Smart drugs and nutrients: Piracetam, the original nootropic
Smart drugs and nutrients, or to give them their correct medical terminology- nootropics, are agents that can not only improve conditions of senile dementias, but in recent times have become popular for older individuals to improve their mental and cognitive processes.
It was Ward Dean, M.D. who highlighted these facts through his very popular ‘Smart Drug’ series of books in the 1980s, since then the term ‘smart drugs’ has become mainstream.
Piracetam, the original nootropic
The smart-drug we focus on here was in fact the first, developed as it was by Dr. Giurgea for UCB laboratories in Belgium in the 1960s. Originally it was designed to assist with travel and altitude sickness, but shortly afterward individuals realised that piracetam had positive cognitive enhancement effects.
What can piracetam do for me?
Piracetam is a cognition agent that has been used successfully to treat a wide range of conditions, for example it has been shown to increase a person’s attention levels and improve memory and intelligence. Piracetam can help to slow down ‘senile involution’, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. In tests and trials, piracetam induces significant improvement to memory consolidation and recall in those suffering from ‘age-associated memory impairment’.
Piracetam has also been used to improve patient’s recovery from strokes, particularly improving post stroke speech impairment (aphasia). Another use has been in cases of acute and chronic cerebral ischaemia, (decreased blood flow to the brain). Using piracetam has restored speech and the use of limbs in these patients; it has also increased neuronal activity in the brain when measured with EEG.
For regular individuals, piracetam has been shown to enhance idea creation and the ability to ‘see things through,’ in other words to have ideas and being them to fruition. The level of clarity piracetam creates is often described/ perceived as; “the fog has lifted.”
How does piracetam work?
Piracetam’s key and unique method of action is upon the Corpus Callosum, the region of the brain that links the two hemispheres. It is this that most experts believe is the key that gives piracetam users the ability to channel greater brain potential by connecting the logical side of the brain with the creative side more effectively, Yin and Yang if you will.
What are the doses of piracetam?
A common dose is 800mg tablets three times a day, then lowering to 800 mg twice a day after the first month. Note: The effects of piracetam can be enhanced if taken concurrently with centrophenoxine or Hydergine®.
Side effects are minimal and seldom experienced, but should you experience nausea or headache then it is usually caused by an overdose, so in which case reduce the dose and build up more slowly, (if it is necessary).
Note: There are many articles and videos on the IAS website about smart drugs and nutrients.