The Most Expensive “Smart Drug”…

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It’s a Nootropic stack that combines 28 different synergistic ingredients…

That’s a lot!

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Yours for ONLY 4 easy payments of $199!

At +$100/bottle Qualia is a lot cheaper than the $800 price tag of the fictional drug, NZT-48, and some people say it makes them Limitless. Should you shell out the big bucks for it? I’m not sure, I actually have some critiques of this product (and others like it) that I break down here…

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Watch: Qualia (Maybe) Problematic

To summarize my objections to Qualia…

1. It contains ingredients at insufficient dosages. I believe in taking Nootropics in the dosages that are demonstrated as being effective in human trials. For example, it contains 200 milligrams of Alpha GPC which is insufficient, the dosage range recommended in studies is 400–600 milligrams. There’s little good reason to assume that it benefits you in a minuscule dosage.
2. Nootropic stacks deprive you of the opportunity to experiment with different dosages and figure out what dosage works for your unique neurobiology.
3. Dosage tolerance curve, if you use all of those Nootropics daily you build up a tolerance to them. I recently designed a cool infographic where I have two data plots illustrating this.
4. Questionable quality of ingredients. When they include 28 different ingredients you have to question the quality of the individual ingredients. They have no incentive for the quality of the individual ingredients. There’s no public COA for the ingredients, although according to the FAQ on their website: We receive and review a COA (Certificate of Analysis) for each batch of every raw ingredient coming in, conducted using HPLC (high performance liquid chromatography) and MS (mass spectrometry). You have to believe that it contains all 28 of those ingredients on the label.
5. They pay their affiliates a pretty high commission percentage (25%), so you have to consider the financial incentive of those recommending it so enthusiastically. It looks like the true price of Qualia is around $100 so I’m not sure if I want to pay $25 to someone just for sending me a sales email with a link.

To my surprise…

The main man over at Neurohacker Collective, Daniel Schmachtenberger, called me up and did his best to address my objections to his product. He actually did a bullet-pointed write-up responding to every point I made which you can and should read (here) before trying Qualia. A lot of Entrepreneurs would try to use dastardly lawfare to get me to take down a video like the one above, but Daniel handled it diplomatically in a high-integrity way. This just about changes my mind on Qualia. If you can afford it, you might want to try it

It’s a popular product and a lot of Biohackers swear that it’s the best Nootropic stack they’ve ever tried…

Feel like the Best version of Self — N. Cooper

Perfect Formula — Dusty S.

It works. It’s amazing. — Chase and Janessa Ramsey

These reviews and a lot of others you can find on Amazon — others say it’s “not worth the money.”

Some other “expensive” smart drugs…

That I’ve tried and done biohacker trials of which you’d also want to take a look at…

Neuro-Stack — A Nootropic Stack rich in Lion’s Mane and 26 other COA-verified Nootropic ingredients.

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Watch: Neuro-Stack [Biohacker Review] Finally! An Ethical Nootropic Stack…

QUANTUMiND — Produces the desirable state of relaxed-arousal with a balance of stimulating (Caffeine, Vitamin B12, ALCAR, Tyrosine, and Alpha-GPC for cognitive enhancement) and tranquilizing (L-Theanine, Ashwagandha, Panax Ginseng) ingredients.

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Watch: An Energizing Stack that Unleashes Relaxed-Arousal [QUANTUMiND Biohacker Review]

Tao Ultra Nootropic — I used the product for about a month and count it as one of the better pre-made Nootropic stacks I’ve tried. Tao seems to be an extended-release Nootropic, you just take a single capsule daily instead of a morning dose and an afternoon does — I found this gave me an uptick in energy, focus, and cognition for the duration of the workday. Tao has, hands-down, the most beautiful packaging of any supplement I’ve ever tried, it’s a beauty!

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Watch: Tao Ultra Nootropic [Biohacker Review] A Sublime Nootropic Stack with Style!

Modafinil — This is NOT a stack, it’s a quintessential cognitive-enhancing smart drug (and it’s not cheap!)

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I have an ambivalent view of it.

Semax — This Russian peptide is a quintessential smart drug in that it fires up cognition as opposed to wakefulness, focus, or motivation. So it will help you work smarter as opposed to harder, which sometimes is exactly what we need. Apparently, it really blows the socks off some veteran Nootropics enthusiasts. You have to order it from Russia with cryptocurrency and you take it nasally, not orally (and it’s not cheap!)

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Listen to my podcast about it: Semax the Clarity promoting Insta-Nootropic to become a BDNF Badass

ESS60 — This is next level C60, the carbon buckminsterfullerene superantioxidant used in the landmark French anti-aging study that doubled-lifespans. It’s more of an anti-aging tool than a Nootropic but some people report a holistic Nootropic effect from it. It’s spendy stuff, if I were a billionaire I’d bathe in ESS60 olive oil daily!

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Watch: ESS60 is next-level C60…

But, frankly, as enticing as an expensive “Smart Drug” is, some more affordable Nootropics are great…

  • Piracetam is probably the best Nootropic value, it’s a potent full-spectrum smart drug.
  • Nicotine (5% in PG or VG solution) and a tall, strong coffee (organic toxin-free) is my daily driver Nootropic.
  • Energetic breathing is FREE and in my brain training self-quantification has a short-term cognition-enhancing effect tantamount to the pricey Racetam Phenylpiracetam.

If you try any of these PLEASE drop me a line letting me know how you respond to them.

Cognitively Capitalized,

Jonathan Roseland

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Originally published on LimitlessMindset.com. I’m not a doctor, medical professional, or trained therapist. I’m a researcher and pragmatic biohacking practitioner exercising free speech to share evidence as I find it. I make no claims. Please practice skepticism and rational critical thinking. You should consult a professional about any serious decisions that you might make about your health.

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Adventuring philosopher, Pompous pontificator, Writer, K-Selected Biohacker, Tantric husband, Raconteur & Smart Drug Dealer 🇺🇸

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