Dianabol Introduction and History
Dianabol (AKA Dbol) is very well known and is known to be the most popular anabolic steroid in existence. It also follows that it is the most widely used anabolic steroid as well. Its chemical name is Methandrostenolone (also known as Methandienone) and was initially designed by Dr. Ziegler and his team of doctors and scientists in the mid 1950s as a response to the Soviet use of Testosterone in their athletes. The goal was to design a derivative of Testosterone that could be convenient to admninister (orally), and possibly exhibit stronger anabolic effects while exhibiting less estrogenic and less androgenic effects than Testosteron. The result, of course, was Methandrostenolone. Methandrostenolone was then the very first official derivative of Testosterone, marketed by Ciba under the brand name Dianabol in 1955. Dianabol’s popularity is likely owed to the fact that it was the very first synthetic derivative of Testosterone to be officially created and marketed, as well as the fact that it is an orally active anabolic steroid which provides convenience in administration. Dianabol’s ability to be absorbed orally carries the downside of causing a degree of liver toxicity due to the modification made on Dianabol’s chemical structure in order to allow it to be bioavailable orally. This modification is known as C17-alpha alkylation. Dianabol expresses a high amount of lean mass and strength gaining capability alongside a moderate rate of estrogenic activity via aromatization, and expresses a lower androgenic strength than its parent hormone Testosterone.
Dianabol is a very strong anabolic steroid, with an anabolic rating of 90 – 210 and an androgenic rating of 40 – 60, making it a very powerful oral anabolic steroid that is potentially slightly over twice the strength of Testosterone. Therefore, reasonable and/or smaller Dianabol doses can still elicit a very strong and powerful effect in an individual, especially beginners. Initial guidelines set forth by Dr. Ziegler after development of the compound had listed adequate Dianabol doses as 5mg daily for no more than 6 weeks. Although 5mg daily is enough to increase performance, it by no means will produce the strength and size gains desired by most people. Therefore, many beginners will find desirable results with a Dianabol dose of 15 – 30mg daily, and the most common dose within that range used is 25mg per day. Intermediate users will normally increase the dose of Dianabol upwards within the 30 – 50mg per day range. Normally it is unnecessary to venture beyond the 50mg limit, but advanced Dianabol doses can be seen to be run as high as 80 – 100mg daily. It is generally very unadvised to do this, because the nature of Dianabol being a very strong anabolic hormone should lend to the fact that it is a very cost effective hormone where smaller doses are effective enough. It is a very common notion among the anabolic steroid using community that Dianabol is one of the anabolic steroids that is “the best bang for the buck”.
The first statement that should be made concerning cycling Dianabol is the fact that Dianabol, nor any anabolic steroid, should be used without Testosterone as a proper form of hormonal support. The use of Dianabol or any anabolic steroid will suppress and shut down the endogenous natural Testosterone production in the body. The result is a need for some form of Testosterone to be run for at least the duration of any Dianabol cycles. With that being said, Dianabol cycles are generally strength gaining and bulking cycles due to the fact that Dianabol promotes water retention when an aromatase inhibitor is not used. The weight gained through water is unappealing for those looking to shed fat or even those looking to gain weight in the form of lean muscle only. Dianabol cycles must also be no longer than 6 weeks in length due to its effects of liver toxicity, but with Dianabol being a fairly fast acting oral compound, results in a Dianabol cycle should be seen within a matter of the first week or two. This is also why Dianabol is often included in cycles as a kick starting compound while other long-acting compounds, such as Testosterone Enanthate, are slowly building to optimal levels over time. The following are some examples of the most common Dianabol cycles:
Dianabol cycle example (10 weeks total cycle time)
Weeks 1 – 10:
– Testosterone Enanthate at 500mg/week
Weeks 1 – 6:
– Dianabol at 25mg/day
Dianabol cycle example (12 weeks total cycle time)
Weeks 1 – 12:
– Testosterone Enanthate at 500mg/week
– Deca-Durabolin at 400mg/week
Weeks 1 – 6:
– Dianabol at 40mg/day
Dianabol cycle example (8 weeks total cycle time)
Weeks 1 – 8:
– Testosterone Propionate at 100mg/week
– Nandrolone Phenylpropionate at 400mg/week
Weeks 1 – 6:
– Dianabol at 50mg/day
Dianabol Side Effects
Dianabol exhibits a moderate level of estrogenic activity through the pathway of aromatization, which means it is converted into Estrogen through interaction with the aromatase enzyme. Although this does not occur as significantly as it does with Testosterone, it is still a prominent concern. The potential Dianabol side effects associated with increased aromatization is that of: water retention and bloating, blood pressure elevations (as a result of the water retention), increased possible fat retention/gain, and gynecomastia (development of breast tissue). Although Dianabol expresses less androgenic strength than Testosterone, it too should also be a concerning side effect of Dianabol. Unlike Testosterone, the majority of Dianabol’s androgenic effects are resultant from Dianabol itself rather than a stronger androgenic metabolite. Possible androgenic Dianabol side effects include: increased sebum secretion (oily skin), acne (in relation to the increased sebum production), the possibility of triggering male pattern baldness if the user possesses the gene responsible for it, as well as hair growth. Dianabol side effects also include the previously mentioned increases in liver toxicity, which is why it is advised to run DIanabol for no longer than 6 weeks at a time. Dianabol will also serve to suppress and/or shut down natural endogenous Testosterone production in the body, as well as express negative alterations in cholesterol profiles for the duration of use, which can place strain on the cardiovascular system.
People looking to buy Dianabol will be happy to know that because it is the most popular anabolic steroid in existence, it is easily located both in open markets in countries in which anabolic steroids are legal, as well as the black market. Those interested to buy Dianabol will come across three kinds of sources: internet sources that restrict customers to minimum order limits, internet sources that do not restrict customers to minimum order limits, and personally known sources (also known as gym-floor or in-person sources). Minimum limit restricted internet sources and in-person sources are normally known to sell Dianabol for almost the exact same prices, and even in-person sources are known to set minimum order restrictions as well. For all intents and purposes, prices are the same between them. Non-limiting order sources will often price Dianabol at a much higher price than the others to make up for the lack of sizable orders, but will offer the individual the opportunity to buy small amounts. When shopping around to buy Dianabol, there will commonly exist two types of product: pharmaceutical grade, and underground lab (UGL) grade. The difference between the two lies in quality and price, with pharmaceutical grade being the better quality with higher prices. Shoppers can expect to buy Dianabol as pharmaceutical grade product in the range of $0.02 – $0.06 per mg of steroid depending on the source type. UGL Dianabol is normally within the same range due to the fact that it is such a widely available, popular, and cheap anabolic steroid to manufacture.
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