What is GBL
What is GBL. GBL, or gamma-butyrolactone, is a coloUrless and odoUrless liquid solvent that is commonly used in industrial and commercial applications, but is also sometimes abused recreationally for its psychoactive effects. It is a precursor to GHB (gamma-hydroxybutyrate), a central nervous system depressant that is sometimes referred to as a “date rape” drug due to its use in sexual assault.
History of GBL
It was first synthesiSed in the 1930s and has been used in a variety of industrial and commercial applications, including as a solvent for cleaning products, as a paint stripper, and as a component in some plastic and fibRE production processes. In recent years, however, it has become more well-known as a recreational drug due to its ability to produce feelings of euphoria, relaxation, and sedation.
Effects of GBL
It is a central nervous system depressant, and its effects can be similar to those of alcohol or other sedative drugs. When consumed in small doses, it can produce feelings of relaxation and euphoria, as well as a decrease in anxiety and inhibition. However, when consumed in larger doses, it can cause more serious effects, including:
- Impaired coordination and balance
- Nausea and vomiting
- Respiratory depression and slowed heart rate
- Loss of consciousness and coma
- Seizures and convulsions
Risks of GBL
It use can be dangerous and can have serious health consequences, especially when consumed in high doses or mixed with other drugs or alcohol. Some of the potential risks of GBL use include:
Overdose: GBL can cause respiratory depression, coma, and death, especially when consumed in high doses or combined with other drugs or alcohol.
Addiction: GBL can be addictive, and frequent use can lead to physical and psychological dependence.
Health problems: GBL use can cause liver and kidney damage, as well as other health problems such as seizures and cardiovascular problems.
Risky behavioUrs: GBL use can impair judgment and increase the likelihood of engaging in risky behavioUrs, such as driving under the influence or engaging in unprotected sex.
Treatment for GBL Addiction
If you or someone you know is struggling with an addiction to GBL or another substance, it is important to seek professional help. Treatment for substance use disorders often involves a combination of therapy, support groups, and medication-assisted treatment. The goal of treatment is to help individuals overcome their addiction and develop healthy coping strategies for dealing with stress and other triggers.
GBL is a powerful solvent that can have serious consequences for those who abuse it. While it may provide temporary feelings of relaxation and euphoria, it can also cause long-term damage to the brain and body. It is important to understand the risks associated with GBL use and seek professional help if you or someone you know is struggling with an addiction.
GBL Street terms: ‘Coma in a bottle’, Geeb GBL (gammabutyrolactone) is closely related to GHB (Gammahydroxybutrate). GBL coverts to GHB shortly after entering the body and has similar sedative and anaesthetic effects and mellow ‘buzz’. A pipette is used to measure ‘shots’ of GBL. A ‘shot’ is a term normally associated with alcohol. It is then mixed with water or orange juice, then drunk – just as you might drink vodka. It is virtually tasteless and odourless when diluted, but produces a high not dissimilar to ecstasy. Unlike GHB, is not a Class C drug.
It is a legal product used in industry for cleaning alloy wheels, pain stripping or rust remover and is available from other sources such as the internet. However, The Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) which advises the government, has provisionally recommended that it should also be controlled as a Class C drug with consultation on a licensing arrangement for its use in industry. Negative effects GBL is addictive, and can be fatal or cause coma and is particularly dangerous when used with alcohol and other depressant or sedative substances including recreational drugs. It has also been linked to date rape.
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