The Drug Enforcement Agency released its annual book, Slang Terms and Code Words: A Reference for Law Enforcement Personnel, and just like when your parents try to “be cool,” or “sit down and rap” with you, it contains some humorous reading.
What do they have right? What did they miss? And what’s funny just because no one would ever actually use such a term? The handbook meant to help your local law enforcement know the lingo is unclassified, so anybody can just dive in and read.
The book contains a wide variety of terminology for everything including cannabis, cocaine, heroin, hallucinogenics, and more, and lists terminology related to different kinds of drug activities, as well as different realms of drug culture.
“[It’s a] wide variety of controlled substances, designer drugs, synthetic compounds, measurements, locations, weapons, and other miscellaneous terms relevant to the drug trade,” according to the National Drug Early Warning System (NDEWS), which published the book.
According to their website, the NDEWS, which is located at the University of Maryland’s Center for Substance Abuse Research, “monitors emerging drug use trends to enable health experts, researchers, and concerned citizens across the country to respond quickly to potential outbreaks of illicit drugs such as heroin and to identify increased use of designer synthetic compounds.”
At 125 pages, the new list dwarfs last years, which was really more like a pamphlet, according to High Times.
This year, the longest section by far is for cannabis, says High Times. “Old standbys including pot, weed, reefer, and herb still make the cut. Some newer entries, such as smoochy woochy poochy, love nuggets, and bambalachacha, show creativity and wit. Brand new additions to the list of terms for cannabis include tigitty, Lucas, and devil’s lettuce.”
Who still calls it devil’s lettuce besides evangelical talk show hosts?
The DEA lists terms for cannabis that are, in actuality meant to reference specific strains. For example, the book lists Blue Dream, Cheese, and Northern Lights.
In addition, according to High Times, there is a section for marijuana concentrates as well as hash oil. Apparently, the experts at the DEA finally discovered terms like 710, extract, and rosin as they finally made the cut this year. Also entered as a new addition to the drug lexicon is a word that all the kids are using:edibles.
Well, it was just a handbook last year, after all. At this rate of expansion, perhaps next year they’ll have to go over brand names.
“Synthetic cannabinoids are also in the new reference. Terms such as spice and K2 are joined by fake bake, jungle juice, and Funky Buddha.”
Ahhhh, Funky Buddha.