So what’s not to like about phenibut?
Truthfully, the side effects for proper use are almost non-existent. Phenibut usually doesn’t have any hard comedowns or nasty effects like inebriation.
But these are the side effects you want to be aware of:
1) Slackened motor control in higher doses
Alcohol plays with GABBA receptors in your brain, and so does phenibut. But they work differently. Without the fog of alcohol and the poor decisions some seem to make, the other effects of this become a little clearer (but less of a problem).
Phenibut can make you a little “drowsy,” in that if you take a lot you can feel overly relaxed. You will be a lot “looser” and may even collide into things a bit more than normal. But these effects are typically offset by the greatly increased energy and mental clarity.
Keep in mind that this is only on higher, unsafe doses.
In general, you may feel a slight “looseness” while on 1g or below, but that’s it.
In high doses (usually not recommended except for overnight sleep), phenibut will make you tired. You’ll still have clarity, but you will be fatigued.
NEVER take a nap on phenibut. Not only will it mess up the positive effects of the drug, but you will feel way too tired when you get up, usually with a minor headache.
Last time I took a nap on phenibut, I accidentally slept for 5 hours. It was mostly deep REM sleep, but I felt worse afterward than I had going in. Use this drug for what it’s for–killing anxiety.
It’s best to get a full night’s sleep if you’re going to use this drug as a sleep aid.
3) Minor headaches
Although not severe, you will notice sometimes on phenibut a slight headache. It’s unobtrusive but you will wonder why it’s there.
Make no mistake–it’s just the phenibut, working on your brain. Other nootropics and stimulants can do this too.
Phenibut only causes severe problems for those who overdose (above 1g every other day). Take it more frequently than that or in higher doses and you will experience dependency, which will actually make you more anxious during withdrawal.