On the ‘net you’ll find a lot of hype about Natural Stacks’ CILTEP® (“CILTEP” being a registered trademark of Natural Stacks LLC, and not just a generic acronym). 1 If you aren’t familiar with the “CILTEP” stack, it’s a reportedly nootropic blend of herbs and nutrients first devised at the Longecity forum by Abelard Lindsay […]
Nootropics (colloquially known as "smart drugs") are a category of drugs and other substances that may improve cognition and reduce or even reverse cognitive decline with few negative side effects, if any.
These can be drugs, herbals or nutritional supplements. A lot of the interest in nootropics on the Internet is geared toward cognitive enhancement in healthy people who may otherwise not have any cognitive impairments. This off-label use of nootropics is generally to improve memory, learning ability and more.
The term "nootropic" is often abused and overused, and for that reason this category is mainly for substances that show some promise strictly in terms of cognitive enhancement, and not necessarily for mood enhancers that can be conducive to learning and thinking. (It's hard to learn when you're stressed or unmotivated!)
Some of the substances reviewed on this site include nootropic drugs Noopept, Piracetam, Aniracetam, Pramiracetam. Most of the aforementioned drugs are combined with a cholinergic to improve effects and reduce side effects. Other non-drug nootropics may be herbal or nutritional, like vinpocetine or the "CILTEP" stack.
If you don’t know what this is, please read my post comparing Natural Stacks’ CILTEP® with Powder City’s Artichoke Extract and Forskolin stack. I haven’t tried Natural Stacks’ version, but the two products are fairly similar and based on the same blend, and in that post I briefly touch upon why you may want to […]
To answer my own titular rhetorical question, the truth is that nootropics are overhyped in general by nootropic affiliate sites and vendors that neglect to mention that most nootropics are experimental (under-researched) and not guaranteed paths to success and dreams and Heaven. Even people who are hyped on nootropics themselves make great claims. By exaggerating […]
About two weeks ago I wrote this post about establishing your baseline prior to testing to see if a nootropic has any measurable effect on memory, reaction speed or fluid intelligence. After about a week’s worth of trials, I have six days of results. One day’s data was lost due to my neglect to back […]
In the pursuit of alternatives to racetam nootropics, I recently acquired the 30-day Uridine stack and the Artichoke + Forskolin stack (Similar to the popular “CILTEP”) from Powder City to give them each a try. I decided that for each stack I would create some actual “normal” benchmarks that would hopefully shed some light on […]
If you’re new to nootropics, and you’re not sure where to start to sort through all the hype and find what’s effective, you’ll be glad you started here. This post is about plain old caffeine and theanine, and believe it or not these two are some of the most underrated components of any nootropic stack […]
If you aren’t in the know, adrafinil is a similar drug to the ever-popular eugeroic stimulant modafinil. The difference is that adrafinil is slightly cheaper and easier to acquire than modafinil. (If you are looking for a reputable modafinil vendor, try DuckDose – new affiliate) Adrafinil and modafinil have their own advantages and disadvantages as well. I […]
Today’s post is going to be about a little gem I received in my most recent Powder City grab bag of new things to explore. It looks to be useful, but like the previous one on PEA and Hordenine, it still needs some experimenting and research. However, I find that I am enjoying it so […]
Today’s post is an overview of the most well-known and preferred choline sources of nootropic users. Also: If you’re tight on money, I’ll show you how to raise your ACh on the cheap. Anyway, many nootropic gurus and other psychonauts suggest that you add a source of choline before taking a substance like Piracetam or […]
“Nootropic” is a huge buzzword today. It’s not really part of our vocabulary, it’s made up of Greek words and rolls off the tongue. Of course it’s inevitable that the term will be abused when it’s such a catchy word and has so much marketing potential to be tapped into. Nootropic definition: What is it? […]