As I noted in last week’s post, I would begin taking piracetam again for the first time in maybe three years. This post is a brief summary of my experiences and thoughts over the past week and where I intend to go with it over the next week and beyond.
As of last week, I am taking fish oil, mucuna pruriens, ashwagandha, NAC, slow-release vitamin C and up to 4 grams of kratom per day. In addition, I take caffeine and theanine in the form of a capsule and/or various teas alongside theanine powder.
For an idea of what my daily supplement regimen looks like, check out my past posts:
For this experiment, I would take one 750 mg capsule of piracetam bulk powder per trial. I purchased the piracetam from Powder City in a bulk tub a few months ago. I put the powder into capsules just prior to the experiment for my own convenience.
I dosed some piracetam in the early afternoon, one 750 mg capsule. Just a couple hours before, I had taken a caffeine and theanine capsule.
Within about an hour, I began to sense that very “lucid” tunnel-vision type feeling. It’s a feeling I normally get from nootropics like noopept, aniracetam, pramiracetam, and so on. That day I was to work on a creative group project with multiple people.
Approximately 3 hours after the initial dosage and after drinking some guayusa, I experienced what I would describe as a positive “manic” feeling. I chalk this up to the combination with caffeine.
Overall, this was a favorable experience. My mood during the day was good.
I dosed the same as the previous day: one 750 mg capsule of piracetam.
This time I did not have any caffeine and theanine. I did not notice any whimsical euphoria or other things out of the ordinary with this dosage. My mood was just OK.
I chalk my mood up to inadequate sleep quality and possible caffeine withdrawal, but this could potentially be due to dosing piracetam without a cholinergic. I would not know for sure at this point.
On this day, I did not dose piracetam. I maintained my usual regimen sans caffeine + theanine. My mood was only OK, and my working memory a bit hazy. I chalk this up to inadequate sleep, same as the night before in addition to possible caffeine withdrawal and even piracetam after effects.
I took a 750 mg capsule of piracetam again, but with an Alpha-GPC capsule (a cholinergic) to go along with it. As before, I did not notice any astounding acute effects in the hours following the dosage.
However I did find it easy to remember series of numbers I was copying down, which is something I experienced before with noopept. I couldn’t say with any certainty this time whether it was due to piracetam alone.
This was my final day of dosing piracetam for the week. I avoided dosing on other days due to other obligations.
Overall, I did not expect much from this initial experiment. I merely wanted to test the waters of nootropic drugs again to see if they were fine for me. This was successful in my opinion. I experienced some notable subjective effects on the first day of dosing, which I’d say are ideal for productivity and creativity.
In the following weeks, I will increase both dosage and frequency of dosage. Like this past week’s test, I will be paying close attention to my mood and subjective cognitive performance.
In the past I have experienced absentmindedness from dosing cholinergics and nootropics together, which I would like to avoid. My goal this time around is to dial in a piracetam regimen that does not affect my mood or cognition negatively. Ideally I would be able to experience the same effects as I did on day one and to sustain them.
Quick Edit: I neglected to mention that I had some vivid dreams over the past week’s trial. Connected to piracetam? We’ll have to see in the coming weeks!