Nootropics Survey 2020
Part I: Nootropics
Thank you for taking this survey.

This will ask about several nootropics. The goal is to gather more reliable anecdata on which substances are most often found useful. Results will be made public when the survey is over.

Please rate the net benefit of each substance for you from 0 (zero or bad on net) to 10 (life-changingly good). Numbers above 5 should be used only for effects that you feel were very unlikely to be placebo. If it's hard for you to decide the net benefit of a substance, maybe because it was both very helpful and had many side effects, take your best guess and put an explanation in the comments section at the bottom.

After rating each substance, you'll get asked to estimate how many times you've taken it (except caffeine - I assume that number is too high to count!). Use your best guess - if you've been taking something every day for about ten years, you can put in 3650.

Because I've given this survey before, I'm excluding a lot of nootropics I asked about the past few times. So some standbys like Noopept and rhodiola aren't on here - if you have really exciting things to say about them, you can put them in the comments field at the end. Instead, I've included a lot of newer nootropics. If you haven't tried very many of these, don't worry - just fill in the ones you've tried and leave the rest blank.

There's also a part at the end with some other questions. You can skip it if you get bored. Projected time to take this survey is about 15 minutes. Results will be posted on Slate Star Codex sometime in the next few months. Thanks!
Caffeine
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Theacrine (aka Teacrine)
NOTE: This is NOT the same thing as theanine or l-theanine. Don't give your answer for theanine here!
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Theacrine Number
About how many times have you used this substance?
Methylliberine (aka Dynamine)
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Methylliberine Number
About how many times have you used this substance?
Modafinil
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Modafinil Number
About how many times have you used this substance?
L-Theanine
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L-theanine Number
About how many times have you used this substance?
Piracetam
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Piracetam Number
About how many times have you used this substance?
Phenibut
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Phenibut Number
About how many times have you used this substance?
Coluracetam
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Coluracetam Number
About how many times have you used this substance?
Tianeptine
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Tianeptine Number
About how many times have you used this substance?
Phenylpiracetam
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Phenylpiracetam Number
About how many times have you used this substance?
Shilajit
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Shilajit Number
About how many times have you used this substance?
Cordyceps
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Cordyceps Number
About how many times have you used this substance?
Lemon balm
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Lemon balm number
About how many times have you used this substance?
Black seed oil
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Black seed oil number
About how many times have you used this substance?
Nicotinamide riboside
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Nicotinamide riboside number
About how many times have you used this substance?
Nicotinamide mononucleotide
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Nicotinamide monocleotide number
About how many times have you used this substance?
Kanna (eg "Zembrin")
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Kanna number
About how many times have you used this substance?
Polygala tenuifolia
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Polygala number
About how many times have you used this substance?
Maca
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Maca number
About how many times have you used this substance?
Bromantane
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Bromantane number
About how many times have you used this substance?
Agmatine
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Agmatine number
About how many times have you used this substance?
Etifoxine
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Etifoxene number
About how many times have you used this substance?
ALCAR
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ALCAR number
About how many times have you used this substance?
Pramiracetam
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Pramiracetam number
About how many times have you used this substance?
Niacin
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Niacin number
About how many times have you used this substance?
Saffron
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Saffron number
About how many times have you used this substance?
Glycine
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Glycine number
About how many times have you used this substance?
N-acetyl cysteine ("NAC")
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NAC number
About how many times have you used this substance?
Berberine
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Berberine number
About how many times have you used this substance?
White jelly mushrooms
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White jelly number
About how many times have you used this substance?
Red reishi mushrooms
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Red reishi number
About how many times have you used this substance?
RGPU-95 (Cebaracetam, p-Cl-phenylpiracetam)
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RGPU-95 number
About how many times have you used this substance?
7,8-dihydroxyflavone
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7,8-DHF number
About how many times have you used this substance?
9-MBC
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9-MBC number
About how many times have you used this substance?
Part II: Nootropic-Like Things
Things that aren't quite nootropics, or are combinations of nootropics, or otherwise don't fit in the first section.
LSD microdosing
And I mean microdosing! Don't put results from full doses of LSD here!
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LSD microdosing number
About how many times have you used this substance?
Psilocybin microdosing
Again, please limit this to your experience with microdoses.
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Psilocybin microdosing number
About how many times have you used this substance?
Dynamax
Nootropics Depot and Natrium Health's Dynamax stack with caffeine et cetera.
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Dynamax Number
About how many times have you used this substance?
Panamax
Nootropics Depot and Natrium Health's Panamax stack with various ginsengs
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Panamax Number
About how many times have you used this substance?
Sleep Support
Nootropics Depot and Natrium Health's Dynamax sleep support stack.
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Sleep Support Number
About how many times have you used this substance?
Immune Defense
Nootropic Depot and Natrium Health's Immune Defense stack.
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Immune Defense Number
About how many times have you used this substance?
Part III: Other Questions
Anxiety
Do you take nootropics to help with anxiety?
Not at all a reason
Yes, a major reason
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Motivation
Do you take nootropics to help with low motivation?
Not at all a reason
Yes, a major reason
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Mood
Do you take nootropics to help with low mood?
Not at all a reason
Yes, a major reason
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Memory/Cognition
Do you take nootropics to improve your memory and cognition?
Not at all a reason
Yes, a major reason
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Focus
Do you take nootropics to improve your focus?
Not at all a reason
Yes, a major reason
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Kanna type
If you answered the kanna question above, what kind of kanna did you use?
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Kanna sexual side effects
If you use kanna consistently (let's say for more than a month at a time) have you noticed any loss of sex drive or performance?
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Theacrine tolerance
Some people claim you don't develop tolerance to theacrine (REMEMBER, THIS IS NOT THE SAME AS THEANINE!) the same way you do with caffeine. If you've tried theacrine, what's your impression of this claim?
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Methylliberine tolerance
I haven't heard any claims either way about whether you get tolerance to methylliberine, so you tell me! Can you use methylliberine long term without loss of efficacy?
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RGPU-95 tolerance
Does RGPU-95 manage to avoid building tolerance?
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Modafinil route
Have you ever used modafinil sublingually?
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Modafinil sublingual dosing
If you use modafinil sublingually, any advice to others about how you should dose it relative to oral? Same dose? 50% dose? Less?
Modafinil frequency
If you use modafinil, how often do you use it?
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Modafinil tolerance
In your experience, does modafinil build tolerance?
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Modafinil tolerance reversibility
If you experienced modafinil tolerance, did it go away after a while not taking modafinil?
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Vendor Recommendations
What vendors can you recommend as unusually good and trustworthy?
Vendor Denunciations
What vendors do you anti-recommend as unusually bad and shady?
Favorite nootropic not on this survey
Other good nootropics not on this survey you want people to know about
Peptides
Have you ever used any peptides? If so, which ones worked for you, and can you discuss your experience with them a little more?
Favorite prescription psych med
What prescription psychiatric medication has helped you the most? Please don't say Adderall, Ritalin, or any other ADHD medication, we already know people like those.
Where did you get the link to this survey?
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Did you take this survey last time (in 2016)?
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Overall impression of nootropics
Overall, how has experimenting with nootropics affected your life?
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Standard daily nootropic "stack"
Comments
Anything else you want to mention, or any explanations you want to give to previous answers
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