What Is GHB
Gammahydroxybutyrate (GHB) comes as a colourless liquid and is sold in small bottles or capsules. The liquid is usually measured out in capfuls and swallowed. GHB has no smell but has a salty taste.
GHB was originally developed as a medicine for use during surgery. GHB is used as an alternative to anabolic steroids. As with Rohypnol, GHB has been associated with sexual assault (date rape drug). Reports indicate liquid GHB is being used in nightclubs for effects similar to those of Rohypnol. It is also a common club drug where it is known as liquid ecstasy, scoop, grievous bodily harm, and G.
Combining use with other drugs or alcohol, can result in nausea and difficulty breathing. GHB may also produce withdrawal effects, including insomnia, anxiety, tremors, and sweating.
Possession of GHB isn’t illegal without a prescription, but supply is against the law under the medicines act.
Effects And Risks Of Taking GHB
Effects of GHB:
- Suppresses respiratory system
- Lungs may completely stop working
- Experience similar to the effects of alcohol
- Dizziness and drowsiness
Risks of GHB:
- Excessive hits could lead to sickness, stiff muscles
- Burns to the mouth (due to incorrect product)
- Can cause coma or death, depending on amount used
- It is very dangerous and can be fatal if mixed with alcohol or other drugs
Is GHB Addictive
As with all drugs the user could be come dependent on the substance they take. The long term effects are not yet fully known.