gamma-hydroxybutyric acid

(redirected from gamma hydroxybutyrate)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Acronyms, Wikipedia.

γ-hydroxybutyric acid

Central nervous system depressant causing relaxation, loss of muscle tone and reduced inhibitions. Effects are enhanced when mixed with alcohol. Previously sold in health food stores as a performance-enhancing drug until banned by the FDA in 1990. Sometimes vernacularly termed date rape drug.
References in periodicals archive ?
Sodium oxybate is the sodium salt of gamma hydroxybutyrate, an endogenous neurotransmitter synthesized from gamma aminobutyric acid, and is also known as the "date rape" drug.
SPRINGFIELD - A 65-year-old Springfield man has been charged with making gamma hydroxybutyrate (GHB), the illegal date rape drug popular in teen dance clubs, at his home in the 100 block of F Street.
Los Angeles authorities filed two misdemeanour charges of driving under the influence of gamma hydroxybutyrate, or GHB.
The agent, more commonly known as gamma hydroxybutyrate, or GHB, entered the U.
GHB, or gamma hydroxybutyrate is known as a date rape drug for its ability to incapacitate people and leave them vulnerable to sexual assault.
Generation I club drugs were defined as cocaine and LSD; generation II club drugs included methylenedioxymethamphetamine (also known as ecstasy), methamphetamine, gamma hydroxybutyrate (GHB), Rohypnol, ketamine, and dextromethorphan.