We’re into our second installment on a subject matter that we are learning about daily. The combination of nootropic supplements, “stacking” and stacking with CBD
The term nootropic has a long history, but only recently has this been popularized by pop culture figures like Aubrey Marcus and Joe Rogan. There are dedicated forums and reddit threads where a lot of this information can be found. However, the recent trending of CBD leaves much to be desired when discussing the industrial hemp derived compound as a nootropic.
Still, CBD is purported to improve human cognitive abilities.
The term covers a broad range of substances including drugs, nutrients and herbs with purported cognitive enhancing effects. The word nootropic was coined in 1964 by Dr. Corneliu E. Giurgea, derived from the Greek words noos, or "mind," and tropein meaning "to bend/turn".
Typically, nootropics are thought to work by altering the availability of the brain's supply of neurochemicals (neurotransmitters, enzymes, and hormones), by improving the brain's oxygen supply, or by stimulating nerve growth. However the efficacy of nootropic substances in most cases has not been conclusively determined. This is complicated by the difficulty of defining and quantifying cognition and intelligence. Much testing is still needed.
Like the last installment, which you can familiarize yourself with here, we will cover more of the stacking combinations that users has found to be effective.
RoseMary and CBD
Currently there are many “drugs” on the market that improve memory, concentration, planning and reduce impulsive behavior. Many are considered stimulants. However, a lot of research and discussion is focused on the less synthetic and more bioavailable resources found in plants and herbs.
Rosemary has a very old, albeit unverified, reputation for improving memory.
Combining or stacking with CBD has an improved benefit. As many report to have memory issues when using medical cannabis, which is an age old reputation as well, it’s CBD and RoseMary that are combined for affect.
Combining With St. John's WortSt John's Wort - Herb. The active components: hypericin and hyperforin, are
clinically indicated to be effective in cases of mild to moderate depression, on par
with synthetic drugs. However, St John's Wort is not suitable for the treatment of
severe depression or suicidal tendencies. Side effects include gastrointestinal
complaints and allergic reactions. This is why CBD could be dosed simultaneously to treat stomach complaints.
However, as we have spoken of in the previous blog post, it is wise to start small with dosing these substances and understand what allergic reactions look like before starting any kind of vitamin regimen.
Ways That Stacking Works
CBD oil is typical with aiding and preventing health issues at this point in the United States. This line of thought makes it perfect for a combinational use with nootropics.
Traditional nootropics are thought to work especially well for:
More Nootropics worth considering:Vitamin B5 - cofactor in the conversion of choline into acetylcholine, cholinergic agent, increases stamina (including mental stamina).
Theanine - Found in tea. Increases serotonin and dopamine levels in the brain. Increases alpha-wave based alert relaxation.
Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis) and passion Flower are herbs. They seem to feature anti-depressant properties. It is commonly combined with St. John’s Wort and Valerian (for further stacking) which work synergistically to reestablish the patients emotional balance without causing tachyphylaxia, hangovers, or addiction.
Niacin - This is a common additive in many things from sports drinks to meat, poultry, and red fish. Mostly, niacin functions as a mood stabilizer, with a powerful anti-anxiety effect — perhaps the best and most immediate, long-lasting, stress reliever available (note that other forms of vitamin B do not have this effect).
As always, thanks for reading the blog and reaching out with your questions and comments. We appreciate the response to this topic and look forward to learning and sharing more information on nootropics and the large spectrum of compounds that we love, in CBD.
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