Blackstone Labs has had an interesting few months recently to say the least, but the the beast is back!
First, they discontinued their previous DMAA version of their hard-hitting, high powered pre workout Dust Extreme due to a raid from the Feds. 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.
Then, Blackstone turned on a dime and released a DMHA-version of Dust Extreme, which was a solid placeholder for the brand until Jared Wheat of Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals came calling and purchased a controlling interesting in the company.
The result of the Hi-Tech takeover — DMAA is BACK in Dust Extreme!
We’ve got all the details on the “new” DMAA formula below, but first, take a moment to check the best deal on Dust Extreme through our stores:
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Dust Extreme 2017 Ingredients
Just like its predecessors, the re-reformulated Dust Extreme is high powered and transparently labeled. Notable differences include the removal of the recently added DMHA and PEA, along with the switch back to N-Acetyl L-Tyrosine from L-Tyrosine!
And, of course…. DMAA is BACK!
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Robert and CJ go over the new product changes in August 2017!
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 still believe agmatine to become underrated and like keeping it around – although don’t really ever solely rely on it.
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, although the wonder-stim has made its glorious return to Dust Extreme, but more on that later.
Blackstone Labs has dosed DMAE quite well, though, so you might get a really good feel out of it.
N-Acetyl L-Tyrosine (500g)
Blackstone has switched back to its 500mg dose of N-Acetyl L-Tyrosine (NALT) from the 1g dose of regular L-Tyrosine that was included as part of the DMHA / PEA formulation.
Tyrosine in any form is beneficial for improving focus, cognition, and mood, as well as relieving stress and anxiety.[9,10]
We just wish that Blackstone had kept the L-Tyrosine component instead of switching back to NALT, as L-Tyrosine has been proven to be superior to NALT on several occasions. We’ve reached out to Jared Wheat to see why things got switched to NALT instead of L-Tyrosine once he bought a share in the company.
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.
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.
This is no weakling dose even when not considering everything else!
You asked and they answered.
Following its brief hiatus, Blackstone is reunited with DMAA and all is right in the world again. Something is so perfect about DMAA and Dust Extreme…it’s like two peas in a pod or beef roast and mashed potatoes — it just works.
Most of you reading this post already know about DMAA, given our extensive coverage of it over the years. But to give the newbies around here the highlights, DMAA is an aliphatic amine that is an incredibly powerful stimulant and focus agent. And, it’s all the more effective when used alongside caffeine, as it is here and in Blackstone’s King Cobra fat burner.
DMAA is safe in proper doses and still legally sold while under legal dispute (for the time being), so maybe you should stock up on Dust Extreme before anything else goes down between Hi-Tech and the Feds!
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” glutamate, 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.
You probably think we’re going to recommend a stim-free product here, which BSL’s Hype Extreme would fit rather nicely for added pumps.
However, Blackstone is debuting their King of All Stims stack which is a powerful combination of Dust Extreme and their new DMAA-powered fat burner King Cobra. The combo yields supreme day long energy and focus, but the dosing is the key.
To run the King of All Stims stack, proceed as follows:
- Morning Pre-Workout: 1 capsule King Cobra
- Afternoon Pre-Workout: 1 scoop Dust Extreme
We should mention that this stack is for advanced users only, not any DMAA newbies!
After a month of living in an alternate universe, we are glad to be back on the proper timeline — the one where Dust Extreme has DMAA. We made it through things in one piece (barely), but things were definitely upside down in the world of fitness for a while.
Hopefully, the grand stimulant is here to stay for the foreseeable future with no more hiccups courtesy of the G-men. While we did actually enjoy our spin with the DMHA / PEA formulation, we’re ready to get our hands on the re-revamped DMAA version and see what Blackstone is packing!
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