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All About Phencyclidine, Also Known As PCP

Phencyclidine (PCP) is a synthetic dissociative drug or hallucinogenic. It was originally developed as a general anesthetic for humans in the 1950’s and subsequently used as a tranquilizer in veterinary medicine. It was discontinued due to serious adverse effects, although it may rarely be used in some veterinary communities. Illicit Phencyclidine abuse began in the mid1960’s and was known as “The PeaCe Pill,” a term that contributed to the acronym PCP. Abuse spread in the 1970’s as snorting or smoking the powder form of PCP became more popular by giving users a quicker “high”. Today, Phencyclidine is only manufactured for research purposes, but clandestine laboratories produce it for illicit use.

Methods of Abuse

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PCP causes delusions and distortions in reality.

PCP can be ingested orally, snorted, smoked, or injected. It is sometimes, referred to as “embalming fluid”, or formaldehyde cut with PCP, and users often dip cigarettes or marijuana joints in the “embalming fluid”, known as “loveboat” or “dippers” to enhance the “high”. They think that what they are smoking has been treated with formaldehyde, but it is actually PCP. PCP has also, been sold under the guise of other drugs, including THC, methamphetamine, mescaline, LSD, formaldehyde, and according to the DEA, “law enforcement agencies reported that some pills sold as MDMA or ecstasy actually contain PCP or a combination of PCP and other substances.

Phencyclidine Effects You May Experience

There are significant variations in amount and composition of active compounds in Phencyclidine sold on the street because there is no control over the clandestine production of it. This makes the Phencyclidine Effects you may experience dangerous and unpredictable.

Psychological Effects

As a dissociative drug, Phencyclidine Effects are distorted perceptions of sight and sound with feelings of detachment (dissociation). Other psychological effects include:

  • Mild to intense euphoria
  • Sense of weightlessness or distorted sense of body
  • Visual and auditory hallucinations
  • Relaxation or drowsiness
  • Distorted sense of time and space
  • Confusion, disordered thinking, difficulty concentrating
  • Mood Disturbances such as anxiety, depression, extreme agitation
  • Delusions
  • Hallucinations
  • Symptoms that mimic schizophrenia
  • Paranoia
  • Amnesia
  •  Tendencies for violence or suicide

Physical Effects

Phencyclidine Effects vary by the amount ingested, the combination or other drugs and alcohol, or simply, the person, themselves. Physical effects include:

  •  Slight increase in breathing rate or shallow breathing
  • Pronounced rise in blood pressure and pulse rate
  • Flushing and profuse sweating
  • Anesthesia or numbness of the extremities
  • Loss of muscular coordination or balance
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Dizziness
  • Blurred vision or flickering eyes
  • Seizures
  • Coma
  • Overdose
  • Death
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