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How Long Does GHB Stay in Your System

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  • 24th October 2016

What is GHB drug

GHB, or gamma hydroxybutyric acid, is a central nervous system depressant that was used to treat alcoholism, narcolepsy (still used), cataplexy and as an anesthetic agent. It is otherwise and currently used as a doping drug to increase athletic performance, as a date-rape drug, and by bodybuilders to decrease fat and build muscle mass.

GHB Photos

How long does GHB stay in your system

GHB has a short elimination half-life of 30-60 minutes. As a result it is expected to be excreted from the body between 2 hours 45 minutes and 5½ hours.

This timeframe, however, may vary depending on several factors:

  • Age of the user
  • Body mass
  • Alcohol levels in the body
  • Liver and kidney conditions
  • Food intake and hydration levels
  • Male (longer) or female (comparatively shorter) user
  • Potency of GHB taken
  • Frequency of administration

GHB drug test

Urine Test 12-24 hours
Blood Test Up to 8 hours
Saliva Test 10 minutes to 6 hours
Hair Test Not used

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