How DIANABOL Officially Became a “Legal Steroid”.

Originally DIANABOL contained a harsh and methylated ingredient, Methandrostenolone, also known as metandienone or methandienone. Methandrostenolone is an orally-effective anabolic steroid originally developed in Germany and released in the US in the early 1960s by Ciba Specialty Chemicals. Methandrostenolone is a controlled substance in the United States, however the trade names “DIANABOL” “D-Anobol” , “D-Ball” and “DIANADROL” , are now 100% legal steroid dietary supplement (reference United States Patent and Trademark Registry). This product is extremely popular in the Unites States as well as Western Europe. These legal steroids remains popular among bodybuilders. A prescription – only injectable form is sold online from United States based companies. Methandrostenolone is readily available without a prescription in countries such as Mexico (under the trade name Reforvit-b), and is also being manufactured in Asia and many East European countries.

Pharmacology: Methandrostenolone does not react strongly with the androgen receptor but still exerts its effects through the androgen receptor. These include dramatic increases in anabolism (protein synthesis), glycogenolysis, and muscle strength over a short space of time. In high doses (25mg or more daily), side effects such as gynecomastia, high blood pressure, acne and male pattern baldness may begin to occur. Methandrostenolone drug causes severe masculinising effects in women even at low doses. In addition, it is metabolized into methylestradiol. This means that without the administration of aromatase inhibitors such as anastrozole or tamoxifen, estrogenic effects will appear over time in men. Many users will combat the estrogenic side effects with Arimidex, Nolvadex or Clomid. In addition, as with other 17a-alkylated steroids, the use of methandrostenolone over extended periods of time can result in liver damage without appropriate care.

The 17a-methylation of the anabolic steroid does allow it to pass through the liver with only a small portion of it broken down allowing it to be effective when taken orally. Methylation is what causes this specific ingredient to be harmful. It also has the effect of decreasing the steroid’s affinity for sex hormone binding globulin, a protein that de-activates steroid molecules and prevents them from further reactions with the body. As a result, methandrostenolone is significantly more active than an equivalent quantity of testosterone, resulting in rapid growth of muscle tissue. However, the concomitant elevation in estrogen levels – a result of the aromatization of methandrostenolone,results in significant water retention. This gives the appearance of great gains in mass and strength, which prove to be temporary once the anabolic steroid is discontinued and water weight drops. Because of this, it is often used by bodybuilders only at the start of a “steroid cycle”, to facilitate rapid strength increases and the appearance of great size, while compounds such as testosterone or nandrolone with long acting esters build up in the body to an appreciable amount capable of supporting anabolic function on their own.

Medical Use: In the early 1960s, doctors commonly prescribed a tablet per day for women as a tonic. This use was quickly discontinued upon discovery of the heavily masculinizing effects of methandrostenolone.

Use in Bodybuilding: Despite the lack of any known therapeutic applications, the drug remained legal until the early 1990s. The United States Congress added certain kinds of steroids which may or may not include methandrostenolone to the Controlled Substances Act as an amendment known as the Anabolic Steroid Control Act of 1990. This act placed anabolic steroids in the same category as some amphetamines as a “Schedule III” drug and possession of these drugs results in a felony. Contrary to popular belief, steroids were banned by Congress without the support of the FDA, the American Medical Association, the DEA or the National Institute on Drug Abuse. It’s used by bodybuilders, and methandrostenolone continues to be used illegally to this day, typically being stacked with injectable compounds, such as testosterone propionate, enanthate, cypionate as well as other injectable drugs like trenbolone acetate. Several successful athletes and professional bodybuilders have come forward and admitted long-term methandrostenolone use before the drug was banned, including Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sergio Oliva. Other legal steroids stacked with DIANADROL, D-Anobol, D-Ball or Dianabol are primarily fat burner compounds such as TREN (Trendrolic), CLEN (Clenodren). Winsdrol (Stanozall) or DECCA (Deccabolan).

Detection of use: Todays legal Dianabol compounds (Dianadrol,D-Anobol & D-Ball) are both safe and legal. Legal steroids usually do not show a test positive for androgenic compounds. The original ingredient, Methandrostenolone is subject to extensive hepatic biotransformation by a variety of enzymatic pathways. The primary urinary metabolites are detectable for up to 4 days, and a recently discovered hydroxymethyl metabolite is found in urine for up to 19 days after a single 5 mg oral dose. Several of the metabolites are unique to methandrostenolone. Methods for detection in urine specimens usually involve gas chromatography-mass spectrometry.

The Origin of Illicit use for Weightlifting at the 1960 Summer Olympics: For a period of time Dr. Ziegler worked at the Ciba Pharmaceutical company, who supplied testosterone for experimental purposes. In the early 1950s his patients included people suffering from burns, as well as the seriously injured or handicapped. In 1954 he administered testosterone, for a period of less than 6 weeks, to several high-level competitive bodybuilders on an experimental basis, but had disappointing results. Dissatisfied and possibly overburdened with patients, he distanced himself from research into performance-enhancing drugs until May 1960, or possibly as early as 1959 (conflicting testimonials).[citation needed] By the time of the 1960 European Championships in Milan he was understandably suspicious of the Russians – “the Russians are giving their athletes something.” Therefore, he asked John Grimek to propose to his chief, Bob Hoffman that steroids be administered to members of the American Olympic team. Mr. Hoffman, however, was cautious and later remarked it was “too close to give to the men who will represent the USA”. According to Grimek, “Apparently, he doesn’t think it will do that much good, and may even have detrimental effects ,He appears doubtful.” Instead, Dianabol was given to two lower level lifters to investigate its effectiveness and safety. After that, Hoffmann retracted his decision and Dianabol was administered to certain Weightlifters on the team.

So here are a few facts

Todays Dianabol products (Dianadrol, D-ANOBOL and D-Ball) are safe, legal and contain only FDA approved ingredients.

These Dianabol versions are available without a prescription.

These products are extremely effective and may be banned for use in some athletic competitions.

To date, these products are “military approved”. Use of these legal steroids by military personnel is permitted and the ingredients do not fall under un banned substance or recall list.

These items can be shipped worldwide with no customs interference.

I hope I have provided you with some interesting reading on the use of “legal steroids”. Until next time, Stay strong and stay safe.

-Andy K.

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