The three common drugs used are:
- Methamphetamine (Crystal, Crystal Meth, Tina, Meth)
- Mephedrone (meph, drone, M-Cat, Meow-Meow)
- GHB/GBL (G, Gina, Liquid E)
In Ireland, other drugs are also used such as cocaine and dissociative drugs such as ketamine.
Chemsex commonly refers to sex that can sometimes last for several days where there is little need for sleep or food. The heightened sexual focus enables more extreme sex, for longer, often with more partners.
Men may engage in Chemsex for many reasons, some include:
- To feel more sexually free
- To overcome fear of rejection / shame / stigma
- Wanting ‘better’ sex, that lasts longer
- Seeking intimacy
- To connect with others
- To feel part of a group or community
Chemsex is associated with extreme disinhibition. Some people use Chemsex to do things they might otherwise not usually do. Safer sex can be less important to those under the influence and therefore the chances of transmission of HIV and STIs are greatly enhanced.
As with the use of other recreational drugs, engaging in Chemsex can affect our choices and our judgement. Some people may feel unable to consent to sex when highly intoxicated. Be aware of your limits and your right to say no to sex or sexual acts that you don’t feel comfortable with. A good way of achieving this is by setting boundaries before engaging in Chemsex.
Plan in advance – carry condoms and lube and do not share injecting equipment.
Drug interactions can be serious and difficult to predict, for example between alcohol and GHB/GBL. Side effects from the drugs used for Chemsex can be more severe than other commonly used recreational drugs.
Short and long term side effects can include:
- Chronic depression
- Weight loss
- Going-under / unconsciousness
- Coma / death