Caffeine is Dangerous and Legal, Ephedrine is Illegal
Ephedrine is illegal or controlled substance in many countries around the world! I am not recommending anybody to buy or use Ephedra herb or ephedrine!
Who cares that ephedrine improves diabetes and regenerates the pancreas? Nobody because ephedrine is a natural chemical which can not be patented and generate huge income.
It is funny how governments are trying to ban so many supplements containing just natural ingredients like they did in case of Ephedra sinica. Ephedra was used as a popular stimulant and fat-burner for many years and has its place in Traditional Chinese Medicine for thousands of years.
However, governments banned its sale due to allegedly high risk of cardiac arrest when overdosed. Well, everything if overdosed may have fatal outcomes even pure water.
Additionally they made illegal or highly restricted the access to pure ephedrine allegedly due to fact that ephedrine can be used to make methamphetamine.
Street drugs or people who willingly take extremely high doses of herbal stimulants is not the problem of herbal medicine or plants themselves.
Drug dealers and producers have nothing to do with herbs which grow on this planet for ages.
Also athletes rarely used just Ephedra supplements and that is why Ephedra was not so dangerous when used correctly as they want us to think.
Athletes often combined Ephedra with man-made stimulants, steroids, high doses of caffeine and OTC and prescription drugs and that is why some of them got to the point of cardiac arrest.
Ephedrine has positive health effects
Ephedrine activates the adrenergic receptors so we can consider it as a long-lasting exogenous form of adrenaline-like substance. It has also its positive effects and some people even reported significant improvement of psoriasis when they drank the Ephedra tea regularly.
Ephedra and ephedrine use in mice proved to suppress the hyperglycemia in mice with damaged pancreas. Furthermore Ephedra and ephedrine both promoted the regeneration of atrophied pancreatic islets cells. Scientists suggested “that Ephedra herba may regenerate atrophied pancreatic islets, restore the secretion of insulin, and thus correct hyperglycemia”.
Caffeine is a drug just like ephedrine
Caffeine is a dangerous drug as well but why nobody wants to ban the coffee and energy drinks? Mostly energy drinks are well known as cause of many cases of cardiac arrest worldwide.
The LD50 of caffeine in humans is about 150 – 200 mg per kg of bodyweight.
Even healthy young men had cardiac arrest after consumption of caffeinated energy drinks. Caffeine combined with strenuous physical activity can produce myocardial ischaemia via induction of coronary vasospasm.
High caffeine intake (687 mg or more per day) is “associated with a modestly elevated risk of primary cardiac arrest”.
Caffeine in dosages of about 10 grams is enough to cause a fatal poisoning and cause the cardiac arrest.
Isn’t it the time to ban also the coffee, energy drinks and pure caffeine which costs about 5-10 dollars per 2 pounds (1 kg)?
Maybe the better way would be to legalize the ephedrine so people could benefit from its positive effects on health.
Pseudoephedrine replaced ephedrine in OTC drugs
Currently there is a lot of products on the market worldwide containing the pseudoephedrine which is known to cause the cardiac arrest too.
Generally, pseudoephedrine is considered as weaker substance compared to ephedrine when it comes to its stimulant and vasoconstrictive effects.
Now it is sold usually combined with other drugs like paracetamol as an over-the-counter nasal decongestant in pharmacies all over the world.
The producers of those OTC drugs intentionally add paracetamol or some other substance to pseudoephedrine in order to prevent the abuse of pseudoephedrine.
However, if you combine paracetamol which is really hard on the liver with pseudoephedrine you just make a much stronger drug cocktail which may lead to cardiac arrest too. So is that