If you’re reading this article, chances are you’ve heard a lot about noopept, but you don’t know what to make of it.
You probably have a lot of questions.
Is noopept bad? Is it dangerous? Is it addictive? Does it get you high? Is it legal? Is it a stimulant?
What is it!?
I feel your frustration.
The good news is, this article answers all of your questions.
It tells you exactly what noopept is, and what it’s not.
Keep in mind that I’m interested in noopept as a nootropic. I don’t see it as a street drug, but as a compound that can be used to enhance cognitive abilities.
I’ve also taken noopept as a part of the Awaken Gold nootropic supplement, and I thought it worked pretty well.
That being said, let’s take a closer look at noopept to better understand it, shall we?
What is Noopept ? – Where did it come from?
The company that first created Noopept in 1996 is JSC LEKKO Pharmaceuticals, and they’re based out of the former Soviet Union.
Noopept was intended to help people with ‘Mild Cognitive Impairments’ (MCI’s) like Alzheimer’s disease, and was closely modeled after Piracetam.
Strangely enough, Noopept is not a racetam, but a closely related dipeptide analogue. Technically it’s not a stimulant, but it has a lot of stimulant-like effects.
In fact, Noopept is 1,000 times more potent than Piracetam, but is almost 2 times less likely to cause any adverse side effects.
Noopept is also not addictive. Neurohackers that have tried it report that caffeine was actually more of a crutch for them by comparison.
All I can say is that the researchers that developed Noopept must have been extremely happy with what they accomplished.
It was a huge evolutionary leap in the world of nootropics.
Noopept for Neurogenesis – Does it Help Alzheimer’s?
Not surprisingly, most of what we know about Noopept is based on the clinical studies that followed, and most of them were conducted in Russia.
A lot of this information is based on the treatment of MCI’s like Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease. Noopept has been found to have neuroprotective effects that can prevent cognitive impairment.
However, more studies need to be done on healthy human test subjects to find out more about how Noopept works.
On the other hand, we do have a lot of anecdotal information, or reports from neurohackers that were willing to use themselves as guinea pigs.
Is Noopept Legal? – If I use it, can I get busted?
The good news is, despite these hurdles, Noopept has been patented in both Russia and the United States.
It’s also used as a prescription medication in the former Soviet Union for stroke recovery, brain injuries, and Alzheimer’s.
So is noopept legal? Yes. Is noopept dangerous? No. It’s not a street drug. It’s not a racetam. It’s not even a stimulant, and it’s not addictive.
It’s a nootropic, and it enhances cognitive function.
On the other hand, Noopept is not regulated by the FDA, simply because they need more information to go on before giving it their full approval.
So why is noopept so popular? Why do neurohackers love it so much?
Noopept Benefits – The Laundry List…
The answer to these questions is simple. Noopept has TONS OF BENEFITS.
This is a list of what it brings to the table:
- Improved Memory
- Better Mood
- Anxiety Relief
- Accelerated Neurogenesis
- Improved Neuroplasticity
- Enhanced Creativity
- Increased Learning Capacity
- Advanced Reasoning
- Better Decision Making Ability
Since Noopept was originally developed to help people with mild cognitive impairments, it was immediately recognized for its’ ability to improve memory and provide neuroprotective effects at the same time.
Noopept for Memory – How does it Work?
One of the ways Noopept is able to do this is by allowing the neurotransmitter Acetylcholine to function more effectively. It does this by:
- Preventing the breakdown of Acetylcholine
- Increasing the sensitivity of Acetylcholine receptors
Acetylcholine was the first neurotransmitter ever discovered, and is a key ingredient in any good nootropic stack.
It improves memory, focus, mood; most aspects of overall cognitive function, really.
Noopept also promotes amyloid plaques to grow so large that they can no longer clog up receptor sites at the synapses.
This makes Noopept effective at preventing the onset of Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and dementia.
Noopept as a Neuroprotector – Not Just an Antioxidant!
It also protects brain cells from damage by minimizing the effects of excess calcium, the neurotransmitter glutamate, and free radicals.
Calcium is used by the neurons to send signals through the nervous system, but too much can result in brain cells getting too excited.
Glutamate is a neurotransmitter that stimulates synaptic activity, which is needed for any ‘fight-or-flight’ responses.
However, if there is too much glutamate activity, neurons can get overworked. This is known as glutamate toxicity, and can actually result in brain cells dying.
Free radicals are molecules with unpaired electrons that are eager to form a chemical bond.
If they successfully attach themselves to DNA or some other essential structure, they can cause damage on the molecular level.
Antioxidants bond with free radicals to render them harmless, which prevents this type of damage, and the inflammation that can result.
When the triad of Calcium, Glutamate, and Free Radicals are all regulated by Noopept, the overall effect is an anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant effect.
Noopept has therefore been found to be a very potent neuroprotectant.
But that’s not all.
Noopept for Depression – Mechanisms of Action
Noopept encourages new brain cell growth indirectly by:
- Increasing Neuronal Growth Factor (NGF)
- Increasing Brain-Derived-Neurotrophic-Factor (BDNF)
NGF and BDNF have both been closely associated with brain cell regeneration, and research has shown that Noopept increases their production in the Hippocampus.
The Hippocampus is the part of the brain that regulates the limbic system. Emotions and motivation are controlled by the limbic system.
Stress can cause brain cells in the hippocampus to die off prematurely, and Noopept helps counteract this kind of damage.
This is why Noopept is often recommended by neurohackers for depression. It effectively counteracts the negative effects of depression through neurogenesis in the hippocampus.
Does Noopept Get You High? – Does it ‘Chill You Out’?…
Noopept is also great for depression because it makes you feel calm and happy by:
- Increasing the sensitivity of GABA receptors
- Decreasing the sensitivity of Glutamate receptors
- Increasing the sensitivity of Dopamine receptors
- Increasing the sensitivity of Seratonin receptors
GABA is an inhibitory neurotransmitter that is best known for slowing down the central nervous system.
When GABA receptors become more responsive, it has a relaxing effect that minimizes the negative impacts of stress.
Glutamate is a neurotransmitter that stimulates the nervous system. When it’s too active, it can cause toxicity that eventually leads to brain cell death.
When Noopept keeps Glutamate activity in check, it indirectly protects brain cells from damage, and enhances overall brain health.
Dopamine and Seratonin are Natures’ happy pills, so having them work more efficiently will naturally elevate mood.
People using Noopept have also mentioned they experienced heightened senses.
Colors seem brighter, and sounds are easier to distinguish from one another. Listening to music is more enjoyable.
This could account for the popular notion that noopept gets you stoned, but it’s not the same thing.
In any case, the regenerative effects of NGF and BDNF, combined with the improvements in neurotransmitter efficiency create a synergy that makes Noopept extremely good for depression.
But that’s not all noopept can do…
Noopept for ADHD – How can it Help?
Noopept has been shown to increase Alpha brain wave activity with EEG monitoring.
Alpha brain wave activity is closely associated with:
- Enhanced Creativity
- Improved Learning Capacity
- Better Reasoning Skills
- Faster Decision Making
Users have also noticed they have an easier time establishing flow states, and that their ability to express themselves verbally is much better than usual.
Many people report they felt more confident, and individuals that would normally consider themselves introverted or shy become very assertive in social situations.
The improvements in mental flexibility and working capacity Noopept provides also make it a very good candidate for the treatment of ADHD symptoms.
So now that we have a sense of what Noopept can do for us, and how it works, what’s the best way to use it safely?
Noopept Dosage – Recommendations for Best Results
Noopept is available as a powder, tablets, capsules, or liquid form. It can be taken orally, but many neurohackers say it’s best to take it sublingually.
That’s a fancy way of saying that they take a bit of powder and slip it under their tongue.
This method bi-passes the digestive system, allowing Noopept to go directly into the bloodstream and cross over the blood-brain barrier right away.
The effects of Noopept can be felt within 15-20 minutes when taken this way. When ingested normally, it may take a little longer to take effect.
Noopept is water-soluble, but some users recommend taking it with a high quality fat like extra virgin cold pressed olive or coconut oil to improve absorption.
The recommended dosage is 10 to 30 mg/day, and inexperienced users should start off with 10 mg/day just to see how they feel. If necessary, intake can be increased gradually.
Building up a tolerance has not been an issue, but Noopept does need to be cycled.
The best schedule neurohackers recommend is to take Noopept for up to 2 months, and then take a month off. Then repeat if needed.
Noopept Side Effects – Surprisingly Clean!
Despite the fact that Noopept is artificially synthesized, it has virtually no side effects.
As I mentioned earlier, it’s 1,000 times more effective than Piracetam, but almost 2 times less likely to cause an adverse reaction.
The potential side effects usually only occur if people take larger than recommended dosages, and are pretty mild.
They are as follows:
Interactions with medications or nutrition supplements are poorly understood at this point.
If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, taking Noopept is not recommended.
If you are unsure about anything, do more research. Noopept is patented in Russia and the United States, but is unregulated.
Basically that means it’s out on the market to be purchased, but there’s no government watchdog agency like the FDA holding manufacturers to a certain standard of safety and quality.
The best advice I can give you is to choose your supplier carefully, and maybe consider getting a high quality nootropic stack that already has Noopept included in it’s formula.
OK. I think you have a pretty good idea of what benefits Noopept has to offer, and how to use it to your advantage safely.
Let’s wrap things up, shall we?
Noopept Review – Final Comments
So I think we’ve answered a lot of questions in this article.
Is noopept bad? No. Is it legal? Yes. Does it get you high? No.
To sum things up, I think Noopept is a really great nootopic with a lot of benefits to offer.
In spite of my own prejudices against synthetic compounds, I really love what Noopept can do for people.
Especially when I think about Noopept for depression or ADHD.
The ability to accelerate new brain cell growth in the Hippocampus, the emotional center of our brain, and increase the efficiency of mood enhancing neurotransmitters at the same time makes Noopept a natural solution for reducing anxiety and helping with depression.
All of the additional cognitive enhancements related to creativity, learning, and overall mental flexibility are also very valuable.
I can see how noopept could be very important in the future for treating ADHD symptoms.
I’m still a little wary of the risks associated with buying Noopept by itself from a supplier, so I would caution anyone going that route.
On the other hand, when I took Awaken Gold as a nootropic supplement, I enjoyed the effects of noopept.
And a supplement company like Awakened Alchemy has to comply with certain standards for safety and quality when offering their products to the public.
Personally, I prefer to purchase a full spectrum nootropic supplement that has noopept in its’ formula, just to have that added sense of security.
Hopefully, a pharmaceutical company large enough to conduct more human trials with Noopept will commit to more research, and help us better understand how it works.
Well, I think that’s about all I had to share with you concerning Noopept.
In my next article, I will take a look at the best B vitamins for energy, and how they can improve brain function.
Until next time,
P.S. – If you have any questions, please leave a comment below, and I’ll get back to you right away!