Scientists have discovered that regular use of the party drug GHB, and especially unconsciousness following GHB use, is associated with brain changes including negative effects on long-term memory, working memory, IQ, and higher levels of stress and anxiety.
It was known as a date rape drug, then linked to chemsex parties. How did a spray or two of the liquid high become so popular among young clubbers?
So 1ml can give you a euphoric kind of feeling, 1.5ml can cause you to sleep and 2ml would be an overdose where you go under or pass out, lose consciousness for about two or three hours.
It's the Jekyll and Hyde of recreational drugs: Take the right dose and its euphoric; take a milligram too much and it becomes deadly.
Of all the club drugs, GHB is the one that carries the most stigma. The liquid substance is also used a date rape drug, and so talking about taking it recreationally is tricky to navigate. Sometimes known as "liquid ecstasy," or just "G," it's a central-nervous system depressant that produces an intoxicating euphoria. Unlike MDMA and acid, however, the exhilarating effects don't last anywhere near as long and don't result in savage comedowns.
One of the biggest dangers with GHB is dosing; take a few drops too many, and the user passes out cold. While seasoned users are aware of its risks, many ravers don't fully understand how it works and how to mitigate its dangers.
GHB is best known as the ‘date rape drug.’ But it’s making a comeback among fitness addicts.
GHB stands for gamma-hydroxybutyric acid (also known as 4-hydroxybutanoic acid) and is a naturally occurring neurotransmitter. It’s also a recreational drug.
People take it at dance parties and to enhance sex. Although it’s a depressant, like alcohol, in small doses people find it stimulates them.
Overdoses can happen easily because people do not know the strength of the drug they are taking. Also, the amount needed for the desired effect is not much less than the amount that can cause an overdose.
Chemsex generally involves taking substance like GHB, crystal meth or mephedrone (known as meow meow) to enhance or prolong sexual activity, primarily among a subset of city-dwelling gay men. Crystal meth and meow meow stimulate sexual arousal and euphoria, while GHB removes inhibitions.
Once I had decided I needed to know how susceptible I was to the date-rape drug of choice, GHB. So I roofied myself (alone in my apartment). I took a drop or two in a bottle of water. I was asleep within minutes. The next thing I remember is that I woke up five hours later from the time I consumed the drug, and didn’t remember when or how I fell asleep. Scary stuff.
I am a public health researcher who studies party drug use in the nightclub scene. I have learned a great deal through my research and through what I have witnessed firsthand in my years in this scene. Use of this drug largely disappeared from the scene, but it appears to be emerging again in popularity.
Project GHB is a source of vital communication as more & more information about GHB comes to light.
GHB (gammahydroxybutrate) and GBL (gammabutyrolactone), are closely related, dangerous drugs with similar sedative and anaesthetic effects. GBL is converted to GHB shortly after entering the body. Both produce a feeling of euphoria and can reduce inhibitions and cause sleepiness. But both can kill and are particularly dangerous when used with alcohol and other depressant or sedative substances.
GHB, like alcohol, is a central nervous system depressant that takes only minutes to make a user lose control, forget what is happening, or lose consciousness.
GHB users risk many negative physical effects including vomiting, liver failure, potentially fatal respiratory problems, and tremors and seizures, which can result in comas.
GHB use can be extremely dangerous. GHB normally tastes very salty and most like baking soda. Improperly manufactured GHB can also contain contaminants which may be toxic and add a slightly more 'chemical' or 'caustic' flavor to the material.