Smoking Embalming Fluid: What You Should Know

Smoking Embalming Fluid: What You Should Know

When people suffer from drug addictions, they’re willing to do anything to get high. This includes consuming toxic chemicals. This is exactly the case when it comes to those that smoke embalming fluids. 

People that smoke embalming fluids only do so to dissolve PCP. They also do so to enhance the effects of smoking other substances like marijuana or tobacco cigarettes. 

Still, doing so is dangerous because of all the chemicals inside of the embalming fluid and all of the toxins inside of the PCP. In fact, the side effects of smoking embalming fluid and PCP are so severe that the combination of them with marijuana or tobacco cigarettes, otherwise known as wet drugs, can lead to its own form of addiction. To treat this addiction, you’ll have to attend wet drug use, embalming fluid, or PCP detox and addiction treatment. 

What is Embalming Fluid?

Embalming fluid is the liquid that’s used on dead bodies to preserve, disinfect, and sanitize them. People also use embalming fluid to view the dead bodies in their natural-looking appearance at funerals or in medical research labs.

 Embalming fluid is made out of toxic chemicals. The combination of chemicals that are within embalming fluid is formaldehyde, methanol, glutaraldehyde, and others.  

What is PCP?

PCP, otherwise known as phencyclidine, is a potent hallucinogen and an illegal man-made drug that’s used for getting high. Another name for PCP is angel dust. Because of how easy and accessible it is to buy the chemicals within PCP and make the PCP substance, PCP is popular to use. 

PCP comes in a powder or liquid form. You need to add hydrochloride (HCI) or concentrated HCI acid to liquid PCP to turn it into its pure powder form. This pure powder form of PCP is white and crystal-like and can dissolve in water. This powder can also get pressed into a tablet. 

The impure powder form of PCP cannot dissolve in water. Therefore, you need to mix it with embalming fluid to dissolve it and turn it into a liquid.  

People normally make PCP in makeshift labs. As a result, the color and consistency of PCP can vary greatly. Therefore, the color of PCP can range from crystal white to tan or even brown. The consistency of PCP can range from a powder to a gummy mass. 

Why Do People Combine PCP and Embalming Fluid Together?

When people combine PCP with embalming fluid, it’s to get the impure powder form of PCP to dissolve. That way they can use that mixture to now take their marijuana or tobacco cigarette high to the next level. 

Therefore, people began to smoke embalming fluid more for the PCP than the embalming fluid itself. Despite this fact, smoking embalming fluid gives off similar effects as smoking PCP. 

What is a Sherm?

A sherm, or shermstick, is the term that people use to refer to marijuana or tobacco cigarettes dipped in PCP, embalming fluid, or both. The name “sherm” was given to these PCP dipped cigarettes due to the fact that they look like brown paper Nat Sherman cigarettes. Other names for sherms, or tobacco or marijuana cigarettes dipped in PCP, embalming fluid, or both, include fry, dip, water, superweed, or wet drugs. 

Side Effects You’ll Experience When Smoking Embalming Fluid, PCP or Both

When you smoke embalming fluid, PCP, or both through a marijuana or tobacco cigarette, the side effects are severe. The most common side effects of wet drug use include a euphoric feeling, an adrenaline rush, hallucinations, feeling detached from reality, and self-delusions. 

Because smoking embalming fluid, PCP, or both can cause such a severe separation from reality, many people smoke them to escape their lives. In fact, the effects of smoking embalming fluid and PCP overpowers that of the marijuana or tobacco cigarettes that people use to dip into the embalming fluid solution in the first place.  

The strength of effects that a PCP and embalming fluid solution can cause on a person is unpredictable. This is because many of the PCP toxins don’t get filtered out in the inconsistent making of the drug.  

If the PCP and embalming fluid solution are especially strong, the effects of wet drug use can include violent and aggressive behavior, reduced ability to feel pain, blackouts or memory loss, impaired coordination, respiratory depression or failure, schizophrenic like symptoms, and accidental suicide or self-injury due to delusional thinking.

The side effects of smoking embalming liquid are more severe than that of smoking PCP. This is because of how toxic embalming fluid is. Some of the side effects of smoking embalming fluid include seizures, lung damage, brain damage, cancer, destruction of body tissue, immediate coma, or death. 

Peculiar Behaviors of Those That Use Wet Drugs, Embalming Fluid, and/or PCP

There are numerous stories of people becoming completely out of their minds once they smoke embalming fluid and/or PCP. In fact, there are reports of people jumping off buildings and saying they felt like Superman after smoking embalming fluid and/or PCP.  

People have also exhibited sudden extreme strength after using embalming fluid and/or PCP. As crazy as the behaviors that people that smoke embalming fluid and/or PCP are, many people reported blacking out and not remembering their actions afterward. This is due to the memory blocking effects of these substances.

Thus, it’s no surprise that many people under the influence of these substances commit crimes. Regular people can even commit murder or abuse when under the influence of embalming fluids or PCP. 

How Dealers Get Embalming Fluid

Embalming fluid is a legal substance. Therefore it isn’t very hard to get your hands on it. All you need to do is go to the normal places that would use embalming fluid. Those places include funeral homes and morgues. You can also purchase embalming fluid from chemical compounds or online. 

When drug dealers buy embalming fluid, they usually do so through people that they know. Those people usually work in funeral homes, hospitals, morgues, or other places that might contain embalming fluid. That way the purchase of the embalming fluid isn’t as easily traceable to them. 

Wet Drug Use, Embalming Fluid, and PCP Overdose

When you use PCP or embalming fluid, you’re possibly setting yourself up for an overdose, cancer, or death. When a person overdoses when he or she starts to smoke embalming fluid, PCP, or both through wet drug use, that person experiences extremely high body temperatures. 

Wet Drug Use, Embalming Fluid, and PCP Health Hazards

Embalming fluid and PCP are so toxic that using them can cause you to develop cancer. That’s why you should avoid using these substances. 

Wet Drug Use, Embalming Fluid, and PCP Detox

Embalming fluid and PCP are toxic and strong at the same time. The use of them together or alone could cause severe and immediate addiction. As a result, to overcome an addiction to embalming fluid, PCP, or both through wet drug use, you must attend medical detox.

Wet drug use symptoms include intense cravings, disorientation and confusion, and depression and anxiety. Although not deadly, these withdrawal symptoms are bad enough to cause someone to want to abuse the substances again to cope. This then can turn into a relapse. That is why medical detox is necessary to get clean and sober from these substances. 

Wet Drug Use, Embalming Fluid, and PCP Addiction Treatment

After completing medical detox you need to attend inpatient or residential treatment. This is because inpatient or residential treatment will contain 24/7 care and supervision. 

Containing such extensive care and supervision is particularly important during the first few weeks of treatment for such addictive substances. This is because that is the time period when you’re most vulnerable to relapsing. 

If you still feel that you need support after your addiction treatment is over to transition into real life, you can even look into staying at sober living homes. Staying at sober living homes will allow you to receive extra therapy and aftercare services. 

Sober living homes also provide you with the freedom to get and maintain a job and practice real-life skills in the real-life world. Thus, you’ll get the added support that you need to transition into the real-world after treatment.  

Sana Lake Recovery Is Here for You

At Sana Lake Recovery Center, our goal is to heal people from substance abuse and mental health disorders for life. We aim to do this by giving the public new tools to use every day. 

Here at Sana Lake, we offer a wide variety of detox and addiction treatment services. Thus, whether you need to attend medication-assisted treatment, inpatient treatment, detox, family therapy, sober living, or something else, we can serve you here at Sanna Lake. We can also personalize your treatment plan. That way you can receive some form of treatment for unusual substances like embalming fluid and PCP. 

If you want to learn more about Sana Lake and the treatment programs and therapy services that we offer, contact us today! We are excitedly awaiting your call. 

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Article Reviewed by David Sherman, MD

David Sherman, MDDavid Sherman, MD is a Fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (FASAM) and board certified in Addiction Medicine with the American Board of Preventive Medicine. He is a native Missourian and graduated medical school at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine. Dr. Sherman completed a two-year fellowship in Addiction Medicine at the University of Florida in Gainesville. He leads a highly trained staff of master level certified addiction professionals. Men and women from all over Missouri and the United States come to Sana Lake Recovery Center to get the care they need and deserve.