Phencyclidine (PCP)

What is Phencyclidine?

Phencyclidine, also known as PCP or Angel Dust, is a hallucinogen that was first marketed as a surgical anesthetic in the 1950's.  It was removed from the market because patients receiving it became delirious and experienced hallucinations.  Phencyclidine is used in powder, capsule, and tablet form.  The powder is either snorted or smoked after mixing it with marijuana or vegetable matter.  Phencyclidine is most commonly administered by inhalation but can be used intravenously, intra-nasally, and orally.  After low doses, the user thinks and acts swiftly and experiences mood swings from euphoria to depression.  Self-injurious behavior is one of the devastating effects of Phencyclidine.  PCP can be found in urine within 4 to 6 hours after use and will remain in urine for 7 to 14 days, depending on factors such as metabolic rate, user's age, weight, activity, and diet.  Phencyclidine is excreted in the urine as an unchanged drug (4% to 19%) and conjugated metabolites (25% to 30%).

- Also known as PCP
- was developed in the 1950s as an intravenous anesthetic but, due to the side effects of confusion and delirium, its development for human medical use was discontinued.
- it is a white crystalline powder that readily dissolves in water or alcohol and has a distinctive bitter chemical taste
-  On the illicit drug market, Phencyclidine contains a number of contaminants as a result of makeshift manufacturing, causing the color to range from tan to brown, and the consistency to range from powder to a gummy mass
-  It is available in a variety of tablets, capsules, and colored powders, which are either taken orally or snorted.
Detection Periods:
Urine = 1-7 Days​, 1-4 Weeks (heavy use)
​Blood = 24 Hours
Saliva = 1-10 Days
Hair = Up to 90 Days
Side Effects:
Numbness and relaxation
- Sense of Well-being and euphoria
- Problems concentrating
- Slurred speech
- Loss of motor coordination
- Misperceptions of abilities including strength, speed, and invulnerability.
- Odd, erratic, or unexpected behaviors.
Street Names:
Angel dust
- Embalming fluid
- Ozone
- Wack
- Rocket fuel
- Hog
- Cliffhanger
- Happy Sticks
- Goon dust
- Trank
- Peter Pan
- Lethal weapon
- Kools
Types/Uses of Phencyclidine:
- Sernyl
- Sernylan
(Both Discountinued)​​
- Sprinkled on Marijuana
- Injection
- Snorted