Vinpocetine is a synthetic drug often used as a nootropic. It is created using the indole alkaloid “vincamine” which is most commonly extracted from the vinca plant (also known as periwinkle), though its compounds may be found in other plants as well.
Vinpocetine has proven neuroprotective properties that help to combat toxins and inflammation in the brain. Akin to other nootropics like Piracetam, Vinpocetine is used to battle cognitive diseases such as dementia and Alzheimer’s.
All of the recorded studies conducted using Vinpocetine support the safety and usefulness of the drug.
What are the Benefits of Using it?
One of the widely accepted positive effects of Vinpocetine is its ability to boost memory formation. There was a study done that tested this theory on healthy individuals. It’s important to note that this study was conducted using healthy individuals, this shows that the benefits of the drug may not only be exclusive to people suffering from age-related diseases. Conversely, the drugs neuroprotective properties have been tested to combat declines in cognition. One study proved that the drug was able to do this by enhancing blood flow.
“Subjective well-being enhancement” is another interesting effect of Vinpocetine. An open study conducted showed positive mood changes among individuals suffering from age-related diseases. This effect could be extremely beneficial to anyone, even to those who are not suffering from brain diseases. Unfortunately, there isn’t any conclusive evidence that we could find proving that this mood-changing effect works on healthy individuals.
What does Vinpocetine do?
Vinpocetine inhibits the PDE1 enzyme when ingested. It is also known to induce vascular relaxation through various complicated mechanisms. The way in which the drug interacts with these areas allows more oxygen to reach the brain. These interactions can cause many cognitive benefits to occur. You may remember when we stated earlier that Vinpocetine is used to try and improve the brain’s ability to create new memories. It does this by helping to influence neurotransmitter release.
What are the Side Effects?
Most other nootropic drugs don’t have any extreme side effects. The same can not, and should not be said when it comes to Vinpocetine. This drug can be potentially dangerous in some cases. One must not forget that Vinpocetine is a synthetically derived compound, and its effect on the body depends on a users biochemical makeup.
The main side effect of Vinpocetine is the potential for patients to experience a drop in blood pressure. In some rare cases, users can experience a decrease in their body’s white blood cell numbers which results in this side effect. The good news is that this problem can only occur through IV administration. When ingested orally, there is little to no risk of this blood-related issue.
Even though the drug can be dangerous in rare cases, for the most part, vinpocetine is an extremely safe and well-tolerated substance.
How Much Should I Take?
It is recommended for users to take Vinpocetine 3 times throughout the day with meals. The amount per dose depends on the person, but anywhere between 15-60 mg is the healthy range. A good idea would be to start with smaller doses and then slowly up the dose if necessary. Taking Vinpocetine or any other drug in this way is the smartest option, especially if you are self-medicating or testing for the drug’s potency.
An example of this method would be to start by taking 5 mg with each of your three meals in a day. 20 mg with each meal in a day is considered optimal for neuroprotection. Similar to other nootropic drugs, the dosage will depend on your personal goals. One could even go as high as 30 – 45 mg per dose for cognitive improvement and memory formation.
Where Can I Buy it?
If you’re opting to shop at a physical store location, it shouldn’t be too hard to find. Just ask your local pharmacist for Periwinkle or Vinpocetine. You can also purchase this drug quite easily online. Vinpocetine’s popularity has grown quite a bit due to its success. Many brands that claim to “improve brain function” currently sell Vinpocetine mixed in with other things. Be sure to check the list of ingredients before you buy, and of course, depending on what you will be using it for, you will want to buy a supplement that includes the correct dosage you require. For example, If you are looking to start with 5 mg doses, purchase from a brand that sells a 5 mg per serving option. Most importantly, you should do your due diligence on a company before you make a purchase. It’s always good to buy drugs from companies who thoroughly research and test their products before putting them to market.