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What is the legal status and availability of testosterone in Canada?
Differing and sometimes conflicting information about Canadian anabolic steroid laws make it difficult to get a clear picture of its legal status.
It is generally thought that Canada is not as strict about the possession of anabolics as the United States.
It is also true that selling, buying, mailing, and distributing steroids all have real penalties under Canadian Law.
Legal Status of Testosterone in Canada
Testosterone is classified as a schedule IV drug under Canada’s Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.
The only legal way to purchase testosterone in Canada is with a prescription, although it is legal to possess for personal use.
It is illegal to buy (without a prescription), sell, traffic, or send testosterone by mail or courier.
One caveat worth noting is that the law stipulates a penalty of a fine of up to $1,000 and/or up to six months in prison (first offense).
Or a fine of up to $2,000 and/or up to a year in prison (second offense) for anyone who engages in “doctor shopping”.
This is defined as seeking or obtaining a prescription for any schedule I to schedule IV substance without informing the doctor of any other instance of obtaining a prescription for the same substance from another practitioner in the past thirty days.
It is illegal to produce or traffic (distribute) testosterone. Production is punishable by up to one year in prison, while trafficking is punishable by up to three years in prison, depending upon how the case is tried.
Steroids Canada Law – Importing
It is possible to import testosterone into Canada for personal use as long as a few conditions are met.
One must have a prescription for the testosterone s/he intends to import. Secondly, one must cross the border into Canada by land and have the testosterone with him.
The amount can only be enough to cover one course of treatment or a 30 day supply (whichever is less). These amounts are determined by the daily dose prescribed by the practitioner.
It is also important to retain the testosterone in the original pharmacy or hospital packaging and labeling.
Individuals may not import testosterone by mail or courier (UPS, FEDEX, DHL, etc.). This is permitted only by licensed dealers with the necessary permits.
Where to Buy Testosterone in Canada
Most pharmacies in Canada will be able to fill a prescription for testosterone. Most prescriptions are for testosterone replacement therapy (TRT).
It is possible to buy testosterone online without a prescription. Bodybuilding forums often have information on where to find it for sale on the internet.
Purchasing testosterone online comes with significant risks. It is possible to receive a low quality (unsterile or underdosed) or completely counterfeit product when purchasing online, or to pay and not receive anything at all.
The fact that an online order must be mailed to a buyer also means that the seller is illegally mailing a scheduled substance, which carries its own legal punishment.
It is essential to thoroughly research suppliers before making any purchases.
Natural Alternative to Testosterone
Because it can be difficult to obtain testosterone in Canada, natural alternatives warrant investigation.
Crazy Bulk is a supplements company that sells Testo-Max as a natural, legal alternative to Sustanon.
Unlike Sustanon, which is a brand name for an injectable blend of testosterone esters, Testo-Max does not contain any testosterone.
Instead, it contains compounds from a plant call tribulus terrestris in capsule form. Tribulus terrestris has been used in traditional medicine (including Ayurvedic and Chinese) as a diuretic and for kidney and bladder issues.
Steroidal saponins in Tribulus terrestris increase luteinizing hormone activity, which in turn increases testosterone production. A number of studies however, have failed to show that it increases testosterone levels.
Testosterone Brand Names in Canada
Testosterone products are available in a number of forms in Canada.
Topical gels are marketed under the brand names Androgel and Testim. Axiron is a topical solution, Androderm is a transdermal patch, and Natesto is a transnasal gel.
Injectable forms are Depo-Testosterone (testosterone cypionate) manufactured by Pfizer, and Delatestryl (testosterone enanthate) manufactured by Endo Pharmaceuticals. Generic testosterone propionate is available as an injectable solution.
Testosterone undecanoate is available in oral capsules under three different brand names: Andriol, PMS-Testosterone, and Taro-Testosterone.
How Much Does Testosterone Cost in Canada?
The range of prices for testosterone can be divided roughly into three tiers: pharmaceutical, black market human grade (HG), and black market underground (UG).
Pricing also varies depending upon the type of preparation (cypionate, propionate, etc.), dosage, and source.
Pharmaceutical prices can be obtained once an individual receives a prescription and checks with insurance or directly with the pharmacy. Drugs.com does list prices for transdermal gel at about $224 for 150g of 1% gel (with a coupon from their website).
It is often cheaper to buy testosterone on the black market. But it is difficult, if not impossible, to determine the concentration, purity, or sterility of these products.
While prices can vary from one supplier to another on the black market, you can get an idea of standard rates for popular testosterone formulations online from Canadian steroids suppliers.
A 10ml (100mg/ml) vial of testosterone propionate will cost about $35-50 (UG) and $50-65 for HG.
For testosterone cypionate, expect to pay about $50-75 (UG) and $70-100 (HG) per 100 ml (200mg/ml) vial.
A 10ml (250mg/ml) vial of testosterone enanthate should range between $50-75 for UG and $70-100 for HG.
The testosterone replacement therapy cost in Canada will depend on if you have insurance or not.