One sunny Saturday morning in August 2016 Sky news came to visit…
I guess I don’t fit the typical profile of a ‘smart drugs’ user. Mum of two boys, living in rural Scotland. Maybe that’s what attracted them to come and interview me about my nootropics use? But then again I like not being typical. “Do you have a place you keep all your nootropics Sadie, that we could film?”. Hah now that I can provide.
I’m a little obsessed with optimising my brain. In fact I’m interested in optimising my whole self. For the last 4 years I’ve been on an incredible journey of discovery. What started out with how to be more productive at work has taken me down the rabbit hole of Neuroscience, Mediation, Sleep science, Nutrients, Super foods, productivity, diet, exercise, High Fat, Supplements and of course Nootropics.
Here I am on Sky New’s Swipe Tech programme showing my ‘supplements’ cupboard and chatting a little about why I take them.
I’m going through a phase of trying new nootropics at the moment. Earlier this year my nootropic choices where CILTEP, Aniracetam, Choline, plus a few others. read more →
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Enhanced Nation have decided to add 2 new lines to their Nootropics range. Nuerostim and Neurodrive from Mind Nutrition. Sadie Scott (owner) has been trialling these 2 products for the last 4 weeks. ” I am really impressed with the results, I was previously taking Aniracetam alongside my CILTEP stack but decided to trial Neurostim instead”.
Neurostim is a combination of 3 great nootropics in their own right: Aniracetam, DMAE, Vinpocetine
Mind Nutrition’s website says “We developed Neurostim to perform a very specific number of roles; we wanted it to primarily improve the rate at which neurons fire signals within the brain. Achieving this would result in a faster thought process and a better working memory, and these are the three compounds we’ve chosen for this purpose”.
Key benefits are:
- Assists in a faster thought process ✝
- Can improve concentration and mental alertness ✝
- Promotes more effective cognitive function ✝
- Vinpocetine shown to have neuroprotective benefits ✝
Sadie has also been trialling Neurodrive which replaced her Choline supplement. ” I took choline to help increase my acetylcholine within my brain.” One of Neurodrives key ingredients is CDC Choline. “One on the only downside to supplementation is the amount of tablets, any opportunity to reduce this with supplements that do a number of tasks is a great idea. I just love the opportunity to be more efficient. I like both Neurodrive and Neurostim for these reasons, I’m not only getting aniracetam and choline but the added benefits of the additional ingredients as well. Brilliant”.
Both Neurodrive and Neurostim can be purchased from Enhanced Nation click here for the shop link
✝ These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease