It’s almost impossible to find herbal energizers that contain ephedra these days. Don’t believe me? Just type the name of a popular weight loss supplement + “ephedra” into Google and see what pops up. Crickets.
Since the great ephedra ban of 2004, I’ve been searching for a legit energy/weight loss supplement but have come up empty-handed. Enter Cloma Pharma, the self-proclaimed king of “grey-market stimulants”. Their product line includes cleverly-named items like China White, Methyldrene and Asia Black. I chose to try Black Spider, which contains 25 mg ephedra extract plus caffeine, yohimbe, synephrine, ginseng and B vitamins.
I opened up a capsule and dumped out half since I wasn’t sure what to expect. I made the mistake of taking it on an empty stomach and felt a familiar gnawing sensation about 20 minutes later (ulcer-related). Ugh.
After about 45 minutes of cautious waiting, I felt the first wave of adrenaline-pumping energy crash over me. While working on my paper for Bioethics class, I suddenly felt like I could write a manifesto. I had never been more articulate in my life! Ideas flowed like water onto my college-ruled paper. Breathing was jagged; my roommate told me to stop tapping my pen. All this energy and focus from half a capsule! The effects lasted a good 4 hours before tapering off for at least 2 more hours until I hit baseline.
Looking back, I’m very glad I started with half a capsule since the effects were so intense. I’d recommend Black Spider to all ephedra fans or anyone looking for a cheap stimulant high. One thing I forgot to mention is that I couldn’t eat a bite until the next morning after dosing, so plan accordingly. Ephedra was famous for its appetite suppressant effects for a reason. This stuff could be really dangerous if you have a heart condition or combine it with other stimulants, so please be careful.
OVERALL RATING: 4.5 of 5 stars