What is GHB?
GHB (gamma-hydroxybutyrate) is a central nervous system depressant. Meaning that it slows down certain cerebral and bodily functions such as breathing and heart rate. GHB usually comes in the form of an odourless and colourless liquid, white powder, capsules or water-soluble granules.
Illegal in Canada, GHB largely circulates in the black market, namely because it is easy to make. It is mainly associated with raves and used in the sexualized drug use (particularly chemsex) practice.
The effects of GHB
The effects of GHB are similar to those of alcohol. In lower doses one can feel:
- calm and relaxed,
- less anxious,
- relaxed muscles,
- sexually uninhibited,
- moving in slow motion,
By increasing the dose, other effects can be felt:
- memory loss,
- nausea and vomiting,
- coordination problems,
- loss of consciousness,
GHB’s various effects and the intensity of each depend on different factors such as the individual him/herself, the quantity that was taken and even the person’s surroundings. The effects of GHB usually show up 5 to 30 minutes after using and can last one to six hours.
In the case of an overdose, GHB can cause epileptic seizures, difficulties breathing, which can lead to coma and death. It is also very important to know that it is very easy to overdose on GHB, especially if mixed with other depressants like alcohol. In fact, mixing alcohol and GHB multiplies its effects to the point of rendering it highly toxic and dangerous, even at lower quantities.