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PCP-Laced Weed: Dangers Of Smoking Angel Dust Wet


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Experts traced the origins of the wet phenomenon to the 1970s when some drug users started dipping cigarettes in PCP. Since then, the use of a dangerously PCP laced weed has increased, especially among teenagers and young adults. Inhaling smoke from a cigarette dipped in PCP can cause several health issues, including lung injuries.

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What Is PCP Wet?

The phenomenon of “wet” drugs is now widespread. Health experts coined this term to describe marijuana or tobacco cigarettes dipped in the anesthetic Phencyclidine, formaldehyde, or both. There are several other street names for PCP wet, including killer joints, killer weeds, supergrass, superweed, lovelies, and wets.

While weed is often used, common herbs like mint, oregano, and parsley may also produce good wet joints.

Some prefer smoking menthol cigarettes because angel dust can be extremely hot. Users think that it can also help prevent mouth and throat irritation. Smoking of herbs will also produce minty odors, which may help disguise users from people who know what PCP smells like.

Reasons People Dip Joints or Cigarettes in Angel Dust

Wet PCP has gained popularity because it has a mind-altering, hallucinogenic effect when burned and smoked. This effect combines with the already potent impact of nicotine and marijuana. Also, a cigarette or joint dipped in Phencyclidine, which is now classified as a Schedule II controlled substance in the US because of its high potential for dependence and abuse, burns at a prolonged rate, giving users a prolonged drug experience. Smoking also offers a faster way for drugs to enter the bloodstream. And because smoking of cigarettes and weed is legal in some states, this appears to be safer and healthier as compared to other methods like shooting and sniffing.

]However, this is not actually true. Smoking PCP-laced joints poses extremely hazardous consequences to the health of the individual, as the side effects of both substances are mixed and amplified by heating. Avoid such dipped cigarettes.

man smoking PCP-laced joint on the street

Effects of Smoking Wet

PCP smoking is done recreationally to get people high. While how people react to weed laced with PCP depends on several factors like your age, gender, body composition, PCP dosage, strain, potency, and frequency of use, early effects will bring desirable results. While high on weed laced with angel dust, users might feel:

  • Euphoric
  • Relaxed
  • Amused
  • Giggly
  • Active
  • Overconfident
  • Disinhibited
  • Creative

However, smoking wet weed PCP use may also lead to unpleasant feelings or experiences, including:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Anxiety
  • Confusion
  • Racing heartbeat
  • High blood pressure
  • Panic
  • Delusions
  • Hallucinations, which is more commonly referred to as PCP trip
  • Paranoia
  • Psychosis

These adverse side effects of PCP laced weed are more likely for inexperienced users or if one takes too much.

Dangers of Smoking Angel Dust

Health impact

Pure angel dust is rare on the street. Dealers usually cut it to make a higher profit. What angel dust is made of may vary, and the added substances will have their harmful effects on the body.

The use of street PCP marijuana can damage short-term health in several ways.

Aside from symptoms of getting high, the long list of potential problems also includes unconsciousness, reduced memory function, loss of healthy body balance, and vision problems like PCP nystagmus.

How long PCP stays in your system is greatly affected by frequency of use or repeated exposure. If one smokes or abuses marijuana laced with PCP over a long period, the effects can be disabling. Long term users are very likely to develop bronchitis, pneumonia, respiratory failure, disrupted growth in young adults, loss of muscle tissue, heart attack, brain damage, deterioration of the spinal cord, and even coma. Repeated exposure to PCP wet may also cause some types of cancer.

Social Dangers

A person on pot laced with PCP often has a strong sense of strength and invulnerability. Angry outbursts and aggressive or violent behaviors may cause actions that are unintentionally dangerous and harmful. Several heinous acts perpetrated by users of wet PCP cigarette have been reported.


People using PCP in weed often think that they are impervious to harm. One may feel that he or she can cross the street quickly enough, only to cause accidental injuries and even death.

Physical Injuries

Users who are high may also misinterpret and distort calm scenarios as confrontational and respond with violence, and because they perceive pain inaccurately, the violence may end with some serious physical injuries.


There were also reported cases of committed murders after smoking PCP weed and getting high. User is unable to recall the events because of drug-induced amnesia.

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Use of PCP-Laced Weed and Addiction

Because of its ability to create the delusion of extreme strength, euphoria, and enhanced social skills, smoking of PCP and weed has become a favorite past time of teenagers and young adults.

In fact, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, more than 6 million people in the US in 2011, ages 12 and above reported lifetime use of angel dust. PCP related ER visits have increased by 400% between 2005 and 2011.

Despite being a Schedule II controlled substance in the US because of its high potential for dependence and abuse, it is very much available on the streets for public use. People use angel dust to lace weed for fun and socialization. However, the recreational smoking of PCP cigarettes for some people becomes a habit. They tend to crave for more doses to get high. Dependence on weed laced with angel dust soon starts to develop, and it becomes challenging to stop smoking. Attempts to abruptly cut out weed and angel dust from the system will cause intense cravings and PCP withdrawal symptoms. Such effects can be fatal, if not supervised by a medical professional.

While studies are checking at options for drug treatment of PCP wet dependence, there are still no specific approved treatments for its abuse and addiction. Users who lace drugs with PCP water may need to be hospitalized and receive behavioral treatments in rehabilitation centers to address abuse issues.

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  2. Peters RJ Jr, Williams M, Ross MW, Atkinson J, McCurdy SA. The use of fry (embalming fluid and PCP-laced cigarettes or marijuana sticks) among crack cocaine smokers. J Drug Educ. 2008;38(3):285-95.

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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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