If you’re the kind of person who’s committed to extracting that extra 1% from your body’s performance, then nootropics are not a new discovery for you. However, if you’re new to cognitive enhancements, then nootropics are something you should definitely check out.
Nootropics are drugs that enhance cognition function including memory, decision-making, and creativity. They function by increasing the levels of dopamine or other neurotransmitters in the brain. Dopamine is a hormone in the body that regulates attention, alertness, and energy. The great thing is OTC stimulants can boost memory recall.
Nootropics are important for individuals with ADHD as it helps them achieve higher levels of focus. People who work in professions that require high levels of focus and quick reaction times, such as piloting and surgery.
There are three classes of nootropics everyone should know:
- Stimulant drugs. These are typically over-the-counter drugs that are sold as stimulants. Popular examples are Ritalin and Adderall; which are usually prescribed in the treatment of ADHD.
- Synthetic compounds. These nootropics are typically created in the laboratory and have an effect on the neurotransmitters glutamate and acetylcholine in the body. Popular examples are racetams, piracetam, aniracetam, and oxiracetam among others.
- Natural compounds: certain herbs and mushrooms have nootropic properties i.e. they enhance cognitive performance. Active ingredients from the herbs and shrooms can be extracted to make nootropics. Examples of such natural nootropics include L-theanine, caffeine, lion’s mane, and even herbal ginseng.
So, what is nootropic stacking?
Stacking nootropics has become a common practice with nootropic enthusiasts. In simpler words, stacking nootropics simply means combining multiple nootropics to get some desired effect. There are different kinds of nootropics, and they act on different parts of the body. If you can correctly stack (combine) nootropics, you can get an even stronger effect.
However, the important thing when stacking nootropics is to make sure that they are safe. You also need to understand what the right combinations are that can help you achieve the results you want. There are two ways to do nootropic stacking.
- Custom stacking. Creating your own stack can be a wonderful exercise on its own. However, it requires you to know a lot of nootropics and know even much more about how to combine them safely and effectively. Ideally, it should only be done by people with years of experience in taking and studying nootropics. However, that hasn’t stopped many people from trying. The chief reason people create their own custom stack is that it might be cheaper than buying a pre-formulated version. If you’re also looking for specific effects, you can combine specific nootropics in certain ratios and go get them.
- Preformulated stacking. A preformulated stack, as the name suggests is already mixed from the manufacturer. Typically, these nootropics are sold in capsules and can be bought off the shelf. They are typically quite effective and offer better safety and convenience than having to mix your own nootropics by yourself. However, there’s also the downside of not being to experiment, or the stacks not getting you your desired effects because they’re not preformulated for them. If, however, you decide to buy a preformulated nootropic stack, it makes more sense to buy an established market leader like Mind Lab Pro. It contains over 11 nootropic agents, so it’s pretty effective. It is also quite safe, as it doesn’t have any GMO, caffeine, or common allergens.
Things to keep in mind when creating your own stack
As earlier stated, there are a couple of reasons why people choose to create their own stacks. The top of those reasons are cost and control. Depending on how many ingredients you’re putting into your stack, it may end up being cheaper than buying s preformulated one. Also, you might be able to create a more fitting stack for the results you desire.
However, the problem most people quickly run into is that they do not know where to start. Combining nootropics is meticulous business if you really want to get the results. In this section, we look at some of the important things you should remember while creating your stack:
Your desired goal
People have different reasons for taking nootropics, and that often determines what goes into their stacks. A stack for short-term focus improvement will be very different from something to improve long-term memory retention.
For instance, a stack for long-term memory improvement may contain acetylcholine while that for focus improvement may contain caffeine or L-tyrosine.
Your budget can also determine what nootropics you can take. Most nootropics can definitely be got on the cheap e.g. caffeine, Modafinil, and Adderall. However, if you have to stack them, the price starts to go up. The common idea is that if you’re creating your own stack, you save money because you’re not spending on packaging and marketing. However, if you buy two separate nootropics at $40 each and stack them for a month’s use, they’ll be more expensive than a $60 off-the-shelf preformulated stack.
Is it safe?
While most nootropics are safe for consumption, the idea of stacking makes the conversation more pertinent for users. For nootropics, being safe for consumption means they are low risk for serious side effects. However, the risk can become much higher when you combine different substances, especially if the substances interact in a way that’s harmful to your body. It is also advisable to speak with your doctor or a pharmacist if you’re taking any medication alongside your nootropics.
Stacking nootropics can be a fun project to do. However, it is also one that requires a lot of attention and research. At the end of the day, nootropics are substances that interfere with your body’s natural chemistry. Even though they may be safe, you want to avoid taking too much of them.
It is typically advisable to start stacking with just two common nootropics and pace yourself as you go. Jumping into the deep end with multiple stacks can be difficult to deal with. Also, if you have any questions about nootropics or their effects on your body, do not hesitate to ask your doctor for information.
Ellen Diamond did her degree in psychology at the University of Hertfordshire. She is interested in mental health, wellness, and lifestyle.
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