss of appetite
  • Lowers inhibitions
  • Hallucinations
  • Increased heart rate


  • Dilated pupils
  • Chapped nostrils
  • Nose bleeding
  • Track marks
  •  Sniffling
  • Slurred speech
  • Rapid breathing rate


Magic Mushrooms

Street Names: Mush, Schroom, Mushies, Fungus, Fungus Delight (tea)

Forms: Mushroom, brown powder

Type: Hallucinogen

Magic mushrooms are absorbed by the bloodstream and then travel to the brain where they alter one’s perception and can lead to hallucinations.

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Numbness
  • Exaggerated reflexes
  • Paranoia/confusion
  • Loss of urinary control
  • Increased blood pressure and heart rate
  • Dilated pupils
  • Convulsions
  • Muscle weakness/twitching


Street Names: Smack, Dope, H, Horse, Black Tar, Dust, Point

Forms: Fine, white crystalline powder, grainy brown substance, dark brown sticky gum

Type: Stimulant

Heroin travels through the bloodstream to the brain. There it’s converted back into morphine, interacts with your brain and can change the way a person experiences pain.

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Lack of emotion
  • Headaches
  • Reduced appetite
  • Constipation
  • Itching of the skin
  • Decreased response to pain
  • Small (pinpoint) pupils
  • Slowed speech and movements
  • Track marks

Marijuana (Cannabis)

Street Names: Pot, Mary, Mary Jane, MJ, Joint, Weed


Street Names: Resin, Brown

Hash Oil

Street Names: Oil, Honey Oil, Liquid Hash

Forms: Dried leaves, buds seeds or stems, resin, sticky liquid

Type: Hallucinogen

THC is absorbed into the bloodstream and travels to the brain. In the brain, it binds to cannabinoid receptors, which produces the effects felt by the user.

  • Dry mouth
  • Increased appetite
  • Calm, relaxed feeling
  • Panic, anxiety
  • Impaired short term memory and coordination
  • Hallucinations
  • Increased heart rate
  • Strong odor
  • Red eyes
  • Slow mental reactions
  • Spontaneous laughter

Source: RCMP Drug Identification Chart, Healthy Canadians – Drugs of Abuse and Addiction