Best Nootropics for Panic Attack

What Are the Best Nootropics for Panic Attacks?

Anyone who has experienced a panic attack can vouch for the fact they are no fun at all.  From dizzy confusion to absolute fear, these episodes can feel a lot like “the end of the world” is coming! Fortunately, there are many natural, holistic solutions to panic attacks, including the use of nootropics. Many of the nootropics used for panic attacks may be considered adaptogens, which will be discussed further below.  However, it is important to remember, nootropics often work best in combination, which is why many nootropic stacks and supplements for panic or anxiety will include more than one of these herbs.

What is a Panic Attack?

A panic attack can be defined as a sudden onset, or an episode, of intense fear.  It is normally triggered by conditions of stress or stressful thoughts.  It can lead to severe physical symptoms, even when no real danger or cause is present. The physical symptoms can include but are not limited to sweaty palms, increased breathing, increased heart rate, sweating, headaches, dizziness, disconnect from reality, and more. Sometimes, panic attacks appear out of nowhere.

What are Stress and Anxiety?

StressStress can be defined as how an individual responds to external stimuli when feeling under pressure or threatened. Normally, it occurs in situations or during events which are out of the individual’s apparent control or management.  An individual with stress can suffer in terms of mental and physical performance.  Residual stress can play a degrading role on the mind and body in general. And too much stress from one situation can create anxiety.

Anxiety can be defined as intense or excessive fear or worry about nearly any situation, whether specific or every day.  It can be caused by repetitive stress factors, or for no reason at all.  It is normally accompanied by faster heart rate, increased breathing, feeling tired, or feeling disconnected. A lot of anxiety can be responsible for a variety of stress reactions, including panic attack.

What are Nootropics?

Nootropics are typically synonymous with the term “smart drug,” as they tend to impact cognitive function in some way.  In fact, one of the criteria for an herb or supplement being labeled a nootropic is that it offers cognitive and neuroprotective benefits.  The remainder of the properties, provided by the scientist who first coined the term “nootropic” (Corneliu E. Giurgea) include that it aids brain function under hypoxic conditions, enhances memory or learning, and is non-toxic to humans.  These types of traits may provide a lot of benefit in the realm of anti-anxiety and destressing, especially adaptogenic nootropics.

What Can Nootropics Do for Panic Attacks?

While there are many nootropics which can improve panic attack symptoms and destress the mind, there are some which undoubtedly work better than others. This is a list of some of the most responsive nootropics when it comes to anti-anxiety.

5-HTP (Griffonia seeds)

5-HTP is a well-known precursor for the neurotransmitter serotonin. This neurotransmitter is also called the “happy hormone,” given it has such a significant impact on mood and balance in the brain.  5-HTP is most commonly synthesized from the Griffonia simplicifolia plant, and it has recently become one of the most popular nootropic supplements for stress, anxiety, and panic attacks.  It is typically used for its ability to promote a calming and relaxation effect. 5-HTP is also known to improve memory and learning, as well as aiding in many other physiological functions.  One of the reasons this nootropic works so well is its ability to easily cross the blood-brain barrier and increase serotonin production.

One of our products, Pirate Chill, makes great use of this nootropic in its anxiety and stress-relieving effects.

Passionflower (Passiflora incarnata)

PassionflowerPassionflower, also sometimes known as “Passiflora”, was first discovered and mentioned by a Spanish doctor known as Monardes in Peru in the mid-to-late 1500s.  It was soon after introduce to Europe, mostly for ornamental purposes.  It was eventually discovered (in Europe) to have a number of medicinal properties which peaked the interest of several botanists and chemists. In present time, it is known as one of the most powerful anti-stress and anti-anxiety nootropics.  It is a very common ingredient in a variety of nootropic stacks and supplements.  It is purported that it increases the natural formation of GABA, which is known to improve and relax brain activity.  For its many anti-anxiety effects, it has become a part of many holistic medicines around the world.

Pirate Chill makes great use of this nootropic in its maximum relaxation formula.

L-Theanine (Boletus badius., Camellia sinensis., Gamma-ethylamino-L-glutamic acid)

L-theanine is one of the most critical, key amino acids naturally found in various forms of herbal tea. While it is not naturally forming in the body, it is well absorbed by the body and offers a number of stress-relieving properties.  L-Theanine was first discovered as a constituent of tea (specifically Camellia sinensis) in the mid 1900s. It can be synthesized from black, green, or white teas in significant quantities. It is considered one of the best calming nootropics, and very commonly used in Chinese traditional medicine.  It works by supporting more positive brain function and by improving overall mood and tranquility.

Pirate Chill also makes use of this nootropic’s ability to promote serenity and more calm brain function.

Valerian Extract (Valeriana officinalis)

Valerian root may be most commonly known for its ability to improve the quality of sleep; however, it has also been purported to help with anti-anxiety, stress relief, and general relaxation.  Both studies and anecdotal reports have outlined the herb’s ability to decrease anxiety and stress. Valerian root has a long history of use as a medicine, dating back to the time of Ancient Greece, where it was first reported as having significant medicinal use by Hippocrates and Dioscorides.

Our product, Pirate Chill, includes a healthy dose of Valerian root to extract to obtain its ultimate serenity effects.

Gotu Kola (Centella asiatica)

Gotu Kola has also been called the “Fountain of Life” for its apparent legendary longevity effects. In fact, in Ancient China, it is believed that some individuals have lived over a hundred years, even two hundred years from using Gotu Kola daily.  It has been used to treat a variety of ailments, however, is very popular for its ability to improve mental fatigue and decrease stress.

B Vitamins

Vitamin BAll of the B vitamins are able to offer anti-anxiety effects. They are also known to improve overall mood.  Some research has found that people who consume foods rich in B-vitamins see outstanding improvements in terms of anxiety and stress throughout everyday life. For this reason, it is commonly included as a nootropic in many anti-anxiety stacks and supplements.

Rhodiola Rosea

Rhodiola Rosea is often underestimated in terms of stress relief. This is despite the fact the herb has been long used for its anti-stress and anti-aging properties. It is a powerful nootropic adaptogen, and is able to enhance the body’s natural resistance to physical and mental stress.

We encourage you to check out our other article, Best Nootropic Adaptogens, for more information on how nootropics can decrease stress.

Bacopa Monnieri (Waterhyssop)

Many people stand by Bacopa’s ability to decrese stress and depression.  Many studies support these anecdotal claims, proving that participants who consumed Bacopa supplements on a regular basis showed decreased anxiety and improved stress scores across the board.

Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera)

Ashwagandha Ashwagandha has been used for thousands of years, being first traced to about 6,000 B.C..  It was first mentioned in traditional Ayurvedic medicine and is a staple herb throughout Indian culture. The herb has a plethora of neuroprotective effects and helps modulate the release of the stress hormone cortisol.

For more information on adaptogenic nootropics, we encourage you visit our other blog, Best Nootropic Adaptogens.

A Few More Words on Panic Attacks

Panic attacks are no joke, and sometimes they can be more serious than others. For this reason, they should never be taken lightly. If someone is feeling like they are having a panic attack, it is still almost always necessary to contact a doctor or visit the ER. This is because symptoms of a panic attack can often resemble those of many heart conditions, including heart attack.  Taking anti-anxiety and stress-reducing nootropics on a regular basis may help thwart a lot of these symptoms, and should be best thought of as a preventative measure.*

Final Words on Nootropics Used for Panic Attacks

Ultimately, there is a lot to say about panic attacks, stress, and anxiety. There is also a lot to say about nootropics. Utilizing nootropic stacks and supplements can improve many facets of one’s life, and panic attacks are no exception. A lot of times, it’s about finding the right nootropic for you, which you can take on a regular basis, in order to destress and diminish the symptoms surrounding the buildup of a panic attack.

*Disclaimer: Always speak with your physician before adding any nootropics, supplements, or herbs to your daily regimen.

Anti-Anxiety Nootropic Stacks

Nootropic Stacks for Anti-Anxiety

What Is Anxiety?

The feeling of uneasiness or distress could be said to be familiar to most people. Almost everyone has experienced worry, uneasiness, or general fear.  From mile to severe, these feelings almost know no bounds. These feelings can also be trigged by innocuous events or sincerely scary situations (exams, interviews, romantic or financial stress, or for medical reasons).

Although some chronic cases or severe situations should be handled by mental health professionals, everyday anxiety is almost always able to be conquered.  Whether through anti-anxiety practices, minor lifestyle changes, or holistic herbal supplements, there are answers to everyday stress.

Brain and nootropic supplements are one of the most popular choices for handling everyday anxiety and stress.  These types of supplements are most commonly referred to as “smart drugs,” or “nootropic stacks.”  They make life a lot easier by “hacking” the brain into performing better, and in this case, with less anxiety.

The first step, however, is better understanding nootropics, and what they can offer the human body and mind.

What Are Nootropics?

HealthyNootropics today have become synonymous with the term “smart drug” or “smart nootropic.”  They are especially popular amongst Western culture.  Nootropics are usually categorized within one of three classifications including prescription drugs, synthetic substances, or dietary supplements

Nootropics itself was first coined in the 1960s by Romanian scientist Coneliu E. Giurgea.  This man derived the term by combining latin phrases “Noos” and “Tropein”, which meant “mind” and “bend”, respectively.  They would be defined as substances capable of improving cognitive function with almost no side effects.  Usually, these cognitive improvements affected areas such as executive function, attention span, memory, creativity, energy, or motivation.  To summarize, nootropic herbs aim to enhance the function of the mind or body.

Giurgea formulated five areas of criteria to declare a substance a nootropic including:

  • Aiding or improving working memory or learning
  • Supporting brain function under hypoxic conditions
  • Protecting the brain from physical or chemical toxicity
  • Enhancing natural cognitive function
  • Being non-toxic to humans.

Utilizing these criteria, it becomes easier to determine if a substance is a nootropic.

How Can Nootropics Help with Anxiety?

Given nootropics have the ability to improve mental performance and protect the brain from toxicity, there is a lot of room for a nootropic supplement to have the ability to improve the conditions surrounding anxiety.  In fact, there are a lot of nootropics which could be considered anti-anxiety.

Much proven research exists which backs these stress-relieving nootropics, firmly demonstrating their ability to improve mood and reduce anxiety. Some of these nootropics help reduce cortisol levels, others help regulate critical neurotransmitters (especially those associated with producing calming effects), and some can even transform brain waves into more relaxed states of mind.

The Best Anti-Anxiety Nootropics

Many nootropics are considered anti-anxiety, but some work better than others. This is a list of some of the top performing, anti-anxiety nootropics for any nootropic stack.


5-HTP is most well-known for its powerful ability to work as a precursor for serotonin. Serotonin is one of the most critical neurotransmitters in the brain and is typically associated with learning and mood.  It can also aid in a number of other physiological functions.  5-HTP is so great due to its ability to cross the blood-brain barrier and, ultimately, effect the production of serotonin.  For these reasons, it is a common anti-anxiety and mood nootropic (even being used for things like depression). When used properly, this nootropic is an excellent addition to almost any anti-anxiety nootropic stack.

Our product, Pirate Chill, utilizes a powerful 5-HTP formula to help reduce anxiety and improve overall relaxation.


PassionflowerPassionflower is one of the most powerful anti-anxiety nootropics to date.  This is the reason it is commonly a part of many effective nootropic stacks and supplements. It purportedly works by increasing the natural form of gamma aminobutyric acid (GABA) in the brain and relaxing the activity of brain cells. It has been used by Western culture for centuries and has an even deeper history throughout more traditional, holistic medicines. Passionflower works even better when it is used in combination with other anti-anxiety and relaxation herbs.

Pirate Chill takes full advantage of the stress-relieving properties offered by Passionflower.


L-theanine is a critical, key amino acid and is typically found in various forms of tea.  It has a long history of use as a stress-reliever and calming nootropic throughout traditional Chinese medicine.  It can be used to support the brain’s ability to maintain positive mood. It is well-known for its ability to promote relaxation and tranquility. This herb also possesses the ability to improve focus, attention span, alertness, concentration, and other mental functions.

L-Theanine can be found in combination with other nootropics on this list within our maximum relaxation formula, Pirate Chill.

Valerian Extract

Although valerian root has been a common nootropic for improving sleep, it has also been well-purported for its anti-anxiety, stress relief, and overall relaxation properties.  While there are many studies which support the concept this herb can help improve anxiety, there are also many anecdotal experiences which back this evidence up fully.

Valerian is one of the most common herbs for natural anxiety relief and can be found in one of our proprietary formulae, Pirate Chill.

Gotu Kola

Gotu KolaGotu Kola works as an adaptogenic nootropic as much as it does a natural stress reliever. It has been used for its ability to boost overall cognitive function and has a history of offering great anti-stress properties. Gotu Kola has purportedly been able to offer both mental and physical stress relieving effects. It has also been used for anxiety, depression, and even mood swings.

B Vitamins

Probably one of the most underrated sets of nootropics are the B Vitamins. B Vitamins are notorious for their ability to promote natural energy in the body and improve the overall nervous system. Having a strong, healthy nervous system and ample energy is one of the best ways to combat the symptoms of stress and live an overall better life.

Rhodiola Rosea

Rhodiola is popularly used for its adaptogenic properties, although it also offers a variety of other nootropic properties as well. As an adaptogenic herb, however, it holds potent keys for reducing stress and letting the mind and body a chance to better perform. This nootropic can even help control mood swings.  It can also help improve blood circulation, which has purportedly been able to offer the mind and body the ability to reduce stress. This is even one of the reasons stress balls work so well!

Although our product Pirate Blast is not primarily for stress, it does have relaxation effects which are sometimes better suited for some individuals, depending upon their ultimate nootropic goals.


Phosphatidylserine, also known simply as “PS”, is a phospholipid found in some fatty parts of the human brain.  Its primary purpose is to help the body maintain homeostasis and to ensure fluidity in terms of receptors and neurotransmitters is sound. Many sources suggest that PS can be used to reduce symptoms of stress through its ability to counteract cortisol production. Cortisol is one of the main reasons the mind and body feel stress to begin with, so this makes a lot of sense.

Bacopa Monnieri

Bacopa MonnieriBacopa monnieri is a strong adaptogen and helps the mind and body properly balance stress.  Sometimes, this nootropic is used with PS to create amplified anti-stress effects, thus these two herbs are very commonly found in nootropic stacks together. Although it is often thought of as a weaker nootropic, many consider it an underrated, holistic herb with a wide potential for improving mood.


GABA, also known as gamma aminobutyric acid, has a shorter history of being used for its anti-anxiety relieving properties, only becoming popular within the last fifty years or so.  It is an important brain chemical and a neurotransmitter. In fact, roughly 40 percent or more of the human brain’s inhibitory synaptic processes use GABA.  For this reason, it is often included in many stress reducing nootropic supplements and stacks.


Ashwagandha is very popular throughout Ayurvedic medicine and has been used for thousands of years for its ability to treat mood, reduce anxiety, and combat depression.  It also works as a general cognitive enhancer, improving mental functions such as learning, memory, and focus. While it offers many other benefits, it is still a very common component in a lot of nootropic stacks focusing on stress relief.

Nootropic Stacking Anxiety Herbs

RelaxedAlthough it is entirely possible to use many of these nootropic herbs by themselves, sometimes it works better to combine some of these nootropics to form more powerful nootropic stacks. Some supplements are already composed to utilizing combined effects from more than one of these nootropics. Pirate Chill, for example, has some of the top anti-anxiety and stress-relieving nootropics all included in its proprietary formula. This nootropic relies on a 5-HTP, L-Theanine, Passionflower, and Valerian Extract blend to give users the maximum relaxation and stress-relief they deserve.

While many nootropic stacks for stress relief exist, some will always be better than others. It is important to select a stack that includes an effective ingredient list from a trusted manufacturer.

Final Words on Nootropics for Anxiety

To summarize there are dozens of nootropics out there which can help improve relaxation; however, some of these nootropics will work better together than others, and some will be more effective in reducing stress. Anti-anxiety nootropic stacks are one of the most common, holistic ways to decrease and combat anxiety.  They are also one of the most popular ways to boost mental capacity and cognitive function, helping the brain achieve optimal performance. Finding the right nootropic stack for an individual in terms of anxiety relief is imperative in properly advantaging the stress relieving power these nootropic herbs possess.