Overview of Chaos and Pain Canniabl Ferox
Chaos and Pain is a hardcore supplement company making effective supplements to those who take their training to another level. The company produces protein, pre-workouts, prohormones and more. Their gain in popularity is due to the effectiveness of their products.
Cannibal Ferox is a stimulant based pre-workout that is appropriately priced given the profile and effectiveness of the product. Packed with 450mg of Caffeine, Cannibal Ferox will be one of the stronger and better pre-workouts you find on the market with a price tag under $40. Cannibal Ferox is a great choice for those looking for a hardcore stimulant based pre-workout that doesn’t default to using DMAA or DMHA.
Testing Results and Ratings
We reviewed Chaos and Pain Cannibal Ferox on five categories. We first start by looking at it’s ingredient profile. This portion of the review looks at the different ingredients used in the pre-workout, what their intention is and how effectively dosed are each ingredient.
We then look at effectiveness. An effective pre-workout will use high quality, proven ingredients, at clinically backed dosages. This is generally an extension of the profile section. The higher quality ingredients used at proper dosages, the more effective that product will be.
Then we move into the taste of the different flavors we’ve tried. We grade each flavor separately and average the scores for their overall taste rating. We were able to test out the following flavors: Carny Candy.
Mixability refers to how well the powder mixes in 12oz of water. We use the shaker bottle test. This would be your typical Blender Bottle with the spiral chrome ball.
Finally, we talk about value. Value is the combination of profile, effectiveness, taste and mixability in relation to cost. Another part of value are the competitors and other versions of pre-workout products on the market.
Chaos and Pain’s Cannibal Ferox, as mentioned earlier, is a high stim pre-workout designed to effectively fuel your workout and push you through thresholds. The pre-workout has ingredients that target focus, pump and energy.
The product starts with 4g of L-Cittruine Malate. The clinical dosing of L-Cittruline is 6g. We come up just a tad short here, but compared to a lot of other pre-workouts on the market this is dosed well. I would have liked to see a full 6g, but I can deal with 4g. L-Cittruline will help with blood flow and increasing your pump.
We do get the clinical dosage of Beta Alanine at 3.2g. Beta Alanine has been shown in studies to increase strength and endurance.
Next we get 2g of Creatine Monohydrate. Honestly, I could do without this. The effective dosing of Creatine Monohydrate is 5g. I feel anytime Creatine Monohydrate is included in a PWO, it should be at the full 5g or nothing. In my personal preference, I would rather supplement separately with Creatine Monohydrate post-workout than have it included in my pre-workout. Creatine helps with strength gains and endurance.
At 1.5g of Betaine Anhydrous we are just shy of the clinical dosage of 2.5g. This ingredient has been shown to increased power output. Per Examine.com, this should be dosed at 1.25g twice a day to be effective (2.5g).
Regarding focus, you get N Acetyl L Tyrosine at 500mg. This is a typical dosage of L Tyrosine. According to WebMD, for improved alertness dosing at 150mg per day is efficient.
The big ingredient most of us will recognize is Caffeine. Cannibal Ferox is dosed at 450mg of Caffeine Anyhyrous. This is a lot of Caffeine. Keep in mind a cup of coffee is 95mg. Do the math. This is almost 5 cups of coffee! If you like Caffeine then this is great for you. At 450mg this is essentially too much Caffeine for the every day person, but if you’re a stim junkie then you’ll love this.
The next ingredient is Orchilean at 125mg. Orchilean, according to MassiveJoes.com, is a herb that helps the body adapt to highly stressful situations aka increase endurance. The effective dosage is 100-150mg.
Isopropylnorsynephrine is dosed at 35mg in Cannibal Ferox. Per the National Center for Biotechnology Information, Isopropylnorsynephrine is a strong lipolytic agent. It’s the strongest agent in Bitter Orange. There are not any credible studies that show optimal dosage of this. This is the same ingredient found in Liopdrene.
Halostachine is dosed at 50mg. This ingredient is similar to ephedrine. It raises thermogenesis without raising your blood pressure and heart rate. Studies are insufficient at this point for optimal dosage.
Hordenine is another fat burning ingredient found in Cannibal Ferox at 50mg. No credible studies are available on optimal dosage at this time.
Yohimbine is yet another fat burner. Cannibal Ferox has Yohimbine HCL at 2mg and Alpha Yohimbine at 1.5mg. Dosage varies based on goal.
Huperzine A is dosed at 0.2mg or 200mcg. This is on the high-end of optimal dosage per Examine.com. Huperzine A is a cognitive enhancing ingredient.
Overall, some of the ingredients are dosed nicely, and others just below the optimal levels. I could do without the 2g of Creatine Monohydrate, and I would move 450mg of Caffeine to 350mg. I would up the L-Cittruline to 6g and Betaine Anhydrous to 2.5g. I would also increase L-Tyrosine to 1g. At the end of the day, this is a solid pre-workout in terms of profile.
When one serving of Cannibal Ferox equals the equivalent to 5 cups of coffee of course it is going to be effective for energy. There is a point of diminishing returns, and too much of a good thing can be a bad thing. I think 450mg is high. However, I am a stim freak so it sat well with me. If you’re in the same boat then you’d be OK with this. The issue with going with a 1/2 serving would be you’re cutting out other important ingredients.
Regarding focus, this isn’t bad. The L Tyrosine is nice, along with Huperzine A. The 450mg of Caffeine will also contribute to this. I have had nootropic based pre-workouts with better focus, but I have had pre-workouts with no focus activity at all.
For pump we are gifted with 4g of L-Cittruline. I will admit I feel like I get a better pump with products that contain 6g of L-Cittruline or other pump enhancing ingredients like Agmatine Sulfate or Hydromax. L-Cittruline is really the only blood pumper in this.
Overall, this product is SUPER effective for energy and strength output. Focus is better than most, but also not the best. Pump isn’t non-existent, but I would add a non-stim pump powder to this to increase your pumps.
The flavor is very “cotton candy” like. To me, it was pretty tart. In fact, I liked to take this straight powder followed by a swig of water versus mixing. Not because it tastes bad, because it doesn’t. But because of the tartness of the product. If you like the tart/sourness of products then you’ll love this. It is refreshing!
One serving of Cannibal Ferox is 14.6g. With a lot of PWOs on the market now in the 25g+ range, you can expect this to be a solid mixable product…and it is. There is not a lot of residue left over. It is one of the better PWOs in terms of mixability on the market.
A lot of pre-workouts on the market now that use effective clinical dosing, or DMAA/DMHA retail for around $40 for 20-servings ($2 per serving). Cannibal Ferox gives you 25-servings for less than $40. Your cost per serving is less than $1.50. You do need to understand that you are receiving solid dosages in some ingredients and others that are not quite there, but not a huge difference to pay the $.50 more per serving. Had this product included 6g of L-Citrruline and maybe another cognitive enhancing ingredient then this would be a 5-star value product. We’re damn close, but not quite there. Overall, solid value.