What is GHB?
GHB is a compound that can be found naturally in humans at low concentrations. While no one knows exactly what it’s there for, we do know that at high-enough doses, GHB encourages the release of both dopamine and opiates in the brain. The resulting (or at least intended) effect is a sense of mild euphoria, diminished social anxiety, and a hopped-up libido. Basically, imagine being drunk, without the hangover the next day.
But as with anything fun in life, GHB (ab)use comes with its drawbacks -- and probably more than your average controlled substance. When taken alone, there’s a serious risk of seizures, comas, and central nervous system depression. But when mixed with other substances, the risk of overdose is far higher.
The reason GHB can be particularly dangerous is its unpredictability. Purity concerns aside, a high dosage of GHB can completely arrest your body’s ability to process the drug, thereby amplifying its effect exponentially. So what might be enough to generate a mild buzz in one, can easily be a lethal dose for another.