Ephedrine HCL is perhaps the most popular weight loss supplement with millions of users worldwide. But due to the media controversy surrounding real ephedra products, many people do not know whether this thermogenic is legal to use in Alaska. While ephedrine HCL is legal to buy in the state of Alaska, there are certain restrictions on the sale of this herbal compound. In addition to state laws, there are also federal USA laws that must be complied with to guarantee the safe use of ephedra pills.
Ephedrine HCL is a derivative of the ephedra sinica or ma huang plant that grows throughout Asia. In the early part of this century, several reports of serious side effects from ephedra use were reported by the Food and Drug Administration in the US. They banned the sale of ephedra alkaloid supplements, but found that products containing 8 mg or less of ephedrine hydrochloride were safe and continued to allow their sale. Many people do not know this and in fact think that ephedrine is illegal in the US. However, so long as you buy it in 8 mg doses it is perfectly legal to use ephedrine in the United States.
Alaska followed suit with the FDA ban to make it harder to purchase more than a safe amount of ephedrine. It was discovered that side effects occur in a much higher frequency when taking more than 75 mg of ephedrine HCL in a single day. As a result, Alaskan laws state that you cannot purchase more than 3.6 gram of ephedrine per day or 6 grams within a 30 day period. You are also required to show photo ID and sign a logbook to be maintained by the seller for 2 years. This logbook will record what you purchased, how much you purchase, the name and address of the purchaser as well as the date and time of the sale. This is required to enforce the ban on large quantity purchases.
Alaska further requires anyone buying ephedrine to be at least 16 years of age. Alaska’s state legal code stipulates that is it unlawful to possess ephedrine or pseudoephedrine with the intent to manufacture certain other illegal drugs such as methamphetamine. According to the statute possession more than 6 grams of the substance for personal use is considered prima facie evidence of intent to manufacture methamphetamine. It is interesting that according to federal law you can buy nine grams of the supplement in a month, but Alaska’s law is much stricter.
Because of the additional restrictions placed on sellers and manufacturers, you will often find that your local pharmacy does not carry ephedrine. That is why the majority of people who want to lose weight will order their supplements online from Canada where the sale is not as heavily restricted. In Canada, you are not required to sign a logbook and hand over personal information to buy ephedrine. It is also legal to import ephedrine from Canada into the United States so long as you are importing less than 7.5 grams of the product. Since Alaska will only allow you to possess up to 6 grams, you should never order more than this amount. That would equate to 750 pills or 15 bottles of Kaizen or Synergenex Ephedrine. Alaskans can buy ephedrine online for as little as $10 a bottle and have it shipped directly to their doorstep without any difficulty.
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