Dust Extreme is a pre-workout supplement by Blackstone Labs, the most notable ingredient of which is DMAA, or 1-3 Dimethylamylamine.
This once insanely popular ingredient briefly came under fire by the FDA but that appears to have blown over as there are a few brands that have tossed it back into the mix, Blackstone Labs being one of them…
Citrulline Malate 2:1
The components of Citrulline Malate are L-Citrulline (the Citrulline part) and Malic Acid (the Malate part). Although L-Citrulline (not Malate) may be effective in some areas, the majority of the studies investigating Citrulline’s potential for exercise performance enhancement and recovery have used Citrulline Malate, so that is the preferred form it would appear.
Blackstone Labs lists the total per serving dose of Citrulline Malate in Dust Extreme at 4g and notes a 2:1 ratio, meaning there is twice as much Citrulline as Malic Acid.
Generally speaking, Citrulline Malate should be dosed around 6-9g because that is the clinical range used in multiple studies which demonstrated both muscular endurance benefits and recovery benefits.
Still, 4g is a notable dose and considering that Dust Extreme seems to emphasis energy/focus much more than performance enhancement, we commend Blackstone for adding a solid 4g.
Beta-Alanine also has mechanisms by which it enhances muscular endurance, but their different from those of Citrulline. Beta-Alanine serves as a precursor to the dipeptide Carnosine, higher muscular concentrations of which are associated with enhanced exercise performance.
This enhanced performance has been noted in multiple studies and Beta-Alanine is considered an reliable way of increasing muscle Carnosine levels.
Unlike Citrulline, Beta-Alanine takes time to accumulate in muscle tissue, so you’ll need to take Dust Extreme on a regular basis to acheive the benefits associated with Beta-Alanine.
At 2.5g per serving, Dust Extreme is technically within the clinical range. Thanks Blackstone Labs!
N-Acetyl-Tyrosine (NALT) is a more bioavailable form of the amino acid L-Tyrosine which is used by the body to synthesize important neurotransmitters such as Dopamine and Noradrenaline. Because of this relationship, many people are under the impression that Tyrosine enhances focus, but this isn’t entirely true.
Tyrosine hasn’t actually been shown to enhance focus but it may be useful for preserving/restoring focus and reducing stress in instances of Dopamine/Noradrenaline depletion. This may extend to exercise, meaning Tyrosine would help you remain more alert and focused during tiring, rigourous exercise, but studies haven’t really investigated these claims yet.
In the context of Dust Extreme, NALT may help support cognitive function but it isn’t exactly an important ingredient.
Caffeine is reliable and fairly potent Noradrenaline releasing agent, meaning it can increase focu sanad perceived energy levels. Unfortunately, everyone’s Caffeine tolerance is different. Some people can take a lot and some people can’t take any.
Blackstone Labs lists the precise dose of Caffeine in Dust Extreme at 300mg, a fairly sizeable dose but not necessarily overwhelming for most people.
2-Amino-5-Methylheptane is alleged to be somewhat similar to DMAA, atleast in chemical structure, but very little information is available on this compound. In fact, to our knowledge, there are absolutely no published studies upon which we can draw information.
Hordenine functions as a mild Noradrenaline reuptake inhibitor, meaning it may amplify the effects of compounds like Caffeine and DMAA which release Noradrenaline. Not much research exists on Hordenine for these purposes, but it has been used in tons of pre-workout supplements and fat-burners to date, with no apparent harm being caused, so in the context of Dust Extreme it’s probably okay.
Higenamine is a stimulant and beta-adrenergic receptor agonist, meaning it can increase the amount of fat you burn during your workouts. The psychoactive properties are lesser known, so it may or may not give you an increase in perceived energy, but it should help fuel your workouts by burning some additional fat, at the very least.
Dust Extreme contains 75mg of Higenamine, a fairly hefty dose as far as most pre-workout supplements are concerned.
1,3 Dimethylamylamine (DMAA)
1,3 Dimethylamylamine, otherwise knwn as DMAA, is the same stimulant that the FDA attempted to ban after UPS Labs became massively successful by using it in the original Jack3d. Since then, the lawsuit against USP Labs alleging that DMAA is dangerous has actually been dropped, and it would appear that the FDA has backed off a little.
Regardless of the status of DMAA, Blackstone Labs has never been particularly concerned with looming regulations, so it’s no surprise they’ve gone ahead and shook up the industry by including it in Dust Extreme.
With a whopping 75mg per serving, Dust Extreme definitely has what it takes to noticeably enhance energy and focus. The combination of DMAA and Caffeine (assuming the right dose of each) generally has people going and going for hours in an amphetamine-like, ultra-focused state.
Noopept is a nootropic compound which Blackstone Labs has already been using in products such as Dust V2. Research indicates that Noopept is an effective nootropic, but it’s not a stimulant, so don’t expect some massive boost in energy and focus from it. With prolonged use, Noopept may provide some cognitive enhancement but the effects won’t be immediately noticeable.
Arecoline Hydrobromide is a chemical relative to Nicotine that functions as a stimulant. We would highly suggest all our readers take a look at this blog post on Price Plow, which details the use of Arecoline Hydrobromide in supplements, before making any purchases of Arecoline Hydrobromide containing supplements, but it is used in quite a few pre-workout supplements these days.
Is Dust Extreme Safe?
Here’s the thing…Dust Extreme contains perhaps the highest concentrations of multiple stimulants we’ve ever seen. Most of these ingredients are safe by themselves, but combining various compounds always presents some additional risk. That said, as long as you aren’t extremely sensitive to stimulants, you should be able to take a little Dust Extreme and evaluate it for yourself. We would absolutely NOT recommend this formula to anyone who is even remotely stimulant sensitive. This stuff is hardcore, and only for people who crave EXTREME levels of stimulation, focus, and energy.
The Bottom Line
Well, Blackstone Labs has done with Dust Extreme what they’ve done with plenty of supplements before. That is, create a hardcore, no BS formula that will most likely blow your socks off. Even without DMAA, Dust Extreme has a pretty intense stimulant blend, but with DMAA it’s just absurd. If you want a pre-workout that will put you in the zone for hours and hours, make you sweat profusely, and probably not be able to sleep for several hours afterward, Dust Extreme is for you!
If you’re interested in some other high stimulant pre-workout supplements, check out this list!