PCP PhenylCyclohexyl Piperidine


  • Section 1 - What is PCP?
  • Section 2 - What are the effects of PCP?
  • Section 3 - How does it influence your behavior?
  • Section 4 - How does it affect your relationships?
  • Section 5 - How to recover from an addiction
  • Section 6 - Citations

What is PCP?

PCP is a hallucinogen primarily and depending on the dosage, it can be a stimulant or depressant. It was originally sold as a pharmaceutical drug when developed in the 1950's. It was used as an anesthetic and animal tranquilizer and was initially loved by the medical community because it didn't affect the lungs or heart. It was soon discovered that it had many side effects that affected the brain and the way the whole body worked. In the 1960's it gained much more popularity on the streets as hippies used it often. With it's growing popularity, new names such as superweed, embalming fluid, kools, ozone and rocket fuel were created (3). There are a few different ways to use PCP. You can swallow a pill, snort powder, drink/vape it as a liquid or inject it (4). PCP is completely synthetic, or man-made, and contains many dangerous chemicals as a result. It contains the following (3):

  • Cyanide
  • Ether
  • Cyclohexanol - Used in insecticides
  • Isopropanol - Kills cells and is used as an antiseptic
  • Ammonium Chloride - Highly acidic and used in batteries
  • Hydroxide
  • Phenyllithium - Skin irritant and very flammable

What are the effects of PCP?

PCP has many short term and long term effects. Some of the short term effects are numbness of limbs, relaxation, problems concentrating, slurred speech, loss of coordination, hallucinations, anxiety and panic, and raised body temperature (2). If you keep using PCP, the effects get progressively worse. You could have impaired memory, speech issues, severe depression, paranoia, non-stop hallucinations and an impaired thinking process (2). The hallucinations may sound fun at first, but imagine if the extreme paranoia mixed with them, and you were having constant nightmares of worst case scenarios. That would not be fun.

PCP comes in many different forms

How does PCP affect one's behavior?

While on PCP, your mood is very apt to change but will normally stray towards aggressiveness, sadness, or paranoia (1). People's self-images change, and they'll lose their ego, possible leading to depression and depersonalization, which makes the world seem further away.

How does PCP affect your relationships?

PCP has only negative effects on your relationships. The most basic problem with just about any drug is the arguments you have with friends or family about the use and abuse of said drug (1). Another problem is that PCP causes social withdrawal (1). When on PCP, you're paranoid of anyone and everyone and tend to stay away from them. You also have an inability to fulfill even the most basic of your responsibilities (1). If you live in your own home, you don't buy any food or pay bills or even go to work because your time is spent hallucinating and your money is spent on the drug. If you do live with your family or other friends, you're dead weight, taking up space and money and doing nothing but sitting around.

How can one find treatment for an addiction?

A good method for treating an addiction is the Community Reinforcement And Family Treatment (CRAFT) program, which has lessons to help the addict and those who live around them to try and wean the addict of their drug. You teach an addict to modify their usual behaviors, reactions, and expectations to try and make new habits for them. You reduce or eliminate the use of the drug for obvious reasons. You can help motivate them to seek professional treatment so they get help from people who know what they're doing. It also helps you find places for the addict to receive treatment.


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  • Websites:
  • MacLaren, Erik, PhD. "The Effects of PCP Use." DrugAbuse.com. Ed. Amanda Lautieri. N.p., 27 Sept. 2016. Web. 17 Apr. 2017.
  • "PCP Abuse & Addiction Signs, Effects & Symptoms." Acadiana Addiction Center. N.p., n.d. Web. 18 Apr. 2017.
  • "PHENCYCLIDINE." National Center for Biotechnology Information. PubChem Compound Database. U.S. National Library of Medicine, n.d. Web. 16 Apr. 2017.
  • T, Buddy. "Find Out Why PCP Is So Dangerous." Verywell. N.p., n.d. Web. 16 Apr. 2017.

By John Kudela and Brendan Callen

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