Nootropics are known to act alone, but there are times when you should add more than one type of nootropic in a stack. It is like making an herbal tea out of more plants simply because you want to feel more than one aroma. The same thing applies to a nootropic stack, only instead of going “I want to taste some mint and lemon,” you go “I want to improve my mood and sharpen my focus.” Combining the right nootropic with the other will get you to your custom-made result.
Contrary to what many people believe, a “nootropic stack” doesn’t mean a bunch of pills that have been stacked one on top of the other. It means that they have been combined in order to achieve a perfect effect. For example, combining a racetam with a thiamine will get you all the benefits that a racetam has to provide without the headaches. These nootropics will complement one another and will be building off on each other’s effects. The result will be a positive reaction which will have a very strong impact on your brain. Some nootropics increase the receptors’ ability to receive and harness the acetylcholine while others can reduce the deterioration that acetylcholine sometimes goes through. Leveling your acetylcholine with the most suitable kind of nootropics will definitely improve your own cognitive abilities.
Stack Options for Nootropics
When looking for a stack of nootropics, most people generally go in either one of these directions: they purchase pre-made stacks, or they build their own packs, depending on the amount of knowledge on nootropics that they possess. The pre-made stacks are the ones manufactured directly by retailers. For instance, Alpha Brain is defined as a stack simply because it retains more than one proprietary formula in a single pill. There are pros to buying pre-assembled stacks, but there are also cons. Let’s have a look at them:
- Pros: Pre-made stacks represent the best way for beginners to get started. They will no longer have to go shopping in utter confusion for separate nootropics which they have no actual understanding of. This way, they can get a combination close to their goals, without exposing themselves to the risks of a reaction. A stack can be in the form of one large pill or smaller, multiple pills.
- Cons: If you purchase a pre-made stack, you won’t be able to control what enters into it, whether it’s dosages or ingredients. While this may not seem like a big deal, not everyone accepts nootropics the same way – simply because each individual has a different construction. For example, those who weigh more than 200 pounds will obviously need a larger dose. The “one pill fits them all” won’t work in their cases.
Each individual chooses their stack option based on how much knowledge they have on nootropics. If you do not have enough information, don’t start doing risky combinations – learn your way around. Begin with a pre-assembled stack and try to see how it works for you. If, however, you already have the foundation for dosing and combining nootropics, you can go the other way and start experimenting yourself. No one other than yourself knows what your brain craves for the most.
Designing Your Own Stack
For the best results, experts would generally recommend that you learn how to build our own stack of nootropics – but that is only if you have a clear understanding of the effects of each nootropic and their nuances. No one can easily create the perfect stack if they’re new, and generally, it takes a lot of time until you master the art. But just as we experienced with the pre-made stacks, there are pros and cons to designing your own stack. Here’s what I believe you should know about experimenting on your own with nootropics.
- Pros: You have full control over what goes into your body. You can match, mix and play with products from different retailers, and you can always swap items from your stack once they no longer have any effects on your body and mind. Unlike the pre-made stack, you can actually make a pack that has been custom-built for you.
- Cons: It’s very easy to get the dosages wrong, especially if you are inexperienced. Whether it’s a smaller or a higher dosage, you can end up feeling side effects or no effects at all – not even the good ones. It can also be more expensive to buy the nootropics separately as opposed to them already stashed together. Go for the “trial and error” option before setting on a certain combination of nootropics.
Before trying to come up with your own stack, I recommend that you take each nootropic supplement separately at first, to see what effects they have on your body. It will be very difficult to point out the good effects from the bad (and the causes) if you have more than one substance stashing itself in your body.
Once you combine the nootropics, you will enter stage two of your analysis. You will see if the effects are for the better, for the worse, or with no changes whatsoever. It may take a few tries until you get to your perfect combination and dosage, but in the end, your brain will definitely thank you. You will be rewarded with some of the best cognitive enhancers in the world – and they will have been made solely for your use. But before grabbing every nootropic you can find on a shelf, here are the three main steps you will need to follow so you don’t send your brain into overdrive. It’s not as difficult or as expensive as you may think either.
- First Step: Picking a Racetam
The racetams are the most readily available nootropics nowadays, and out of all types of brain boosters, they have the most noticeable effects on your brain – which occur almost immediately. The racetams are also the first nootropics that have been going around since 1960, which means that scientists had more than half a decade to improve their effects. Beginners should first take a look at piracetam, the first ever nootropic. It’s the drug that started this whole nootropic craze, and it’s a good kick start. Piracetam is fairly strong, but not enough to become overpowering on your newbie-to-nootropic body.
After you finish analyzing the effects that piracetam has on your brain, you should try bumping it on another level using the next generation racetams, such as oxiracetam or aniracetam. They are generally all improved versions of piracetam which have an even stronger effect than the classical piracetam.
Those in need of an even powerful dose may want to use Noopept as well. While it is not a racetam, but a peptide, it still acts in a similar way as most of the racetams do: it boosts up your acetylcholine system while also affecting the glutamate. The best thing about Noopept, however, is that it is superiorly bioavailable. It has the ability to cross the blood-brain barrier faster and more effectively than most of the racetams, which is where the “1000 X better than any Racetam” thing started.
- Second Step: Picking a Choline Supplement
As fast as they may act in improving your cognitive functions, racetams have this inconvenient side effect that comes along for the ride: a headache. It has been discovered that some choline packed together with the racetam can reduce the headache, but also boost several other areas from your brain.
Let me explain this better: the racetams have the ability to improve the functions of the acetylcholine that already exists in your brain. But if there is not enough choline to encourage the production of acetylcholine, your brain starts feeling the deficiency and the racetam starts working on its own at random. A headache is your brain’s way of saying “Ding, ding! I ran out of choline; I need more!”
You can get choline from foods, such as eggs. But the reason why I recommend supplements is because you’d have to consume at least six eggs every day to get at least an adequate choline amount. Whether it’s Centrophenoxine, Alpha GPC or Citicoline, these kinds of supplements will aid the racetams in improving the functions of your brain.
- Third Step: Pick an Herbal or Natural Nootropic
I may have talked a lot lately about racetams, cholines or other smart-sounding, chemical-created nootropics that have their origin in labs. But remember when I made that big list of natural nootropics at the beginning of the book, made out of herbs and other similar stuff? Well, sometimes, those can be some of the best nootropics you can treat yourself with.
Some users are perfectly content with only adding two products in their stacks (the racetam and the choline). However, others noticed that if they also add an herbal or a natural nootropic in their stack, this can strengthen their cognitive function even more. A natural nootropic will be able to improve your memory, focus, attention, concentration and synaptic plasticity with the least amount of side effects. Some of the most used natural nootropics are Gingko Biloba, L-theanine, caffeine or Bacopa Monnier. Some people will only add a supplement from that list while others will make a stack out of two or more. True enough, a natural nootropic may not work as well as a synthesized one, but as part of a stack, you may realize that they can have very impressive results.
Now, which product you’ll choose will depend solely on yourself and what you believe your brain will need. Whether you need a boost of energy or one to help you focus, you might want to check the properties of nootropics available and see which one combines best with the other. Depending on the way your body handles the nootropic, you may want to cut the standard dosages for each product down in halves, so that you get a full dose of multiple combinations. Start low and work your way up with the dosage.