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?
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
- An empty bottle
- A source of heat, for example, a stove
How to proceed:
- Take the dish and mix GBL with KOH or NaOH.
- Slowly add water to it. Half a cup of warm distilled water is optimal.
- Chunks will appear at first. Break up the lumps and mix them with the water to obtain a regular consistency.
- Watch out and put a cover on the pot, but in a way that you can see what’s going on in the pot.
- At some point, you will notice that a chemical reaction has started. Let it go on.
- 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.
- 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.
- If you see a white substance on the walls of the pot, don’t throw it away, because that is the GHB.
- After heating up the mixture, it needs to cool down.
- As the substance is beginning to get colder, add some citric acid or HCl. Vinegar can do as well.
- Test the pH; it should now become neutral.
- If it is still over 7.5, add some more HCl/citric acid/vinegar until the pH does become neutral.
- Now it can all cool down. Ice cubes can decrease the time needed for the temperature to drop.
- Take the charcoal and wash off the ashes and dust.
- Activate the charcoal (heat it up).
- Pour your mixture into a 1L bottle.
- Add a small amount (1/4 of a cup) of the activated charcoal.
- Fill the bottle with distilled water.
- Now shake the bottle from time to time.
- 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.