Chasing the PEA Dragon: An Uncomfortable Euphoria

DMAA Powder Stack

Awhile back, I was looking for quality DMAA powder (a stimulant in Jack3d that gives you great energy) and I came across a mix consisting of Caffeine, DMAA, Hordenine, and Phenylethylamine. Usually when I come across something like this, I quickly disregard it because it has all the “extras” while I’m trying to find an isolated solution. I had never even heard of Hordenine or PEA (Phenylethylamine) but when I read some of the reviews, people were continually blown away by the combination and that it was the best energy they’ve ever had. So now I was curious and decided to do a little research.

I learned about MAOIs (Monoamine oxidase inhibitors) and how there are enzymes in the brain that destroy certain neurotransmitters. Hordenine acts as a temporary MAOI to allow PEA (and even Caffeine and DMAA supplement to an extent) to pass through the brain blood barrier without being metabolized. To put it simply, Hordenine makes the other three ingredients significantly more potent.

So I ordered the energy stack from HSW and when I got it, I decided to take it all at the maximum recommended dose. What followed was what I can best describe as an uncomfortable euphoria. Fortunately, that night I decided to log how the day went:

“After 25 minutes I started feeling really happy. I ran out to my roommate’s car as he was leaving for work and explained that my new stack was working. But then it all went downhill once I got back inside. I had to lie in bed, and I was essentially staring at the ceiling needing to consciously breathe, and I was noting my heartbeat. For the most part I didn’t move. Maybe 20 minutes later of staring up at the ceiling, I got myself up and went to take an ice cold shower. I was freaking out pretty bad and the thoughts of ODing and needing to call 911 were always on my mind.

About 30 minutes later, I went climbing (at an indoor bouldering gym) with my friend: “…I started climbing. I got way into it and it turned out to be my best climbing session ever. I got routes that I had never been able to do before. If I had to guess, the short ‘High’ that PEA gave finally wore off and the caffeine and DMAA were finally able to help me climb.”

PEA, Hordenine, Caffeine and DMAA Powder Stack Reviewed

So while I did experience the energy boost others reported, the uncomfortable euphoria is certainly worth noting. Users should start low with this stack and work their way up to suitable levels.

Bronkaid ECA Stack and Other Energy and Focus Stacks

Bronkaid ECA Stack: Is it Effective?I’ve been hearing a lot recently in the bodybuilding community of something known as an ECA stack. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the term, ECA stands for Ephedrine, Caffeine, and Aspirin. A quick energy stack like this is extremely useful for those bodybuilders looking to lose those last couple pounds of fat to get into the single-digit body fat percentages. What’s interesting, however, is the ingredient Ephedrine. What many do not know, however, are the nootropic properties of ephedrine taken by itself.

Marketed as a nasal decongestant and sometimes a standalone fat-burner, ephedrine is a powerful stimulant and induces an intense-focus and reportedly high energy output. I think oftentimes when someone is looking for a nootropic to help them through their day, energy is an important thing to consider. While caffeine is effective (quite possibly the most popular nootropic), tolerance builds quickly which leads to ineffectiveness. I’ve had to buy caffeine pills to keep up with my tolerance, and I decided it was becoming futile. I’ve experimented with other stimulates in the past (DMAA for example) and decided there are better alternatives than straight caffeine. This is why pre-workout mixes contain more than just caffeine – to stay effective and keep the customer coming back for more.

Bronkaid ECA Stack: Is it Effective?

Today I stopped by my local pharmacy and bought some Bronkaid (Over-the-counter medicine) containing 25mg ephedrine sulfate along with guaifenesin (400mg). What I didn’t realize, however, is that the guaifenesin is a muscle relaxant aimed to loosen mucus in the bronchial passageways. While this may not concern some, I decided it was a waste of a purchase because I didn’t want this energy stack to impact my performance in the gym.

My Ephedrine Stack

The other two ingredients I included with my stack were a megadose of noopept powder (100mg) and a moderate dose of aniracetam. Both of or derived from the racetam family, these ingredients actually use different receptors in the brain and can therefore synergize quite nicely (for those of you who are curious, noopept activates nerve growth and a stimulated Hippocampus – the area of the brain affiliated with long/short term memory and special navigation, while sniracetam stimulates the AMPA receptor giving your brain faster communication in the central nervous system).

As I continue experimenting with this energy/focus stack, I will keep you updated.  Because ephedrine is hard to obtain, a similar energy can be obtained via caffeine anhydrous and DMAA.