Posted by Marcus on January 28, 2001
In Reply to: Chasing the Dragon posted by marcus on January 28, 2001
: : : : : Need origin, if anyone knows it, please let me know!
: : : : : Thanks!
: : : : : I've heard it refered to as free basing cocaine.
: : : The phrase refers to heating cocain and breathing the fumes (as I am sure
: : : you all knew!). So as cocain when heated gives off white smoke perhaps the
: : : origin is in chasing the white wispy smoke or because cocain originally
: : : came from the East. Maybe someone else knows more?
: : Maybe it refers to a "fire-breathing dragon"?
: : actually it was heroin and smoking it was known as "chui long" or chasing the dragon in Chinese.
: I still wasn't comfortable with the above explanations, so I chased this down a little more for clarification. According to one of my sources, "chasing the dragon" is smoking heroin laced with crack cocaine and "chasing the tiger" is smoking just heroin. I think these meanings have morphed somewhat over the years as new pharmacuticals hit the streets.