As a little exercise in cycling on and off of stacks, I decided to take the previous week off of Noopept and use aniracetam instead as needed. I wasn’t too diligent in taking my aniracetam but figured I’d mention it anyway for the sake of this week’s article.
Aniracetam, and a little about it
Aniracetam, like all of the other racetams, is a magical white powder that does some things to your brain to make it work better. It’s prescribed to old people and people whose brains just aren’t functioning as well as they should. Alzheimer’s patients and the like.
Nerds and nootropic junkies like this stuff because it has the potential to give them a cognitive edge, or at least a leg up on their mental state.
Anyway, the difference between aniracetam and piracetam, the ultimate benchmark for all racetams, is:
- Purportedly 8 times more potent than piracetam
All this means is that you have to take smaller doses of aniracetam to have any effect compared to piracetam’s ridiculous 5 gram dosage. In regard to the last point, fat-soluble means this stuff is only going to dissolve in fatty substances like oil or milk which makes it an ideal candidate for putting into capsules. Good luck trying to choke it down with just water, because it floats right on top.
And don’t even think about trying to take the powder straight in the mouth. Piracetam, Noopept and pramiracetam dissolve pretty easily, and while they taste like Hell made out of grapefruit, I often take them straight anyway.
Based on my experience I say: don’t take aniracetam straight. It sticks to the back of your throat like some scratchy cottony stuff and it won’t go away unless you eat some food or wash it down with something fatty.
Mild nuisance aside, aniracetam seems to have its most potent effect at a 750 mg dosage. I tried a half-dose and did not notice much. It’s best taken early in the day as it doesn’t seem to have a big effect until later, even though aniracetam has a short half-life. It’s in your body one moment and out in your pee in just a few hours.
Cycling off of Noopept
According to various non-definitive sources, the Russian prescription literature for Noopept says not to take it for more than 3 months in a row, and to not take it for 1 month in the interim. By now, some of you have probably ordered the stuff at the beginning of the month so it’s interesting to note. To my knowledge, nobody has had any issues taking it beyond 3 months but it’s probably good to cycle off it anyway.
I have no basis for this, but I figured a good compromise would be to cycle 1 week off out of every month, which is essentially what I did this time. According to poster “pedr0vsky” on a Longecity thread, it’s said 2 weeks on, 2 days off is best and you shouldn’t cycle off with another racetam since it doesn’t count if you do. Whoops.
One interesting note about Noopept: it reduces depressive symptoms, and in an animal study it removed the effects of learned helplessness in rats after just 21 days. I wonder if it makes humans forget about their own hopeless, invisible prisons.