Nootropics & Cognitive Enhancement
We all love a good nootropic. From their ability to boost focus to their capacity to enhance our cognitive abilities and make life better, the prospect of a good nootropic often sits on the top of any supplement-fan’s wish list. However, not all nootropic drugs are created equal. With varying levels of effectiveness, popularity, and critical acclaim, the world of nootropics can be tough on newcomers. Luckily, this guide seeks to educate readers on the most important factors to consider when diving into the industry which is changing the world.
The unique economic conditions of 2016 mean that every industry must adapt. As the new wave of supplemental drugs related to the brain begins to scratch the surface of a versatile consumer-base and industry, nootropics are not immune to changes in market-oriented strategies.
However, this guide seeks to look past the fluff inherent to ad-strategies of leading competitors in the nootropic industry. In doing so, we aim to provide a comprehensive guide to nootropics, where to find them, and how to most effectively use the revolutionary drugs.
Some companies will have you believe that a real-life limitless drug has come from the highly-paid scientific minds of the world. While the reality may be less glamourous (and certainly less attractive) than Robert De Niro makes it out to be, nootropics are the wave of the future.
Use this guide to answer your questions, address your concerns, and introduce yourself to the wonderful world of nootropics, where much is possible.
Table of Contents
- 1 Nootropics & Cognitive Enhancement
- 1.1 What Exactly Are Nootropics?
- 1.2 The Best Places to Purchase Nootropics
- 1.3 Understanding Exactly How Smart Drugs Work
- 1.4 Various Health Benefits of Consuming Nootropics
- 1.5 The Ingredients That Make Up Smart Drugs
- 1.6 Selecting the Cognitive Product that is Best for You
- 1.7 Potential Side Effects from Nootropic Products
- 1.7.1 Potential Side Effects from Taking Nootropics:
- 1.7.2 Determining what is Causing Your Negative Side Effects
- 1.7.3 Using Nootropic Stacks as Effectively as Possible
- 1.8 Be Transformed by Nootropic Cognitive Enhancers
- 1.9 Nootropics: Frequently Asked Questions
- 1.10 Ultimate List of Cognitive Enhancing Nootropics
- 1.10.1 Piracetam
- 1.10.2 Aniracetam
- 1.10.3 Oxiracetam
- 1.10.4 Pramiracetam
- 1.10.5 Sulbutiamine
- 1.10.6 Tianeptine
- 1.10.7 Centrophenoxine
- 1.10.8 CDP Choline
- 1.10.9 Alpha GPC Choline
- 1.10.10 Galantamine
- 1.10.11 Adderall
- 1.10.12 Ritalin
- 1.10.13 Rhoidola Rosea
- 1.10.14 Ashwagandha
- 1.10.15 ALCAR
- 1.10.16 Phenylpiracetam
- 1.10.17 Adrafinil
- 1.10.18 Modafinil
- 1.10.19 Cerebrolysin
- 1.10.20 Desmopressin
- 1.10.21 Caffeine
- 1.10.22 L-Theanine
- 1.10.23 Phenibut
- 1.10.24 Picamilon
- 1.10.25 Noopept
- 1.10.26 Sunifiram
- 1.10.27 Coluracetam
- 1.10.28 Nefiracetam
- 1.10.29 Fasoracetam
- 1.10.30 DMAE
- 1.10.31 Huperzine A
- 1.10.32 Unifiram
- 1.10.33 Armodafinil
- 1.10.34 5-HTP
- 1.10.35 Phenylalanine
- 1.10.36 L-Dopa
- 1.10.37 Creatine
- 1.10.38 Vinpocetine
- 1.10.39 Kratom
- 1.10.40 Marijuana
- 1.11 But now, the question likely still remains – are they right for you?
What Exactly Are Nootropics?
Though the popularity of nootropics have increased tenfold in the past few years, due in large part to massive media hits like Limitless, public knowledge of the reality of nootropics remains astonishingly low. Thus, it is fitting that this guide begins with a basic introduction into what constitutes a nootropic.
Simply stated, a nootropic is a kind of supplement, a drug, which helps the brain more effectively do its job. The cognitive capabilities of the brain are enhanced by the use of a nootropic. Additionally, some specific nootropics are theorized to boost confidence levels, memory, motivation, and overall brain function of users. The drugs, while still being innovated for perfect use, are an incredibly prospective supplement with amazing benefits attributed to it.
The very epidemiology of the word ‘nootropics’ helps to illustrate the drug’s purpose; Romanian doctor Dr. Corneliu E. Giurgea created the word ‘nootropics’ in the year 1972. He made this unique word by combining two different latin words: nous and trepein. ‘Nous’ means ‘mind’ and ‘trepein’ means ‘to bend.’ The nootropics, a classification of mind-bending drugs, are perfectly described by their title.
How do Nootropics Work?
Nootropics work so well because they don’t add much new substance to the brain. Instead, the drugs simply enhance the neurochemicals already present in our brains. Boosting the functionality and presence of a variety of enzymes, chemicals, and nutrients inherent to our heads, nootropics help to enhance our brain’s functionality in specific areas.
Additionally, users can look to nootropics as one of the few supplements which does not boast a host of potential side effects. For the most part, the classification of drug is relatively safe, and those who bear its name offer very few potential side effects to its users.
Nootropics are a beautiful kind of drug in their simplicity. Instead of implementing a new system of operation, the kind of drug simply allows users to capitalize on the already-present enzymes, chemicals, and drugs inherent to all of our brains.
What constitutes a “Good” Nootropic, and how is This Different from Other Nootropics?
In order to justly classify a drug as a nootropic, a few criteria ought to be met. While there lacks a definitive definition of every qualification required in order to be a nootropic, there are a few items which help the public better understand the nature inherent to the nootropic class.
Guidelines That a Nootropic Should Meet:
— A nootropic should help protect the brain and keep it safe from both physical and chemical injuries
— A nootropic should enhance the cognitive abilities of the brain and prevent these abilities from being disrupted by certain health conditions.
— A nootropic should help enhance the brain’s memory, concentration, and ability to efficiently learn.
— A nootropic should not be toxic and should have very few potential side effects, if any.
— Finally, a nootropic should also enhance both the cortical and subcortical control mechanisms that are within the brain.
The nature of the new industry means that scientists, analysts, and even manufacturers don’t understand everything about nootropics. As a result, not falling in one of the above categories doesn’t necessarily mean a nootropic doesn’t fall into the nootropic category.
The Best Places to Purchase Nootropics
The types, distributors, and effectiveness of nootropics vary greatly from place to place. Buyers are able to make their own choices on the nature of the items going into their bodies—it truly is a buyer’s market.
Nootropics also come in many different forms, and it is up to you to decide if you would like nootropics that are pills, or if you would like nootropics that come in the form of powders. While there exist hundreds of different methods of administration for nootropics, the pill and powder form currently dominate the industry.
Understanding Exactly How Smart Drugs Work
It is incredibly important that users understand how nootropics work for a variety of reasons. Just as understanding the anatomical figures your mechanic is talking about could help you to save money on unnecessary procedures, understanding the basics behind your pills is an easy way that consumers can make sure to save money, time, and get the most out of both.
While it may seem like an unachievable goal, you don’t have to be an MIT-graduated chemist to understand the basics behind nootropics. This section seeks to educate readers on how nootropics function in relation to the brain and body.
A Basic Version of Brain Boosting Supplements
The exact effects of any given nootropic will vary from person to person and dosage to dosage. A variety of personal characteristics, actions, and features will continue to interfere with the total effectiveness of nootropics on the brain and body.
However, one objective effect of nootropics, the very thing which make them the kind of drug they are, is that they work to increase the amount of neurotransmitters functioning within the brain. Just like adding fuel to your car makes it run more effectively, the nootropics multiply the amount of ‘cognitive fuel’ in your brain, increasing functionality and processing ability.
In addition to this effect, nootropics are also able to increase the blood flow to the brain, meaning that they act as what we call “vasodilators”.
Various Health Benefits of Consuming Nootropics
The applications of nootropics extend far beyond the ‘Limitless’ movie. For nearly ten years, nootropics have stood at the forefront of medical research on a variety of important health and mental issues. Sufferers of Alzheimer’s, ADHD, ADD, dementia, and a plethora of other illnesses could see a benefit to the use of brain-enhancing and focusing nootropics.
When looking at the many different benefits that nootropics provide for the mind, it should come as no surprise why these products are used in order to treat these diseases and conditions. Nootropics help to strengthen the brain’s memory, ability to learn, level of concentration, and ability to focus.
In more recent times, individuals that do not suffer from these medical conditions have also started to take nootropics as well. Nootropics have the ability to offer health benefits to all types of people, and their health benefits are truly endless. In essence, nootropics can be used even when the user is perfectly healthy, instead employed as a catalyst to the already-amazing brains these consumers have.
The list below attempts to categorize the base benefits offered by nootropics. It is important to note, however, that the inherent benefits of this class of drug are not entirely researched and understood within the scientific community. This list merely outlines the most heavily hypothesized benefits of the drug-class.
The Benefits of Nootropics:
— Better Sense Of Productivity
— Improved Sleeping Habits
— Less Depression
— An Improvement In Moods
— More Stable Emotions
— Better Coordination Regarding Both The Mind And The Body
— An Improvement In Neuroplasticity
— Protection For The Brain
— Nootropics Are Completely Safe To Take
— A Broader Vocabulary
— Better Blood Circulation For The Brain
— Less Stress
Not all users will experience every one of the benefits listed above. To the contrary, most users will experience a random grab-bag of benefits, and they are typically seemingly random. However, experimenting with the dosage, method of administration, and brand of nootropic could help users to achieve their more desired outcome.
Regardless of individual effects, however, the objective benefits of nootropics cannot be overstated. Some of the incredible results experienced by users, the testimonials and facts, remain unchallenged by other classifications of drugs which continue to dominate the market.
The Ingredients That Make Up Smart Drugs
Out of all of the different nootropic products that are currently being solid in today’s market, racetams are by far one of the most popular and commonly purchased. Two subsets of racetams include aniracetam and piracetam, which are also very popular amongst consumers. In the next chapter, you will learn about a nootropic “stack”. Additionally, you will also learn about the subsets of racetams which serve as the chemical makeup, or “rungs,” of the stack. There are also other members of the racetam family that are commonly used to increase cognitive abilities, and these are by no means the only nootropic products that both consumers and professionals use.
Additionally, lots of individuals are now also starting to take vitamin B with nootropics, recognizing its benefits through tests which have shown that vitamin B helps to improve cognitive function as well. Studies in Europe have even placed the chemical Omega 3 at the top of the list of possible pairings for nootropics. Other popular options include green tea, ginseng, choline, DMAE, and glutamate activators.
Selecting the Cognitive Product that is Best for You
Although we have named a majority of the most popular nootropics that are currently being sold in today’s market, these are by no means all of the nootropics that exist. There are numerous other products out there that you should make sure to take into consideration in order to make sure that you purchase the product that is best for you and your needs. By giving you the names of these products, we are only intending to provide you with basic guidelines.
Always experiment and do your research in order to find the product that will wind up benefiting you most.
Potential Side Effects from Nootropic Products
One of the best parts about using nootropics is that they are natural and, as a result, typically not toxic. Because of their natural makeup and simple composition, most users never experience the potential side effects listed below. Despite this, it is important that consumers research and examine the potential side effects of any drug before allowing it to enter their body.
Potential Side Effects from Taking Nootropics:
The most common side effects of taking nootropics include nausea and headaches. While much rarer, some users have also reported experiencing an allergic reaction after taking certain nootropic drugs.
Obviously, the list of potential side effects of nootropics is incredibly short. However, potential users do still need to be aware of the possibility of side effects before ingesting a nootropic.
Determining what is Causing Your Negative Side Effects
Occasionally, users may experience their own side effects and have no idea why this has happened, or is happening, to them. Never fear; the nature of a nootropic lends itself to variation and change. Taking advantage of this ability to change is the key to starting to understand the cause of your side effects. Try experimenting with the outside factors surrounding your dosages—sleep schedule, diet, and exercise are all viable options. If that doesn’t work, you should consult a medical professional to check and see if you are having a unique reaction to the compound you ingested.
Using Nootropic Stacks as Effectively as Possible
Although nootropics are incredibly effective in regards to enhancing the brain’s cognitive abilities, they are not complete miracle workers; there are still other things that individuals must do in order to allow the drugs to most effectively do their job. This next section outlines some tips on how users can make the most out of nootropics.
Always Make Sure That You Get Enough Sleep
Though those self-proclaimed insomniacs may have trouble with this one, it is unwise to discount the benefits offered by a good amount of sleep. As a general rule, you should aim for 6-8 hours of sleep per night. More or less than this amount can hurt your chances of a successful stint on nootropics and increase your shot at experiencing some of the side effects.
Take Care of Your Overall Body
Though the nootropics focus specifically and exclusively on the mind, do not underestimate the importance of the body in the success of nootropic compounds. A good exercise regimen can keep the brain healthy, full of oxygen, and ready to work. To the contrary, a sedentary lifestyle can wreak havoc on the brain. Be sure to exercise and keep your body in tiptop shape in order to get the best results out of your nootropic diet.
Maintain a Balanced and Healthy Diet
Following up on this theme of keeping the body healthy in order to allow the nootropics to benefit the brain, users of nootropics should also seek a diet heavy in fruits and vegetables, and light on greasy and sugary foods. A better diet can help to give the brain the nutrients it needs to function to the best of its ability—a theme integral to the success and effectiveness of nootropic drugs.
Also, make sure to stay hydrated. Keeping the brain full of water is a major key to making sure that it is ready for the increased amount of activity which is mandated by the constant use of good nootropic drugs.
Don’t Forget to Exercise Your Brain
Finally, remember that the need for exercise doesn’t stop at the body. Exercise the brain by doing crossword puzzles, IQ tests, puzzles, or just by reading. In doing so, you allow the nootropic drugs to most effectively do their job and boost the already-significant activity occurring within the brain constantly. Without working out the brain, users of nootropics expect the drugs to boost the activity of an organ that isn’t doing much to begin with!
Be Transformed by Nootropic Cognitive Enhancers
Though the effects of nootropic drugs aren’t always immediate, it is important that you be aware of the kinds of effects your body may experience under this new kind of substance. The results usually occur within a few days, and can vary in levels of intensity.
Nootropics are affordable, safe, and easy to take. The drugs work to enhance the brain and could be used to either treat serious illnesses or enhance the lives of ordinary citizens. While there is still much to be researched about the incredibly class of drug, nootropics are a type of supplement with tremendous opportunity.
Nootropics: Frequently Asked Questions
The following section serves to answer some of the most commonly asked questions regarding nootropics. These questions are queries which come up most often when users are introduced to the world of nootropics.
When Can I Expect Results
Unfortunately, this question has no objective answer. Every person’s brain and body reacts differently to nootropic drugs. However, consumers can expect results from a regular dosage to come about in less than three days, typically.
Are There Any Side Effects when Users Stop Taking Nootropics?
Though the effects experienced while on the nootropic drugs, such as increased cognitive function and memory, will fade as the drugs are taken away, few clinics believe that there are negative side effects associated with simply stopping the ingestion of nootropics.
Are Smart Drugs Addicting?
Nootropic drugs are not addicting. In fact, this lack of addictive properties is one of the main draws of the drug. It means less risk for users who don’t want to become dependent on the chemicals found in them.
Do Brain Boosters Actually Work?
If you are skeptical about whether these products are actually working on you or not, try to track your progress and see if anything is changing over time. See if you are getting better at your brain games or activities, and pay close attention in order to note whether or not your cognitive functions are improving.
Are Nootropics Right For Me?
The surest way to answer this question is to give them a try and see if they wind up providing you with the effects that you would like them to. Nootropics do not work equally on everyone, but for the most part, they do work quite well.
Test out a few different types of them, and see how they interact with your brain chemistry.
Ultimate List of Cognitive Enhancing Nootropics
As we stated way above, Nootropics are a class of drugs that impact the mind in a fashion significant enough to improve overall cognition. Additionally, they can improve memory, motivation, confidence, and a score of other important areas of a mental nature. As a result, demand for the drug’s effects has created an oversaturated market rife with different brands, types, and classifications of nootropics. In this section, we seek to educate and inform our readers by providing a comprehensive list of the main nootropics in the business, along with a brief analysis of each.
The list is all the main drugs on the market that induce a significant nootropic effect, and include legal supplements (synthetic and herbal), legal nootropic drugs, Prescription drugs, Nicotine, and Illicit Drugs. We do not endorse the use of any or all of these nootropic drugs. Instead, this article is poised to be used by readers as an educational advice, a comprehensive guide and tool for consumers to use to decide which drug is best for them.
This is the original nootropic drug. Initially manufactured in the 1960’s, Piracetam offers somewhat weaker effects on the brain than some of the other drugs on this list. As a result, the drug is often ‘mega dosed’. Mega dosing is when a user takes more of the drug than initially anticipated in order to magnify the nootropic’s effects.
The initial dosage of Piracetam typically inspires a quick feeling of crisp, clean energy. In clinical studies involving animals, Piracetam was found to provide increased verbal learning capabilities after fourteen days. Many of the drugs in the below list are closely related to this basic nootropic drug.
Aniracetam is up to 5 times stronger than Piracetam when it comes to incredible effects like memory, cognitive ability, and confidence levels. Additionally, the drug can serve as the perfect combatant to anxiety. Go for this drug if you are looking for something a bit stronger than Piracetam. Perfect for a stressful event such as a speech or standardized test, or high stakes business interview, Aniracetam requires the use of choline to prevent a headache as a side effect. Aniracetam is a favorite among Nootropics guru’s to stack with stimulants such as Adrafinil, Modafinil or Adderall, in order to take the edge off the stimulant.
Oxiracetam is a very speedy racetam that has much more of an energy kick than Aniracetam or Piracetam. While you need choline to realize its true effects and rid yourself of the racetam headache, Oxiracetam is great for stacking with caffeine, or a variety of other supplements.
Pramiracetam (other than Phenylpiracetam) is the most potent of the main nootropics. Pramiracetam is up to 30 times stronger than the original, Piracetam, and has significantly more potent benefits on the human memory, level of focus, creativity, energy levels, and overall cognition. Be sure to stick to the standard, 250mg-500mg doses per day, as too much of this can make you feel very tired. Choline is also needed when using this nootropic drug.
Sulbutiamine is a hugely stimulating nootropic drug with a wide range of benefits on focus, motivation, productivity, and energy levels. Though regular doses have been known to serve as a sufficient stimulant for those new to the nootropic market, mega doses are especially great for increases to motivation, focus, and overall cognitive ability. However, users need to be careful to not overdo their doses of the drug. For users looking to multiply their experience, weighing the pros and cons of an increased dose is important.
Tianeptine is not exclusively a stimulant, but instead works to magnify the effects of the processes already occurring within the brain. Tianeptine acts significantly on both the dopamine and serotonin receptors of the brain, causing a large boost in both the user’s mood and motivation. Tianeptine stacks great with stimulants and other racetams, it can both energize you, and help you sleep depending on its use.
Centrophenoxine is an advanced form of choline. A CDP derivative of choline, this supplemental vitamin enjoys many of the same effects and possibilities on the brain offered by its parent drug. However, it remains far weaker than Alpha GPC Choline. Typical doses range anywhere from 250-500 mg per day, and this amount needs to increase if the user is also taking racetams like Noopept or Sunifiram in high doses.
One of the most powerful and least inexpensive versions of the Choline drugs is called CDP Choline. In the online world of nootropics, this is typically what authors and consumers alike are referring to when they say “Choline.” However, the caveat to this kind of Choline is that, while it certainly is less expensive than its contemporaries, it also happens to be less potent and effective at achieving its headache-relieving goals.
Alpha GPC Choline
Alpha GPC Choline is the most potent form of choline available on the market today, and is 5 times more powerful than CDP Choline. Alpha GPC Choline also functions as a moderate growth hormone, and is thus used by many bodybuilders to improve muscle gains while in heavy weight lifting sessions. For this to occur, Alpha GPC Choline must be used over the long-term, and must be taken with both training and a balanced, high calorie diet.
Galantamine has been dubbed the lucid dreaming nootropic, and with very good reason. Galantamine, because of its extreme reliance on acetylcholine inside of the brain, can significantly increase how vivid your dreams are, your ability to dream lucidly (take control of what is going on within your dreams) and increase clarity of thought. Note that galantamine, like caffeine and amphetamine, can be incredibly potent as a supplement. Thus, caution is recommended in dosing of this powerful nootropic.
Adderall is one of the most coveted drugs in the world of academia. In universities, business schools, and even in the business world, Adderall is a huge deal. Its effects are insane; the increase to focus and concentration provided by the drug remain unrivalled by even entirely legal alternatives. Though it is typically prescribed for ADHD and ADD sufferers, the underground market for this nootropic is expansive. For those with ADHS, the drug serves to calm them down. But non-sufferers experience entirely different results. As the chemical enters the brain, it causes individuals to focus and can increase cognitive capacity.
Readers need to be careful with Adderall, however. Just like with any stimulant, Adderall can be incredibly addictive. With ravenous withdrawal symptoms at every turn, users need to be careful about how and when they access this often illegal substance.
Now Ritalin, though very similar to Adderall in potency and effects, is actually a different molecule entirely. Adderall is dextroamphetamine, and Ritalin is Methylphenidate. Ritalin is similar to Adderall, but happens to be much weaker and less potent.
Rhodiola Rosea is an adaptogen and completely natural, herbal nootropic–one of the few on this list which exists on its own in nature and is typically not synthesized by humans. Rhodiola promotes memory, focus and relaxation. In high doses, however, the drug becomes more of a basic stimulant than a nootropic. Because it does not affect the acetylcholine receptors but operates on dopamine receptors, Choline is not required for this drug.
Though nearly identical in structure to the previous nootropic on our list, Ashwagandha is much more poten. Additionally, Ashwagandha is also an adaptogen herbal nootropic which can improve memory, focus and relaxation qualities. This drug also relies primarily on dopamine receptors to create its high. Though it may not directly affect dopamine as much as some of the other substance in our guide, the substance’s reliance on a variety of different kinds of receptors in the brain makes it especially potent.
ALCAR can be incredibly effective in rebuilding muscle after a tough workout. Additionally, it is low on side effects and typically very cheap. In fact, some sites offer packs of this nootropic for as low as $4.99!
One of the strongest nootropics available that’s not an ADHD prescription psychostimulant, I cannot say enough about this nootropic with regards to its focus, memory, and energy inducing effects. With regards to clarity of thought, boosting overall cognition, and finally, improving productivity, it rivals even the results of substances like Adderall or Ritalin.
Adrafinil is the legal Modafinil pro-drug that is a 99% effective molecule in comparison to brand name Provigil. Adrafinil by comparison is legal, also improves focus, working memory and energy levels, and from most online nootropic websites, you can actually get this within a few days, rather than waiting weeks for the real Modafinil on places like Modup.net or Modafinilcat.com.
While this is a schedule IV prescription drug, Modafinil in fact is fairly easily bought online, if you’re willing to wait 21 days for shipping, from Modup.net and Modafinilcat.com (Modup offers an express shipping option for just 7 days). Modafinil is very close to Adrafinil in effects, and though its a tad stronger, most can’t notice the difference if comparing 600 milligrams of Adrafinil to 200 milligrams of Modafinil.
Cerebrolysin is a nootropic in the category of “extreme nootropics.” This nootropic is pretty much impossible to get your hands on, but is supposedly the most potent drug for mental abilities there is. Only downside? The only method of administration is via intramuscular injection-other methods simply are not effective when using this.
Desmopressin has been deemed by many biohackers, including Tim Ferriss, as “the photographic memory drug.” It is extremely dangerous and not recommended, but you can actually get this on biogenesis anti-aging.com. While this doesn’t give you a legitimate photographic memory, it does work wonders for STM!
Caffeine is a very potent nootropic that has been around for centuries. It is said that the British empire was built on tea, and for good reason. Caffeine can stave off feelings of tiredness and lethargy, and in high enough doses produces euphoria.
L-Theanine is actually stacked with caffeine often times, and serves as a great boost when used in conjunction with it. Not only does L-Theanine promote relaxation, via exasperation of the GABA receptors in the human brain, but it has been shown in clinical trials among mice to improve memory and depression, promote REM sleep, and to improve the symptoms of anxiety. Very similar in effects to taking something like a melatonin supplement.
Phenibut is the nootropic people use for both reducing anxiety, and getting a buzz. While it can make you very tired, Phenibut actually can have effects similar to having a small amount of alcohol, and has been shown to improve creativity, energy levels, and promote relaxation.
Picamilon is very similar to Phenibut in effects, but is slightly weaker. Like Phenibut, Picamilon promotes relaxation and reduces anxiety, and its effects rely primarily on the neurotransmitter GABA. Choline is not a necessity when using Picamilon, though because of its mechanism of action on the brain, it may help to make its effects more potent.
Noopept was shown in clinical trials to be 1,000 times more powerful than Piracetam on a per milligram basis. What this means is that even just ten milligrams of noopept is stronger than taking one gram of Piracetam, and scales up to that degree. Noopept like Piracetam makes its effect via the cholinergic system, so be sure to use a hefty choline source when taking this product.
Sunifiram on the other hand is an AMpakine nootropic, derived from the same molecule as Piracetam, but significantly stronger than even noopept. Sunifiram runs on a mechanism that makes it 5,000 times stronger than Piracetam on a per milligram basis via the glutaminergic system. Choline is also heavily recommended to mitigate the possible headache and other side effects so trademark to Sunifram.
Coluracetam is yet another version of a nootropic with significant power. Up to 1,000 times more powerful than its base model, users should be very careful with this untested and unregulated nootropic. Though legitimate versions may be hard to find, a legitimized version of this drug taken in moderate doses can be a great option for those looking for incredible effects.
Nefiracetam is an experimental and largely untested nootropic. It’s hard to find, and the versions currently on the market can be incredibly volatile in terms of recommended doses and expected effects. Nefiracetam has effects very similar to Noopept or Sunifiram, and is up to 500 times stronger than Piracetam on a per milligram basis. Creating a mild euphoria in high doses, users ought to be careful with Nefiracetam.
Fasoracetam is a nearly nonexistent nootropic in the current markets of 2017. While there exist thousands of companies claiming to sell and have stock of this elusive drug, the reality is that a precious few stockpiles of this wonder-drug exist in the world. If you could get your hands on a legitimate copy of this nootropic, it can have wondrous effects on everything to do with your mind. For the average nootropic enthusiast, however, Fasoacetam remains a fever-dream, not a reality in any sense of the world.
DMAE is used in many cases to help the skin look younger and more vibrant, and to minimize or exterminate wrinkles when taken over long periods of time. DMAE can also serve, however, as an incredibly aid to the powers of the nootropic drug class. Increased clarity of thought and memory come at standard doses, and DMAE can be a great asset to help boost the effects of Racetam-like nootropic drugs.
Huperzine A is a potent herbal nootropic with many similarities to the nootropic herb Vinpocetine. Huperzine A promotes clarity of thought and relaxation via serotonin and GABA. Huperzine Serrata is an active ingredient both in a host of nootropic stacks, and in many anti-smoking aid kits for how it can help reduce cravings.
Unifiram is the sister drug of Sunifiram. Unifiram is a much harder to synthesize and more expensive AMpakine version of Sunifiram. Its cost is likely why the drug is hardly advertised online and rarely ever bought or sold. This specific brand of nootropic caters to the wealthy men and women of the world. However, if you have the money to spare and are armed with the right kind of knowledge, Unifiram offers a nearly unparalleled option for neuro-enhancement.
Armodafinil crosses the blood-brain barrier quicker than its contemporaries. As a result, the compound can give users a quicker and more potent result, as well as lessened side effects and “cleaner” feeling. Armodafinil comes in 150mg tablets and typically lasts for 15-20 hours, so be sure you have a long day of work ahead before wasting one of the pills!
5-HTP is the active precursor amino acid in tryptophan, which helps to make the neurotransmitter serotonin in the brain. 5-HTP is often times used as a potent sleep-aid, or even combined with coffee to mitigate the jittery effects of caffeine to energize the user with clean and crisp motivation.
Phenylalanine is the precursor to dopamine, and comes in the formula as the first amino acid in the process. The process to create dopamine is Phenylalanine>>L-Tyrosine>>L-Dopa>>Dopamine. Phenylalanine can be taken in high doses to get an energetic, lasting bout of mental clarity. As a result, the drug is a favorite of newbies to the world of nootropics who are looking to experience a brain-related high without the potential side-effects of some other drugs.
L-Dopa is the drug which is created right before dopamine is added to the brain’s neurotransmitter cycle. There’s a reason this is given to Parkinson’s’ patients low on dopamine. The drug is one of the closest relatives to dopamine, and can seriously help to clinically reduce the amount of pain patients feel, especially in the head.
Creatine is typically used as a weightlifting substance and supplement. However, users ought to avoid discounting the benefits the drug can have on the brain. By controlling levels of ATP in the body, Creatine can help to energize and revolutionize the function of the brain.
Vinpocetine exists mainly to make other nootropics and drugs stronger. While Vinpocetine on its own has very mild effects similar to choline, adding this nootropic to something like a racetam, AMpakine, or other cholinergic nootropic will boost that drugs effects significantly. Alpha Brain has used this in their stack alongside Huperzine A in order to create a potent, entirely natural stack. Vinpocetine serves primarily as an aid to other drugs. It is a catalyst and can magnify the effects of other neuro-enhancing substances.
Kratom is a plant with qualities very similar to that of the poppy seed and, while definitely less serious a drug than true opiates, acts as an opioid in relation to in the human brain. The result is a mild calming and enhancing effect which varies based off of the strain in use. Kratom comes in strains that are both sedating and stimulating, and is usually sold in the form of one ounce bags of powder. Despite its potential positive effects, it is important that users keep in mind that Kratom can cause withdrawal symptoms, and can be incredibly addictive.
Naturally, the image that comes to mind when readers consider the prospect of ‘Mary Jane’ is not that of a nootropic brain-enhancer. However, the benefits of marijuana can extend far past the cool high enjoyed by millions. Marijuana can serve as a stimulant for the brain, can lead to increased focus on mundane tasks, and can even help to open the minds of users, inspiring superhuman-levels of creativity. Of course, straight-marijuana is different than CBD oil, but if used on a regular basis, several mild withdrawal symptoms can persist, including brain fog, depression, anxiety, loss of appetite, and insomnia.
But now, the question likely still remains – are they right for you?
This is a question that only you can rightly answer. This guide has prepared readers to understand the difference between nearly every significant brand of nootropic, the nature of this class of drugs, the side effects hypothesized, and much more.
However, as you move forward, there exists no substitute for the genuine advice of research and of medical professionals.
Additionally, readers should always put due research into dosages, brands, and varying compounds inherent to different kinds of nootropics. One of our most important assets we are ever given is our mind. In order to make the most of this incredibly asset in the brain, many Americans scour the web for t real-life ‘Limitless’ drug. In the incredible world of nootropics, it is possible to find one. However, there is still much to be done. It is out hope that potential consumers will use this guide as a reference point, a starting line for the race to find the true potential of their own minds.