Few drugs have the reputation for fast and noticeable weight loss that Clenbuterol does.
On the face of it, ‘clen’ gives you intense thermogenic fat-burning, increased cardio-vascular output and even a mild anabolic effect; all things that any aspiring model, bodybuilder or athlete might appreciate.
However, clen has a murkier side that many users gloss over in order to experience the above ‘benefits’. Used conservatively, the drug can yield decent results, and the side effects can be kept at a minimum, though this balance is difficult to strike.
Is Clenbuterol legal?…Is it safe?…are there any viable alternatives…?
…These questions and more are what many people want to know the answers to, because who doesn’t want to shed weight with the simple use of a pill.
Clenbuterol Hydrochloride is a bronchodilator, meaning it has the effect of dilating the passageways in the lungs, helping them suck in more oxygen and therefore oxygenate more blood.
This is why asthmatics and people with other respiratory disorders might use clenbuterol to help ease the symptoms.
It’s also why it might be ‘abused’ by athletes to help increase their CV capacity in order to get an edge over the competition.
Clen is a sympathomimetic amine, and thus interacts with the sympathetic nervous system and furthermore the beta-2 receptors. This mechanism effects levels of neurotransmitters; adrenaline, noradrenaline, and dopamine.
This, in turn, is the reason for the major effect for which clen is used to this day: fat-burning.
Fiddling with these factors in the body has many downstream effects but one of the most basic is the most sought after; increasing the metabolic turnover and the rate at which fat is utilized for fuel.
Is Clenbuterol Legal?
Clen is no longer recommended even for use on animals, which it has been in the meat farming industry to lean-out animals for higher quality meat. This is mainly because the drug can pass to humans through consumption of the meat.
A few professional cyclists have been caught out failing drug tests when they have eaten clen-treated meat. Of course, a few just straight-up took clen, but that’s where the difficulty lies for testing agencies such as WADA.
The medication used to be given with prescription. Now it is a controlled substance in most countries (including the USA, UK, Canada etc.), meaning it could still technically be issued with prescription, although even the major drug governing bodies are declaring it unfit for use.
This also means that it is illegal for distribution and purchase. Underground sale and purchase of clen is illegal, however possession for personal use would most likely only elicit a warning, if it was even discovered on you by an officer!
Is It Safe?
And that’s the point really, isn’t it. Sure, clen is effective for fat burning. It’s more than effective, in fact. It does however have negative impacts that can potentially overshadow any benefits it might have.
The main ones are listed below, but clen can have any number of negative effects; the long list usually listed on drug packaging in order to legally cover the pharma company behind it is most likely a list of truths where clen is concerned.
Cardiac hypertrophy (growth of walls and consequential shrinking of valuable chambers), tachycardia (ultra-fast heart rate), uncontrollable weigh loss, and hyper stimulation are all possibilities with clen.
The biggest unknown factor is that no-one really knows how they will react to the drug without actually taking it. And, because tiny dosages have a large impact, micro-dosing for tolerance assessment, is quite difficult to achieve without risk.
Nevertheless, many people use clen quite safely for extended periods of time. The problem is not knowing if you are in the minority that will react badly.
Are There Any Alternatives to Clen?
There are safe and effective alternatives to Clenbuterol. Some of them have extremely similar names Clen. Some are based on other popularized weight loss drugs, like Phentermine.
The best product we have found which wraps up the effects of all of these medications and delivers them in a safe and affordable package is PhenQ.
PhenQ is probably the best fat loss product, as it is the most complete system available. Follow the link below for our review of this highly recommendable product.