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.
It’s funny to hear people who don’t drink or use drugs say they aren’t dependent on chemicals for their well being. They turn their nose up in the air at addicts all the while chasing the same thing the junkie on the street is – the Dopamine rush. Granted, this sober individual has found ways to get their fix in a more sustainable and healthy way.
Let’s take a look at how dopamine plays into your motivation and its crucial role in maintaining a positive sense of well being.
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.
When it comes to nootropics Phenibut sticks out as one of the more “hardcore” varieties. All over the internet you see tales of people taking Phenibut and having either a negative experience or an experience too intense for their liking.
Everybody these days wants more energy to move through the day with momentum. There’s nothing less productive than a sluggish brain and low levels of physical and mental energy. Sulbutiamine is my favorite nootropic for boosting my mental energy levels and giving me a good clean energy buzz (minus the crash.)
Because that’s the problem with caffeine and other stimulants. They work great in the short term but they bring you crashing down and craving more. I call this a dirty fix. I’m not discounting caffeine. I’m simply saying there is a price to pay for using it.
Sulbutiamine is a synthetic form of Vitmain B1 (Thiamine.) Thiamine is responsible for a number of crucial energy related processes in the body, primarily converting carbohydrates into energy. However, vitamin B1 has a difficult time crossing the blood brain barrier. Sulbutiamine readily crosses this firewall and produces much more pronounced effects on the mind.
For me, Sulbutiamine amps up my baseline energy levels and keeps them there for a good part of the day. It’s not a druggy energy either. You feel the natural energy come to the surface. It’s the fuel you need to get from point A to point B.
Is Sulbutiamine a potent cognitive booster? I don’t experience any cognitive benefits from using Sulbutiamine. It’s more a nootropic to use if you’re feeling sluggish and want a good clean boost of physical and mental stamina. It’s the rocket fuel that fuels the ship but you still need a captain behind the helm.
With that said, Sulbutiamine stacks up great with many other cognitive enhancing nootropics. Sulbutiamine, Piracetam, and Caffeine is a powerhouse study stack.
If you were going on a mission to space, Sulbutiamine is the steady stream of rocket fuel, Piracetam is the brains behind the operation, and Caffeine is the sexy cheerleader who makes sure moral is always high.
In fact, it’s a great nootropic to have on hand at all times and one of the safer nootropics out there. Remember, it’s just a vitamin with greater access to the brain and more pronounced effects. The B-Complex series of vitamins are well known suppliers of energy to the entire body.
One thing to note – this stuff has got to be the worst tasting nootropic I’ve ever had the pleasure of dosing. Consider capping the powder or using my shot glass method – pour a small amount of fruit juice in a cup and place the powder on top. The powder will float on top and then you slug it all back in one shot.
It’s also fat soluble so take with food. If you’re averse to eating in the mornings (when many people take it) a bit of olive oil and a splash of fruit juice does the trick.
Can Sulbutiamine alleviate depression? While there are no scientific studies to back this up, there are many anectodal reports of people successfully treating their mild to moderate depression, uplifting their mood, and fighting fatigue.
Depression expresses itself physically as a lack of energy and vigor. This physical depression has been created by conscious and unconscious thought patterns. If you can raise the energy levels of the body you can effectively alter the way you think. The mind is the body and the body is the mind. Changing one aspect of the system alters the other, for good or bad.
This means raising the energy levels of your body can effect you on the whole at a very deep level.
Overall I’ve had a great experience with Sulbutiamine. I suggest you pick up some powder and begin experimenting for yourself. While many nootropics are hit and miss with different people, Sulbutiamine appears to have a positive effect on the majority of those who take it.