Australians have a reputation for being very laid-back. It might be because of all of the sun, the beaches, and the outdoorsy culture, although sociologists would say that it comes down to the effects of an informal language, a good sense of humor, and a sense of mateship. This relaxed attitude of Australians also extends into the realm of nootropics, because you can get almost any nootropic you want in Australia.
It’s just that, sometimes, you cannot get them easily. Australia’s regulations regarding nootropics are nowhere as strict as regulations in other countries, like the UK. However, you can get some of the most coveted nootropics in Australia only with a medical prescription. On the other hand, the market of nootropics you can get without a prescription might suffer from too many low-quality products. That is why it is common for Australians to order nootropics from other countries. If you find yourself in Australia and you are not sure how to navigate the country’s nootropics market, here is some information you might find useful.
Nootropics Australia — the Big Two
When it comes to drugs people use for their nootropic effects, Piracetam and Modafinil are probably among the most popular. Piracetam does not have a therapeutic use in Australia, while Modafinil is used to treat sleep disorders. Both of the drugs are treated as Schedule IV Drugs, which means they are government regulated prescription-only medicine or POM.
Prescription-only medicine is, as its name says, available only on prescription. To get a prescription, you have to suffer from one of the conditions these drugs are prescribed for in Australia. You will have a tough time finding a doctor who will want to prescribe these drugs to you as nootropics. Doctors generally do not prescribe medications to healthy people.
The way nootropics users in Australia try to circumvent these rules is by ordering these drugs under generic names from various countries, including India. This method can backfire in several ways. For one, finding a trustworthy manufacturer is difficult, and it is impossible to determine the composition of the products you receive. More importantly, however, you cannot import Schedule 4 POMs without having a prescription for the drug. If you have a prescription, you can order away.
There was a try to reschedule Piracetam from Schedule IV to unscheduled back in 2016, but the proposal was struck down. The reasons for striking down the proposal were many, according to the Therapeutic Goods Administration, and included:
“Piracetam is not used therapeutically in Australia. Risks outweigh the benefits. No Australian data available on marketing. Some of the conditions that piracetam would be used for requiring medical supervision.”
If you want to stay on top of the latest developments in the scheduling of drugs with potential nootropic usage, follow the website of Department of Health Therapeutics Good Administration.
Importing Nootropics Legally into Australia
The way you legally import nootropics in Australia is by using the Therapeutics Good Administration’s personal importation scheme. With it, you can legally import therapeutic goods into the country as long as you, and the substance, are able to meet certain conditions. There are also some limitations to the number of goods you can import using the scheme.
In order to be able to import your nootropics in Australia, you have to import them only if you plan to use them for yourself or members of your immediate family. You cannot import them if your plan is to resell them, or otherwise supply them to anyone else. You and your family are the only persons who can use the goods you import. If possible, you should also try to keep the goods you import in the original packaging.
The criteria the substances need to meet are a little more serious. You cannot import something that contains a controlled substance. You cannot import substances that are restricted under quarantine rules or the customs controls. The substance you are importing cannot be in an injection and containing matter of human or animal origin. The last one does not apply to insulin, though. Finally, if you want to import a schedule 4 or 8 medicine, you must have a prescription from a doctor registered in Australia.
If the nootropic you want to import meets all of the criteria, you can legally import up to a three-month supply at a single time. The three-month supply is determined according to the maximum dose recommended by the manufacturer. The substance you are importing does not have to be registered as a therapeutic good. However, you will need to do plenty of research to determine whether it meets all the other criteria.
Other Nootropics in Australia
Finding herbal, mineral, amino acid, or vitamin nootropics should not be too much of a problem in Australia. The stuff you can get in a regular health shop is usually regulated the same as food products, and as such has to conform to quality and sanitary standards.
If you want to try something different and completely local, you can try Shine+. It is the nootropic equivalent to Red Bull, and it’s marketed as Australia’s first smart drink. If you look a bit closer at the list of the ingredients, you will notice that Shine+ contains some of the ingredients that are usually found in nootropic stacks. Green tea extract, caffeine, Gingko Biloba, turmeric, Siberian Ginseng, as well as vitamins B6 and B12 all make this smart drink Australia’s nootropics stack you can drink. It might be worth a try.
If you want to stay on the safe side of the law when getting nootropics in Australia, your best bet would be to source whatever you can locally from health shops or pharmacies. The things you cannot source locally you can import, as long as you are sure that substances meet the personal importation criteria. Because criteria change over time, you should also stay on top of the latest scheduling developments. Who knows, one day you might even be able to import Piracetam.