GHB is a drug that can make you feel relaxed and is used on the club scene. But slightly too much will knock you out, which is why it is also used as a date-rape drug. Get clued-up here...
What is it?
GHB is a man-made anaesthetic drug. It has been popular in the club scene since the mid-90s. Although it is called liquid E, it is not like ecstasy at all. The effects are quite different.
It often comes as a clear liquid that tastes very slightly salty. People take it by the capful. Sometimes it comes as a powder that is dissolved in water.
How does it make you feel?
GHB is a bit like alcohol only more potent. A small capful can make you confident, happy, and relaxed.
Too much will make you dizzy, sick, confused and wobbly. Way too much will put you totally out.
If you buy it in a bottle, it's hard to know how strong it is. It takes 10 minutes to an hour to come on.
The day after you'll probably feel quite groggy.
What are the health effects?
GHB has been used in 'date rapes'. You can't taste GHB in drinks and a strong dose can put you right out and leave you open to sexual assault. Be very careful of who you take drinks from. Don't go back to a drink if you've left it on its own. Stick with your mates. A few people have been rushed to hospital after taking it with alcohol. The long-term health effects of GHB aren't really understood.
GHB and GBL and the law
GHB and GBL are both Class C drugs - but GBL is available for legitimate use in industry, but if someone supplies or possesses them knowing or believing that they will be swallowed and ingested, they are committing an offence.
Possession can get you up to two years in prison and/or an unlimited fine.
Supplying someone else, even your friends, can get you 14 years in jail and/or an unlimited fine