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The Benefits, Safety, and Dosage Demystified


UPDATED by, on July 18, 2018

A man and woman who use phenibut.

What is Phenibut?

Phenibut is a powder-like substance that is most common for improving focus, suppressing anxiety, boosting mood, and helping promote healthy sleep.

Some like to compare it to alcohol, but it is so much more than that.

However, don't be mistaken - in fact, phenibut is vastly more beneficial than alcohol.

Here, we're going to teach you why you should take phenibut, what to expect, and how to use it.

(Or if you want to just get some already, we got you covered.)

A sample of phenibut powder in a petri dish.
Phenibut is a powder smart drug (nootropic) that is consumed for desired beneficial effects.

Why Would I Want to Take Phenibut?

Phenibut is becoming extremely popular because of all the practical uses and applications it has in just about every lifestyle.

These uses are, but are not limited to:

Given these applications, why wouldn't you want to take phenibut?

Personally, I was introduced to Phenibut in high school.

With it, I aced the SAT exam, and fast-forward 5 years - I now have a Master's Degree from UCLA.

I then introduced phenibut to my younger brother, who used it to power through Stanford, getting both his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in just 4 years.

Talk about pushing the limits!

Now we both have 6-figure salaries in Los Angeles and San Francisco respectively - living the good life.

It's safe to say phenibut changed not only our careers, but our lives as well.

Phenibut Benefits

In general, phenibut effects are extremely desirable.

It's the main reason why it's so popular, especially in the nootropics (smart drug) community.

Phenibut is a compound that binds to the GABA-B receptors in the brain.

This mechanism is similar to alcohol which binds to the GABA-A receptors.

Phenibut stimulating GABA-B receptors.
Phenibut (shown in red) stimulates the GABA-B receptors in the brain (green).

However, because they bind to different brain receptors, the results are vastly different.

Here are the effects that Phenibut causes (that alcohol doesn't).

  • Improved focus through a "Zen" like mental state.

  • Decrease in anxiety (Anxiolytic).

  • Feeling of Euphoria (Increased excitement / happiness)

  • Improved motor and thinking skills - the complete opposite of alcohol.

How much phenibut do I take?

Learning the proper phenibut dosage is a crucial, so let's get that out of the way.

The generally accepted amount for a single dosage is:

750 to 1500mg

The reason for the range is simply because the typical dosage is dependant on the body weight of the user.

For example, if you weigh more, then your dosage may need to be 1000 or 1200 mg.

A larger man and a petite woman ready to take phenibut.
If you're heavier you may need a larger dose. If you're smaller, you may need a smaller one.

Or if you personally want a better high, then you may also choose to increase the dosage slightly.

For most people who typically weigh around 150 lbs, 750 mg is a perfect dosage to start and the just fine-tune it up or down to hit the sweet spot.

And for the most part, this is the dosage you will use for all the many practical applications of phenibut as well.

There are some special cases - for example, when using phenibut to improve sleep, only 100 to 300mg should be used.

But just remember 750 to 1500mg (or about 1g) and you'll be set for most cases.

Dosage for first time users

If it's your first time using phenibut, start with 750mg, perhaps even a bit lower.

Note that it is not uncommon for people to report not feeling anything at all at 750mg.

So if that's you, then definitely increase your dosage accordingly.

Again, for most people, a satisfying dosage will fall between 750 and 1500mg.

2 Golden Rules for Phenibut Dosage

As you can probably tell, the exact dosage you take is not set in stone.

Even if you know your "typical dosage", that doesn't mean you have to take that much every single time.

Having said that, here are two solid rules to always keep in mind for successful phenibut use:

  1. A typical dosage should be between 750 and 1500mg (varying from person to person).

  2. Do not consume more than 2000mg of phenibut in a 24-hour period.

If you read from other sites that going over 2000mg is doable, we recommend not listening to them.

And it's not that what they're saying is untrue.

But doing so is when the unpleasant side effects start to kick in.

For example, you could start developing a phenibut tolerance, which leads to inevitable phenibut withdrawal.

Or in very rare cases (at very high dosages), an overdose.

Not fun.

And hence our recommendation to always stay within a reasonable dosage amount!

How long does Phenibut Last?

First of all, it takes 30 minutes for you to start feeling the effects of your phenibut dose.

After that, phenibut typically lasts for:

6 Hours

That's quite a lot of time compared to other smart drugs on the market - massive value for every dollar spent.

What does phenibut taste like?

Phenibut tends to have a bitter taste to it.

Imagine the texture of kool aid powder with a sour, citrus taste - that's exactly what it tastes like.

A picture of kool-aid, which is what phenibut tastes like.
Phenibut tastes like citrus kool-aid.

If you can't handle the bitter taste, you can always mix it with juice or your favorite drink to mask the taste (check out the stir-and-drink method below).

This is a super-effective strategy, and because it is so easy - I do this all the time.

How to Take Phenibut

Phenibut can come in powder-form or in capsules.

Phenibut powder and capsules, side-by-side.
Phenibut powder (left), phenibut capsules (right).

Phenibut as a powder that can be ingested in various ways. Here are the three most popular methods:

The Toss-and-Wash Method

If you are working with phenibut powder directly, then this is the fastest method.

  1. Measure out the dose of phenibut onto a piece of paper or your credit card.

  2. Toss the dose into the back of your mouth (be careful not to choke on it).

  3. Take a sip of water and gulp it all down at once.

  4. Drink more water to wash any residual phenibut down.

Man taking phenibut via the toss-and-wash method.
Taking phenibut using the "Toss-and-Wash" method.

The Stir-and-Drink Method

This is a slightly more popular method that takes some extra steps to help you avoid the bitter taste of phenibut.

  1. Measure out the dose of phenibut and pour into a glass of water or other liquid of choice.

  2. Stir the liquid until it phenibut is mixed completely, just like you would do with a powdered drink mix.

  3. Drink the drink in its entirety.

How to Take Phenibut using the "Stir-and-Drink Method"

Demonstrating the "Stir-and-Drink" method of taking phenibut.
A dosage of phenibut dumped into a glass of water.
The stir-and-drink method is the most popular way of taking phenibut.

As should be obvious, by replacing water with something sweeter like fruit juice, you can minimize the taste.

Phenibut Capsules

This is the most popular method hands-down, as it is quite convenient compared to dealing with phenibut in its powder form directly.

Example of some phenibut capsules.
Phenibut capsules are easy to take - just swallow!

Luckily for you, we have an extensive article on phenibut capsules.

Check it out!

Ultimately, the choice is up to you, as long as the proper dosage of phenibut makes it into your digestive tract.

How often can I take phenibut

To be honest, it totally depends on how large your dosages are!

Luckily we have plenty of tools and advice to help you out!

Check out our free phenibut dosage calculator!

If you want to know more precisely how your dosage amount should dictate how often to take phenibut, then check out our free dosage calculator.

Just enter your own personal dosage amount and our calculator will give you guidelines for how often to take phenibut.

It'll tell you how many days to wait between dosages, as well as how many dosages you should be taking per week.

Very useful indeed!

Rest days are your friend!

Even if our dosage calculator says that you can take phenibut daily, it is always a good idea to take a rest day at least once every few weeks.

Again, this all has to do with avoiding developing a tolerance towards phenibut.

So every day you don't take phenibut helps to reduce the chance of developing a tolerance.

Spread your dosages out evenly

If you only take phenibut a few times a week (especially if they are large dosages), then be sure to spread them out as evenly as possible.

For example, if you only take phenibut twice a week, ideally take the first dosage on Mondays and the second one on Thursdays or Fridays.

That's a great way to "buffer" and minimize your tolerence build-up even more.

A 7-day calendar scheduling phenibut doses for Monday and Friday.
Get a massive work boost on Monday and a "euphoric" happy effect for Friday using Phenibut.

Again, this really only applies if you are taking larger than recommended dosages (> 2000mg).

In which case you definitely should follow this guideline!

Overall, following all of the guidelines set here at Phenibut Hero should be more than enough to keep your risk of phenibut tolerance at a minimum.

If you're looking for a typical phenibut use-case, then check out our dosage page to see a fairly typical schedule for taking phenibut.

It covers both how it can be used while in school, as well as post-grad while working.

The great thing though is that phenibut can literally be used in any situation and for any lifestyle.

As long as you proactively monitor your dosages and adjust them accordingly when necessary. In other words:

Always be sure to listen to your body, and pull back if you start feeling a tolerance developing.

Is Phenibut Safe?

Short answer: Given it's used properly, yes - 100%.

The only reason it becomes unsafe is when you don't follow the 2 golden rules mentioned above.

And so again, because this is so important, we're going to repeat them here:

  1. A typical dosage should be between 750 and 1500mg (varying from person to person).

  2. Do not consume more than 2000mg of phenibut in a 24-hour period.

Keeping those guidelines in mind are all you need to make sure your phenibut experience is safe, and as a result enjoyable.

If it makes you feel any better, my brother and I have been using phenibut for years without any issues whatsoever.

As long as you follow the dosage guidelines, you will be in good shape!

Do not take with other drugs.

However, it is imperative NOT to mix Phenibut with either benzodiazepines or alcohol since these substances act in the very same way and potentiate the other's effects.

Crossed out glass of alcohol.
Never take phenibut with alcohol.

Just don't.

The Phenibut High - (Phenibut Effects Explained)

A "More Efficient" You

If it's your first time using phenibut, once the high starts kicking in, the first thing you'll probably notice is that you will feel very relaxed.

Your heart rate will decrease slightly, but it will be fairly steady.

But you won't feel "slower". You'll be calm yet attentive.

In fact, it is quite the opposite from feeling lazy and/or drowsy, a common effect of many other substances.

That is why phenibut gets compared so often to the drug from the movie "Limitless" - NZT-48.

It helps clear your mind and allows for more efficient thinking, but not in a way that is scattered or erratic.

Thus, the phenibut high is also commonly described as going into a "zen-like" state.

Phenibut allows you to enter a zen state.
What if you could instantly enter a zen-like state on command? Phenibut makes this possible.

This means improved brain function!

There is also evidence of phenibut improving reasoning and problem solving skills.

And higher levels of dopamine also boosts your ability to focus for long periods of time.

Pop quiz: What activities require solid reasoning and problem solving skills, for very long periods of time?

If you mentioned the SAT or other standardized tests, then you were spot on!

Taking phenibut becomes especially useful for performing better on exams and standardized tests.

Sharpened Senses

In general, you can also expected heightened senses as a result of taking phenibut.

As you probably can imagine, your sense of sight and sound will undoubtedly experience minor improvements.

But what really stands out is your increased sense of touch and motor skills.

As an example, every time you hit a key on your keyboard, you will literally "feel more".

Increased typing speed and accuracy from the phenibut high.
Your typing speed will indisputably increase.

You will sense the movements becoming more efficient, with dedicated execution.

This is just another example of becoming more efficient overall.

Your body is getting into a groove, feeling the rhythm of everything you do.

It makes everything you do run like a well-oiled machine.

Taking phenibut puts your entire body and mind in sync, helping you perform to your fullest potential.

Music sounds like you're listening in a high-fidelity acoustically engineered concert hall.

Have you ever had that feeling where you can feel every little detail in music that you're listening to?

It's as if you're wearing $1000 headphones and you're holding them up really close to your ears.

Girl experiencing a high from phenibut while listening to music.
Phenibut makes music more emotional and enjoyable.

As a result, all other forms of noise are blocked out.

You can hear the punchiness of each bass note as well as all the reverberations and echos that follow.

You can hear the synth sounds as well as the different harmonics that are subtly layered in mix.

Phenibut increases sensitivity to music, creating an increased sense of euphoria.
Phenibut increases sensitivity to music, creating euphoria.

That is what's going to go on when you listen to music with phenibut and it's an accurate estimate of what it can and should do for you.

With all of your senses really opened up, you can really take advantage of listening to music!

Become relaxed, eliminate stress and anxiety

This aspect of phenibut is where most people really find the most benefit and use out of.

As previously mentioned, you feel relaxed, but not in the sense of laziness or uninspired.

Rather, you are calm, cool, and collected, ready to attack the day and be the very best you.

Now, the reason you can take this mindset is because phenibut gets rid of any lingering stress and anxiety that you may have.

As a general effect, this really helps you enjoy the high - you feel stress-free and unburdened by any other problems in your life.

But when you really need to perform at your very best, and are put in situations where stress would typically kick in?

Well, being able to block out that stress and anxiety is so invaluable.

Relaxation = No stress or anxiety

The applications for this effect are numerous.

For one, this relaxing effect doubles down on phenibut's usefulness in improving exam and test performance that we've already mentioned above.

Because these situations are typically high-pressure situations, phenibut not only improves brain function, but also removes the extra anxiety and stress which can have a negative effect on test performance.

And if you have difficulty sleeping due to restless nights? Well phenibut can inhibit those emotions, helping you relax and fall asleep quickly.

Unbridled Confidence - becoming a true "Alpha"

Another phenibut effect that sets phenibut apart from the competition is the ability to make you more confident.

This confidence can be described as just having a feel-good attitude as you go about your day.

And when you interact with others, it becomes apparent.

You will become more sociable, talking to people more than you normally would, without even realizing it.

Having confidence sparks your social interactions naturally.

Without even trying, your entire personality and behavior change for the better, leading to success in the social and dating scenes alike.

Increased libido

Another effect that you may feel when taking phenibut is increased sexual drive.

In other words, you will feel more horny.

A man and woman with an increased libido and sex drive from Phenibut.
Both him and her can amp up pleasure by using Phenibut for sex.

This is especially true of women, which works out very nicely considering that most men are already horny enough as is.

For many couples, a lack of libido from one or both partners can lead to an overall dissatisfaction in the bedroom.

But luckily, you can use this particular phenibut effect to your advantage to improve your sex life.

In Conclusion

If you take phenibut, this is how you can expect to feel:

  • More efficient - in a higher mental state of mind

  • Heightened senses

  • Stable and calm, especially in high-pressure situations

  • Relaxed, and free from stress or anxiety

  • Confident - more adept at conversing with people socially / romantically

  • More horny

As a recreational substance, phenibut truly gives you a great-feeling high that is unmatched.

But what makes it even better is that phenibut can be used to enhance your overall lifestyle.

Phenibut benefits greatly outweigh those from conventional substances like alcohol.

Plus, the benefits actually better because they don't have the negative effects of these traditional substances.

It's definitely something to try to power through the obstacles that life puts up in front of you and can lead to a more satisfying and fulfilling life in the long-run - all without a dangerous addiction or dependency.

A woman standing on the top of the mountain reaping the life-changing benefits of phenibut.
Phenibut is a tool to enhance your quality of life.

If you want more examples of such real-world applications, check out our Phenibut Uses page.

It'll give you a quick rundown of the numerous ways phenibut can be used as more than just a recreational substance.

...Or if you actually want to try some phenibut for yourself, you can get some here.