Craze, a popular sports supplement is found to contain the meth-like compound N, alpha-DEPEA according to independent studies conducted in the United States and South Korea and reported in the current issue of the journal Drug Testing and Analysis.
Craze is marketed in both the United States and Europe as an all-natural pre-workout supplement by Driven Sports. It is available online and also in retail nutritional stores. Drivensports.com claims that consuming Craze will allow its user to “Have unbelievable workouts” and “Feel unrelenting energy and focus” yet today’s report finds that the effects of Craze are anything but natural.
Though no reports of addiction to Craze have been reported, research shows the recommended serving of Craze (Candy Grape and Berry Lemonade flavors) contain anywhere from 21 to 35 mg of N, alpha-DEPEA. Researchers suggest the stimulant effect is not as strong as that of methamphetamine but stronger than the effects of ephedrine.
The report also indicates that the N, alpha-DEPEA found in Craze is the same as that found in a crystalline powder seized by officials in South Korea in December 2011 as an illicit designer drug.
N, alpha-DEPEA was patented in 1988 by Knoll Pharmaceuticals with claims of enhancing mental activity and pain tolerance. Though it is unclear as to why it was never developed into medicine, what is known is that testing was only conducted on laboratory animals. Having never made it to the human trial stage of development, the short and long term effects of N, alpha-DEPEA on the human body are a mystery.
U.S. researchers have also found the compound in pill form in the weight-loss supplement Detonate, sold by Gaspari Nutrition.