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Drug Information


Understanding GHB


Gamma-hydroxybutyrate (GHB) is a depressant drug that contains sedative and, at sufficient doses, anaesthetic properties (that means it knocks you out).


Depressant drugs slow brain and central nervous system activity.GHB has been identified as a 'date-rape drug' because it leaves users with amnesia, impaired movement and speech. It can be easily camouflaged in drinks as it is difficult to taste.


GHB is an illegal drug that acts as a nervous system depressant. It is also called grievous bodily harm (GBH) or fantasy. GHB is highly addictive. It produces feelings of euphoria, relaxation, sociability.


GHB is a drug commonly found in the dance scene and is sometimes referred to as liquid ecstasy due to its stimulating, euphoric and supposed aphrodisiac qualities.

GHB usually comes as a colourless, odourless, bitter or salty liquid, which is usually sold in small bottles or vials.


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.

Symptoms of a GHB overdose include:


  • Vomiting

  • Sweating

  • Irregular or shallow breathing

  • Confusion, irritation and agitation

  • Hallucinations

  • Blackouts and memory loss

  • Unconsciousness that can last for 3 to 4 hours

  • Seizures

  • Death

Progressive Diagnostics - Drug Information - GHB

How is it used?


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



Effects of GHB

There is no safe level of drug use. Use of any drug always carries some risk. It’s important to be careful when taking any type of drug.


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

  • Memory lapses

  • Drowsiness

  • Clumsiness

  • Dizziness or headache

  • Lowered temperature, heart rate

  • Tremors

  • Nausea

  • Diarrhoea

  • Urinary incontinence

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