crank bugs

crank bugs

What one is said to feel crawling on or under the skin during a drug-induced hallucination. ("Crank" is a slang name for methamphetamine.) I would guess that crank bugs are the reason his arms are all scratched up.
See also: bug, crank

crank bugs

n. a drug-induced hallucination that insects are crawling under one’s skin. (Drugs.) There’s no such thing as crank bugs, so stop scratching them.
See also: bug, crank
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With some it comes about with the appearance of "crank bugs," imaginary bugs under the skin.
(15) The user often feels as if bugs are crawling under his skin, and this feeling, known as formication, causes the user to pick out skin until sores and cuts, known as "crank bugs," arise.
Many users endure a hallucination known as 'crank bugs', in which they become convinced that insects have burrowed deep underneath their skin.
It's a hallucinatory drug which often leads users to think they have imaginary "crank bugs" under their skin - and they claw at themselves to get rid of the "insects".
She said her knee joints cracked when she walked and she had "crank bugs".
HER family said her teeth rotted and her body was covered with sores from trying to get at the crank bugs.