Turinabol, also known as Tbol, is the brand name for anabolic steroid 4 – Chlorodehydromethyltestosterone, a derivative of Dianabol or methandrostenolone. It’s an oral steroid which typically comes in a bottle containing 10mg tablets. With a very interesting history and a certain mystique surrounding it, Tbol is without a doubt one of the most fascinating steroids available on the market today.
Turinabol was initially released in 1965 by the East German drug company, Jenepharm after a successful attempt at separating the anabolic and androgenic traits of oral androgenic-anabolic steroids (AAS). Because of the drug’s short half-life of about 8 hours, weak androgenic effects and moderate anabolic properties, the development of Turinabol was considered a huge breakthrough as athletes and bodybuilders could use without raising immediate suspicion.
East Germany was quick to notice the Turinabol benefits and didn’t hesitate to take advantage of it to give the country’s athletes and edge. The country implemented a widespread and notorious doping program, lasting for over 20 years (1968 – 1989) and involving some 10,000 athletes. East Germans dominated many international athletic competitions, thanks to the effectiveness of Turinabol in boosting performance without being detected.
The success of Turinabol in enhancing athletic performances saw its use become widespread among bodybuilders, powerlifters and athletes throughout Europe and to a lesser extent, in the UK. By 1990, however, the use of anabolic steroids, such as Turinabol, had been banned in all sporting competitions in most countries. As a result, the drug became extremely difficult to source and, therefore, disappeared from the market. But, the rise of the underground laboratories (UGLs) and the internet have changed things. Like many other previously unavailable anabolic steroids, Turinabol is slowly making a comeback into the market, providing today’s generation of bodybuilders in the UK with the opportunity to experience what was once the most potent doping agent ever made.
Benefits of Turinabol
Technically, Turinabol or 4-chlorodehydromethyltestosterone is an amalgamation of methandrostenolone (or Dianabol) and 4-chlorotestosterone. Its properties and effects are somewhere between those of Dianabol and Anavar. This means the drug has moderate anabolic effects, with mild side effects. Turinabol actually displays anabolic properties that are generally equal to or slightly above those of testosterone, with little or no androgenic effects. So users should not expect massive or dramatic weight, strength or muscle gain. Rather, Turinabol benefits manifest themselves in a slow, solid muscle gain as well as good strength gain if it’s taken over several weeks. Of course, the use of Turinabol doesn’t produce rapid weight, strength and mass gains such as those offered by stronger androgenic-anabolic steroids like Anadrol-50 or testosterone. However, the muscles and strength that users will gain are high quality and solid. This is because it lacks the androgenic properties that cause the puffy look.
Because of its weak anabolic effects, Turinabol is typically used by UK bodybuilders and athletes during cutting phases and fat loss when strong anabolic effects aren’t required. The drug produces slow, build-up of quality, lean muscle tissue, which helps achieve a solid ripped body and considerable strength gains. The drug’s strength basically lies in its ability to stimulate moderate weight, strength and mass gains with little or no adverse health effects. Neither does the drug aromatize, nor cause progestagenic activity. As a result, various adverse health effects associated with progestagenic hormones, such as mood swings, water retention, sexual dysfunction, fat gain, gynecomastia etc., are absent. Moreover, the drug cannot be 5-alpha reduced, which means it cannot be converted into other harmful active metabolites. This makes Turinabol an excellent choice for females in the UK who want to avoid masculinization. But, as with any other anabolic steroid, taking higher doses of the drug may cause unwanted side effects.
When it comes to appearance, Turinabol helps deliver a hard, dry look similar to that of cutting steroids, such as Trenbolone, Winstrol, and Halotestin, though the result is not as dramatic. However, while most of its properties make it ideal as a cutting steroid, it can be used to build lean muscle during the off-season. Unlike pure cutting steroids like Winstrol and Anavar, this drug tends to straddle between cutter and lean mass builder. Although it won’t generate the amount of mass usually offered by potent mass builders like Anadrol-50 and testosterone, it can produce more potent muscle-building effect compared to most cutters.
Side effects of Turinabol
As a result of its low androgenic rating, Turinabol is extremely favorable when it comes to negative health effects to gains ratio. When used taken in the right dosage, Turinabol will build solid mass and strength without any unpleasant androgenic side effects like hair loss, increased hair growth, acne, aggression etc. Because the drug comes with the 4-chloro alteration, it cannot interact with aromatase enzyme. As a result, the negative estrogenic health effects, such as gynocomastia, shouldn’t be a concern. However, it’s worth noting that some people report getting affected by mild gynocomastia with Tbol use alone. This is thought to occur as a result of the drug having a small degree of direct action at the body’s estrogen receptors or the action of a small amount of methyltestosterone left over during the manufacturing process.
Also, the 4-chloro alteration prevents the 5-alpha reductase enzyme from interacting with the drug. So conversion of this medication into a dihydro form is not possible, preventing any side effects thereof. Nonetheless, androgenic alopecia might still occur, especially with a higher dosage. Other Turinabol side effects that may occur with higher doses include: erectile dysfunction, reduced levels of natural testosterone and luteinizing hormone, elevated liver enzymes, indigestion, gas, mild acne and blood lipid profile issues.
Like other oral steroids, Turinabol is 17-alpa alkylated, a trait that allows it to survive in the digestive system without getting destroyed and pass through the liver into the bloodstream. All 17-alkylated steroids cause toxicity in the liver as they aren’t easily broken down inside the liver. When it comes to Turinabol, liver toxicity may occur, especially when the drug is used for a long period of time or in higher doses. To avoid liver damage, it’s recommendable to limit the use of this steroid to about 6 weeks. In addition, the drug has been shown to affect the blood’s ability to clot. So it’s important to take caution when using Turinabol.