Steroids: The History Of Juicing


Steroids were first¬†discovered in the early 1930’s, the earliest found extracting of a steroid was by a Adolf Butenandt a chemist who successfully purified 15 milligrams of the hormone from tens of thousands of liters of urine in 1931. The steroid was then successfully synthesized by a chemist in Zurich Switerland named Leopold Ruzicka in 1934 and was offered the nobel peace prize for doing so. Shortly after the hormone was synthesized they began human testing, in 1937. The development of muscle building steroids began in 1940 in Soviet Russia, and east Germany ¬†it started by administering the hormone to weightlifting athletes in Russia. After seeing the success of Russia’s weightlifting athletes after steroid use, the U.S Olympic team physician John Ziegler began working with chemists to develop their own steroid. This steroid was approved by the FDA in 1958.


After the FDA approved steroids in the U.S they became widely popular in highschools and professional sports, back then no one really thought of it as cheating because everyone was doing it. In the 1990’s the FDA, NDIA, and the DEA all opposed steroids to being put on the controlled substance act, due to the fact they were not addicting. So instead, they decided to come up with the Anabolic Steroids Control act of 1990. This is still in place today, it has made it harder for athletes who choose to use PED’s(Performance Enhancing Drugs) to get their juice, but it has not stopped them.