Caffeine+L-Theanine is one of the most popular nootropic stacks, and it’s for a very good reason. In short, this is an incredibly effective, versatile, and non-toxic stack which can be taken for long periods of time with no negative side effects.
Caffeine is the worlds most used drug. In almost every country of the world the vast majority of it’s inhabitants start the day off with a steaming cup of tea or coffee. In essence, the world runs on caffeine. It has become so commonplace in human culture that we don’t even see it as a drug or nootropic anymore, it is now simply considered to a beverage which is a way of life.
L-Theanine is a lesser known substance, but in my eyes it is equally as effective as caffeine. I would describe L-Theanine as being caffeines equal and opposite partner. When a decent dose of L-Theanine is taken (between 200-400mg), it causes a very pleasant relaxed effect. This effect is mostly mental, and I find that it greatly reduces the frequency of negative thoughts, and puts the mind into a meditative state.
L-Theanine is also consumed somewhat frequently across the world, primarily in Asia. Green tea leaves actually contain a small amount of L-Theanine within them. This amount is around 5-10 milligrams per cup of tea, so it’s not much. However, matcha green tea, which is whole green tea leaves ground into a power contains far more, and has sizable enough amounts of L-Theanine that it causes some positive psychoactive effects.
In my opinion, the best way to consume L-Theanine is from the isolated form. This is because isolated L-Theanine is by far the cheapest, easiest, and most effective way to get a sizable dose of L-Theanine.
These 2 widely used nootropics work very well together, and have some killer synergy.
The main problem with caffeine usage, especially in high doses, is the fact that it causes jitters and other undesirable peripheral physical side effects. When combined with L-Theanine, these side effects are removed and you are left with clean, anxiety free simulation.
For best results, it is recommended that you take 2 milligrams of L-Theanine for every 1 milligram of caffeine. Considering that your average cup of coffee contains around 100mg of caffeine, this means that it should be accompanied by 200mg of L-Theanine.
For me personally, it takes a bit more. I dose 200mg of caffeine (or 2 cups of coffee) combined with 400mg of L-Theanine.
This dosage gives me clear, focused energy. Due to the L-Theanine It also makes me quite sociable. This sociability is backed up by increased cognitive functioning (or just perceived cognitive functioning, I suppose) from the caffeine.
All in all, this is a fabulous combination, and I highly recommend it for anyone just dipping their toes into the wide world of nootropics.