Angel Dust (Meaning & 9 key Details)

In this brief guide, we will look at Angel Dust, and explore both meanings of Angel Dust, namely the Angel Dust character and the street name for the drug also known as PCP.

What is Angel Dust?

Angel dust is the street name for the drug phenylcyclohexyl piperidine, or PCP, and it is a very potent drug that can cause neurological effects like distortions of visual or auditory nature, hallucinations and even violent behavior, and it is very addictive and damaging.

When Angel dust is used recreationally, it can be taken in many forms, like smoking, and some other ways it can be taken include by mouth, being snorted, or being injected, while some people also tend to mix it with cannabis or tobacco.

Angel dust, like many other drugs, can have many harmful effect on the taker, which include:

  • Seizures
  • Coma
  • Addiction
  • Increased risk of suicide
  • Flashbacks

Angel Dust or PCP belongs to a class of drugs that serve as a dissociative anesthetic, meaning they seek to alter the way someone’s mind works and can have an anesthetic effect on the person which makes them succumb to the neurological effects they experience as a result of the drug.

Angel dust is most commonly used in the United States and the period where it was most commonly used in the US was around the1970s, but after that the usage slowed considerably, however, between 2005 and 2011 there was again an increase in visits to emergency departments as a result of the drug.

Angel dust or PCP was initially created in 1926 and back then the purpose of this drug was to be used as an anesthetic medication by the time it started circulating in the 1950s, quite similar to how Cocaine was used for a variety of physical ailments like infections and cough.

Around the year 1965, Angel dust stopped being used in the United States when it was found that it was causing high rates of side effects, but it was still used for animals till 1978.

Another reason Angel dust stopped being used in humans and animals around that time was that ketamine was discovered and it was seen that it served as a better anesthetic and did not cause as many bad symptoms as Angel Dust did.

However, derivatives of angel dust never really went away and they are still sold recreationally as well as non-recreationally in the United States, although it is now classified as a Schedule II drug and is in the class of tightly controlled substances.

Most people who use angel dust recreationally do so for its ability to induce a dissociative state and similar to LSD, it can cause some vivid hallucinations which are sought by many people because they feel that it could give them insights, or simply to detach from problems they may be facing in their life.

Angel dust is an extremely potent drug, which is not nearly clear enough in the name angel dust because one imagines a light and fine powder, but some other names of angel dust create a different image, and these names include:

  • DOA (dead on arrival)
  • lethal armament
  • embalming fluid
  • elephant tranquilizer
  • horse tranquilizer
  • rocket fuel

When angel dust is snorted, inhaled or smoked, the person may start to feel the effects within the first 2-5 minutes, and when it is taken orally it may take slightly longer, and this is because when something is snorted or smoked it crosses the blood-brain barrier very quickly, and that means that the brain chemistry starts being altered almost immediately.

Angel dust has also been known to cause toxicity and depression in the person who takes it, and these effects do not necessarily involve repeated exposure; it is very much possible for the person to experience these problems even if they have only used it once.

Effects of Angel Dust

Angel dust has many effects on the user, and while it is used for its dissociative, anesthetic and hallucinogenic properties, it can cause many other symptoms too, which include the following:

  • drowsiness
  • dissociation
  • distorted sense of time and space
  • trouble concentrating
  • euphoria
  • relaxation
  • feeling of weightlessness or floating
  • feeling disconnected from your body or surroundings
  • confusion
  • disorientation
  • delusions
  • hallucinations
  • muscle rigidity
  • irregular heartbeat 
  • paranoia
  • suicidal thoughts
  • blurred vision
  • dizziness
  • difficulty speaking
  • agitation
  • anxiety and panic
  • impaired motor skills
  • decreased sensitivity to pain
  • nausea and vomiting
  • rapid involuntary eye movements
  • Coma
  • convulsions
  • loss of consciousness
  • slow, shallow breathing
  • changes in blood pressure
  • increases body temperature
  • numbness
  • drooling
  • shivering and chills

Because angel dust is such a potent hallucinogenic and alters brain chemistry so radically, there is a huge risk of suicide attached to this drug, and many people often fall prey to the feelings of detachment and depression it can make them feel.

Furthermore, when someone takes a hallucinogenic like angel dust, it can make them prone to extreme paranoia, anxiety and panic, and there are many instances when someone gets so out of control with these feelings that they may start acting out because of them, causing them to do violent things like using armaments or jumping off high spaces or drowning, to name a few.

Angel dust can also cause extremely violent and aggressive behavior towards other people, which can often be mediated through the feeling of paranoia that many people often experience on this drug.

Angel Dust Addict

Angel dust addicts can feel extreme withdrawal symptoms when they try to take time off the drug, which can include the following physical and psychological effects:

  • Confusion
  • Depression
  • Diarrhea
  • Chills
  • Headaches
  • Sweating
  • Tremors
  • Headaches
  • Feeling Jittery
  • Anxiety
  • Psychosis
  • Altered states of consciousness
  • Pain
  • Paranoia
  • Craving

An Angel dust addict may experience extreme dependence on the substance which may keep feeding into their need for the drug, and they may need to keep taking more and more as they develop tolerance, which significantly increases the risk of overdose.

Following are the symptoms of Angel Dust addiction:

  • Dropping out of social, occupational, or recreational activities
  • Taking angel dust in situations which are dangerous to self or others
  • Using angel dust despite physical or psychological problems
  • Most of the time goes in obtaining, using, or recovering from angel dust
  • Tolerance to angel dust and needing bigged doses
  • Taking more angel dust than intended
  • Not being able to reduce intake of angel dust or control use
  • Craving angel dust more and more with time
  • Inability to maintain normal role expectations at school, work, or home
  • Using Angel dust despite social or interpersonal problems

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) says that angel dust or  phencyclidine use disorder occurs when a person is taking PCP or angel dust and they have experienced at least two of the problems mentioned above over a 12-month period.

Angel Dust Character

Angel Dust is a character on the animated adult comedy/musical show Hazbin Hotel, and this character is a gay spider demon who is one of the demons that the protagonist of the show is trying to rehabilitate.

The real name of the angel dust character is Anthony, and he is an adult film star and the first patient at the Happy Hotel, which is essentially a place where the princess of hell, Charlie, rehabilitates demons so that they are not exterminated by Hevan to do population control in hell, which has apparently become overpopulated.

Angel dust is a spider demon who elected to be the first the Hotel is to redeem, but he has selfish actions and wants to use the Hotel as a rent-free living space, which in turn threatens to jeopardize Charlie’s dream.

Angel dust is quite the fan favorite, and this is reflected in his very outstanding character traits, because he has a very dazzling personality and gets some great musical tracks on the show as well.

Angel dust as a character is very sarcastic and sassy and has no problem with being reckless at the expense of others, which is evident in his prankster personality which easily switched between playful and easily destructive as he pleases. 

He is also very funny, but his humor tends to be crude or crass, with an emphasis on dirty jokes given that he is an adult film star, and his attitude can be considered blunt, but he always has a sense of style, and carries around a rather flirtatious and confident persona everywhere he goes. 

Angel dust is also quite narcissistic, and believes most of the demons in Hell are ugly freaks and says his body is flawless.

Angel dust, true to his name, is a massive drug addict as well, and it is known that he died of a drug overdose as well. Apart from drugs, angel dust likes all sorts of material things commonly associated with pleasure, like:

  • Money
  • Aquariums
  • Cooking
  • Flirting with others
  • Anything sexual
  • Pranks
  • Action
  • The color pink
  • Drinking
  • Italian Food
  • Animals

The fact that Angel Dust chases pleasure in everything is evident in his song Addict, which he sings in a club while pole-dancing.

Angel Dust Addict Song

Angel dust’s Addict song is quite catchy and basically enumerates all the things he likes, and this may be seen in the lyrics of this song, given below:

‘Til death do us part

But we’re already past that phase

This is a brand new start

And I think I deserve some praise

For the way that I am

Despite having overdosed

And ending up comatose

I don’t give a damn

I’ve let my emotions go

Fuck being a sober ho

This is the mantra, this is my life

You’re playing with now ’til the end of the night

Surrounded by fire, the passion ignites

A hit of that Heaven and Hell, a hell of a high

I’m addicted to the madness

This hotel is my Atlantis

We’re forever gonna have a fucking reason to sin

Let me leave my soul to burn and I’ll be breathing it in

I’m addicted to the feeling

Getting higher than the ceiling

And we’re never gonna want this fucking feeling to end

Just concede and give into your inner demons again

Well, you fell in love

But you fell deeper in this pit

While death rains from above

So count your blessings, cause this is it

You’re not letting it go

So what if I misbehave?

It’s what everybody craves

You already know

So come if you’re feeling brave

And fancy yourself a mate

You want it? I got it

See what you like

We could have it all by the end of the night

Nobody in power, my sinful delight

A hit of that Heaven and Hell, a hell of a high

I’m addicted to the madness

This hotel is my Atlantis

We’re forever gonna have a fucking reason to sin

Let me leave my soul to burn and I’ll be breathing it in

I’m addicted to the feeling

Getting higher than the ceiling

And we’re never gonna want this fucking feeling to end

Just concede and give into your inner demons again

Just concede and give into your inner demons again

I’m addicted to the feeling

Getting higher than the ceiling

And we’re never gonna want this fucking feeling to end

Just concede and give into your inner demons again

I’m addicted to the feeling

Getting higher than the ceiling

And we’re never gonna want this fucking feeling to end

Just concede and give into your inner demons again

I’m addicted to the sorrow

And the buzz ends by tomorrow

There’s another rush of poison flowing into my veins

Giving me a dose of pleasure that resides by the pain

I’m addicted, I’m dependent

Looking awesome, feeling helpless

And I know I’m raising Cain by every highway in Hell

Maybe things won’t be so terrible inside this hotel

One can find the Angel Dust Addict song here.

Conclusion

In this brief guide, we looked at Angel Dust, and explored both meanings of Angel Dust, namely the Angel Dust character and the street name for the drug also known as PCP.

Angel dust clearly has many connotations, as we saw, and it is not a mere coincidence that the angel dust character is also someone who has harmful tendencies and tends to affect those around them or interacting with him in a bad way.

Angel dust is one of the most harmful drugs as well, and it can cause some very bad effects in people who take it, so there are many reasons to avoid it.

If you have any questions or comments about Angel Dust, both the drug as well as the Angel dust character, please feel free to reach out to us at any time.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Angel Dust

What is Angel Dust?

Angel dust is a drug that is better known as PCP, which stands for phenylcyclohexyl piperidine. It causes extreme symptoms like hallucinations and violent behavior and can significantly alter brain chemistry to give you a high.

Angel Dust is also a character on the show Hazbin hotel, and he is one of the demons that occupies the happy hotel that seeks to rehabilitate demons.

Can you get addicted to Angel Dust?

Yes, you can get addicted to Angel Dust, because it alters brain chemistry and can activate the addiction pathways in the brain, causing an addictive effect on the person.

Angel dust addiction is very hard to get over as well because of the physical changes the person goes through on this drug, and therefore intervention is almost always required to help an Angel Dust Addict.

What is Angel Dust gender?

Angel Dust’s gender is male, and he is a spider demon who is one of the first demons to occupy the Happy Hotel in the adult animated comedy-musical show Hazbin Hotel.

Angel Dust is shown to have been male and in his 30s approximately, and he likes many things, including the color pink, drugs and italian food.

Citations

https://hazbinhotel.fandom.com/wiki/Angel_Dust#Personality

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phencyclidine

https://www.healthline.com/health/pcp#addiction

https://www.verywellmind.com/basic-facts-about-pcp-67498#tolerance-dependence-and-withdrawal

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Sara Quitlag is an Applied Psychologist, with a deep interest in psychopathology and neuropsychology and how psychology impacts and permeates every aspect of our environment. She has worked in Clinical settings (as Special Ed. Counselor, CBT Therapist) and has contributed at local Universities as a Faculty member from time to time. She has a graduate degree in English Literature and feels very connected to how literature and psychology interact. She feels accountable and passionate about making a "QUALITY" contribution to the overall global reform and well-being. She actively seeks out opportunities where she can spread awareness and make a positive difference across the globe for the welfare of our global society.