What can GHB/GBL feel like?
The doses for GHB and GBL are very different. GBL is stronger and easier to overdose on, but you cannot tell the difference between the two by looking at them. It is important to know whether you have GHB or GBL when deciding what dose to take. The effects of GHB and GBL usually start 15–20 minutes after taking them and last for 1–4 hours. They slow your body down and may make you feel euphoric, sexually aroused, groggy and nauseous. Some people describe the feeling of GHB and GBL as similar to being drunk.
It is best not mix alcohol with GBL and GHB as it increases unpleasant effects and your chance of overdose. Remember, a low dose for one person can be a high dose for another as people’s bodies process drugs differently.
Also keep in mind that, when mixed with alcohol or other drugs, GHB and GBL can have different effects to those listed below.
Increased sense of touch and sound
Increased connection to others
Drowsy or groggy
Agitated and irritable
Difficulty concentrating or thinking
Stumbling, tripping or falling over
Making risky decisions or judgements
Seeing double or having blurred vision
Engaging in sexually risky behaviour
Increased feelings of wellbeing
Feeling very relaxed
Feeling ‘out of body’
Increased sexual arousal
Increased agitation and irritability
Increased mood swings
Increased risky decisions or judgements
Increased memory loss
Falling asleep suddenly
Increased lack of coordination
Difficulty moving your body
Difficulty breathing or slowed breathing
Very cold and clammy
Very high dose
Severe loss of control of body movements
Severe panic attacks
Slipping into a ‘g-hole’ or coma-like sleep
An Erowid user talks about a friend’s experience using GBL:
“My friend drank a ‘capful’ of GBL – an amount he had done before with no problems – as I drove him to a club where we were going, he told me he was ‘really starting to feel it’ and then IMMEDIATELY became incoherent. It happened so quickly I honestly thought he was messing around with me – until he started drooling on himself. He did not respond to my voice – so I stopped the car and an ambulance was called – he vomited twice in my car not knowing what was going on at all – during the next 10 minutes, his seizure remained but he started moving less and less – like he was passing out.”
It can be a bit weird adjusting back to life outside your bubble, so we’ve pulled togther a few key tips to help you out if you choose to use drugs.
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.