Caffeine is a mild stimulant and easily the most commonly consumed nootropic in existence. When consumed by those who lack a tolerance to it, it provides excellent nootropic benefits.
What Is Caffeine?
Caffeine is by far the most commonly used and accepted nootropic. Caffeine is an alkaloid that acts as a stimulant on the central nervous system. Unlike many other psychoactive stimulants, caffeine is legal and unregulated virtually everywhere on earth. In North America, close to 90% of adults use this nootropic daily.  Because of caffeine’s popularity, it is the most studied nootropic in the world, yet many people still overlook caffeine’s benefits when constructing their nootropic regimen.
Caffeine Dosage Information
The generally accepted daily dosage for caffeine is 300mg. This translates to approximately 3 cups of coffee. When doses exceed 300mg side effects are much more likely. Consuming amounts greater then 500mg per day can result in a condition defined as “caffeinism” . This condition causes caffeine dependency along with many unwanted side effects including insomnia, headaches, irritability, and nervousness.
How Does Caffeine Work?
Even though chances are you have had a cup of coffee at some point in your life, chances are you don’t understand its inner workings. Caffeine is a water and lipid soluble nootropic that can easily cross the blood-brain barrier.
Caffeine’s main mechanism of action is its act as an antagonist of adenosine receptors. This means it reduces the effects of adenosine. The reduction of the adenosine neurotransmitter is where caffeine derives the majority of its effects. Adenosine is an inhibitory neurotransmitter which plays a role in promoting sleep and suppressing alertness among other functions in the brain. 
However, adenosine is not the only neurotransmitter affected by adenosine receptors. These receptors are also to regulate the release of other neurotransmitters including dopamine and glutamate. 
Safety and Side Effects of Caffeine
Caffeine is regarded as being completely safe when taken at recommended dosages. Consuming large amounts of caffeine can lead to side effects including headaches, anxiety, agitation, and insomnia. Even at lower doses a mild dependency may occur. The most common withdrawal symptom from caffeine addiction is headaches, though fatigue, difficulty concentrating, and mild depression may occur. Generally these symptoms pass within a couple days.
Below are some of the most commonly asked questions about Caffeine. If you have a question that’s not on this list, send it to us at email@example.com and we will answer it for you.
For those of you who don’t already take caffeine it is something you should consider. It will definitely provide you with a burst of energy to help you start that day. If you don’t like the taste or don’t have time to make coffee, you can purchase caffeine supplements. If you don’t need a jump-start to your day then you can pass on caffeine. Caffeine by-itself has not been observed to improve memory or learning.
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