GHB / GBL
GHB (Gammahydroxybutrate) GBL (Gammabutyrolactone)
4-BD, GBH, GBL, Liquid Ecstasy
Known as ‘Liquid Ecstasy’ and with a chemical name of (Gammahydroxybutrate) this drug has a powerful sedative and anaesthetic effect. It is usually sold as a colourless, odourless, slightly salty tasting liquid in small bottles or capsules. It has an association with ‘drink spiking’ and instances of rape and sexual assaults.
- At low doses, the effects are similar to alcohol, making users feel relaxed, chatty, flirtatious and slightly dizzy
- With higher doses, users may feel happier, more tactile, but also more drowsy
- With still higher doses, users are more likely to feel dizzy, nauseous and risk seizures or blacking out
- The drug causes muscle relaxation.
- Both GHB and GBL can cause unconsciousness, coma and death
- Even experienced users are at risk of death
- Because GHB and GBL can really knock you out, they've been linked to drug assisted sexual assault
- When mixed badly, it can really burn the mouth
- GBL/GHB are particularly dangerous when used with alcohol as both act as depressants.