The Tea Grenade Caffeine Maintenance Method

My Relationship With Coffee

Whether we know it or not, most of our first experiences with nootropics are through natural caffeine.

Before I even knew what the word nootropic meant, I was sucking down pots of coffee daily. While I loved it at first, the inevitable effects of physical dependence and tolerance were soon to follow.

Ever since then I have had an on-again-off-again relationship with the stimulant. I’ll have a couple of years of unabated consumption punctuated with three month periods of steadfast abstinence before plunging right back in with complete abandon.

Gaining Control Over Caffeine Intake

I have come to find however, that this emotional roller-coaster technique of dealing with caffeine is not the best way.

After some deep reflection, I decided to moderate my caffeine consumption without total abstinence, and I think I have since discovered a helpful way to keep the effects of caffeine reasonably high.

I was at three mugs of joe a day when I began. If random internet sites are correct (the internet is always right ;)) then a typical mug of coffee is somewhere around 200 mg of caffeine. That’s 600 mg as my daily total.

The Tea Grenade Substitute

I decided to change out my last mug of coffee for a cup of black tea for caffeine. Sources say that’s about 50-60 mg. It wasn’t so bad because this was in the afternoon, and by then I was pretty awake. After a week to readjust, I continued.

Here is where the “Tea Grenade” method comes in. By replacing a mug of coffee with three cups of tea (or an explosion of teas, get the pun?) I keep caffeine coming in at a steady rate. This eliminates the negative side effects of withdrawal, while overall decreasing caffeine intake.

I then split my second cup of coffee into three tea servings. Two black teas (60+60=120 mg) and one green tea (25 mg). After my previous reduction of 140 mg of caffeine, I was now cutting out a further 55 mg. This totaled 195 mg of caffeine out of my day, or, essentially, an entire mug of coffee. In addition to getting all my caffeine from tea, tea also contains l-theanine, which helped to reduce the anxiety typically associated with caffeine.

A week of this to get everything up-regulating in my brain and it was back to reducing. I cut out my last black tea and the second black tea. I was now at 1 morning mug of coffee (200 mg), 1 black tea at noon (60 mg), and 1 green tea in the afternoon (25 mg). That’s 285 mg of caffeine. That is a significant difference for two basically pain-free weeks of caffeine reduction.

The Aftermath

I must note that as my daily intake of caffeine goes down, caffeine becomes much more enjoyable and stimulating due to a decreased tolerance.

Let me tell you: no regrets. In the morning, I can actually climb out of bed and feel somewhat clear headed before fueling up on java, and if I miss my last tea (only 25 mg of caffeine) I don’t drag.

See? Handling caffeine addiction can be not only beneficial, but also enjoyable!

Pramiracetam Review: Pramiracetam Powder vs Other Stimulants

When I first started reading about nootropics, I was almost certain that I would be a racetam non-responder. Don’t ask me why, it was just this feeling I had deep down, like I would take a dose and expect to feel something significant and just wouldn’t.

Ultimately, I didn’t want to waste my money; so my first nootropic ended up being Noopept and sulbutiamine since they are billed as some of the most powerful and effective nootropics. These weren’t bad choices by any stretch and were actually quite effective, but eventually I couldn’t help but notice racetams were a staple in the nootropic world, and there had to be a good reason for it.

Pramiracetam Review

When I finally decided to purchase some pramiracetam from these guys and try a dose, I felt its effects rather quickly. I will admit that even though it seemed like a fluke at the time (I was still paranoid that I would be a non-responder), it has proven to be incredibly helpful to me.

I have to admit one negative that hit me immediately as I took my first dose though. The taste of pramiracetam powder is really terrible, almost unbearable when just mixed with water (don’t even try it without mixing it with something). You’re probably going to want to mix it with something equally strong tasting to fight fire with fire, so to speak. Or, a better solution (and the one I prefer) would be to pick up some empty capsules or pre-measured pramiracetam caplets.

Being a fan of stimulant supplements, I’ve always wanted to ask for a prescription of methylphenidate, dextro-amphetamine, or levoamphetamine for some occasional, productive use in the gym or at work. However, I never quite pushed myself to go to the doctor, though, because there was a nagging worry about addiction and brain damage.

This is probably the biggest reason I got into nootropics: I was looking for an amphetamine like boost without the negative amphetamine like lifestyle. We can all use some extra energy and focus from time to time, but amphetamines can have some very nasty side effects and are known to be extremely habit forming.

Where I am Now

Pramiracetam powder (I’m now in week three of my routine) has proven to not only be an amphetamine alternative, but superior to them as well. Here’s what I’ve noticed so far:

  1. There is no crash and no compulsive element to its use.
  2. Pramiracetam has low toxicity and evidence shows it might even be an overall good supplement for your brain. [1]
  3. Rather than developing a tolerance like with many nootropics, I’ve found myself growing more sensitive to pramiracetam. Especially during the second week, 1600 mg felt stronger every morning, noon, and afternoon that I took it.

I used to take Adderall in my college days to help with papers and studying for tests, but I never felt good using it. Whereas a day of Adderall fueled productivity left me feeling a day behind all week, pramiracetam pushes my concentration and focus without ever missing a beat. When I skip a dose I’m fine, and when I take a dose its better than I expected it would be. This is the complete reverse of the narcotic side of amphetamine use and the best part is that I’ve never experienced any negative side effects.

Pramiracetam Powder Reviewed

If you have been curious and unsure about buying pramiracetam powder, let me tell you, it’s worth a shot. If you have been thinking about talking to someone to get a hold of an amphetamine prescription, I think the racetam family is worth looking into first. There are less (if any) side effects, it’s available over the counter, and best of all studies show that it’s safer for you than amphetamines.

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