Phenylpiracetam is supposed to be the best thing since…
the last racetam analogue.
Seriously though, when it comes to nootropics, it’s regarded as one of the best.
But is it really?
I mean, it’s definitely stronger than Piracetam, but a lot of what you read about it on the internet isn’t exactly proven.
In fact, most of it’s just kind of…made up.
Well, I don’t believe in making stuff up. I believe in science.
I think it’s time for an article on Phenylpiracetam that isn’t heavily slanted toward selling you Phenylpiracetam or generating as many clicks as possible with some horribly misleading headline.
This is everything you need to know about Phenylpiracetam (based on facts)…
What Is Phenylpiracetam?
Phenylpiracetam is a synthetic drug which is essentially the super-charged cousin of Piracetam.
It is exactly the same molecule, but with a phenyl group attached.
The addition of the phenyl group makes Phenylpiracetam hydrophobic, meaning it does not dissolve in water.
This slight alteration allows Phenylpiracetam to be easily and efficiently absorbed, making it considerably more potent than Piracetam.
Phenylpiracetam was originally developed in the 1980’s by Russian scientists as a drug to help astronauts deal with the physical and mental stress of being in space.
It is sold under the brand name Phenotropil, but is commonly found in generic form.
These days, it is widely used as a nootropic.
People who use Phenylpiracetam are typically looking to:
- enhance memory and learning
- focus and mild stimulation
- increase motivation and productivity
- reduce stress and anxiety
- be more creative
Unlike most other nootropics, however, Phenylpiracetam produces slight levels of stimulation, so some of the effects can be felt immediately.
This is one of the key attributes that sets it apart from other similar nootropics.
What Are The Benefits Of Phenylpiracetam?
There have been several studies in humans which have returned positive results, but the subjects in all of them were already suffering from some sort of cognitive impairment.
That’s the thing about Phenylpiracetam (and a plenty of other nootropics)…
It hasn’t been studied in healthy, normal, human subjects so it’s hard to say how effective it is.
Research shows Phenylpiracetam:
- improves memory and attention
- reduces anxiety, depression, and discomfort
- enhances motor coordination
But again, these kinds of results have only been observed in unhealthy subjects.
The research as a whole indicates it may make normal, healthy brains better, but we just can’t be sure.
That said, the overwhelming amount of anecdotal evidence suggests there is something to it. A lot of people consider Phenylpiracetam to be one of the absolute best nootropics.
How Does Phenylpiracetam Work?
Very little research has been conducted to actually figure out how Phenylpiracetam exerts it’s effects, but there are some clues…
Research indicates that Phenylpiracetam (Phenotropil) works by altering Acetylcholine and Dopamine receptor densities in certain parts of the brain.
Acetylcholine and Dopamine are two neurotransmitters (chemical messengers) which are both heavily involved in cognitive functions such as:
Increases in Acetylcholine and/or Dopamine levels are typically viewed as beneficial for these things so they are often the chemical targets of supplements and drugs meant to enhance cognitive abilities.
What Kind Of Results Can You Expect With Phenylpiracetam?
Phenylpiracetam is similar to Piracetam and many other nootropics in that, with continuous use, it can improve things like memory, ability to focus, reaction time, etc.
Unlike most similar nootropics, however, Phenylpiracetam has stimulant properties, so the effects can be felt immediately.
For that reason, it tends to be used by people who would take drugs like Adderall or Focalin, but maybe don’t want to deal with the types of side effects that these more hardcore stimulant ‘smart drugs’ tend to carry (or just can’t get a hold of them).
If you’re expecting Adderall-like effects from Phenylpiracetam, however, you’ll almost certainly be disappointed.
The effects are subtle and it may take some time (like a few weeks or even months) to really notice some of the benefits.
It’s unlike that you’ll suddenly experience incredible laser-like focus or amphetamine-level motivation with Phenylpiracetam.
It may, however, subtly improve aspects of brain function such as memory, attention, learning capacity, and mood.
You won’t be Einstein, but you may be a slightly better, more functional version of your previous self.
Studies in humans have typically dosed Phenylpiracetam in the 300-600mg/day range. Usually, it’s taken in 100-200mg dosages, spread evenly throughout the day.
It’s also not clear whether higher doses are more effective or whether there’s a ceiling.
Since Phenylpiracetam is at least somewhat stimulating, it’s probably not wise to take massive doses at once.
Stimulants may enhance cognitive abilities at the right dose but can negatively impact cognitive function if too much is taken at once.
You should be especially careful when combining Phenylpiracetam with other stimulants (like Caffeine).
Phenylpiracetam Side Effects
The list of side effects associated with Phenylpiracetam is similar to the other racetams, but because it is slightly stimulatory, some of these side effects may be more apparent.
- mild nausea
- trouble sleeping
Phenylpiracetam is not what you would call a ‘hardcore stimulant’. The (stimulant) effects are mild. So, the side effects are not likely to be too severe.
If you experience any side effects, it’s probably a good idea to ease up on the dosage.
Some of the human studies may not tell us much about how Phenylpiracetam works in normal, healthy-functioning brains, but they do help to establish a safety profile.
At 100-200mg doses, though, research indicates Phenylpiracetam is pretty safe.
Is Phenylpiracetam Legal?
In the US, Phenylpiracetam occupies the same legal gray area as many other nootropics.
Contrary to popular belief, it’s actually not legal to label any of the racetams as dietary supplements. Legally speaking, they’re technically unapproved drugs.
But here in the US, we’re also in the midst of an extreme opiod epidemic, so nootropics are hardly the focus of any governing body.
Unapproved drugs aren’t supposed to be sold for the purposes of human consumption, but you can easily buy Phenylpiracetam from one of several mainstream internet retailers of nootropics.
As a consumer, you are not breaking any laws by buying or possessing Phenylpiracetam.
It’s the vendors that need to be a little bit careful about how they market their products, but again, even they don’t have much to worry about given the current legal climate in the US.
I can’t speak for other countries, though.
The laws governing the use of drugs, supplements, and psychoactive substances in general are constantly changing in just about every developed country, as far as I can tell.
For example, UK legislators recently passed the Psychoactive Substances Act which made it illegal to posses, buy, sell, import or produce any psychoactive substance (with the exceptions of tobacco, alcohol, and caffeine) without a prescription.
The bill basically defines the term psychoactive substance as any substance which stimulates or depresses the central nervous system and impacts mental function or emotional state.
By this definition, Phenylpiracetam could be considered a psychoactive substance.
Does that make it illegal in the UK? Probably, but that doesn’t mean it’s not widely available. The truth is, democratic governments tend to crack down only on what appears to be causing destruction.
In the US, it’s opiods. In other countries, it’s some other epidemic (or maybe opiods too).
I can’t tell you what substance is next on your government’s hit-list, but it’s a safe bet that it’s NOT Phenylpiracetam.
Where To Buy Phenylpiracetam
If you’re in the US, you’re in luck! There are a ton of internet retailers selling Phenylpiracetam.
However, as is the case with all supplements, drugs, and research chemicals, not all products are of equal quality.
I recommend that you get your Phenylpiracetam from a trusted nootropic vendor such as:
These are just the retailers that I trust because I’ve actually purchased nootropics, including Phenylpiracetam, from them.
If you know of another trustworthy retailer, feel free to comment below…
A Proven, Safe Nootropic Stack
If you want to roll the dice with Phenylpiracetam, that’s up to you. However, if improving how your brain functions is your goal, you should at least start with a well-rounded nootropic stack made up of supplements which have a proven track record for both efficacy AND safety.
It continues to amaze me how many people go straight for the synthetic drug nootropics and don’t even stop to consider natural alternatives.
The truth is, there are a handful of safe, natural supplements which have actually been proven to enhance aspects of cognitive function.
This is an excellent stack if you want to experiment with improving your cognitive abilities, but want to steer clear of synthetic drugs altogether.
The Bottom Line
Phenylpiracetam is definitely a promising nootropic, but it remains severely under-researched.
Sure, it has proven effective in people with deteriorating mental function and healthy mice, but it hasn’t been studied in healthy humans (at all).
Anecdotal reports indicate that Phenylpiracetam works as advertised, but you’d be surprised how many fake reviews and testimonials there are out there.
You should take any subjective experiences with a grain of salt.
I’m not saying Phenylpiracetam doesn’t work, though. I’m just saying that much of what you read about Phenylpiracetam is either one person’s opinion or, in some cases, pure speculation based on a few shreds of preliminary evidence.
The reality is, the only way to know what Phenylpiracetam is really capable of is to take it yourself and find out.