05-27-2005, 10:39 AM #1
Whats The Differents
05-27-2005, 10:46 AM #2
i thought that they were the same thing. i believe it is ephedra alkaloids or just ephedrine.
05-27-2005, 10:54 AM #3Member
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Don't quote me but I think ephedrine is an extract of ephedra. They are pretty much the same thing. I'm not 100% sure though.
05-27-2005, 02:13 PM #4
Ephedra is a term applied to a chinese plant known as Ma Hung. The plant contain a number of chemically similure compounds that are active 4 I beleive. These are known as ephedrine alkaloids.
I don't know the full chemical process but basically a Hcl molecule is attached to an ephedrine one giving you ephedrine hcl. It can also be made synthethically i.e in a lab. If the product is labeled as containing ephedrine hcl. It was more than likely made in a lab. If it is marked as containing ephedra then it an extract from the plant Ma Hung some of which is active. It would be quite unusual for a product to be marked as containg ephedra and actually containing ephedrine hcl. This would in fact be illegal as selling a medical product marked as being herbal is illegal. The position on ephedra is still up in the air as far as I know.
If you were not aware the fda banned the sale of ephedra over concerns of it's safety. There was a trial last month that might see that ban overturned however.
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