Gamma hydroxybutyrate (GHB) is sometimes used as an alternative to ecstasy or amphetamines, however it carries a higher immediate risk.

Originally developed as a sleep medication (but then banned because of its damaging side effects), GHB usually comes as a clear liquid, slightly salty taste and sold in small bottles. You might also see it in powder or cap form.


Fantasy, G, GBH, liquid ecstasy, liquid E, liquid X, GBL and 1-4B / 4-BD. These last two are slightly different drugs, however they convert to GHB once they enter the body, and give you the same effect.


Taking the correct dose is really important, as just a couple of millilitres can mean the difference between life and death – literally. An average dose is around 1ml whereas a lethal dose can be as little as 7ml. Usually it’s taken orally using a hypodermic syringe with the needle removed, to get the most accurate measure.

A small dose of GHB can make you feel relaxed, happy, talkative and have an increased libido. You might feel invincible, like nothing can ever hurt or upset you. It can make you feel like you’re in love with the physical feel of things, music and the people around you. Because it slows down your heart rate and nervous system, you can also feel tired and drowsy. You can even become so relaxed that you lose control of your bladder and other bodily functions.

It’s so important to be careful with how much you take and to wait as long as possible before taking more.

There are serious dangers associated with GHB. It’s really risky business. Just the tiniest amount over the correct dose can lead to a coma and even death. Experienced GHB users are risking serious consequences each time they take it. It’s so important to be careful with how much you take and to wait as long as possible before taking more. Mixing GHB with other drugs (especially alcohol) greatly increases the risks involved.

It’s easy to get hooked on GHB. If you develop a tolerance to it, where you feel like you need more to get the same effect, you’re at greater risk of overdosing. Some signs of coming off a GHB dependency include body shakes, cramps, sweating, seeing or hearing things that aren’t there and feelings of hopelessness and anxiety. If you need support in withdrawing from GHB give us a call and consider coming to one of our withdrawal services.


GHB is highly illegal and if you’re caught with it you can be charged. 


If you need to know more about GHB, give us a call on our 24 hour free YoDAA Line: 1800 458 685