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?
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.)
Thanks for reading and happy dosing!