About PCP

Drug Classification: Hallucinogen   Drug Schedule: I

Addiction Potential: Moderate

Modes of Administration:
Oral (eaten)
Intranasal (snorted into the nose)
Inhalation (smoked in pipes, bowls or joints)

Onset of Drug Effect(s): PCP was developed in 1950 and was used as an IV anesthetic. The drug produces a rapid onset and can last up to several hours.

Drug Action(s): PCP results in a “rush” or euphoria in the user, as it blocks pain and stimulates dopamine in the brain.

Acute effects on the mind and body include:

  • Shallow rapid breathing
  • Increased blood pressure/heart rate/respiration
  • Elevated body temperature
  • Nausea
  • Blurred vision
  • Decreased pain awareness
  • Distortion of time, place, and body
  • Suicidal behavior