Buying Ephedrine Legally
Ephedrine (and ephedra) can still be legally purchased in the United States, though you're not going to likely find it as a part of any dietary supplement. That's because of the April 12, 2004 ban on ephedra and ephedrine-based supplements by the Food and Drug Administration. The FDA decision was overturned in a court appeal, though it is still being battled in further court fights.
However, the initial decision did not ban ephedrine that is sold as a bronchodilator. In simple English, that's medicine used for asthma. It's the same ephedrine (or ephedra/ma huang) that made so many diet pills actually work, but because it's not marketed as a weight-loss product, it's legal.
One of the most popular of the "Ephedrine HCL" products (which is how ephedra sold in this manner is typically listed, with the HCL letters included) is VasoPro. Some nutrition and weight loss product websites, having seen sales take a major hit because of the FDA ruling on ephedra-based weight-loss supplements, are now selling VasoPro, but they're doing so VERY carefully. Market it as a weight-loss supplement, and you might raise the ire of the federal government. And that's not fun for anyone. Some sell it in conjunction with caffeine pills (since it's ephedrine + caffeine that gave the diet pills the magic formula that suppressed hunger), and I've even seen them go so far as to say, "Caffeine is often combined with ephedrine and aspirin for a powerful fat burning effect." But typically that's as far as the sites will go in describing how the system works.
VasoPro is a very popular (and effective) Ephedrine HCL product. Some websites that sell VasoPro limit sales to six bottles (48 count per bottle), but that's more in an attempt to curb the creation of the illegal drug crank (and if you're looking for information on that here, you're in the wrong place; we strongly DISCOURAGE that). There are some states that are listed as being "unavailable" for receiving shipments of VasoPro by some website stores, such as California, Idaho, Nebraska, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas and Washington (not DC). Other stores don't have any state restrictions listed. Don't do anything to violate local law, but by the same token don't presume that because one store won't ship to your state that you can't buy it from another store. Shop around and find different prices, different site rules, and see what works best for you.
One complaint about ephedra-based supplements is that the amount of ephedra/ephedrine contained per capsule or pill varied from pill to pill. But with Ephedrine HCL, there's a specific amount listed on the bottle:
Serving Size: 1 Tablet
Serving per Container: 48
Ephedrine HCL: 12.5 mg (per serving)
Guaifenesin: 200 mg (per serving)
According to the container, the makes of VasoPro say "Do not use unless a doctor has said you have asthma [or] if you are now taking a prescription monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) (certain drugs for depression, psychiatric or emotional conditions, or Parkinson's Diseas), or for 2 weeks after stopping the MAOI drug."
The makers of VasoPro can't market it as a weight-loss supplement, but I can tell you that it works very well as such, particularly when used with caffeine. VasoPro is much cheaper than most weight-loss supplements, and it seems to be a real win-win for people looking for help suppressing their hunger who don't want to spend big bucks in the process based on all feedback (and personal experience) that I've seen.