Nootropics are of various types and used for different functions such as increasing memory, boosting your cognitive functions, helping you increase your concentration and making you learn your work faster. Some of these Nootropics can also be used as pain relievers.
Since these Nootropics trigger the release of dopamine in our body; this neurotransmitter is released in our body when our brain needs to condition an attraction for something, and this neurotransmitter also produces an analgesic effect.
Taking a Nootropic can also create an analgesic effect thus acting as a pain reliever, and they do not even carry any side effect such as depression or anxiety that other pain relievers have. So which Nootropics can be used as a pain reliever?
Tianeptine can act as a strong anti-depressant and is good for reducing stress as well. This Nootropic has anti-inflammatory effects as well as binding to the opiate receptor. In a study conducted by scientists, they found that tianeptine helped prevent inflammation by deactivating microglia cells- which cause inflammation and are immune response cells found in our brain and nervous system.
Noopept is very strong and more effective than Piracetam. Noopept is mostly taken for improvement of cognitive functions but has anti-inflammatory effects as well. Noopept has a mixed response from its users which is why it should be used in a stack to make it work better.
This is the most promising nootropic supplement to help reduce pain. It contains both L-Phenylalanine and D-Phenylalanine. L-Phenylalanine is important to our brain and produces epinephrine, norepinephrine, and dopamine. However, D-Phenylalanine is more helpful in pain and reduces its sensation especially chronic pain.
Nootropic Supplements can also help with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Concussions. Since both these occur due to cerebral blood circulation, excess neurotransmitter being activated and a problem with ion balance they can be treated using Nootropics. Mentioned below are some nootropics that can help repair an injured brain and maintain it.
This is a non-essential amino acid used in our brain. It provides a phosphate molecule to convert Adenosine Diphosphate (ADP) to produce Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP). When this ATP/ADP ratio decreases in our body, it can cause TBI.
Creatine helps in maintaining this ATP level in our body for proper neuron membrane potation and balancing the ion gradient.
Omega-3 Fatty acids (DHA & EPA) are important components of the brain cell membrane. DHA helps to reduce the number of swollen and injured axons following the brain injury. DHA acts as an anti-inflammatory and an anti-oxidant, increasing nitric oxide in our body for circulation.
Piracetam helps to increase cerebral circulation thus repairing Peripheral Nervous System. This helps in targeting the neuropathic pain including TBI and concussions as opposed to back pain and joint pain.
Other dietary supplements used for a concussion, TBI and to relieve pain are Choline Bitartrate, Agmatine Sulfate, and Phenibut. Phenibut and Tianeptine work together to be the best pain relievers during chronic pain.