The workout supplement Craze that is very popular in the United States and across the world and is sold internationally online contains an analog of methamphetamine called N,α- DEPEA according to an analysis of three different samples acquired from retail and internet sources conducted by Dr. Pieter Cohen of Harvard Medical School that was reported in the Oct. 14, 2013, issue of the journal Drug Testing and Analysis.
The investigation was prompted by a series of athletic drug test failures that were positive for amphetamines.
The Craze label claims to contain N,N-diethyl-phenylethylamine (N,N-DEPEA) from orchids. No evidence that this compound exists in orchids can be found but chemical analysis does prove that Craze contains a methamphetamine analog N,α-diethylphenylethylamine (N,α-DEPEA) that is a banned substance.
The findings were independently corroborated by labs in Holland and Korea. No human studies have been made on the supplement Craze.
People that use Craze frequently and in large quantities may display symptoms of amphetamine addiction and symptoms of amphetamine withdrawal if they stop taking the supplement immediately.
The researchers expect the United States government shutdown to delay any action by the FDA to ban Craze or even warn people of the dangers involved with Craze use.