Frequently Asked Questions About Phencyclidine

What is it?

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. 

Common Names

Most commonly known under its abbreviation, PCP, street names can include: angel dust, sherm, wet, embalming fluid, wack, rocket fuel, trank

Side Effects

Considered extremely dangerous, even a moderate amount of PCP can often cause users to feel detached, distant, and estranged from their surroundings.​

Physiological effects of PCP include:

  • slight increase in breathing rate

  • rise in blood pressure and pulse rate

  • shallow respiration

  • flushing and profuse sweating occurs.

  • a drop in blood pressure, pulse rate, and respiration.

  • nausea, vomiting

  • blurred vision

  • flicking up and down of the eyes

  • drooling

  • loss of balance and dizziness

  • violence, suicide

High doses of PCP can also cause seizures, coma, and death (often due to accidental injury or suicide during PCP intoxication). Psychological effects at high doses include delusions and hallucinations. 


Most addicts require rehabilitation, and in some cases aftercare when they finish rehab. Treatment can consist of going to a hospital or rehab center for therapy and other treatments while living at home and resuming normal daily activities. Outpatient treatment can help you readjust to daily life and support you in your life goals, including staying sober.

If you or someone you know may be experiencing addiction or dependency please contact a medical professional

Please Note

All drugs including phencyclidine will affect each person differently depending on the persons characteristics (such as physical size, gender, mood, diet, fitness, age, expectations and health), the drug itself (such as the amount used and its purity), and how it is taken and the environment a person is in when using the drug.

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