A proprietary form of ma huang which, given its content of ephedrine-like alkaloids, has been self-administered to produce euphoria; HE is composed of ephedrine (ma huang) or pseudoephedrine, and caffeine (koala nut), stimulants that simulate the effects of Ecstasy. It has been marketed as an ‘advanced designer recreational supplement’ Route Oral Pharmacology CNS stimulant, hallucinogenic properties, alertness, paranoia, sensory distortion Adverse reactions Hypertension, seizures, acute MI, strokes, death
Substance abuse A proprietary form of ma huang which, given its high content of ephedrine-like alkaloids, may be self-administered to produce euphoria and, if taken in excess, cause death. See Herbal medicine, Natural drug, Rave party. Cf Peyote.
Ephedra hit the media's hot list in March 1996, when a 20-year-old college student died from taking more than the recommended dosage of "Ultimate Xphoria," a product containing, among other herbal ingredients, ma huang or ephedra.