Getting your hands on nootropics is the first step on your journey to cognitive enhancement. But, it can become an exercise in frustration if you end up not taking them right.
Just as is the case with supplements used to grow muscle or trim fat, it’s important to cycle smart drugs. For many people, and especially beginners, cycling is a bit of an unknown. In this post, I will cover exactly what it is and how to use it to get the most out of using nootropics. And before you know, cycling will be a part of your routine.
What Is Supplement Cycling
In a simple definition, cycling is the act of taking a supplement at varying amounts over intermittent times. As a counterexample, if you’re taking a product like Noopept in identical amounts, day after day, month after month, cycling that is not. It’s a very stagnant and potentially problematic ingestion schedule.
While following the same daily regimen may work with some supplements (in fact, some require it), it rather quickly becomes inefficient with nootropics. Over time, your body builds up a tolerance to whatever level of the supplement you’re taking, and you lose its effects. As your body adjusts, you will also need more and more of the compound to get the same results.
When you don’t cycle, less and less of a substance makes its way to your central nervous system. That is the area in which a smart drug starts taking effect and spreads via neurotransmitters to enhance your brain.
What’s the answer? Before tolerance to a nootropic builds up, you need to do something to shock the system out of reaching it. You have to reset the level of a compound your body needs to continue getting the same effect. You need to cycle.
How to Cycle Nootropics
There are three good ways to go about cycling supplements. The first is to vary the amount that you are taking. Take a lighter does one week, and follow that with a more substantial dose the subsequent week. Then just rinse and repeat. Continually switching how much you take will prevent your body from becoming accustomed to one dose size or the other. With either dose, all desired cognitive effects should be realized fully every time.
Another way you can cycle nootropics is through a process called stacking. You combine two different compounds so that the body doesn’t become conditioned to one or the other. You can even alternate between different smart drugs from week to week. For example, take pramiracetam during week one, follow with adrafinil during week two, and in week three go back to the beginning. Keeping your body guessing what to expect will also prevent it from building up a tolerance.
Last but not least, cycling can also mean going through periods of not taking a nootropic at all. I firmly believe combining this method with one or both of the other ones is the preferred way to go. Even if you vary the amounts of a supplement, if it’s in your body week after week, month after month, you risk getting a potentially dangerous buildup of it.
One of the best routines to follow is to take nootropic A in week 1, nootropic B in week 2, go back to nootropic A for two weeks, retake nootropic B for another two weeks, and then during an entire week take nothing. After completing this cycle, you restart at week 1 and nootropic A and repeat the whole process again.
To avoid tolerance, inefficiency, and potentially dangerous buildup, it is essential to vary the amount and type of nootropics you take. Hopefully, the brief explanation provided above will help you implement cycling into your routine and get you the most benefit out of using nootropic supplements.