Essential Nootropics and Supplements For Anxiety

These days it’s rare to meet a person without some form of anxiety. Everybody walks around with a low level cortisol drip feed. We’re anxious about what people think about us, we’re anxious about bills, we’re anxious about social interactions, and even small things produce disproportionate amounts of anxiety in us. we just live in very anxious times. This isn’t how I wanted to live my life. In fact, anxiety is the reason I stumbled across nootropics in the first place.

After a year of experimentation I can confidently make a recommendation to you. The following list contains a handful of nootropics to tone down your anxiety and put you in a state of calm relaxation.

L-Theanine

L-Theanine is perhaps the most accessible nootropic on the market. It’s fairly benign and well studied. It’s a compound found in green tea and proven to put the brain into a relaxed state. L-Theanine modulates Alpha brain waves. Alpha waves in the brain are associated with heightened states of calmness. This means L-Theanine induces a state of calmness within the mind but does not make you drowsy. This is a rather unique aspect of this nootropic. Many drugs prescribed for anxiety aren’t without side effects like drowsiness and impaired motor function. L-Theanine is completely safe and a formidable opponent to tackle your anxiety.

The study above uses a dose of 50mg but I recommend taking at least 100mg. On extra stressful days 200mg is a nice dose.

Aniracetam

Another heavy hitter in the anti-anxiety department. I’ve discussed Aniracetam in length in other posts and it’s one of my favorite anxiolytic nootropics. It puts me in a very calm state of mind I can only describe as spacey. It shuts down my logical thought processes and puts me in the moment. Anxiety for me and many people is caused by the non stop chatter in our brains. Anxious people tend to be worst-case-scenario type thinkers. They dwell on the future and anticipate failure, embarrassment, or other plunders. If you can shut these thoughts off the anxiety goes away.

Aniracetam calms the chatter in my head and allows me to move through the world without over thinking every little detail. It’s also a very visual nootropic. The world becomes much brighter. Almost as if someone behind the scenes was adjusting the brightness levels of the world around you. Music is amazing and the right music can really put you into a state of complete relaxation.

Aniracetam also has studies proving its effectiveness for anxiety and even for depression as well. Double whammy! Anxiety and depression can often times be very synergistic with each other. It’s not uncommon to experience both these neuro disorders especially in todays strange culture.

5-HTP

5-HTP is can be very effective for some while ineffective for others. For me, 5-HTP knocks me out and I sleep deep. Truly powerful stuff. I reserve this stuff for the nights where I can’t fall asleep. Sleep is crucial not for the moment but for the next day. The plants of tomorrow are planted with the seeds of today. A restorative nights sleep will do wonders for your cortisol levels and level you out for a great next day. Pick up a bottle and see if it helps.

Magnesium oil

When you’re stressed the body rapidly blows through any extra stores of magnesium available. The thing is, there isn’t a whole lot of magnesium to go around these days especially if you have a poor diet. And even if your diet is on point (fruits, veggies etc) foods of today lack the quality of foods from the past. We’ve depleted our soils to the point where foods contain very little of this crucial mineral. Low magnesium levels are responsible for a host of problems including, you guessed it, anxiety. Magnesium oil is preferred over pills because it’s easily absorbed through the skin. Pills must be digested through the intestines and they lose a lot of strength along the way. Magnesium oil ensures you get a heroic dose of what your body has probably been craving for a long time.

Crazy to think that you’re one mineral away from feeling normal again. Here is an interesting read on a couple scientists using magnesium oil to treat anxiety and major depression with positive results.

L-Tyrosine

L-Tyrosine is an amino acid crucial for the production of dopamine. Low dopamine has been linked to both depression and anxiety. Low dopamine is caused by genetic deficiencies as well as psychological disorders. Your thoughts effect your emotions which feed into the systems that produce dopamine. Low dopamine then causes more cycles of negative thoughts and depression. Boosting dopamine through the use of supplements like L-Tyrosine can reverse this negative loop and calm you down.

B Complex

Last recommendation is a B complex vitamin supplement. The B Vitamin group of nutrients are so crucial to brain function. A deficit in just one of them is setting you up for all kinds of problems including anxiety. This is the bottle I use and it also includes a healthy dose of vitamin C. B vitamins are a staple for mental health and can’t be overlooked.

Conclusion

Used as part of a holistic healing process, nootropics and supplements can help you along your journey to calmness. No matter what makes you anxious you have a lot of options available to you. Good luck to you my friend and happy dosing!

 

 

My Experience Using Piracetam For an Entire Year

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.

First Week

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.

Final thoughts

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.

 

 

 

Is Phenibut Dangerous?

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Phenibut is a Russian synthesized nootropic touted as the most dangerous nootropic available. You have no doubt heard the horror stories of people having bad experiences with Phenibut. But is Phenibut really all that dangerous?

People typically turn to Phenibut as an anti-anxiety agent. As far as nootropics go, Phenibut is the best nootropic for crushing anxiety in all forms. I personally love taking Phenibut when I’m going out for a night on the town or any time I’m in an anxious environment. In fact, many people have safely used Phenibut in this way for a very long time.

So what’s all this fuss about Phenibut being dangerous? While many have safely used Phenibut, there is a risk for addiction and negative side effects. The horror stories you hear online are no doubt coming from people who took Phenibut in too large of a dose or too often.

Phenibuts anti-anxety effects come from the substances effect on your brains GABA receptors. GABA is a neurotransmitter responsible for feeling calm and relaxed. Popular drugs like alcohol and Xanax (benzodiazepines) work by increasing the levels of GABA in your brain. As a result, these drugs make you feel very relaxed.

In much the same way, Phenibut interacts with the GABA system. However, this interaction between drugs and neurotransmitters is not without consequences. If you abuse these types of drugs over the long term, your body shuts down its own natural production of GABA resulting in withdrawal, anxiety, and a host of other problems.

The negative Phenibut stories you read online are from people who abused the nootropic. They took Phenibut in too high of a dose or for too long. They then get online and vomit this negative experience all over the internet. Many of them were unaware how drugs interacted with their body and the results and consequences of abusing drugs. Anybody who has experimented with drugs can tell you this.

If used correctly, Phenibut is a great nootropic to relieve anxiety in the short term and holds very little side effects. You don’t see people confused about hangovers after a hard night of drinking. By comparison, Phenibut is much safer, cheaper, and less riskier.

How to use Phenibut safely

Look at Phenibut as a band aid solution to temporary waves of anxiety. For instance, Phenibut is great for that once a month TPS report you have to give at the office.

It’s great for that once in a while outing with friends at a dinner party.

It’s great for the occasional family get together (I know I’m not the only one who gets anxiety around family.)

It’s not great to treat daily anxiety. Using Phenibut everyday will lead to tolerance and you’ll need more of the nootropic to get the same high. I’ve always said nootropics are not the solution to your problems, they are the stepping stone. Use Phenibut as a stepping stone and as part of a holistic solution to get from point A to point B.

Keep your dosage within the safe and recommended levels. 250mg is a dose at the low level while 500mg is a moderate dose. Anything above 500mg is considered a high dose and you run the risk of negative side effects. As a general rule, always start with a low dose so you can get a feel for the effects of the nootropic. This is especially important for nootropics like Phenibut.

So, is Phenibut dangerous?

It can be. But if you stick to occasional and infrequent use and keep your dose at reasonable levels Phenibut can be used quite safely. If you have an addictive personality I would avoid Phenibut because it’s easy to abuse. However, if you have anxiety and looking for a safer alternative to prescription medication, Phenibut is a good choice if you follow what I have outlined in this post.

Be sure to buy Phenibut from a reliable source.

Alternatively, check out my favorite nootropic for anxiety. It’s a less riskier alternative to Phenibut and very anxiolytic in its own right.

Thanks for reading and safe dosings!

Peak Nootropics Review

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Peak Nootropics

I get emails and comments on my Youtube channel from readers who want to know where to buy nootropics. These days, finding a reputable vendor is hit or miss unless you’ve walked through as many fires as I have. Having bought my fair share of bunk nootropics, I know which vendors are trustworthy and which ones aren’t.

Peak Nootropics is a vendor I’ve been buying from for over a year. Time and time again their nootropics have been consistent and they’ve always arrived on time. I’ve seen many vendors pop out of nowhere and everyone gets excited. Months later you go to their site and they’re out of stock, you can’t get in contact with anybody, and the next day they’re gone.

Nootropics vendors come and go but Peak Nootropics has seemed to stand the test of time. In this review I’ll explain why I choose Peak Nootropics as my primary vendor and why you should strongly consider purchasing product from them.

Lab tested analysis

Peak Nootropics subjects all of their powders to independent third party testing to ensure quality and purity. This is the most important criteria when selecting a nootropics vendor. The last thing you want is to ingest a strange research chemical. It happens more than you think. As a member of the nootropics community I’ve read stories of customers ordering product from a vendor and getting something completely different. Not good.

Peak Nootropics has their certificate of analysis posted directly on their site and continually tests their product.

Fast Shipping

Peak nootropics is based out of Houston Texas and nootropics generally arrive withing 2 – 3 days in the U.S. Expedited shipping is available if you need your nootropics faster. Shipments come securely packaged.

Customer Service

I’ve only had to call them once to change an order but they made the switch right away. Maybe I got lucky but I was able to get them on the phone the first try. This is pretty rare as far as customer service is concerned. Usually you have to wait through a series of “special messages” and terrible elevator music.

Being a small company in a small niche allows them to deliver much better customer service than larger companies.

Selection

Their selection of nootropics is impressive. Before I found them I was forced to order what I needed through multiple vendors. Some vendors had certain nootropics I wanted but not a single one stocked all of my favorites. As you know, I’m a big fan of Piracetam, Aniracetam, Sulbutiamine, L-Theanine, and a number of other nootropics.

I don’t have to hop around between vendors to get the nootropics I need. Peak Nootropics has all of them and I can order in one fell swoop.

Bulk Powder Nootropics

Hands down, Peak Nootropics sets the standard for bulk powder nootropics. While they are lacking in capsuled nootropics, once you start getting serious you don’t want the capsules anymore. Bulk powder nootropics save you a ton of money and you can dial in your doses with the help of a scale.

A sack of nootropics lasts me months. A bottle of capsules is expensive and they don’t last nearly as long. Bulk is where it’s at and Peak Nootropics has plenty of raw powder to go around.

Money back guarantee

If for whatever reason you are not satisfied Peak Nootropics offers a 100% money back guarantee on your order.

Final Thoughts

Peak Nootropics is a great vendor and they get the Gonootropics seal of approval. I have a ton of their powders sealed up and sitting in my cabinet as you read this. I’m both a user and a big fan of their powders and do not hesitate recommending them to by readers.

Check out their site for more info and happy dosing! Thanks for reading this review.

Best Nootropics Stack For Studying, Focus, and Energy

Today I’m excited to talk about another one of my favorite nootropics stacks. This is a stack tolerated fairly well by many people and one of my go-to staples for studying, focus, and sustained energy.

Because who couldn’t use a little more of that? I knew going in to the creation of this stack I needed to hit on a few core components:

  • Memory and focus
  • Energy
  • …and an effect I call sit down, shut up, and get to work

For memory and focus I turned to my staple nootropic Piracetam. Piracetam is the Godfather nootropic and for many good reasons. Your mental faculties get ramped up and your ability to hold multiple pieces of information in working memory is boosted. Piracetam has compounded effects and best used over time. The effects of Piracetam are also not limited to the duration of use. You’ll notice an easier time recalling information days after cessation and summoning the right words is a breeze.

For me, I used to feel like I knew what to say but couldn’t find the words fast enough. This led to others finishing my words for me or dominating conversations while I fumbled around in my brain for something funny or relevant. Piracetam has remedied this problem and I couldn’t be more grateful. Highly recommended stuff.

For raw mental and physical energy I turn to another one of my staples – Sulbutiamine. Sulbutiamine is a synthetic version of Vitamin B1 and readily crosses the blood brain barrier. The energy you feel is very natural. It’s not a dirty energy like caffeine or other stimulants. Vitamin B1 is mainly responsible for converting carbohydrates into energy. Because of this, I like to take Sulbutiamine with a big bowl of fruit. This is a hidden double whammy. Not only will Sulbutiamine convert this food into raw energy but the glucose from the fruit is one of your brains favorite fuels.

No studying stack should be without a bit of carbs and sugars. Back in highschool I remember they would hand out snacks for the SAT testing but only AFTER we finished the test. It was the dumbest thing ever. They should have been feeding everybody tons of fruit and dosing us with this stack.

Moving right along the next core nootropic in this stack is L-Tyrosine. While more of a supplement, L-Tyrosine is crucial amino acid responsible for the production of dopamine. Dopamine is going to amp up your motivation and calm you down significantly. In fact, L-Tyrosine is a great energetic supplement and can even help with anxiety. L-Tyrosine is a calm energy. It’s not a supplement you’re going to take and start bouncing off the walls. It’s that “sit down and do the work” type of energy.

I’m noticeably less fidgety and more able to sit down for long periods of time. Of course, please get up and stretch from time to time if you sit down a lot. You may notice most of my videos are shot outside. I sit down a lot so towards the end of the day I get out of the house and go for very long walks. There’s something about walking that calms the mind and allows ideas to bubble to the surface. I would recommend walking to anybody.

The final nootropic to round out this stack is good ol’ caffeine. You can take this either in capsule form or hit up your favorite coffee shop. I like capsules because I can easily dial in the dose. Once I find a dose that works I can replicate it at anytime because of my experimentation. You really never know how much caffeine you’re getting in the drip format.

Caffeine is going to take the energy you get from this stack and amp things up to the next level. A little like hitting the turbo boost button. If you’re extremely sensitive to caffeine consider adding L-Theanine – a nootropic well known to smooth out the negative side effects of caffeine. Seriously. No shakes, no jitters, no anxiety. Powerful stuff.

Dosage recommendation (lower limit)

  • Piracetam – 2 – 4G
  • Sulbutiamine – 400mg
  • L-Tyrosine – 500 – 1000mg
  • Caffeine – 100 – 400mg