I got into nootropics a long time ago. One of the first nootropics I experimented with was Piracetam. I don’t know how I initially came across these new types of brain supplements but at first I had concerns. My main concern was of course taking an illicit white powder that I had to weigh on a scale. This to me sounded like serious business and I was wondering the same exact thing as you…
When it comes to nootropics Phenibut sticks out as one of the more “hardcore” varieties. All over the internet you see tales of people taking Phenibut and having either a negative experience or an experience too intense for their liking.
Now that Powder City has closed up shop for good, everybody is in a scramble to find the next best place to buy high quality nootropics. Powder City was the long standing giant in the industry. Their closing certainly left a giant black hole in the industry.
It’s high time I write a review on one of my favorite staple nootropics – Piracetam. Today only makes sense to pound this puppy out as I’ve just recently dosed my standard 4 Grams after a small hiatus.
Piracetam has long been the most recommended nootropic out there. People must be getting blue in the face by now helping out new comers when they ask,
“What nootropic should I try first??”
The original answer was Piracetam and will most likely always be Piracetam. So what gives? Why is Piracetam the highest rated and most recommended nootropic of all times?
History of Piracetam
Early in the 1960’s it was demonstrated among the scientific community that the neurotransmitter GABA had significant effects on the brain. Creating drugs which effected GABA quickly shot to the forefront of all pharmaceutical research resulting in a number of interesting compounds.
One of these compounds was Piracetam. Developed in Belgium at UCB (Union Chimique Belge) Piracetam was intended to be a sleeping agent with strong anti anxiety and sedative effects. Upon further research, it was demonstrated that the scientists had missed the mark – no such effects were noted with the newly invented compound.
However, the scientists were not dismayed and with the help of leading researcher, Corneliu Giurgea, Piracetam was spun as a completely novel genre of pharmaceuticals he coined as nootropics.
Mr Giurgea dove balls deep into understanding and defining the interesting properties of Piracetam. He demonstrated a number of unique qualities present in Piracetam and layed the framework for what a compound required to be classified as a nootropic.
He noted Piracetams unique quality as a neuroprotective agent. He also noted Piracetams ability to enhance certain cognitive functions of the brain. This turned into the 2 classic properties we refer to when discussing whether or not something can be defined as a nootropic:
1.) The compound must be neuroprotective
2.) The compound must enhance cognition while remaining non-toxic
A number of spin offs came out of the Piracetam experiments with lack luster results. It was only later we began to identify and create other novel and exciting nootropics. As you can see, we have Piracetam to thank for all these fun “smart drugs.”
Read this PDF for a more in depth history of Piracetam and the origins of nootropics.
Is Piracetam Safe?
Another thing to note is the very very low toxicity level of Piracetam. In fact, the toxicity level is SO low an LD-50 hasn’t even been shown or demonstrated despite many attempts. The LD-50 is the dosage required to kill off half the test subjects. Thankfully this stuff is tested on rats but the data can generally be extrapolated to humans in most cases.
There is no recommended dose of Piracetam. People used to recommend dosages from 500mg – 1G but recent anecdotal reports (including my own) have discovered a much more effective experience in the 2G – 4G range. Start with a small dose and then work your way up from there. For example, start off with a gram taken twice daily for a week and see how you feel. No effects? Ramp up the dosage.
It’s important to note that while some feel the effects of Piracetam instantly, it can take up to a week before you see any marked improvements. Be patient and always track your dose.
Remember, this is a nootropic not a drug. Many nootropics are subtle and take time before they are noticed.
My personal review of Piracetam
Firstly, I have been taking Piracetam on and off for well over a year. There have been months where I’ve taken it every day and there have been periods where I stopped dosing completely.
This has given me a finger tip feel of what this nootropic has to offer. For me, I feel Piracetam almost instantly. I mix it into juice or water and slug it down straight away.
I go from feeling depressed, low, and unmotivated, to focused and mentally energetic. I know it’s not placebo either. While I CAN get things done without Piracetam, it’s a struggle and I’m forced to expend the majority of my willpower on even the smallest of tasks.
When I’m properly dosed, I have the mental energy to get things done and ideas flow. Writing this post now I can feel as if I could type forever. I can always tell what posts I wrote on Piracetam because they’re usually 3X as long haha!
In one of my latest videos I discussed a few notable behavioral side effects of Piracetam that I personally experience. One of these side effects is a kind of emotional numbing. Things which would otherwise rub me the wrong way have little to no effect. I’m a very sensitive person and even the smallest words or gestures from people can put me in my head and ruin a whole day. I know, pathetic!
On Piracetam I don’t give a shit. Words that would bother me go in one ear and out the other. I have very low tolerance for other peoples bullshit and actually find most conversations rather annoying.
It’s as if the Piracetam gives you an ability to block out external stimulus and get things done. For this reason I recommend Piracetam to individuals who find themselves getting over emotional when they need to be getting things done. If you’re surrounded by people who annoy you, Piracetam will block them out and allow you to hone in on your task.
Great stuff for work and dealing with negative emotions, especially in social situations. It does appear to take you out of your head and into the real world where there is good work to do.
Benefits and side effects of Piracetam
Piracetam for memory and focus
The second characteristic of Piracetam is a laser sharp focus and ability to absorb information. You can easily connect ideas and become very creative. As a writer and content producer I have an endless stream of ideas I can capitalize on at a moments notice.
I don’t know anybody who could not use a little more creativity in their life. I find myself actively finding solutions to problems rather than passively accepting my fate. I ask myself, what would El Chapo do?
Long term Piracetam use
Is Piracetam safe for the long term? While there are no studies available to answer this question, there are people who have been using Piracetam for a very long time. Me being one of those people, I can say I haven’t experienced any adverse side effects.
With that said, I have no doubt Piracetam has rewired my brain for the better. I’m more focused on the work that needs to be done rather than the drama going on around me. Instead of going full blown ADD I can easily determine what courses of action are required to reach my next goal.
While this seems rather robotic, I can assure you my emotional faculties are well intact. They just seem to be more justified and well measured than before. My mind is constantly going through a series of appropriate synaptic questions:
“Is this worth arguing about? Is this worth getting emotional about?”
It’s a nice change from constantly being at the mercy of external events and internal emotions.
Piracetam and Choline
Piracetam works by modulating the brains usage of Acetycholine. Acetycholine is a crucial neurotransmitter for memory and learning. Choline is a direct precursor to Acetycholine so it is suggested that you also take supplemental Choline alongside Piracetam. This is especially important if you begin to experience headaches from continued Piracetam use. This means your brain is blowing through available stores of Choline.
To satisfy the more curious of you, here are some links to a few important Piracetam studies:
Where to buy Piracetam
I always stress buying your nootropics from the most legit source possible. Nootropic vendors come and go but Peak Nootropics have withstood the test of time always deliver the best product and powder. It’s where I buy all of my nootropics including Piracetam.
Piracetam is a safe an effective nootropic worth experimenting with. If you have problems with focus, mental energy, or brain fog, Piracetam could quickly become your right hand man.
Piracetam should NOT be taken in place of a healthy lifestyle but only as a supplement. Nootropics are meant to take you to the next level of life. The benefits you see from Piracetam will only be compounded by how healthy you are.
With that said, grab some powder and get dosing.
Ah yes, good ol’ ADHD. The inability to sit down and focus on a task without quickly becoming fidgety. So much of what we have to as adults requires sitting down to do a single task. For me personally, I’m a huge fidgeter and find it extremely difficult to sit down and complete even small tasks on my to-do list (writing these posts for example.)
What helps me sit down and power through you ask?
I have a number of nootropics up my sleeve that help with ADHD symptoms.
What are the best nootropics for ADHD?
When looking for the right nootropic to solve the ADHD issue, it’s important to focus on the calming varieties. ADHD is different than ADD because of the added H (hyper activity.) We want to calm the mind and relax the body. From a space of calmness you will find it much easier to focus on tasks for hours at a time with little distaction.
At the top of the list is one of my favorite nootropics for calming down and getting focused. L-Tyrosine is actually a crucial amino acid and a direct precursor to dopamine. Dopamine, of course, being the neurotransmitter responsible for feeling calm and satisfied. When you’re calm and satisfied it’s easy to sit down and not fidget. A lack of L-Tyrosine can result in little circulating dopamine which can wreak havoc on your productivity. Make sure to include this one in your ADHD regiment.
Another classic staple in my nootropics cabinet. L-Theanine is a compound found in green tea. It’s been heavily studied and shown to produce Alpha Waves within the brain. These hallmark waves are associated with calmness and peace, similar to what buddhist experience after a long mediation session. While you CAN get this from green tea itself, to truly receive a therapeutic dose it’s important to supplement with at least 100 – 200mg.
Aniracetam is another nootropic known to calm the mind and relax the nervous system. Aniracetam almost lends a spacey quality to how you experience the world. I find this particular nootropics slows things down considerable and calms a racy mind. If your thoughts get in the way of you getting things done, try out Aniracetam. It’s also great for anxiety and makes listening to music extremely pleasurable.
4.) Magnesium oil
The original and all natural chill pill. A magnesium deficiency can cause a host of problems within the mind including the inability to sit still and focus. This stuff is truly powerful as far as minerals go. The more deficient you are, the more powerful the effect. I like the magnesium oil because it’s easily absorbed through the skin, giving you the maximum therapeutic dose. You might notice other positive benefits from using magnesium like increased quality of your sleep. Very good stuff. If you choose to go the pill route, make sure to go with something like magnesium chelate. Magnesium Oxide (the most popular form of supplementary magnesium) is poorly absorbed.
Piracetam isn’t so much a calming agent like the other nootropics on this list. Piracetam is a focus and memory powerhouse. It’s one of my favorite nootropics for absorbing and learning new information. You might experience ADHD symptoms because you find the material in front of you difficult to grasp or absorb. Piracetams revs up the logical an thinking mind, allowing you to learn and retain new information. And the thing is, you can stack this with other nootropics like L-Tyrosine or L-Theanine for a truly powerful experience.
6.) Alpha GPC
This is another nootropic that indirectly effects the core symptoms of ADHD. Alpha GPC is a precursor to Acetycholine – a neurotransmitter crucial for learning and memory. Without enough Choline your brain cannot make adequate amounts of Acetycholine and you might experience brain fog, poor memory etc. Alpha GPC is a highly bio-available version of Choline.
Ashwagandha is an adaptogenic herb heavily used in the ayurvedic medicinal system. It’s been heavily studied and proven to reduce anxiety and calm the nervous system. As I mentioned, when the nervous system is calm the body can easily relax and the mind can go to work on whatever task is in front of you. The most well studied form of Ashwagandha is KSM-66 and easily purchased on Amazon.
5-HTP is a direct precursor to Serotonin. Serotonin is another neurotransmitter responsible for feeling calm and relaxed. This one has a tendency to make people tired so tread carefully and start with a minimal dose to begin with.
9.) B Complex
B complex vitamins are crucial to many different processes involving cognition in the brain. If you’re lacking any of these nutrients you will no doubt experience ADHD symptoms. Often times supplementing with B vitamins and magnesium oil is enough to solve even the hardest hitting ADHD episodes. Rather than take a harmful pharmaceutical why not address the core issue? Including a solid B vitamin supplement in your regiment will do wonders for your brain and alleviate many of the ADHD symptoms you might experience.
I would suggest that along with the nootropics, you add a few things to your diet and lifestyle. Healthy fats like the fats found in Avocados and coconut oil are super beneficial for brain health. Complex carbs like sweet potatoes are also a good source of energy for the brain. Exercise, particularly cardio has profound effects on the mind and can reduce cortisol among many other things.
Too much caffeine, poor sleep, and poor nutrition are other factors which contribute to the widespread diagnosis of ADHD. Get these factors under control at all costs. At the end of the day, only you can make yourself want to focus. With the help of these nootropics I know without a doubt you can reach your goals and conquer ADHD once and for all!