Overview

1,4-Butanediol is a chemical. It's used as a source of gamma-hydroxybutyrate (GHB), a recreational drug with euphoric and sedative effects.

1,4-Butanediol is converted to GHB in the body. GHB slows down the brain, which can cause loss of consciousness along with dangerous slowing of breathing and other vital functions.

People use 1,4-Butanediol for muscle strength, obesity, insomnia, and other purposes, but there is no good scientific evidence to support any use. It is also unsafe.

Don't confuse 1,4-butanediol with GHB or Gamma Butyrolactone (GBL). These are not the same.

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