Are SARMS Legal?
The science behind much of the research for drugs that assist in muscle building and retention can get convoluted and confusing, but don’t confuse SARMs with steroids or prohormones. Since the government outlawed prohormones a few years ago, it led to an automatic assumption that anything related was also banned; however, SARMs aren’t prohormones, and they’re not steroids either. Although the science is related, and they may benefit the body in a similar way, SARMs at most, follow a process similar to prohormones. The FDA hasn’t actually made any big decisions about SARMs, contrary to what some may think.The research behind the drug is actually very extensive. It’s not primarily being looked at from a
Since the government outlawed prohormones a few years ago, it led to an automatic assumption that anything related was also banned; however, SARMs aren’t prohormones, and they’re not steroids either. Although the science is related, and they may benefit the body in a similar way, SARMs at most, follow a process similar to prohormones.
FDA hasn’t actually made any big decisions about SARMs, contrary to what some may think. The research behind the drug is actually very extensive. It’s not primarily being looked at from a body-building standpoint, but rather as a substance that could potentially help people with degenerative muscle disorders. One reason this type of help could be beneficial is due to its minimal side effects. Many current medical drugs for muscular diseases have problematic side effects, leaving patients with no room for options. As scientists and Big Pharma companies continue to research and test these type of products, experts expect to see a large increase in popularity in the future due to its highly promising effects.
However, muscle degeneration isn’t the only possible benefit to developing products like SARMs. Derivatives like MK-677 are being tested as hormone-balancers, which have been known to help overall immune systems, improve sleep patterns, and increase energy without adding a spike of testosterone to the body (which has its own side effects). Other products that fall into the SARM category like LGD 4033 are being looked into as possible solutions for those with osteoporosis and bone diseases. Each product is different, though, and takes many years of testing and tweaking. Overall, the potential of the SARM industry is one with a lot of potential, to say the least.
So the big question is — are they legal? In 2015, some lawsuits against SARMs appeared that tried to prohibit their use. However, many of these big lawsuits against SARMs have since been dismissed. To this date there has been no successful action against any SARMS company in court, and no actions by the FDA indicating their position will change. And given the scientific research being conducted for people with muscular disorders, scientists hope to find a safe and practical use for these products in not only the medical field, but also in the exercise and fitness realm.
One thing to remember is that once the government banned the use of prohormones in 2014, scientists were tasked with finding something an alternative that would be considered safer for both medical and other users — hence the development and rising attention with SARMs. Though the science is similar behind these products, SARMs is an altogether different category when compared with a prohormone or steroid.
The important thing to note is that these are research chemicals, not for human consumption. They are perfectly legal to sell for scientific or research purposes, but they cannot be legally marketed for human consumption.
Given that many of the products we use now were once considered harmful or even illegal, with scientific advancements and new technologies, we have been able to find the right balance of many of these products and have adopted them for everyday use. All of this to say that when it comes to side effects and effectiveness of medicinal products, things get complex and aren’t always the same across the board. Just because something is deemed legal doesn’t mean it’s not harmful, or that it wouldn’t become addictive. Many of the non-prescription sleep aids that are common in stores across the US have been banned in other countries, and yet are considered highly addictive.
The FDA is still testing and evaluating the ups and downs of products like this. Often, SARMs have shown up in the media as being banned altogether, but only one company has received a warning about producing SARMs, due to mislabeling. That is they were including prescription medication in capsules that contained SARMS. There are two problems with this. Firstly, prescription medications being included in capsules with SARMS, which is actually what the FDA was apparently most concerned about, but also that the SARMS were encapsulated. SARMS cannot be encapsulated legally because the FDA has deemed encapsulation to imply human ingestion.
Yet another reason to purchase SARMS in liquid form!