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n. Abbr. GBL
A chemical that has many industrial uses, especially as a solvent. It is a chemical precursor to gamma-hydroxybutyrate and is ingested illegally for its euphoriant and sedative effects.
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A case of withdrawal from the GHB precursors gamma-butyrolactone and 1,4-butanediol.
GBL - gamma-butyrolactone - is known as an analog of GHB because it is so chemically similar that it becomes GHB naturally in the body just by swallowing it or it can be manufactured by adding household lye to it.
Products: 1,4 Butanediol, Tetrahydrofuran, PolyTHF polytetramethylene-ethergly-col, Gamma-Butyrolactone, N-Methylpyrrolidone, and NEOL Neopentylglycol
Products: 1,4-Butanediol (BDO) and Gamma-Butyrolactone (GBL)
The ban on the sale of GHB by the FDA and tighter regulations in various states led to an increase in illegally synthesized GHB and the sale and use of the GHB precursors gamma-butyrolactone (GBL) and 1,4-butandiol (1,4-BD).
Following passage of the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA) in 1994 it became more difficult for the government to regulate health food and dietary supplements, and manufacturers began marketing a product similar to GHB, calling it gamma-butyrolactone (GBL).
GHB requires only two ingredients - gamma-butyrolactone (a solvent sometimes used in paint removers, engine degreasers, and textile work) and a strong base (such as sodium or potassium hydroxide).
GAMMA-BUTYROLACTONE (CAS 96-48-0) Market Research Report 2012 presents comprehensive data on gamma-butyrolactone markets globally and regionally (Europe, Asia, North America etc.
A 27-year-old woman, a 22-year-old woman and a man, 22, were taken to James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough for treatment after it is thought they had ingested a chemical - possibly gamma-butyrolactone, more commonly known as banned rave drug GBL.

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