GHB – get the facts
GHB (Gamma-Hydroxyburate) is a central nervous system depressant drug that slows the heart and breathing.
This page offers evidence-based information about GHB, including its effects, methods of administration, dosing, and advice on how to stay safe.
In Australia, GHB is often used within the dance and party scenes.
It is often referred to by nicknames including liquid ecstasy, fantasy, G, or grievous bodily harm.
At room temperature, GHB is a colourless, odourless, slightly oily liquid that is clear to semi-opaque.
It has a strong and distinctively chemical taste that is often described as salty-soapy or bitter.
GBL and 1,4BD are commonly sold in Australia as substitutes of GHB.
They are chemically similar and when consumed they quickly convert to GHB in the body.
GBL is commonly stronger than GHB and effects can be felt faster, so this dramatically increases the chances of an accidental overdose.