Over the past few years, I have been interested in Nootropics or what is normally called “Smart Drugs”. My fascination began with the 4 Hour Work Week as Tim Ferriss speaks on the subject. He does speak openly about his use of these drugs via his blog and various Youtube videos and podcast interviews.
My fascination grew larger after watching the movie Limitless. The sheer thought of enhancing my brain was intriguing and exciting, although the movie completely exaggerates nootropic usage. Because of my lack of knowledge and access to these drugs, I have sat on the bench for some time. At least, until this week.
After focusing a bit more research on the subject, I decided to give it a go and test a specific, “beginner friendly”, Nootropic. After reading countless reviews and case studies using a stack of CILTEP and Smart Caffeine by Natural Stacks, I made my purchase. Within a few days (Yesterday), I received my package.
In my following words, I will share my first experience using a Nootropic stack.
Day 1 – Starting the Smart Drug Journey:
I woke up on Sunday (Fathers Day) and took my first dose of CILTEP. I took my three pills and one pill of the Smart Caffeine. My initial response was difficult to determine as real results or placebo effects. After a few hours, I became more talkative with my family, interested in discussion and an overall feeling of mental clarity.
My day progressed with ongoing mental clarity as I became aware of everything.
At 8pm I took another 2 pills of the Smart Caffeine to test the effects. I could tell right away the CILTEP and Smart Caffeine began working. My TV was off, little distraction and I just became focused. I quickly read through two chapters of my current book and another four chapters of a book I have been meaning to read.
While I read, my mind ran wild with the theories provided on its pages. Then, I sat down to write the first part of this post. That’s right. I’m writing this post while on full production mode from smart drugs.
Although it doesn’t seem like I accomplished much today, I have been more focused, active mentally and motivated to do more than usual. I am faced with the fact that I am incredibly unproductive when it comes to tackling tasks.
Day 2 – Smaller Experience:
I took the same dosage as day one with less noticeable effects. I took my final exam for personal training and passed. I highly doubt this was a result of the nootropic as I studied for three plus months. As before, I don’t seem to feel anything within the first few hours.
I still feel a bit more on my game than usual and less distracted and on task so something is working. I feel like I should see more results from the stack, but time will tell. I may also need to experiment with dosages and find the right amount to take.
Day 3 – Adding Smart Caffeine:
I decided to switch things up a bit and see if it alters the effects. As stated before, I didn’t feel much in the morning. The directions say to take the dosage with an empty stomach. I opted to wait until eating something before taking my dose.
This change, turned out to work much better. I became more focused, clear and articulate as I did on day one. Things seemed to connect in my mind and I seem to recall knowledge much quicker.
The Smart Caffeine influences work load. Throughout the day I am clear and focused but when I need to buckle down and knock out a task with ease, I take 2 Smart Caffeine pills and I get to work.
So far, I’m really enjoying this stack and its effects. I have been looking for more research, resources and case studies on nootropics for future use. The more I learn about smart drugs the more interesting it becomes. There are many types and for many uses. Some for better sleeping, some for more focus and even some for better creativity.
The more I research the more I find out who use them. Some of our most successful CEOs, founders and entrepreneurs take nootropics to keep them focused and working 14+ hour days. Some of our most influential writers and authors take smart drugs that directly influence their creativity.
Some may see smart drugs as cheating but I see them as a great asset. You are able to work at your peak performance and make the best progress possible. Talk about a great investment.
Day 4 – Increased Recall:
Today I write from my local Starbucks a my room felt cluttered and restricted. Just as yesterday, I decided to alter the variables in my little experiment. I ate more food before my dosage and also waiting till around 10:30. I did not feel much today other than the usual clearness and general focus.
Around 5pm I felt incredibly tired, although I had enough sleep. Not sure what the root cause of this was as I am not a nap taker at all.
At 7pm I took another dose of Smart Caffeine to get some work done, including this post. I feel good, on track and focused. I know my environment plays a huge part in how focused I am. A combination of coffee shop and smart drugs may be the key to my productive survival.
I feel as though I should feel something more, but the feeling is not the end result we want. What we want is results. It doesn’t matter if we feel focused and productive but that we are focused and productive. The best way to determine if this stack works is by determining if I accomplished more than I normally would. Which is true at this point.
I’ve been able to sit down and read for longer periods of time without distraction and with more understanding of its content. I have been able to recall more information in a time of need or articulation. Overall, I believe this stack is doing what it was intended to do.
I have no pounding heart beat or OCD style focus. I am clear, concise, focused and alert. Not exactly.
Day 5 – Clarity with Side Effects:
Last day for my five-day experiment and things seemed fine until I went to the gym. Now, this whole week I have been going to lift weights for about an hour long duration. Today I took my dosage a bit later in the day and worked out much earlier, shortening the time between the two. About half way through my workout I felt like my heart was pounding a bit more than usual.
On top of that I was breathing much heavier than I normally would. I also took in less Carbs than I typically would before working out, so I cannot blame the stack for this effect. It could have been a culmination of many variables. Of which, the stack may have had no part in.
For the remainder of my day I felt the usual clarity and awareness. My mind stayed on track and focused on accomplishing what I needed to get done.
I have to admit that this stack was a great experience. It’s also important to note that this stack will take a few weeks before finding its optimal level. So, given more time the results will expand.
Here is a quick glance at my experience and effects:
- Mental Focus
- Task Accomplishment
- Felt Better Emotionally (less anxiety than normal)
- Lack Of Influence By Distractions While Working
- Quick Connects Between Thoughts and Past Information
Overall, I felt and continue to feel amazing while taking this stack. I will however take two days off each week from the stack to see what happens. There are many more Nootropics that you can take depending on what effects you want. For me, being more focus, direct and clear while working is a very high priority. I got exactly what I needed and expected.
Check out CILTEP + Smart Caffeine stack as it is hands down the best (IMO) nootropic for a beginner.
One Year Later:
It’s been roughly a year or more since I wrote this post. My most popular and commented on post, and I wanted to give my readers a bit of an update. This week long experience wasn’t left in my past. I now routinely take some form of “Smart Drug” or Nootropic, although not every single day. I’ve also begun to hack my sleeping routine, increased my reading speed 10x and have honestly changed the way I think about life.
Fast forward from the week that started it and I’ve excelled in college, started a profitable and growing online business, travel hacked my way through Oregon and Paris, France and much more.
That week was merely the beginning to something quite incredible. I’m not saying this new life is due to smart drugs by any means, but it has allowed me to grow into some amazing knowledge and experiences so far.