In case you are wondering what apart from exercise makes the bodybuilders so big and bulky, it the use of steroids. Of course, a strict diet and a hefty workout regimen contribute to most of their mass build-up, but steroids are what take their mass build up a notch higher than usual.
Steroids are synthetic substances that are built chemically similar to testosterone or the male sex hormone. Anabolic steroids are often given to patients suffering from anemia. They are also prescribed to men whose bodies do not produce enough of the testosterone hormone. However, doctors usually do not prescribe anabolic steroids to bodybuilders or to healthy people, in general.
Testosterone is crucial for the promotion of growth of muscles and improvement of secondary masculine characteristics like the growth of hair and deepening of the voice. Steroids like Primobolan rely on the main component i.e., testosterone. Anabolic steroids are also known as anabolic-androgenic steroids or AASs.
Primobolan steroid is commonly used by bodybuilders for a spurt in muscle mass. It is extremely popular and can be used by two procedures; injection into the bloodstream and orally. However, the prolonged use of Primobolan has consequences. Moreover, the legal status of usage of the drug for sports-related activities is highly debatable. We will analyze further into this field to know more about the legal status of Primobolan steroids.
USES OF ANABOLIC STEROIDS
Anabolic steroids are used for medical purposes essentially. Nevertheless, people make use of them for various results ranging from improved performance, higher muscle mass and gains, and greater endurance, which reduces recovery time between workout sessions. Thus, overall it is used to improve the performance of athletes, sportspersons, and bodybuilders.
Anabolic steroids affect various parts of the body apart from the muscles. This includes the liver, blood, kidney, bones, immunity system, and reproductive system. Moreover, anabolic steroids can affect the central nervous system, as well. The use of anabolic steroids has various types. They are:
- Stacking: The use of a combination of various types of steroids and supplements together to make the most of the effects is known as stacking.
- Cycling: This is the procedure where a person is put on cycles of 6 weeks to 12 weeks and then another cycle of 4 weeks and so on and so forth with periods of no usage in between.
- Pyramiding: Some people who use steroids increase the dosage to a maximum level in order to peak the effectiveness and then gradually reduce the amount.
The constant use of anabolic steroids gives rise to problems such as an imbalance of tolerance levels in the human body. The body might also stop to manufacture its own testosterone. Any amount of regular usage leads to risks.
WHAT IS PRIMOBOLAN?
Primobolan is a steroid which neither one of the stronger steroids in the market nor the most picked one. Rather, it is a relatively weak steroid when let to work on its own. Nevertheless, it is a favorite for most famous bodybuilders like Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Primobolan is the commercial name of the anabolic and androgen steroid called methenolone. It is casually called ‘Primo’ among the experienced steroid users. It is not very strong in action and relatively tolerable as compared to most of the steroids in the market. Now in order to figure out Primobolan, let us understand what methenolone is as a whole. Methenolone is a synthetically produced compound containing androstane. This compound is derived from DHT or dihydrotestosterone.
Chemically, methenolone is a structural alteration of the by-product of testosterone that is DHT. Nevertheless, one will find various chemical and structural similarities between Primobolan and the parent chemical. Despite being popularly compared to the drug Anavar, Primobolan is comparatively milder than Anavar, where the anabolic rating stands at 88, and the androgenic rating stands at 44 and 47. If you see, the ratings are lower than that of testosterone.
WHY IS PRIMOBOLAN USED?
Methenolone was initially introduced into the market for its usage in the field of medicine. Its main purpose was the treatment of anemia, which is a disease that occurs out of a bone marrow failure. It facilitates the gain of weight in infants and toddlers. Furthermore, methenolone is used for the treatment of muscle wasting and medical conditions, which involve muscle wasting. It has also shown signs of reduction of breast tumors in women. Primobolan treats people who are suffering from malnutrition.
However, Primobolan acts as an immunostimulant. The body can fight infections steadily. This is the main reason why Primobolan is used in the bodybuilding industry. Apart from improving one’s immunity, Primobolan also helps one burn the fat much faster than the usual by increasing the metabolic rate. This, in turn, leads to the risk that runs with the loss of lean muscle mass. This is a miraculous effect for all bodybuilders and people who aspire to build their bodies. The Primobolan steroid helps to synthesis protein and retains nitrogen in the body, thereby increasing the muscle mass.
Primobolan is used by two methods. Firstly, by injection into the bloodstream and secondly, by oral means. Even though injections are common these days as it is retained for longer periods in the body, it is consumed orally as well. The dosages depend on a few factors, which include:
- Purpose of the use of the steroid
- Form of the person
For men, Primobolan shows mild changes in the body while the story is a bit different for women. Women show significant changes under the effect of Primobolan. This is mainly because their bodies are more susceptible to chemical changes that their bodies are subjected to. Otherwise, there lies no difference between the dosage given to people in the industry of bodybuilding and in the field of medicine. For men, it could range from 50 mg to 200 mg per day, while for women, it could be from 25 mg to 50 mg per day for oral dosages. Injections are used one to two times per week. Usually, methenolone is stacked with enanthate or propionate forms of testosterone and used for a period of 6 to 8 weeks while stacking.
The half-life of this anabolic steroid is ten days when it comes to the injectable version. The half-life for the injectable version has not been measured accurately to date. It is shown to be at 4 hours for some people while some say the half-life stands at 6 hours. For best results, only male athletes are advised to take estrogen supplements along with their Primobolan so that they do not have to endure a long period of heightened testosterone levels in their bodies. This is done so that the body does not take a long time to return to the usual levels of testosterone.
Now, there are certain conditions when it comes to the legal usages of drugs and steroids outside the field of medicine. These legalities are often either abided by or purposefully overlooked in the bodybuilding industry. Let us understand the legal issues involved in the complete process of production, distribution, and usage of the Primobolan steroid.
SIDE EFFECTS AND RISKS OF PRIMOBOLAN
The Primobolan steroid does not technically bulk one up but adds strength to the body. The lean muscle is built on, and the fat loss is increased due to the effects of the drug. As you know by now, Primobolan is one of the safest drugs or anabolic steroids to use. Its mild nature is responsible for the mild results in the human body. It produces fewer side effects due to its low androgenic strength. Anabolic steroids attack the testosterone suppressors, and so does Primobolan.
There have been no reported side effects of the Primobolan steroid, but however, it shows significant changes and results in the female body. This is especially true when the body of a female is subjected to high doses of Primobolan. This includes increased body hair growth, deepening of the voice, increase in facial hair, and growth and enlargement of the clitoris. The blood pressure of the body shows no change due to the use of the steroid.
One of the major side effects of Primobolan is that it can cause the production of testosterone to lessen in the human body. However, this is again relatively low compared to other testosterone-based anabolic steroids. One must take note of the fact that sportspersons and bodybuilders who use Primobolan regularly run a risk of developing cardiovascular diseases and serious problems related to the heart.
One of the main reasons why people use Primobolan is because it is not a C17-alpha-alkylated compound. This implies the fact that it causes less harm to the liver. It is important that one should consult their doctor before taking Primobolan as a steroid for muscle growth. This applies for all other steroids as well.
Even though Primobolan barely has any side effects, it is reported that the oral ingestion of the drug has more side effects than the injectable version of the drug. One of the most significant risks of using Primobolan is the loss of hair in males and females alike.
LEGALITIES INVOLVED IN USING PRIMOBOLAN
Primobolan has a rather reputable share in the industry of bodybuilding steroids. It is expensive, and since the effects are mild, often, a lot of it is used for significant changes. Nevertheless, as mentioned earlier, it is a favorite for most well-known bodybuilders as it is reliable and effective. Moreover, it causes the least of all health problems and side effects on usage.
Due to the major demand of this steroid, it was found rampantly being sold on the black market at prices that were sky-high. Moreover, it was marketed as a surefire steroid. In the United States of America, the Primobolan steroid has been labeled as a Schedule III controlled substance. Ever since the seizure of production by Squibb in the 1960s, it has not been independently manufactured or sold. Despite being on the list of drugs that have been approved by the FDA, Primobolan showed zero sales on pen and paper in the United States. Ever since it has been regarded as a European anabolic steroid with manufacture and distribution in Europe only, this added to the demand and the sales in the black market.
Now, Schering bought the rights to methenolone and retrieved it from the market. This accelerated illicit and illegal usage of the steroid. Currently, the Primobolan steroid is legally available in the markets of only a handful of countries like Spain, Japan, and Turkey. This translates to the only thing; it is difficult to get top-quality Primobolan in most countries, and as a result, it is easier to opt for acetate ester variants in the market instead.
However, most of the bodybuilders in the countries where production and sales of Primobolan are restricted depending on the black market sales for obtaining Primobolan for its usage. It is no doubt that they break the law to do and will be taken captive by the government once found out. However, such is the demand of the steroid that most bodybuilders who are acquainted with its effects still go after it to any extent. Apart from great results, another reason for the demand of Primobolan is that it is one of the safest anabolic steroids in the market to this day.
It is to note that out of the two anabolic steroids, Alex Rodriguez tested positive is Primobolan. The United States of America has strictly restricted the use and put a ban on the entry of the steroid into the borders of the country. Despite being FDA approved, in the year of 1989, it was one of the 40 anabolic steroids that was prevented for usage by sportspersons and bodybuilders in the United States.