Just a week ago, the industry got quite the scare as Blackstone Labs announced that the DMAA version of their hard-hitting, high powered pre workout Dust Extreme was discontinued. BSL fans were left scrambling to figure out what could possibly replace their beloved pre workout, while conspiracy theories flew around YouTube, including one of our own.
Well, Blackstone already has the answer to those worries — a brand new version of Dust Extreme — and it’s DMAA-free, but has a dual-action replacement that will provide nearly as much kick up front!
We’ve got all the details on the new formula below, but first, take a moment to check the best deal on the new non-DMAA version of Dust Extreme through our stores:
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Dust Extreme 2017 Ingredients
Just like its predecessor, the new Dust Extreme is high powered and transparently labeled. Notable differences between the old and new version are the removal of DMAA and Noopept, in lieu of DMHA and a whopping 500mg of skull-shocking PEA!
Citrulline Malate 2:1 (4g)
Dust Extreme is known for its high energy and focus, but it also brings some serious pumps, which are initiated by a solid 4g dose of 2:1 Citrulline Malate.
Citrulline Malate is one of the supreme nitric oxide boosters on the market, far better than Arginine. It significantly boosts N.O. production, blood flow, vasodilation, and energy production[2,3,4], as well as one hell of a pump booster!
Beta Alanine (2.5g)
If you’re someone who does high rep sets, eccentric training, or endurance training, beta alanine is for you. This potent ergogenic helps boost endurance by increasing carnosine levels in the body.
Carnosine is a powerful intracellular buffer that helps prevent lactic acid buildup in the muscle, offsetting the burning sensation — allowing you to train longer and harder. On top of that, beta alanine is beneficial for boosting strength, endurance, athletic performance, and fatigue resistance.
The clinical dose is 3.2g, but sometimes taking that much all at once can result in some bothersome “tingling” for some. Plus, research indicates divided doses are best for absorption and saturation.
Agmatine Sulfate (1g)
Agmatine is a neuroregulator / neuromodulator that bolsters focus, but more importantly acts as a powerful nitric-oxide extender. Agmatine inhibits arginase, the enzyme responsible for N.O. degradation.
Arginase inhibition prolongs the effects of Citrulline Malate and makes for denser and longer-lasting pumps (and N.O. production) during your workout. The dose here is great and will do wonders to improve upon the 4g dose of CitMal above.
We’ve already mentioned the removal of DMAA and Noopept up top, but there’s one other “minor” change in Dust Extreme. Blackstone has switched from 500mg of N-Acetyl L-Tyrosine (NALT) to a full gram of regular L-Tyrosine.
Although the form of tyrosine is different, the effects are all the same — improved focus, cognition, and mood. Aside from boosting focus, Tyrosine also relieves stress and anxiety.[9,10]
DMAE is a derivative of choline that helps fight cognitive decline by offsetting the buildup of the “age pigment” in the brain. It also enhances acetylcholine production in the body.
Acetylcholine has been dubbed “the learning neurotransmitter” for its ability to improve memory and cognition. This isn’t one of our favorite nootropic agents, but the dose here is great and lend a very unique feel to Dust Extreme’s element of focus during your workout.
This ingredient is not to be confused with DMAA as it’s no longer in Dust Extreme. They’ve dosed it quite well, though, so you might get a really good feel out of it.
Phenylethylamine (PEA) is a biogenic amine found in the brain that stimulates a strong, although brief, release of catecholamines including adrenaline, dopamine, and norepinephrine (noradrenaline). PEA imparts an invigorating “feel good” sensation.[11,12]
Even though its fast acting, the elevation in mood provides the immediate spark to get started that much sooner in your workout and wreak some havoc on the iron.
We’ve noticed that various forms of PEA seem to combine extremely well with DMHA, which is the DMAA replacement in Dust Extreme. However, we’ve never seen it done with this much PEA, so hang on tight, you might feel a bit of shock-and-awe right up front on this one!
Caffeine Anhydrous (350mg)
Now the fun begins with our first true stimulant! Caffeine needs no introduction and certainly no lengthy explanation on its effects, but it always worth mentioning that aside from increased energy, caffeine also helps increase awareness, focus, and motivation. This is one of those ingredients that just makes you want to get up and DO WORK!
The dose here is really pushing the upper threshold of comfortable for even the heavy stim-users. If this was the only stimulant in Dust Extreme, it would probably be A-OK for heavy stim users to tackle, but given the fact that we still have a few more to go, it may be wise to start with ½-¾ scoop even for experienced stim-junkies.
DMAA’s “heir-apparent”, 2-Aminoisoheptane (DMHA) is an aliphatic amine similar to DMAA that’s also found in nature. However, unlike DMAA which is still mired in legal battles, 2-aminoisoheptane seems a little safer bet to include in supplements as it’s been verified to exist in nature in the 2014 study Metabolic Profiling of Kigelia africana Extracts with Anti-Cancer Activity by High Resolution Tandem Mass Spectroscopy.
That study describes where DMHA was extracted from as well as other ways it’s been used, including as an antibacterial, anti-cancer, and analgesic (pain relieving) agent.
For our purposes, DMHA helps improve mood, focus, and drive during workouts. It has a similar feel but is a touch more relaxing than DMAA, so if you didn’t like the old Dust Extreme because it was a bit overwhelming, you might want to give this one a try and it may be in the “just right” zone for you.
Higenamine, a.k.a. Norcoclaurine, is a beta receptor agonist that increases production of noradrenaline. This triggers the “fight or flight” response in the body that kicks you into action.
Additionally, higenamine helps the body mobilize stored fats for energy rather than deplete your glycogen stores. One last benefit from this alkaloid is better focus and greater concentration during your workouts.
Huperzine A (300mcg)
Our last ingredient is another powerhouse nootropic. Rather than directly increase acetylcholine production, Huperzine A indirectly increases it by inhibiting acetylcholinesterase, the enzyme responsible for the breakdown the acetylcholine.
Halting the actions of acetylcholinesterase means more acetylcholine is available which ultimately leads to better focus. Additionally, huperzine protects against the “neuron death molecule” glutamine, and may even help create new brain cells thereby making it “neurogenerative”.
Although the formula has changed, Blackstone has kept the lineup of flavors the exact same with the new version of Dust Extreme. Fans can choose between either of two flavors: Sour Gummy Bear or Pineapple Mango.
Don’t kid yourself, this will deliver very well compared to the original form of Dust Extreme. Yes, DMAA has been removed, but the combination of PEA and DMHA should getting pretty close to what fans of the original were experiencing. It still breaks our hearts that so many Dust Extremes were taken from Blackstone, and we hope these are here to stay.
Our resident stim fiends here at PricePlow (Robert and CJ) may have to give this one a go and see how it stacks up. This product is ideal for the stim fiend who no longer is satisfied with one scoop of standard pre workouts and has moved onto using 1-½ to 2 scoops on a regular basis… Less experienced users are best suited starting somewhere lighter — less than half a scoop here.
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