GHB has been sold over the counter as a dietary supplement for years because very small amounts are found naturally in the human body. Body builders have been known to abuse GHB to stimulate muscle growth. The FDA halted distribution of GHB in 1990. Even with the FDA block the sale of the drug remained legal in most states until a federal law banned all possession of GHB nationwide, due to its alleged links to incidents of date rape.

First synthesized by a French researcher in the 1960’s, GHB increases the brain’s supply of neurotransmitters GABA and Dopamine. At this time GHB is manufactured in homes with recipes and kits found on the internet.

GHB is used in Europe to ease childbirth and treat insomnia, narcolepsy, and alcoholism.

GHB is made from a combination of gamma butyrolactone (GBL) and sodium hydroxide or potassium hydroxide. These substances are more commonly used as floor stripping solvents, nail polish, and drain cleaners.

Appearance: A clear liquid with a salty unpleasant taste, diluted in liquids it is virtually undetectable.

Effects: GHB is a central nervous system depressant that takes effect within 10-20 minutes and last from 4-24 hours. In moderate doses, GHB causes feelings of relaxation, euphoria, and lack of inhibition much like alcohol. In high doses, GHB induces sleep, coma, and death.

Side effects include: Stomach irritation, nausea, vomiting, confusion, and impaired motor skills.

Withdrawal symptoms include: GHB dose not produce physical dependence but is psychologically addictive, especially for people with chemical dependency. Withdrawal symptoms include insomnia, anxiety, tremors, and sweating.

Long term effects: Difficulty sleeping, hallucinations, slurred speech, headaches, and amnesia. If the drug is improperly produced it can cause severe burns to the mouth, throat, and stomach.

Slang Terms: Liquid X, Liquid E, GHB, easy lay, grievous bodily harm (GBH), “G”, Georgia home boy,
Liquid Ecstasy, Organic Quaalude, and scoop.