How To Eye-Ball a Dose of Phenibut (and Other Powders)
Don’t have a scale?
Maybe you’ve eyeballed crystals before but never a powder, or you’ve eyeballed phenibut powder or some other powder in the past, but you don’t remember what it looked like.
This is the same situation that lots of phenibut users have run into in times of need. This post should help you measure the dose and be on your way.
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How to Measure Phenibut Without a Scale
In theory, most people seem to understand the concept that psychoactives can be dangerous or extremely unpleasant if taken at the wrong dosage.
But in practice, many people don’t take the necessary precautions to reduce the chances of such an “overdose”.
Principles of Measured Doses
- Use an accurate scale every time individual doses are prepared, especially for substances active at less than 50 mg.
- Demand that individual doses purchased from others be labelled with their exact weight.
- Never measure in a hurry. Individual doses can be measured ahead of time to remove the possibility of being rushed.
- Never measure when high or overtired. When judgement is altered, it’s easy to get more than you bargained for.
While high-quality accurate scales can be expensive, some groups choose to purchase a single scale to be shared. Ten people contributing $40 each can purchase a good scale.
Many people who acquire powdered psychoactives believe that they can “eyeball” doses accurately enough that a scale isn’t required.
Eyeballing methods take a variety of forms. One example is the “graph paper method”, where a known quantity is spread as evenly as possible on graph paper to determine its volume (size).
Doses are measured based on how many graph paper squares they cover.
The problem with this inaccurate method–and with most eyeballing methods–is that the volume of a measured mass (weight) of material can vary dramatically depending on how dense the material is.
A solid crystal of phenibut exactly 1 cm by 1 cm will weigh significantly more than an equal-sized pile of fluffy powdered phenibut.
Likewise, two exactly equal-sized piles of phenibut can include parts with very different densities. Powders can go from “fluffy”, with low density, large crystals, to “cakey”, to dense crystals more like table salt.
The Importance of Measured Doses
While the difference between powder and a solid crystal would be apparent to the careful eye, the difference between two slightly different densities of powder might not be.
Obviously, these problems are even worse when comparing two different substances.
Another issue arises when eyeballing methods depend on starting with a known quantity of material.
One common process is to take a known quantity of powder, say one gram of MDMA, and divide it into ten equal piles, theoretically resulting in ten 100 mg doses.
But if the original “one gram” measurement can’t be verified, any dividing process is merely guesswork.
While it might seem unlikely that someone selling MDMA will accidentally provide too much material, it’s not at all unheard of.
I regularly get emails from readers who ordered a nootropic online only to discover, when the material arrives, that the company sent nearly twice what was ordered.
Substances that have very low dosages, such as 5-MeO-DMT or 5-MeO-AMT, are especially dangerous to eyeball.
Basing a “5 mg dose” on the fluffy crystal from last spring could easily lead to a 10 mg overdose of a new denser powder.
There are several techniques people use for measuring, labelling, and storing individual doses.
- Measuring a series of equal-weight doses. Each dose goes into its own capsule and the capsules are kept together, with a label indicating the contents and quantity. The obvious problem with this method is that if a single capsule gets separated from the rest, there is no way to identify its contents.
- Measuring a series of doses that are different weights. Each dose goes into its own capsule, which is labelled in indelible ink as to its contents and quantity (some do this in code). The variety of doses lets a person choose how much they would like to ingest. The main problem with this method is that the ink can eventually wear off of a capsule.
- Using liquid measuring techniques. A known quantity of material is dissolved into a known volume of liquid (usually alcohol or water). Doing a simple calculation can then identify how much material is in each volume of liquid. A small volume of liquid is much easier to accurately measure than a tiny mass of a powder.
The concern that measuring out individual doses and clearly labelling them could reduce privacy or increase vulnerability to law enforcement is an important one. However, leaving things unlabeled and unmeasured bears its own set of perils.
Why you shouldn’t rely on a “universal” scoop size
You should not expect that each brand of phenibut powder will have a scoop that measures the same amount of powder when leveled out. Each company has a unique scooper, and many of those lack any real measurement.
For example, LiftMode Phenibut scoops hold 0.625cc of powder – roughly 500 milligrams, while scoops in Primaforce Phenibut powder lack any numerical measurement.
Dilute a known amount of phenibut powder or phenibut crystals in water and dose using milliliters. Many household cooking products have measurements in ml’s, and this is a safe option for nootropics users.
To combat phenibut’s sour taste, mix the powder into some juice (ideally any citrus juice except grapefruit works well).
Some Bluelight.ru, Drug-Forum.com, and Erowid.org forum threads suggest that 50mg of phenibut powder equates to ~3/8 of a 00 capsule, or just under one half. If eyeballing is your last option, this 50mg is a small bump about the size of your pinky nail.
“Pinky nail” is not the most scientific measurement; instead, think of one rounded tablespoon as approximately 5 grams. From there, separate the tablespoon on a clean surface into 5 equal gram lines and dose accordingly.
Note: eyeballing of any drug is risky at best, and eyeballing a dose of a drug active in the low mg range is downright dangerous.
Overdoses are not pretty, and can be terrifying to those involved. The safest bet: wait before trying phenibut and buy a digital scale, learn how to properly use it and care for it, and use it for every dose.
The FastWeight 0.1g scale is highly recommended by at-home nootropics users for its durability and low price.