GHB is the abbreviation of Gamma Hydroxybutyrate, which is a central nervous system (CNS) sedative. GHB was termed as an FDA approved prescription-only sedative in 1990. It is commonly known on the street as a “club drug” or “date rape drug.” GHB is a very popular recreational drug amongst the younger generation and is a common feature of many all-night dance parties or ‘raves.’ The drug is often placed in alcoholic beverages to enhance its effect. Increased energy, elation, improved sex drive and mental serenity are some of the positive effects of GHB use.

Adverse Effects of GHB

Adverse effects of GHB range from sweating, loss of concentration and consciousness, nausea, blurred vision, amnesia and even coma. GHB is a colorless and odorless drug; when combined with alcohol or any other beverage, it may be given to an unsuspicious victim before sexual assaults. This has resulted in frequent date rape incidents involving GHB in the US and around the world in recent years. The victim is left powerless due to the tranquillizing effects of GHB and is unable to resist any sexual assault.


Date Rape Drug

Other names for GHB, also known as the date rape drug, include:

  • Georgia Home Boy: This is another common street name for GHB. It’s a play on words to avoid mentioning the actual thing and stay off the radar when talking about it in public.
  • Goop: Goop is a nickname used to refer to GHB. One possible explanation of its origin is that GHB, in its liquid form, is a sticky liquid, which is the literal meaning of the word goop.
  • Grievous Bodily Harm: This is a street slang term for GHB, which makes reference to the potentially harmful consequences of its use to self or others.
  • Liquid Ecstasy: GHB has a similar affect on the body just like Ecstasy, hence the street slang Liquid Ecstasy.
  • G: This is a common slang name for GHB used on the streets and online where the drug is traded illegally. It is available in liquid as well as powdered form. More often than not, the GHB available in such places is manufactured in illegal labs and may be contaminated with unknown and potentially harmful materials.
  • Liquid X: The short form of Liquid Ecstasy, Liquid X is another common slang for GHB.
  • Soap: GHB can sometimes look similar in appearance to soap, hence the street slang soap drug.
  • Scoop: This is another slang term used to refer to GHB without attracting too much attention.

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