The Best Nootropic Stack

With so many different nootropics out there, it can be difficult to decide what to include in your stack.

This guide will teach you how to most effectively combine different nootropics into a daily regimen for incredible effects on your mind.

Nootropic stacks are often designed for various purposes such as reducing anxiety, increasing focus, or increasing memory, but this stack was designed to maximize your mind in every way possible.

If you are a college student, businessperson, budding entrepreneur, or anyone that could benefit from improved memory, learning, focus, mood, and motivation, this nootropic stack will be perfect for you.

We consider this article to be an intermediate to advanced guide. If you’re totally new to nootropics, we suggest you start out by reading our beginner’s guide to nootropic stacks to learn the ins and outs of putting together your own nootropic stack.

If you’d rather not experiment with combining different nootropics on your own, you can opt for a complete preformulated “ready to go” nootropic supplement such as the highly recommended Alpha Brain by Onnit Labs.

What To Expect From This Stack

I am a person that is always trying to hack life and become the best version of myself. One day, I asked myself, what would the best version of “me” look like? I thought about it and decided that my ideal self would have high intelligence, mental clarity, a positive attitude, relentless motivation, smart social skills, and a healthy dose of confidence.

With my extensive experience with nootropics I started dreaming up ways I could them to bring out this strongest version of myself.

After months of research and experimentation, I believe I have found the perfect combination.

This stack is designed to:

  • Enhance Your Ability to Learn
  • Deepen Concentration
  • Sharpen Focus
  • Improve Memory
  • Boost Creativity
  • Increase Social Fluidity
  • Supercharge Motivation
  • Reduce Anxiety
  • Provide a Sense of Well-Being

The Stack: Become The Strongest Version of Yourself

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The aniracetam and Noopept are the foundation of the stack but when combined with all the other supplements, they work synergistically and create a fantastic effect, ideal for anyone that wants to boost their intelligence, memory, focus, social fluidity, mood, and motivation.

This nootropic stack will help remove all any tendencies for procrastination and will stimulate your natural drive to accomplish whatever you need to get done. You feel good about yourself and will help drive your motivation so that will exert yourself to your maximum potential. Your overall intelligence, memory, focus, and ability to learn, are all enhanced. Lastly, this stack is designed to give you a mood boost as well as increase your social fluidity.

Breakdown of the Ingredients

Caffeine + L-Theanine for Relaxed Energy

Caffeine is included because, as most of you know, it is very effective at increasing one’s energy and focus levels. It will also kick up the effects of all the other ingredients in this stack a notch. Including L-theanine, an amino acid found in green tea, will take away the jitteriness often associated with caffeine, leaving you with a relaxed but alert state that is perfect for productivity. Caffeine stacked with L-theanine is one of the most beloved combinations in the nootropic community.

We recommend: ProLab Caffeine Tablets and L-theanine from

Sulbutiamine For Motivation And Feeling Good

Sulbutiamine is awesome for motivation, and quite honestly, feels fantastic. One of the most motivating nootropics I have ever tried, it is not jittery or anything. Many people believe it affects dopamine levels, which would make sense as its affects on motivation are similar to ADHD medicines. I would start at a lower dose when you really need to be motivated. Tolerance to can develop rather quickly so it is recommended to include only as needed and not every single day.

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Caution: If you are on SSRI antidepressants, please speak to a health professional before including this in your stack to ensure there are no chances of negative interactions.

NALT for Focus

NALT (N-Acetyl-L-Tyrosine) is a more bioavailable form of Tyrosine. Your body uses it to create dopamine, which is greatly helpful for the goals of this stack. Essentially, this will give you an amount of focus similar to Adderall or other ADHD medicines but without the negative effects of an amphetamine. Combined with other ingredients, especially the sulbutiamine, this combination is incredibly effective in increasing motivation and focus. The increase in dopamine will be used in many parts of your brain and increases all the effects of other stack ingredients. People on MAO inhibitors should not take N-acetyl-l-tyrosine.

We recommend: Source Naturals N-Acetyl L-Tyrosine

Alpha GPC as a Stabilizer

Alpha GPC, a choline compound, is a memory and cognitive enhancer on it’s own but most importantly it works well to maximize the brain-boosting effects of the other ingredients in this stack. Your body converts Alpha GPC into the neurotransmitter acetylcholine which is largely involved in various brain functions including memory formation and recall. It also reduces the chance of common side effects, such as headaches, from the aniracetam. We don’t recommend leaving it out.

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Aniracetam for Cognitive Boost and Reducing Anxiety

Aniracetam is a very potent member of the racetam family. Not only is aniracetam great for learning and memory, it is also very powerful anxiolytic, which means it has the ability to reduce anxiety in individuals, especially in social situations. I personally use it for aiding my ability to speak extra fluidly. I feel like an expert speaker with aniracetam, and have no anxiety. It’s a very potent aid for social situations, and fits this stack perfectly. It also works to improve memory function, mental fluidity, and creativity. It synergizes especially well with Noopept and Alpha GPC.

We recommend: Aniracetam from

Noopept for Memory

Noopept is another member of the racetam family, and is essentially “super piracetam.” It is extremely effective for increasing memory and will potentiate this entire stack to a great degree. Aniracetam in particular will get its social anxiety reducing effects increased greatly when combined with Noopept. Your mind will flow freely with this and you your ability to recall memories will be elevated. Noopept is pretty effective on its own, but combined with all these other ingredients, you will have experienced the real power of nootropics.

We recommend: Noopept from

More Stack Ideas

If you’re looking for more ideas on how to stack nootropics, we’ve got more for you.

For example, one of our favorites for college students is our Nootropic Stack for College Students. A second stack that you can try that was designed for unleashing your memory to its full potential is our Photographic Memory Stack. If you’d like to take a stack that is designed for long-term enhancement of memory and neurogenesis, view our Nerve Growth Factor stack.

If you are interested in making your own nootropic stack, or looking for new ideas, we will be adding new stacks on a regular basis, so stay tuned for more. You can also browse our individual nootropics for even more stack ideas.

The key to designing your stack is to do the research and see what works best for you.

Wrapping Up

As you can see, each nootropic was carefully selected for a specific purpose. When combined, they work together to further enhance their individual effects, effectively maximizing your brain power in various ways. We’ve gotten great feedback from our readers and there is a good chance this will be an excellent stack for you too.

While custom stacks are considered the best way to take advantage of nootropics, If combining all these ingredients sounds inconvenient or intimidating you can always opt for a reputable preformulated nootropic such as Alpha Brain as an alternative.

  • Jacob E. Dawson

    Nice article man, I’ve shared it on Twitter;) I’m doing research at the moment as I’ve never taken a stack before, your site is a really great resource, thanks for putting in the effort!

    Happy New Year and all the best – here’s to an enhanced 2013!



    • rick

      Since Sulbutiamine tolerance rises quickly is their something to substitute say every week or every two weeks to keep the effects?


      • Braintropic

        That’s correct. Sulbutiamine tolerance does increase quickly. I’d suggest just leaving it out completely without replacing it when you’re not including it. If you really want another alternative for mood you should consider phenylpiracetam or a natural supplement such as L-theanine.

  • Sam L

    Hey, so I purchased some nootropics recently after trying Shroom Tech Sport and AlphaBrain, they worked well for me (Alpha in particular) so I decided to expand and go for this stack.

    I bought everything listed above, except noopept and I added lions mane. I have been taking the doses recommended but only once daily, I feel like I am more focused and my speech is better, but I also feel like I have a little bit of tunnel vision, and I am a bit jittery, but also feel somewhat tired. I am wondering what is causing this, I am going to play around with the stack a bit by adding and taking away things, and trying things on their own.

    What do you think is causing this? My thoughts are it is the caffeine, so tomorrow I am going to just take the Sulbutiamine, NALT, Aniracetam, and Lions Mane (Plus my normal vitamins) and see if that does the trick.

    Also what do you think should be changed for this stack to make it really good for studying, or writing papers?

  • Igor

    Hi, great article. Started using this one today!
    Could you please tell me a bit about the intake of the different nootropics?

    For example, I’ve heard Noopept is best to hold under the tongue for a while because you don’t experience the taste, and your body ‘absorbs’ it much better. What’s your take on this? would this be better than just taking a capsule? and what about this with aniracetam?



    • admin

      To be honest, most nootropics are so bio available that changing the way you take it to something other than oral won’t really make a huge difference unless perhaps you were taking it IM or IV (BAD IDEA FOR MOST USERS!).

      I personally just put my nootropics in capsules and take them. They work good enough that way to where I really don’t see a need to do it differently. They are very bio available compounds already. Perhaps if you have a fat soluble nootropic like Aniracetam, you could take it with food to increase and speed up absorbtion, but in the end, it really doesn’t make much difference overall.

      Thanks for reading!

      • Ben

        Hi ,love your stack been using for couple of monnths now. My question is been using aniracetam but it makes me foggy and unmotivated, should I order oxiracetam?
        However I do respond well to noopept and would it be wise to cycle sulbutiamine with modafinil?


  • Ford Smith

    I have a question regarding the Sulbutiamine and NALT. I understand that the NALT helps to produce more Dopamine, but I also know that Sulbutiamine somewhat inhibits the release of Dopamine. Wouldn’t that have a bit of a different reaction than what you explained?

    And in no way am I meaning to criticize the stack, I’m actually quite pleased with the other Stacks mentioned. It just has me very curious!

    Thank you!


    • admin

      It is my understanding that Sulbutiamine works similarly to Cocaine (that sounds really terrible actually… wow haha) in that, it blocks dopamine from being taken up into the receptors. This leads to an abundance of dopamine circulating in the brain which is why Sulbutiamine is so motivating and gives great focus. Large amounts of dopamine is great for focus, which is why Adderall is such a great aid for those with ADD or ADHD disorders.

      NALT helps produce more dopamine, but my understanding is that, because it is a precursor, it merely helps the body in its natural production of that neurotransmitter. This mean you won’t reach a supersaturated amount per say, just your body will be able to stay at its optimal level of dopamine without much work needed to create more. So if any depletion occurs, your body will be right back at that optimal level.

      Things like NALT and other neurotransmitter precursors, you have to remember that 1) they are still just supplements, and 2) they are just precursors. They do a lot for you, but they mostly are useful in stacks to potentiate the effects of more potent nootropics. Many people equate NALT —> Dopamine, and while I wish the conversion was that easy because having a metric shit-ton of dopamine would be amazing, you are fighting bioavailability, conversion into other neurotransmitters, and tons of other factors.

      Sorry if that got too bro-sciencey for you, I was trying to create an easy explanation.

  • Fabian

    Hi mate. Can you explain more about how you take all this nootropics together?? What type of gel capsule you used? You do you mix all of them in one capsule? How do you keep away from building tolerance to all this nootropics?


    Ps. Your website is awsome!

    • admin

      See this post.

      Personally, I just cap all my nootropics out individually. With a capping machine, this is pretty quick and easy. Tolerance is avoided by being considerate with your doses and doing what is effective without going crazy.

  • Landon

    First off, I’d like to say thanks for taking the time to put all of this information together!

    I’m new to Nootropics and have recently placed an order for Alpha Brain + New Mood. I understand that creating your own stack will be more effective; but how much cheaper would it be vs. the lazy man’s route? (Alpha Brain etc..)

  • Brainmail

    Your site is tremendously helpful. It is a big help in trying to figure out what to include in my stacks. I have never seen such a good comparison of the more ‘advanced’ racetams. Really cleared up a lot for me.

    Can you say more about how you cap your supplements? I’ve got a 24-count The Capsule Machine. I find the process pretty time consuming – I can do perhaps 100 caps/hour.

    Can you recommend any other approaches to measuring out stacks? Seems it would be possible to measure out aggregate quantities of the ingredients then mix them up and just weigh the dosage per day. That’s assuming that I could get a good mix of the powders and that they wouldn’t react with each other (prior to adding stevia and water and chugging).

    Thanks for putting together such a useful resource. I look forward to following your Amazon links as a way of saying thanks. BTW – your Lion’s Mane link points to a product that is ‘currently unavailable’. I’m thinking that some of your recommendations for Lion’s Mane in various stacks could get to be pricey (2 or 4 G per day?!). What do you think of buying a Lion’s Mane kit from Fungi Perfecta?

    What do you think of the Swanson product listed on Amazon: “Full Spectrum Lion’s Mane Mushroom 500 mg 60 Caps by Swanson Premium”

    Thanks again for the hard work and clear communication.

  • Alex

    This is great info. Thank you for taking the time to put together something so comprehensive. I’m putting together the stack that you recommended, but I have a question on Choline CDP. I currently have a pretty decent stock on Choline citrate. I’m a bit naive on the difference of the two, but could I substitute? And if so how much Choline citrate would you recommend?

    Thanks in advance!

  • Steven

    Just stumbled upon this. Never new all of this existed, I am a college student (aspiring entrepreneur) and I have been taking Gingko Bilboa. Is this stack recommended every day?

  • Eric

    Would L-Theanine be a worthwhile addition, to smooth out the caffeine’s effects and further reduce anxiety, or do the NALT and racetams make this unnecessary?

    • admin

      L-Theanine is an awesome addition to any stack. Btw, we have a new article on L-Theanine going up today, feel free to check it out.

  • Scott

    Nice list- but don’t underestimate the importance of proper nutrition through real foods, herbs, and spices- and don’t forget the natural stuff, like bacopa, ginseng, or maca.
    Furthermore, I would caution against using sulbutiamine often- I’ll let you do your own research to find out why. That goes doubly for GABAminergics like phenibut, which I’m sure you’ll work your way to.

  • Red

    My question is this…seeing that you recommend the 00 capsules for larger quantities (from your Scales and Capsules guide), do you mix your doses together and spread them over a couple caps or keep them separated in individual capsules? Is there any harm in mixing everything together and trying to pack them into as few caps as possible? With that said…I’ll take it a step further and ask should you build them on a day by day or can you max batch and fill all 24 (Capsule Machine)? Would that screw with the ratios?

    Looking forward to being all that I can be…without joining the army!


    • admin

      There is no harm in mixing in the same cap! As long as they fit, it should be fine. You do get more flexibility by putting them in separate caps, but if you are pretty sure what dose you want to take, then there is absolutely no harm in it.

      I would not recommend mixing all your powders together however and then trying to cap them however. Different powders can have different densities and such, and unless you have proper equipment, they are not going to be evenly mixed.

      Personally, I do all my powders in one day. I’ll cap out 2-3 months worth at a time simply because its nice to just be able to grab them and go. And quite honestly, it is much quicker to do them in one sitting because I’ll usually make a huge mess out of it haha.

  • cinciguy

    Wondering why you don’t take the noopept with the aniracetam in the morning, also why not a second dose of ani in the afternoon? Im taking ani now and really like it, going to try adding noopept.

    great website, ill use your links to order.

  • Justin

    Hi! I would really like to try this stack, but I have a few questions. Do the effects wear off at all? Is there a tolerance build up at all? Do you cycle this stack? Do you think it would be good for a 19 year old to take?

    • admin

      The mental benefits you achieve from a nootropic stack do wear off gradually after stopping a regimen, however everything you learned, achieved, and gained DOES retain. The mental BENEFITS are specifically from the nootropics of course, which is why they wear off, however all of the mental GAINS will stick with you forever. This is why nootropics are so helpful :)

      Tolerance does occur, for some specific things like Sulbutiamine in particular, but mostly your body always needs about the same dose to reap the benefits of nootropics.

      Would it be good for a 19 year old? I don’t know anything about your health so I won’t recommend it directly. Everyone should know their body and health level before taking any supplements. For the average 19 year old, nootropics are perfectly safe. That is their nature after all. I have firsthand experience to say that the benefits are incredible. Don’t be afraid to ask a doctor if you are unsure, everyone varies and as I am not a doctor, you will just have to be the final word on whether a nootropic regimen would be worth it.

  • Jordan

    Hey love the site, do you know anything about taking MCT oil as a fat source for the aniracetam and or think it would be a good idea?

    • The Trading Edge

      MCT is an absolutely fantastic fat source for any fat soluble supplements including aniracetam.
      Another great option is coconut oil (which of course has MCT’s).
      Here’s a tip use the coconut oil as a carrier for your supplements –
      Gently melt the coconut oil, portion out your aniracetam into mini baking cups, and pour the coconut oil into the cups covering the aniracetam completely. Now refrigerate, and when they’ve cooled and hardened you can easily pop them into your mouth.
      Really the tip of the iceberg for what you can do.

  • Aditya

    Is it a bad idea to include modafinil in this stack and is it essential to take them in powdered form?? Pls reply

  • Truman

    If adding Ciltep to this stack, how would you dose it?

  • Memphis

    Your caution regarding ssri + sulb has started to make me a bit anxious. I’ve been taking Prozac with sulb for over a week now! Do you have any credible source for this statement?

  • Ogula Quite

    This is a daily stack right or is it not everyday?

    • Braintropic

      This is a daily stack that has cumulative effects as the nootropics build up in your system, most likely maximizing around the 1-week mark. Of course, if you don’t want to take it daily, you can save this stack for performance demanding situations or days that could use an overall boost and should still have great results.

      • Ogula Quite

        Thank you extremely much for the assistance. Do you think adding in Citicoline, CDP Choline would be safe? If so what dosage would you recommend in ratio to the other nootropics already in this stack? And would I consume it in the morning, afternoon or both? Thanks again.

        • Braintropic

          You’re welcome. A choline source is highly recommended when taking racetams. In the above stack, we suggest Alpha GPC as a choline source but if you want to use Citicoline instead (which contains roughly half the amount of Choline by weight compared to Alpha GPC) just take double the amount of CDP Choline in relation to the Alpha GPC dosages suggested above.

          • Ogula Quite

            You’re a quadrillion times better than asking google search for help, thank you again. Last things, is inositol safe to add or too much focus, and is it appropriate to add some components of your NGF Factor’s stack to this one?

          • Braintropic

            Glad to help. Inositol is safe to add and should work nicely side by side with the choline supplementation. The components of the NGF stack can be added to this stack too. Good luck.

          • Ogula Quite

            Thanks for the luck. As far as your recommended time of consumption for each day goes (once at 8am and again at 1pm), at what point in the day do you say that you consume your share? As in right as you wake up alongside breakfast? Or right before you head to work? Ecsetra
            Thanks a lot again

          • Braintropic

            Ideally with your breakfast. Fat-soluble supplements, such as sulbutiamine and aniracetam, are absorbed most efficiently when taken with food.

          • Fannypackhero

            Since this is a combination of water-soluble and fat soluble supplements, what are some ways of taking them while the capsule machine is en route?

          • Braintropic

            One way is to just to swallow the supplements in powder form using a spoon (quantities measured out, of course) and then chasing it with a drink like water or coffee. There’s another option that I’ve never tried known as “parachuting” nootropics, which is wrapping the powders in a small piece of tissue paper and swallowing it like a capsule.

          • Fannypackhero

            So, a kale smoothie might work?

          • Braintropic

            That’s actually a great idea. It might make the smoothie’s flavor bitter but kale comes with its own array of health benefits. That reminds me of a study that suggested that eating leafy greens such as kale may help keep mental abilities sharp.


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  • Michael

    I’m trying to make my own personal stack consisting of pramiracetam,oxiracetam, aniracetam,omega-3, creatine,alpha gpc,urdine,ginkgo biloba,rhodiola rosea, vinpocetine and lion’s mane mushroom.Do you think combining these would be effective and safe.

    • Braintropic

      With proper dosages, the combination appears safe and effective.

      • Michael

        What do you think would be a proper dosage?

        • Braintropic

          Refer to the PAO stack example and then you’ll need to do some research on the others, many which can be found in our database of nootropic profiles that can be accessed via the dropdown menu in the navigation.

          • Michael

            Do you think adding Ginseng,L-Tyrosine,L-Dopa and GABA would be okay or would that be overboard?

          • Braintropic

            My preference is to keep things on the simple side, especially at first.

          • Michael

            I’m asking because I’m a private detective and I need as much help as I can get. Do you have any thing that would help reasoning and deductive abilities?

          • Braintropic

            A racetam based stack should stimulate glutamate and acetylcholine synapses in the brain which should result in an overall general enhancement of cognition. The best advice is try a few basic combinations to see what works best for your personal preferences and neurobiology.

          • Michael

            Thank you. After days of research I finally found something helpful.

          • Pat

            Do you think adding those would be okay? I’m asking because this stack sounds good and I want to try it.

    • Pat

      This sounds pretty good. I’m curious on the benefits this stack would bring.

  • MK

    Hello All

    Need some help with my situation.
    i’m 32 years old, I have a $500 budget, i need to make 2 Nootropic stacks one for productive to super productive days, other for shielding/ reversing the brain from alcohol damage and occasional amphetamine use, these stacks should have very minimal side effects. i had alcohol for 9 years, i quit alcohol since past 2 years, My job needs my brains, i used to have very good long and short term memory, i remember the punishments i got from my math teacher for not doing my home work, I was in 2nd stranded at that time.But my alcohol abuse killed the natural memory power i had. now it’s hard to remember stuff happened from 2 years ago, I want to reverse this situation in the next few years, i’m searching for a stack ( this stack is gonna be the second stack which is gonna improve total brain health).

    Please suggest me with ideas.

  • Devin Pabingwit

    Will taking out NALT from this stack do any damage to its effect? When I have taken Adderall I feel that the focus is much to intense for everyday use which is the reason I’m considering leaving NALT out.

    • Braintropic

      This stack will still be effective without the NALT, especially if you don’t feel that you would benefit from the extra focus. Keep in mind, the effects of NALT will likely be way less intense than an amphetamine such as Adderall.

  • Chad Wilson Hymas

    Love the site! Question, with the Alpha GPC, powder city mixes it 50/50 with silicon dioxide. So would that mean we’d want 1000mg of this Alpha GPC?

    • Braintropic

      That’s exactly right.

  • Louie12

    Hello, I have to say that I like your site. Like the different ways of taking nootropics, to hack your brain. My question to you is i was reading over how you put this stack together.

    At the moment i can’t offered all the supplements you mention above. I have enough


    since i have these supplements should I follow the same dosage you mentation above?

    Please let me know when you have time.

    Thank you,

    • Braintropic

      Yes, the dosages should still be a good guideline. It’s also possible to start with even smaller dosages and work your way up until you reach optimal results.

      • Louie12

        This going to sound dumb but what’s the optimal result? How would you determine is the correct dosage or close to the dosage you should be taking.

        • Braintropic

          It doesn’t sound dumb at all. The reality is that it can be tricky to find the “perfect” dose. I tend to start at the lower end of the spectrum for dosage recommendations and then work my way up and see if the perceived effects on mood/memory/cognition (depending on the nootropic in question) increase further.

          Some people do like to split up the aniracetam into three doses due to its relative short half-life. As for the noopept, some people report stimulatory effects which can interfere with sleep so it may be better to avoid taking it at night, if the noopept energizes you too much.

          • Louie12

            I never had a problem sleeping on any nootropics… Guess my caffeine levels are high or something. If i stay on this dosage for about 3 weeks and feel that it’s not working. What is the proper way of increasing the dosage? Some people say increase it by 200mg or 500mg . I know with noopept the max level you should not pass is 40mg . One more thing what is to much aniracetam? when would you know it’s time to move on to the next nootropics?

          • Braintropic

            A couple of weeks should be enough time to get a good idea of the effects of nootropics such as noopept/aniracetam. At that point you should have had enough time to decide to whether you want to try something else. As for max dosage levels, please refer to our the individual nootropic profiles (can be accessed in our menu) for more specifics.

  • OgulaQuite

    I still love all your articles. Quick question, what recommended dosage of piracetam would you add to this stack for daily usage?
    Less importantly, is centrophenoxine a good substitution for alpha GPC in this stack? If so what dosage would you recommend?

    • Braintropic

      Piracetam dosage recommendations vary and individuals respond differently so trying out different doses is necessary. As usual, I’d start out at the lower end of the spectrum, say 500 mg twice per day, when part of a stack.

      Centrophenoxine is another good choline choice that you can try out. A typical dose would be 250 mg twice per day.

  • Hedergy

    As you briefly suggest, Alpha Brain is a great way to begin experimenting with nootropics!

    • Braintropic

      Agreed. While the effects of Alpha Brain are more subtle compared to synthetic nootropics, it’s a great first step.

  • Chad Wilson Hymas

    So I believe I’ve found the combination of your suggested nootropics for me, now i have all the powder and want to make a bulk batch. Problem is if I mix all of these together I doubt I’ll have a consistent amount of each individual substance. Is there a trick to this?

  • The Bogeyman

    I’ve been using this stack for a week or so. I started off very social and focused and now I’m just tired and lazy. I’m suspecting there are too many GABA-ergic agents here for me. I generally sleep well and I have adequate social skills. How would you modify this stack if you are trying to increase motivation and alertness without much concern for the calming or social effects? Thanks!

    • Braintropic

      The two potential elements in the stack that may be slowing you down would most likely be the L-theanine and/or the aniracetam. Maybe try dropping them from the stack and replacing the aniracetam with oxiracetam (starting with a minimal dose) and see if that works better for you.

  • Knaxta

    hi there,

    so going back to the topic of fat / water soluble supplements, how should this stack be taken? For e.g NALT, Alpha GPC and Noopept are water soluble, so if they were taken with everything else (with a meal to introduce fat), wouldn’t the food affect those?

    also, it says take everything twice daily, but with aniracetam it says morning only… is that just once a day for that then?

    If that is the case, how would the Noopept get a chance to potentiate the aniracetam? Since the half-life of aniracetam is around 2 hours? Would it do any harm taking the aniracetam and Noopept together with everything else twice daily? Perhaps half measures for each administration?

    Please help, and thank you for this brilliant site!

    • Braintropic

      I take my daily regimen with food, including the water-soluble supplements. I’m not so certain that taking water-soluble supplements with food is a big enough issue to worry about but you can always take them between meals and compare.

      In this stack the aniracetam and noopept are each taken once a day but combining together is quite popular too. Those two nootropics have both immediate effects and cumulative effects and taking them together, as you suggest, may result in further potentiating the immediate effects. If you choose to do so, just split the doses in half.

  • Mrskorea

    what is the difference between cdp choline, alpha gpc & citicoline?

    • Braintropic

      They each have their own advantages. Take a look at our choline comparison for more info.

      • Mrskorea


  • Mrskorea

    if one takes alpha brain what nootropics could you add with it?

  • Chris Freeman

    Anything to add to it to increase memory? Like the other option was the “like photographic memory”… basically I was wondering if there was an effective way to hybrid this

    • Braintropic

      We get this question a lot. A hybrid of this stack plus the Photographic Memory Stack would look something like this:

      200 mg Caffeine
      100 mg L-Theanine
      300 mg Sulbutiamine
      300 mg NALT
      300 mg Alpha GPC
      1500 mg Aniracetam (morning only)
      20 mg Noopept (afternoon only)
      300 mg Uridine
      2 g Fish Oil
      15 mg Zinc
      3 g Lion’s Mane Mushroom
      500 mg Ashitaba
      5-10 mg Pregnenolone
      2 mg Melatonin (before bed)
      1 g ALCAR

      I hope that helps!

      • disqus_uQM5WhdbGA

        Hi there love all the info, but I was wondering how this stack would look like in capsule form as there are quite a number of ingredients? Thanks

        • Braintropic

          If you decided to make capsules for this stack, the easiest way to go about it would be to cap the nootropics that come as bulk powder into capsules, without attempting to make a blended capsule. If you’d like to make your own blend, here’s a nice write-up on how to accurately create your own blended nootropic capsules.

          • disqus_uQM5WhdbGA

            Thanks, also, what kind of stack can I give to my 56 yr old mother with high blood pressure? If any? I’m trying to get her to relax, but she’s a natural worrier.

          • Braintropic

            You may want to look into ashwagandha, a popular natural nootropic with anxiolytic qualities.

          • unknown

            Just curious when you say “without attempting to make blended capsule” do you mean without using a filler? Is there anything wrong with combining all the smaller powders in this stack into a single cap? like put the noopept, alpha GPC and NALT all in 1 cap (measured of course) with no filler. Are they fine to cap together like that or are you best off capping each powder separately?

          • Braintropic

            As long as everything is measured properly, I don’t see any problem combining them into a single cap.

  • jason

    wait , we have to take this stack 2 times a day? , consuming the recommended dosages of these nootropics doesn’t last the entire day?

    • Braintropic

      Keep in mind many nootropics have both immediate effects and cumulative effects. For the immediate effects, that’s correct, most nootropics won’t last an entire day but generally last for a few hours, depending on which nootropic you’re talking about. For example, aniracetam’s immediate effects usually last between 3-5 hours. This is why many people like to dose nootropics twice (or even three times) a day.

  • Diverdown

    I am new to this. I started taking Noopept 10mg once a day, Oxiracetam 750 mg once a day, and choline Bitartrate 500 mg once a day. I am going to replace the bitartrate with Alpha-GPC this morning, which looks like I will have to double up on the dose from what I am reading. My question/concern is this:
    I am currently only able to take this once a day, in the morning before work. Taking all these powders to work don’t work for me. After taking for about a week, they are not working for me anymore. How much should one take at one time if they can only do it once a day? In the future I will invest in either a capping machine, or buy them already capped, but because I do not want to waste the powder I have, what do you suggest? Also, it appears to me that the three of these are safe to take everyday, whereas something like phenylpiracetam is not due to the tolerance. Is this correct?
    Forgive me if you have addressed this elsewhere in here….this is why I am beginning to take Noots…my memory sucks and half of what I read anymore I don’t retain.

    • Braintropic

      Many people only take nootropics once a day, in the morning, and are pleased with results. Taking a 2nd time in the afternoon may help keep the effects lasting longer but you’ll have to try it out to see how that works for you. Everyone has a unique biochemistry and reacts differently to nootropics. Capped nootropics are definitely convenient but will be a bit pricier. If you cap yourself, you’ll save some money. It depends on your preference but both are good options.

      Dosage is also one of the variables that you need to fine tune with experimentation. You’re currently taking on the lower end of the dosage suggestions for those nootropics, which is the recommended way to start, so you can try upping the dosages to see if that works better for you. Just stay within the recommended dosages guidelines that you find in our nootropic profile pages or at the vendors you are purchasing your nootropics from. Also, a little note, remember that Noopept is recommended to be taken sublingually for optimal absorption.

      The nootropics you’re taking are considered safe for daily use.

  • jason

    thanks for the reply !!! , have you ever experimented with the pea and hordenine stack? , is this stack way better than the pea and hordenine in terms of euphoria confidence and motivation? , will this completely wean me off my concerta medication?

    • Braintropic

      We’ve gotten great results using this stack and have received many reports from people that are loving it too. Everyone is different so experimentation is the only way to really know how effective it will be on an individual basis. Fine tuning dosages and even swapping components can be helpful too.

  • Adam

    I’ve read a lot of amazing reviews and would like to post a question. I was prescribed with 60mg of adderall when I was 22 (I’m now 23) due to a feeling of not being able to work effectively. After using adderall for work, I’ve noticed an amazing increase in productivity and improvement! However, this year, I noticed its effectiveness down to 20% I’m on the road a lot of work and don’t have time to make these stacks. I’ve managed get my hand on the following:

    Thiamine 100mg
    L-Tyrosine 500mg
    L-Theanine 100mg
    Caffeine 200mg
    Magnesime oxide 500mg
    Melatonin 3mg
    Omega 3-6-9 1200mg

    I manage the sales division of my company and its 40 sales reps and 10 office admin. It’s extremely high pace and I’m moving around a lot. In what combination do I take these with my adderall to increase effectiveness and get the “best version of myself”. I only work 5 months of the year Monday-Saturday 10am-10pm usually. I’m 23, 190lbs, male, 6’2 and fairly fit. I usually do my own research but I’d rather have some direct advice and not make a mistake. I’d like more motivation, energy, and focus.

    Thank you kindly in Advancd

    • Braintropic

      The supplements you have should have a nice effect. Even just starting out with caffeine and l-theanine (fish oil + choline would be good for overall brain health and functioning too) may prove to be quite effective. The l-tyrosine should help out with focus. Once you’ve given you’re supplementation regimen a try, feel free to come back and share results.

  • Jim Joy

    Are you saying not to add the sulbutiamine 2x a day every day?

    • Braintropic

      There is a tendency to develop a tolerance to sulbutiamine therefore is usually cycled on and off within stacks, or is simply taken occasionally on days when a boost of motivation and mood is desired.

  • Britton Wise

    So the recommended dosage of Aniracetam is 750mg, On your stack, you have 1500mg morning only. Why is this? is it okay to double the dosage?

    • Braintropic

      The limited research available on aniracetam suggests that a total dose in the range of 1000-1500 mg per day to be the most effective for cognitive enhancement. Some people prefer to take the entire dose in one shot whereas others prefer to divide it into two doses.

  • JacobD1983

    Will this stack be effective if Aniracetam is eleminated? I’ve read it can cause a false positive on drug tests and would like to avoid this. Is there a chance any of the others will have this effect?

    • Braintropic

      Without aniracetam, the stack will still be effective but naturally you are losing out on some of the benefits. Never heard that aniracetam, or any other of the others in this stack, can cause false-positives in drug tests.

  • Joe

    I bought caffeine anyhydrous powder from powder city. The recommendation on the label is to not consume more than 100 mg a day. Is that because anhydrous is more potent or is powder city just being more conservative?

    • Braintropic

      Caffeine anhydrous is essentially caffeine extracted from natural sources, in powder form. A regular cup of drip coffee can contain approximately 150 mg of caffeine. Some sources say that caffeine anhydrous may have a stronger effect than caffeine consumed in its natural forms due to other modulating compounds found in natural sources such as coffee/tea that may limit its effects.

      It’s always recommended to start at low doses when trying out supplements for the first time, just to be cautious, but taking 200 mg of caffeine anhydrous in a single dose is very common and considered quite safe.

      Remember, when dealing with bulk powders, it’s important to have an accurate scale so that dosages are measured incorrectly.

  • Elena

    This stack is quite expensive for me if I take all of these nootropics in the recommended dosage. I noticed that the main components of the cost are the Alpha GPC and the Aniracetam. Is there any way that these 2 can be substituted to bring the overall cost down without losing too much of the potency from the stack?

    • Braintropic

      They don’t really have equivalent cheap substitutions. People looking for an alternate inexpensive choline source, instead of alpha GPC, often opt for choline bitartrate, but its efficacy as a nootropic is doubtful. As for aniracetam, a cheaper alternative may be piracetam but its effects aren’t quite the same.

      Remember, when buying nootropics, to save money it’s best to buy in bulk powder form, and to get the largest quantity you can afford to get the best price. For example, 100 grams of aniracetam from Powder City is about $22. At a dosage of 1500 mg this works out to less than 35 cents per day.

      Another way to reduce cost is to go with smaller doses. A dose of 750-1000 mg of aniracetam may still prove to be very effective.

  • javhik

    After searching so many websites for some tips on how to stack things, finally i am at the right place. I am a university student and have math, statistic and engeneering based subjects this semester and i am lacking energy, focus, motivation and memory. i need to be on top in order to fulfil those subjects.
    I have available some nootropics and some are an the way to get here soon.

    available: Noopept, piracetam, aniracetam, phenylpiracetam, adrafinil, Alpha gpc, Phenibut,Alcar, DMAE, Pea, Caffeine, L-thienne, fish oil ( liquid form), B-complex, multivitamin (alive), creatine

    On the way to me:
    Choline Bitartrate, Adrafinil, oxiracetam, Pramiracetam, melatonin, vinpocetine, Uridine, Sulbutiamine, Nalt, Huperzine A.
    want to put an order of: Tianeptine, Lions man, ashwaganda, valerian, 5-htp, Ginko biloba, Rhodiola, Bacoba, colouracetam (maybe).

    I have already stacked some of these i have but still feeling tired and i dont have time to just experiment as i should catch up those heavy seubjects and i need to be on top.can you give me a tips on 1 or 2 stack out of these because i might be cycling 2 stacks. also i want to have the best study stack, photographic memory stack and a good night sleep stack.
    any recommendation on which i should eliminate/avoid to buy and which one i am missing.

    • Braintropic

      It sounds like you’ve done plenty of research. I think you’re on the right track but try and simplify a little bit. Test out one of the stacks that sound best to you and make substitutions and adjustments, if necessary, once you’ve given it a fair chance.

      • javhik

        which of the racetams has the quickes tolerance build up ?
        i see you have sometimes included aniracetam as daily stakc but in some stack aniracetam is nonedaily and pramiracetam is daily.
        can i use noopept, piracetam everyday ? as people say you should use these two often because the more often you take it the more effects it gives but i have not noticed any commulitive effects yet.
        when i use nootropics in the morning for my early classes, i still feel tired but it gets effect late in the evenning and they cause insomnia, i think i cant get any sleep if i use two times.
        what are the nootropics with minimun insomnia side effects that should not be taken late ?
        thanks for your comment

  • Jason Panelli

    Had a few questions about the stack.First,can I replace the morning caffeine pill with my morning cup of coffee.Second,when you say “afternoon” for the second dose,roughly when in the day would you suggest?Lastly,I see that you recommend the Source Naturals NALT capsules.Is it ok to get the Powder City bulk instead?Will the roughly 50 gm a dose extra make much difference?The powder is just more economical.Great article and I look forward to your response.

    • Braintropic

      Morning coffee can be used to replace the caffeine pill. The dosage will vary but as long as the coffee gives an energy boost, then it’s serving its purpose as far as the stack goes.

      I like to take my 2nd dose of the day around lunchtime.

      Powder City is an excellent alternative for NALT and the 50 mg difference won’t likely be much of a factor.

      • Jason Panelli

        Thanks for the followup.One other question.Should this stack be cycled,like a lot of supplements,to avoid building up a tolerance?

        • Braintropic

          There are many opinions as to what supplements, and at what frequency, to cycle nootropics. As mentioned in the article, sulbutiamine shouldn’t be taken daily and instead used for a boost when needed, due to potential tolerance build-up. As for the others, I’d consider cycling caffeine + l-theanine as well as Noopept. As for the cycle itself, some people like to do five days on and two days off, others may say three months on and one month off. There is a lot of variance in that respect.

          Aniracetam and alpha GPC aren’t usually cycled as their effects are cumulative and tolerance doesn’t appear to be an issue.

  • Smooth Slide

    Hi Braintrophic,

    I don’t really get this morning afternoon thing

    1500 mg Aniracetam (morning only)
    20 mg Noopept (afternoon only)

    Do you take both Aniracetam and Noopept in the afternoon or switch to just Noopept?
    As you mention them being synergistic in your breakdown I got a bit confused.

    I gave it a whirl today as I had most of the Noots but replaced NALT with 5-HTP and left out the Noopept using Aniracetam in the afternoon as I was not to sure.
    At work I was focused, calm, energetic, and had fun, I think you are onto something here.

    Have you tried adding Vinpocetine what are your thoughts on it?

    • Braintropic

      The stack is aniracetam only in the morning and then only Noopept in the afternoon. If you wanted to take them together, twice a day, I’d just split the dose in two.

      Vinpocetine is a very promising nootropic but I haven’t tried it within this exact stack. If you decide to try it, please report back.

      Glad to hear you’re having a good experience with your personalized version of this stack!

  • Smooth Slide

    I would say 40 to 60 mins with the amount of goodies in it i was expecting it to be really noticeable, but it was very natural I could feel it but not disruptive, also it was long lasting, but I would skip the Aniracetam in the afternoon, while the afternoon and evening where fine I woke the next morning with unusually disturbing dream and was a little anxious after that, maybe it was fall out from large amounts of Aniracetam consecutively.
    (nothing major but worth a mention)

    I sometimes take (coffee) Piracetam and Vinpocetine with a choline powder and the Vinpocetine amplifies the effects so I don’t need as much Piracetam as I would normally take without it.
    Ill add Vinpocetine in and let you know.

  • Smooth Slide

    I was wrong it was’nt the Aniracetam it was the 5-HTP I took 100mg times two , and higher amounts than 100mg can give nightmares.
    i should have halved it ouch!

  • Smooth Slide

    This is a great stack, today i worked from 8am to 8pm implamemting a pabx project, i had good energy most of the day a bit washed out towards 8pm i think i needed food basically, i was well motivated and in good spirt, an unexpected meeting cropped up and unexpected visitors showed up, on a day like today i would normally get rattled by this but i rolled with it and just met my prep time deadline ready for the next phase, and it all went smooth.
    This stack help keep my nerves from getting the better of me, under pressure i could still be polite, and make small talk even though i knew i had no time to waste.
    keep some extra l-thiamine handy to dump under your tongue if you get a tad to jittery when the caffeine peaks or other elements wear off.
    This is the best stack ive tried, good combo thanks Braintropic.
    i still have not tried the Vinpocetine with it may be a little over the top.

    • Braintropic

      Glad to hear that this is the best nootropic stack you’ve experienced to date!

  • Nootropic noob

    I’m curious if you ever switch up the nootropics used in the stack. going off assumption it seems like the body would eventually grow a sort of tolerance to the continual intake of these and eventually balance out, which obviously would run counter to the point of taking them in the first place

    • Braintropic

      Many of the stack components actually have cumulative effects meaning that the benefits actually improve as you continue to take them. As mentioned in the article, sulbutiamine shouldn’t be taken daily and
      instead used for a boost when needed, due to potential tolerance
      build-up. As for the others, I’d consider cycling caffeine + l-theanine
      as well as Noopept. As for the cycle itself, some people like to do five
      days on and two days off, others may say three months on and one month
      off. There is a lot of variance in that respect.

  • Smooth Slide

    I am pretty sure the Vinpocetine would make a good replacement for Sulbutiamine if you wanted to switch every second day or Sulbutiamine in the morning and Vinpocetine in the afternoon, but I still need to trial it out.
    If it goes well I think it could make an excellent way to cycle and stretch the use of the base stack 4 or 5 days and still be effective.
    I find that the Vinpocetine amplifies the effects of Piracetam and I need less for more benefit so the amount of Aniracetam or Noopept may need to vary with Vinpocetine.

  • Smooth Slide

    I tried out the Vinpocetine in place of Sulbutiamine and it was a much flatter experience but still OK, I think in truth I would use the Sulbutiamine stack Monday Wednesday and Friday and Piracetam, Choline, and Vinpocetine Tuesday and Thursday rest it over the weekend.

  • ATP

    Hi. Thanks for the invaluable guide. By the way, I’m surprised that NALT is recommended as a daily stack. I’m quite familiar with anecdotes that precursors or agonists of dopamine, including L tyrosine and NALT, are not free from quick tolerance or desensitization. Since I couldn’t find any research about NALT’s tolerance building, I’m not sure how to do with my soon coming NALT. Is there anything you can inform me? Thanks!

    • Braintropic

      Since NALT is a dopaminergic, you make a valid point about potential dopamine receptor downregulation. Anecdotally, tolerance to NALT appears to be an issue for some people while others report zero tolerance development. Cycling may be a good idea.

      • ATP

        Thanks! For the experimental purpose, I will use it as a daily stack, and see what’s going on.

  • Rusquish Harowan

    Should this be taken with or without food??

    • Braintropic

      There are some varying opinions on whether to take nootropics with or without food, often based on the specific nootropic itself, but there shouldn’t be too much of a difference in the stack’s effectiveness either way.

  • Matt

    I am prescribed to adderall (20MG morning/10MG afternoon-some days I take a little more, some a little less) however my tolerance has built up a bit and am looking to prolong my energy levels and also I still have a problem with motivation (mostly for mundane/tedious tasks). I started taking B12 recently and also have been taking aniracitam for about 2 weeks, and am thinking of getting the rest of these to do this stack. My questions are 1. Is it ok to take all of these along with adderall and if so will it help me with what I’m looking for? and 2. If so, would that mean I don’t need to bother using NALT since I still am taking the adderall?

    • Braintropic

      The combination of L-theanine and caffeine is considered to be one of the most effective nootropic combinations out there for a cool energized focus. Some people even find it better than Adderall. To be sure that you can take these nootropics safely with Adderall, you should speak to the doctor that prescribed it to you.

  • jojo

    Very helpful guide to summon thing’s up, thank you! Do you have any stacks to take for exams to push for a higher acedemic achievement.

  • Go Taoma

    great site, great article, great info! thank you! quick question… i’m new to nootropics and have done extensive research on it, but haven’t pulled the trigger just yet. I want to create my own stack, i like the stack you presented on this page, however, i know that pramiracetam is the strongest and most potent nootropic part of the racetam family. do you recommend swapping out aniracetam and replacing it with 250mg of pramiracetam? Thanks in advance :)

    • Braintropic

      Pramiracetam is indeed a potent racetam and could replace the aniracetam in this stack. It has an edge on aniracetam is terms of long-term memory formation and its ability to increase focus while aniracetam is generally considered better for creativity, verbal fluency, and even mood.

  • amazone

    thnx for this article. Is DMEA a good alternatif for alpha GPC?

    • Braintropic

      There is evidence that DMAE isn’t metabolized into choline in the brain which means it may not be that effective as a nootropic choline source. We prefer Alpha GPC, centrophenoxine, or citicoline. You may find our guide to choline helpful.

  • Joe Dippy

    Hello all. I am new to nootropics. I ordered everything in bulk that is on the list above and it should be in tomorrow and i have a few questions. This stack is meant to be taken 2 times daily? Once in the morning and once at night? So basically cut out the noopept and only take the noopept at night? I would appreciate a little insight on this stack and more info since I intend to star taking tomorrow . thank you

    • Braintropic

      The stack is twice a day but aniracetam only once in the morning and noopept only once in the afternoon.

  • Joe

    Thanks for all of your help on this site. Can you answer the following. My wife is on venlafaxine. Is there anything in this stack that I should worry about giving her?

    Also, what’s the impact of alcohol or other drugs like cocaine when using a stack like this?

    • Braintropic

      From my understanding, sulbutiamine should not be taken with an SSRI such as venlafaxine. Either way, you should speak to a medical professional before beginning any supplementation routine in order to rule out any potential negative interactions.

      People often report that the effects of alcohol and other drugs are accelerated when taking nootropics, especially if the nootropics were dosed within a few hours of ingesting drugs/alcohol.

  • Chino

    I have just recently started reading about nootropics and made my first purchase a month ago. I ordered some Caffiene and L-Theanine as well as some Noopept and Alpha-GPC from PowderCity. I purchased the pills for each of these and was looking at trying this stack and ordering some powders.

    Do I need to get a scale and capsules/capsule machine in order to take the powder form? Or does it come with a scooper and/or recommended dose? Also, if i choose to capsule the powder, can i just add the ingredients all in 1 or 2 pills? Or do i need to swallow a pill for each nootropic?

    I am really interested in this stack as I love what i have tried so far (the Noopept effects are minimal but maybe i need to increase dosage size). I just want to know the easiest way to do it. Can i just take the powder under my tongue along with the capsules that are part of the stack? Or do i need the scale/capsule machine etc…

    Thanks for your help! Love Nootropics :)

    • Braintropic

      Sounds like you’re off to a good start. When you order bulk powders from PowderCity, they come with a measuring scoop that will allow you to get your doses pretty close without a scale. If you want to be really precise, or deviate from the scoop sizes, you’ll want to invest in a milligram scale.

      Some people really like the convenience of capping their nootropics (yes, you can combine different supplements in each capsule) and others just scoop them right into their mouth or into a drink. It’s personal preference, really.

      Good luck!

      • Chino

        can you just mix all these in water/juice? and can you measure accurately enough using the scooper it comes with? i plan on buying the scale soon.. want to try out the stack first.

        • Braintropic

          You can try that but the taste will be really bad and some of the powders may not dissolve well. But, it should work. The scoops that come with the nootropics are decent enough and should be able to get you rough dosages at least until you invest in a scale if you want to get really precise.

  • Michael Bolton

    For the dosage, is that in one pill? or the entire dosage for the day? 100mg L Theanine twice a day (200mg total dose per day), correct?

    • Braintropic

      The dosages listed taken each time you dose which, for this stack, is
      twice per day. Yes, L-theanine in this stack is taken at a dose of 100
      mg in the morning and then another 100 mg in the afternoon.