The guys on here who are cooking their own . . . what’s your view on the causes of bad Pip / Test flu ?
I’ve been considering the following . . .
Microbial infection . . . this seems possible for test flu rather than pip, but i don’t see how any substantial infection could survive the heating stage whilst dissolving the powder. Nor does the resultant solution offer much opportunity for infection to thrive.
Alcohol content . . . this seems to get the blame on some forums, with people saying no more than 5%, but i’ve seen photos of pharma injectables with 10% so i think these claims are doubtfull.
Excipient . . . benzyl benzoate for instance, i’ve seen a pharma label indicating 40% benzyl benzoate, so again, if the pharma uses this high conc, they’re not worried here either.
Carrier Oil . . . pharma companies often don’t even specify this here. We know they use grape oil, sesame oil, peanut oil, fairly at random . . . if the companies don’t think its significant should we break sweat over this ?
Steroid Concentration . . . this is the one area where there is some consistency with the legit pharma companies. They rarely exceed 250 mg / ml. More often they’re at 100mg / ml. Fair enough, since medical doses of steroids tend to be a fraction of the body builders intake, so body builders want to inject less volume . . . .
Bad injection technique/ hygiene, just how difficult can it be ?! maybe some guys are using the same needle they’d just used to pull out of the bottle ? surely not, but its vaguely possible they could inject themselves with a chunk of rubber, or infection from the cap.
I’m kind of convinced myself that the problem is either highly concentrated oils (more than 300mg / ml) or simply injecting too much gear into one location in one shot. . . . triggering an allergic reaction.
Is there a consensus among the home brewers here ?
First post on this forum BTW, hi everyone.