10 November 2009

Phencyclidine (PCP)

Phencyclidine (PCP) is a chemical in the dissociative anaesthetic class.


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Phencyclidine (PCP) is a synthetic chemical in the dissociative anaesthetic class. It is perhaps best known by the media hype it received in the late 1970's portraying it as a extremely dangerous chemical causing madness, psychotic reactions, and super-human strength.

It is found in a variety of forms including crystals/powder, tablets, and liquid. Recently it seems to be available on the underground market most commonly as cannabis joints, regular cigarettes or cannabis leaf dipped in liquid PCP and usually marketed as something else, seldom as 'PCP'.

PCP is used in very small quantities with 5-10 mg considered an average dose.

Phencyclidine (PCP) is a synthetic chemical.

PCP was first synthesised in 1926 and began being investigated as a human anaesthetic in the mid 1950's by Parke Davis. It was marketed as a human anaesthetic for two years under the name 'Sernyl' before being withdrawn from the market due to hallucinations experienced by patients under its influence. Recreational use rose in the late 60's leading to its placement.

The Substance: PCP; Phencyclidine; Crystal; Angel Dust; Rocket Fuel; Wet; Water; Fry; Amp; Embalming Fluid; Formaldehyde; Hog.
The Experience: Tripping.

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