GHB

GHB

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    GHB (gamma hydroxybutyrate) or more commonly known as “The Date Rape Drug” or “Roofies” is a depressant, which means it slows down the messages travelling between the brain and the body. GBL (gamma butyrolactone) and 1,4-BD (1,4-butanediol) are chemicals that are closely related to GHB. Once GBL or 1,4-BD enter the body, they convert to GHB almost immediately. GHB usually comes as a colourless, odourless, bitter or salty liquid, which is usually sold in small bottles or vials. It can also come as a bright blue liquid known as ‘blue nitro’, and less commonly as a crystal powder.

    It can also come as a pill which is more commonly used to spike drinks. 

  • Common Names

    G

    Juice

    Liquid Ecstasy/Liquid E

    Liquid X

    Blue Nitro

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    How is it used?

     

    GHB is usually swallowed, but sometimes it’s injected or inserted anally.



Side Effects of GHB

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    There is no safe level of drug use. Use of any drug always carries risk.

    GHB affects everyone differently, based on:

    • The amount taken
    • The strength of the drug (varies from batch to batch)
    • Size, weight and health
    • Whether the person is used to taking it
    • Whether other drugs are taken around the same time

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    There is no safe level of drug use. Use of any drug always carries risk.

    GHB affects everyone differently, based on:

    • The amount taken
    • The strength of the drug (varies from batch to batch)
    • Size, weight and health
    • Whether the person is used to taking it
    • Whether other drugs are taken around the same time

  • The following effects may begin within 15 to 20 minutes of taking GHB and may last for around 3 to 4 hours:

    Feelings of euphoria

    Increased sex drive

    Lowered inhibitions

    Drowsiness

    Tremors

    Nausea

    Diarrhea

    The chemical composition of GHB is highly variable. It’s very easy to take too much GHB: the difference between the amount needed to get high and the amount that causes an overdose can be hard to judge.

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    The following effects may begin within 15 to 20 minutes of taking GHB and may last for around 3 to 4 hours:

    Feelings of euphoria

    Increased sex drive

    Lowered inhibitions

    Drowsiness

    Tremors

    Nausea

    Diarrhea

    The chemical composition of GHB is highly variable. It’s very easy to take too much GHB: the difference between the amount needed to get high and the amount that causes an overdose can be hard to judge.

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    Long-term effects:

    Little is known about the long-term effects of GHB use. However, it is known that regular use can lead to tolerance and dependence, which means larger amounts of GHB are needed to get the same effect.

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    Long-term effects:

    Little is known about the long-term effects of GHB use. However, it is known that regular use can lead to tolerance and dependence, which means larger amounts of GHB are needed to get the same effect.

Mixing GHB with other drugs

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    GHB + Alcohol or Benzodiazepines

     

    Chance of overdose is greatly increased. GHB will interact with prescription drugs heightening the risk of cardiac arrest and respiratory failure.

  • GHB + Amphetamines or Ecstasy

     

    Enormous strain on the body and risk of seizures.

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The effects of using GHB with other drugs – including over-the-counter or prescribed medications can be unpredictable and dangerous.