You may have heard of the “PAO stack” otherwise known as the, “piracetam, aniracetam & oxiracetam stack”. What are the benefits of this racetam stack and why is it better than other stacks? This article will review the pros and cons of the PAO stack and whether or not it may be a good fit for you. But first, let’s review each of the racetams individually.
Piracetam is the oldest and most well-known of both the racetam and nootropic families. It is known for its’ bitter taste and high dosage requirements. Piracetam has some basic ampakine-like activity but it primarily works as a positive allosteric modulator of the acetylcholine receptors.
When used alone, piracetam works well but when combined in the PAO stack, it becomes something more. Piracetam works primarily on learning and memory functions. It is well known to increase the vibrancy of color in vision (due to cholinergic mechanisms). Piracetam is a staple in the nootropic industry but it can be improved further by adding it to a stack such as the piracetam, aniracetam & oxiracetam stack.
Aniracetam is next in line in the “oldest racetam category”. It is known for its’ strong nootropic qualities. This nootropic is also known to have some slight anxiolytic properties in many people. Aniracetam is very similar to piracetam yet it is thought to be slightly more ampakine-like than its predecessor.
This old racetam is also very effective when used alone but even better when combined in the piracetam, aniracetam & oxiracetam stack. Even without piracetam or oxiracetam, aniracetam is extremely effective as a stand-alone nootropic. Another great benefit of aniracetam is that it is not very expensive compared other more advanced racetams.
Oxiracetam is less popular than piracetam and aniracetam. Even though it is less popular, it does not mean that it is less effective. Oxiracetam is known for its stimulating properties. These stimulating properties have nothing to do with what typical stimulants do to the central nervous system, but more to how it is described to feel. Like the other two racetams, oxiracetam works well alone but even better in the PAO stack.
Oxiracetam also has some unique properties that aniracetam and piracetam cannot fulfill. It too affects both the cholinergic and glutamatergic (ampakine) systems. The way it affects these systems is similar yet unique to other racetams. Not all of the data is understood but many users who have tried all three racetams have agreed that adding oxiracetam to a piracetam and aniracetam stack brings an essential element.
Should You Consider the PAO Stack?
It is important to understand that each racetam in the PAO stack is unique. Some people are convinced that there is an overlap in effects but this is completely false. Each racetam in the stack brings unique elements that could not be achieved by taking one product alone. We do not completely understand the reasons that make each racetam unique to one another but many will agree that the combination is gloriously powerful.
Many people who have taken the PAO stack have witnessed an ultimate increase in perception with an enhanced memory and learning ability. The PAO stack works extremely well during exam time or times of heavy and demanding workload. PAO is also great for mundane tasks that require much attention and focus.
The piracetam, aniracetam & oxiracetam stack may not be as good as dopaminergic nootropics for focus and motivation however the stack has also been known to provide a modest improvement in this area. Another good thing is that aniracetam may help with some mood and irritability problems from a cholinergic stack and the stimulating properties of oxiracetam may help with the feelings of tiredness. All in all the PAO stack is a brilliant and well formulated stack that all should try. View our range our bulk nootropic racetams to formulate your own stack.