I used to have an active interest in nootropics. I tried most everything and would buy my nootropic powders in bulk. Ever since going over to the dark side with modafinil, my interest has waned. Is there any over-the-counter nootropic that can compete with provigil? Not everyone wants or needs or can afford a big gun like modafinil, and would instead use something that is effective, safe, and proven in the real world to work.
We have a nootropic solution for you. This works for college students, men who work in shark tank, and anyone else needs a cognitive edge.
This is a guest post from a longtime reader (he transcribes my podcasts) who I am helping launch an amazing blog. In the meantime, he has graciously agreed to publish his post on nootropics at Danger & Play. He has also written an eBook (18 dense pages) going into even more detail. To get the eBook for free, click here.
The Danger & Play Guide to Nootropics
“Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power.”
If our aim is arete, if we seek to have true power and be a part of the 3% then we must do whatever it takes. Leveraging the mind is one of the greatest things men can do to obtain all those things and most importantly, mastery of self. Nootropics give a better “grip” on that leverage. They are multipliers and enablers, not intelligence generators. The greater control we have over our mind, the greater the power they bestow.
This stack is beginner level, but powerful. It’s meant to be safe as possible while providing you with noticeable cognitive benefits.
Before getting started, a few things to know:
- These are safe (especially if you stick to the recommended dosages) and none will create an addiction.
- In general, powders will be cheaper.
- Do NOT eyeball any powders; get a cheap milligram scale like a Gemini-20
- If you are on any type of medication, consult your doctor before using any nootropics
- Begin with the lowest effective dosage until you find your optimal dosage within the ranges provided in the bonus.
Benefits You May Notice When Taking This Nootropic Stack:
- Better memory
- Learning things becomes easier due to slightly increased neuroplasticity
- Resilience against stress and fatigue
- Enhanced focus and concentration
- Increased energy without jitters or crashing afterwards
- Greater relaxation and lower anxiety
Would you like those things? Great, you came to the right site. Kick back and consider this stack:
The D&P Nootropic College Crusher Stack
Morning (preferably on empty stomach):
Afternoon (6-8hrs after morning stack):
L-theanine (200mg) + caffeine (100mg) [If needed, otherwise, leave it out]
Additional Nootropic Stack Notes
* Piracetam’s daily total is 3200mg, research shows it’s most effect sweet spot is at least 4800mg daily. Start with 3200mg and work up to 4800mg. Or “attack dose” it, like explained in the PDF below. Also, it reaches peak levels in the blood after about 1.5 hours, making that a great time for your first meal.
** 250–300mg is the total daily dose. I include Rhodiola with my morning stack (to fight fatigue all day), but you can take whenever you want.
*** Include the first L-theanine + caffeine dose with your first meal of the day. I recommend NOT going above 200mg of caffeine within a 5 hour period. You can take LT(200mg) and C(100mg) 1-2x day for a possible daily total of 200-400mg of LT and 100-200mg of C. If you are prone to moderate to severe anxiety, cut your caffeine dosage in half to 50mg. Or leave it out altogether.
How Much do Nootropic Stacks Cost?
So how much is this going to cost you? Well, I looked for the cheapest prices. All of the numbers shown are on the high end of the total dosages you would take daily. This means that if you take the low dose, you can probably double its lasting time and save some money.
How cheap was determined:
- On a $/gram basis
- Does not include shipping
- Based on me aiming for a 30-day amount per supplement.
Cheap: 250g will last 52 days for $23.95 from HealthSupplementWholesalers.com (HSW)
Cheap: 100g will last 100 days for $6.45 from HSW
Cheap: 50g will last 100 days for $10.13 from PureBulk.com
However HSW and NootropicsDepot.com have a higher Salidroside:Rosavin ratio than most products on the market right now. If you want greater metabolic and cognitive effects, go with one of those two.
HSW: 50g will last 100 days for $12.49
ND: 60g will last 120 days for $14.99
Ceretropic.com is supposed to be introducing some mad potent Rho soon.
Cheap: 100g of MgCitrate will last 26 days for $6.75 from PureBulk
100g only lasts 40 days because MgCitrate is 11.3% elemental magnesium by weight.
The glycinate/lysinate chelate by Doctor’s Best is great too. Doctor’s Best Pills: 48g will last 120 days for $17.09 from Amazon
Cheap: 125g will last 625 days for $4.99
Serious Nutrition Pills: 48g will last 240 days for $12.29 from Amazon
Cheap: 20g will last 50 days for $3.83 at HSW
Stack Costs (not including shipping):
Entire stack: $56.10
Minimalist: $34.23 for L-theanine + piracetam + ALCAR
On a budget: $30.40 for Piracetam + ALCAR
Broke: $8.82 for L-theanine + caffeine powder
Getting a scale and a capsule machine like this one will cost you more upfront but saves you money long-term if you buy powders and cap them yourself.
How do the Nootropics Synergize?
The L-theanine and caffeine combine to give you an energy burst with a smooth focus and relaxed alertness due to the increase in alpha brain waves. When L-theanine is combined with caffeine, focusing is greatly improved when you have hard cognitive tasks to perform and the combo is better than if each were taken separately.
The piracetam puts your brain into HULK mode: increasing your short-term memory and recall ability while allowing thoughts to flow easier. Since it most likely increases cellular membrane fluidity, in theory, it should help the rest of your nootropics do their jobs easier. The ALCAR indirectly prevents the ACh depletion piracetam may cause while giving your body even more of an energy boost because it uses a different mechanism of action than the L-theanine + caffeine. Rhodiola is there to fight the mental fatigue, physical fatigue, and any stress that occurs from long and/or intense study sessions. The magnesium is needed so your enzymes maintain proper functioning when working harder; it also indirectly promotes energy production and metabolism.
So we take nootropics…now what?
The only thing left to do, as Elliot Hulse says, is to become stronger a version of ourselves.
Ultimately what makes this stack effective is that it hits energy, focus, attention, and memory in multiple ways from different biological angles (i.e. using different mechanisms of action). If you are just beginning cognitive improvement, experiment with the stack and report back. This way we can tweak it openly.
I can’t read or consume everything right? So we must follow the D&P mission: everyone lifts up everyone.
Together, we are stronger.
Iron sharpens iron.
Most powerful is he who has himself in his own power.
Bonus: Want to Boost This Nootropic Stack Higher?
Also, are you are ready to try something a bit more intense and you’re ready to become a hard hitter? Got a little more money to spend? I got you. Try adding the stack boosters mentioned in the bonus. The first one is what you’d get if piracetam was juicing on Tren and doing heavy squats. The other is great if you need increased strong logical/analytical thinking like mathematics or the hard sciences.
If you want to know more about each ingredient (what it is, how it benefits you, etc.), their best effective dosages, a few warnings, and some extra tips to help you leverage nootropics, I highly recommend you look at the bonus PDF.