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5 Legit Places to Buy Quality Phenibut Powder & Capsules

5 Legit Places to Buy Quality Phenibut Powder & Capsules
By Morris Health • Issue #2 • View online
There aren’t that many reliable stores left that still sell phenibut. These are some of the best options to check out in 2022.

While many nootropics on the market are no more effective than vitamin or even placebo pills, phenibut is one of the most potent compounds worth looking into.
Not a long time ago, numerous supplement manufacturers used to add phenibut to their dietary formulations, but then the FDA stepped in and declared phenibut not suitable for use in any product labeled as a dietary supplement, because it really isn’t; it’s a synthetic amino acid derivative.
That led to many phenibut-containing products and formulations being taken off the market, leaving only a handful of places where one can buy this stuff. Even way before the FDA action, most major retailers, like Amazon, have banned the sale of phenibut and other nootropics.
It is still perfectly legal for consumers in the USA and elsewhere to buy it over the counter, but not as a dietary supplement or a treatment for any health problem.
The following is a list of five of the best online stores that sell phenibut powder and/or capsules:
Warning: Phenibut should not be used more than twice per week. This is not a supplement and it is not useful for everyone. Do your own research and use with caution.
This is one of the oldest shops on the Internet dedicated to selling natural and herbal brain enhancers. Phenibut is the only synthetic compound they carry, and in fact it’s their flagship product.
They have top-notch quality and they test every batch for purity (you can find the certificate of analysis on their site). On top of that, their customer support is very friendly and quick to respond to emails, which is something I highly appreciate in any business.
LiftMode has both phenibut HCl and FAA (free amino acid). They have a variety of powder forms, including regular powder, fine crystals and large crystals.
Tip: The regular powder dissolves more quickly than the crystal forms, but crystals are less likely to clump and can have a longer shelf life. Unless you have a digital scale for precise dose measuring, it’s better to go with the capsules.
Fact: The free amino acid (FAA) form is less commonly used than the HCl form, but both work similarly and have identical effects. Phenibut HCl is made by combining the free amino acid form with hydrochloric acid (HCl) to create the HCl salt of phenibut. The FAA version can be milder on the stomach since it lacks the acidity of the HCl version, and it is also slightly more potent, so a smaller amount may be needed to achieve the same effect in comparison to the HCl salt. Individual experiences may vary.
P.S. You can use the coupon code MH10 to get a 10% discount at the LiftMode site.
With the largest selection of both natural and synthetic nootropics you can find online, Nootropics Depot is like the Home Depot for nootropics! They are one of the most reputable vendors in this small market with many positive reviews from users on Reddit and other online forums.
They have their own Reddit page where they post lots of useful information about their products and their testing procedures and equipment. You can also get answers from their support team, and even the owner of the company himself on Reddit.
Nootropics Depot has outstanding quality control and first-rate service. Orders are dispatched quickly (usually the same day during business days).
P.S. If you subscribe to the free Nootropics Depot newsletter, you will receive a one-time coupon code that gives you 10% discount on your order.
Raw Powders is a European vendor located in Lithuania. They sell various types of nootropics and other supplements (mostly natural ones). The majority of their customers are from Europe and the UK since shipping takes less time as opposed to shipping from the USA.
You can find different forms of phenibut at this store, including HCl, FAA and F-phenibut (Fluorophenibut). The latter is a lesser-used analog of the compound that is mainly intended for research purposes.
Feedback about the quality of their products is generally positive, although they do not provide lab reports/COAs on their website. The price is on the higher end, but without many trustworthy cheaper alternatives, this remains one of the top EU shops where one can source phenibut powder from.
This is a small online shop that offers a selection of nootropics at very competitive prices. They used to source their raw materials from the same supplier used by Nootropics Depot, but now they seem to be using another source.
They do third-party lab tests for each batch of their products. Overall they are a good company to deal with despite not being as popular as some of the other vendors mentioned here. They only ship to the U.S. and Canada.
Cross The Limits is a UK-based online store that focuses on sports nutrition and bodybuilding supplements. They have a category for nootropics where you can find several formulas from different brands.
The phenibut they sell is a little expensive and it’s from a brand called Revange Nutrition – it comes in capsule form with two strengths: 500 mg and 900 mg. They also have a few multi-ingredient formulations that include phenibut combined with a few other ingredients.
Cross The Limits ships worldwide, but the shipping cost can be very high outside of the UK and EU countries.
A Worthy Natural Alternative
There are thousands of natural/herbal supplements on the market that promise to help you relax and/or get better sleep quality, but the truth is, most of them are no more helpful than a cup of tea!
But if you are still interested in trying something more natural and safer for daily use, then there are a few natural substances worth giving a shot. One product that does have a good formula of potent ingredients is Relax (Kava Kava, Valerian, CBD) by PACHAMAMA.
This is basically a blend of kava kava root extract, valerian root extract, and full spectrum hemp extract (CBD). It is intended to be used as a sleep aid, but it can also be taken during the day to help you unwind and relax.
All of the three ingredients are widely used as an OTC remedy for stress and sleep issues, although scientific evidence is lacking and results/efficacy vary from one person to another. If you’ve been thinking about joining the CBD wave, then this is one decent product to start with. It’s quite pricey though, as is the case with most quality CBD products out there.
Other Alternatives: Natural GABA Boosters
There are several natural and herbal compounds that have the potential to increase GABA levels in the brain and induce calmness and restfulness. While natural GABAergic compounds are noticeably less potent than their synthetic counterparts, they are safer for long-term use and come with little to no significant side effects.
The following are three of the most remarkable natural substances that can provide a milder, similar effect to phenibut’s, and are more suitable and safer for frequent, long-term use:
Magnolia Bark
Magnolia officinalis is a tree native to China, where its aromatic bark is used in traditional Chinese medicine for different health issues.
The bark extract contains two polyphenolic compounds called magnolol and honokiol. These work by enhancing GABA activity in the brain by acting as positive allosteric modulators of GABA(A) receptors. (1)
Magnolia bark extract has a significant anti-stress effect, but more research is still needed to fully understand the mechanism of action and efficacy of this herb and its extracts.
GABA + L-Theanine
GABA on its own can be taken as a dietary supplement, however, because it is believed not to cross the blood-brain barrier, it has almost no effect on GABA levels in the brain. Although this claim has been questioned by some experts who argue that GABA supplementation does affect the brain’s GABA levels.
There is a substantial amount of anecdotal evidence supporting the anti-stress effects of GABA supplementation, but no conclusive human studies support this. No harm in trying it for yourself as it is considered a safe supplement, at least when taken for up to 12 weeks, according to nutritionist Cathy Wong. (2)
And if you are going to try GABA, coupling it with theanine would be a better bet. L-theanine is an amino acid that is found in green tea leaves. It has been shown to induce calmness and improve cognitive functions. (3) It is believed that theanine’s sedative effects make green tea a calming drink despite the fact that it contains caffeine, which has been associated with restlessness, nervousness and other negative side effects. (4)
Studies suggest that theanine enhances certain neurotransmitters in the brain, including GABA, serotonin and dopamine. (5) When combined with GABA, theanine works synergistically and can be very useful as a natural sleep aid. (6)
Valerian Root
Valerian root powder and extracts are commonly used to promote restful sleep, but people also take it to help them stay relaxed and less stressed.
Valerian contains different bioactive compounds with potential medicinal properties. The most notable of its components is valerenic acid, which increases GABA levels and reduces neural excitation. (7)(8)
If you are looking for a moderate nighttime supplement to help you unwind and doze off, then valerian root is a potent herb to consider. It can also work as a daytime stress control natural aid. There isn’t yet conclusive evidence on its efficacy, but some early studies showed plenty of promising results, and most people report a positive experience with this supplement, so it’s definitely a worthwhile option.
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