is produced by the Ephedra equisetina plant which stimulates the central nervous system. Chemical synthesis is used to produce Ephedrine, which is then marketed in the synthetic form of ephedrine salt or ephedrine sulfate. The synthetic product is a white crystalline power that tastes bitter and is soluble in both water and alcohol. The stimulant actions of Ephedrine can be compared to the stimulant actions of epinephrine, commonly referred to as adrenaline, which is a hormone produced by the adrenal glands. Only it is not quite as powerful.