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Smoking Sherm, Fry, Illy or Dank - Are You Smoking Embalming Fluid?
Are sherm cigarettes addictive? Are they really dipped in embalming fluid? What are the long term health risks of smoking sherms?
Smoking sherm, also known as smoking fry, illy, wet or dank, means smoking a cigarette or marijuana joint, that has been dipped in a liquid mixture containing PCP.
What About Embalming Fluid?
A liquid mixture of PCP has long been known in slang terms as "Embalming Fluid" and when people speak of sherms as dipped in embalming fluid they are referring, knowingly or otherwise, to this slang term for PCP.
This has been a point of some considerable confusion by users of sherm cigarettes, many of whom think they are in fact smoking embalming fluid and not PCP. It is suspected in fact that this point of confusion has led to ill-informed dealers actually procuring and using actual embalming fluid, either with or without PCP added, to make sherm cigarettes.
And this is a very bad idea…
Embalming fluid is composed of:
Smoking dried embalming fluid may lead to some degree of extra intoxication – there are a lot of chemicals at play – but it is extremely hazardous to your health. Embalming fluid is a known strong carcinogen, and can lead to cancers of the lungs, nose, throat and mouth, and is strong enough that even smelling open formaldehyde can lead to headaches and nausea.
Smoking formaldehyde will also damage the tissues of the lungs and throat, and with chronic use will lead to decreased lung function, emphysema and bronchitis like conditions.
Trip reports from people that seem to have actually smoked formaldehyde laced joints indicate that while real embalming fluid will make you somewhat high, it is not a very pleasant experience - never mind the long term health effects down the road.
PCP overdose in E.R.
Sherms cigarettes are then actually just marijuana or tobacco cigarettes laced with PCP.
PCP, in small doses can feel somewhat just like very strong marijuana, but in larger doses (above 5mg) it becomes a uniquely PCP experience. In very large doses (above 20mg – although this varies by person) it can be a fatal experience, and an overdose of PCP can lead to some very unpleasant psychological and physiological effects, including prolonged schizophrenia-like psychosis, coma and death.
Recreational doses of PCP (sherm cigarettes) will cause symptoms that may include:
- Numbness (PCP was originally devised as a surgical anesthesia – and discontinued after the bizarre effects it had on post surgical patients).
- Dissociative states
Although it has some hallucinogenic properties, PCP differs significantly from other more conventional hallucinogens, and is more closely related to dissociative like ketamine.
The intense PCP high of a sherm cigarette will last between 2 and 4 hours, although PCP will linger in the body for days or even weeks after ingestion.
The Risks of Smoking Sherms
Like all things that seem to change our consciousness, with smoking PCP, there is a price to be paid.
Firstly then, if you are smoking sherms dipped in actual embalming fluid, you are subjecting your body to an insane self applied shellacking of carcinogen. It's your body – but it won't be for too long if you keep up that habit.
If you smoke sherms laced with PCP, there are also some risks.
PCP has a very bad reputation as a drug that turns users into rage filled psychopaths – with superhuman strength.
The problem is, PCP can induce a temporary form of psychosis, especially in people that are already prone to develop psychotic like conditions (you often wouldn't know if you are prone…). A psychotic state means a state where you lose your grip on reality – and during these states, you might, for example, act in response to voices or visions that are not real. People have committed some violent acts while under PCP induced psychotic states, and because PCP is an anesthesia, people are not as aware of bodily pain and can seem "Superhuman" in that respect.
It probably won't happen to you – but then again, you never know.
Long Term Use
Heavy long term use of PCP in animal model studies resulted in brain damage in the form of Olney's Lesions. It is not yet clear if chronic PCP use causes brain damage in humans – but it might.
Chronic PCP use also seems to increase the risks of schizophrenic conditions, especially for anyone already prone towards psychosis.
PCP is also psychologically addictive, in much the same way that marijuana is addictive. Users who smoke sherms regularly may face withdrawal symptoms that include:
- Muscle aches
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- State of Texas report on "Fry"
An overview of the problem, and what is really happening at the street level in Houston - academic.
- NIDA info on PCP
The federal govt's drug agency fact sheet on PCP.
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