What is angel dust
Phencyclidine (PCP) is a mind-altering drug that may lead to hallucinations (a profound distortion in a person’s perception of reality).
It is considered a dissociative drug, leading to a distortion of sights, colors, sounds, self, and one’s environment. PCP was developed in the 1950s as an intravenous anesthetic, but due to the serious neurotoxic side effects, its development for human medical use was discontinued.
In its purest form, PCP is a white crystalline powder that readily dissolves in water or alcohol and has a distinctive bitter chemical taste. On the illicit drug market, PCP contains a number of contaminants causing the color to range from a light to darker brown with a powdery to a gummy mass consistency.
WHAT IS PCP
Phencyclidine, 1-(1-phencyclohexyl) piperidine, is a white crystalline powder which is readily soluble in water or alcohol. PCP is classified as a hallucinogen. PCP is a “dissociative” drug; it induces distortion of sight and sound and produces feelings of detachment.
PCP was developed in the 1950s to be used as an intravenous anesthetic in the United States, but its use was discontinued due to the high incidence of patients
experiencing postoperative delirium with hallucinations. PCP is no longer produced or used for medical purposes in the United States.
WHAT IS ANGEL DUST MADE OF
PCP’s effects include sedation, immobility, amnesia, and marked analgesia. The effects of PCP vary by the route of administration and dose.
The intoxicating effects can be produced within 2 to 5 minutes after smoking and 30 to 60 minutes after swallowing. PCP intoxication may last from 4 to 8 hours; some users report experiencing subjective effects from 24 to 48 hours after using PCP.
Low to moderate doses (1 to 5 mg) induce feelings of detachment from surroundings and self, numbness, slurred speech and loss of coordination accompanied by a sense
of strength and invulnerability.
PCP is abused for its mind altering effects. It can be abused by snorting, smoking or swallowing. Smoking is the most common method of abusing PCP. Leafy material such as mint, parsley, oregano, tobacco, or marijuana is saturated with PCP, and subsequently rolled into a cigarette and smoked. A marijuana joint or cigarette dipped in liquid PCP is known as a “dipper.” PCP is typically used in small quantities; 5 to 10 mg is an average dose.
WHAT IS PCP
It is made illegally in secret laboratories, along with dozens of analogs (drugs that are chemically similar) available on the street. It is thought to be made primarily in the United States (U.S.), mostly in Southern California, but it is distributed across the country.
The following are street names for PCP:
- Angel dust
- Elephant tranquilizer
- Embalming fluid
- Killer joints
- The PeaCe pill
- Rocket fuel
PCP is a white crystalline, bitter-tasting powder that quickly dissolves in water or alcohol. It is also found in tablet or capsule form.
Users may smoke, snort, swallow, or inject PCP. Leafy plants such as mint, parsley or marijuana are often sprayed with the chemical, or a rolled joint is dipped into a PCP solution and then smoked.
PCP affects multiple neurotransmitter systems in the brain. It inhibits the reuptake of dopamine, norepinephrine, and serotonin.
It also inhibits the action of glutamate by blocking NMDA receptors, which are responsible for pain sensation, emotions, learning, and memory functions.
Interrupting these receptors allows the brain to disconnect from normal sensory experiences, or “reality.” In higher doses, however, it may also excite these receptors.
A typical dose is 5 to 10 milligrams, and 10 mg has been reported to cause stupor. The effects are felt 30 to 60 minutes after oral ingestion, or a few minutes after smoking. Immediate effects last 4 to 6 hours, but a return to a normal state can take up to 24 hours.