Straight out of Russia comes a purported nootropic with supposed cognitive, neuroprotective, and neurogenic effects.
Being made in the lab, there is a deal of study and documentation regarding its effects on the body.
Primarily, it works to stimulate the central nervous system and grant a boost in mental performance and focus without the downsides of drugs like Adderall, Ritalin, and Ephedrine.
Does it live up to the hype? Overall, yes, but there are some considerations to keep in mind.
What is Semax
As mentioned, Semax is a designer drug, produced in Russia during the 1980s with the express intention of improving cognitive function.
In addition to stimulating the central nervous system (enhancing energy and metabolism) it works to modulate receptors for various brain chemicals: acetylcholine, dopamine, serotonin, adenosine, and histamine.
This results in the mental boost associated with the drug and allows users to perform brain tasks with increased vigor, clarity, and efficiency.
Semax may also have some use in reducing symptoms associated with stress and depression. At least one study has shown that (for those suffering from mental illness, at least) Semax had a calming, sedative effect that reduced many of their anxiety related issues.
There is limited data suggesting that Semax in combination with some stimulants might increase dopamine production to provide a greater mood enhancement, but this claim requires further study before verification.
In Russia, Semax is classified as a “Vital & Essential Drug.” It is used clinically to help protect against neurodegenerative disorders (strokes and the like) and to provide enhancements of the mental variety.
In the United States, it is not approved by the FDA, but is also unscheduled, meaning that you can obtain and use it if you so choose.
Typically, this means acquiring one of the varying strength vials that are available on the internet. These vials allow users to administer Semax as a nasal spray, as ingesting the drug renders it inactive.
As such, there are no powders or capsules of Semax for users to try, limiting the delivery options. One thing that is important to keep in mind is that because this is such a new offering in the United States, you might have difficulty obtaining it at a price you might deem reasonable.
Expect a significant markup when purchasing from online vendors.
Other Names for Semax
Semax has few alternate names, though is sometimes referred to as Semax Peptide or Pro-Gly-Pro-ACTH.
I’ll admit, I was wary of putting some weird, clear, Russian liquid in my system. I was half expecting to end up in some amphetamine-style rage, reduced to running down the street in various states of undress and shouting at passersby.
Thankfully, these fears were grossly overblown. I took the standard nasal dose (about 200 micrograms) and waited. In about thir