Methylhexanamine, also known as 1,3-dimethylamylamine , geranamine or DMAA, is an organic chemical compound manufactured as a synthetic powder.
Methylhexanamine first appeared as a dietary supplement. It was combined with caffeine and other ingredients, to be used as an over-the-counter general-purpose stimulant. Methylhexanamine is sometimes claimed to provide a euphoric effect. General reports describe similar effects to the consumption of larger amounts of caffeine, such as increased energy levels.
Prior to its ban in New Zealand, methylhexanamine (under the name 1,3-dimethylamylamine or DMAA) was used as an active ingredient in party pills.
Methylhexanamine is sometimes sold in as a fitness supplement with the claim that it is a ‘natural product’, obtained from geranium oil. While this claim is wide-spread, repeated research in 2011 and 2012 has shown that geranium oil does not contain any methylhexanamine at all. The use of the label ‘geranamine’ for methylhexanamine based products has contributed to the misconception.
Methylhexanamine powder is generally mixed into liquids to drink. It is also available in capsule format. Some users have been known to snort or smoke the product.
The effects of methylhexanamine vary depending on how much is taken and how it is taken. Effects are generally described as similar to those of higher doses of caffeine.