It is used for socialising and to boost mood, as an aphrodisiac and to help sleep.
It increases GABA activity in the brain, which is one of the body’s natural ways of calming itself. Alcohol and benzodiazepine drugs (e.g. diazepam) also work in a similar fashion.
It can cause severe physical dependence which may require a medically supervised detoxification. This is due to the risk of fits and delirium when withdrawing.
Some excellent information about GHB/GBL including potential dangers, how to recognise problems, a downloadable G diary to help cut down use, and a downloadable letter with info for health professionals available here
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