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γ-butyrolactone

Industrial solvent and purported health additive. Precursor in the synthesis of γ-hydroxybutyric acid.

gamma-butyrolactone

(găm′ə-byo͞o′tə-rə-lăk′tōn′)
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.

gam·ma-bu·ty·ro·lac·tone

(GBL) (gam'ă-byū'tir-ō-lak'tōn)
An industrial and household solvent that is readily metabolized after oral ingestion to gamma-hydroxybutyrate (GHB). Like GHB, it is marketed illicitly as a euphoriant, appetite suppressant, antidepressant, and sleep aid. It is more potent than GHB and has both a more rapid onset and a longer duration of action, but its pharmacologic and toxic properties are essentially the same: nausea, bradycardia, and central nervous system depression ranging from drowsiness and confusion to seizures, coma, and death. Dependency and severe withdrawal symptoms have been reported.
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The substance - full name gamma butyrolactone is closely related to the banned gammahydroxybutrate (GHB) drug.
FDA Issues Alert about Misuse of Consumer Products Containing Gamma Hydroxybutyric Acid (GHB), Gamma Butyrolactone (GBL), and 1,4 Butanediol (BD) (June 15, 1999) (Letter (PDF), Poster) (see also January 21, 1999 Talk Paper)
Gamma butyrolactone (GBL) is an unapproved drug, not a supplement, says the FDA.
GAMMA butyrolactone (GBL) is a strong chemical used in the production of floor strippers, glue removers, paint thinners, pesticides and other industrial products.
Wright had denied intentionally administering a substance which the body transforms into Gamma Butyrolactone, knowing she did not consent, with the intention of stupefying or overpowering her to enable himself or another to engage in sexual activity with her.
Tests later revealed she had Gamma Butyrolactone, known as GHB ( a drug capable of affecting the central nervous system ( in her blood.
Over three years Calder transported thousands of litres of the chemical gamma butyrolactone (GBL) to co-accused Jamie Greiman in California.
The initial market entry is expected to be through gamma butyrolactone (GBL), with subsequent growth into butanediol (BDO), tetrahydrofuran (THF) and polyester engineering resins (PBT).
BENEDICT is charged with one count of conspiring from the summer of 2000 to the summer of 2004, to distribute gamma-hydroxybutyric acid ("GHB") and gamma butyrolactone ("GBL") and one count of conspiring to possess cocaine and Ecstasy during the same time period.
Wright, 36, of Eastgarth, Newbiggin Hall, Newcastle, denies intentionally administering a substance, which the body transforms into Gamma Butyrolactone, to the woman, knowing she did not consent and with the intention of stupefying or overpowering her so as to enable himself or another to engage in sexual activity involving her.
BASF Corporation announced today that it will raise off-list prices for all grades of Gamma Butyrolactone (GBL) and N-Methyl-2-Pyrrolidone (NMP) by 10 cents per pound.
Forensic tests showed the drug in her system was Gamma Butyrolactone ( the breakdown of another drug GHB ( which depresses the central nervous system and can cause euphoria, confusion and unconsciousness and is used as an anaesthetic and as a hypnotic drug.