How is GHB Made: GHB Production Process Explained

What is GLB in GHB?

GLB, or gamma-butyrolactone, is the primary compound in GHB. GLB can be found in products like paint strippers, superglue remover, rust removers, and various cleaning agents. So, while GLB may not be hard to find in general, it may be difficult to find GLB without added contaminants.

GHB, short for gamma hydroxybutyrate, is a common recreational drug. It is also known as “Liquid Ecstasy”, “Cups” or “Georgia Home Boy”, among others. Recipes how to make home-made GHB can be found all over the internet. Here is a demonstration, how easy it is.

Why should you know how to make GHB?

The present is not an invitation to create your drug at home. It is mostly to make you fully aware how to recognize if someone produces it and notice potential warning signs.

Converting GBL into GHB

To obtain GHB, one must first possess its primary compound: gamma-butyrolactone, or GBL. What is that and where can you find it?

The thing is, GBL is a highly toxic substance. Some people take them in shots to get high, but they quickly risk an overdose. Not controlling the ingested amount can be lethal. And if that is so, imagine how dangerously toxic it must be a component of the GHB mixture. Getting the concentration of GBL too high in GHB can be even more likely to be deadly. That is the biggest danger of that drug.

In fact, that is precisely the reason, why in many countries GBL is illegal to buy. However, in several countries, you still can obtain it legitimately by a different route: by getting products that contain it. However, take into account, that GBL will not be the only ingredient. You will have many other toxic substances in the purchased liquid.

Here are some examples of products that usually contain GBL:

  • Various cleaning agents
  • Vehicle rim cleaners
  • Paint strippers
  • Superglue remover
  • Rust removers
  • Solvent in some aluminum electrolytic capacitors

So you might obtain GBL in any hardware store. But chances are, that you already have it at home.

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How To Make GHB At Home?

There are two main versions to produce homemade GHB: one has the consistency of a powder, and the other one is liquid.

How is GHB made?

GHB is made by first mixing GBL (gamma-butyrolactone) distilled water, charcoal, and either potassium hydroxide (KOH) or sodium hydroxide (NaOH). After the necessary chemical reactions take place, the mixture needs to be heated up, and then cooled. Different acids will need to be added to the mixture to make it neutral.

The following recipe explains how to obtain a fluid version of GHB.

What you need:

  • 120 ml (1.135 grams) of GBL
  • 63 g of Sodium hydroxide (NaOH) or 91 g of Potassium hydroxide (KOH).
  • A pot made of stainless steel (do NOT use aluminum pans)
  • A pyrex glass container
  • Distilled water
  • A mixing device: spoon, stick or anything you can use to mix the ingredient without touching them with bare hands
  • Some pH testing papers (at least three)
  • Hydrochloric acid (HCl), citric acid or vinegar
  • Ice cubes
  • Charcoal
  • An empty bottle
  • A source of heat, for example, a stove

How to proceed:

  1. Take the dish and mix GBL with KOH or NaOH.
  2. Slowly add water to it. Half a cup of warm distilled water is optimal.
  3. Chunks will appear at first. Break up the lumps and mix them with the water to obtain a regular consistency.
  4. Watch out and put a cover on the pot, but in a way that you can see what’s going on in the pot.
  5. At some point, you will notice that a chemical reaction has started. Let it go on.
  6. After its completion, do a pH test. The substance should be alkaline. If it is not, then add NaOh little by little, until the product turns slightly alkaline.
  7. Now the mixture needs to be heated up. Simmer it slowly slightly on low heat. It can start boiling so watch out and don’t overheat because it can burn. That should take one hour. You can add some water if it gets too sticky.
  8. If you see a white substance on the walls of the pot, don’t throw it away, because that is the GHB.
  9. After heating up the mixture, it needs to cool down.
  10. As the substance is beginning to get colder, add some citric acid or HCl. Vinegar can do as well.
  11. Test the pH; it should now become neutral.
  12. If it is still over 7.5, add some more HCl/citric acid/vinegar until the pH does become neutral.
  13. Now it can all cool down. Ice cubes can decrease the time needed for the temperature to drop.
  14. Take the charcoal and wash off the ashes and dust.
  15. Activate the charcoal (heat it up).
  16. Pour your mixture into a 1L bottle.
  17. Add a small amount (1/4 of a cup) of the activated charcoal.
  18. Fill the bottle with distilled water.
  19. Now shake the bottle from time to time.
  20. Now the drug is done and ready.

As you can see, it is relatively easy to produce homemade GHB. Anyone with access to the internet, essential kitchen tools, and specific cleaning products could potentially do it.

Now that you know how to do homemade GHB, you will be able to recognize one or more of the following warning signs:

  • The presence of products containing GBL in a place, where it should not be (ex. in the kitchen)
  • The presence of chemicals such as sodium hydroxide, citric acid, and hydrochloric acid together with charcoal
  • A pH test

If someone possesses some of these products, it doesn’t need to be suspicious. Use your common sense to evaluate, if what you see is meaningless or a warning sign. You might want to observe or confront that person. Or at the very least be on your guard. As much as it is easy to create, Liquid Ecstasy is toxic and dangerous.

Why Making a GHB is not a Good Idea

Users usually have at least one of the following intents:

  • Users mix it with alcohol. In small doses, it can enhance the euphoric effects of alcoholic drinks.
  • It has a psychoactive effect. It can trigger hallucinations. But if the dose is large enough, it can lead to confusion and memory loss.
  • It also acts as a sedative. It might make the consumer suddenly fall asleep.

In light of these properties, GHB has the grim reputation of being used a rape drug.

It wears off quickly. It begins to act within five minutes and the effects fade after about 20 minutes. That might sound like a good thing, but that is also the reason why users often repeat the doses, as soon as the previous one wore off. Even if the effect stops, the drug is still in the system, and each consequent dosage only makes the substance accumulate in the body. Eventually, that can lead to a rapid overdose.

It is addictive. In addition to the incentive to repeat its desired effects, GHB also triggers actual physical and psychological addiction.

It’s hard to recognize. GHB has no smell and no taste. That is why it is usually consumed in a liquid state because it is easy to mix with any drink without changing the experience. That is also the biggest danger. The users themselves might not control how much they already consumed, especially if they are drunk. Also, it is very easy to mix GHB in someone else’s glass and intoxicate him or her.

It is easy to make. The fact that it is easy to produce at home makes it even more dangerous. You never know, if someone mixes that substance in during a party or when inviting you over.

It can be lethal. An overdose if GBL can cause at first irrational behavior due to the psychotropic properties. Next, it can lead to severe illness, and even coma or death.

Why is GHB dangerous?

GHB is dangerous because it

  • Is odorless and tasteless, and therefore, hard to recognize
  • Can cause hallucinations
  • Can lead to confusion and memory loss
  • Acts as a sedative, sometimes causing the user to fall asleep suddenly
  • Can be addictive
  • Can cause overdose

That is, why you should be aware how to make it. If you suspect someone of producing it at home, you should know the warning signs.

How is GHB Made: GHB Production Process Explained

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  • There is yet another name for this “demonic” drug: Xyrem. Sold by the cutely named Jazz Pharmaceuticals.
    This “monstrosity” used to be sold as a supplement for bodybuilders that needed to sleep deeply (think natural hGH cycle), but couldn’t. (It happens.) Used to be dirt cheap. That’s why people discovered that taking a lot of it could have very interesting effects.

    Yes you can kill yourself with it. Especially if overdosed (kind of easy if you just gulp it down without a measure). If it is impure (crappy street-grade). Or if it is mixed with other drugs, especially CNS depressants (seriously fucking stupid). That is where most of its neurotoxicity must come from since it metabolized rather quickly, and its byproducts are thought to be water and carbon dioxide.

    More about its deadliness: I read some sort of statistic with deaths reported below 250 (per year?).

    What about NSAIDs reliably killing about 3,600 persons per year in the US? My bottle of 500 aspirin tablets has a WARNING about Reye’s Syndrome: Something with viral infections, poorly understood metabolic problems, and mostly children getting the Ultimate Surprise. I get the emotionally cooler and nuanced “drug facts”. Lots of “ifs”, symptoms that rather obviously code for 911, and equally obvious therapeutic duplications.

    It can also be addictive. So can be alcohol (deadly in all directions). Gambling (at extremes, a case for murder-suicide). And sugar (an epidemic of slow deaths).

    This, of course, is not the whole story. But this drug can be very useful. And now Jazz Pharma is charging a fortune for something that is not that expensive to produce.

    From Wikipedia: Xyrem is $5,468.09 per 180 mL bottle (500 mg/mL)(a 10 to 15-day supply)

    I feel like seriously studying chemistry in order to get my gamma-Hydroxybutyric acid pure while not to feeding corporations whose only intentions seem to be profiteering from human need.

    • No joke. I suffer from narcolepsy and am battling insurance companies to cover my Xyrem. I am about to the end to my ropes. I am destroyed erase for help….I am to the point of looking up recipes for GHB because I just want to live a normal life and not risk falling asleep while driving. I want to know what it’s like to wake up and feel like I actually slept. I want to feel normal. I know why people kill themselves

  • What a f**ked up drug, been doing lots of reading on drug production and the illegal Australian industry.
    Do people not understand the shit they are putting into their bodies.

    Hopefully they all
    Snap out of it before it’s too late.

    • I seen a other drug called krocodil. They distill it with gasoline. It turns a mud puddle color (deep brown,). Then these m**ons inject it into their bodies. The chemicals in the gasoline eat the skin away from the inside, by the time they see holes in their bodies it’s to late. The active ingredient is codeine. Smashing up 3 pills and mixing it with gasoline.

  • Ghb is the essence
    Of life . I**ots ruin it for people. D*mb people think it’s this big bad thing when it’s not. alcohol
    Is the bad thing

  • I need a source. I bought some stuff and definitely does not have the characteristic of my original GHB experience

    • I’m in a similar boat I recently got something that was called GHB when I got it but when I tasted the substance this time it in now way reminded me of the stuff I tried the first time ( I am taking into account this was seven years ago) but I vividly recall the taste left in my mouth after like I had been rinsing with salt water after a tooth extraction that’s what i remember is a taste similar to A strong salt solution it tasted like really concentrated salt or baking soda and water flavor and one clear water bottle cap full had me tossed .but I recently got something called “ghb” to be but when I tasted it didn’t have even the slightest bit of saltiness to it just bitter burning taste nothing like the original I had before this substance also has a slimy/soapy texture to it .cant remember the texture from my first experience cause I was twisted and lost the remainder of what I’ve had so I’m basing this all off my use Seven years ago LOL

  • My grandson died last month at 17 after having GHB for the first time, try telling me it’s a good drug

  • Yup, the time of good ghb is at a close. We can thank China for that. Most ghb today is the date rape drug, useless garbage. Good luck finding your biggest problem is feeling too good all the time with this trash nowadays.

    Also, Anit, its the best drug. The main problem comes from people mixing it with their normal nightly habit. Also, the vast majority of the garbage today is the dead date rape drug. It was easier to make than the good shit in fact. So much easier it hurts me to think about.

    So today, enjoy the date rape drug, if you were doing it in the 80s you possibly found Heaven. Heaven is where its at.

  • I am on methadone for pain for 11 years and I have been taking GHB for 6 months and it has reduced my dose of methadone by half and if I take extra I sleep great. I am aware of the dangers but I am also aware of its benefits and the benefits outweigh the risks.

  • The reason GBL (gamma-butyrolactone) is no longer available in health food stores is due to one lady, Trink Porter. The body turns GBL into GBH nearly as soon as you take it. Nenewtrient was anhydrous GBL, a powder that came in capsules and was an amazing, safe, effective remedy for insomnia, narcolepsy, ETC. Approximately 6 grams of Renewtrient was the sleeping dose but was weight dependent as all drugs are. It was abused by Trinka’s son along with other drugs and alcohol and he died. She went on the warpath and ruined it for thousands of responsible people. Now they charge outrageous sums for a prescription version. the company had just used different chemical naming methods to hide the fact that it is GHB, made easily at home from GBL, but why do it? Your body will for you. Now thousands and thousands of people must have their incomes and savings depleted due to one ladies drug addict son. I think it is a crime, what Trinka did and now how big Pharma is taking advantage of it. She probably has stock in the company who make it. As far as dangerous drugs go it is one of the most benign substances or drug that someone can take. Aspirin kills thousands a year still. Tylenol has ruined countless livers. GBL/GHB has killed fewer people in its history than some over the counter meds do in a year. That is the absolute truth.

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