I’m convinced that Noopept is the best traditional nootropic drug available in terms of price and efficacy.
Noopept is similar to other racetams but packs a bigger punch in a smaller dose. Some nootropic nerds won’t even call it a racetam, but it falls into that canon because of how it affects the brain.
So anyway, in fall of 2013 I was contacted by a fellow on behalf of Health Supplement Wholesalers (now known as Powder City) for me to give my honest thoughts of their service and the product on my site, and they were prepared to send me a free sample of a nootropic of my choosing.
Normally I’d be wary of someone contacting me for this sort of thing, but this seemed like a great opportunity to try something I had been putting off for a while. Considering that I had been away from nootropics all summer in order to focus on maximizing my baseline cognitive abilities using nutrition and had made some major headway, I was primed to try a new nootropic. I opted for Noopept since there was considerable hype on the Net about it and I wanted to experience it for myself.
Early in the last week of September 2013, my package of Noopept arrived in a small silver pouch, labeled with an approximate dosage and the volume (5 grams). It was accompanied by a tiny blue scooper which looks like a Martian’s helmet antenna. The small dosage compared to other nootropics is apparently because of its potency, a 10 mg serving. According to the packaging it takes 2 or 3 of those little blue scoops to make about 10 mg. Compared to piracetam, Noopept is supposed to be about 1000 times more effective, hence the much smaller dose in milligrams. It’s a suspicious looking white powder that tastes like piracetam’s synthetic, bitter grapefruit rind taste.
At the time that I received the sample, the going price for the amount they sent me was at a $12 value, at least according to the price they had for 5 grams of Noopept on their site. Based on a quick Google search, you’d be hard pressed to find a better value for Noopept anywhere else coupled with good service and product, which is another reason why I took them on their offer. In lieu of waiting for my sample Noopept to arrive, I ordered some other items (ALCAR, choline and a couple other things) and can vouch for the service that Powder City offers.
I almost forgot to mention the third-party laboratory analysis for purity. Many nootropic suppliers get these substances overseas from some strange sellers and may not test for purity or contaminants. Powder City discloses the laboratory analysis reports on their website, as you can see on their Noopept order page.
Considering the fact that 5 grams of noopept is approximately 500 doses, you can get yourself a year supply of this stuff for under $20, assuming you take just the recommended 10 milligrams once or twice a day. The scooper that came with the Noopept is depicted below with a US quarter for reference. As far as nootropics are concerned, I don’t care who you are: this is an amazing deal.
I recall paying $30 on Amazon for a 500 gram tub of Primaforce piracetam (back when Primaforce sold it before the FDA slapped them on the wrist) a couple years back. 500 grams is only going to last you 100 servings, which if you’re taking it once or twice a day will only last you between 2 and 6 months. Noopept is stronger in terms of effect per dosage and purportedly more effective than piracetam in regard to its nootropic effects since it can more easily pass through the blood-brain barrier.
Daily Noopept notes for the week
Note that I have been on hiatus from any cholinergics (DMAE, huperzine, etc.) and nootropics (Piracetam, etc.) so any sensitivity I may have had in the past may have returned. Note also that this week was particularly busy and celebratory compared to my typical boring, lazy and sober days. It couldn’t have been a better week to put this stuff to the test. In the future I’ll have to do some Quantified Mind tests to see how it does.
Sunday September 29 2013: Late in the day, I took a dosage of Noopept, the recommended minimum 2 microscoops which should be somewhere under 10 mg with some water and 50 mg DMAE on top of my daily lecithin for some choline. Did not ‘feel’ anything. A couple hours later I took a sublingual dosage because I had read about it, and prepared for an all-nighter with some freshly brewed guayusa. Subtly, my memory became like a sponge. My natural fascination was amplified, but not into a tunnel-vision hyper-focus as I’d experienced with high doses of DMAE or Huperzine.
Monday: Continuing my all-nighter into the wee hours of dawn, I slept for a couple hours, then got up on just 3 hours of sleep. I took another ~10 mg dosage sublingually, then washed the remainder down with guayusa. It tastes like piracetam. No choline this time. Within 20 minutes I did not feel that sunken-eyed drowsy feeling I often get from being sleep deprived. I knew I was tired but then I was able to complete my work. After finishing that, I slept for another 15 minutes. I couldn’t sleep more than that! I felt absolutely normal for the rest of the day, but took one more dosage in the afternoon anyway. Not sure if it was the Noopept, but I did not feel like I normally would if I had just woken up from less than 5 hours of sleep, which is to say absolutely dead. That evening I got a normal night’s sleep.
Tuesday: In the morning upon waking I took the usual recommended dosage of Noopept, 10 mg.. Went out to my campus, took notes and completed some coursework, and caught up with friends. Felt like a particularly good day. All speech and thought came fluidly. Complex ideas were formulated with little mental strain, stories were conjured with ease: All par for the course of a good nootropic. When I arrived home at mid-noon, my other package from HSW had arrived, so I took 10 mg Noopept, ~200 mg choline bitartrate and ~200 mg ALCAR. Felt on top of things, and slept fine that evening.
Wednesday: Nothing unusual. Upon waking I had more Noopept at the usual dosage on top of some lecithin, ~200 mg choline, ~200 mg ALCAR and went about my day. Coming home I took another Noopept dosage with same choline and ALCAR dose. Same as the previous days (good) except my dreams that night were extremely vivid, moreso than Huperzine. This is attributable to the ALCAR.
Thursday: Same morning and noon dose as Wednesday. After completing my usual work I found myself sheltered away in my room reading about nutrition, choline’s role in the body and ALCAR for a couple hours, with a few breaks in between. I found it particularly easy and effortless to form a comprehensive picture as to how these substances fit with one another, how they interact and perform their duties in the body as well as any factors that affect them. It’s got to be the Noopept considering I don’t normally have the same sustained interest or energy to do that for hours. I stayed out late, got home and prepared for class the next day.
Friday: Same as above with a long lecture that day, waking up early. Took my recent Noopept + lecithin + choline + ALCAR mix and went off to attend a lecture. It managed to stave off fatigue for the few hours I sat there. Got home, crashed out in the afternoon for a nap and had some very vivid dreams, not to mention the ability to recall them. Noopept effects seem to be the same as it has been since Sunday: overall good mood and fluid mental performance. Finished some last minute work then went out again and arrived home late and drunk.
Saturday: Woke up after about 6 hours of sleep, naturally. Took the same dosage of Noopept as before in morning and noon although much earlier than usual. Accomplished some chores until the afternoon and caught up on some studying until evening. I took my creatine and did some heavy lifting as I’d been neglecting the iron this week. After feeling sufficiently sore and spent, I went out again that evening, felt a little sleepy until I got some drink in me. It seems Noopept loses steam after several hours but lets you down gently as any nootropic should, although I could chalk that up to my workout and my drinking. Got home late and slept well.
Today: Remembered my dreams again. However, no Noopept, choline, DMAE or ALCAR today. Only my usual vitamins and lecithin with some green tea. Cognition and mood felt normal albeit a little subdued. Today was a day for relaxing and having a clear mind. Haven’t noticed any significant decline (or any decline at all for that matter) in mental function or mood relative to dosing on Noopept.
Noopept in conclusion
Although it’s only been a week since I first began taking it, I’d recommend Noopept simply because of how cheap and (subjectively) effective it is relative to other nootropics. Scientists can’t seem to agree as to exactly how the racetam compounds work, but this one does what it says on the tin.
If you’re interested in purchasing Noopept I recommend going with Health Supplement Wholesalers for their excellent service and the fact that they’re selling this stuff in tiny amounts at a bargain price for people who don’t want to commit themselves to something they aren’t even sure about.
1 gram for approximately $5 (as of this post) means you’re getting a premium nootropic for 5 cents a dose and you have little to lose. Unless you’re actively staying away from nootropics as I was, no one who takes cognitive enhancement seriously should be without this stuff. Other sites are selling Noopept capsules for four times that amount. Unless you prefer capsules, why bother?
The recommended 10 mg as needed throughout the day did it for me. I paired it with a cholinergic like DMAE and ALCAR just because it’s good practice but didn’t notice that I needed it that much. With that, your mileage may vary.
(See this post: Selecting a Choline Source for your Nootropic Stack)
Some people have done 30 mg or more but that could be a possible waste. An experimental waste at best. I will experiment with smaller doses before going to higher ones. My experience with past nootropics has been that more is not necessarily better (brain fog).
(Note also that taking noopept sublingually may be better than taking it orally.)
Last but not least, I give my thanks to HSW/Powder City for contacting me and sending me a product I’d honestly recommend to my readers. I recommend Powder City in good faith as I ordered some ALCAR and choline from them with my own money. It arrived quickly and as promised, and is of good quality, so I can vouch for them outside of this whole Noopept arrangement.
Powder City is a legit distributor with great service and competitive prices amid many shaky nootropic and bulk supplement dealers out there on the Internet, so I’m going to be ordering from them in the foreseeable future as well as making them my main nootropic affiliate here on this site.
Examine.com – Noopept