Phencyclidine Facts


It has a variety of street names, including "Angel Dust".

In some cases, either Nicotine or Marijuana cigarettes are dipped in a liquid containing PCP and smoked. This concoction is referred to by a number of names including "Embalming Fluid," "wet," or "fry."

PCP is Phencyclidine. Similar to Ketamine, it is a dissociative anesthetic that causes:

  • Hallucinations.
  • Out-of-body experience.
  • Delusions.
  • Irrationality.

Signs of PCP use can include the following:

  • Euphoria.
  • Reduced sensitivity to pain.
  • Feelings of super strength.
  • Sense of invulnerability.
  • Apathy.

Hallucinations typically accompany PCP use along with distortions to a person's sense of time and being. In some cases, the sense of a person's self can be destroyed. Naturally, confusion abounds and logic is not present. With the loss of the self, the user may feel intense alienation -- as though the world and the people in it make no sense -- and feelings of depression.

In some cases, people may suffer from delusions that they are celebrities or dignitaries; they may also suddenly feel overwhelmingly scared of death.


Some people who use PCP can become dependent upon the drug and develop classic symptoms of addiction such as not being able to get through the day without the drug and not being able to control how much of it that they use.

Phencyclidine users can also develop a tolerance to the drug which means they require larger and larger dosages of it to achieve the same effect, which can have negative health consequences as they take increased amounts of the drug.


The effects of PCP abuse vary widely, depending on the amount of the drug that has been ingested. It's nearly always smoked, which makes dose management very hard.

  • Low doses are characterized by numbness in the hands and toes as well as general drunken-like behaviour.
  • Moderate doses produce partial or full anaesthesia, where the person cannot move their limbs or any part of their bodies.
  • High doses have the potential to cause convulsions and even death.
  • When mixed with alcohol or benzodiazepines, the drug can cause severe respiratory depression, leading to coma and even death. However, because PCP reduces the person's capacity to think rationally, other drugs are often ingested.
  • PCP is also associated with increased risk of suicide.
  • Tolerance and Addiction
  • Sustained PCP abuse can lead to tolerance and addiction.As the person takes more and more of the drug to achieve the same effects, the risks of long-term damage are heightened. It has been reported to cause psychosis in persons suffering from schizophrenia and has been noted in chronic users of PCP.
  • Memory loss is common, and loss of concentration and a rejection of boundaries are almost normal with continued PCP abuse.
  • Ultimately, the drug can cause a complete breakdown of the person's life.


The following is an estimated range of times, or detection windows, during which PCP can be detected by various testing methods:

Urine Test: 1-7 days, (heavy 1-4 weeks)
Blood Test: 24 hours
Saliva Test: 1-10 days

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