What can a bad experience on GHB/GBL feel like?
If you …
Have memory problems
Feel cold and clammy
Feel jittery or have mild tremors
Feel dizzy or light-headed
Make risky decisions or judgements
Feel unable to stay awake
Stumble, trip or fall over
Experience unwanted sexual arousal
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Feel increased drowsiness or grogginess
Experience severe anxiety
Experience severe paranoia
Have difficulty walking or standing
Have intense mood swings
Experience rapid personality changes
Feel severely nauseous
Experience ongoing insomnia
Have severe memory loss
Have a panic attack
Have heart palpitations
Call a doctor or Healthline (0800 611 116)
They can talk you through the next steps.
Have severe muscle jerks and lose control of your body movements
Have severe tremors
Experience severe vomiting
Choke (usually on vomit)
Have difficulty breathing
Have chest pains
Slip into a ‘g-hole’ or coma-like sleep
Have a seizure
These are signs of an overdose. You or the people around you should act quickly.
If you experience unexpected or concerning effects from GHB or GBL you can notify High Alert to help keep others safe.
A Reddit user gives their advice to people looking to take GHB:
“It’s addictive, destructive, and extremely easy to overdose with. It’s nearly killed me on more than one occasion involving my bad choices. If you decide to use it, just remember it deserves great respect. Inform yourself about dosages, interactions, and I remember to always set a timer when I dose. When you’re high on this stuff, you have no concept of time at all, and it’s super easy to double dose and never even think about it. A double dose can put you in the hospital. Also remember no alcohol at all. Don’t let anyone talk you into drinking with it. Just be safe.”
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