GHB, also known as Gamma-Hydroxybutyrate, is illegal for use in the United States and is thought of as a party drug, a date rape drug and a muscle builder.
The drug is found in pill form, powder form and liquid form. Although the drug is illegal for use, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration did allow it in the form of sodium oxybate (Xyrem) which is used in the treatment of Narcolepsy.
This medication is only available with a prescription and is monitored very carefully with great restriction. In February of 2000, the President of the United States passed a federal legislation making the possession of GHB illegal. The drug is commonly found at parties and raves and is responsible for many women being drugged at these events.
Side effects of the use of GHB include:
- Lack of Coordination
- Aggressive Behavior
- Lack of Judgment
- Breathing Difficulty
- Blood Pressure Changes
This particular drug has a large number of street names used including cherry meth, blue nitro, cherry fX bombs, easy lay, everclear, firewater and many more. The drug can be very dangerous and can be very addictive. Taking these drugs can easily result in death or unrecoverable coma.
How is GHB Abused?
The most common manner in which GHB is abused is inside the club scene as a recreational drug. People who are body builders and who are looking to stimulate the growth of their muscles may also abuse this type of drug. It is also important to be aware of the fact that GHB is a drug that can be abused as a date rape drug, because it can be slipped into a drink without being detected, and so many women fall prey to its use in their drinks. There are a lot of different physical effects that occur as a result of the use of GHB including:
- Slurred Speech
- Loss of Control of the Muscles
- Difficulty Breathing
It is important to know that there are also psychological effects and long term effects and that there are many consequences of the use of GHB including addiction and abuse problems.
One of the greatest consequences associated with GHB abuse is that when you take it in large dosages it can result in a sedative effect. Sleep can be induced followed by the eventuality of a coma and even death. When someone uses GHB chronically, the dependence and the prolonged use can result in withdrawal symptoms that make it even easier for people to use the drug. Unfortunately the withdrawal symptoms can include psychosis, severe levels of aggravation and hypertension to the point where sedation is required in a medical setting.
Obviously the situation created by GHB use should be avoided, especially if you are finding that you are becoming dependent on the substance in any way.