When it comes to cognitive enhancement the racetam family of drugs is one of the most well known and best researched. Noopept is usually not included in the family because of the structure, but it works very similar to most other racetams and is usually stacked together with these products to create a more effective cognitive enhancer.
Studies show that noopept is 1000 times stronger and more potent than piracetam and even though it predominantly helps to improve memory and focus, it is a potent mood enhancer and can be used as a neuro protective agent as well.
In many parts of the world, noopept is currently used as a way of treating neurological degenerative diseases, such as Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s. Most patients who are struggling with these diseases get some benefit from taking noopept because of the amazing neurological protective benefits.
Review of Noopept Benefits
Younger generations of people use noopept so that they can improve their memory and general cognitive abilities. Even though some elderly take it in order to prevent Alzheimer’s and similar degenerative diseases, it is typically used by students and high performing individuals to get the added boost for memory and ability to do work.
Speed of memory recall is one factor that noopept can improve greatly. Even when memories are formed in the brain, they are not always available so readily, but noopept can help to achieve this in a very quick time. The memory recall speed improvement might be trivial for some, but in many situations being able to have faster memory can be very useful.
Even if this is too subtle of a benefit, there are other mental benefits as well. Some people complain about mental fog or fatigue, especially in the morning or when sleep deprived. Noopept is a great nootropic for improving attention span and helping people to focus far better than they would otherwise. Concentration and attention are usually not considered for the racetam family and similar drugs, but because noopept is so potent, it has this effect.
Noopept powder isn’t always going to help to improve productivity, motivation, and your general drive. However, there is a good chance that it will be able to help you achieve all of these things if you have certain brain chemistry that allows it.
One of the most important benefits of noopept is the fact that it is considered a neuroprotective agent. This means that noopept has the intangible benefit of protecting the neurons and synapses from brain damage. This could be from damage caused through trauma or just age related degeneration that many elderly people experience on a routine basis.
For some people who consume high quantities of alcohol, noopept can have a very calming and neuroprotective effect. The damage from excessive drinking can be reduced and in general the communication between parts of the brain is vastly increased.
Blood flow and oxygen levels in the brain are likely higher when taking noopept because the drug acts similarly to the other racetams. When this is the case, the extra blood flow and oxygen make it easier for people to think, respond to their environment, and excel at whatever it is that they are doing.
How Does Noopept Work?
Noopept may be similar to racetams, but that doesn’t mean it is the exact thing or even in the family. It is absorbed through the body in the gastro-intestinal tract and then can be circulated to the brain. Some people find sublingual methods of administration to bypass the GI tract and send the noopept compound directly to the brain.
Once it reaches the brain, noopept crosses the blood-brain barrier with ease and then 15 – 20 minutes after taking the drug, it can be felt. The bioavailability of noopept is very high, which means the large percentage of what you take is actually going to reach your brain and alter your mental state.
Because it only takes 15 – 20 minutes before it reaches maximum concentration in your brain, it is one of the fastest nootropics available. This is perfect for some people who like to get a quick “fix” from their nootropics in order to go to work or get some specific task done.
After noopept gets to the brain, there are specific processes that it undergoes so that it can provide the maximum effect for your memory, mood, and ability to focus. Without getting too sciencey, noopept goes to glutamate receptors in the brain and inhibits the breakdown of glutamate in order to help cognitive function. Because glutamate is a neurotransmitter that is specifically required for enhanced memory and cognitive abilities, this is important as a mode of action for noopept.
Improved oxygenation of the brain is something that most racetams do and noopept can help as well. The amount of oxygen that you have in the brain helps to improve clarity and feelings of crispness that are incredibly useful for memory formation and a lot of other things.
Even though there are many known mechanisms that help noopept work to improve brain function, the vast majority of smart drugs have unknowns and noopept is no different. There are things about noopept that scientists have not discovered so there are mechanisms at play that even we cannot know. Luckily, through studies on side effects etc., we know there are not many bad things going on!
Noopept Dosage Recommendations
Taking the right dosage of any nootropic is important but for something that is as potent as noopept, it is particularly important. The proper way to use noopept is to start lower and then increase your dosage as you feel the need to do so. Most people do not need a high quantity of noopept and because it is 1000 times more potent than piracetam, the starting dose is 10 – 30 mg per day.
Some people start with around 5 mg per day and then take that three different times. This can have great benefits over the long term and can even have some stimulatory benefits. Other people prefer to get their dosage at once to feel the drug really working to have concentration or anxiety relief benefits.
Either way, make sure that you do not over do the noopept beyond 60 mg per day. Some people can handle this and it is all personalized, but this is usually the upper limit to prevent your glutamate receptors from being over stimulated.
By spreading out your dosage of noopept you can maintain an effective level in your system at all times. Even though the half life is very short, you can take the drug more often so that you have a steady supply in your brain. You may want to mix noopept into water and take it sublingually so that you can get the maximum effect from the drug.
Noopept Side Effects and Risks
For good reason, a lot of people are concerned with taking any kind of new nootropic without understanding the risks and side effects. Like the other racetams, noopept is generally regarded as a very useful nootropic that has very few side effects. Some people complain of negative side effects if the dosage is too high, but this is why precise measurements and starting with low doses is a good idea.
If you find yourself also stacking noopept with other racetams and smart drugs, the dosage you take might even be lower. The noopept side effects alone are very mild and usually depend on the person more than anything else. If you are watching your doses carefully, you probably do not have much to worry about.
Nootropic Stacks with Noopept
One of the most common things to do in the smart drug community is take noopept along with other nootropics. Stacking drugs like piracetam and aniracetam with noopept is common in the community because they have similar effects, but different potencies. Combining noopept with these other racetams are also useful for getting the most short and long term memory benefits that you can.
It may also be a great idea for you to consider getting a choline source that is useful for both the noopept and other racetams you might be taking. This provides acetylcholine so that more memories can be formed in the hippocampus.