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What is Piracetam? Analysis of the most popular nootropic

So exactly why do nootropic guru’s use Piracetam? Piracetam, with a chemical name 2-oxo-1-pyrrolidine acetamide, is a nootropic drug of the racetams family with a wide array of cognitive benefits. Developed and first synthesized in 1964 by doctors at UCB, and led by Corneliu E. Glurgea, Glurgea first coined the term nootropic after his initial shock at how the drug improved cognitive performance. Piracetam paved the way for a new breed of mind enhancing, psychotropic drugs, and since has branched off into 5 different kinds of racetams, and multiple separate branches of nootropics, including ampakine and stimulant nootropics. Below, you’ll find some of the most up to date Piracetam information available to help you determine exactly what Piracetam is for yourself.

Usage throughout the world

But what is Piracetam in a layman’s sense?

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…..and what does it mean in other regions of the world? Piracetam is used in primarily Europe, Asia, the US and South America. Here at home, in the US, it is sold as a nootropics drug and supplement over the counter (and strictly online) and has allowed for an entirely new group of nootropics guru’s, called “biohackers” to take precedence, mainly businessmen looking to get a leg up on the competition by way of increasing productivity-even if it means taking a drug to fuel their drive towards success. As a nootropic, Piracetam shows grandiose long-term effects, and best results are seen if taken for 6 weeks continuously. Piracetam builds up in both intensity and effects for the first six weeks, and levels off after that, allowing one to maintain this enhanced state for as long as they feel necessary to continue dosing the Piracetam.
Synergy with stimulants
Piracetam’s synergy with stimulants, mainly caffeine and psychostimulants, such as Adderall, Ritalin, and Desoxyn, wasn’t discovered until the much later years of its existence, when online forums and blogs on the substance, and nootropics in general, began to heavily promote user reviews of how it “made Adderall significantly stronger.” Piracetam is in fact extremely synergistic with stimulants, and stacks very well with strong drugs like Adderall or Ritalin, in even experienced ADHD medication users. Piracetam can significantly increase the effects of Adderall and Ritalin, make them last longer, and indirectly lower Adderall tolerance, Piracetam and Adderall stacks should be taken with caution, always take the lowest dose possible. The reason behind it, lies in how Piracetam affects acetylcholine neurotransmitters, and of how Adderall, and other ADHD medications, affect dopamine neurotransmitters. Piracetam blocks the reuptake of acetylcholine in the brain, leading to a surplus of it in the brains main regions, such as the frontal lobe and hippocampus. Adderall blocks the reuptake of dopamine and directs it to similar brain regions, when these two drugs work at the same time in the brain, synergy occurs, and their effects complement each other! Beware however, if you decide to experiment with this, tolerance to both drugs will build much more quickly than if just taken alone, and side effects and crashes…will be much more prevalent.

What you’ll feel if you take Piracetam

When you take that first pill, you’ll notice the initial effects kick in in just under an hour, with the first noticeable of these being significantly increased vision. You will notice finer details in nature, as you’re studying, and your hearing, smell and taste will seem improved-it is in this way that you know the piracetam is working, your sensory output will change, and the improvement is fairly significant. Past this you’ll feel a sudden burst of energy, and a gain in the amount of knowledge and information you’re able to cram in at once. Piracetam improves your memory, focus and overall ability to retain information, so during studying, you’ll find that (like Adderall, but with more respect to your memory) you are much better equipped to learn large amounts of information.


What is Piracetam in the brain?

In the brain, Piracetam takes form by simulating the molecule acetylcholine, and while its exact mechanism is not yet entirely known, its indirect mechanism causes a rush of the neurotransmitters GABA and acetylcholine, to impact the brain. This causes an exaggeration of the executive function that acetylcholine manages and improves, such as ones motor skills, memory, visual cortex, and fluidity of sentence structure.

Effects on depression and anxiety

 For cases of depression and anxiety-and even in some mild cases of insomnia, piracetam has shown promising improvements on one’s overall mood. Piracetam, by improving one’s memory, focus and overall intelligence, may also indirectly alter one’s moody state, though this effect is mainly due to increasing prominent neurotransmitters, such as dopamine (to a very mild extent) acetylcholine, and GABA.

 Restoring mental capacity after cerebral trauma

Piracetam has been shown to, in double-blind placebo controlled studies, have an effect on restoring the brainpower of those fighting cerebral trauma, whether physical (in the case of a head injury) or psychological (in the case of PTSD from soldiers stationed overseas). Typical dosages of Piracetam are 800mg, or one capsule, three times per day (preferably one with each meal) and should be taken with a hefty choline source, such as CDP Choline. Piracetam is best if taken over the long term, and you may not feel much in the way of effects the first time, or even first several times you use this nootropic drug, this is because Piracetam often takes time of regimented dosing, and needs to build up in your system, before it can manifest its most potent effects. Give this drug 6-8 weeks of daily use, with 1-3 800 milligram capsules taken daily, mental clarity was gradually and effectively restored.

Piracetam Side Effects

Piracetam, though a very potent and wildly useful nootropic drug, does in fact still have its share of drawbacks. As much of the research showed during clinical trials with the drug in humans, Piracetam can cause symptoms such as headaches, dry mouth, jitteriness and insomnia. When Piracetam is taken in doses that are higher than those suggested (800-2400mg per day) these side effects are increased, both in duration and severity. In much of the current literature available on Piracetam, it is said that choline is absolute necessity when using this drug, because of its influence on the acetylcholine receptors in the brain. But why choline specifically……

Piracetam and CDP Choline, what is the relationship between these two Synergystic Stacks?

Piracetam and CDP Choline are two complimentary drugs that serve to greatly potentate one another, minimize side effects, and that act in synergy with their effects on the brain. Piracetam, if not taken with CDP Choline, will cause headaches to occur. Supplementing CDP Choline alongside your Piracetam regiment, will also help to improve duration of action of Piracetam, potentiate its effects (by allowing your choline stores to remain fresh all day), and mitigate any potential side effects that racetams may have on you.

Piracetam Dosages

Typical doses of Piracetam range from 800 to 2400 milligrams, taken 1-3 times daily (1-3 capsules on our website, taken with each of your three meals, is the normal and most spread out way to do this.) Take Piracetam for up to 6 weeks straight, at this dosing regiment, before judging whether or not this racetam affects you in the way you’d like. In the case of an unresearched phenomenon in the online nootropics world, the Piracetam “Megadose” this practice refers to taking 5-10 times the usual amount of Piracetam, and can result in a significantly higher potency of effects than if usual doses were taken. Users report, after taking a megadose, of euphoria, extreme visual acuity, a dull headache (in the case of a megadose, much more CDP Choline will need to be supplemented in order to keep your receptors fresh, the benefits on the mind however are well worth the cost of added CDP Choline, when taken in this manner), and significantly enhanced memory, focus, and overall energy levels. While we cannot directly recommend taking a megadose, online reviews of nootropics give this practice very good ratings, and in clinical trials with mice, Piracetam was reported to be safe at dosages as much as 100 times the minimum effective amount. Always do your own research and trials before deciding how a drug reacts with your specific bio-chemistry, and be sure to take the lowest possible effective dose first, working your way up from that set point as gradually as possible.

Piracetam Stacks

Piracetam stacks extremely well with other racetam nootropics, such as Aniracetam, Oxiracetam, Pramiracetam, and Phenylpiracetam, as well as stimulant nootropics, such as Adrafinil (a pro-drug of Modafinil, and a legal way to get the prescription drug in as little as 2-3 days). Piracetam, when taken as combined with stimulant nootropics, gives a memory and clarity boost to the extreme kind of focus, motivation, and benefits on your overall drive, that stimulants can provide. Be sure to continue supplementing choline when doing this.

Piracetam use in College

This blog serves to inform not only the general public of the web, but also the everyday, college student and entrepreneur, looking for an edge on his or her studies and business productivity. Since the premier of films quoting and exaggerating how smart drugs and nootropics work, college students have hopped on to the growing field of cognitive enhancement, and have made known the potent effects of these up and coming smart drugs.


Final thoughts

What is Piracetam? After all the research and opinions provided in the article at hand, you should surely know for yourself by now. Piracetam is a largely potent nootropic drug, the first of the nootropics currently in existence today, and over the long term has been proven to improve LTM and STM function. Take Piracetam for 6 weeks, supplementing 1-3 capsules daily, and be sure to use CDP Choline whenever taking this potent nootropic drug.




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