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PCP High: What Does Angel Dust Feel Like?

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Phencyclidine, PCP, Angel Dust or Rocket Fuel is a dissociative hallucinogen which can make people have various effects such as PCP hallucinations, feeling euphoric to being very aggressive and even disconnecting from reality. The drug is usually found in powder form, and people choose smoking PCP over other forms of consuming it.

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Is It Possible To Get High Off PCP?

Phencyclidine is an illegal drug known to cause the PCP high. The main side effects are hallucinations and a sense of detachment from the surroundings.

The way Phencyclidine works is by affecting the brain’s neurotransmitter systems by inhibiting the reuptake of various chemicals such as dopamine, serotonin, and norepinephrine.

The drug also inhibits specific receptors responsible for learning, memory, pain sensation, and emotions, causing the brain to disconnect from reality.
When someone takes this drug, the expected PCP effects should be hallucinations and a pleasant high. Initially, the user should feel happy, have slight hallucinations, and experience a change in perceiving sound, color, light, and touch. Time might be either speeding up or slowing down, and the individual might feel above or out their bodies. The symptoms of PCP use vary in intensity depending on the dosage.

How Abusers Get High On PCP

Phencyclidine can be found as Angel Dust in crystalline powder, PeaCe Pill as a tablet, Wet as liquid and crystals. It can be ingested, smoked, snorted, plugged or injected subcutaneously or intravenously to get high.

There is no safe way to consume PCP – each route of administration poses a range of risks for a user. Do not resort to any route of administration of this substance!


One PCP use to get high is smoking. Various plants such as marijuana, mint, parsley or oregano are sprayed with this drug and then rolled as a joint. Sometimes the joint itself is dipped in liquid Angel Dust. One can either purchase the soaked herbs or the soaked PCP joint. Tobacco cigarettes can also be dipped in this liquid. Usually, a joint with PCP in weed has a drug dosage varying from 1 to 10 mg.


Some users choose to snort the Phencyclidine powder to get high. For common angel dust effects, a small dosage would be enough, but for stronger results, the dosage can be increased.


Another way to get high is by ingesting the drug. The average capsule, pill or tablet would contain from 1 to 6 mg, but one can also find 5 to 10 mg tablets, with effects lasting from 4 to 6 hours.


PCP injection also called shooting up, is another way of using this drug. Only 0.25 of Phencyclidine solution injected into the vein is enough to result in sedation and lead to side effects.


Some people choose to plug, which is squirting the Phencyclidine liquid into the anus with a syringe or using a gel cap. The anesthetic properties are expected to kick in in 10 to 20 minutes and the effects to last from 4 to 6 hours.

No matter of the method, except for the intravenous injection, a dose between 5 and 10 mg is enough to get one high, inducing agitation, paranoid delusions, audiovisual hallucinations, psychosis, and catatonia.

A person on PCP dosage over 10 mg will most likely end up in a coma.

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How Long It Takes For PCP To Kick in

The timeframe of Phencyclidine effects kicking in varies depending on the dosage and the route of administration.

Those who smoke PCP will feel the effects in 2 to 5 minutes after smoking a Phencyclidine dipped joint, the same time for injecting the drug. For smoking, the effects last for about 30 minutes.

Swallowing Phencyclidine tablets slows down the absorption. Someone taking a Phencyclidine tablet can feel the high effects in about 30 to 60 minutes lasting for 4 to 6 hours. For plugging it takes between 10 and 20 minutes for Phencyclidine to kick in. Those snorting PCP will start feeling the high effects in about 5 minutes for about 4 to 6 hours.

The high effects usually last for around 4 hours, but a return to a healthy state can take 24 or even 48 hours depending on the dosage.

PCP High Feeling

Being high on PCP is similar to LSD. The hallucinogenic effects include auditory and visual distortions, perceptual changes, a feeling of detachment from reality, and estrangement from surroundings.

People experiencing PCP intoxication also feel a sense of invulnerability and strength, numbness of extremities, loss of coordination, an exaggerated gait, involuntary, rapid eye movement, or a blank stare. A moderate dose also leads to acute anxiety, severe mood disorders, feeling of impending doom, amnesia, paranoia, rise in pulse rate and blood pressure, profuse sweating, and shallow respiration.

At high doses, the PCP experiences include delusions, the feeling of superhuman strength leading to accidental, suicidal actions or injury, extreme violence, and psychosis. In a severe case, the effects include seizure, coma, and even death.

Who Is More Likely To Get High On PCP?

Angel Dust is a drug that mainly appeals to young users, usually in their 20s. But teenagers and adults also account for a significant percentage among users.

Increasing rates of abuse

According to a report, around 6 million US citizens have used this drug at least once in their lifetime. The gravest concern is related to high school students, where more than 3% of the seniors said they had used Phencyclidine at least once in their lifetime.

Between 2005 and 2011, there was an increase of 400% in the number of people being admitted to the emergency department due to Phencyclidine-related issues. From this number, 69% were men, with the most common ages varying between 25 and 39 years old.

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Survey results

According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health from 2013, almost 32,000 people, over 12 years old used Phencyclidine for the first time.

  1. The average age of the first-time user for this drug is 17.
  2. Many see Angel Dust as a party drug where it is usually paired with ecstasy, LSD, and Rohypnol for a more intense PCP effect and high.
  3. Phencyclidine abuse has also been linked with other co-occurring disorders such as bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and alcoholism, and other substance abuse. Bipolar disorder is being linked to substance abuse disorders, being accompanied by an increased incidence of comorbidities. Those more prone to PCP abuse are individuals with an early onset bipolar disorder compared to adult onsets.
  4. People on a specific medical treatment are also at risk of PCP high, without them even being aware of it. Therefore, mixing Phencyclidine with benzodiazepines, SSRIs, amphetamines, or tramadol can potentiate the PCP drug effects such as sedation and ataxia, leading to memory blackouts and an unexpected loss of consciousness.

Recreational Use Of PCP And Addiction

Phencyclidine is a Schedule II controlled substance due to its high risk for abuse and physical or psychological dependence.

Is PCP addictive? Just like any other drug with tranquilizing or sedating properties, Phencyclidine can be an addictive substance.

People who use this drug regularly will start craving the Phencyclidine effects and will be prone to engage in dangerous, risky, or illegal behaviors to get hold of and use more of PCP. Once the body becomes accustomed to the PCP effects, this is the moment when a dependency has developed.

The only way to get back to normal is to receive professional medical treatment for drug addiction. There are many substance addiction rehabs nationwide that can assist in a successful recovery.

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  1. Tareg Bey, Anar Patel. Phencyclidine Intoxication and Adverse Effects: A Clinical and Pharmacological Review of an Illicit Drug. Cal J Emerg Med. 2007 Feb; 8(1): 9–14.
  2. PCP: Increasing Availability And Abuse. National Drug Intelligence Center. Intelligence Bulletin. 2004.
  3. National Survey on Drug Use and Health: Summary of National Findings. Results from the 2013. U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality.

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Peter Grinspoon, MD

Dr. Peter Grinspoon is an experienced physician with long-term clinical practice experience. As a former analgesic addict, Dr. Grinspoon knows precisely how important it is to provide patients with effective treatment and support. Medical writing for him is the way to communicate with people and inform them about their health.


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