What Is Angel Dust?

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Published Nov 11, 2021
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Angel dust is the slang term for the street drug Phencyclidine, often referred to as PCP. It is a very powerful hallucinogenic drug that is illegal in the United States. It most often comes as a white powder that is mixed into another substance such as alcohol or water. 

However, angel dust can also be used in a variety of other ways, such as through snorting, injecting, smoking, or swallowing it. Besides angel dust, some common slang terms for PCP include hog, killer weed, love boat, peace pill, rocket fuel, and wack. PCP can be addictive and can lead to serious health complications, overdose, and even death. 

How Does PCP Affect the Mind?

PCP targets the central nervous system, which is the system that regulates one’s mood, how they feel and how they react to their environment. Someone on PCP will experience differences in their senses and may question what is real and what is not. This drug is known for causing an individual to disassociate with the world around them. They may feel as if they are no longer in their body and become unaware of their surroundings. They will also likely feel a sense of euphoria. 

An individual using PCP may also be more relaxed and less in control of what they say and do, a sensation similar to one an individual may experience when they consume alcohol. It is also common for an individual under the influence of PCP to feel as if they are fearless and have superhuman abilities. 

How soon and how long someone will feel the effects of PCP depends upon how much of it they took, how long they have been taking it, and whether or not they took it in combination with drugs and alcohol. The method in which PCP was taken can also have an impact on how it affects the individual. 

If an individual injects the drug, they will likely begin to feel the effects within two to five minutes. However, if they mix it with a drink, they might not start to feel its effects for 30 minutes. Mixing the drug with a drink will cause the individual to feel its effects for a longer period of time than if they had smoked it or injected it. 

What Are the Harmful Effects of Angel Dust?

There are a variety of dangerous effects that are associated with PCP use. When an individual is under the influence of this drug, they become disoriented and may have trouble controlling their body and movement. If they take a large dose, they may go into a state of paranoia and struggle to trust the people around them. They might even begin acting aggressive or unlike their usual selves. 

Some side effects of PCP can be very severe. They can include: 

  • Changes in heart rate and blood pressure 
  • Changes in breathing or trouble breathing 
  • Changes in body temperature 
  • Memory loss 
  • Trouble concentrating 
  • Inability to feel pain or not feeling pain to its true extent 
  • Slurring or stuttering while speaking 
  • Sudden mood changes
  • Depression
  • Anxiety 
  • Kidney failure
  • Seizures 


How Do I Know If I Am Addicted to Angel Dust?

When an individual uses PCP for an extended amount of time, they will begin to build up a tolerance to it. When this occurs, they will need to use more and more of the drug to experience the same effects as when they first began using it. They will realize that they can’t change their substance use habits, even if they want to cut back or stop using it entirely. 

PCP can have a powerful effect on the mind, and when an individual attempts to stop using it, they may experience a variety of unpleasant side effects. These can include: 

  • Anxiety
  • Unusual fear 
  • Confusion
  • Agitation or irritability 
  • Hallucinations 
  • Muscle twitching 
  • Unintended weight loss 


How Do I Know if My Loved One Has a Drug Problem?

If you suspect that your loved one has a problem involving PCP or another type of drug but don’t want to confront them until you are certain, there are some common signs you can look out for. They include: 

  • Financial problems or asking to borrow money
  • Isolating themselves from friends and family
  • Struggling to keep up with work, school, or personal obligations 
  • Changes in appearance 
  • Sudden weight loss or weight gain
  • Secretive behavior 
  • Changes in hygiene 
  • Sudden aggression
  • Defensiveness when asked about substance use habits 


If your loved one is exhibiting any of these signs, they could have a substance use disorder and be in need of professional treatment

Angel dust is the slang term for the drug phencyclidine, often referred to as PCP. It is an illegal hallucinogenic drug that is very powerful and can become addictive. This drug causes a person to feel detached from their surroundings and can make them feel as if they have superhuman abilities. PCP can be injected into the body via needle, smoked, snorted, or mixed into a drink and consumed orally. The method in which it is injected can affect how powerful its effects are and how long those effects last. The side effects of PCP can be severe and can include heart problems, kidney failure, overdose, and even death. The longer an individual takes PCP, the more of it they will need to experience the same effects. If you or someone you know is struggling with a substance use disorder, our team at Gallus Medical Detox Centers can help. Call (866) 296-5242 to learn more.