The Difference Between Adaptogens, Nootropics and Psychedelics.

In the modern wellness market, there are more ways than ever to improve your health. But even the most discerning consumer may find the marketplace a tad confusing. With buzzwords like adaptogens, nootropics, and psychedelics permeating the culture, it may beg the question: what’s the difference?


It turns out these three types of ingredients, while all having the potential to increase brain power and overall well-being, are quite unique. If you’ve been curious about adaptogens, nootropics, and psychedelics, read this breakdown!

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Adaptogens – Doing a Body Good


Used in Chinese and Ayurvedic healing for thousands of years, adaptogens are natural substances like plants and fungi that are able to help the body resist stressors and promote balance. Research has found them to have the ability to act as neuroprotectants, stimulate the central nervous system, and reduce depression and fatigue. There are dozens of unique adaptogens, with some of the most commonly used being ashwagandha, reishi, cordyceps, and even holy basil.


Adaptogens work by interacting with the body’s hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis (HPA), which is responsible for dealing with stress. They have been found to help regulate the production of cortisol, which is produced during times of “fight or flight” response. By reducing stress hormones, adaptogens allow your body (and brain) to be even more efficient.


Nootropics – Boosting Brain Power


Unlocking all of the innate abilities of the human brain is something many people desire. Nootropics (from the Greek term to “bend the mind”) are compounds such as supplements that improve cognitive function, including memory, executive functioning, and creativity. Caffeine is considered among the most commonly used nootropics thanks to its focus-enhancing capabilities.


According to a 2016 study, nootropics may hold the answer to helping ward off Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia by stimulating the same areas of the brain responsible for these diseases. The same study also demonstrated nootropics’ ability to stimulate blood flow and increase energy. With these results, it’s no wonder nootropics have skyrocketed in popularity over the last decade with over 14% of the population having tried them.


Psychedelics – Expanding Consciousness


The next wave in wellness is on the horizon and while they are not officially legal yet, entheogens (aka psychedelics) like psilocybin mushrooms are already gaining steam thanks to their potential to promote brainpower. Similar to nootropics, psychedelics may boost energy levels, creativity, and concentration. Microdosing, the act of taking small amounts of a substance to reap its benefits, has become a popular practice across the country. Everyone from Silicon Valley tech gurus to soccer moms has touted microdosing as a way to be happier and healthier.


Despite their current status, the psychedelic wellness space is thought to be coming soon. Certain cities (such as Ann Arbor, Michigan and Denver, Colorado) have already opted to decriminalize these compounds and a bill making its way through the California state legislature promises to do the same. Psychedelic research is booming, with more attention being paid to how entheogens may change the face of a wide array of medical treatments, from mental health to chronic pain.


Which Compounds Are Right For You?


While adaptogens, nootropics, and psychedelics are indeed different, they all have a similar goal: to help you be your best self. When exploring these products, it’s important to think of desired outcomes. If you want to enhance your brain’s performance, the nootropic Golden Mind oral spray is one to try. The adaptogen-packed Adrenal Super Tonic can help fight stress and enhance mood. And while we don’t sell psychedelic compounds yet, make sure to stay tuned for once we can!


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