Focus3d is one of the newest capsule offerings by Powder City. Though it is touted as a focus booster designed by gamers for gamers (probably gamers who do late-night streams and play online games for hours), I can’t consider myself one in that sense.
Nonetheless, I think this capsule may also be useful for students who like to be energized and ready to focus as well as athletes who rely on caffeine as a preworkout stimulant. It’s not your ordinary caffeine and theanine pill either, and I’ll explain why you might enjoy it as long as the 150 milligrams of caffeine doesn’t put you off. (For some this is nothing; for me it’s a lot.)
What’s Inside Focus3d?
This capsule contains two forms of caffeine, some theanine, and a newer stimulating alkaloid similar to caffeine: theacrine.
The two forms of caffeine in this one are caffeine citrate and dicaffeine malate.
- Caffeine citrate is more quickly absorbed and metabolized by the body than regular caffeine, meaning that you can experience its effects sooner after ingestion. 1
- Dicaffeine malate is reportedly the form of caffeine used in soft drinks and energy drinks. I could not personally find any special benefits to its use, but nevertheless it acts as caffeine all the same and may yield more stable stimulation in combination with the caffeine citrate above.
Theanine, as my regular readers may already know, is a calming substance on its own and when combined with caffeine becomes part of a synergistic focus-enhancing stack. It’s so simple that it’s a wonder why many more people aren’t using this one every day! It takes the edge off of a caffeine buzz, and is helpful for people who suffer anxiety from caffeine but want to use it for its stimulating focus anyway (like me). I use a bulk theanine powder for my coffee in the mornings.
Theacrine, as mentioned before, is the new kid on the block. In this case, the theacrine is a patent-pending extract trademarked as TeaCrine. This one is currently making the rounds in health, bodybuilding and supplement circles for being stimulating without the crash of caffeine, lasting longer than caffeine, and possibly synergistic with it as well. I have had some good experiences with theacrine on its own in the handful of times I’ve tried it. (Powder City sells TeaCrine theacrine powder and capsules if you care to try.)
Pill Scout’s First Experience with Focus3d
While this may not be a negative for some people, I know for a fact after trying time and time again that I am very sensitive to caffeine and that there is no way around it other than to titrate dosage to my personal sweet spot. I seriously question taking more than 100 mg caffeine in a single sitting. I never took the stimulant capsule in the Animal M-Stak, which had well over 100 mg caffeine for those preworkout stimulant freaks.
Focus3d, while not being as formidable, still packed a caffeine punch, so what could I do?
I opened up the capsule and tried a little less than 1/2 by dropping it in a glass of water and gulping it down on an empty stomach. Between 10 and 20 minutes, I could already feel the stimulant rush reach its peak. Though it was strong, the theanine was adequate enough to keep it to a manageable level.
About an hour or two after that, I did not feel the expected and relatively sudden comedown as I normally would from such a big caffeine rush. While I wouldn’t say it held the same powerful effect as I felt when the caffeine rush first came up, I wasn’t exactly fatigued either. I have experienced this taking theacrine on its own.
Another couple of hours, and I was back to what I’d call normal. No need for my day’s coffee, I was plenty stimulated.
Nevertheless, I will hold off on trying a whole capsule in the meantime. Taking the capsule intact might actually delay its absorption a little and give its intended effect, but I don’t think there will be much difference beyond a few minutes.
Though I can’t quite give Focus3d the stunning praises it probably rightly deserves, some people may really enjoy it more than me, particularly people who can’t get enough of their stimulants and focus enhancers. Even though I am really sensitive to caffeine, I think this is a quality supplement and may be great for people who just love caffeine but would like a little more “oomph”.
The inclusion of the two forms of caffeine for their different rate of onset as well as the newer stimulant theacrine make this supplement unique enough to try at least once. It may very well be revolutionary.
If I could reformulate this one myself, I would reduce the caffeine levels to allow for spaced-out dosing, or better yet: somehow make it a delayed release. In any case, don’t ever overdo your stimulants, and make sure to drink plenty of water whether you’re button-mashing or bench pressing.
Anyway, if you’re in the market for a caffeine and theanine pick-me-up, or you’ve tried it before and want to see what this one can do, be sure to check it out.
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|1.||↑||“Caffeine citrate functions in much the same capacity as does caffeine, but takes effect more quickly; its speed of dissociation is faster than that of caffeine.” Caffeine Citrate — Wikipedia|