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GBL & GHB

GBL & GHB

GHB can induce a warm sense of contentment.  It is used in clubs and raves and may make people feel euphoric, uninhibited and eventually sleepy. Effects usually last for three to six hours. GBL is a different substance which is converted by the body to GHB once consumed.

Due to its sedative effects GHB can be used as a date-rape drug.

What else is it called?

G, Gina, Liquid ecstasy

What does it look like?

A clear liquid packaged in a variety of small bottles and containers. Also available as a powder.

What is its legal status?

Class C

How much does it cost?

GBL is legally available for use as a chemical solvent. Both GHB and GBL are cheap to buy.

What equipment do people use to take it?

It is usually housed in a small bottle and a pipette may be used for dosing.

What about dependence/addiction?

GHB can cause physical dependence which leads to repeated dosing around the clock and consequent serious physical withdrawal.

Doses have to be measured extremely precisely and the gap between an enjoyable dose and a dangerously large one which causes the user to become unconscious is small. It can be extremely dangerous mixed with alcohol and other depressant drugs.