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The Effects of PCP

The Effects of PCP

PCP, also known as angel dust, was originally used as an anesthetic in the 1950s.

It was initially used as a surgical anesthetic because it produced the same anesthetic feeling without the negative side effects to the heart and lungs.1 Despite its popularity in the medical field, further research was conducted, and the effects of PCP were found to be harmful. Angel dust became popular as a street drug in the 60s, and is now known for its mind-altering symptoms and addictive properties. Individuals who become addicted to PCP can receive treatment in our rehab facility in Pompano.


What is PCP?

PCP, or phencyclidine, is now commonly used as an illicit hallucinogen. It usually comes in a powder or pill form, and can be smoked, mixed with water, injected, or eaten. It works by blocking receptors that attach themselves to the brain’s cortex, which disrupts the release of dopamine and serotonin. Because the release of these hormones is blocked, the effects of PCP produce an anesthetic feeling.2

It’s also considered a dissociative drug because it causes distortion in the basic functions of the mind, like sight, vision, and even self. It separates users from reality and makes them feel as if they’re having an out of body experience. People who develop an addiction to pcp can begin their recovery process in our partial hospitalization program.


Angel Dust Side Effects

Angel dust has both short term and long term effects. The short term effects can leave an individual temporarily defenseless and in a dangerous state of confusion.

Short term effects of PCP include:

  • Distortion of vision and hearing
  • Detachment from reality
  • Confusion
  • Sedation
  • Hallucinations
  • Lack of coordination
  • High blood pressure
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Rise in body temperature
  • Amnesia


Because PCP is usually laced with other drugs it can easily lead to addiction, and its long-term effects can deteriorate person’s health overtime.

Long-term effects of PCP include:

  • Physical dependence
  • Cognitive and memory impairment
  • Speech impairment
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Mood disorders
  • Aggression
  • Paranoia


Angel dust has grown in popularity amongst younger adults despite the damage it can do to a person’s mental and physical state. PCP drug effects can disrupt the user’s life and lead to permanent mental and physical instability.

At Banyan Pompano, we understand the dangers of PCP addiction and the best ways to treat it. In programs like our mental health program, we provide patients with programs that help them understand the roots of their addiction and how to overcome it.

If you or a loved one suffers from addiction, call us now 888-280-4763 to find out more about our treatment options.



  1. CNOA- The PCP Story
  2. NCBI- Ketamine and phencyclidine: the good, the bad and the unexpected
Alyssa, Director of Digital Marketing
Alyssa, Director of Digital Marketing
Alyssa is the National Director of Digital Marketing and is responsible for a multitude of integrated campaigns and events in the behavioral health and addictions field. All articles have been written by Alyssa and medically reviewed by our Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Darrin Mangiacarne.
The Effects of PCP
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