Disclaimer: This Phenibut review is based on my personal experience with the compound over the past 10 years. I am not a medical professional. Please talk to your doctor before using any compounds even if they are sold over-the-counter. This information is subject to our medical disclaimer.
If this is your first visit to 'Lifestyle by Good Looking Loser', welcome aboard.
I'm going to tell you about one of the only over-the-counter compounds that can make a BIG TIME difference on general and social anxiety.
It's called 'Phenibut'.
(Fen-a-butt) or (Fen-ah-boot if you are Canadian!)
Unlike most anti-anxiety prescription drugs, Phenibut will both make you want to socialize and kill your anxiety without leaving you feeling like an introverted, indifferent, unmotivated, antisocial zombie.
And Unlike other dietary supplements and 'natural' compounds - Phenibut actually works.
Enjoy. But don't take it everyday. :)
All About Phenibut
If you've arrived from Google and just want to where to buy Phenibut -
By the way -
This is my company.
And Guess what?
I've used Phenibut since 2004.
I remember the "bunk period" where every product was [unintentionally?] massively under-dosed and I know and regularly test our product and you'll LOVE it.
A 50g or 100g bag of Phenibut should last you SEVERAL months if you are taking it as directed.
(Our Phenibut forum has plenty of reviews of the exact stuff )
In this Review, I will tell you-
All About Phenibut Video
(the video largely summarizes the information below)
* A table of contents for this video is available on the Phenibut Video - YouTube page.
Phenibut is a legal compound that is sold in most countries as a dietary supplement. It is among several compounds that I recommend (and have used) to combat anxiety. I do not have general anxiety or social anxiety, I merely use Phenibut as a “performance enhancer,” it is it not meant to treat any condition.
Phenibut can be purchased on the Internet, at health food stores and in combination with other dietary supplements in the United States. In Russia, Phenbut is available by prescription only and is used to treat general anxiety, social anxiety, depression and to improve quality of sleep.
The source recommended in this Phenibut review is the EXACT kind that Scotty and I use. I suggest using that source rather than risking getting a bunk batch.
(to be fair - other than a brief period in 2010ish, all the Phenibut in the US market has been legit)
If you've searched for other Phenibut user reviews, you'll find a lot of people that say it's really good and other people that didn't get much out of it. Chances are, the people that say it "didn't work," didn't use it correctly.
Real Phenibut works, underdosed or fake Phenibut doesn't.
Most people will be pretty happy with this obscure dietary supplement - but you've got to give a few tries to get the dosing/timing correct.
(While Phenibut lasts for a long time, it takes a while to kick in)
Phenibut (beta-phenyl-gamma-aminobutyric acid) is a derivative of GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid). Unlike GABA, however, Phenibut can easily pass through the blood-brain barrier and bind to the GABA receptors in the brain. Compounds that bind to GABA receptors (alcohol, benzodiazepines) can significantly reduce anxiety, produce moderate levels of euphoria and induce sleep in higher doses. Any compounds that tickle the GABA receptors, however, usually produce a fast tolerance. In short, Phenibut binds to the GABA receptors in your brain (similar to alcohol and prescription anti-anxiety compounds).
There are several benefits to Phenibut, including but not limited to- stress relief, anxiety relief, improved cognitive function, increased memory retention, sense of well-being and improved sleep quality. Phenibut mimics GABA that is endogenously produced (produced within the body), binding to GABA-B receptors in the brain and to some extent GABA-A receptors. Phenibut brings on a sense of relaxation and improves cognitive ability. Many users have found that this relaxing effect of Phenibut makes it easier to fall asleep and that the quality of sleep is improved as well. Phenibut also has the ability to stimulate dopamine receptors that may contribute to its mood boosting benefits.
Phenibut supposedly has a half-life of about 5 hours. How long it works seems to vary significantly though. Some users find the effects of Phenibut to be short-lasting while most others still experience the effects of Phenibut as long as 24 hours after taking a dose. How long Phenibut lasts is dependent upon several things- the time since your last meal, your current state, the environment you are in and how much caffeine (or other stimulant) that you have consumed.
One downside of Phenibut is that tolerance is quite common and appears to develop fairly quickly. To maintain effectiveness, Phenibut should be used only on occasion or cycled. As directed, you can use Phenibut 5 days a week, so long as you take 2 days off. Another suggested method is cycling Phenibut – 2 weeks ON and 2 weeks OFF. I have not tried that protocol however.
In my personal experience, these are some of the noticeable effects that I feel-
If you take Phenibut as directed (or the suggested dosing schedule at the bottom of this Phenibut review), on an empty stomach, you should expect some degree (or a lot) of effects that I mentioned just above.
Phenibut, when not abused, is a very 'clean' compound. There are no jitters, crash, discoordination or other annoying side effects.
At its best, Phenibut will feel like a small to moderate dose of MDMA or GHB.
At its worst, Phenibut won't do anything at all (mainly true if you eat food with it or get a BUNK/FAKE source)
As with a lot of dietary supplements that produce cognitive effects or other recreational compounds, it may require a bit of experimentation. You will have to do some trial and error.
What Should I Expect from Phenibut?
As you [should] know, anything that I recommend on GoodLookingLoser.com, I use, I believe in and I have done my homework on.
Admittedly, I give recommendations that I KNOW will reflect positively upon our community.
The vast majority will be pleased with this compound, especially if you try the pure Phenibut that we recommend.
At the same time, I also want to put in perspective what your expectations should realistically be and hopefully over-deliver for you. Not every recommendation will absolutely BLOW your mind. All of them, I feel, will be worth your time and money.
It will work pretty well for most people. Some people, a minority, might not like it. It is inexpensive, very low on side effects, so I believe it’s worth a try. You have a lot to gain and very little to lose.
With that said, Phenibut is no joke.
It IS NOT like some hippy “herbal lemongrass remedy” that promises to “totally kill your anxiety, naturally!”
Phenibut is restricted in some countries because it is a fairly powerful compound (and governments don’t want people taking anything inexpensive that works beside antidepressants that make pharmaceutical companies rich). Like I said, at its very best (combine with a stimulant), it can SOMETIMES reasonably mimic the effects of decent quality GHB, MDMA and some other powerful anti-anxiety drugs. Don't underestimate it just because it is a legal dietary supplement. At the same time, it's not a 'hardcore' drug.
Follow the dosing schedule listed below and your experience should go as I outlined in this Phenibut review.
In order to get the MAXIMUM benefits, you will ultimately have to figure out how to make it work best for you, your timing schedule, your diet with, how much caffeine to combine it with and so forth. I feel it is definitely worth a try, otherwise I wouldn’t be recommending it. I’ve had A LOT of awesome nights with (not necessarily because of) it.
If a guy as an average amount of anxiety, he can be nearly completely socially-free on Phenibut. It can be THAT good. For most guys it will be equal to or better than alcohol. But it may require some trial and error to find what dose and protocol works best for you.
I think Phenibut is a very good compound.
It is inexpensive, legal and effective for both day and night “game”.
I have slept at least 40+ girls when I have with at least some Phenibut in my system. It seems to make me want to dance.
Girls like it too.
Ladies- take it before you have sex or masturbate - it may lead to a CRAZY ORGASM. Several orgasms.
For more information about how Phenibut feels in the bedroom, check out this post -
These days, I take it as very low doses just to take the ‘edge’ off, I don’t use it for sleep since that requires a large dose which can increase tolerance quickly.
Between 2008-2011, I used to take it about 3 times a week as I discuss in "How to Go Out Alone - Good Moods & Bad Moods". Taking 3 times a week is pushing it though. Don't take it more than 2 times a week.
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Before I offer comparisons, it should be noted that Phenibut is a legal compound that is sold as a dietary supplement. It is still fairly powerful, but it’s not fair to compare it to hardcore drugs such as cocaine or speed. I know I mentioned that already, but it's important that we keep that in perspective and have a frame of reference for these comparisons.
I feel [a good experience] on Phenibut is similar to the combination of a moderate amount of alcohol with a little marijuana without the discoordination or cognitive impairment. I like it better than both. But I don't really like alcohol or marijuana that much. It combines very well with opioids such as Tramadol and Kratom. If you take any prescription drugs with Phenibut, make sure you have a legitimate prescription and only use under your doctor’s care.
While not as strong as other hardcore drugs, Phenibut offers several benefits - it’s inexpensive, it works, it has low potential for abuse and it doesn’t impair you.
Phenibut works for most. But not all.
If you have a tolerance to other gaba-stimulating compounds (such as Xanax, Valium, Klonopin, etc.), Phenibut is unlikely to work it's magic. It will probably just make you feel normal since you have a dependence on similar compounds.
Those who don't get anything from Phenibut almost always have an existing gaba (benzodiazepine) tolerance.
You need to have pretty clean gaba receptors in order to really experience Phenibut.
Do not take Phenibut with any other prescription drugs, especially benzodiazepines.
This dosing schedule follows how several manufacturers say to take it.
Consult your doctor if you feel it necessary.
When you wake up in the morning, on a COMPLETELY empty stomach take 1000mg (1 gram) of Phenibut.* If you are using the capsules that will be 2 pills. Take Phenibut with water or another drink that does not have calories (tea).
* Take 1500mg (1.5grams) of Phenibut if you weigh over 210lbs.
I highly recommend combining it with a stimulant. 80-160mg of caffeine will work. A cup of coffee is ~106mg. Your average soda is 55mg (Mt. Dew/Diet Mt. Dew/Dr. Pepper/Diet Dr. Pepper is ~70mg). So that would be 2 diet sodas or 1 cup of coffee, 1 energy drink would sure as hell be enough too.
Harder stimulants like ADDerall (requires Rx), Ephedrine, 1,3 dimethylamylamine will be even better. It's not a great idea to make a habit of taking those. Consider also that stronger stimulants can cause temporary erectile dysfunction since they constrict blood vessels to achieve their intended effects.
Don't worry - you WON'T get caffeine, stimulant jitters or elevated anxiety since the Phenibut will nearly totally KILL them.
Here is a list of caffeinated beverages-
About 45 minutes after taking your first Phenibut dose, eat some food if you want.
At about 90 minutes to 2 hours after your Phenibut dose, evaluate how you feel. Phenibut is weird sometimes; it may take 4-5 hours to even feel it. It usually produces noticeable effects in about 2 hours or sooner.
Music sounds incredible from taking Phenibut. If you honestly feel NOTHING after 2 hours, take 500-1000mg more.
This will make you feel [nearly] completely anxiety free so long as you don't have extreme clinical anxiety/depression or neurotransmitter deficiencies.
5 Hours AFTER your first dose, re-evaluate how you feel (and based on your plans for the rest of the day, night) consider taking 500-1000mg (1-2 pills) more.
You shouldn't exceed 8 total capsules (4000mg) in a 24-hour period, its not necessary anyway. The 3000-4000mg dosage AT ONCE is for SLEEP. You need a BIG dose to induce sleep. It will knock you out like GHB [can do]. The sleep is incredible, but it may 'hang-over' until the next day. If you take smaller doses, there shouldn't be a 'hang-over,' there may be an 'afterglow' which feels awesome.
Here is a short version of the dosing schedule-
If you do, don’t drive.
A lot of guys take Phenibut and drink alcohol. Since I don't really drink alcohol too often, I only have a handful of experiences with the combination.
Most guys agree that Phenibut makes 1 drink feels like 3 drinks... and 3 drinks feels like 7 or 8 drinks. This is especially true if you are on an empty stomach. I don't recommend drinking too much alcohol. In my opinion, for me (for whatever reason) combining alcohol with other compounds fucks up my buzz, makes it less fun. I don't usually combine stuff with alcohol. That's just me though, others seem to have better success.
Keep in mind that - there is potential for addiction and dependency with EVERY psychoactive compound.
Lets keep this in perspective.
This includes better-known compounds such as marijuana and alcohol. Some people get addicted to alcohol and weed. I absolutely DO NOT think that the potential for addiction and dependency with Phenibut is any higher than alcohol or marijuana. It is certainly less than hardcore drugs such as heroin, cocaine, MDMA and methamphetamine.
Still, there are 2 reasons to not take Phenibut everyday or more than 3-4 times a week.
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2. Zyablitseva EA, & Pavlova IV. (2010). Effects of the GABA receptor agonist Phenibut on spike activity and interactions between neocortex and hippocampus neurons in emotionally negative situations. Neuroscience and Behavioral Physiology. 40(9), 1003-11.
3. Zyablitseva EA, & Pavlova IV. (2008). Effects of the GABA receptor agonist Phenibut on behavior and respiration in rabbits in emotionally negative situations. Neuroscience and Behavioral Physiology. 38(6), 555-62.
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"Beginner's Guide to Phenibut" (Rooster)
"Phenibut is the best thing I've tried all year"
"How Phenibut Changed my Life" (Matt Forney)
"Taking Phenibut is better than a benzo (imo)"
"Phenibut...holy shit this stuff actually works!!"
"Erowid: Smarts - Phenibut Reports"
*When I take phenibut, I feel amazing. I feel just like I should feel - no irrational anxiety, I am effective and rational, I am calm, charming, funny, social, the list goes on. I have decided I want to feel like this all the time. My life is just some much easier, simpler and better on this stuff.
"Phenibut, don't knock it! It's amazing for Anxiety/insomnia"
If you spent time around the AnabolicMinds/AvantLabs Community, you might remember-
Please offer a Phenibut review based on your OWN personal experience after you try the source I recommend a couple of times.