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VICAINE by MA Labs
Prohedonic Opioid-Stimulant Complex” + Nootropic
Revolutionary pre-workout? Kratom alternative? Speedball in a bottle? These are all accurate terms to describe what Vicaine is all about. As its name (a portmanteau word) implies, Vicaine possesses both stimulatory and opiate-like properties, making it suitable for a vast number of potential applications both inside and outside of the gym. If you think this sounds too good to be true, consider the fact that Vicaine is the first and ONLY product of its kind, created specifically to provide the user with an experience previously unobtainable in the supplement world. Now, I could sit here and continue to tell you how awesome this stuff is, but rather than engage in sensationalism, let’s skip past the shady marketing tactics and provide you with some real information.
Vicaine is a combination product comprised of two primary components, or halves, which are responsible for generating the majority of its effects and shaping its unique character. As both a potent stimulant and full opiate agonist, its functions might at first appear to be contradictory, even oppositional in nature. Yet, experience has shown that when these two elements are united in a balanced fashion, the end result is nothing short of spectacular, providing the user with the best of both worlds and ensuring a highly memorable (and pleasurable) experience. However, this only describes Vicaine in its most basic sense. In order to truly understand what we are dealing with we need to look at each ingredient separately.
When deciding what stimulants would be included within the Vicaine formula, the criteria for selection was 4-fold. One, it must be able to produce a stimulant effect powerful enough to sustain even the most intense training sessions. Two, it must be a pleasure to use, lacking all the dirty/bad feelings that often accompany other stimulants on the market (DMAA, anyone?). Three, it cannot cause the jitters or result in post-use crash. Four, it must be cardiovascularly friendly (e.g. no increases in heart rate or blood pressure). Honestly, this doesn’t leave us with a lot of options, but there are a few. One of these is good old caffeine. Although caffeine is capable of causing an increase in heart rate and blood pressure when used beyond a certain dose, research has shown that this is a non-issue when administered at moderate dosages. Now, I know caffeine has been around forever and is nothing exciting, but it is the most popular stimulant in the world—and for good reason—because it works and it works well. It produces a strong, energizing, feel-good effect that appeals to the majority, while possessing a relatively benign side effect profile. As a result, its inclusion in the Vicaine formula was a foregone conclusion.
The next stimulant on the list is theacrine (also commonly known as TeaCrine). Guys, this stuff is awesome! I am sure most of you have heard about it by now, as it drew quite a bit of attention when it was first released a couple years ago. However, its high production cost has stopped many supplement companies from including it in their product line and when they do, it is usually severely under-dosed (and sometimes absent altogether), preventing the user from experiencing its full benefits. This is an important point to consider…because few companies have included theacrine in their products at optimal doses; a problem you won’t need to worry about with Vicaine. Overall, I believe theacrine shares the top spot with caffeine as the best stimulant on the market.
When used separately, both of these compounds have received high praise from consumers and researchers alike, but what happens when we combine them? Well, researchers did just that in an attempt to find out how this combination affects both the mind and body, measuring subjective feelings such as mood and energy levels, as well as cardiovascular markers like heart rate and blood pressure. The results were impressive, to say the least. Not only did it provide superior improvements in mood and energy levels compared to caffeine by itself (partially due to theacrine’s ability to increase dopamine levels), but even when using moderately high dosages of both drugs, blood pressure and heart rate remained unaffected! Wanting further confirmation, I decided to test this on both myself and several of my personal clients. The feedback was overwhelmingly positive, leading me to declare this combination as the #1 stimulant duo on the market from both a performance and health standpoint. Even if these were the only stimulants I chose to include in the Vicaine formula, it still would have been superior to most other stimulant-based products on the market, but this wasn’t good enough. I knew it needed something more; something that was truly complimentary and able to enhance the overall experience in ways that other products were failing to do.
I knew that adding another traditional nervous system stimulant would be overkill. After all, if I wanted additional horsepower in that area I would’ve just increased the caffeine and/or theacrine dose. But, as most of you know, increasing the dose of CNS stimulants beyond a certain point rarely produces a better result. Instead, it begins to tilt the ratio of positive to negative effects in favor of the negative, ultimately making the user feel worse and leading to a decrease in performance. We’ve all seen companies go down this road; loading their products with gross amounts of stimulants in an effort to make “the most powerful pre-workout on the market”. If total dosage was the only consideration, why not just gobble down 1,000 mg of caffeine and 150 mg of DMAA every time you need a pick me up? It will certainly give you a jolt…but it will also make you feel horrible and probably put you in the hospital with heart palpitations. Creating the ideal stimulant-based product is about much more than just dosage. It’s about the overall feel and effectiveness of the product…and this can only be achieved through the careful consideration and proper manipulation of all variables. Simply dumping a ton of CNS stimulants into a product is a cheap, lazy, and inferior approach to product design.
This is why I chose Sunifiram. As one of the world’s most powerful nootropics, it works through a completely different mechanism than traditional stimulants, further improving the overall character of the product without an increase in CNS side effects. Belonging to the ampakine family of drugs, it possesses an estimated potency 1,000 times greater than piracetam and works by activating a specific sub-set of glutamate receptors known as the AMPA receptor. Sunifiram’s effects are primarily cerebral in nature, leading to improved cognition, focus, and mood, as well as increased wakefulness and the enhanced interpretation of sensory input. In combination with CNS stimulants like caffeine and theacrine, performance is enhanced in ways that can’t be obtained with traditional stimulants alone.
Here’s where things get really interesting, and which makes Vicaine completely different than any other product on the market. But before we move on let’s address the skepticism that typically accompanies the following claim. For most people, the natural reaction to hearing that a product produces “opiate-like effects” will be something akin to “yeah, right…sure it does”. This is understandable. After all, we all know that full opiate-agonists are illegal and only found in highly controlled drugs like Vicodin, Percocet, Oxycodone, etc. I will admit, I was skeptical in the beginning to…until I started doing some research into the following compound and then confirmed its effectiveness on myself and others.
I am talking about Tianeptine, the ONLY “full”-opiate agonist (kratom is a “partial” opiate agonist) that hasn’t yet been scheduled as a controlled drug in the United States. Truthfully, it probably won’t be long before this happens, as it has already occurred in many European and Asian countries (note: Tianeptine is officially recognized as a controlled substance/illegal drug in dozens of countries around the world). However, Tianeptine differs from these drugs significantly in both safety and chemical make-up, as we will see below.
Originally developed as a mood-brightening drug by The French Society of Medical Research, Tianeptine was initially classified as a selective serotonin re-uptake enhancer, or S.S.R.E. (the first and only drug of its kind), and used as an anti-depressant with great success. But later research cast doubt on its efficacy as an S.S.R.E., leading researcher’s to re-evaluate its primary mechanism of action. It was eventually decided that the majority, if not nearly all of Tianeptine’s positive effects on mood were attributable to a single trait—its ability to activate opioid receptors.
There are 3 primary opioid receptors in the brain (delta, kappa, and mu), each of which produces different effects in the body. Activation of the delta-receptor provides analgesic (i.e. pain-killing) and anti-depressant effects, while the mu-receptor provides analgesic and euphoric effects. The kappa-receptor is the bad guy of the bunch, providing effects contrary to those usually associated with opiates, such as depression and agitation. Tianeptine attaches to these receptors in the same way that traditional opiates do, displaying strong activity at the mu-receptor (critical for experiencing traditional opiate-like effects), moderate activity at the delta-receptor, and negligible activity at the kappa-receptor. In other words, this stuff works through the same feel-good mechanism as traditional opiates (morphine, heroin, hydrocodone, etc), but with an even higher degree of selectivity for the mu and delta-receptor.
Tianeptine is also believed to possess activity at the AMPA receptor, dopamine receptor, and NDMA receptor, which would account for (at least in part) its unique ability to provide mild stimulant-like effects in the face of opioid receptor activation. You see, unlike other full opioid agonists, Tianeptine administered at efficacious doses does not result in cognitive decline, decreased psychomotor activity, or sedation. In fact, it has in some ways been shown to have the opposite effect, helping to augment cognitive function, increase attention span, and even improve exercise performance. This allows Tianeptine to provide all the beneficial effects of traditional opiates without experiencing the CNS depression (drowsiness, impaired motor skills, etc) that typically accompanies their use. This makes it unlike any other drug in the world and an awesome addition to the Vicaine formula. As further icing on the cake, Tianeptine has also been shown to provide neuroprotective effects (i.e. prevents deterioration in brain structure/function).
Some have called me crazy for including this stuff in the Vicaine formula, especially at current dosages, but when have I ever shied away from the controversial? As stated in my Mission Statement “we don’t shrink from controversy, but seek to redefine the marketplace through originality, excellence, and a no-holds-barred approach that pushes the limits of mainstream supplementation”. I think that says it best.
In addition to Vicaine’s core components, I have also included a variety of supportive ingredients designed to further enhance the overall experience. One of these is Nefiracetam. Unlike the other racetams, Nefiracetam’s mechanisms of action make it uniquely suited for use as an ancillary aide with Tianeptine. Why? It has been clinically proven to attenuate tolerance and dependence to full opiate agonists. In laymen’s terms, this means it reduces physical addiction potential and withdrawal symptoms in instances of abuse. Likely explanations for this effect include cAMP systems manipulation and Ca2+ mobilization, although this area of research has yet to be fully elucidated.
Vicaine has also been fortified with choline; a nutrient essential for proper neurotransmitter function and which allows several of the ingredients within Vicaine to work to their maximum potential. Likewise, L-theanine has been added for its ability to combat caffeine’s CNS related side effects (jitteriness, anxiety, etc), as well as for its dopamine elevating capabilities.
Once again, MA LABS has pulled out all the stops in an effort to make sure that you, our brothers and sisters in iron, have unbridled access to one of the most cutting-edge and controversial products ever released in the bodybuilding-fitness community. In addition to its profound and multi-faceted effect profile, every ingredient found in the Vicaine formula has been dosed for maximum effectiveness. You won’t find any half-ass measures here, nor will you ever. At MA LABS we are committed to excellence on every front, while relentlessly pursuing best-in-class status in all product categories. As the first product of its kind, we are excited to release to you our latest creation. We hope you enjoy it thoroughly.
Posted by Nate on 3rd Feb 2017
It's the BEST nootropic I've ever used hands down. 3-4/5 for pain...but I'm also tolerant....but energy, focus, etc is amazing and its by far the greatest mental energy supp blend I've ever used and I've taken nuvigil, adderall, vyvanse, etc.
Posted by Chris on 3rd Feb 2017
"Gonna tell everyone right now right here this product is 150% legit... get it while u can is all I'm saying Ik I am. Lots of marketing scams out there but this is not one of them.. without going into detail I've had major lumbar and cervical fusions and have been stuck on pain meds for years and I'm not talking just a Vicodin either I'm talking very very powerful stuff most drs won't prescribe to cancer patients.. this stuff WILL replace your cravings and help anyone in pain I personally guarantee and I'm no novice to opioid medications.. I'm giving this a 10/10 and the fast shipping from iml cannot be beat. 2 days from order to door ... I'm gonna say I've lived in a lot of pain w my back even though I criple myself at work and in the gym I will not give up, this stuff has taken my pain levels to the lowest it's been since before i started having issues w degenerative disc disease . It's no fun. Even if this stuff only worked for one day it's a blessing to be pain free for a single day .. even hooked to button controled iv dialaudid for 3 days I had more pain than I have now. Who knew there was a legal alternative this whole time. Cannot thank Wesley enough and whoever the genius is for creating this product. I'll stop rambling u get my point. I'm in no way affiliated w iml or any other supplement companies I'm just average joe in ny here giving my honest opinions"