I’m on Dave Asprey, The Bulletproof Exec’s, mailing list and saw he launched a brand new brain supplement called Bulletproof® GABAwave™.
Talk about how the world times things.
I say that because I have just been delving deeper into the world of nootropics. Maybe an easier way to think of them is to call them “brain vitamins”. I got that one from the Evan Brands’ Not Just Paleo podcast episode 82 with Chris Walker.
It was in that episode that I heard Evan talk about a co-worker of his years ago who looked like the happiest guy in the world. Turns out he was on massive doses of phenibut.
After hearing Evan and Chris talk about all kinds of smart drugs I
wanted needed to go researching what is phenibut on Google and enter this world of neuroprotective drugs.
What is Phenibut
The video above probably explains it very well for someone wanting to know the chemistry. I’m more interested in the effects and side-effects.
Why Take Phenibut Smart Drug
Seems like phenibut (Phenyl Gamma-aminobutyric Acid) is like taking a downer without the major sedative effect.
It would appear to be very good for:
- Sleeping problems like insomnia. (you should be wearing blue light blocking glasses at night or try a melatonin supplement)
It is meant to be much better than plain old GABA supplements, because it can cross the blood brain barrier.
Why Not To Take Phenibut Smart Drug
From what I read on Dave’s info was the normal warnings of heavy machinery and pregnant women, however, it does seems the sedation effect could heighten other pharmaceutical medication further. The site says “can increase the effects of tranquilizers, narcotics, and neuroleptics”. So if you take these drugs phenibut side-effect warning for you.
In the podcast with Evan and Chris it was said how nootropics are meant to be non-addictive. The story of the co-worker showed at very high regular doses you could become addicted.
I see there is a 36 hour window before you are allowed to take another GABAwave ampule. I don’t think most people take into consideration body weight and dosage.
Like when a doctor is prescribing medicine they have to adjust the dose according to a patients weight, I think, you should consider the same clinical thinking with vitamins, minerals and nootropics.
Why Take GABAwave™
Dave’s wrote on the Bulletproof® GABAwave™ product page how his liposomal form is meant to be absorbed better in the gut than I’m guessing the normal phenibut. (Check if you can a discount with these codes)
I like the Upgraded™ Self products, which is why I wrote my Bulletproof® coffee review.
Since this GABAwave™ just launched I haven’t had a chance to try it out and review it yet, but I can’t wait to one day. In the meantime I just received my Noopept/Citicoline stack which is yet another type of nootropic. This one is a stimulating one that I want to try first. I like seeing it is meant to be beneficial for vision problems from glucoma after seeing my 23andMe results (sign up for my mailing list to keep up to date).
- Take 1 serving in the first half of your day
- Best if taken in the morning away from food
- Allow up to 36 hours before taking another serving
- Phenyl-GABA (phenibut) – 600 mg
Here are some of the research articles on the benefits of phenibut:
Last updated: January 26, 2019