What do comedowns from GHB/GBL feel like, and how can you feel better?
The effects of GHB and GBL are relatively short-lived compared with other drugs. The peak effects of GBL last for about 1–2 hours but this is slightly longer for GHB, with effects completely wearing off after about 4 hours. GHB and GBL comedowns are generally not severe, and effects usually pass within a day.
Some people report using GHB and GBL to come down off other drugs, like MDMA. The effects of a GHB or GBL comedown from this type of use can be unpredictable.
If you …
Have trouble sleeping
Feel very hungry
Sweat or feel very hot or very cold
Have trouble concentrating or thinking
Feel agitated or irritable
Have bad dreams or nightmares
Experience low mood
Try these things at home:
Experience ongoing insomnia
Have severe headaches or migraines
Feel severely agitated or irritable
Experience severe anxiety
Experience intense low mood
Have suicidal thoughts
Feel intensely paranoid
Feel severely panicked or have a panic attack
Call a doctor or Healthline (0800 611 116)
They can talk you through the next steps.
Act violently towards others
Have chest pains
Have trouble breathing
Have a seizure
These are signs that something more serious is going on. You or the people around you should act quickly.
The Erowid vault talks about someone’s experience with a high dose of GHB at a festival:
“He had a terrible hangover the next day and claimed that he felt negative after-effects for more than 2 weeks after the event, particularly during the first week, he felt foggy, had difficulty concentrating, and somewhat ‘anhedonous’ meaning he didn’t enjoy anything.”
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This experience was shared by a member of Rewired - a support group for men who have sex with men and use methamphetamine, run by the NZ Aids Foundation and NZ Drug Foundation.
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