PCP is the abbreviation for the powerful dissociative sedative drug phencyclidine. Developed in the 1950s as an intravenous anesthetic, it was later discontinued due to severe side effects. Symptoms can mimic those of schizophrenia, including paranoia, delusions, hallucinations and a sense of being detached from the environment. Other psychological side effects can include mood disturbances, particularly anxiety. Long-time PCP abusers may suffer memory loss, depression, weight loss and difficulties with speech and thinking. These symptoms may persist up to one year after stopping use of PCP.
Users mainly abuse the drug to escape from reality, to take a "trip." Often sold on the illicit drug market, PCP is available in tablet, capsule or colored powder form and normally is smoked, snorted or ingested orally. When smoked, PCP is often combined with marijuana, parsley, mint, oregano or another leafy plant. Depending on the method used, PCP effects can last from four to six hours.
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