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.

Dosing

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!

Essential Nootropics and Supplements For Anxiety

These days it’s rare to meet a person without some form of anxiety. Everybody walks around with a low level cortisol drip feed. We’re anxious about what people think about us, we’re anxious about bills, we’re anxious about social interactions, and even small things produce disproportionate amounts of anxiety in us. we just live in very anxious times. This isn’t how I wanted to live my life. In fact, anxiety is the reason I stumbled across nootropics in the first place.

After a year of experimentation I can confidently make a recommendation to you. The following list contains a handful of nootropics to tone down your anxiety and put you in a state of calm relaxation.

L-Theanine

L-Theanine is perhaps the most accessible nootropic on the market. It’s fairly benign and well studied. It’s a compound found in green tea and proven to put the brain into a relaxed state. L-Theanine modulates Alpha brain waves. Alpha waves in the brain are associated with heightened states of calmness. This means L-Theanine induces a state of calmness within the mind but does not make you drowsy. This is a rather unique aspect of this nootropic. Many drugs prescribed for anxiety aren’t without side effects like drowsiness and impaired motor function. L-Theanine is completely safe and a formidable opponent to tackle your anxiety.

The study above uses a dose of 50mg but I recommend taking at least 100mg. On extra stressful days 200mg is a nice dose.

Aniracetam

Another heavy hitter in the anti-anxiety department. I’ve discussed Aniracetam in length in other posts and it’s one of my favorite anxiolytic nootropics. It puts me in a very calm state of mind I can only describe as spacey. It shuts down my logical thought processes and puts me in the moment. Anxiety for me and many people is caused by the non stop chatter in our brains. Anxious people tend to be worst-case-scenario type thinkers. They dwell on the future and anticipate failure, embarrassment, or other plunders. If you can shut these thoughts off the anxiety goes away.

Aniracetam calms the chatter in my head and allows me to move through the world without over thinking every little detail. It’s also a very visual nootropic. The world becomes much brighter. Almost as if someone behind the scenes was adjusting the brightness levels of the world around you. Music is amazing and the right music can really put you into a state of complete relaxation.

Aniracetam also has studies proving its effectiveness for anxiety and even for depression as well. Double whammy! Anxiety and depression can often times be very synergistic with each other. It’s not uncommon to experience both these neuro disorders especially in todays strange culture.

5-HTP

5-HTP is can be very effective for some while ineffective for others. For me, 5-HTP knocks me out and I sleep deep. Truly powerful stuff. I reserve this stuff for the nights where I can’t fall asleep. Sleep is crucial not for the moment but for the next day. The plants of tomorrow are planted with the seeds of today. A restorative nights sleep will do wonders for your cortisol levels and level you out for a great next day. Pick up a bottle and see if it helps.

Magnesium oil

When you’re stressed the body rapidly blows through any extra stores of magnesium available. The thing is, there isn’t a whole lot of magnesium to go around these days especially if you have a poor diet. And even if your diet is on point (fruits, veggies etc) foods of today lack the quality of foods from the past. We’ve depleted our soils to the point where foods contain very little of this crucial mineral. Low magnesium levels are responsible for a host of problems including, you guessed it, anxiety. Magnesium oil is preferred over pills because it’s easily absorbed through the skin. Pills must be digested through the intestines and they lose a lot of strength along the way. Magnesium oil ensures you get a heroic dose of what your body has probably been craving for a long time.

Crazy to think that you’re one mineral away from feeling normal again. Here is an interesting read on a couple scientists using magnesium oil to treat anxiety and major depression with positive results.

L-Tyrosine

L-Tyrosine is an amino acid crucial for the production of dopamine. Low dopamine has been linked to both depression and anxiety. Low dopamine is caused by genetic deficiencies as well as psychological disorders. Your thoughts effect your emotions which feed into the systems that produce dopamine. Low dopamine then causes more cycles of negative thoughts and depression. Boosting dopamine through the use of supplements like L-Tyrosine can reverse this negative loop and calm you down.

B Complex

Last recommendation is a B complex vitamin supplement. The B Vitamin group of nutrients are so crucial to brain function. A deficit in just one of them is setting you up for all kinds of problems including anxiety. This is the bottle I use and it also includes a healthy dose of vitamin C. B vitamins are a staple for mental health and can’t be overlooked.

Conclusion

Used as part of a holistic healing process, nootropics and supplements can help you along your journey to calmness. No matter what makes you anxious you have a lot of options available to you. Good luck to you my friend and happy dosing!

 

 

Is Phenibut Dangerous?

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Phenibut is a Russian synthesized nootropic touted as the most dangerous nootropic available. You have no doubt heard the horror stories of people having bad experiences with Phenibut. But is Phenibut really all that dangerous?

People typically turn to Phenibut as an anti-anxiety agent. As far as nootropics go, Phenibut is the best nootropic for crushing anxiety in all forms. I personally love taking Phenibut when I’m going out for a night on the town or any time I’m in an anxious environment. In fact, many people have safely used Phenibut in this way for a very long time.

So what’s all this fuss about Phenibut being dangerous? While many have safely used Phenibut, there is a risk for addiction and negative side effects. The horror stories you hear online are no doubt coming from people who took Phenibut in too large of a dose or too often.

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Phenibuts anti-anxety effects come from the substances effect on your brains GABA receptors. GABA is a neurotransmitter responsible for feeling calm and relaxed. Popular drugs like alcohol and Xanax (benzodiazepines) work by increasing the levels of GABA in your brain. As a result, these drugs make you feel very relaxed.

In much the same way, Phenibut interacts with the GABA system. However, this interaction between drugs and neurotransmitters is not without consequences. If you abuse these types of drugs over the long term, your body shuts down its own natural production of GABA resulting in withdrawal, anxiety, and a host of other problems.

The negative Phenibut stories you read online are from people who abused the nootropic. They took Phenibut in too high of a dose or for too long. They then get online and vomit this negative experience all over the internet. Many of them were unaware how drugs interacted with their body and the results and consequences of abusing drugs. Anybody who has experimented with drugs can tell you this.

If used correctly, Phenibut is a great nootropic to relieve anxiety in the short term and holds very little side effects. You don’t see people confused about hangovers after a hard night of drinking. By comparison, Phenibut is much safer, cheaper, and less riskier.

How to use Phenibut safely

Look at Phenibut as a band aid solution to temporary waves of anxiety. For instance, Phenibut is great for that once a month TPS report you have to give at the office.

It’s great for that once in a while outing with friends at a dinner party.

It’s great for the occasional family get together (I know I’m not the only one who gets anxiety around family.)

It’s not great to treat daily anxiety. Using Phenibut everyday will lead to tolerance and you’ll need more of the nootropic to get the same high. I’ve always said nootropics are not the solution to your problems, they are the stepping stone. Use Phenibut as a stepping stone and as part of a holistic solution to get from point A to point B.

Keep your dosage within the safe and recommended levels. 250mg is a dose at the low level while 500mg is a moderate dose. Anything above 500mg is considered a high dose and you run the risk of negative side effects. As a general rule, always start with a low dose so you can get a feel for the effects of the nootropic. This is especially important for nootropics like Phenibut.

So, is Phenibut dangerous?

It can be. But if you stick to occasional and infrequent use and keep your dose at reasonable levels Phenibut can be used quite safely. If you have an addictive personality I would avoid Phenibut because it’s easy to abuse. However, if you have anxiety and looking for a safer alternative to prescription medication, Phenibut is a good choice if you follow what I have outlined in this post.

Be sure to buy Phenibut from a reliable source.

Alternatively, check out my favorite nootropic for anxiety. It’s a less riskier alternative to Phenibut and very anxiolytic in its own right.

Thanks for reading and safe dosings!

Aniracetam Review – My Favorite Nootropic For Anxiety

Aniracetam was the second nootropic I experimented with after Piracetam. I read reviews about Aniracetam and it seemed a lot of people were having success treating their anxiety. This triggered my radar straight away as I’m always on the lookout for safe supplements that calm my mind and alleviate my anxiety. It used to be I couldn’t even stand in line at the grocery store without feeling anxious about the people around me.

It was hell. I asked myself the dumbest questions. What was I going to say to the cashier as she was ringing up my groceries? Do I look weird standing here? My mind was a cesspool of negative and self defeating thought processes. What a living hell!

I ordered Aniracetam straight away and began experimenting. I took 750mg of raw powder with a bit of juice and waited patiently for any noticeable effects.

With Piracetam the effects compound over time and aren’t noticeable for the first week. With Aniracetam I felt a significant change in my state of mind in the first hour. I noticed I was calmer and there was a certain “spacey quality” about the experience. I felt like sitting down outside in the sun and relaxing – something I usually find difficult.

The colors of the plants seemed especially vibrant. The world looked as if there had been a photoshop filter applied to it. Colors were brighter and edges were extremely crisp. This effect was subtle but it was certainly there. I found myself completely entranced by this bright new world.

I put on some music which took things to the next level. I read other reviews talking about the effects Aniracetam had on music. Music sounded so good and enjoyable. I could easily sit there and enjoy the music and be in this colorful world. Not only was my mind calm but I almost found it difficult to form any kind of thought.

If you’ve ever experimented with benzodiazepines you might be familiar with this effect. While not as strong, Aniracetam has a similar effect. There’s a spacey quality of being and the normal channels of thought seem to get cut off. For me this was a great and welcome relief.

If you’re the type of person who thinks too much this is your nootropic. If you have anxiety this is your nootropic. If you have any kind of homework or studying to do this is NOT your nootropic.

I would not recommend this nootropic if you need to formulate logical thoughts or cram for an exam. There are other nootropics better suited for these tasks. Piracetam certainly comes to mind.

However, if you want to chill out this is one of the best nootropics available. I’d also recommend Aniracetam to the musician or artist. The effects on your visual acuity are quite pronounced. Edges pop and spacial recognition is enhanced.

I’m not one to recognize shapes or patterns but on Aniracetam things “take shape” so to speak. I begin to see the world as a collection of well defined shapes. This is neither positive nor negative but an interesting effect none the less.

Playing my guitar was especially enjoyable. Basic chords were an absolute joy to play, hitting every note and watching the strings vibrate, the notes resonating throughout the room. I would listen intently as the sounds would dissipate into nothingness. Almost meditative hearing how long I could hear the sound before it disappeared forever.

Overall, Aniracetam is very calming and turns the world into an immersive experience. I noticed diminishing effects over time so this is one nootropic you want to cycle to achieve the same results each time.

It’s also a fat soluble nootropic so you want to take it with food, or a bit of fat.

Now, I’m not saying you will have the same experience as me. That’s the beauty of nootropics and of this world – everybody has their own experience.

Pick some up today and discover this unique experience for yourself.