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All About Phencyclidine, Also Known As PCP

While PCP may seem like one of the more “old school” type drugs, use of this drug happens more often than most people think in today’s drug culture. During the 70s and 80s, users sought to experience the full of effects of PCP through snorting or injecting the drug intravenously.

Unbeknownst to many of today’s marijuana smokers, PCP-laced marijuana cigarettes show up in up to 24 percent of street marijuana supplies, according to the U. S. National Library of Medicine. Since the hallucinogenic effects of PCP may somewhat resemble marijuana’s effects, users experience a more intense high due to the PCP content.

As a hallucinogen, the effects of PCP can take on any number of physical and behavioral displays, some of which can be frightening to onlookers. While not actually physically addictive, frequent users can become mentally addicted to the effects of PCP. Ultimately, the longer a person continues to use the drug the more likely the effects of PCP will trigger ongoing drug cravings and addictive behaviors.

PCP

PCP acts as a dissociative type drug, causing users to detach from their physical bodies and experience hallucinatory-type effects. PCP specifically targets the brain chemical processes that regulate pain perception and memory functions, according to Columbia Health. As a Schedule I class controlled substance, PCP has no medicinal properties but can indeed pose a risk for addiction.

PCP differs from other types of drugs in that its effects can be unpredictable and vary from one person to the next. On average, PCP’s effects can take hold within minutes of ingesting the drug and last anywhere from four to six hours thereafter.

Physical Effects

Normally, PCP is mixed with other drugs, such as marijuana and crack cocaine and then smoked, rather than snorted or injected. The physical effects of PCP take shape as the drug stimulates neurotransmitter chemical secretions throughout the brain

Users typically experience a range of physical effects, some of which include –

PCP Effects

PCP is a dissociative drug with varied effects.

  • Heavy sweating
  • Decrease in one’s ability to feel pain
  • Unusual eye movements
  • Legs take on a “rubbery” feeling
  • Flushing of the skin
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Disorientation

Psychological Effects

The effects of PCP vary according to the dosage amount a person takes. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, heavy users place themselves at considerable of experiencing some of the more undesirable effects of the drug.

Psychological effects commonly associated with PCP use include –

  • Extreme confidence
  • Disorganized thinking processes
  • Auditory/visual/tactile hallucinations
  • A distorted sense of time and space
  • Paranoia
  • Blank staring
  • Incoherent speech patterns
  • Violent behavior displays
  • Agitation

Long-Term Effects

While most people only ingest PCP on an infrequent basis, regular use of the drug can cause the brain to develop a tolerance to the drug. As tolerance levels increase, larger doses are needed to experience the effects of PCP.

With long-term use, users can develop a psychological dependence on the drug, which in turn drives the cravings and drug-seeking behaviors characteristic of addiction. PCP’s long-term effects can cause permanent brain damage leading to memory loss, depression disorders, speech impairments as well as diminished cognitive function.

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