Question - Some have commented on a characteristic odor exuded by individuals who have recently used PCP. How is that odor described and what is the basis for that odor?
Answer- The cited reference notes “Liquid PCP often contains volatile solvents that impart an “ether-like” odor to the patient, although PCP itself is odorless. PCP is nonvolatile at room temperature, but ether is highly volatile.” These authors further note “Undoubtedly, some of the acute reactions that occur after exposure to street “PCP fumes” are due to the effects of the ether and not to PCP.” (McCarron MM. “Phencyclidine Intoxication” in Phencyclidine: An update. 1986 NIDA Research Monograph 64, page 209)