CJC-1295 is basically a peptide hormone that acts similar to growth hormone releasing hormones (GHRH). Invented by a Canadian biotechnology company called ConjuChem, it is beneficial to athletes because it can bioconjugate with circulating albumin and increase the time it can be used for medical purposes. It achieves this by preventing degradation of its amino acids. With a single dose, it can remain in the body for quite a few days and can cause the growth hormone to be released many times per day. This reduces the frequency of injections needed.
CJC-1295 increases the production of growth hormone as well as IGF-1 – which has anabolic effects in adults. However, it does not increase the levels of prolactin – high levels of which can create impotence and mental health problems in men. By increasing these two hormones, it enhances protein production in the body, which in turn, boosts muscle mass. It also induces lipolysis – the breakdown of fat tissue, boosts recovery from injuries, increases bone density, and also reduces aging factors like skin wrinkles. It can also stimulate cell growth, due to which it can be used to treat withered tissue or organs.
History and Background of CJC-1295
CJC-1295 is also known by the names of Modified GRF 1-29, Mod GRF 1-29, CJC-1295 without DAC (DAC stands for Drug Affinity Complex) and also by its chemical name tetrasubstituted GRF (1-29). This variety of names makes it difficult for the average consumer to select or even research upon this compound. Since some manufacturers list all of its names and others list only one, it also becomes very confusing. However, there is a reason for this wide variety of names.
The original GRF (1-29) has a half-life of about 30 minutes. Half-life means the time within which half of the hormone administered will be destroyed within the body. This short half-life is due to the fact that the compound is highly unstable and breaks down soon. To increase its stability and to make it last longer, it was modified by adding 4 amino acids in its structure. This gave it the name Modified GRF (1-29) or Mod GRF 1-29. It was originally invented by DatBtrue. The portion of the molecule that actually stimulates the growth hormone secretion is found in the chain of 29 amino acids, so it is named GRF (1-29). This chemical also produces slow-wave sleep.
However, both the original GRF (1-29) and the Mod GRF 1-29 required frequent dosages. So a new compound called CJC-1295 was created which was far more stable. This compound was made by adding Lysine – which is a non-peptide, and is also called Drug Affinity Complex or DAC. Since the original Mod GRF 1-29 does not contain DAC, it is named as CJC-1295 without DAC. However, the actual CJC-1295 is not only difficult, but also very expensive to produce. This is why it is not produced or used extensively. The Mod GRF 1-29 is far easier and cheaper to produce.
How CJC-1295 Works
CJC-1295 acts for much longer than pure GRF. It acts on the pituitary gland and keeps stimulating the release of growth hormone in pulses. The reason why it acts in pulses is because the axis of the human growth hormone controls how much of the hormone can remain in the body at a time. This maintains the homeostatic environment in the body.
The DAC technology in the CJC-1295 enables the compound to bind itself covalently with any circulating albumin, after it has been administered through a subcutaneous injection. However, the reason why the half-life could be extended from a few minutes to several days is more profound. The reactive group in the CJC-1295 binds to a peptide through bioconjugation. The peptide then finds a neucleophilic unit within the blood and reacts with it in order to create a firmer bond.
When using any GHRH, it should always be remembered that positive results cannot be achieved overnight. These compounds act steadily over time, and the best results can be achieved slowly, and with a nutritious diet and a proper exercise regime. Also, these peptides are not sex-specific, so they do not have any androgenic effects. They can be used by women in the same dosages that men do.
Dosage and Administration of CJC-1295
Mod GRF 1-29 and CJC-1295 are still being researched. As such, they are not yet medically utilized or approved. Though some firm protocols for the use of these peptides have been developed, the dosage of the compound is not yet medically confirmed. In a study conducted by researchers on 21 to 61 year-old subjects, it was found that depending on the dose, the concentrations of the growth hormone increased to up to 10 times for at least 6 days. Also, the concentration of IGF-1 increased to up to 3 times for 9 to 11 days.
CJC-1295 and Mod GRF 1-29 are administered in micrograms (mcg) rather than milligrams (mg) – the unit of administration of other steroids and performance-enhancing drugs. It has also been found that a 100mcg dose is enough to fully saturate the receptors in the anterior pituitary. This is called the saturation dose. After a dose of 100mcg has been administered, the subsequent dosages will achieve only half the effect.
For example, if 100mcg more were to be administered after the first 100mcg (making the effective dose of 200mcg), then the second dose will achieve only 50% of what the first dose already did. A 100mcg more (making a total of 300mcg) will achieve only 25% more of the initial dose. This implies that, in order to increase the effect of the compound, only a little more of it can be successfully administered after the saturation dose.
However, after the administration, Mod GRF 1-29 starts breaking down soon. This happens because peptides have a strong affinity for bonding with amino acids. The administered peptide has to travel a long distance between the point of administration and the pituitary gland. On the way, the enzymes act on it making it break down and bond with the amino acids. The peptides that are secreted by the body on its own do not have to face this problem because they do not have to travel this long.
Since the retention of CJC-1295 is far more than that of GRF 1-29 or Mod GRF 1-29, it should be administered fewer times than them. It can be retained for up to 7 days, which reduces the frequency of administration to once a week, as compared to that of the Mod GRF-1-29, which is several times a day.
Method of administration
Mostly, these peptides are sold as lyophilized powder in 2mg containers. Bacteriostatic water should be mixed with the powder in order to reconstitute it. To make the dosage of 100mcg per injection, 2ml bacteriostatic water should be mixed into 2mg of lyophilized powder. This reconstituted mixture should be then injected inside the muscles or under the skin. The mixture should be kept under refrigeration at all times otherwise it will degenerate and will not be effective anymore.
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Side Effects of CJC-1295
Since CJC-1295 is just a peptide and not a steroid, it has very minimal side effects. People using high doses of this peptide can experience mild side effects like long dreams that they can remember clearly, hands and fingers going numb, dull aches in the joints, and weakness as well as lightheadedness if enough carbohydrates are not consumed.
Another side effect of the CJC-1295 is acromegaly, since it helps in increasing the levels of the growth hormone. Acromegaly is a condition where extra growth hormone is released even after the internal organs and the skeleton have finished growing. This causes thickening of the skin, deepening of voice, enlargement of jaws, and slurring of speech. Another effect of acromegaly is the swelling of the soft tissue in the internal organs. This could result in the weakening of the muscles of the internal organs, like the heart. This was tested during the phase 2 testing of CJC-1295.
However, acromegaly from the use of CJC-1295 occurs very rarely, and the other side effects are minor. Research is still going on, though, and efforts are being made to make this peptide even safer.
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