What is GHB?
GHB or Gamma-hydroxybutyric acid is produced by the human body. It can also be easily manufactured in a laboratory where the basic components can be found. It is found in various areas of the body, including the brain. Prior to 1990, GHB was used as a dietary supplement. Questions arose over its safety and it was pulled from the market.
Uses of GHB.
Today, it is mostly used for its sedative properties but has also proved to be beneficial for weight loss and body building. When taken in appropriate amounts it can be used to relax the body and mind and induce a deep, comforting sleep.
When more than enough is administered, it can have a devastating effect on a person’s motor and speech skills and possibly cause them to go unconscious. The more GHB is used, the higher is the risk of coma and death.
Side effects of GHB.
In minimal doses, few side effects are noted. Once the levels begin to exceed the level of what is normally found in the body naturally; side effects can increase to the point of coma or even death.
Side effects experienced with less than one gram of GHB:
- Relaxed muscles.
- Reduced inhibitions.
- Loss of muscle tone.
Side effects for 1 to 2 grams:
- Heart rate slows.
- Respiration slows.
- Increased relaxation.
- Interferes with motor coordination, blood circulation and balance.
Side effects for 2 to 4 grams:
- Pronounced difficulty with speech and motor skills.
- Possible coma-like sleep.
GHB and drugs that are similar in nature are quite easy to get addicted to. In excessive amounts, the risk of overdose steadily increases.