GHB Addictions – Illegal Substance Use on the Rise

Although GHB, a Schedule I drug, was once considered non-addictive, GHB addictions are real and can develop after only a few weeks of regular use. Gamma-hydroxybutric acid is used as a general anesthetic but was also once used to treat clinical depression, narcolepsy, insomnia and to improve athletic performance. With recreational use continually increasing, as well as its abuse as a “date rape drug”, GHB has recently been rendered illegal in most countries.

A new innovative form of addictions research helps substance abuse professionals track trends and developments of GHB and other illegal and prescription drugs. The following graphs present query results for searches containing the acronym GHB and the word gamma-hydroxybutric acid. The results are illuminating.

Gamma-Hydroxybutric Acid – Potentially Fatal Side Effects

GHB is a powerful central nervous system depressant. A few symptoms of its use and abuse include respiratory distress, unconsciousness, amnesia, hallucinations, nausea and vomiting and even death.

Given its hazardous side effects, is it the dangers of GHB that individuals are searching for? Not necessarily. Graph 1 below demonstrates that one major preoccupation of searchers is “how to make GHB” (23,489 occurrences in one year) or “buy GHB” (12,988). There is also definite interest in GHB substitutes, as indicated by the phrase “ghb analogs” (5,548). The darker side of GHB use, as evidenced by the phrases “ghb death”, (1,460) and “ghb rape”, is also revealed within the top 30 phrases.

GHB Addictions Research - Prevalent Search Topics - Graph 1

(Continued on Graph 3 at the bottom of this page)

Top 30 two and three word combinations



  estimated searches/year across all search engines     
 0  42,000
make ghb    40660
how to make ghb    23489
ghb recipe    20441
buy ghb    12988
ghb drug    11696
ghb analogs    5548
ghb kits    5111
ghb ingredients    5110
making ghb    3650
ghb pictures    3286
homemade ghb    2921
what is ghb    2560
ghb online    2196
pictures of ghb    2194
buy ghb online    2190
legal ghb    1825
instructions for making ghb    1825
ghb homemade    1643
ghb homemade recipe    1642
ingredients to make ghb    1460
ghb death    1460
ghb recipes    1217
ghb synthesis    1170
ghb kit    1131
ghb alternatives    1131
ghb rape    1115
get ghb    1106
drugs ghb    1103
ghb drugs    1097
ghb stories    1095
ghb the drug    1095
how to get ghb    1095
ghb facts    1095
ghb deaths    1095
0 42,000

“How to Make GHB” Tops the List

The three top phrases in Graph 1, “make GHB”, “how to make GHB”, and “ghb recipe”, far surpass any other searches related to GHB, with an astonishing 84,590 searches. In fact, at least 13 phrases in Graph 1 can be related to making GHB. Graph 2 is also littered with words that relate to the making of GHB including “make/making”, “recipe/recipes”, “ingredients” and “homemade”. Sadly, this relationship comes up time and again in drug searches.

One further explanation for the demand for GHB recipes and ingredients is its use as a “date rape” drug. Because of its sedative and amnesiac effects, when slipped into a victim’s food or drink, it makes them vulnerable to assault.

GHB - Prevalent Words and Concepts Study - Graph 2

Top 100 words used in GHB searches
(Top 1000 can be found at Top 100 GHB exact phrases and top 1,000 concepts/words. - Graph 5)



  estimated searches/year across all search engines     
 0  410,000
ghb    391656
make    40671
how    26721
recipe    22602
buy    13704
drug    12967
ingredients    6693
analogs    5554
pictures    5491
kits    5115
homemade    4567
making    3654
online    2861
what    2605
drugs    2204
legal    2102
instructions    2045
facts    1827
death    1463
home    1319
recipes    1217
rape    1216
synthesis    1182
gamma    1180
get    1161
kit    1132
alternatives    1131
deaths    1102
stories    1102
hydroxybutyrate    898
where    817
long    755
side    747
term    745
taken    742
manufacturing    733
herbal    730
depression    730
alternative    730
test    703
manufacture    590
receipe    487
order    487
medical    375
uses    371
treatment    368
price    365
cheap    294
cost    278
teens    256
chemical    256
substances    255
workout    255
statistics    246
why    231
sale    229
rohypnol    227
addictive    221
longterm    219
gbl    216
first    164
aid    164
purchase    156
production    146
taking    146
suppliers    133
usp    122
administration    122
route    122
powder    113
pill    112
form    111
countries    110
structure    110
consequences    110
date    105
hair    97
forensic    91
liquid    85
easy    82
from    80
products    77
cleaner    77
new    76
posters    73
person    73
cook    73
capsules    73
airport    73
switzerland    73
consulting    73
aruba    73
tablet    73
music    73
research    73
bac    73
feelings    72
sweden    61
butyrate    58
hydroxy    58
0 410,000

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GHB - Prevalent Search Topics, Continued - Graph 3

Top 31 - 107 two and three word combinations
(Top 30 are in Graph 1 above)



  estimated searches/year across all search engines     
 70  980
ghb at home    953
gamma hydroxybutyrate    898
gamma hydroxybutyrate ghb    877
where to buy ghb    786
make ghb at home    734
side effects of ghb    731
ghb manufacturing    731
facts on ghb    730
herbal ghb    730
how ghb is taken    730
ghb alternative    730
ghb depression    730
ghb test    608
manufacture of ghb    590
ghb receipe    487
ghb medical    368
ghb buy    368
home made ghb    365
treatment for ghb    365
ghb price    365
ghb buy online    365
ghb medical uses    365
cheap ghb    294
recipe for ghb    293
ghb cost    277
ghb chemical    256
ghb like substances    255
ghb workout    255
order ghb    243
ghb order    243
ghb statistics    243
ghb gamma    228
ghb for sale    227
rohypnol and ghb    221
ghb instructions    220
longterm effects of ghb    219
teens use of ghb    219
buy rohypnol and ghb    219
buy rohypnol    219
why is ghb addictive    219
ghb for sale online    219
ghb first aid    146
ghb purchase    146
taking ghb    146
recipe ghb    146
buy ghb gbl    146
ghb production    146
ghb make    133
ghb recipes ingredients    122
ghb route of administration    122
usp ghb    122
ghb powder    113
legal consequences of ghb    110
ghb in pill form    110
ghb legal countries    110
ghb chemical structure    110
ghb to buy    110
ghb suppliers    97
test ghb    93
forensic hair test ghb    91
easy ghb    80
ghb products    77
easy ghb synthesis    75
how to cook ghb    73
ghb research    73
ghb tablet    73
liquid cleaner ghb    73
easy ghb synthesis recipe    73
aruba ghb    73
ghb consulting    73
ghb posters    73
ghb capsules    73
ghb powder from switzerland    73
ghb and bac    73
ghb airport    73
ghb music    73
new ghb analogs    73
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