>Is this substance in old style Ripped Fuel from approximately 10 years ago?
As you probably know, sale of MaHaung, ephedra, and ephedrine has been banned in the US since April.
Ephedrine itself isn’t banned. Our government banned the sale of supplements containing ephedra. Ephedrine itself - the drug - is still sold over the counter. It is found in Bronkaid, Primatine, various brands of stay-awake pills at truck stops and convenience stores, Vasopro and other brands online, etc.
Most of these have a cough suppressant (Guifenesin) added. I’m not sure why, probably to get around some stupid BS government regulation. I don’t like having to take it when all I want is pure ephedrine HCL.
Personally, I wouldn’t take an herbal form. Why? Because I don’t trust the manufacturers to properly standardize it, and even if they do standardize for ephedrine there are other, similar alkaloids present in unknown quantities. So, IMO, go for synthetic ephedrine if you’re going to stack. You’ll know what you’re taking.
I’m not sure why this craze over the herbal stuff began, probably from the manufacturers hyping it in combination with the tendency of the public to think that if something is “herbal” as opposed to a “drug” it must be better.
The ban is pure BS. No valid science behind it. I agree it was most likely done at the urging of drug companies to clear the way for their newer diet drugs. The EC (ephedrine and caffeine) stack is well-researched, safe and effective. As with anything, overdosing can cause problems. Also, some people are more sensitive than others to the initial “jittery” effects. Start out with a low dose and increase to no more than the recommended dose gradually. The jitters, increased heart rate and similar effects wear off over time, while the thermogenic effect of EC maintains or even increases.
Ephedrine by itself has no thermogenic effect. It must be combined with caffeine. The suggested dose is 20mg ephedrine and 200mg of caffeine taken 3x per day. DO NOT start by taking that much. Try a single half dose of 10/100 on the first day and see how it affects you.