Since there are millions of people experimenting with nootropics, one thing led to another, and now we all know which combination works best for what. Here are a few of the most popular stacks I gathered from Reddit user and various blog posts.
- Caffeine and L-Theanine
This is probably one of the most used combos offering cognitive enhancement, and personally, it is also one of my favorites. Caffeine works by boosting the brain and provides it that sharp edge while L-theanine works by inhibiting the adverse effects of caffeine. I will give you a personal example here: as a coffee junkie, I have reached the point where I can no longer figure out which amount of caffeine is good for me. If I drink too little, I get sleepy; if I drink too much, I get the jitters, headaches and get sleepy. You generally have to find that in-between line. Still, when you start drinking coffee as if it is apple juice, you can easily go “Oops” and wonder why your head feels like it is about to blow and why that unicorn on your desk has suddenly started dancing (careful of that 7th cup of coffee, mates).
Well, this is where L-theanine steps in. By combining it with caffeine, it inhibits some of the negative effects brought on by caffeine, such as anxiety, sleep cycle disturbances and high blood pressure. You will feel more energetic, alert, concentrated, and less like a train that is about to go off the rails. By combining an energy booster like caffeine with a nerve soother such as L-theanine, you will get that neutral mood that will allow you to feel like a human being throughout the rest of the day. You can also mix these two with some Piracetam or Aniracetam for an extra kick.
- Alpha GPC and Pramiracetam
This one has the nickname of the “study stack.” So many students use this stack during their most critical times that they could actually start building a shrine to it.
These two provide a significant nootropic effect with the least amount of money (yet another reason why students love it). Pramiracetam contributes with the intelligence boost while Alpha GPG gives you that mental energy you want so much. Piracetam, Aniracetam or Oxiracetam instead of Pramiracetam will have similar results – It is just less expensive with our first choice. Pramiracetam will give you a massive amount of focus and concentration, working directly with your productivity center. It is one of the best nootropics to use when you’re loaded with tasks but short on time.
Pramiracetam will function by increasing the demands on the acetylcholine in your brain. Since Alpha GPC influences the production of that neurotransmitter directly, it will make sure that all requirements will be met.
- Citicoline and Noopept
There’s nothing like taking the best out of your cost to value ratio. Sure, Noopept is a bit more expensive than the members of the racetam family, but at the same time, you don’t need to use as much Noopept as you have to use, say, Piracetam – because Noopept is 1000 times more concentrated than a racetam. If you break down the costs based on how many dosages you get, you will actually use half the price you used with Piracetam.
Plus, the effects of Noopept are just like Pramiracetam, only better. If you combine Noopept with a choline such as Citicoline, you’ll produce enough acetylcholine needed to keep up with that all-nighter you’ve been “saving up” for. Also, remember that you will need to use a choline-based nootropic together with your Noopept, regardless of whatever source you may be adding as well. The choline will keep the acetylcholine production up, and thus, you won’t have to worry about a headache caused by a deficiency of the neurotransmitter.
This one is recommended for those users who already have some experience with nootropics. Some people found that stacking two racetams together can double the effects on your brain while others see it as the perfect recipe for a migraine. Depending on the construction of each individual’s body, a double stack of racetams is believed to amplify the cognitive benefits of each other. Others, on the other hand, did not seem to experience any enhancement, simply because the racetams washed each other out. It all depends on your body and on how it can handle nootropics, which is why you ought to experiment a bit – see where things go.
The two most popular racetams for this type of stack are oxiracetam and aniracetam. Even though they are both racetams, they still have different ways of acting. Oxiracetam will target the memory and how well you retain the information while aniracetam will work with improving your mood. Together, they form the combo for the perfect smart, happy person.
- Piracetam, Aniracetam, and Oxiracetam
If two racetams are good for the brain, what can we say about three of them? Are they better? Possibly; or so experienced nootropic users say. This stack is known as PAO, and it will work to enhance your cognitive abilities – although in a slightly different way than what I have previously mentioned above. You will get the mood enhancing effect offered by aniracetam, and combine it with the power boost and cognitive enhancing effect of Oxiracetam and Piracetam. Talk about suddenly becoming a superhero – you may even become the next Superman.
Usually, nootropic users only take one of these supplements and add them to a stack. What they do not realize is that while they are part of the same family, they all have different results. By only taking one of these supplements, you end up missing out on the effects provided by the other. The PAO stack is the fastest and surest way to ensure that you are boosting up your brain to its full capacity. Or, at least, as full as it’s scientifically possible.
- Ashwagandha and St. John’s Wort
There are some people who want to stay away from synthesized products at all cost. Regardless if we’re talking about food, drinks or medicine, they try to avoid it and find a natural way to approach the problem (due to the attractive prospect of fewer side effects). So why these two plants in particular? Well, there’s a reason for that as well.
Depression and social anxiety generally come together in a package. For example, you may not want to talk to anyone because you’re going through social anxiety – which in turn, makes you feel lonely and then depressed. The same thing can be applied in reverse: you feel depressed, so you don’t want to see or talk to people. Once you combine ashwagandha and St. John’s Wort, you can tackle both depression and anxiety – simply because the effects will intermingle. St John’s Wort has the ability to work with your serotonin levels, raising the levels to the point where you no longer feel depressed. On the other hand, ashwagandha targets your central nervous system, relaxing your nerves and making you feel less anxious.
Nootropic users need to keep in mind that ashwagandha and St. John’s Wort work more on your overall state of mind than they do on your cognitive function. Indeed, they do have a slight brain-boosting ability, but if you still feel lazy after taking this combo, you might want to combine it with something like a stimulant or a racetam.
If you’re wondering where you may be able to find such nootropics, let me tell you something obvious: the Internet is taking over the world! There is nothing you cannot find online anymore, and ordering nootropics on the web is now as easy as making an order for some pizza. Whether you decide to buy them separately or as pre-made stash, there are many places online where you can find some legal and effective nootropics – you just need to know what you want it for. If your memory is good but you have a problem when it comes to focus, you may want to try Alpha GPC with piracetam. If, on the other hand, your focus is in good shape but you lack energy and good memory, you might want to opt for L-theanine and caffeine. Whatever suits your fancy, you should know that nowadays, everything is made readily available for you. You no longer have to worry about going to India if you want to get your hands on some ashwagandha.