Updated: My Week On Smart Drugs

Over the past few years, I have been generally interested in Nootropics or what is typically called “Smart Drugs”. My fascination began with the 4 Hour Work Week as Tim Ferriss speaks lightly on the subject. However, he does speak quite openly about his use of smart drugs via his blog and various Youtube videos and podcast interviews.

My fascination grew even larger after watching the movie Limitless. The sheer thought of enhancing my brain was intriguing and exciting, although the movie completely exaggerates smart drug usage. Because of my lack of knowledge and access to smart drugs, I have sat on the bench for quite 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:

I woke up on Sunday (Fathers Day) and took my first dose of CILTEP. I took my three pills as well as 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 a still on-going mental clarity as I became aware of everything and mentally aware of everything.

At 8pm I took another 2 pills of the Smart Caffeine to test the effects. I could tell right away when the CILTEP and Smart Caffeine began working together. My TV was off, little distraction and I just became incredibly 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:

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. Just 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:

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. Instead, I opted to eat a little something and wait to take my dosage instead of taking it right after awakening.

This change, turned out to work much better. I became incredibly focused, clear and articulate as I did on day one. Things just seem to connect in my mind and I seem to recall knowledge much quicker.

The Smart Caffeine directly influences work load. Throughout the day I am clear and focused, but when I need to buckle down and really knock out a task with ease, I take 2 Smart Caffeine pills and I get to work.

So far, I am 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 smart drugs 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:

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 have been able to sit down and read for longer periods of time without distraction and with more thought and 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:

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 and 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. I must also note that in my recent research and study of this particular stack, that is takes a few weeks to fully work at its optimal levels. So, given more time the results will expand.

Here is a quick glance at my experience and effects:

  • Clarity
  • Awareness
  • 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.



Dillon Carter

Hey there! I'm a young entrepreneur who blogs about my personal experiences, hacks and lifestyle while also teaching people how to begin working with virtual assistants.

  • Hey Dillon, really excited to see you testing out the CILTEP and Smart Caffeine stack. The diminished effectiveness of the stack towards the end of the week is really a result of Caffeine tolerance. This stack works great for a couple days of good focus (especially around exam times, studying, writing) to get a boost of clarity and focus. Taking a couple days off a week is definitely going to help reset the tolerance.

    I’d recommend checking out Phenylpiracetam next as it’s one that I like for a daily basis that doesn’t build up a tolerance as much, so this can help as a daily in the morning nootropic taken with choline source. This will help up your baseline, and then you can use the CILTEP + Smart Caffeine 3x a week safely without risking too much tolerance.

    Thanks so much for listing us as a resource, and if you ever need advice feel free to e-mail or get in touch with me or my partner.

    • Dillon Carter

      Thanks Mike! Phenylpiracetam is next on my list of Nootropics to test as I have heard great things about taking it with Choline. I am incredibly glad to write about this product as it has had great effect on my work.

      Perhaps you can help with this effect I had. While already feeling the effects of the stack, I had some Green Tea at Starbucks and it literally put me into over-drive. I have never felt so focused in my life. I was writing at the time and my speed increased dramatically and my mind raced with ideas. Would Green Tea have an altered effect while taking this stack?

      Note: I typically have a higher tolerance when it comes to substances and medications.

      • Green tea has both caffeine and L-Theanine in it, which are the ingredients of Smart Caffeine. So it was essentially like taking another dose of Smart Caffeine.

        • Dillon Carter

          That makes complete sense! I do not usually drink green tea but thought I would test it out. I felt like my mind got a hit of adrenaline and I knocked out a crazy amount of work within such a short period of time.

          • Yep! Plus the CILTEP is meant to work synergistically with the caffeine+l-theanine stack, so CILTEP did its magic on the green tea as well to boost it.

      • Chris

        All the ‘racetams’ give me are headaches. Careful with dosage.

        • Dillon Carter

          I have heard of some people having this problem. I haven’t yet experienced any headaches, or negative effects as a whole for that matter. I wonder what would cause the headaches and if you can manage it based on your dosage?

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  • Elle Styler

    Interesting article. I’ve had similar experiences cutting all sugar (zero added sugar, fake sugars, fruit, along with no gluten or dairy). The first few days I was foggy but by day 3 I was so alert and focused I couldn’t believe it! Have you continued taking this stack since you wrote the article?

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