Need meth? A popular over the counter sports supplement called Craze contains a substance similar to methamphetamine according to USA Today. The supplement has been pulled from most shelves, but is still available at GNC and some other health food stores. A lawyer for the company who makes the product has denied the presence of the substance in the supplement in a statement and then said that the company “declined to comment.”
The meth-like substance is called N.alpha-diethylphenylethylamine, and it’s present in both the sports supplement Craze, produced by a company called Driven Sports, as well as in a pill called Detonate produced by a different company called Gaspari Nutrition. In a statement to USA Today, a lawyer for Driven Sports claimed “We have previously provided USA Today with a plethora of data from a DEA Certified Lab indicating the absence of any amphetamine-like compound in Craze. In light of USA Today‘s decision to ignore the data we have provided, we respectfully decline to comment for your story.”
The video below contains a review by Youtube users who say they felt “amped up,” that they “couldn’t sit down” and that they got “the jitters” after using two scoops. Under the video, a commenter states that after taking one scoop of the supplement, they couldn’t sleep for two days. (WARNING: GRAPHIC LANGUAGE)
Despite what the lawyer for Driven Sports says, USA Today reports that it had the supplements independently tested in multiple labs and that the results came back positive for the substance, which may have the potential to cause serious health concerns, such as heart attacks and strokes. A study on the two supplements was published in the journal Drug Testing and Analysis after undergoing peer review.
Harvard Medical School researcher Pieter Cohen seemed to indicate that ingesting the supplements is the same as taking illegal street drugs, but that the drugs can fly under the radar because they are being sold in the form on non-regulated sports supplements. “These are basically brand-new drugs that are being designed in clandestine laboratories where there’s absolutely no guarantee of quality control,” he said.
The video below contains a “warning” about Craze from a user who “loves” the supplement. “However,” he says, “this stuff will f*** up your sleep if you take it within even eight hours of sleeping.”
An executive at Driven Sports, Matt Cahill, is a felon who has already been convicted of “introduction of a misbranded drug into interstate commerce” along another charge of “conspiracy to commit mail fraud” according to official court documents. According to USA Today, some of the supplements Cahill has sold in the past have been linked to death and injury. Cahill is also actively under investigation regarding his involvement in another potentially dangerous dietary supplement.
While Cohen says that the substance in Craze is not as addictive as meth, it is even stronger than ephedra, a supplement that was banned after it was linked to multiple deaths. Cohen says he thinks that the supplement producer may be purposely adding pharmaceutical-grade drugs into the supplement and calling it something else. The manufacturer lists an ingredient on the label that it claims is derived from an orchid. Cohen says he doesn’t buy it, explaining: “It might be that manufacturers are not actually using the orchid at all, but rather using the name ‘dendrobium’ when actually placing pharmaceutical drugs into the supplement. It is very likely that some other supplements labeled as containing dendrobium contain this same new drug.”
In the video below, the reviewer says the supplement contains a “very, very, very strong neuro-stimulant” and that Craze is “a concentrated stimulent” that is “CRAAAZZY.” He says when he takes it, he is “flying for at least two hours.” He also warns against taking the supplement at night.
If you need meth, a similar substance is available in the sports supplement Craze, but common sense dictates that it’s most likely best to stay away from any supplement unless it’s approved by your personal physician beforehand and after reviewing all of the data and evidence available.
Disclaimer: Guardian Express does not endorse illegal drug use of any kind. Article title and language in article body are representing only “creative poetic license” and do not represent any actual or implied suggestion to use illegal drugs. All over the counter supplements should be approved by a licensed physician before use. Supplements are not regulated by the FDA and the effects of many ingredients in such supplements are unknown.
By: Rebecca Savastio