What Is The Correct Way To Stack Nootropics?

What Is The Correct Way To Stack Nootropics?

In the world of nutritional supplements, when you talk to someone who takes nootropics, they’ll probably tell you that they stack it with other nootropics. It’s a common practice and it is going to help enhance the effects you’re going for.


In this blog, we’re going to dive into everything you need to know about stacking so you understand the basic concept, and get the results you’re hoping for, but also so you can do it correctly.

The Basic Concept Of Stacking

Like most things in life, if you have a couple of things that work similarly and they do great things, you’ll want to combine them to make something great, right? This is the same thought behind stacking. When you stack nootropics, you’re don’t it because they offer one or more of these characteristics:

Synergistic Action

There are some parts of the stack that work together to make the overall effect more evident and more powerful. For example, if you take a caffeine and l-theanine stack, you’re going to feel stimulated from the coffee without the jitteriness, thanks to the l-theanine’s calming effects.

Supplementary Action

There are some supplements that are stacked together because they provide components that are necessary for other parts of the stack to work properly. This is particularly true with a stack like piracetam, pramiracetam, and aniracetam.


All three work to stimulate the neurotransmitter, acetylcholine. These three work together to draw on the brain’s stored up choline. If choline is lacking, you aren’t going to feel those effects. However, by stacking a good quality choline with these nootropics, you are going to enhance their effectiveness.

Complementary Action

Sometimes different nootropics are stacked together because they complement one another. For example, if you stack two or more nootropics with different effects, you’ll have a good blend of cognitive boosters, like enhanced memory and mood enhancement, for example.

How To Stack Nootropics

If this is your first experience stacking nootropics, you don’t want to go about it haphazardly. You first want to do some research and know what works well together and what kind of effects you’re looking to achieve out of your stack.

But before you can do all of that, you need to know what each component does to your body first. There’s no point in trying a stack if one of the components doesn’t work well with your body.

Here’s a simple stack that is good for beginners:

  • Your First Stack (take 1 or 2 times per day)
  • 1 g Aniracetam: improves cognition, reduces anxiety, enhances mood.
  • 300 mg Alpha GPC: good source of choline
  • 10 mg Noopept: fast acting nootropic, enhances memory, learning, clarity and focus
  • 200 mg L-Theanine: improves focus and cognitive performance
  • 100 mg Caffeine: boost mood, enhances memory, reduces anxiety, more motivation

Mistakes To Avoid When Stacking

It’s understandable that when you’re new to stacking, you may not know all the ins and outs of stacking correctly. Here’s some of the most common mistakes people make when stacking that you should avoid so you can get the most out of your stacks:

Taking Too Many

You want to avoid putting too many of the same compound in your stack. Sure, you might want to throw all the popular and effective nootropics together, thinking they’ll work miracles, but it doesn’t mean you’re going to get the best results for you.

Avoid Stacking Cancelling Combinations

There are some nootropics that cancel each other out, and people will unknowingly stack them thinking they’ll get great benefits. An example of this is stacking the adaptogenic herb, Ashwagandha, with a stimulatory cholinergic stack, like CDP Choline and Noopept.


With that said, in a stack like caffeine and theanine, it will balance itself out. If you don’t know if the compounds you want to use will cancel each other out, just do a bit of research first.

Dosing Incorrectly

If you dose too high on a certain nootropic, you are going to create imbalances that could cause negative effects. You might think that more is better, but in the case with nootropics, that isn’t the case--it’s actually the other way around, low doses are more effective than an “attack” dose.

Giving Up

Like anything else in life, anything worthwhile is going to take some time to get used to. If you try a particular nootropic or stack and it doesn’t work out for you, don’t give up.

Giving Up

Adjust the doses or adjust the nootropics until you find the perfect combination that works for you. Some compounds require a few weeks of use before you really start to see the benefits. Nootropics isn’t something that is going to change your life overnight, it’ll take time.

Treating Your Body Poorly

The things you put into your body is going to play into how your nootropic stack works. If you like to party 4 nights out of the week, those toxins aren’t going to work very nicely with your stack.

It’ll either take much longer to for you to feel the desired effects, or it’ll nullify the stack all together. If you want to make sure your getting the most out of your stack, you’ve got to treat your body with care--it’s the only one you’ve got!

Final Thoughts

We all want to live our best lives and most of us are going to do whatever we can to make that happen. Some will workout nonstop, some will avoid toxins like alcohol or nicotine and so forth.

Stacking nootropics is one way that you can enhance aspects of your cognitive abilities such as concentration, memory, and learning skills.

The key to stacking the nootropics correctly is to understand your body and what each component does to it. Learning how to stack your nootropics is going to take some time and research, but it’s important to not go into it expecting miracles overnight.

However, if you remain patient and you fine tune your stack, you’ll be surprised by the cognitive improvements you’ll see.





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