A Quick Look At GHB

Active Agent

GHB (gamma hydroxybutyric acid) is a naturally occurring short-chain fatty acid metabolite of gamma amino butyric acid (GABA). Isolated during research on GABA, GHB is found in all body tissue, with the highest concentration in the mammalian brain. GHB may have a role as a minor neurotransmitter. It is involved with regulation of GABA (a neurotransmitter), dopamine (neurotransmitter), 5-hydroxytryptamine, and acetylcholine (neurotransmitter). There is some dispute as to the legality of GHB, however distribution of GHB is illegal in the US. GHB was initially legally distributed by health food stores in the early 1990’s as a “safe” alternative to anabolic steroids. So much for “health food.”


Excessive GHB (1/2 to one teaspoon) can result in dizziness, confusion, or even coma or seizures. Drowsiness and hypotonia can progress to vomiting and depressed respiration. After many “poisonings” by GHB the FDA banned GHB as a nutritional aid.

Addiction Potential

Physical – none. Psychological – low.

Method of Use

Ingestion of liquid


Lower doses are associated with euphoria.


Higher doses associated with the possibility of confusion, coma and seizures.

Additional GHB Information

Street Drugs Site – Facts on GHB

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