What Is PCP?
PCP is the common name given for phencyclidine, a synthetic hallucinogen that was created in the 1920’s and used in the 1950’s as an anesthetic but discontinued due to its detrimental effects. It was made a schedule 2 drug not long after. PCP gained popularity in the 1960’s and 1970’s for its hallucinogenic and euphoric effects, and although its use peaked in the late 70’s, it is a drug that is still in use today. PCP can be snorted, smoked, or ingested. It may come in a liquid or powder form and can be pressed into capsules. Sometimes people use the liquid to dip paper and cigarettes in. One of the many dangers of PCP is that it can be inadvertently used because people may dip cigarettes in it, or mix it in with other drugs such as marijuana or MDMA.