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.
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.
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:
However, smoking wet weed PCP use may also lead to unpleasant feelings or experiences, including:
- Racing heartbeat
- High blood pressure
- Hallucinations, which is more commonly referred to as PCP trip
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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