Summer Music Festival Guide: Drug Slang 101

It’s summertime, and it seems like each week brings a new music festival. Music festivals are great fun and, as always, they’re a magnet for music-loving teens and young adolescents. Sadly, these music festivals are sometimes also a mecca for drug use.

Music festivals, commonly referred to as “festies,” attract a unique set of party drugs. And just as these festivals draw certain types of drugs, they also have their own special drug slang.  Parents, if your teen is thinking about attending a music festival this summer, make sure you’ve done your research. The first step? Start by knowing what drugs may be available and what they’re called in these environments.

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Music Festival Drug Slang

  • Candy Flipping – while this sounds like good, safe fun, it’s not — it has the potential to be very dangerous. This term refers to an experience that’s achieved when combining LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide) with ecstasy. As with too much of anything, this euphoric, upbeat experience has all the ingredients for disaster.

  • Molly – if your teen is asking about “Molly,” they may not be talking about their friend from school. Molly is a common nickname for the ever-popular party drug MGMA. Molly is the active and ingredient in ecstasy and it’s often sought out for it’s purity. And, yes, when you turn on the radio and hear Miley Cyrus singing about Molly, note that she’s not referring to her BFF — she’s talking about drugs.

  • Special K – although the Special K cereal you find in supermarkets is tasty and nutritious, we can’t say the same about this drug. In the drug realm, Special K isn’t a healthy afterschool snack. WebMD elaborates saying, “A medication used as an anesthetic in humans and animals, ketamine is sometimes abused as a ‘club drug.’ It can cause hallucinations and euphoria in higher doses.” And if abused, as it often is recreationally, this drug can be fatal.

These drugs can be scary, but music festivals don’t have to be. If your teen is wanting to attend a summer festival, talk to them about the dangers of using these illicit drugs and know some of the warning signs of drug use. We’ve provided you with some information, but it’s up to you to take the initiative and get the conversation about these party drugs going. For drug testing, contact one of our local Test Smartly Labs today.

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