Still licking toads for a natural, if slimy high? So 2010. The new hotness in animal-related drug abuse is the ingestion of powdered deer antler coating, a substance that ... can be used as a PED?â†µ
For the elite athlete, experts say it’s essentially a human growth hormone, one of the substances organized sports is trying to keep out. The difference here is deer antlers are natural, not synthetic, and properly discovering it in a test falls somewhere between extremely challenging to virtually impossible.â†µ
"You can find it," Jonathan Danaceau, a director at a World Doping Agency approved lab, said. "But saying whether this is synthetic or natural is hard to determine. It’s only detectable in blood, and most anti-doping tests are done in urine."
Seriously, how much fun would you have with your business cards if you worked at the World Doping Agency? Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm off to set out a salt lick for.