Well, not quite yet… But with the recent TGA interim decision to ban DMHA and DMBA (AMP citrate), as well as all related ‘aliphatic aklylamines’, you can pretty much rest assured that your favourite stimulant today will be a thing of the past in just a few short months…
Here’s what’s going on.
What’s Being Banned?
Two of your (and our!) favourite stims have hit the TGA’s ban-list – DMBA and DMHA. This includes several other names for these ingredients, including:
1,3-dimethylbutylamine, octodrine, 1-aminoisoheptane, 1,5-dimethylhexylamine , 4 methylhexane-2-amine, 1,3-dimethylamylamine, DMAA, 4-amino-2-methylpentane Citrate (AMP Citrate)
These ingredients will be added to the ‘Schedule 10’ list, which is defined by the TGA as Substances of such danger to health as to warrant prohibition of sale, supply and use.
So, as of the official scheduling of these ingredients, it will be prohibited to buy, sell and use products containing DMBA and DMHA.
Why the Bans?
Much like with the DMAA ban in 2012, the TGA (and other regulatory bodies around the world such as the FDA) argue that these ingredients (which are chemically similar to DMAA), pose a significant health risk. This is partly due to the fact that there is no research to suggest that these compounds are safe for use, and that the argument that they come from natural sources such as pouchong tea are unsupported. With similar adverse health claims as DMAA had, the regulatory bodies hold firm that these two ingredients should be banned.
When do the Bans Kick in?
Although there is no official date as yet, the preliminary date for these ingredients to be added to the Schedule 10 list is October 1, 2017. We don’t see any reason that this will be delayed at all, so be prepared for your favourite products to be off sale on or before that day.
Which Products are Affected?
We know of three of our pre-workouts that will definitely be affected: Tim Muriello Spazmatic, Sparta Nutrition Kraken and OCD Nutrition OCD Extreme V2. These each contain DMHA and will not be allowed to be sold provided the TGA ban is made official. We assume that two more products will be on the ban list as well – BPM Labs’ The One 2.0 Black Label and BPM Labs Annihilate Black Label – these two products contain pouchong tea extract. Unfortunately four of these five products were on our Strongest Pre-Workouts 2017 list!
UPDATE - 12 JULY, 2017
Well, unfortunately we have quite a few products to add to the October BAN list... We can confirm that all BPM Labs products containing 'Pouchong Tea' will be taken off the shelves, so this includes: Liporush Tablets, The One 2.0 Black Label and Annihilate Black Label. Also, unfortunately for Body War fans, the brand new Body War Pre War V2 which has only just hit our shelves, will leave our shelves permanently in October 2017. While it pains us to add these great stims to the banned list, we hope that's all we're going to have to do for a while!
So, What do we do for Stims Now?
Not to worry, we’re sure that the industry-leading supplement manufacturers already have something in the works to replace DMBA and DMHA, but obviously we’re not sure on timeframes as yet. For now, we’d suggest stocking up on your favourite products, because once the ban kicks in, you’ll be lucky to find them for sale anywhere…
Update - 16 May 2018
With DMAA/DMHA banned for months now, the supplement companies have listened to their fans and released a whole host of new supps that are comparable to the DMAA/DMHA-filled ones. Check out our Five Strongest Pre Workouts of 2018 article for the latest in ass-kicking pre-workouts!