I’m willing to bet most people are not satisfied with where they are at in life. Now, this could be for a number of reasons. I believe social media and the constant barrage of artificial dopamine hits are scrambling our ability to focus and concentrate. How have we allowed ourselves to descend this far into unconsciousness? Very slowly but surely my friend.
If you’re a fan of my You Tube channel you know I am a huge fan of Piracetam. It’s one of the original and most well studied nootropics out there. I’ve used it off and on for well over 2 years with great success. I’ve used Piracetam enough to experience the nootropic to its full extent.
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…
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.
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.
When people ask me what nootropic to start with I always say Piracetam. Piracetam is the original gangster of the nootropics world and is the most widely studied and documented. In my opinion, it remains the most effective nootropic for increasing memory and enhancing verbal acuity. In this post I’m going to share my experience using Piracetam over the course of a year.
I remember the day I received my bulk powder Piracetam from Peak Nootropics. I tore into the box excited to get dosing. I read online about doing what is called an “attack dose.” An attack dose is taking more than the standard dose for your first dosing. This supposedly shocks your body into receiving the benefits of the nootropic faster than normal. I did not do an attack dose and chose to take the standard recommended dose at the time (1G)
I mixed it straight into a glass of water and chugged it down. That was the first and last time I ever did that. The stuff was extremely bitter and uniquely distasteful. Nowadays I’ll mix it in with fruit juice and slug it down.
I was naturally excited to see how things went from there. The first day I felt a slight buzzing sensation but this could have been placebo. Other than that it was hard to gauge whether or not anything was happening.
The thing is, a lot of people take nootropics thinking they will have some crazy drug like experience. Many take nootropics thinking they’re a legal way to get high. The effects are not drug like at all and very subtle. We’re talking about mental performance here, not YOLO.
Nothing much happened for the first week but I continued to take my dose of 1G a day.
Weeks 2 – 4
Weeks 2 – 4 were very interesting. By this time I had actually almost forgotten I had been taking the Piracetam. It was something I did everyday almost on auto-pilot. Because I hadn’t experienced any immediate results, I stopped looking for anything special to happen. Then one day I had a crazy experience.
While walking I suddenly had a memory flashback. When I was about 6 years old my dad had buried a treasure in the backyard and made a vintage map that lead to the loot. He burned holes in it and made it look very real. I just “happened” to stumble across the map and I spent the whole day searching the property for the booty. I dug up the treasure to reveal an old mason jar filled with gold coins, jewels, and other items.
For some reason this memory had been locked away in a vault. This was a memory I had completely forgotten about. It was literally like a flash and I saw the entire experience in my mind. All the details came flooding back. Like a flotation device held under water and then released, this memory rapidly surfaced to full blown consciousness.
It was an interesting experience. I mean, that has never happened before. It made me wonder what other memories I had either suppressed or completely forgotten about.
This was the moment I realized Piracetam was effecting me in a very real way.
Months 1 – 6
Month 1 was when I noticed positive changes to my verbal acuity. I’ve always struggled with taking ideas and processing them into language. I’ve always had an immense amount of ideas but very little skill in articulating them. In conversations I would often times find myself unable to keep up with people, in particular extroverts.
I would drift off into the background never speaking up. The change was subtle but I noticed I was engaging people in conversation, sometimes completely dominating the conversation. This was a first for me and certainly a welcome change from my typical response to social interaction.
Month 1 is when I decided to start cycling my dose as well. This is a good idea. You never want to grow tolerant to nootropics because they lose their effect.
After month 1 I started cycling in a 3 days off and 2 days on pattern. I also upped the dose from 1G to 4G. At this point I started to get headaches so I dialed things back to 2G and added Alpha GPC to the mix. The Alpha GPC cured the headaches and put an interesting spin on the Piracetam. I felt my ability to sit down and focus was even more enhanced.
I could hold many pieces of information in my head and multi-task on many different parts of my job.
Has Piracetam Re-wired my brain?
Flash forward to today and I’m still using Piracetam although much less frequently. Even though I’m taking it less frequently I feel the effects are still here.
It got me thinking that Piracetam has actually rewired my brain. Because it allowed me to process the world in a certain way for a long period of time, I feel my synaptic pathways have actually rewired to support this new enhanced memory and focus structure. Piracetam allowed me to build habits of work ethic that have carried into the present the day.
I can’t recommend Piracetam enough for anybody looking to boost their memory, enhance conversational skills, or increase work ethic and focus. It’s a powerhouse nootropic and a great first choice when you decide to take the dive.
If anything, you might be surprised at what forgotten memories reveal themselves to you.