I was reading a book on nootropics titled Encylopedia of Mind Enhancing Foods, Drugs and Nutritional Substances by David W. Group. While I feel a lot of the information was irrelevant towards my goals, I found one compound that sounded really interesting. Merely known as PRL 8-53, this strange substance can apparently greatly increase one’s short term memory.
If you’ve ever read a book on random facts, you might know that the reason a lot of phone numbers are only seven digits is because that is what most people are capable of memorizing after a couple seconds of studying. I’ve tested my short term memory on www.cambridgebrainsciences.com, and sure enough, on the digit memory test, I can memorize seven digits fairly easily. However, while under the effects of PRL 8-53, test subjects could memorize around 21 digits. Talk about statistically significant!
This sounded way too good to be true to me, so I did a little reading on it. Unfortunately, all the research on it was from the 1970’s and is very limited. I have not been able to find a reason as to why research was discontinued, but several theories on the internet float around. Perhaps funding was discontinued from pharmaceutical companies. Everything I read about PRL 8-53 seemed positive with nothing negative. So why don’t people know about it?
A similar substance created by the same creator Dr. Nikolas R Hanis, called PRL 8-147, was studied in the early 1980’s at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Though not as widely-tested (PRL 8-147 never passed rodent testing), it is similar in function and structure.
It is possible to order this compound, as there are numerous companies in China that can synthesize it, but I with little information, and most of that old, I’m not sure I’m too keen to test it. I may revisit the idea later, but for now, my Noopept powder is sufficient (by the way, if you were wondering where, this is where I buy noopept).