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What is GHB?
GHB (gamma hydroxybutyrate) and GBL (gamma butyrolactone) are chems used during sex, often in chillouts, sex parties or when clubbing. They’re depressant drugs (‘downers’), which means they have a sedative and euphoric effect, similar to being drunk.
Both types of G can be used legitimately as industrial solvent and paint stripper-type chemicals.
When the UK law on the illicit use of GHB tightened, GBL largely took over from it on the scene as it’s more readily available as an industrial cleaner.
GHB is a clear, salty liquid with no smell. Sometimes it comes as a powder that’s added to a drink. Both are usually mixed with a soft drink, but never alcohol.
GBL is the most common form of G now and is a clear liquid that has a strong chemical smell and taste.
Because GBL turns into GHB inside the body, the effects of GBL can be stronger or more unpredictable.
The strength of G varies a lot so it’s hard to know what a safe dose is.
What’s the attraction?
With G the high comes after about 20 minutes, lasting about one hour. But it may last up to four hours.
A dose of G can make you feel chilled out, horny or mildly high. It’s often used with other chems like mephedrone or crystal meth.
Sex on GHB
The drug has a reputation for making people horny. Its relaxing effect can be used to help take things up the arse.
Less welcome is that it can make it harder to come or lower your inhibitions, making unsafe sex more likely – and with it passing on infections such as HIV, syphilis or hep C.
If you’re a bit out of it – or totally dead to the world – it’ll be hard to control what’s happening or even remember what had happened when (or if) you come round. Guys have reported being sexually assaulted or raped while unconscious on G.
Last review: 24/08/2018
Next review: 24/08/2021