Two Red Flags of BAD Nootropic Stacks

There’s two very popular Nootropic ingredients that make me raise a skeptical eyebrow when I see them in a product.

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Huperzine, which we’ll discuss first, is an effective energizing Nootropic but less is really more. You really wouldn’t want to dose more than 100 micrograms daily of Huperzine-A and ideally less, like 50 micrograms daily.

What many users of popular Nootropic stacks don’t know is that large doses of it maybe toxic. You really want to be taking miniscule amounts of the stuff. At doses over 50 micrograms you run into side effects like insomnia, anxiety, high blood pressure, slowed heart rate, restlessness, sweating, loss of appetite, contraction of muscle fibers, constipation, and twitching.

Huperzine stays in your system for at least 24 hours. When you consume 400 mcg of huperzine (which is a common dosage in many stacks) the next day after you think that the Nootropic’s effects have worn off there’s actually still 200 mcg in your system. The Huperzine in your system really accumulates when you then take another 400 mcg, or maybe more if you mega-dose a Nootropic stack containing it. The extremely popular podcaster Joe Rogan often talks about taking 6–8 capsules of Alpha BRAIN which is WAY too much Huperzine. Huperzine really doesn’t belong in your daily stack.

The final really important thing to understand about Huperzine is that it is cheap — really cheap at .0006 cents per dose or 2 cents for a month’s supply! If you want to make a killing, get into the Huperzine business!

The second “Nootropic” that you should be very wary of is DMAE. DMAE is an awful pseudo-Nootropic with some concerning (and often undiscussed) side effects. The consensus of the Biohacker community seems to be that DMAE isn’t worth it. Scientific literature suggests that…

A not insignificant amount of self experimenters report unpleasant effects from it…

Finally, it tastes downright demonic! In powder form it’s one of the nastiest supplements you can ingest.

If you’re going to take Nootropics you really don’t want to waste your time (or your money) and you certainly don’t want to take something that may actually do you harm. Check out this playlist of critiques of Nootropics and products that I see as problematic.

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In other news, my new book How to Be Cross Eyed: Thriving Despite Your Physical Imperfection — a mémoire and lifehacking manifesto has been published on please order it today!

For the longest time people have been telling me to write a book and I finally have! About half of the content in it is devoted to the best lifehacks and biohacks that I’ve researched and self experimented with in the past decade. If you don’t have the time to read the +500 articles on my website and watch all the videos on my Youtube channel just read this. The other half is fresh material that I haven’t published elsewhere. If reading yet another self help or health book doesn’t exactly excite you, you’ll want to read this! It’s a memoire and lifehacking manifesto; a hybrid of Tim Ferriss’s 4-Hour books, Dave Asprey’s Head Strong and Tucker Max’s I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell — early reviewers have commented that the entertaining story telling makes it a fun and engrossing read.

Some of what you’ll find in the book…

As you can tell by the title and subtitle this book is especially relevant for that one or two percent of the population that struggle with a physical imperfection. Which I fall into. I’m cross-eyed with Strabismus, which you can see in almost all of my Youtube videos.

But you don’t have to be cross eyed (or have a conspicuous physical imperfection) to enjoy this book. Really thriving requires an uncommon set of barely legal biohacking tools, social dynamics strategies from the fringes of polite society and rapid mindset transformation technologies which this lifehacking manifesto delves deeply into.

There’s certainly people out there with more conspicuous physical imperfections, who have it worse than I do. However, the eyes are the window to the soul, they really are a part of nearly every important human interaction. Not having normal eyes has been a disadvantage that I’ve needed to develop a specific set of skills and life strategies to overcome.

I wouldn’t blame you for maybe thinking: This looks like a great book… For men! Well, obviously that’s the perspective I’m writing from but my editor and partner in this project is a woman and she helped me at every stage to write a book that is, I hope, relevant also to the fairer sex.

Several months back I was describing this book to my lovely fiancée (now my wife!) and she asked me if the purpose of the book was to help the self esteem of people with physical imperfections.
Not really.

This book is more about the lifehacks that I’ve employed over the past 15 years; strategies, methods and tools that really work to help you overcome the challenge of a physical imperfection and thrive. These things will likely improve your self esteem, but they will also work if you have low self esteem, or no self esteem (or too much self esteem — as I’m sometimes accused of having!) Self esteem is not my focus. My focus is on things that work.

I’ve had a pretty interesting life; I’ve seduced a politician’s daughter in Medellin, Colombia, I hung out with spies in Kiev, Ukraine. I’ve almost died underwater twice, I participated in a bank robbery and I lost my virginity to a spy (yes, really!) From having sex in a brand new Maserati and getting in high speed car chases to being deported from South American countries and representing the US Presidential candidate Donald J. Trump I’ve found the happiness that I didn’t give a damn about and realized my dream of becoming an adventuring philosopher.

I may sound like quite the pompous pontificator but I’ll offer no apologies because story telling is the best way to impart the unconventional mindset that saved me from mediocrity and the biohacks that enabled me to defy my selfish genes.

I’m not a theorist in the business of making generalizations. The tactics and tools presented here are for rigorous practitioners, ethical hedonists and open minded self experimenters.

If you’re bored of the tired problem>generalization>platitude>strategy formula that most self help books follow you’ll enjoy this memoir of adventures, failures and unexpected successes across three continents. I’ll share with you some powerful tools for transformationbiohacking, smart drugs, flowstate, red pill mindset and tantric sex — with which I’ve managed to pack several lifetimes’ worth of peak experiences into a single decade.

Please order it today on Amazon ($9.99)
Directly on my own website (Hint: It’s a dollar less here!)

Finally, I decided to launch this book in an independant crowdfunding campaign and some of you very generously supported it. A huge thank you! You have been thanked in the Acknowledgements page of the book.

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New Videos

I’ve started a series of videos critiquing popular products that I think are deeply flawed. I do so in the hopes that their vendors will improve their products and bring something more ethical to the market. While free speech laws in the US protect my right to do so there’s certainly some risk in publicly criticizing bad products that are making their sellers a lot of money. Please support my work in whatever way you feel is best to empower me to continue to do so.

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Looking forward to a Limitless 2019 with you!

Jonathan Roseland

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

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