For ” chemists ” (that is, people who use synthetic drugs to accelerate muscle mass gain) ” methane ” is a painfully familiar word and concept; so familiar that many of them do not even think about the mechanisms of its effect on the body, dosages, modes of administration and other, generally speaking, important details. Most often stereotypes prevail here – everyone does this, and I will do this. Nevertheless, there are several most popular “modes” of “methane” intake, and some of them differ significantly from each other. But often the first scheme for using the drug that comes across becomes an established rule, a dogma, and there can be no doubt about the truth of this. At the same time, it is obvious that the use of anabolic steroids is fraught with many “pitfalls”, known and little-known health risks. Of course, the person who made such a decision will have to be responsible for the possible consequences of the decision to use “methane”. Despite the fact that a lot has been said and written about this drug, we will try to systematize the information and clarify some details so that experiments on our own body would be well thought out. By the way, ” methane ” is officially called methandrostenolone ; we will further permit ourselves to use both terms with understanding of what is meant. So go ahead!
Historical excursion necessary to understand the question
In its usual form (that is, for oral use), methandrostenolone has existed for a long time (according to official data, since 1956). Prior to that, steroid therapy was carried out by injection. With this form of drug use, two noticeable disadvantages were revealed – the short duration of the substance’s action (therefore, a fair amount of frequent injections were required) and the standard inconvenience of injections (pain, problems with resorption, scarring, etc.). The latter circumstance is even more significant than the first, since the indications for the use of anabolic steroids were mainly related to patients who had undergone serious operations, injuries, and infectious diseases in a severe form; such patients and so regularly and many “pricked”. Therefore, the task of creating an oral anabolic steroid was very urgent.
In addition to the traditional troubles brought by numerous injections, one more circumstance was taken into account – it was required to reduce the androgenicity of the steroids used (the ability to stimulate the development of male sexual characteristics) and reduce, as much as possible, the number of side effects, especially their severe manifestations. Methyltestosterone, which was then “in use,” had a lot of side effects, in particular, its use could lead to jaundice. Methandrostenolone appeared on this “problem field”.
In the book “Anabolic steroids”, published by the publishing house “Sport”, P. Grunding and M. Bachmann describe “methane” as dianabol (another name for methandrostenolone), which is an oral anabolic and obtained in 1956 by the American scientist J. Ziegler with the participation of the company “Ciba-Geigy”. Subsequently, “methane” entered the number of drugs produced by many pharmaceutical companies under various names. Regardless of the name, all these “gifts of pharmaceuticals” contain an active ingredient – 17a-Methylandrostadien-1,4-ol-17r-on-3 (methandrostenolone, also known as methandienone). The production technology may differ from company to company, which is mainly reflected in the “purity” of methandrostenolone. Depending on the manufacturer, there are often differences in the declared and actual content of the active ingredient in the tablets.
As a result, the problems that prompted the development of “methane” were largely resolved. First, a tablet form of an anabolic was obtained; at the same time, the drug, due to the presence of a methyl group in its composition, is absorbed into the blood without being destroyed in the stomach. In fact, methandrostenolone is nothing more than methyltestosterone after dehydrogenation. Hence, another name for “methane” is dehydromethyltestosterone. True, dehydrogenation did not affect the presence of side effects in any way – they are similar for both drugs (edema, dyspepsia, “temporary” jaundice, liver enlargement). Secondly, it was possible to reduce androgenicity. From books on pharmacotherapy, you can learn that methandrostenolone in terms of chemical structure and biological effects on the human body is similar to testosterone and its analogues. At the same time, “methane”, having a noticeable anabolic activity, is characterized by much less androgenic activity than testosterone (the anabolic activity of methandrostenolone and testosterone is approximately at the same level, at the same time, the androgenic effect of testosterone propionate is a hundred times higher than the similar characteristic of methandrostenolone). On the other hand, testosterone-based drugs are still used, due to the fact that a decrease in androgenicity leads to a decrease in the anabolic activity of the active substance.
It is curious that methandrostenolone, in addition, is an active ingredient in the ointment of the same name. Its main purpose is to treat hair loss.
Why do chemists often choose “methane”?
Those who decide to stimulate muscle growth with anabolic steroids most often do start with methandrostenolone. This is due to several reasons, of which three are decisive factors associated with the characteristics of “methane”. More about them.
The first and very good reason – tablet form of the drug. This, in any case, is incomparably more convenient than injections. In addition, there is an opinion (perhaps even that it was formed on the basis of certain associations) that injectable steroids can cause drug addiction. And nobody wants to get such a “headache” – hence not a very positive attitude in general towards injections, especially regular ones. In fact, such fears are based exclusively on psychological, and not physiological basis (as they say, “devastation is not in the closets, but in the heads”). Anabolic steroids can hardly be classified as narcotic drugs. “Classic” drugs alter the functioning of the central nervous system; for example, by imitating the action of endorphins, which leads to an improvement in mood, the appearance of a feeling of causeless happiness, a decrease in the pain threshold, etc. The sphere of action of steroids is completely different. These substances stimulate changes in hormonal levels in the body; as for their influence on the psychological state (mood swings, depression, euphoria, aggression, etc.), the effect of steroids in this regard is indirect. In the end, common sense dictates that steroids both in pills and injections, in principle, work the same (after all, the active substance is the same or similar, only the way it is introduced into the body is different).
Important factor number two – relatively low cost of “methane”. Well, there is again a certain misconception here. Indeed, the drug itself, based on a monthly course, can be purchased at a price of 4 to 10 dollars (depending on where and from whom to buy). But, if you do not forget about your health, then after taking an anabolic drug you should do rehabilitation therapy. It is necessary to “support” the liver (Karsil, Essentiale will cost about $ 30 per course). It is also necessary to maintain muscle mass, that is, you need potassium and calcium preparations. Other additional costs are possible, which definitely need to be included in the total cost of “chemistry”. In short, the cheapness may be apparent.
And the third point – stereotypes, the prevalence of the drug. I decided to “chew”, asked for advice from the “senior friend” – most often it is “methane” that is recommended. This option for a “newbie” is not only not ideal, but completely wrong. Unfortunately, the fault here is the lack of information, which is due to some secrecy of the topic. Objective and accessible information about the effect of steroids on the body, obviously, could seriously help many novice “chemists” to avoid a large number of typical mistakes.
Details of methane intake
Before describing the ways and methods of using the “good old methane” for a significant increase in muscle mass, in order to prevent common misconceptions, it is worth noting again: it is better to refrain from taking methandrostenolone. To begin with, this drug is simply “morally obsolete” (“grandfather methane” is already over fifty years old). The advances in pharmacology over this period of time have been very significant. And in the light of these achievements, taking any steroids in pills at all (anapolon, primobolan, stanazolol, methyl testosterone, halotestin, the same methane, etc.) seems inappropriate, unreasonable. With their “help” it is easy to “plant” the liver, spoil the stomach, and make other unpleasant consequences. No muscle mass will be able to compensate for diseases of the vital organs. If you have an irrepressible desire to give up injections, you can use andriol ; the degree of risk in this case will be an order of magnitude lower.
If the need to experience the effect of “methane” is so great, the decision to take the drug is unshakable, then attention is the first rule. The pyramid-based steroid regimen is extremely ineffective (the pyramid principle involves taking small doses with a sequential increase in them to the maximum; then back from maximum to low doses). At first, however, the desired effect can be observed, but soon the body simply gets used to the presence of the drug and its reception has no effect (except for headaches and water retention, but this effect of the steroid is unlikely to satisfy anyone). This way of getting used to a certain substance, by the way, has been used for a long time to make the body insensitive, for example, to the effects of poison. In the case of “methane”, a similar regimen of taking the drug subsequently forces to abandon it due to the lack of the desired effect. Question – was it worth starting?
The importance of taking into account daily biological rhythms when using anabolic steroids is due to the fact that in this way it becomes possible to harmonize natural and artificial factors of influence on the hormonal background. A two-time “methane” regimen may initially be less effective than the more common 3-4 times a day. However, a two-time regimen is more natural, while an increase in the frequency of administration can cause the onset of the same addictive effect. In this case, it makes no sense to continue the course of therapy for more than one week (the desired action will not be, and the side effects will not go anywhere).
As for the dosages, the following can be stated. The most effective (optimal) daily intake of “methane” is 20-25 mg (usually this corresponds to four to five tablets). “Golden mean” in terms of the duration of the course – three to four weeks; and the addiction is not too strong, and the side effects are not so noticeable. However, you need to take into account the individual characteristics of the organism. After a course of steroids, it is wise to pause and do liver rehabilitation.
About the myths and fables associated with the intake of “methane”
The already mentioned elementary ignorance and lack of objective information give rise to many widespread, deep-rooted myths regarding the use of “methane”. Not all of them are harmless, some of them can be harmful to your health.
Fable number one – the drug should not be swallowed, but absorbed. This statement is argued by the fact that “methane” in this case is directly absorbed into the blood through the vessels of the oral cavity and, therefore, causes less damage to the liver. In reality, the liver, being a kind of filtering organ, will in any case receive the same dose of the drug through the blood – everything that is in the blood is also in the liver. However, doctors often do recommend resorption of methandrostenolone. But the motivation here is completely different. It’s just that in this case, a certain dose of the drug will enter the bloodstream from the stomach, and the other part from the oral cavity; thus, the total concentration of the active substance will be greater, since a smaller amount of it will be destroyed under the influence of gastric juices (some losses are always inevitable here). And the “blow” to the liver is the same – either swallow or suck it.
Another myth is similar in theme to the first one – According to it, the drug must be drunk dissolved in vegetable oil. It seems like then, “methane” will enter the blood not from the stomach, but from the intestines; it will not pass through the portal vein, therefore, again, the liver will suffer less. Debunking the myth is the same – in the liver, in any case, there will be everything that is in the blood. True, vegetable oil can to some extent prevent the destruction of the drug by gastric juices – this is the only insignificant positive of this method of administration.
Another “tale of the king of methane”: the instruction prescribes to take the drug before eating; but if at the same time there are pains in the abdomen, then you should use “methane” with food. This is delusional and quite dangerous. If the steroid causes a painful reaction, it must be discarded; pain, the body warns of inevitable negative consequences. And taking “methane” along with food only slows down the process of its absorption into the blood and nothing more.
Methandrostenolone course scheme
The pyramid-based drug regimen is extremely ineffective. Since in this case the body will get used to the presence of the drug and no effects will be observed.
Reception of “methane” should be stable and in equal doses. The most favorable hours for taking the drug are 6.00-9.00 and 18.00-21.00. This is the time for the increase in testosterone in the blood in men.
Two-time intake of “methane” per day is the most natural. And the usual 3-4 times a day can lead to the same addictive effect.
The optimal course duration is 4-6 weeks.
The optimal daily dosage for beginners is 20 mg. More experienced athletes can lift it up to 40 mg per day.
At the end of the course, to minimize side effects and minimize the “rollback”, you need to carry out PCT – post cycle therapy.
Important Notice : Recommendations regarding methane intake have been made here. This is in no way a guide to action, a call to steroid use. Anyone who is going to use this information must understand that he assumes all risks and responsibility for possible consequences.