These may be uppers, downers or hallucinogens.
Lots of men also take Tina with erectile-dysfunction drugs such as Viagra or Kamara, or sometimes Androskat (see Chapter: SLEAZE WITHOUT CONSEQUENCES).
Men often combine drugs in order to make sex more enjoyable or to make sex practices like fisting easier.
They might use a drug to minimise the negative effects of another.
Taking a combination of drugs isn’t always intentional: men often just take whatever’s at hand or is offered.
The interaction of different drugs can produce completely new and unintended reactions.
– Summary of chems, street names, effects and usage methods
– GHB / GBL
– Other designer drugs
– Having your drugs tested
Summary of chems, street names, effects and usage methods
GHB and GBL (G, Liquid Ecstasy)
GHB and GBL are both referred to as G.
They produce similar effects, but require different doses.
GBL must be taken in much lower doses than GHB.
Therefore, make sure you know which you are taking!
The right dose can make you feel euphoric, relaxed, talkative and horny.
But gauging the correct dose is a delicate art.
One millilitre too much will knock you out (unconscious).
This can last several minutes to several hours.
In severe cases, an overdose can stop your breathing.
Daily use soon results in physical dependence.
Small amounts of GHB exist naturally in the body.
But GHB can also be made from the corrosive substance GBL (wheel cleaner), caustic soda (drain cleaner) and distilled water.
GHB is a viscous, salty liquid.
You cannot tell how powerful GHB is by sight.
Its strength differs per batch.
When trying a new batch for the first time, make sure you take a lower dose than you normally would.
GBL is becoming increasingly common in the gay scene.
GBL is highly corrosive.
Taking it undiluted can damage the oesophagus and stomach.
The body converts GBL into GHB.
You need less GBL than GHB for the same effect.
Take no more than half the size of the dose you would take of GHB.
Ketamine (K, special K, Keta)
Ketamine is an anaesthetic that produces a trance-like effect.
It separates its user’s physical and mental awareness.
It’s usually sold as a white powder, but also comes in liquid or pill form.
A low dose produces a euphoric and trippy feeling.
You experience a loss of feeling in the body and sensitivity to pain, and have less control over your motor skills.
Higher doses increase the trippy effect, the extreme point of which is known as a “K-hole”.
A K-hole is a surreal out-of-body experience.
It’s like falling into an infinite “black hole”.
It is often an unpleasant and terrifying experience.
Daily use soon results in mental dependence.
Regular use can cause kidney or bladder problems.
Symptoms of such problems include blood in your urine, a constant urge to pee, pain when you pee or frequent peeing.
Frequent (daily) use can make you incontinent.
Mephedrone (meow meow, M-CAT, bubble, 4-MMC)
Mephedrone usually comes as a white powder made of tiny crystals, but also in capsule form.
It produces an intensely euphoric and mind-altering effect.
The effect is often described as somewhere between that of MDMA and cocaine.
It amplifies feelings of affection and openness.
It can make you feel energized, focused and extremely horny.
Many users experience a nasty dip once it wears off, and a strong craving for more.
This craving is typically stronger with high doses and long-term use.
Sleeping through the night is often a problem the first night after using.
Potential adverse effects include paranoia and body parts turning purple.
You may also experience nausea, headaches, dizziness, excessive sweating, chest pain, nosebleeds (if you snort it) and agitation.
Mephedrone often results in a raging hangover, similar to the infamous MDMA hangover.
Symptoms include lethargy, depression and irritability.
Other designer drugs (new psychoactive substances)
Chems like 4-FA, 4-MEC, 3-MMC and MXE are becoming increasingly common in the gay scene.
Almost all of the designer drugs on the market come in powder form.
These chems can be snorted, ingested orally (wrapped in cigarette paper), booty bumped or slammed (into veins or muscles).
Little is known about their long-term effects or addictiveness.
It is very important to use precise scales to measure out your dose.
Having your drugs tested
Drugs can vary quite significantly in strength.
Taking a 100mg ecstasy pill is quite different from taking a 200 mg one.
GHB batches often differ in strength, too.
It can be the difference between having hot sex and passing out.
To increase profits, drugs are often cut with other substances.
These adulterants can sometimes be lethal, or trigger unintended reactions.
In order to use more responsibly and avoid overdosing, it is highly advisable to always have your drugs tested before taking them.
Especially if you’re buying from a new dealer, or from the same dealer with a new batch.
You can have your drugs tested anonymously in the Netherlands.
The minimum for powdered drugs is 100 mg.
A whole pill is needed for ecstasy.
Results usually take a week.
Check here to find a testing facility in your neighbourhood.