GBL: Mental effects

Last modified: Sunday, 31. May 2009 - 3:43 pm

Like alcohol and barbiturates, GBL and related drugs, GHB and BD, powerfully and rapidly depress brain function. These drugs easily enter the brain, where they have a devastating effect on brain chemistry. Mild effects could include enhanced sensations of pleasure, sleepiness, depression, feelings of intoxication, loosened inhibitions, aggressive or combative behavior, or poor judgment. More serious and frightening effects include out-of-body experiences, uncontrolled body movements, and vertigo, a sensation of dizziness.
Psychiatric symptoms include hallucinations (seeing or hearing things that are not there) or delusions (false beliefs). Very few users remember their experience because of the associated memory loss. Individual variability in how the body handles these drugs, and an even greater variability in the composition of illegally produced drugs, makes it virtually impossible to control or anticipate how much brain function will shut down, and increases the risk of deadly overdose.

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