GBH, liquid ecstasy, liquid e, liquid X, blue nitro.
Gammahydroxybutyrate, Sodium Oxybate
Effects Of GHB
Include euphoria, decreased inhibition, relaxation. Because it promotes growth hormone secretion, some bodybuilders use it to increase muscle mass. The effects can last from 1.5 to 3 hours, or even longer if large doses have been consumed or if it is mixed with Alcohol.
Nausea, vomiting, dizziness, disorientation, agitation, visual disturbances, short-term memory loss.
Overdose, convulsions, Coma or respiratory collapse. Despite these rapid Recovery is usual and there have been no recorded deaths solely from GHB. Using in combination with other drugs, particularly Alcohol increases the risks and can prove fatal. GHB has been implicated in a number of drug assisted rapes when mixed into alcohol.
Information to help with Reducing Harm when using GHB
How does GHB work?
Legal status of GHB
Class C under the Misuse of Drugs Act.
How Is GHB Taken?
Orally, usually in small doses such as a teaspoon (5ml) at a time.
GHB is usually sold in small plastic bottles, containing around 40ml.
Medical uses of GHB
As a pre-surgery Sedative, treatment for cataplexy in patients with narcolepsy (sleep disorder).
Where does it come from?
GHB is mostly manufactured and distributed illicitly via mail order, unless manufactured pharmaceutically for the medical industry.
Most areas of the UK have ‘street agencies’ or projects (sometimes called community drug services or community drug teams) which offer a range of services including information and advice, counselling, needle exchange, and sometimes support groups and complementary therapies such as acupuncture. Some services have extended working hours and may offer weekend support. If use of this substance becomes a problem you can seek help, advice and counselling from a service in your area. GPs can make referrals to specialist drug services. For a description of what the different drug services do, choose helping services from here or the main menu.
Parents & other relatives
Drug agencies also provide lots of advice and support to parents of people using these drugs. Many street agencies can provide relative support groups or counselling for family members, partners etc.
You can view a list of National Drug Agencies.
If you would like to talk about GHB problems then please call the DAN 24/7 Helpline on: