Phenibut – What it is
Wikipedia says that Phenibut (fenibut, phenybut; brand names Noofen and Citrocard), contracted from β-phenyl-γ-aminobutyric acid (β-phenyl-GABA), is a central depressant and analog of the inhibitory neurotransmitter γ-aminobutyric acid (GABA), or a GABA analog. The addition of a phenyl ring allows Phenibut to cross the blood–brain barrier. Phenibut was developed in the Soviet Union in the 1960s and has since been used there as a pharmaceutical drug to treat a wide range of ailments, including post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, depression, asthenia, insomnia, alcoholism, stuttering, and vestibular disorders, among other conditions. In some other parts of the world, Phenibut is not approved for clinical use, and is instead sold as a nutritional supplement. It has been reported by some researchers to possess nootropic actions for its ability to improve neurological functions, but others have not observed these effects. It is generally accepted that Phenibut has anxiolytic effects in both animal models and in humans.
Phenibut – How it Works
The Phenibut molecule can be thought of as a “key” to unlock the brain’s GABA-receptors. The body’s own key is called GABA, and when this unlocks the GABA-receptors, our brains have a lower response to signals from the Central Nervous System. This is what creates the effects of relaxation, social ease, pain relief and drowsiness when our bodies produce GABA. This tends to happen at night or when we are really tired. Our bodies are constantly regulating signals from the Central Nervous System using GABA molecules. Mostly, we hardly even notice the effects. However, when we take a substance like Phenibut, we get the same effects but stronger and more noticeable.
Phenibut – What it “Does”
Phenibut will help alleviate stress, which comes from overactive neural processing. Users have reported feeling more at ease with their thoughts and emotions, some even used the word “tranquility” to describe their state. Other users have reported feeling less anxious in social situations that may have proved to be problematic in the past. While helping deal with anxiety, Phenibut, in turn, instills a feeling of ease, which will help you fall asleep faster, and into a deeper, more restful sleep.
Phenibut has a complicated way that it interacts with the body, but interestingly, it is almost exactly the same way that alcohol works. Alcohol unlocks mostly GABA-A receptors, while Phenibut is better at unlocking the so-called GABA-B receptors, causing slightly different effects. The bottom line is that Phenibut and alcohol do not mix because Phenibut can amplify the effects of a single drink many times over.
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