GHB (gamma hydroxybutyrate) is a central nervous system depressant, naturally present in the body in very small amounts. However, it can also be made in illegal labs and sold on the street. Because the chemicals and processes used to make GHB vary, the purity and strength of the final product are not predictable.
GHB is usually taken orally and may be sold as a white powder or as capsules. It can also be sold as a clear, colorless liquid which is odorless and tasteless, allowing it to be slipped into drinks without detection. Its sedative effects have been used to prevent victims from resisting sexual assault. For this reason, it is often called a “date rape” drug.
Also known as: fantasy, G, gamma hydroxybutyrate, liquid ecstasy, liquid X, grievous bodily harm, organic quaalude, salty water, scoop, soap, easy lay, vita-G, and georgia home boy.
use of GHB can produce many other effects including:
- loss of coordination (stumbling, jerky movements)
- memory loss
- loss of consciousness
- slowed breathing
- decreased blood pressure and heart rate
- lowered body temperature