What is Wet?

Wet Drug

What is Wet Drug?

The term “wet” refers to marijuana laced with PCP. This is done to enhance the effects of both drugs.

Wet Drugs: Lacing

Lacing is the act of adding one or more substances to another. There are some street drugs that are commonly laced with other drugs for various different reasons, but it mostly it is done to “bulk up,” or make stronger, the original substance especially if it is weak, like a weak strain of marijuana. Otherwise, lacing is done in order to sell other, cheaper drugs in the place of something more expensive. In order to maximize profitability many drugs are laced with drugs of similar physical and/or chemical properties. Drugs with similar chemical properties are used because they are less expensive, or easier to obtain.

People sometimes make their own wet drug with other substances so as to combine or alter the physiological or psychoactive effects. In that way, they make wet drugs because they are stronger and have more intense effects.

What is PCP?

PCP (phencyclidine) is considered to be a hallucinogen and has many of the same effects as LSD, but can be much more dangerous – it acts as a hallucinogen, stimulant, depressant, and anesthetic – all at the same time. In the 1950’s, PCP was investigated as an anesthetic, but due to its severe side effects, its development for human use was discontinued. PCP is known for causing violent behavior and serious physical reactions such as seizures, coma, and death. There is no way to predict who will have a bad reaction to the drug.

In its original state, PCP is a white crystalline powder. PCP is available in tablet, liquid, and powder forms and is either ingested orally or smoked by applying the liquid form to tobacco or marijuana cigarettes or by lacing these and other cigarettes, sometimes containing herbs such as mint or parsley, with PCP powder.

Effects of PCP – “Wet”

Also called “wet” or “water,” PCP often causes you to feel detached, distant and estranged from your surroundings. People who use the wet drug experience numbness, slurred speech and loss of coordination accompanied by a sense of strength and invulnerability. Auditory hallucinations, image distortion, severe mood disorders, and amnesia may also occur. In some users, PCP may cause acute anxiety and a feeling of impending doom, in others paranoia and violent hostility, and in some it may produce a psychoses indistinguishable from schizophrenia. PCP use is associated with a number of risks and many believe it to be one of the most dangerous drugs of abuse. People on wet drug often have a blank stare, rapid and involuntary eye movements, and an exaggerated gait, or way of walking.

PCP and Marijuana – Wet Drug

Smoking wet marijuana is very dangerous. Again, it is marijuana that has been soaked in PCP and therefore causes enhanced effects of this wet drug combination, causing serious and disturbing hallucinations. Therefore, this enhancement to the drug’s high comes at a very serious price: PCP is highly toxic to the body and can cause respiratory failure, cardiac arrest, as well as kidney failure and liver failure. Because it enters the bloodstream as well, this can cause permanent damage to the body.

















Teens Abusing Dissociative Drugs

PCP - Teens Abusing Dissociative Drugs

Teens Abusing Dissociative Drugs

Dissociative drugs are just the fancy term for substances such as PCP (phencyclidine) and ketamine. Both of these disassociate drug were initially developed for their use in surgery. Dissociative drugs distort your perceptions of sight and sound, but the reason they get the term “dissociative” is because they cause feelings of detachment or dissociation from your environment and from yourself. Dissociative drugs are not the same as hallucinogens and the effects they produce are not known as hallucinations. PCP and ketamine, the most common dissociative drugs, are known properly as “dissociative anesthetics.”

The most common dissociative drug that teens use, that even you may take on a monthly basis is dextromethorphan which is found in cough suppressants at your local drugstore. When cough suppressants with dextromethorphan are taken in high doses they can produce effects very similar to their more potent sister drugs PCP and ketamine.

The ways that dissociative drugs work are by altering the distribution of the neurotransmitter glutamate throughout the brain. Glutamate has a lot to do with the perception of pain, your responses to your environment, and your memory. PCP is considered the poster child for dissociative drugs and the effects it produces widely apply to ketamine and dextromethorphan too.

So what does this have to do with teens abusing dissociative drugs? Well, teens can easily get their hands on dissociative drugs through cough suppressants and believe it or not, while it may not be as easy, can get their hands on ketamine too. The most popular dissociative drug that teens are abusing is dextromethorphan which you can find in Vicks and other name brand cough medicines and it’s over-the-counter too.

According to statistics in 2008, it was found that one in 10 American teens had abused products with dextromethorphan known to them as DXM. This makes a dissociative drug more popular than other illicit drugs such as cocaine, ecstasy, LSD and meth. Does this mean you should never use cough syrup? No. Taking products with DXM in them is totally safe unless taken in large doses.

So teens are abusing dissociative drugs, but why?

  • For one, a dissociative drug such as DXM is easy for them to get. There are numerous amounts of over-the-counter drugs that contain DXM. Teens are abusing dissociative drugs not even knowing exactly what they are. All teens know is that the DXM in cough syrups and even more commonly, oral tablets such as Coricidin, are making them “high.”
  • Secondly, teens are abusing dissociative drugs because it is cheap. Compared to buying a small amount of cocaine for a little over 50 dollars, teens can abuse dissociative drugs for 5-10 dollars. It is easy to support a DXM habit when it is as cheap as cough syrup.
  • Thirdly, teens are abusing dissociative drugs because there isn’t as much risk involved. Not only is it more expensive to seek out other illicit drugs such as cocaine or meth, it is also more dangerous. For teens, it is safer to walk into a drugstore than it is to go to a street corner or dealer’s house.
  • And lastly teens are abusing dissociative drugs such as DXM because they think it is safer than doing drugs such as cocaine, heroin, or meth. This is incorrect unfortunately but because they aren’t getting the drugs from the street corner and DXM is legal and also a brand name medicine, it seems safer for teens to abuse.

There are a few other reasons teens are abusing dissociative drugs such as its popularity among the younger population and also the ability to keep it a secret from their parents. This makes for the high numbers of teens who are abusing DXM. This DXM use should be taken seriously because it can be a sign that a teen is willing to take other more dangerous drugs and also that they may want to get their hands on more serious dissociative drugs such as PCP and ketamine.

Either way, dissociative drugs being abused by teens has been a problem and continues to be one not only for themselves but also for their parents.