PCP, or phencyclidine, is a “dissociative” anesthetic. Its sedative and anesthetic effects are trance-like. People using PCP experience a feeling of being “out of body” and detached from their environment.
Also known as angel dust, killer weed and supergrass, among other slang terms, PCP is sold in a variety of forms including tablets, capsules and colored powders. It has a distinctive bitter chemical taste. PCP can be snorted, smoked, injected or swallowed. It is most commonly sold as a powder or liquid and is applied to a leafy material such as mint, parsley, oregano, tobacco, or marijuana when used for smoking.
Hallucinogens like PCP create altered states of perception and feeling.
Signs of use include nausea and vomiting, flicking up and down of the eyelids, and disoriented thinking or detachment from reality. If you’re concerned your child may be using PCP or other substances, the following can help you address the behavior more effectively.
NIDA. “Hallucinogens.” National Institute on Drug Abuse, 11 Jan. 2016, https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/hallucinogens.
Accessed 19 Dec. 2018