Piracetam and Aniracetam are two extremely popular and effective nootropic drugs that help the user to increase memory, mood, focus and brainpower, in a way that is subtle and not overwhelming. Piracetam has been deemed the “original nootropics drug” by most of the nootropics community, and is raved about as a drug you can take in high amounts with no risk of overdose on forums such as Longecity and Reddit. While there is still calls for speculation as to whether or not this is true, users take “Power doses,” or “attack doses” in these so called “megadoses” in order to heighten the effects of Piracetam (and side effects at the same time.), in which they take 10-15 times the recommended amount. As long as this is avoided, Piracetam can be a very effective nootropic drug, especially when stacked with stimulants like Modafinil or Adrafinil.
The typical base nootropic drug, if you’re just starting out with nootropics and want to see what they’re all about, Piracetam is your go-to. Piracetam helps to maintain communication between the two hemispheres of the brain, has been shown to have a neuroprotective effect in those who use it long-term, and has very low downside risk regarding tolerance, side effects of addiction. With this being said, keep in mind that Piracetam’s effects are very subtle, and that you may feel hardly anything the first time you take it. It is a cumulative-type nootropic, meaning its effects actually get stronger the longer you take it (also known as reverse tolerance), by taking it for 4-6 weeks in a row, you have a better chance at getting good effects.
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Benefits can include better memory, mood and focus, as well as enhanced overall thought. When taking each of these nootropics, it is imperative that choline is used as not only does it make all racetams, and especially the two compared in this article, to work more effectively, but also does it prevent headaches. Racetam nootropics work primarily on the acetylcholine neurotransmitters of the brain, thereby using up your natural stores, if these get too low, you get a headache (and a quite nasty one at that.) If you replenish your stores by taking something like CDP or Alpha GPC Choline, you can derive really good and consistent effects from both Piracetam and Aniracetam, without risking tolerance buildup or excess side effects.
With regards to effectiveness, Aniracetam is generally regarded to be about 5x more effective than Piracetam. This is because aside from being a stronger Racetam, the drug also provides a kind of anti-anxiety effect, which lowers stress levels in its users, because its also a stronger Racetam, more choline needs to be taken in order to maintain the same effect than with Piracetam. with Piracetam as the base nootropic, Racetams stack up as follows:
Aniracetam-five times stronger than Piracetam
Oxiracetam-Fifteen times stronger
Pramiracetam-Thirty times stronger
Phenylpiracetam-Forty to sixty times stronger
Noopept and Sunifiram, when forums talk about them being 1000 times stronger, is likely an exaggeration. Aside from this, they’re talking about brain effects on memory, focus and clarity, not on stimulation or peripheral effects of anything else of the sort. Personally I have taken both and Noopept can make the user tired and Sunifiram only lasts about an hour, it also has TERRIBLE side effects, so I’d recommend avoiding these two at all costs.
Side effects are usually pretty mild, and include headache, jitters, lack of appetite, and increased thirst. At usual dosages of 8-2400 milligrams for each nootropic, Aniracetam and Piracetam are relatively weak with regards to how other nootropics effects can react.
8–2400 milligrams for Piracetam, 700-2100 milligrams for Aniracetam. You can go above these dosages a decent amount to get greater effects with almost no risk of overdose, as these supplements are both very mild and subtle in physical effects.
While long-term supplement use with almost anything is generally not recommended, with Aniracetam and Piracetam since they’re fairly mild, there is little risk of addiction or withdrawal, or even side effects buildup, so the user can take them on a very regular basis.
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