Phencyclidine is commonly known as PCP and on the street as angel dust, rocket fuel, ozone, Ashy Larry, illy or wet, is a recreational drug that takes a user to a dissociative state. It was brought to market in the 1950s as a pain diluter but was taken off the market in 1965 due to patients becoming agitated, delusional and irrational while recovering from its effects. Similar to Ketamine, commonly known by its street name Special K, PCP is used by veterinary doctors in veterinary medicine. A white powder, PCP is commonly ingested, snorted or smoked.
Marijuana may be laced with PCP. On the street, marijuana laced with PCP is referred to as killer joints and crystal supergrass. The many street names of PCP show the crazy and volatile effects of PCP. PCP may be ingested, smoked, inhaled or injected. PCP gained popularity in major American cities in the 1960s. Never a popular or common drug of choice, PCP usage has been nearly nonexistent since the 1980s, however.
PCP is extremely addictive. PCP use eventually results in physical and psychological dependence, cravings and addictive behavior. Addicted PCP users often suffer seizures, comas and central nervous damage. PCP users going through withdrawal suffer from chills, sweating, pain, paranoia, mood swings, depression and anger.