PCP (phencyclidine) is a hallucinogen but also combines features associated with stimulants and depressants. It was originally tested as a surgical anesthetic in the 1950s. It is known as a “dissociative anesthetic” because it can make a person feel a sense of detachment as if their mind is separated from their body.
Use in humans was abandoned because many patients became agitated, delusional, and irrational while recovering from their surgery. The use of PCP was eventually limited to anesthetizing and tranquilizing large animals. PCP is now considered an illegal drug. PCP sold on the street is made in illegal labs.
In its pure form, PCP is a white crystalline powder that has a bitter taste. It can be mixed with dyes and can be sold in a variety of tablets, capsules, and as coloured powders. Because PCP is relatively easy to make, it is often substituted for–or mixed in with–other drugs such as methamphetamine, LSD or cannabis.
PCP is normally snorted, smoked or ingested, but can also be injected. For smoking, it is often applied to a leafy material like parsley, oregano or marijuana (in which case it is called “super weed,” “supergrass,” “killerweed” or “peaceweed”).
Also known as: amoeba, angel dust, animal tranquilizer, Cadillac, CJ, crystal, crystal joint, cyclones, DOA (dead on arrival), dust, elephant tranquilizer, embalming fluid, goon, hog, horse tranquilizer, KJ, Lovely, love boat, mess, mist, peace pill, peace, ozone, rocket fuel, synthetic THC, scuffle, seams, sheet, snorts, super rods, surfer, synthetic marijuana, wack, and zombie.
use of PCP can produce many other effects including:
- blurred vision
- nausea and vomiting
- impaired coordination
- numbness in the arms and legs
- increased heart rate and blood pressure
- increased breathing rate
- detachment from the environment and reality
- visual or auditory hallucinations or delusions
- distortion of body perception (feelings of weightlessness/floating)
- distortion of time/space