Phenibut is a highly addictive “supplement” in today’s ever-changing legal brain enhancement market. If you follow the nootropic craze on the internet, you’ll notice a massive trend to openly experiment with yourself. Each of these supplements supposedly increases ‘good’ brain activity and shuts off the ‘bad.’
Is a Phenibut Ban Coming to America?
Coaches, athletes, and business people are all looking for an edge, and Phenibut supplements provide some performance enhancing benefits. It was created by Russian scientists for cosmonauts in the space program to reduce stress and promote healthy sleep while in space. It works, but developing addiction and the possibility of damaging your liver makes it dangerous. People all over the world are looking to live better, faster, and stronger than ever. Why live in a nice quiet life when you can live in full-throttle every waking moment? A Phenibut high is a way to take away the fears of life without the loss of motor skills. The problem isn’t the amazing feeling, it’s the addiction to the high and the tolerance built after even one use.
Phenibut Composition, Side Effects, and Dangers
The Phenibut supplement is not for daily use unlike other “nootropics,” because it’s dangerous and very likely to cause an addiction after few uses. Unlike most nootropics which recommend a daily dosage, every manufacturer recommends only taking it for 2-3 days in a row and then taking 3-4 days off (i.e. a planned detox). The powder is a synthetic aromatic amino acid, a combination of many amino acids, is a derivative of the neurotransmitter GABA. The Phenibut half life is about 5.3 hours, making it necessary to take multiple dosages 3-4 times per day. With this many doses per day and the relatively slow half life, causes it to have a very high risk of addiction. Even though it is sold like a supplement or nootropic, there are significant concerns with users that abuse Phenibut dosages. Many people experience a hangover from taking too much, while others say if you don’t take a high enough dose and mix it with caffeine you don’t know what you’re missing. So far it seems like there is a significant amount of opinions and fewer facts than desirable. Many users use it for the Phenibut high, but many others use it for dealing with social anxiety. They also find themselves to feel more confident in social situations. The chemical dependency combined with the effect creates a highly addictive environment.
Phenibut supplements for sale, along with other abused nootropics are becoming a big problem in the United States. Supplements and nootropics are one of the least regulated industries there are. Substances like Kratom, a stimulant at low doses and a downer to induce sleep at high doses is sometimes mixed into the category. Kratom is sometimes used as an alternative for people to wean off of opioids. Another is Erowid, a psychoactive plant that can produce altered states of consciousness. Phenibut supplements have many advocates that all seem to share the same themes of work out and expand your mind. Rarely do these influencers acknowledge the possibility or the dangers of developing a tolerance and an addiction to these substances.
Banned In Australia
According to ABC in Australia, a high Phenibut dosage is being blamed for an overdose of seven teenagers. The students purchased the supplement online and each took varying amounts of it to get high. In February of this year, possession, use, sale and manufacturing is now banned in Australia. Before this ban, anyone with internet access and a credit card could purchase Phenibut powder in bulk from almost any fitness website in Australia. The ban does not restrict purchasing the product outside of Australian borders. However, other countries are starting to take a stand against the Phenibut supplement. In Europe, you can obtain a prescription for therapeutic purposes and sleep aids, but not is considered a controlled substance. Phenibut powder also has two other notable bans are GNC, a local health food chain and online store, Pure Nootropics, on the basis that it’s a ‘risky smart drug.’ GNC removing the risk from their stores is a clear indication of a possible ban coming in the United States.
How does it work?
The Phenibut high begins when it binds to the GABA receptors in the brain to reduce anxiety, promote relaxation, social ease, and pain relief by reducing the signals from the central nervous system to the brain. It does this without lowering the performance of the body. It’s relaxation without the drowsiness of sleep. Combing high dosages of Phenibut and alcohol heightens the side effects, because they both binds to the GABA receptors. Alcohol lowers the acuteness of motor skills and causes the user to become belligerent. This is what makes a Phenibut high so attractive. The fact you can take a substance that completely relaxes you in stressful situations, but doesn’t slow your functionality is truly the coveted feeling nootropic addicts seek.
The Correct Dosages
If you decide to take Phenibut hcl or faa, make sure you adhere to the correct dosages. Most of the time they come in a powder form and have their own pre-measured scooper for accurate doses. For more of a real-world (and very unreliable) impression of the effects of the supplement, you can consult the Phenibut Guide on Reddit. Please keep in mind the authors of the posts are sometimes not who they say they are and also most likely not health professionals. According to the supplement maker, a “safe” Phenibut dosage is between 250-1000mg no more than two times per week. Do not exceed 1000mg at one time. Splitting the dosage into 4ths or 3rds is a good way to feel the effects all day and night before the 3-4 day cycle is over. This is called proper cycling and it’s something all the companies should recommend to help you avoid a hangover. None of these providers suggest taking any other way than ingestion through the mouth. Trying Phenibut insufflation (sniffing or snorting) for the euphoria is common practice according to Reddit posters, but isn’t recommended and possibly very dangerous.
HCL vs FAA
The amount you take is also dependent on the type you have. Phenibut supplements comes in two different powders and capsules. The powders are both white, but HCL powders are grainier and less fine like FAA powders. The free amino acid (FAA) form has a higher potency. This means it takes longer to feel the effects, dissolves slower than HCL in water, and lasts longer. Hydrochloride (HCL) is a water and acid soluble, salt version of an amine.
Phenibut Withdrawal Symptoms
Most people do not experience Phenibut withdrawal symptoms if they use the recommended dosage, according to the Liftmode website. Problems occur when people believe ‘more is better,’ and take more than the recommended dosages without proper cycling. Phenibut side effects are no laughing matter. It’s not like cocaine or heroin, but it’s very powerful. Many users experience extreme headaches, depression, and anxiety more aggressively than before they started using. The Phenibut high will make you feel amazing, until you develop a tolerance. After the tolerance has set in, you will need to take a few days off.
It’s Available on Amazon!
Despite all the warnings, people are buying Phenibut powder in record numbers. They believe these kinds of substances are the answer to a better life. They don’t realize the dangers of building a tolerance to a substance as powerful as this. Many brands of the “supplement” are found on Amazon, at Walmart, and various online nootropics stores. The ease of acquisition definitely contributes to the possibility of developing an addiction. If it’s just an order away from being at your doorstep and you have a history of addictive behavior this might not be the best purchase for you to make.
The Top Brands
Of course, the quality of the brand is subject to the interpretation of the user, but it’s as similar to you being a fan of Coke or Pepsi in most cases. Your body chemistry is different than your neighbor and each one of these brands could react differently. They all have their risks, so please consult your doctor if you decide to use any of these products.
Liftmode Phenibut is 99% pure. That comes in two forms FAA and HCL. FAA is a more pure version, but they both will provide the effects for a long time due to their half-life. The effects, of course, depend on your body type, metabolism, and a variety of other factors.
AYH comes in variable Phenibut powder sizes and is $8 per 5 gram container. This is one of the most expensive brands on the market considering the recommended dosage is 1 to 2 grams before bedtime if you’re using it as a sleep aid. They recommend a larger break of up to 10 days after using for 3 consecutive days.
MRM Relax-All with Venetron
MRM is sold as a muscle relaxer and comes in a capsule form. Each bottle contains 28 or 60 pills. This supplement combines various muscle relaxing herbs (like Jujube, Valerian root, ashwagandha, and chamomile) to enhance the supplement and add medicinal properties.
This last brand comes in powder or capsules. Its lab tested for purity by a 3rd party. They recommend 1-2 servings (300 mg per serving) 2-4 times per day between meals. Then they recommend a 2-3 day ‘washout’ or proper cycling to avoid a hangover.
Just Because It’s Legal Doesn’t Mean You Should Take It
Whether you decide to take it for the Phenibut high as a supplement or not, it’s best to know as much as you can about it so you can make an informed decision. Adding a potent chemical like this has risks, but it appears that the benefits may outweigh the drawbacks for some. If you follow the recommended doses and consult your doctor before trying any nootropics you can possibly avoid the risks of withdrawal symptoms and enjoy the benefits without damaging your body. Phenibut supplements will always be a source of controversy in and out of the medical world. Many people need substances like this to cope with trauma or function in society. The difficulty comes in understanding who and what dosage should be allowed. Is it right that those teenagers in Australia were allowed to purchase Phenibut powder in bulk? It ultimately led to them overdosing at school. Some say no, but what about the other people that need it to perform adequately at work to keep their job and support their family. It seems like some people have life-changing reactions after taking high Phenibut dosages, others fail to see the ‘big deal,’ and others become addicted. If your family has a history of addiction to other substances, using a drug like this is something you should do only if necessary. The risk of developing a Phenibut addiction is higher than others without the genetic predisposition. This supplement may not be as strong as an alcohol or opioid addiction, but it still carries the possibility of an addiction with a debilitating withdrawal.