My Nootropics Protocol For Deep Depression

nootropics stack for depression

Depression has been a constant companion of mine since my early teenage years and has persisted throughout my 20’s. I have no doubt that I have found a life long friend in depression. Sometimes the bouts are deeper than others. On my worst days I resort to heavy drinking followed by spending many days in bed consumed by darkness, unable to even get up to take a shower. I let responsibilities slide and do just enough work to pay the rent. Nobody can reach me on my phone when I’m in this state. I block out the entire world and recluse like some creature of the night. I find solace in the late night hours when I know most of this world is sleeping and it is only me. Maybe I’ll go for a long walk at night and then hit up the 7/11 for my first meal in quite some time. Talking to the cashier is the first real human interaction in what seems like forever. I feel strange.

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CDP-Choline (Citicoline) Review – Is This The Best Nootropic?

Time for a full throttle boost in brain power

At the cornerstone of any nootropic stack worth its salt is a good source of Choline. When we talk about Choline we are of course also talking about Acetycholine – the neurotransmitter so intimately involved in boosting your cognitive prowess and delivering results going way beyond the realm of placebo. Acetycholine is crucial for memory and learning new information. Acetycholine is crucial for encoding information and then being able to recall that information later. For this reason I recommend Choline to students or anybody on a path of learning new things and then retaining the knowledge learned.

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Phenibut Review – Should You Avoid At All Costs?

Phenibut is one of the more “hardcore” nootropics out on the market. It’s touted as the best nootropic for crushing anxiety and calming even the most frayed nerves.

And I must say, these accusations about Phenibut are true. The right dose of Phenibut will chill you right out and melt away all stress.

Recreationally, Phenibut finds itself being used by people with social anxiety so they can go out to bars, clubs, and meet people without being racked by devastating levels of anxiety.

Something this good can’t be without it’s downsides right?

My experience using Phenibut

I’m a lot like you. I read as many reviews about Phenibut as I could before I made the decision to purchase some and try it out for myself. Some people had great things to say about this nootropic while others talked about it like it was spawned from the 7th circle of hell.

I started off with a gram of Phenibut. In about 2 hours I began to feel the sedative properties of the Phenibut take hold. I was much more relaxed and found myself talking freely with my friends. I was excited to engage in conversation, play music, and have jolly good time with everyone around me.

It was amazing stuff. Almost like taking a Xanax but without the mental dullness associated with hardcore benzos. There seemed to be a certain energy level with taking Phenibut. I was sedated but still mentally alert and sharp. This is a significant quality of the nootropic.

The effects lasted well into the day with an after glow the next morning. Unlike others, I did not experience a Phenibut hangover. I’ve read some reports of people experiencing excruciating hangovers on Phenibut. Some people can’t tolerate GABA type drugs I guess.

Phenibut and GABA

Phenibut effects the neurotransmitter GABA in your brain. This neurotransmitter is responsible for feeling calm. It inhibits the easily excitable neurons from firing too quickly. Anxious people have a deficit of GABA activity and so they always feel nervous and on edge.

Medications like Xanax, Klonopin, and Ativan work to regulate these neurotransmitters and block them from firing off too fast. The result is a feeling of extreme calmness.

Phenibut acts in a similar way, modulating the GABA in your brain and inducing a sedating and calming effect.

My Hallmark Phenibut Experience

I always say nootropics and substances, especially the “hardcore” varieties, should only be used for specific situations and never abused. Recently my best friend passed away and I knew I was going to give a speech at his funeral. His death combined with the thought of getting up in front of a large gathering of people induced massive amounts of anxiety in myself.

I took Phenibut the day of his service and delivered the best speech of my life. In fact, I actually enjoyed being up there, telling stories, and expressing my emotions. I don’t think I could have done this without Phenibut. There is no way that the speech would have came out as fluid as it did. The whole thing flowed perfectly.

Phenibut vs benzodiazepines

Phenibut in my experience is similar to drugs like Xanax and Valium. However, Phenibut differs in one major way – it does not effect your mental functioning and in fact, actually enhances your thinking and the flow of ideas. The russians knew what they were doing when they synthesized this drug for their cosmonauts. That’s why I consider Phenibut to be one of the greatest nootropics of all time.

Final Thoughts

Yes, Phenibut has the potential for addiction. Yes, it should NOT be taken everyday. But used in specific situations I believe Phenibut is a safe and outstanding nootropic to have in your regiment. It’s gotten me through a few rough patches of my life and if you deal with anxiety it’s a very effective calming agent to keep around for times when you need a little extra help.

Where to buy Phenibut

Phenibut can be purchased by the great people over at Peak Nootropics.

L-Theanine and Caffeine Stack Review

If Piracetam and Choline is the Godfather nootropic stack, L-theanine and Caffeine is his right hand man. This is another stack where two solid nootropics come together in one of the most synergistic ways. Chances are you are very familiar with caffeine and its unique effects on mental energy and focus.

In fact, there are few places you can go where caffeine can’t be purchased at very reasonable prices. Talk about an addicts wet dream. Every other block in a major city reveals a Starbucks, coffee shop, 7/11, and other places who sling this popular substance. Even people who “don’t do drugs” wake up and fiend for it.

I love caffeine but make no mistake – daily use of caffeine and coffee can wreak havoc on your adrenals, disrupt healthy sleeping patterns, increase cortisol, and amp your anxiety to dangerous levels. These side effects compound over time and can lead to serious health problems. Okay, so what can we do about this?

Enter L-Theanine…

L-Theanine is a naturally occurring compound commonly found in green tea. At the low doses found in green tea it doesn’t do much. At higher doses however, L-Theanine produces profoundly calming effects on the mind. Studies have proved L-Theanine produces Alpha brain waves in the mind and calms you down.

Most interesting is when you combine L-Theanine with caffeine. In my experience this stack completely crushes all the negative effective effects of caffeine while retaining and amping up the positives. I personally transform into a complete jitter bug if I have a high dose of caffeine, especially if I’m already stressed or haven’t eaten yet.

L-Theanine has been the magic pill allowing many people to reap the benefits of caffeine while crushing all the negatives.


L-theanine is best taken at the 100 – 200 mg range. Anything lower than 100mg is hardly noticed while effects do not appear to compound or increase with higher doses. Caffeine doses can vary but a typical cup of drip coffee generally contains anywhere from 100 – 175 mg. If you want you can purchase caffeine pills to really experiment with the best dose.

Since many people are coffee drinkers L-Theanine is typically stacked with the morning cup of coffee. Nothing wrong with this. There is no exact ratio that works well for everyone, especially this stack.

Are you the type of person who gets anxious and jittery on caffeine? (btw, L-theanine is a great anti-anxiety supplement by itself.)

Do yourself a favor and snatch up some L-Theanine. You can buy the raw powder or you purchase 200mg capsules.

Thanks for reading and happy dosing!