Piracetam is the probably the most ubiquitous and widely used nootropic, apart from caffeine. Nootropics refer to the class of compounds that enhance cognitive function with minimal unwanted side effects. Other racetams belonging to the same class as piracetam include aniracetam, oxiracetam, phenylpiracetam, coluracetam and more obscure nootropics like fasoracetam.
Many nootropics users prefer piracetam, which is the original racetam that started it all. That’s because piracetam has the largest effect on verbal fluency. It would be the perfect racetam to take before giving a presentation or taking the SAT verbal section (part of the college entrance examination in the US).
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How Piracetam Works
Piracetam is first and foremost and AMPA-type glutamate receptor modulator. Glutamate is the most important excitatory neurotransmitter in the brain. It’s vital to learning and memory, and underscores Hebbian long-term potentiation. This is process by which synapses, neural connections, are strengthened over time with use. Conversely, unused synapses are pruned in adolescence.
Piracetam is an allosteric modulatory of AMPA - meaning that it interacts with the receptor so as to induce a conformational change that increases receptors activity. The net result is a boost in excitatory neurotransmission.
Despite piracetam’s 50-year track record of safety and benefits, many international governments have yet to officially approve piracetam as a health supplement. Piracetam occupies a kind of legal grey area, where it’s not illegal to use but can’t be explicitly marketed as a dietary supplement.
Piracetam is essentially unregulated in Canada. Thus, it can be purchased legally without a prescription, yet can’t be sold in Canada. This means that piracetam can only be obtained legally in Canada via importation.
Given the complexity of this legal situation, what is the best place to order piracetam and have it shipped to Canada?
The Legal Status of Piracetam in Canada
Piracetam is not a scheduled substance in Canada and it can be used without a prescription. Piracetam is not regulated by Health Canada, and there are virtually no laws that encompass its possession or use. This also means that piracetam has not formally been approved by Health Canada nor has it been issued a Drug Identification Number.
Without a DIN, piracetam can’t be promoted or marketed as a nootropic. It’s also illegal to import piracetam for commercial purposes. Nutraceutical companies in Canada have discontinued carrying piracetam because of the legal issues associated with it.
Where to Buy Piracetam in Canada
If you’re located in Canada, the only way to get piracetam is by ordering it online from the US or elsewhere. Geographically, ordering nootropics from the US makes the most sense if you’re located in Canada.
Canadian law allows unregulated drugs like piracetam to be purchased in small quantities for private (non-commercial use). Canada comprises the third-largest market for nootropics in the world, despite the fact that all the nootropics are imported.
Customs in Canada and Nootropics
The next biggest concern is whether a nutraceutical like piracetam will actually make it through customs once it crosses into Canada. Some countries, like Germany, are notorious for confiscating nootropics or returning them to the sender.
Since piracetam is legal to import for personal use, customs processing is usually uneventful. Very rarely are packages seized by customs, submitted for further inspection or refused entry and returned to the sender.
You’re much more likely to run into issues if the country of origin is not in the Americas, e.g., China, or if you’re ordering piracetam in bulk. An example of bulk quantity of piracetam would be 1kg or more. 125g or 250g is considered a reasonable quantity to order for personal, non-commercial use.
It’s actually a common practice for Chinese vendors to intentionally mislabel merchandise in order to comply with import laws and ensure their packages are received.
This makes customs officials more suspicious of Chinese parcels, increasing the likelihood that they’ll be seized by Canadian border officials.
Purchasing Piracetam from the US
US parcels containing piracetam in small quantities for non-commercial use don’t have a problem reaching their destination in Canada. There also seems to be a high success rate when purchasing from the UK, but generally US Piracetam suppliers are more affordable for Canadians due to geographic proximity. Moreover, the psychoactive substances bill in the UK that was recently passed in the beginning of 2016 effectively outlaws nootropics, which means that it’s unlikely you’ll be ordering piracetam from the UK any time soon.
A good rule of thumb is to never import any individual nootropic in quantities greater than a three month supply. If an average dose of piracetam is 3g, a three-month supply of piracetam would correspond to 270g. Most vendors sell piracetam in increments of 125g. Other sources indicate that you won’t run into legal issues if you order 1kg of piracetam or less at a time.
Best Piracetam Vendors in the US
There are many reliable nootropics vendors in the US that ship internationally. Here’s a list of the most well-regarded nootropics vendors:
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