Gamma-hydroxybutyrate (GHB) is classified as a "sedative- hypnotic"; a powerful, fast-acting central nervous system depressant. It creates a euphoric high, one that makes you feel relaxed, happy and sociable.

It takes about 2 hours to hit the peak of a GHB high. The real danger comes in how much of a dose you take, and how taking too much too soon can cause you to pass out or die!!

What's it made out of?
GHB is usually made with cleaning products, super glue and nail polish remover. It can come as white powder, and is usually mixed with water. It is colorless and odorless in liquid form, so it is difficult to know if GHB is in a drink. Bad batches of G are pretty common.

The tricky thing about GHB is dosing. Some people think that GHB isn't working if they don't feel much right away. Never take more because you think it isn't working (it usually takes at least 20 - 60 minutes). This is how guys overdose. Just wait. A lot has to do with your body weight and whether you've eaten anything. The whole high usually lasts up to 4 hours. Withdrawal symptoms can be pretty harsh for long-time users of GHB.

Don't mix
Because it's so unpredictable, you shouldn't use any other drugs, especially alcohol, when you're on G. Alcohol and other depressants can make it difficult to breathe and cause you to fall into a deep unconsciousness, or even a coma.

Some warning signs before overdose are:

  • loss of balance
  • drowsiness
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • impaired breathing

This can all end up in coma or possibly even death.

If you're at the clubs, bars or baths and you see someone pass out or have a seizure, call an ambulance right away. Turn the person on their side so they won't vomit and choke on it, and make sure their airway is clear.

Watch your drink
In the 90's GHB became known as one of the so-called "date rape" drugs because it can affect your judgment or cause you to black out and forget things. Some guys get slipped GHB at the clubs, in the baths, or with guys they hook up with on-line. It is commonly used for sexual assault, so be careful about getting water or drinks from strangers. Watch your drink at the bar, or your water bottle at the clubs.

For more info on party drugs check out "Drugs In Partyland"