Nootropics often get mixed reviews.
Many people, such as myself, see great benefits from them. Others don’t notice much and are quick to write them off as overrated.
Unfortunately, there are a lot of overrated products and low quality nootropic sources out there.
But that’s not always the problem.
Everyone reacts differently to supplements, drugs, and anything else they consume. The same holds true for nootropics.
Most of the people that are quick to dismiss the effectiveness of nootropics didn’t give them a real chance to work, either by taking the wrong doses or by not finding the right compounds for their goals.
In this article, I’m going to share a few simple tips to help you get the most from your nootropics.
People have been experimenting with nootropics for decades, but in comparison to other compounds, there is a lack of data. This leads to conflicting information.
The key to getting the most from nootropics is to figure out what works best for you.
Not what worked best in a study from 1960.
Not what some guy on Reddit says is the best.
However, it’s definitely helpful to hear about the experience that others have.
After all, you gotta start somewhere, right?
Find Your Minimum Effective Dose
Identifying your minimum effective dose — the least amount of a drug or compound that produces the most desirable effect — is your best bet to get the most from nootropics. Or anything, for that matter.
In my experience with smart drugs, I’ve found that the right dose makes a dramatic difference and more isn’t always better.
How to find your minimum effective dose:
- Start with the smallest dose in the suggested range
- Make note of the effects, good and bad. (Literally write them down)
- Up the dose slightly the next time and repeat step 2
- Repeat step 3 until you no longer see an increase in positive effects or you experience unwanted side effects*
*Once you reach a point where the positive effects aren’t increased, go back down to the lowest dose at that same level of positive effect. There’s no reason to take any more than that.
This is a good rule of thumb for all drugs, because any compound you put in your body is subject to the law of diminishing returns.
Here’s a graph I put together to illustrate the point.
With all drugs, there’s a range where you get the most effectiveness with the least side effects. Somewhere within that range is the sweet spot for you.
The goal of personal experimentation is finding that sweet spot.
To be classified as a nootropic, one of the requirements for a particular compound is that it can’t have any negative side effects. However, I still recommend playing it safe and not getting too crazy with high doses.
A common complaint that you’ll hear about nootropics goes like this:
I started using them and they worked great for the first week or so. Now I can’t tell if they’re working or not. I still feel it, but it’s not like it was when I first started taking them.
Unfortunately, our bodies build up a tolerance to some compounds very quickly. This isn’t the case for all nootropics, but for several of them it is.
This is why I like to have several stacks that I rotate between throughout the week.
Not only does it keep me from building a tolerance so I get the full effect, but it adds variety — which is nice.
Get Your Nootropics From a Quality Source
Finding a reliable source for nootropics has been a challenge at times. There are a lot of fly-by-night companies that are looking to make a quick buck by cutting corners on quality and seizing a quick business opportunity.
There’s a big fear among online forums that these companies are selling something poisonous or harmful. That has happened, but it’s not usually the case.
What typically happens is they sell nootropics with low purity — meaning you’re just getting filler. You’re only getting a fraction of what you’re paying for.
Another big issue is a concern with consistency.
There have been numerous sources that were great for several months or even a year or two — then all of a sudden, their quality of product and/or customer service goes to shit.
That’s because most of these companies aren’t as professional as they appear.
My Trusted Source For High-Quality Nootropics
However, there is one company that I do trust.
I’ve been a loyal customer of this company since they operated under a different brand name. Apparently there were issues between the partners over the direction of the company and the guy that was determined all along to prioritize quality over profit is the sole owner of the new brand.
All of their nootropics undergo the following third-party tests:
- Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy
- Thin-Layer Chromatography
- Inductively Coupled Plasma with Mass Spectrometry
- Microbiology Panel — Contaminant Testing
- Ultraviolet-Visible Spectroscopy
They also follow these tests up with their own in-house testing.
In addition to their quality, Powder City has always delivered great customer service and they have the best prices for what you get.
I’m sure there are other good companies available today, but this is the only place I turn to for raw nootropic powders.
I’m not going to sit here and bullshit you — there is no pill, powder, or drink that can turn you into a genius from a dummy.
Nootropics can only enhance your cognitive function. You still have to put in the work to study, get your work done, or (insert any other task you should be focusing on) to be successful.
That said — with a little bit of experimentation and the right ingredients, you can unleash the full potential of your cognitive enhancement.
Until next time,
P.S. Buy your nootropics here.
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