What Is Phenibut? Inside the Controversial "Happy Drug"
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The search for the magic pill that can deal with baldness, overweight, and make you happy never stops. While there are many lab-made drugs that can relive symptoms of depression and anxiety, and there are diets that can solve the overweight problems, still there isn’t a quick-fix for happiness, or at least, not one that’s approved by FDA.
What is popular nowadays on the networks is Phenibut, a non-prescription supplement that some people swear can help treat social anxiety and can cause euphoria.
According to one 2001 study, phenibut was synthesized by the Russians during the 1960s to relieve "tension, anxiety and fear," and is still prescribed for these purposes today. It actually is a "smart drug” or nootropic, a supplement that is believed to enhance cognitive performance by increasing attention and memory.
In the medical community nootropics are issue of a great deal of controversy with many, arguing that there's not enough research that supports any concrete benefits for healthy people. Anyway, that hasn't stopped people, especially students, from taking them.
At the moment, Phenibut is legal to buy in the US in capsules or pills, and is quite easy to procure on the internet. But since it isn't approved by FDA, the drug comes with risks, including negative side effects as stomach cramps, fatigue, and nausea.
"I think I found what I've been searching for," a user wrote. “The pheni did its job quite well. I felt zero anxiety, nervousness or anything along those lines. I was completely relaxed and wasn't stuck in my head at all....all in all, had a good time.”
According to medical experts, popularity around Phenibut is seen as a problem. Adi Jaffe, Ph.D., specializes in substance abuse and addiction, is concerned that people are using the drug as self-medication instead of seeking professional help for serious mental health issues.
“I haven’t dealt with many people who have personally used it,” says Jaffe, “However, based on its [chemical] action, which is similar to that of benzodiazepines like Valium, Ativan etc., I assume it might be abused by some people but produce pretty reliable anxiety reduction." He added that it could be unsafe at large doses: "it could also easily lead to overdoses, especially if combined with other depressants like alcohol or opiates.”
Whether Phenibut will remain in the grey legal area is left on time to show. If you're dealing with depression or anxiety, it's recommended to rather seek professional help than Googling for alternatives.
Source: Men's Health