Aniracetam, Modafinil, CILTEP, Alpha Brain, Brain Octane Oil

One of the really appealing things about Bio Hacking is the opportunity to make yourself on top of your game. Let’s face it who doesn’t want to be able to operate at their peak. For some people its optimum health, others its fitness, for me its mentality. Running a business, attending meetings, having kids, traveling up and down the country takes its toll and some days I can feel onnit and others I can feel totally drained. Having the opportunity to change and improve this so I have more energy, can focus more and achieve more really is totally exciting.

Everything I do now is to achieve a higher state of performance. I’ve been focusing on diet, health and immunity but approaching it from this direction rather than to get slim etc. I know exercise improves brain health and the right kind of exercise is good however over training the body is bad. But I’ve also been researching Nootropics and Smart Drugs.

I’ve been reading up a lot on nootropics and smart drugs. There’s quite a bit of info out there on blog sites, medical sites. If you believe what everyone is saying is seems crazy not to be using them. However one of the things I’ve learnt over the last 12 months is that everyone’s physiology is different and that we all respond differently to food, exercise, drugs, sleep etc. I found this to be especially true for myself.

Modafinil

This was the first ‘smart drug’ that I experimented with. For me Modafinil really has a strong effect. If I take this along with coffee then my heart races. I’m not 100% sure what goes on. I was following a slow carb diet at the time and my blood pressure seems to get low if I restrict my carbs for a period of time. I did find when I took Modafinil that I was fairly wired. Plus I would eventually get a headache. I’ve tried full ½ and ¼ tablets and found that if I reduce the dosage its better but I found I could only really do it for one day. Any longer that this and the negative effects increased. I now realise that the headache comes from a deficiency of acetylcholine and taking a choline supplement sorts this out. Positives – I became really focused, I felt like my brain was firing on all cylenders, public speaking felt easy and communicating with people in general was great. Downsides – racing heart, didn’t sit well if I had too much caffeine, disturbed sleep.

Aniracetam

Another nootropic that shows promise. This reportedly improves memory recall increase intellectual clarity, improves immune function, and generate feelings of health and well-being, particularly in the elderly. However much of the info online is anecdotal so again don’t believe everything you read. And yet it’s very intriguing so like Modafinil after researching about it online I ordered 40 tablets. They arrived beginning of January and I’ve been trialling then for a week. So what have I noticed so far? I can definitely tell I’m taking them. I’ve been very engrossed in starting up my Enhanced Nation site the last 2 weeks to the point it was all consuming. However in the last few days my approach has chilled out and I’ve been able to drag my focus away and onto other things. I’ve noticed that socially I’m more outgoing and it’s easier to engage with people face to face and online. By day 3 I started to get a headache so I added in choline supplement. Which has stopped the headaches. I had a break after 5 days and restarted again the following week. By Day 6 I noticed I have good memory recall. So I’ll keep taking them keep logging my results.

Brain Octane Oil

I now take this in my coffee every morning and I really miss it if I’m not at home. I’ve also taken it straight (it has no taste). It makes my morning coffee what I need it to be and gives me an energy boost. It’s subtle though. Like I said I can now tell if I don’t have it. I tend to keep it to only one a day though as I’ve taken it a few times twice in the mornings and felt pretty wired. I couldn’t get my words out quick enough, brain working to fast. I like the health claims for taking this as well.

Alpha Brain

I bought a couple of bottles along with some shroom tech and shroom mood. I’ve not tried the shroom mood but have the other 2. I didn’t noticed any effects at all from either. So after my 2 bottles I didn’t get anymore. Maybe revisit them again and do some more research

CILTEP

This is a natural product that contains 5 ingredients, Artichoke extract and Forskolin (used in Ayurvedic Medicine)being two of the key ones. Natural Stacks website says “CILTEP works by naturally inducing Long-Term Potentiation. Long-Term Potentiation (LTP) is a long lasting enhancement in signal transmission between two neurons that results from stimulating them both at the same time. LTP is one of the major cellular mechanisms behind learning and memory.  Memories are formed or “encoded” in the brain by creating LTP.”

I received 3 bottles in January and started taking them as instructed – 5 days a week in the morning on an empty stomach. Like everything I trial I stopped taking anything else so that I could monitor the results. After 2 weeks all was good with no adverse affects so I added back in Aniracetam and Choline.

All I can say is Wow. This combination definitely works for me. My memory recall has noticeably increased. Writing tasks are easier. I was so impressed with CILTEP that I added it to my shop.

If you have had any experiences with any of the above or have questions to ask feel free to leave comments

Warning – If you are under the age of 21 don’t think about experimenting with smart drugs. Your brain is not fully developed before this and there is not enough evidence or studies to know what long term affects it can have to the health of your brain. However if you’re past the glowing vitality of youth then make sure you do your research before you start and keep a track of your experiments. That way you know what effects they are having and if they are right for you.