But not so fast.
You’ll notice that the link between GHB and GH above is described as an “acute” increase, which is very different from chronic increase. The former occurs in a short amount of time and may not yield much difference in the long run.
To demonstrate this example, consider that chronically elevated levels of the hormone insulin are associated with insulin resistance and diabetes. Milk acutely raises the hormone insulin much higher than one would expect given its carbohydrate content, but you don’t see milk drinkers catching a bout of the good ol’ diabetes any time the wind blows. Similarly, consuming alcohol after a workout acutely raises testosterone, but if that had a tangible, long-term impact on testosterone, I’d personally be twice as jacked as I am now.
What do the experts think?
We asked the folks at Examine.com about their thoughts on GHB, and they tend to agree that it’s not a viable long-term strategy for building muscle. According to researcher Kurtis Frank, “GHB does show an acute increase in GH, but so did creatine and arginine (and we know they do not impact GH meaningfully). Considering that GHB is a sedative and sleep is associated with an increase in GH, it is unlikely that GHB has any significant effect on GH."