About ‘G’ and withdrawal
GHB (gamma hydroxybutyrate) or GBL (gamma butyrolactone) are chemical drugs that guys take for clubbing and/ or during sex. GHB and GBL are ‘depressant’ drugs, which means they slow you and your body down. GBL turns into GHB inside your body, and so its effects can be stronger or more unpredictable than when taking GHB. GHB is a clear, salty, odourless liquid, and also comes as a powder that’s added to drinks. GBL has a sharp, acidic taste and chemical odour. And remember: GBL is much stronger than GHB. Today GBL is much more common in its use than GHB.
For users physically dependent on G one of the biggest risks is rapid onset of ‘withdrawal syndrome’, which can be potentially fatal. Within a few hours of their last dose they start to develop cravings for more G and can become anxious, sweaty, agitated, and confused. In a matter of hours, withdrawal can rapidly escalate, progressing to hallucinations, delirium and life threatening seizures. Users experiencing these symptoms are likely to require admission to A&E.
Reducing ‘G’ risks
- Best to use a syringe to precisely measure doses
- Make sure you can read the measurements as ‘G’ removes the markings which are then hard to read
- If you prefer to use a pipette or soy sauce ‘fish’ bottle make sure you can measure accurately. They look similar but different bottles and different pipettes hold different amounts
- Mixing ‘G’ with alcohol or ketamine increases the risks of overdose. It can impact the effect of the ‘G’, making safer dosing more difficult. Stick to soft drinks to mix
- Safer use is about the right dose at the right time
- Dosage intervals and results vary from person to person. Go slow, build up or STOP if you are uncertain
- It’s easy to make up a dose in a drink, but then forget whether you’ve put it in there. If in doubt: chuck it out and start again
- Make a note of when you take your ‘G’ using your phone’s notepad, or stopwatch to keep time between doses. Keeping track of the time between doses can help reduce your risk of needing a wakeup call in A&E
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