Most aniracetam reviews are positive indicating that this nootropic drug is useful for the following purposes:
- Concentration and attentiveness
- Creativity and complex thinking
- Memory formation and learning ability
- Social anxiety and symptoms of depression
Some of the online aniracetam reviews correlate directly with the research findings in scientific studies, but others do not. Throughout this article, we will show you how effective (or ineffective) aniracetam is for improving cognitive performance. First, we’ll start from a review of aniracetam from our editor.
Editors’ Aniracetam Reviews
The benefits of aniracetam are hard to pinpoint directly, but there are two experiences that show how the drug helped me the most.
One of the first times I used aniracetam, it was before Brazilian jiu-jitsu class and my sensory experience was noticeably different. Colors were more vibrant, I could see patterns more readily (which is important in martial arts). I definitely felt my mood increase throughout the class and afterwards as well. To some degree, this felt like microdosing.
Other experiences with aniracetam have been similar, though more mental sensations than physical. Writing the script for a documentary film, I felt the ideas were not only more forthcoming, but 10 times better than other nootropics (such as caffeine or even modafinil).
Mansal Denton, Nootropedia Editor
Aniracetam Reviews Online
Most of the aniracetam reviews online are very positive. Even though aniracetam is in limbo as far as the legal status, it is consumed in high quantities rivaling that of piracetam (the grandfather of this drug).
The most stellar reviews of aniracetam come from places you might not expect it, such as large media personalities within the biohacking and nootropics space. For example, Jesse Lawler has discussed using aniracetam as part of his “creativity” stack during a recent interview .
As the host of the Smart Drug Smarts podcast, it is interesting to note that Lawler does not use many nootropics (he mentions less than 5 throughout the interview), but he does count aniracetam among his close few.
Another popular personality is Dave Asprey (otherwise known as the Bulletproof Executive). He has made butter coffee famous lately, but he is also a proponent of nootropics (and not only modafinil). In one article, he declared:
“I like aniracetam more than piracetam because it’s the only member of the racetam that has a stress-lowering effect and also increase memory IO (getting memories in and out of your mind). I take aniracetam every day, as well as for public speaking. I find I speak more fluently (no “ums” or “ahs”) and I don’t have to grasp for words…” .
Of course, beyond the well known people within the space, there are plenty of people that have positive things to say about aniracetam.
Here is an aniracetam review from “silverhydra”, which is the pseudonym for Kurtis Frank (editor of Examine.com):
“Ani is also my racetam of choice (only one I've liked, although I have not used nefi or pira yet), and mostly it is because it seems to be a combination of a social anxiolytic and ‘silver tongue granter' (not really a silver tongue, but words come easier) which are two cognitive realms I usually suck at. Now that you mention awareness I guess that goes up as well, never really examined it…” 
Evaluating Aniracetam Reviews
Even though there is plenty of anecdotal evidence to suggest aniracetam is effective for enhancing cognitive abilities, we must evaluate these instances carefully. For example, what works well for one person may not work as well for you.
Every brain is different and we each have unique brain chemistry. Here is a specific aniracetam review from a user on the nootropic community called Reddit:
“Last night I tried for the first time, one tablet of 750mg taken with fish oil and yoghurt. About 30mins in I started feeling a little foggy, then within one hour I was downright tired, disoriented and nauseous! I had to lay down on the couch, and couldn't even use/read on my phone. A headache started so I quickly took an Ibux to avoid it escalating into something like a migraine. This did go away but still I just felt like going to bed and that was it….” 
As many people within that thread mention, it could have simply been a lack of choline that caused the side effects, but that is something for you to consider as well.
Much of the anecdotal evidence is important to make cognitive enhancement decisions, but many of these experiences / opinions are single stories (or a data set of n = 1, which means only 1 subject for the experiment).
Aniracetam Reviews: Does This Nootropic Work?
According to most of the reviews online, aniracetam does work quite well. In fact, because it enters the bloodstream so quickly and reaches peak concentrations in the brain, it can be more popular than piracetam, which usually comes with little “feeling” or noticeable effects.
Many people who use aniracetam claim that it is felt within 15 – 20 minutes, helps to increase mental stimulation, creative output, and a host of other mental markers vastly different than a simple cup of coffee.
As other quotes have said, there is a significant anti-anxiety (anxiolytic) effect that comes with aniracetam as well. Many people use it simply to feel more at ease and relaxed.
Note that there are plenty of people who also experience either nothing or negative effects. For example, some people that I know will take aniracetam and feel nothing so they feel as they nothing has happened. While this might be true (for them), it is also hard to measure without any kind of tools.
The truth is, aniracetam may or may not work for you, but until you buy aniracetam and try it for yourself, you’ll never find out.
What Does Science Say?
For some people skeptical of online aniracetam reviews, the scientific literature is more convincing.
The mood benefits are clearly seen through a couple aniracetam studies. In one European Journal of Pharmacology study, scientists discovered that aniracetam could help reduce anxiety via cholinergic, dopaminergic, and serotonergic systems within the brain .
In another 2001 Psychopharmacology journal, scientists concluded that aniracetam had antidepressant effects especially after a stroke .
There is also evidence that aniracetam can help with learning ability, neuroprotection, and even increasing brain derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), which is like fertilizer for the brain .
The study is pretty conclusive that aniracetam does work for improving cognitive markers, but there aren’t enough studies on healthy adult humans to say one way or another. Unfortunately, there is too little scientific evidence to say definitively, but this is the case with nearly every nootropic drug out there.
There is barely enough money to research the medications that save lives (such as cancer and Alzheimer’s disease) so there is even less money for studying cognitive enhancement in healthy adults. This is where the aniracetam reviews are not only useful, but imperative for us to see what is possible.
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