Through the mouth (swallowing)
Drugs can be taken as pills, capsules, liquids or wrapped in rolling paper before swallowing. Cannabis can be baked in cakes then eaten.
A drug will take effect when it reaches the stomach, starts to be digested and then enters the bloodstream. This is the slowest way of getting a drug hit – it can take up to an hour, although some drugs take effect much faster – especially G.
Swallowing drugs in drinks or food can mean you have less control over the amount taken, but you avoid much of the damage caused by taking a drug in other ways, such as through the nose, lungs or veins.
Swallowing drugs can hurt the mouth or throat. For example, you can get chemical burns from drinking GHB/GBL that hasn’t been diluted with a drink.
Never drink poppers, diluted or not.
To protect your digestive system from irritation when swallowing drugs:
- dissolve your drugs in a small amount of warm water, or
- wrap the drugs in rolling paper before swallowing.
As G is such a strong solvent, it's usually swallowed after it's mixed and diluted with a soft drink. It can badly burn your mouth, tongue and/or throat if it’s swallowed ‘neat’.
It's very easy to overdose on G as such a tiny amount of the drug is needed for each dose. Even a slight variation in terms of the dose or timing can cause someone to become unconscious or have fit, and even higher doses can end with a coma or death.
Mixing G with alcohol can also be very dangerous.
Because of these factors G dosing is different to other drugs and has important, specific advice to make it safer ››
Next review: 07/08/2018