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What is it?

Gamma-Hydroxybutyrate (GHB) falls into the family of depressants and is already found in our bodies in trace amounts

What does it look like?

GHB can be a clear liquid that looks just like water or a powder

Street Names

Grievous bodily harm (GBH), Fantasy, Liquid Ecstasy, Georgia Home Boy, Sleep-500, Liquid E,G, Scoop, cherry meth, soap, organic Quaalude, blue nitro

How They Are Taken

  • GHB is usually swallowed
  • A smaller percentage of users have injected and inserted the drug into the anus

How They Work

  • GHB slows down nervous system activity and messages between the brain and body

Why Is It Taken? (Desired Side Effects)

  • Euphoria
  • Increased sex drive and sensuality
  • Fewer inhibitions
  • Hallucinations
  • Increased energy levels
  • Great feelings of happiness
  • Need to socialise and talk

Unwanted Side Effects

  • Dizziness
  • Vomiting
  • Tremors
  • Loss of coordination
  • Loss of muscle tone
  • Loss of gag reflex
  • Confusion
  • Irritation
  • Agitation
  • Tunnel vision
  • Stopped breathing
  • Blackouts
  • Memory lapses
  • Seizures
  • Coma

Long Term Side Effects

Long term side effects of GHB are unclear

Overdose And Death

  • Being in a sleep that cannot be woken out of
  • Unable to communicate
  • Sweating profusely
  • Vomiting
  • Shallow and/or irregular breathing

Addiction And Dependency

  • GHB is considered highly addictive both psychologically and physical.
  • Developing a tolerance for this drug is easy and it is common for users to build dependence for it very quickly. Building a tolerance means that increasing amounts of GHB need to be taken to achieve the same effect.
  • Once addicted/dependant on GHB it is difficult to stop