These are two major supplements among nootropic nerds and certain bodybuilders: NALT, a form of L-tyrosine, and L-tyrosine the amino acid itself. Until recently I had no clue that there was a possible significant difference between the two, but during some unscheduled armchair researching, I sussed out their similarities and differences. Brief Overview (Until I […]
Mood enhancers are substances that can have anti-anxiety, anti-depressant, and/or anti-fatigue effects. They can promote a sense of calm, a sense of motivation, or promote a sense of general well-being. Please note that when I use "anti-depressant" or "anti-anxiety", I write in terms of describing the general and subjective effect of the substance rather than for treating professionally diagnosed conditions such as depression and anxiety disorders.
There may be considerable overlap between these mood enhancers and any of these may fall under the category of herbals, nutritional supplements, nootropic drugs, stimulants and other psychoactives. The purpose of grouping mood enhancers is to better allow a person to achieve a desired mood.
3 Types of Mood Enhancers
There are so many categories that it is a difficult task to combine any of them, but I will try to group them into three main categories. Generally, everyone wants to be calm, happy and full of energy. They don't want to be stressed, sad or tired. Eventually I will try to group them based on the main neurochemical systems they affect as well.
- Calming - Anti-Anxiety: Anxiolytic/Anxiety Reducers/Relaxants
- Happy - Anti-Depressant: Uplifting, Euphoriant and/or Motivating
- Energizing - Anti-Fatigue: Stimulants, Eugeroics, Focus Enhancers and Adaptogens
In case you missed my previous introduction to the use of mucuna pruriens for libido, I did not really touch upon its applications as a mood booster. When used judiciously and in moderation, it has a fantastic, gentle uplifting effect that may be rivaled only by scheduled substances, but also with fewer side effects. How […]
On every little nootropic niche site out there, you can see articles like “Why GABA is useless.” Well, they aren’t wrong in one sense: GABA does not readily cross the blood-brain barrier. Variants on the GABA molecule phenibut and picamilon do cross the barrier, on the other hand, as do other agonists, and so GABA […]
I write this post not because I think you will need to use it, but in the hopes that you won’t need to use it. And in case you do, it’ll be here. In my firsthand experience, phenibut is one of the best (read: strongest) non-controlled anxiety reducers that you can get. I haven’t used […]
I had previously covered the use of ashwagandha in tincture form, and lately I’ve been imbibing it again in the form of tea, hence why I am revisiting it here. I’ve been drinking it again instead of coffee lately (it’s a love-hate relationship.) Combined with the uridine stack I’ve been taking (check out my recent […]
In this post, I will briefly touch upon what the Uridine Stack is, what it’s supposed to do, my experiences with it, and a couple tips you might need should you decide to try it out. The Uridine Stack has become one of the more talked-about stacks on Reddit and throughout the net with many […]
Fall is here, so is a major change in mood. If you’re like me, you enjoy the crisp, cold air and the crunchy orange leaves that litter the streets. However, it can be hard to shake that sinking feeling that comes with the changes and all the activities that are brought indoors due to the […]
Recently I received a big order of various nootropics and other supplements at Powder City, and among those was phenibut. I had the opportunity to try it over the last three weeks, and I was impressed. What is phenibut? Phenibut is a derivative of the neurotransmitter GABA. Discovered in Soviet Russia in the 60’s, phenibut’s […]
Warning: This post is purely speculative, subjective and anecdotal. There is little solid research to assert some of the statements in this post. If this doesn’t bother you, read on. Otherwise, please view my other Nootropics posts or consider using nutrition and natural substances to help with negative mood and depression. I am not a […]
Kava Kava is yet another interesting plant I’ve had the privilege of learning about recently. It has a storied history of use as both recreational and ritual psychoactive by several island cultures throughout the southern and western Pacific. Today in countries where it isn’t banned or restricted, it’s mainly used as a sleep aid and […]