Nootropics Resource Library

Welcome to the Nootropics Resource Library. Below is a list of commonly used nootropics accompanied by brief summaries, links to trusted suppliers, and more comprehensive write-ups.


Ashwagandha is an herb commonly used as a nootropic substance to induce a state of relaxation and reduce anxiety. Some additional research has been done to study potential anti-tumor and anti-inflammatory properties. 

Bacopa Monnieri

Bacopa Monnieri is an herb that is commonly used as a nootropic substance to improve memory, boost mental cognition, and reduce anxiety. It has also been used to treat Alzheimer’s disease and ADHD (attention deficit hyperactive disorder).


Caffeine is the most commonly ingested nootropic substance in the world due to its popularity in coffee, tea, soda, and energy drinks. It is an extensively researched powerful mental stimulant that has been shown to improve both mental and physical performance.


Curcumin is the yellow pigment of the turmeric flower that is commonly used as a spice in Indian food (curry). It is commonly used as a nootropic substance for its strong anti-inflammatory and anxiety-reducing properties. Curcumin is not absorbed by the body effectively unless it is combined with piperine, a substance commonly found in black pepper.


Kava is an herb that is commonly used as a nootropic substance for its calming and anxiety-reducing properties. It is usually drunk after being strained and kneaded into a water mixture. Particular care should be taken when purchasing, dosing, and preparing kava, as kava has been linked to multiple cases of liver toxicity and liver failure.

L-Theanine is one of the most widely used and promoted nootropics due to its effects of increased focus and relaxation without inducing a state of drowsiness. It is generally considered to be a safe substance to ingest with no confirmed harmful side effects [1], though anecdotal reports of mild side effects have surface. Other reported uses include anxiety and stress relief, increased immunity, better sleep quality, blood pressure control, sinusitis relief, and tumor and cancer treatment [1]. L-Theanine can be naturally found in tea leaves (such as green and black teas) and various species of mushrooms. L-Theanine can be purchased in most drug stores or online.
Rhodiola Rosea

Rhodiola Rosea is an herb that is taken as a nootropic substance to reduce fatigue, exhaustion, and stress and has a long history of being used to increase endurance. Several studies have accumulated evidence of Rhodiola Rosea as an adaptogen as well as reported anti-aging properties.

St. John's Wort

St. Johns Wort is an herb that is commonly taken as a nootropic substance to reduce feelings of depression. It’s active ingredients “hypericin” and “hyperforin” have been studied extensively in their relation reducing depression. St Johns Wort is considered an effective alternative treatment for depression but has also been studied for treating inflammation, cancer, and both bacterial and viral infections.