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Phencyclidine

Hallucinogens

Developed originally in 1959, as an anaesthetic drug for human and veterinary use, it has no current medical use. Depending on the dose it may act as an anaesthetic, stimulant, depressant or hallucinogen because it has mixed neurological effects. Its effects also include feelings of being detached from reality.

Its use as a recreational drug is rarely seen in the UK.

Eating

Eating

Eaten as tablets, capsules or a powder.

Injecting

Injecting

Diluted in water or alcohol and then injected.

Snorting

Snorting

In its powder form it can be snorted.

Smoking

Smoking

Sprayed onto plant material and smoked.

  • Loss of coordination
  • Dissociative
  • Hallucinations
  • Slurred speech
  • Skin flushing
  • Increased muscle tone
  • Numbness of the limbs
  • Sweating
  • Blank stare
  • Repetitive incoherent speech
  • Rapid and involuntary eye movements
  • Exaggerated gait
  • Addictive
  • Paranoia
  • Convulsions
  • Respiratory arrest
  • Hypertension
  • Coma
  • Death
Phencyclidine

Structure

Molecular structure of phencyclidine

Street Names

angel dust, peace pills, hog, lovely, wack, embalming fluid, rocket fuel, PCP

Legal Status

Class A Substance

Possession of the drug can lead to up to seven years in jail, an unlimited fine or both. Supplying the drug can lead to up to life imprisonment, an unlimited fine or both.

For more information about drug classifications and the associated penalties visit the Home Office website.