Where to Buy Phenibut Powder (with a 2017 update)

From time to time, Amazon.com will stop carrying supplement products. Sometimes they claim to be submitting the supplements for additional testing, other times these problems are caused by an issue in the supply chain. Unfortunately with such a large company, it’s often more cost effective to just drop a product if they are still selling other supplements that they deem similar enough.

However, as of 2016, it seems to be a clear case of an Amazon restriction. I found Amazon’s page for restricted supplements, and phenibut is on the list.

phenibut structure
Phenibut structure

This happened in late 2012 with the nootropic piracetam and most recently with phenibut, a popular nootropic for reducing anxiety and promoting calmness. Will they bring either of these supplements back? At this point the answer is still unclear.

Rumors tend to swirl when this kind of thing happens, for instance when piracetam was pulled, questions exploded across the internet about the future of the product as a whole; was this a precursor to a shutdown of all the racetams?

Fortunately, that was not the case and it doesn’t appear to be the case with Phenibut either. Both of these supplements are still available from many reputable sites for comparable (and sometimes even lower) prices. If you have previously bought your phenibut from Amazon, there are two things you need to keep in mind.

First, it’s not the end of phenibut! There are still plenty of places to find it. Which of course means that, secondly, there are other phenibut sources out there. Some of which can be an even better value than those purchased on Amazon.

Where To Buy Phenibut Online (2017 Update)

Where to Buy Phenibut Since Amazon Stopped Carrying IT
Amazon may have stopped carrying Phenibut, but you can buy Phenibut from these trusted retailers.

What follows is a list of two sources for phenibut following the Amazon ban, and the mass exodus of phenibut from multiple vendor inventories in 2016 and 2017. They’re both quality sources, but one is slightly cheaper than the other.

2017 Phenibut Market Update

As of 2017, Hard Rhino and Liftmode no longer carry phenibut. It may have been 2016 when they stopped carrying it, but I haven’t purchased any in some time. Powder City used to sell phenibut at an even better prices, but they sadly discontinued business.

Phenibut Powder from Nootropics Depot

First of all we have NootropicsDepot.com, which carries phenibut in a variety of sizes. The standard 25g in a bulk shipment bag will only cost you $8.99. From a price per gram perspective, NootropicsDepot.com’s 250g is the best price for (quality tested) phenibut on the market at just under $0.22 per gram. There’s a helpful little site called setcurve.com which compares these phenibut prices.

Star Nootropics Phenibut Powder

A second possible source is Star Nootropics (formerly New Star Nootropics). Their phenibut is only $0.02 more per gram than Nootropics Depot.

Why would you buy one over the other? Well, sometimes Nootropic Depot exceeds their credit card processing quota and New Star would be the cheapest quality vendor that processes cards. Although if you’re fine with paying via check until their card processing quota renews, then it doesn’t matter.

Here’s a screenshot from Setcurve.com’s comparison of other phenibut prices for 2017:

Quality Tested Phenibut

Although you may find similar or even cheaper prices for phenibut online, the phenibut vendors listed above test their product. I asked a few other vendors that appeared on the first or second page of google search results for ‘phenibut’ and they could not provide a US lab test to prove the purity of the phenibut. I’m not listing the vendors who only provided manufacturer COAs due to the inevitable vendor backlash.

Is the market too restricted now for phenibut and you want to try an alternative? See my posts on phenibut’s alternatives:
Phenibut versus GABA
Phenibut versus Picamilon

Phenibut vs GABA

While Phenibut and GABA are different supplements, they are very closely related to one another. These two supplements are both used for effects that range from cognitive enhancement to stress reduction and even to relaxation. In fact, anyone who is looking to help improve or balance out their moods, or even improve their effectiveness in the gym might want to seriously consider these supplements. Of course, this raises the ultimate question: Which of these supplements is better?

GABA Benefits:

There are many positive side effects of gaba including boosting mood

GABA, or Gamma-Aminobutyric Acid, is an amino acid which is produced within the brain from glutamate and vitamin B6. While GABA is consideredan amino acid, it is not found in the proteins of the food you eat or in your own body’s store. Almost all of the GABA in your body must be synthesized from stored glutamate. [3]

This supplement is also a neurotransmitter, a powerful brain chemical. In fact, it is the chief inhibitory neurotransmitter within the body that allows for balancing out other chemicals and processes that may cause neuron over excitability. When your body lacks GABA, chances are the neurons in your brain will fire off too quickly which contrary to how it sounds, will keep you from focusing, cause anxiety, and worsen depression.[3]

The primary benefit of GABA is to help balance out normal moods. Additionally, it helps to directly regulate muscle tone throughout the body and even supports the production of hormones that are needed to build muscle. GABA also helps neurons within the brain communicate more efficiently with each other. It is also reported to help with mental clarity, attention, and focus. [3]

What is Phenibut?

Phenibut is essentially a derived formulation of GABA. It is GABA plus a phenyl group molecule ring. The reason for this addition is that it helps the supplement to cross over the blood-brain barrier. The main problem with pure GABA is the fact that it is much more difficult for it to cross over this barrier and actually enter into the central nervous system. [4]

Phenibut Benefits

Once Phenibut gets into the nervous system, it has many of the same effects as GABA. Thus, Phenibut helps to calm the mind and leads to relaxation, reduction of stress, and a balancing of moods. It has also been shown to increase the body’s levels of dopamine. [1]

There are many positive phenibut side effects including relaxation
Phenibut helps you relax and unwind.

The main draw of phenibut is its potency. The fact that it absorbs better than pure GABA means that the effects are much stronger and take significantly less time to notice. [4]

It is also worth noting that phenibut is a little more versatile in its uses than ordinary GABA boosters. In fact, many body builders and weight lifters use Phenibut powder as a pre-workout supplement because it helps them to maintain mental clarity and enhances concentration and focus during their workouts. [4]

GABA Side Effects

Both supplements do have possible side effects that can usually be avoided with proper usage. However, if you’re worried about possible complications, here is a side-by-side comparison to help you determine if either one has a negative effect that could be a deal breaker.

When it comes to GABA, there are a few things to keep in mind. Always keep to the recommended dose, for one. While not guaranteed, some reports have shown that high dosages can lead to skin flushing or tingling. [3]

More importantly however would be to avoid GABA if you suffer from serious depression. GABA is mainly used to calm down heavy anxiety, but may trigger an episode in those suffering from severe forms of depression. If you suffer from this type of depression, a serotonin booster may be more useful than a GABA booster. [3]

Phenibut Side Effects

Along with the side effects that a GABA booster may present, phenibut has been reported to be somewhat habit forming and can cause withdrawal symptoms in heavy users. This can include nervousness and shakiness, psychomotor agitation, feeling easily annoyed and irritated, fatigue, anxiety, poor appetite, heart palpitations, nausea, insomnia, and feeling tense. [4]

These effects can usually be avoided by taking a recommended dose or lower and not using it more than a few times a week at most. If you do experience these side effects they are usually reported as lasting 5-7 days. [4]

Conclusion—Phenibut or GABA?

So which supplement is better? Phenibut is certainly much more powerful and also faster acting. Since this supplement is better able to cross over the blood-brain barrier, this could be a very important factor. However, the possible side effects of misuse are also a little steeper.

In contrast, GABA is less potent and should probably be taken with other supplements to ensure that it has a ‘carrier’ in order to enable it to enter into the central nervous system.

There is no one best answer to this question, as there are numerous factors at play here and what works for some will not necessarily work for all. As long as you stick to recommended dosages and use caution, either supplement is a perfectly viable option. However, for combating pure anxiety, phenibut comes out ahead for its potency and versatility.


  1. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11830761
  2. http://www.lef.org/magazine/mag2011/mar2011_The-Chemistry-of-Calm_01.htm
  3. http://overcomingyouranxiety.net/naturalanxietyremedies/gaba-for-anxiety/
  4. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phenibut

Top 3 Supplements for Better Sleep and Relaxation

supplements to help with sleepSleep is becoming more of an issue for an increasing number of Americans these days. This problem is likely due to higher levels of stress at home and work, tougher economic conditions, lack of proper diet (who has the time anymore?), and many other factors seemingly beyond the scope of our control. Would you be surprised to learn that there are a number of all-natural supplements that can help lead to improved sleep and relaxation? How about if some of these supplements could even aid in reducing levels of stress? The top three picks for these benefits are discussed below. Continue reading “Top 3 Supplements for Better Sleep and Relaxation”

Top Supplements to Help Reduce Stress

nootropics to help reduce stressMost of the nootropic supplements focus on cognitive functions such as memory, learning, and reason. However, many of these supplements have also proven to be effective in the area of stress relief. Nootropics with this effect are able to improve one’s mood, make them feel relaxed, and lessen worry-related symptoms. Let’s take a closer look at how these supplements work to reduce stress and what are some of the most effective nootropics in this regard.

How Supplements Work to Reduce Stress

Stress can be caused by one or more factors: mental, physical, work, finances, or other day-to-day problems. Scientifically, stress is the result of a deficiency of GABA (gamma aninobutryic acid) which is the brain’s natural sedative. When GABA levels are low, nerve cells become overactive, and nervousness and stress result. In extreme cases, this deficiency may cause panic attacks.

Supplements that help to reduce stress therefore work by increasing the levels of GABA in the brain and therefore make one feel more relaxed and at ease. Continue reading “Top Supplements to Help Reduce Stress”

Picamilon VS Phenibut: Dosage Benefits and Side Effects Reviewed

Finding the correct phenibut dosage is key for anxiety relief

Stress is a part of everyday life.  It can fuel productivity and in many ways is a natural part of the world.  However, sometimes stress can become overwhelming and hard to deal with.  After a long day at school or work, it isn’t always possible to relax what with worries about what the next day will bring.

Luckily, for those of us who experience excessive stress, there are a few supplements that may be able to help.  Read on to learn more about Picamilon’s and Phenibut’s stress relieving properties.

Phenibut Review

Phenibut is a derivative of the neurotransmitter GABA. It is able to cross the blood-brain barrier and as a result is fast acting. GABA is the primary inhibitory chemical within the brain and is noted for having both anti-anxiety and nootropic properties.

One of the main benefits and chief uses of Phenibut powder is to help reduce anxiety. When combined with other Nootropic supplements, this effect can be amplified.

There is also some evidence that Phenibut may help to protect neurons from low oxygen levels and even help to stimulate the neurotransmitter Acetylcholine.

Speaking of these Nootropic benefits, it appears that Phenibut may also result in increased attention, focus, and concentration. Phenibut is also helpful against insomnia, although some evidence suggests that this effect will wear off as a tolerance begins to build so this is a supplement that should be cycled. Most users take phenibut for three days then cycle off for two days; others simply take it every four days. This ensures that there is no tolerance build up and you can avoid any withdrawl.

Picamilon Review

Picamilon is known as a prodrug of GABA and used for a number of the same reasons as Phenibut. However, Phenibut’s mechanism of action is slightly different. What happens is that as Phenibut crosses the blood-brain barrier, the supplement splits into GABA and niacin as a result of hydrolysis.

This leads to a decrease in anxiety (due to the GABA) and also a powerful vasodilation effect. The niacin is able to widen the blood vessels by relaxing the smooth muscle cells in arteries and larger veins. As you might expect, the anti-anxiety effect is rather significant. However, this supplement also enhances learning and memory and is probably a bit more effective than Phenibut for this purpose.

Picamilon dosage also seems to directly correlate to specific benefits. For example, when taking 50mg three times a day, most of the effects are relaxing and anti-anxiety related. However, when this is increased to 100mg three times a day, nutritional stimulation and increased endurance occur, which is excellent news for bodybuilders and weight lifters.

Picamilon Dosage

When cycling any supplement into your diet, it is important to start with the smallest effective dose possible, so that you can gauge your body’s reaction and adjust accordingly. Typically, people who supplement Picamilon use anywhere from 50-300 mg per day split over several administrations. Most often, people prefer to split the administrations into a morning and an evening dose. It is best to take Picamilon on an empty stomach, and depending on your preference, you can buy it in powder or encapsulated form. The effects last anywhere from 2-4 hours, but it has been shown that Kava and Valerian have the potential to increase these effects.

Phenibut Dosage

The recommended Phenibut dose is 250mg. Phenibut should only be used as needed since this supplement can be addictive. If taking phenibut regularly, some withdrawal side effects may occur upon ceasing supplementation.

How to Find the Best Price

I spent a few minutes trawling the web to find the best prices for Picamilon and Phenibut from some of the largest supplement suppliers.  Below are my findings.


Harvest Moon: $35.99 for 18g (150mg capsules, 120 ct)


Hard Rhino: $29.99 for 125g
Biovea: $31.95 for 22.5g (250mg capsules, 90 ct)

Price obviously speaks for itself, but you should also concern yourself with quality as well. You don’t want to buy something just to discover it’s full of fillers.

Picamilon and Phenibut Final Review

If you are just looking for something to help with anxiety, then either of these would work. Try both and see which is more effective. On the other hand, if you would like something to help build more endurance and muscle, then Picamilon would be a nice option.

Cycling Your Sleep Supplements

There are many people who find themselves having to cycle their sleep supplements because they discover that they are slowly building up a tolerance to their current sleeping supplement. This results in them having to increase the dosage which also means that they end up having to purchase more of that supplement in order to accommodate for them using it up quicker from the higher dosages. Unfortunately this also means dishing out more money so what most people do is switch between sleeping supplements. However, you should also cycle off of sleeping supplements so that your body does not become dependent upon them and your melatonin production does not get negatively effected. Not cycling off of sleeping supplements can affect your body’s natural production of melatonin if the sleep supplement you are taking contains melatonin.

Popular Sleep Supplementscycling sleep supplements

The most common sleeping supplements that people will cycle between are theanine and melatonin, GABA and valerian or phenibut and x-dream. Theanine is an amino acid that can be found in green tea. It has a variety of health benefits and is considered to be an antagonist to caffeine and other elements that can stimulate the brain and central nervous system. It is said that theanine has a calming effect that helps the mind focus and in some cases become sedated. It is very helpful for stress and anxiety because it provides the stimulation of GABA which is what creates a feeling of calmness and well being. Melatonin on the other hand is a hormone that is naturally made by the pineal gland which is a small pea sized gland that is located in the center of the brain. Melatonin is stimulated by light and darkness which is what regulates the sleep cycle.

When light is present melatonin tells the body to stay awake but when darkness comes melatonin helps the body to get to sleep. Melatonin supplements are readily available and in addition to helping you sleep can also alleviate low moods and anxiety. GABA is another amino acid and is the second most prevalent neurotransmitter in the brain. GABA has an effect that can help to calm overly active nerve impulses. This can make a person feel more relaxed and give them a sense of well being  Without this neurotransmitter a person would never be relaxed and constantly be on edge and always anxious. No matter which sleeping supplements you are taking it is important that even if you do not cycle between them that you cycle off of them.

Failing to cycle off of sleeping supplements can result in addiction which can lead to plethora of new problems that are both physical and mental. Usually sleeping supplements are used to help regulate your sleep schedule if it was out of whack for one reason or another, such as jetlag. So you will not want to stay on them for long anyway especially since sometimes they can result in you being overly tired the next day which can be dangerous if you have a long drive ahead or you work in a job where you have to operate machinery. It is generally recommended that you cycle off of sleeping supplements every four to six weeks.


  1. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18032103
  2. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7419665
  3. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19766184

Which Is Better For Relaxation, Phenibut or GABA?

Phenibut and GABA may sound like obscure ingredients, but rest assured these two supplements may be the answer to your everyday stress and anxiety. So, what exactly is a phenibut and what’s so great about this GABA stuff? Let’s find out.

GABArelaxation supplements

Very similar to an amino acid, GABA is the chief inhibitory transmitter in humans and plays a role in a number of things ranging from anxiety levels to muscle tone regulation. Phenibut is a derivative of the naturally occurring inhibitory transmitter GABA that crosses the blood-brain barrier and may have better results than GABA alone. Both are very similar in the benefits they provide, but different in their composition. Phenibut is the more expensive option and has consistently performed better than GABA in most research, but there is one downfall to the derivative; users build a high tolerance quickly.

While GABA may not produce as strong as an effect it has been shown to perform consistently with the same dosage over a long period of time. In contrast phenibut research tends to lean towards the notion that a tolerance can be built rather quickly towards the supplement. Additionally, increasing your phenibut dosage too rapidly to seek the results you were experiencing before can lead to health risks as well as developing an extremely high and unnatural tolerance.

Generally GABA supplements have been shown to be the safer and more consistent supplement in recent years, although the derivative phenibut has consistently outperformed its counterpart in most clinical studies. While this may lead some to jump on the phenibut train regardless of the high risk of building a strong tolerance others will choose the “slow and steady” route with GABA alone. Ultimately the choice is up to the individual and should be made with careful consideration for both the beneficial and adverse effects involved.

Phenibut’s High Bioavilibility

Unlike GABA, phenibut has the ability to cross the blood-brain barrier which may be the factor that separates the two supplements in effectiveness. Because GABA is synthesized in the brain and doesn’t cross this blood-brain barrier the power of its effectiveness as an oral supplement may be limited.

Simply put, phenibut is the more effective option for relaxation when it comes to the two supplements but it does have its drawbacks. With a high risk of developing a strong tolerance it is strongly recommended that users cycle phenibut. Some even go so far as to cycle off phenibut with GABA so as to extend the calm and relaxing demeanor that can come from these two supplements.

Phenibut vs GABA

In the end the choice is yours but if I had to determine a verdict in regards to which is better for relaxation I would say start with GABA and move on to phenibut as you progress. As always pay attention to your supplements packaging for dosing information and pay attention to your bodies individual response.


  1. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23391959
  2. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22891435


3 Benefits of Phenibut for Relaxation

One of the most common health concern or issue today is that too many of us are having trouble sleeping. This can, unfortunately, be a natural outgrowth of our fast-paced and hectic life cycle. If it seems to you that there is never enough time to do everything you need or want, then maybe you should consider taking something to help. One of the best supplements to consider for help with relaxation and more restful sleep is Phenibut.relaxation

What is Phenibut Powder?

Although this supplement has been used in Russia since the 1960’s, it has only recently started attracting the attention of Western medicine. Phenibut is a derivative of naturally-occurring GABA. It has an additional Phenyl ring, which makes it easier for the supplement to cross the blood-brain barrier and carrier its intended effects. It is a white, crystalline powder which is very easily soluble in water and may be made into capsules or simply left as a powder (mix with some type of juice for an improved taste).

Benefits of Phenibut Powder

The primary benefit of this supplement is enhanced support for relaxation. Anyone who is overly stressed or otherwise is experiencing problems with sleep could benefit greatly from this supplement. Best of all, Phenibut is natural and there are almost no negative side effects.

In addition to helping support relaxation, Phenibut will help most users to enjoy more restful sleep. Many people report not only sleeping better, but actually being able to fall asleep faster than before. Part of the reason for this effect may be that as it crosses the blood-brain barrier, this substance seems to help enhance levels of dopamine, which is a powerful chemical believed responsible for mood and movement.

Another very important benefit of this supplement is to enhance feelings of well-being. There is even some evidence to suggest that it may lower anxiety. Not only that, but also the resulting physical and psychological symptoms associated with anxiety.

Bottom Line

If you are feeling overly stressed or tired, then there is nothing wrong with seeking a little extra help. Especially if this help is in the form of a natural supplement, like Phenibut. Not only will be able to relax better, but your sleep will be improved and you may even (like many other users) experience a sense of calm and feeling of general well-being. As always, consult with a doctor before taking any new supplements and always follow the directions when it comes to phenibut dosages.

Stress: Effects on the Body, Well-Being and Ideas for De-Stressing

It is no secret that today’s fast pace of life has led to an increase in stress. Actually, stress is really just the body’s reaction to any change or stimulus which requires a response. The problem is that many times we place so many changes or stimuli that our body ends up reaching a state of constant stress and is unable to change or react properly. Whether this is due to being too busy, having too many pressures at home, school or work, it is also no secret that stress can lead to a number of effects on the body and our well-beingmeditation

Effects of Stress:

As we begin having a build up stress, our body will become overworked and tension increases. This can lead to a number of physical effects, including fatigue and trouble sleeping. This can further lead to things such as headaches, upset stomach, elevated blood pressure, chest pain and even trouble relaxing.

The harmful effects of stress are compound when we attempt to relieve these symptoms by unnatural or chemical means. Use of alcohol, tobacco or drugs can continue the downward spiral and lead to even more harmful effects. The sad fact is that using these chemicals or toxins actually keep the body in an overly stressed state and worsen things!

There are also a number of facts to consider about stress. Were you aware that a full three quarters of all doctor visits are for stress related issues? Stress can even play a role in heart problems, diabetes, skin conditions, anxiety and emotional problems.

 Ideas for De-Stressing:

Obviously, no one wants to remain in a stress induced state or illness for very long. There are a number of things we can do to help. One of the easiest and most beneficial is to begin a well thought out supplement program. The main thing is to make sure that everything you take is all-natural.

One of the most common issues related to stress is insomnia, or difficulty sleeping and relaxing. For this, some ideas are:

  • Phenibut Powder
  • Theanine Supplements
  • Beta Phenylethylamine

Another often report stress related symptom is frequent headaches. This can be remedied by some simple, all-natural solutions, such as:

  • B Vitamins (especially B6 and B2)
  • Omega 3s (i.e. Fish Oil)

In those who have been experiencing stress for a longer period of time, it is possible to have anger, anxiety or even a poor mood. Some ideas for help in these cases are:

  • L-Theanine
  • Phosphatidylserine Supplement
  • Taurine

Bottom Line:

You do not have to accept an over abundance of stress as simply a normal way of life. Instead try to do something about it by focusing on your specific stress-related symptoms and these all-natural supplements.

The Perfect Mood Enhancement Stack

Have you been experiencing more and more stress recently? Possibly this has effected your mood also. Unfortunately, there are a number of factors which can combine to make us feel poorly or just ‘down in the dumps.’ An overly busy or stressful life is a particularly common cause. Anyone who is too busy may lack the time to exercise or even eat a proper, well-balanced diet. If this is your situation, then you may want to consider a natural mood enhancement stack to combat all of these effects.relaxation and mood stacks

The Idea of Supplement Stacks:

Supplement stacks are not a new idea. Body builders, weight lifters and other athletes have been using these ideas for a long time. The idea behind these stacks is to combine different supplements to help you gain a desired benefit. The components of each stack should work very well alone, but when combined they will have a synergistic effect.

When talking about a mood enhancement stack, there are generally two sides to the story. In addition to finding supplements which will help to enhance overall mood, it can also be helpful to look at ingredients which stimulate the production of calming agents or chemicals within the brain.

Phenibut Powder:

The first ingredient in our mood enhancement stack is Phenibut powder. This supplement attacks the issue of mood enhancement directly by crossing the blood-brain barrier. From this point it is believed to actually help increase the production of dopamine (and also block the action of dopamine receptors) and acetylcholine. Both of these powerful brain chemicals help to produce feelings of relaxation, lowered anxiety and even overall well-being.

L-Theanine Supplements:

This is an amino acid that is also one of the main ingredients found in green tea. Theanine acts as a calming agent, helping to reduce what scientists call brain “excitability.” This has tremendous effects for those who experience the feeling of having a racing mind or always having a number of unwanted thoughts and ideas. It is absorbed primarily through the intestines, making its effects slower, but also more even and a bit longer lasting.

5-HTP Supplements:

5-HTP should normally take a few hours to kick in. It is a natural compound which converts into serotonin in the brain. It has been shown to be helpful in cases of mood, appetite, and impulse control. Those who have anxiety or racing thoughts will also notice more direct results.

Bottom Line:

This mood enhancement supplement stack is perfect for everyone. Even if you are just looking for a little help to relax, you will see strong results. Best of all, It has a number of different benefits, including being able to focus and think more clearly.