Sunday, March 29, 2009


Gammahydroxybutrate (GHB) is a dangerous drug with sedative and anaesthetic effects. It's hard to tell the difference between a dose that gives a pleasant buzz and one that leads to an overdose that could kill you.

Street names for drugs can vary around the country. GHB, GBH, Liquid Ecstasy

The effects
A small capful has a euphoric effect that makes users feel happy, sensual and uninhibited.
As more is taken, it acts more like a sedative or downer and makes people sleepy.

Chances of getting hooked
There’s limited evidence on this but there does appear to be some liability of GHB to cause withdrawal symptoms on stopping its regular use.
There may be some tendency to keep using in some cases even in spite of potential harm (psychological dependence) but this is not well established.

Appearance and use
GHB is usually sold as an odourless liquid in small bottles or capsules (it does come in powder form but is rarer). It tastes slightly salty. the strength of GHB varies so it can be very difficult for people to know how much they’re taking.
The effects start between 10 minutes to one hour and can last up to seven hours or so.

The strength of the liquid varies widely from bottle to bottle. And when mixed badly, it can really burn the mouth.

The risks
*Users feel disoriented and sick. Muscles can go numb or start to spasm (which can cause slight twitches or pulses).
*Its use can be fatal when mixed with alcohol or other drugs.
*Users can lose consciousness, as it's hard to know what strength the dose is.
*Because GHB can really knock you out it's been linked to drug assisted sexual assault. And because it's almost tasteless it's easily slipped into a drink.

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