DMHA pre workout is a pre workout that includes the stimulant DMHA, also known as Octodrine, 2-aminoisoheptane, 2-amino-5-methylheptane, 2-amino-6, and Juglans Regia Extract. DMHA grew in popularity as DMAA faced increasing scrutiny in many countries and DMAA pre workouts became more difficult to find.
While DMHA pre workouts are not too hard to find in 2020, some manufacturers are already taking it out of their pre workouts. One prominent example is Assassin, which used to contain DMHA and then ultimately had it removed in the 6th generation version. I suspect this was in response to the 2019 warnings sent by the FDA to manufacturers that included DMHA in their pre workouts (source).
Here are some of the best DMHA pre workouts still available.
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- 1 Best DMHA Pre Workouts
- 2 Bulk DMHA Powder
- 3 Frequently Asked Questions
Best DMHA Pre Workouts
- Dark Energy by Magnitude Life Sciences
- Pre-Phase by Phase 1
- Defiant Unleashed by Muscle Force
- Zeus by God Status Labz
- Wild by Juggernaut Nutrition
- Arez Titanium by NTel Pharma
All of the above are solid pre workouts that consistently receive strong reviews. The only wild card is Dark Energy, which people tend to have a love/hate relationship with. You can see my full Dark Energy pre workout review for more details as to why I think this is (hint: GABA), but ultimately I am a fan of it for mood elevation and focus.
Alternative: You can also buy bulk DMHA powder and add it to pre workout yourself. This is more cost effective and allows you to control the exact dosage. Bulk Stimulants is a good vendor for this option.
Dark Energy Pre Workout
Dark Energy pre workout is one of the most talked about supplements of 2019 and 2020. This is largely due to its ingredient label, which features 200 mg of DMHA and 60 mg of DMAA. It also contains GABA, which helps smooth out the overall experience.
I’ve taken Dark Energy many times and it definitely delivers on the energy and mood elevation benefits. I don’t personally find it to be an aggressive, rip into weights pre workout, but I’m fine with that. If you’re looking for aggression and intensity, I’d highly recommend Assassin pre workout.
Pre-Phase Pre Workout
Pre-Phase pre workout by Phase 1 is a stim-heavy pre workout that is getting a lot of attention. On top of 150 mg of DMHA (“2-amino-6”), Pre-Phase includes 200 mg of Eria Jarensis, 100 mg of Theobromine, 1.5 mg of Alpha Yo, and 300 mg of Glucuronolactone for energy + focus. L-tyrosine (200 mg) is included to help smooth out the effects of these stimulants, but is a bit underdosed here (500 mg -- 1 g is a recommended dose). 1 gram of choline is included as a cognitive enhancr, which is a solid dose.
Defiant Unleashed Pre Workout
Defiant Unleashed is a DMHA pre workout with a super loaded ingredient label. 450 mg of caffeine (!!!), 250 mg Eria Jarensis, 200 mg DMHA, 100 mg Theobromine, and Octopamine (100 mg) are all there to keep you focused, energized, and elevated.
It’s also worth mentioning the massive 8 gram dose of L-Citrulline Malate 2:1 for massive pumps. If you want something that delivers on both pumps and stims, then Defiant Unleashed might be just what you’re looking for.
Zeus Pre Workout
The first pre workout released from God Status Labz, Zeus earns its namesake by combining several different stimulants at serious doses. 400 mg of caffeine, 200 mg of DMHA, 250 mg of Eria Jarensis, and 50 mg of Hordenine combine to delivery powerful, long lasting stimulation for grueling workouts. Like Dark Energy, Zeus also includes GABA, which, along with Beta PEA, help improve mood and smooth out some of the stimulant effects.
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Wild Pre Workout
From the same folks that brought you the legendary Irate, Wild pre workout is another winner from Juggernaut Nutrition.
The ingredient profile on this is one is actually pretty different than most of the other pre workouts on this page.
For one, the addition of 100 mg (yielding 50 mg of caffeine) of caffeine citrate is not often seen in pre workouts. It is a faster acting version of caffeine, peaking about 50% faster than caffeine anhydrous.
Second, in addition to 120 mg of DMHA (“2 amino- 6 methylheptane”), Wild also has 40 mg of 2 amino- 5 methylhexane, also known as 1,4 DMAA, which is a pretty rare stimulant in pre workouts. 40 mg of synephrine rounds off the stimulant profile. 500 mg of N-Acetyl L-Tyrosine helps provide a smooth comedown from the serious stimulant package.
For those looking for a stimulant-heavy pre workout that has some unique ingredients and doesn’t rely on a massive caffeine dose, Wild might be up your ally.
Arez Titanium Pre Workout
Arez Titanium pre workout from Ntel Nutra is another popular entry in its long line of “Arez” pre workout lines. While the dose of DMHA (175 mg) and Eria Jarensis Extract (75 mg) are slightly lower than some of the other pre workouts on this list, it also contains Phenylethylamine HCL, which is more of a nootropic ingredient that inhibits the uptake of dopamine, norepinephrine, and serotonin. This can boost the euphoric effects of felt after taking Arez Titanium.
Bulk DMHA Powder
Another option is to purchase bulk DMHA powder and add it to pre workouts yourself. This has the added advantage of controlling the DMHA dosage, allowing you to take smaller or larger doses depending on the training session, how you’re feeling, etc.
A popular online vendor for DMHA powder is Bulk Stimulants. Their DMAA and DMHA are reviewed in the video below -- the reviewer actually preferred the DMHA, finding it more euphoric than the DMAA. They did caution to not take DMHA on consecutive days, as the product is quite strong and a tolerance can build quickly.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the difference between DMAA and DMHA?
A dose of DMAA is about three times as strong as an equivalent dose of DMHA. This is why you often see DMAA in pre workouts dosed somewhere between 50 mg and 70 mg, while doses of DMHA in pre workout tend to be around 150 mg to 200 mg.
In terms of effect, they are both stimulants that increase energy and focus through stimulation of neurotransmitters like dopamine and noradrenaline. Anecdotally, DMAA tends to be preferred over DMHA, but in the vast sea of pre workout ingredients, both are relatively similar.
What is the best DMHA pre workout?
This ultimately depends on the opinion of the individual. However, a few pre workouts with DMHA consistently receive stellar reviews. These include Dark Energy (which also contains DMAA), Pre-Phase by Phase 1, and Defiant Unleashed.
Is DMHA illegal?
Like DMAA, it is not illegal to simply possess DMHA or buy a supplement which contains it.
It is, however, illegal to sell a dietary supplement within the US that contains DMHA, as DMHA has not been approved by the FDA as a dietary ingredient. In 2019, DMHA came under increased scrutiny by the FDA, who issued warning letters to 12 companies selling supplements containing DMHA.