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What's growing in my GHB?
Q: I acquired some GHB from a trusted source and have kept it in a glass mason jar, unrefrigerated (don't want someone to find it in our fridge...). It's been a couple of months, and I've noticed wispy whitish precipitate (or something) that wasn't there before, floating in the jar. The potency of the material hasn't changed, but the white stuff is creepy. Any idea what it is?

A: Gamma-hydroxybutyrate (GHB) salt in an aqueous solution is susceptible to microbial growth. What the risks are of these microbes is unknown. Such growth is common enough that a patent has been taken out for the process of creating a sound and stable solution (see

Solutions obtained on the underground market that have not been produced with the patented process described at the URL above (or some comparable process), that are cloudy or that clearly have something growing in them, should be discarded.

The likelihood of microbial growth increases with temperature. Solutions should not be stored at room temperature. At a minimum, solutions should be kept refrigerated. Large quantities of solution can be transferred to multiple smaller bottles containing several doses per bottle and kept in the freezer. Thawing each smaller bottle as needed, and storing it in the refrigerator until it is used up, may be the best approach to thwarting unwanted microbial growth.

Also, though the dissolving of plastic is linked to GBL and 1,4-butanediol, it may be a good idea to store GHB solutions in glass containers nonetheless.

Asked By : Worried
Answered By : Anonymous
Published Date : 3 / 16 / 2007
Last Edited Date : 3 / 12 / 2007
Question ID : 3108

Categories: [ General ] [ GHB ] [ Storage ]

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