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Our Preferred Ephedrine is Kaizen Ephedrine HCL

As explained in this post, our team decided to take a stand by recommending the best sites and the best products based on ephedrine currently available online.

This is just our point of view, but it is a serious one. It is based on our own experience and on the feedback of trusted members only.

As you know, it is not allowed to promote ephedrine for weight loss, but only as bronchodilator used for asthma, allergy, cold and flu. Keep also in mind that the legal quantity of ephedrine purchased per month and per person in the USA is legally limited to 9 grams  if bought in a real store, and to 7.5 grams per month if purchased online.

That being said, here is our preferred ephedrine currently available online, and the reasons why we think it is the best.

Kaizen Ephedrine HCL

Many ephedrine products are available for sale online, but if you already did a quick search, you know how hard it is to identify which type of ephedrine it is, to be sure if it is pure ephedrine or just an ephedra free product, if is has ephedrine alkaloids, what real quantity of ephedrine is contained per tab, etc… Knowing the risk linked to a wrong dosage, you would better think twice before ordering ephedrine due to the lack of transparency in this market. This explains why the most frequent question received per email is: “What ephedrine product should I take? What is your recommendation?”.
We have answered this question per email until now, always giving the reason of our choice with a recommendation of dosage also. In that way, we know that people who trust us receive a safe answer: they get our preferred selling site, our preferred ephedrine product made by a trusted company, and most important, they know how to take it in a safe way.

Why do we prefer Kaizen Ephedrine HCL?

Because it is produced by a serious company Prefers The Winning Combination, Producer of Kaizen Ephedrine HCLThe name of the company is “The Winning Combination Inc.”, founded in 1990. They are manufacturing the famous Kaizen Ephedrine HCL, a trusted name for over 10 years and considered by experts as the best ephedrine on the market. In fact the brand Kaizen is much more famous to customers than the name of the company itself. With a brand name such as Kaizen, you might have thought of a company based in Asia (the Japanese word Kaizen means “constant improvement”) but it’s not the case: the company is based in Canada, in the industrial area of Winnipeg. The Winning Combination Inc. became a major manufacturer of natural health products and supplements in Canada.
You can have a look at the company website here.
And here is the link to the site dedicated to the Kaizen brand.

Because of vertical integration

The Winning Combination Inc. is a vertically integrated manufacturer, which means that they control each level of their production, ensuring thus the required quality of product. This is especially important for nutritional supplements. Their production is fully compliant with high quality control standards, thereof the Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) guidelines. They sell ephedrine through their Kaizen brand since years, in Canada first, but also in the USA and internationally.

Because Kaizen Ephedrine is HCL (hydrochloride) Prefers Kaizen Ephedrine HCL

Another decisive factor in our choice is that Kaizen Ephedrine HCL contains ephedrine hydrochloride. HCL means hydrochloride, and as explained in our page “what is exactly ephedrine“, this is the synthetic form of ephedrine: not an extract from ephedra leaves, but a pure chemical form of the alkaloid molecule produced in a laboratory. The high advantage is that it is a pure pharmaceutical grade which is controlled during manufacturing and tells you exactly what quantity of ephedrine you have per tab. No doubt about ephedra extract, about concentration of ephedrine alkaloids, no guess work and risk for your health. Kaizen Ephedrine HCL tabs contains 8 mg pure ephedrine alkaloids per tab and you can rely on that.

Because sales of Kaizen Ephedrine HCL are perfectly legal

Next to the FDA ban of ephedrine for weight loss, Health Canada had to follow soon, due to the industrial and commercial connections between both countries. Of course they have contacted The Winning Combination Inc. directly concerned by this topic, and here is the result which was published in the press:

The Winning Combination Inc. has cooperated with Health Canada to remove claims from their website pertaining to “body fat reduction or a preworkout energy boost.” The company has also taken action to discontinue pamphlets that list the product as one of their weight loss products. It should be noted that this product can still be taken for its approved use as an oral nasal decongestant for short periods of time.”

As you can see, it is legal to buy Kaizen Ephedrine HCL, being approved for cold, allergy and asthma treatment in the USA and Canada. The Winning Combination Inc. is not allowed to promote the amazing weight loss effects of their product and you can see that on their website. It means that people who buy Kaizen Ephedrine HCL for asthma will also get fat burn effects but due to adverse effects, The Winning Combination Inc. can’t advertise on this in order to sell ephedrine to people willing to burn fat. This makes sense when you know the risks linked to an excessive dosage, see our detailed page about adverse effects here.


We feel very confident by recommending Kaizen Ephedrine HCL as one of the best ephedrine product on the market. And this, by facts as just mentioned (chemical composition, manufacturing, age of the brand etc..) but also by experience: we have only positive feedback comments about it. If Kaizen Ephedrine HCL doesn’t work for you, just let down ephedrine, no other ephedrine product will work, it comes probably from a wrong usage – drop us an email and we will see that together.

Where to buy Kaizen Ephedrine HCL

We have seen that The Winning Combination Inc. is progressively pushing the other brands and products and less publishing about ephedrine, maybe due to the controversy and the never-ending legal discussions about it, for instance in the USA with the current bills which aim at further control of sales of ephedrine. We would not be surprised if they stop this production one day and focus on other nutritional supplements, as many other companies already did. We will keep you informed anyway.

Meanwhile, you can buy Kaizen Ephedrine HCL from our recommended websites.

And you may notice that Kaizen Ephedrine HCL only comes with 8 mg of ephedrine per tab: this is due to the legal rule in Canada, see our dedicated article. If you find it in a higher dosage of ephedrine per tab, it is probably a fake product: please notify us per email so that we check that out. For safety reasons, we decided to publish a day per day dosage of ephedrine taken as EC stack, in milligrams of ephedrine and in tabs per serving as well.

Keep in touch, and meanwhile, stay safe!

By Mike Budd

© 2011-2013 Ephedrine, Where To Buy? All rights reserved.

Prescription for Ephedrine is Strongly Opposed by Patients

In our last article, we have seen that law enforcement officers are clearly in favor of a law that would require a doctor’s prescription to purchase ephedrine and pseudoephedrine, as these substances are used as precursors of methamphetamine. The alternative solution would be to track all sales of ephedrine through the nationwide precursor database called NPLEX, blocking in real-time sales of ephedrine or pseudoephedrine that go over the legal limit.

But according to cops, NPLEX does nothing to curb meth labs. As you may remember, their main arguments were the following:

  • Meth cooks are paying smurfers who buy ephedrine until their legal limit and eventually go to neighboring states when a prescription is required in their state.
  • Fixing a monthly limit means that meth cooks are still able to buy ephedrine legally before they get blocked, enough to cook meth.
  • NPLEX doesn’t help cops to act in a preventive way by identifying potential trafficking patterns in advance.
  • Cops say also that NPLEX is even adding an administrative burden on their job, they are overwhelmed with confusing data that doesn’t help.

Pseudoephedrine and ephedrine for cold, allergy and asthmaThis is one point of view, and US politicians have to consider all points before making decisions. So now it is time to see what are the arguments of the opponents of prescription for ephedrine and pseudoephedrine. The most concerned people are the ones affected by cold, flu, allergies and asthma, as they are the frequent buyers of pseudoephedrine, either from time to time as during the allergy season, or on a regular basis as for asthma. So it’s no surprise that the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) conducted a national survey in July 2010 among 2,000 adults who purchased ephedrine or pseudoephedrine as non-prescription medications for allergy, cold, flu or asthma at least once during the preceding year. In a nutshell: more than 70% of the population oppose laws which would require a prescription for their common medications based on ephedrine and pseudoephedrine. We will now detail their arguments.

First, let us give you an idea of the stakes here:

  • More than 70 million get the flu each year.
  • Up to 300 million people get the common cold annually.
  • 60 million people suffer from allergies and asthma and for these people, getting a cold or flu presents high risks.

What pseudoephedrine medications do these people buy currently for their condition?
Pseudoephedrine medications for asthma, cold and allergy






Why do most people oppose so strongly a prescription mandate for ephedrine or pseudoephedrine? Here are the main reasons.

Effectiveness of ephedrine

First of all, people want to stick to ephedrine and pseudoephedrine for effectiveness: they find that only pseudoephedrine is able to relieve their congestion. This is very well known to doctors: ephedrine used as bronchodilator has amazing long lasting effects, compared to other medications. This is the amazing power of alkaloids, given by Nature, without patent, we suggest that you refer to our dedicated article about alkaloids to learn more about other medical applications.

Heath costs

Next to effectiveness, most people are concerned by the cost for them that a doctor’s prescription would represent. At a national level, no doubt that such laws would broadly increase the cost of health, which would make little sense in the current political debate. People would have a co-pay due to the doctor’s visit, and many of them have a high deductible. For instance, here is the health insurance coverage of the people who took part to the survey: 65% through private insurance, 18% through public insurance, other 7% and no coverage 15%. Most people consider that a prescription for their medications based on pseudoephedrine and ephedrine would be an undue burden on the uninsured and on law abiding citizens.

Ineffective law

In a large majority, people are convinced that laws requiring prescriptions for ephedrine would not be effective at curbing meth labs. In some way, it would mean that law abiding citizens would be punished for a minority of drug addicts. They are sure that people who are already breaking the law would not be stopped by another law, they would just find a workaround, even if ephedrine or pseudoephedrine were totally illegal and withdrawn from the market, other trafficking networks would appear automatically. The only point that you could take for granted would be the burden and the cost put on honest citizens.

NPLEX alternate solution

Another argument of opponents of prescription is that another solution exists: NPLEX is already is use and would be more effective than prescription if law enforcement officers would just accept it and try to get the best of it, instead of opposing a psychological resistance to change. 66% of patients think that this modern, real-time tracking system would be a better choice than a prescription mandate.


American patients have sent a clear message to their political representatives, supported by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, a highly respectable organization which can’t be suspected of any hidden agenda in that debate: requiring prescriptions for their medications based on ephedrine and pseudoephedrine would not be a solution to the meth problem, it would be an unfair burden on the uninsured and on honest people. Millions of patients rely on pseudoephedrine and ephedrine and would prefer alternate solutions like NPLEX that don’t require a prescription mandate.

US politicians heard the message apparently: patients are also voters, and in many states their point of view is winning over the lobbying of law enforcement officers. Probably because one patient’s vote is just equal to one cop’s vote, and there are more patients than cops in most US states 😉

By Mike Budd

© 2011-2013 Ephedrine, Where To Buy? All rights reserved.

Coming soon – Our Recommendation of the Best Products from the Best Sites

As you know, we are frequently reviewing websites having ephedrine for sale in order to check their information, to see if they are serious, consistent, especially in terms of safety (side effects, maximum dosage etc..).

Sorry to say that the result is sometimes poor, and in certain cases even dangerous. Why? Probably because this is published by people who have no medical background and who care more about your money than about your health…

We usually notice two types of misleading information:

  • Some sites make no difference between the various forms of ephedrine, and thus of concentration of alkaloids proposed by the different producers. Honest producers know their products of course, because they control all the formulation process and they have to report on the different ingredients to the authorized organizations. They also cover a worldwide market, and the legality of ephedrine in the USA or Canada is different from the legality in Europe, especially UK, and other countries as well. These producers don’t think in terms of legality but in terms of production and marketing. The problem is not by honest producers, but by producers who rely on the marketing effect of “Ephedra extract” on the label to sell products without alkaloids; in such case, it is quite impossible to get reliable information from them about the real ingredients and their concentration. The problem is also by retailers who have a large portfolio and leave all responsibility to the customers: is ephedrine legal in your country? Is it authorized for weight loss or only as bronchodilator for asthma? What is the maximum authorized quantity? What is the recommended dosage? Up to you… In the best case, they propose ephedrine which is not real ephedrine but “ephedra free” products, usually a blend of typical products for weight loss programs. We say “best case” because even if it is a misleading information, at least you have no real risk for your health. You won’t have the real effects of ephedrine but no side effects either…
  • The second type is the dangerous one: you can get real ephedrine from some sites but with dangerous recommendations. For instance we have seen EC stacks with recommended dosages per day which were 3 times the safe dosage! In fact the quantity of ephedrine per tab was higher than usual (equal to the maximum daily dosage already!) and they were recommending to limit to 3 tabs per day, hence an insane recommendation of 3 times the safe dosage of ephedrine per day!

When it is a mistake from serious sites (“serious” meaning that they are reachable through a phone number, a real address, a real “about us” page and not fake information) of course we contact them and we ask them to correct it immediately. Some time with success, sometimes without…

Considering this, during our last team workshop we decided to go a step further in our recommendations: we are receiving a lot of emails from persons who have a limited knowledge about ephedrine and who don’t really know what are the differences between products, and what would be the right indication of dosage for them. Most of the time, they want to buy ephedrine for fat burn and as you know, in some US states it is not allowed to promote ephedrine for weight loss next to the FDA ban, so we won’t do that in our website, even if many other countries allow it. In such case, we suggest to people from countries where ephedrine can be sold legally for weight loss to email us.

To sum it up, how will we go a step further in our recommendations?

  1. We will do what we did per email for some persons only: we will publish a recommendation of the best products from the best websites from our point of view, based on our experience and all the feedback we got until now.
  2. We will explain why we consider it as the best choice for our readers.
  3. We will give the safe dosage taking into account the composition of the selected product.
  4. We will also detail the day per day dosage for an EC stack or ECA stack with these products, taking into account the percentage of ephedrine alkaloids, and thus there will be no risk of error for you.
  5. We might as well give 2 plans, a safe one for beginners, and a standard one for people like bodybuilders who have an excellent physical condition and a long experience of ephedrine.

So stay tuned until we publish this information.
And meanwhile, stay safe!

Mike Budd

© 2011-2013 Ephedrine, Where To Buy? All rights reserved.

Cops in Favor of Prescription for Ephedrine

Cops say that ephedrine should be a prescription-only drug If you ask law enforcement officers about their preference between tracking sales of ephedrine through a nationwide database or making ephedrine a prescription-only drug, most of them will tell you that a tracking system doesn’t work and that only prescription would be able to cut meth labs development in the country.

Cooking meth is so easy

In fact, it became very easy to cook meth since the receipt can be found everywhere and doesn’t require special skills. The so-called “shake-and-bake” or “one-pot” meth cooking are just combining household products with ephedrine or pseudoephedrine in a 20-ounce plastic soda bottle to get a single hit of crystal methamphetamine, by separating one oxygen molecule in the chemical reaction. Cops even found that most one-pop meth labs were using only one box of pseudoephedrine, which makes it extremely hard to stop as you can guess. Not even talking about stopping totally the rise of meth labs, how could it be at least reduced, how could law make it harder for meth cooks?

The obvious answer is to restrict sales of ephedrine as cold and allergy medication, most of the time over the counter, for instance in convenience stores. This could be done by tracking sales of ephedrine in the NPLEX system (National Precursor Log Exchange), a nationwide database which blocks automatically all sales exceeding the authorized quantity per person and per month. Each pharmacy would be connected to the NPLEX database, sending an control request before the sale and receiving a warning in return when the legal limit has been hit. Of course, in that case the name of the buyer is kept in the database for further use, for instance to identify potential trafficking networks.

But again, law enforcement officers think that this system has no real effect on meth labs. Why do they think that this modern solution is powerless against meth cooks, what are their arguments? We will detail them below.

NPLEX does nothing against ephedrine, cops say.

First argument

Tracking sales until reaching the legal monthly limit of ephedrine is not enough, according to cops, because meth addicts are simply bypassing this authorized quantity per person per month just by paying other people to buy ephedrine for them. This easy workaround known as “smurfing” has reached such a level that people who had no experience of meth came to this black market just for quick cash. In Tulsa for instance, one single box of Sudafed can be sold up to $50. This situation is even worse in Missouri, where J. Grellner, president of the Narcotics Officers Association, says to everyone that “in Missouri, pseudoephedrine is no longer a commodity, it’s currency”. And when a state classified ephedrine as a prescription-only drug, of course smurfers go to neighboring states to buy a few boxes under their limit and come back to sell to meth cooks.

Second argument

For cops, fixing a monthly limit of ephedrine is not enough: in the state of Tennessee, around 5,000 sales of ephedrine have been blocked thanks to the NPLEX system, but that means also that those people who were blocked have been able to buy 15,000 boxes of ephedrine before they got blocked…

Third argument

According to cops, the NPLEX system doesn’t help them to act in a preventive way: it can’t be used to draw potential trafficking patterns in advance, smurfers being too many and too smart to get caught so easily. Instead of fishing for a limited number of big fishes, cops have the feeling that smurfers act like small fishes, being able to escape from their trawl nets. Cops say that the NPLEX database has no interest for them in order to find meth labs: most of the time, they get their information through domestic violence cases, neighbors calling in, etc… They just use NPLEX from time to time to bolster the case.

Last argument

Some cops say that the NPLEX system is even hampering their efforts because they are overwhelmed with unnecessary data that confuses them and prevents them to focus more on their real work, finding and neutralizing meth labs before explosion.


Some law enforcement officers are so convinced that NPLEX is a waste of time and money that they started an active lobbying in their states, going county by county for months, convincing municipalities to decide for prescription laws for ephedrine. At this time, only Oregon and Mississippi have classified ephedrine as a prescription-only drug. Other states could follow, depending on their current bills. But the game is not played yet: proponents of the NPLEX system has also their word to say, and this will be detailed in our next post.

By Mike Budd

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