I once went over a year without any caffeine.
The withdrawals were miserable. I had moderate to severe head aches and zero energy. My sex drive was also zero. Although the Internet said caffeine withdrawals only last 2-5 days, I was worthless for 3 days and not on my game for about three weeks.
I quit caffeine because of addiction. Too much caffeine leads to adrenal fatigue – which is a junk science term with some basis in fact. Too many stimulants “burns you out,” or however you want to say.
And I’d been addicted to caffeine at various points in life. During my late 20’s I’d drink 6 to 8 sugar free Red Bulls a day. I’d buy them by the case at Costco.
Coffee for me is a pleasurable experience. Pour overs only, fine single origin blends. Friends would be in awe as I’d take down pour overs and then shots shots shots shots shots shots. When visiting friends in Italy they said, “No one drinks cappuccinos like this.”
Shauna would search hotels when we travelled Europe based on whether they had a Nespresso machine.
When I lived in Paris, I felt bad for the cafe owner when moving out.
I was paying a large chunk of his rent for the three months I lived there. One (double) pour over upon arrival, sparkling water afterwards, and then a nice quiche with another pour over in the afternoon.
And in Vietnam I had my go-to spot. Each morning I’d hop onto a moto and travel to The Workshop Coffee in District 1 of Hoh Chin Minh.
- Yes, I traveled and lived around the world. If you’re a young person, figure out how to earn a living online. You don’t need a lot, and one of my only life regrets is that I didn’t look into the Digital Nomad scene. Just don’t fall for the scammers who rent AirBnBs and pretend like they are making a lot of money. I’ve been around those people. They aren’t making one they claim.
Today my caffeine consumption is limited. I’ll have an iced coffee (cold brew actually, the stuff called “ice coffee” is swill) in the morning, and maybe something in the afternoon.
To keep my caffeine low, I asked a company to formulate a nootropic without any caffeine. I figured it would sell like wild.
Gorilla Mind thus launched two versions of a nootropic called Rush and Smooth. Rush had caffeine, and Smooth used TeaCrine (TM), a non-stimulant stimulant.
The free market, as you know, doesn’t care about your opinion. Rush has flown off the shelves, and is almost out of stock. Smooth is underselling Rush by 3-to-1. Why?
Heavy rain outside sets the stage for an evening of deep work.
— Ed Latimore (@EdLatimore) May 16, 2018
When people take an energy drink or nootropic, they want to FEEL a rush, and that rush is usually a kick of caffeine and some B12. While caffeine and B12 give you a short term energy boost, they aren’t impressive.
Once people take Smooth, they love it. They talk about working for hours with intense focus. When they take Smooth in the afternoon, it doesn’t keep them up at night.
But we have to grab people by the collars and say, “Try Smooth!” Actually, no, that wouldn’t work.
What is in Smooth and why does it work?
I didn’t formulate it, and was a total prima donna. I kept having them send me sample after sample until the right one hit me.
I’ve tried everything, and nothing over-the-counter worked like Smooth.
While noticing intense focus, I also felt a bit more upbeat, and that surprised me. Unbeknownst to me, there was a mood-elevating compound in Smooth.
Bacopa Monnieri: Used as an anti-aging supplement that protects neurons in the brain from accumulative damage, Bacopa Monnieri acts as an antioxidant, cognitive enhancer, and neuroprotectant. By increasing kinase activity in the brain, a faster rate of transmission is achieved which enhances mood, mental energy, information absorption/recall, memory, and reduces anxiety, as well as joint and muscle pain [15,16].
Smooth also contains
- Theacrine (as TeaCrine®): Theacrine is a compound that is structurally very similar to caffeine, and can exert stimulant-like effects in the body.
- Alpha-GPC: Alpha-glycerylphosphorylcholine (Alpha-GPC) is the highest quality and most bioavailable form of choline, meaning it will work much better and much faster than standard choline.
- DMAE (Dimethylaminoethanol): DMAE increases the levels of acetylcholine in the brain; resulting in increased levels of processing and transmitting of information, enhancement of mental concentration and focus, better memory and elevated mood.
- N-Acetyl L-Tyrosine: The most bio-available form of Tyrosine, N-Acetyl L-Tyrosine is an amino acid that balances neurotransmitter levels in the brain resulting in increased energy and motivation, relief in the mind of stress and anxiety, and the improvement of mental focus and concentration.
- Hordenine: This compound promotes focus, euphoria, mental alertness, an increased metabolic rate, as well as overall cognitive function.
- Huperzine A: Huperzine A blocks the action of cholinesterase in the brain.
It’s an intense product.
How I take Gorilla Mind Rush and Smooth.
In the morning I take 3 Smooth with an iced coffee or espresso.
If I happen to lift in the afternoon or have a meeting, I take another 2-3.
On days when I have to be AMPED UP, I take 1-2 Rush and 3 Smooth.
(That’s rare, and people can tell when I’m on both. It’s a bit too intense for most social interactions, and is more of a “pre-workout” vibe.)
- Smooth and Rush are bundled here for a big discount because some take both.
What people are saying about Gorilla Mind Products.
Gorilla Mind has several products including a sleep aid and skincare serum.
“I’ve replaced my coffee and my pre-workouts with this nootropic. 🦍🧠 Gorilla Mind Rush/Smooth.”
I’ve replaced my coffee and my pre-workouts with this nootropic.
— Jon Fitch 🐻🦍🐲 (@jonfitchdotnet) August 13, 2018
“So… I took 3 Gorilla Mind Rush today for the first time in a month or so. Wholly hell! I’m in the zone, chief.”
I took 3 Gorilla Mind Rush today for the first time in a month or so.
I'm in the zone, chief.
While it's not as powerful as Modafinil, the stuff is one damn good smart drug and cheap as can be.
— Jake Nomada 🌎 (@NomadicHustler) August 12, 2018
“No sunscreen ever goes on my skin, that Youth Serum is much better.”
Going to pop some Gorilla Mind before trekking through the swamp this morning.
It'll be interesting, I'll report back.
No sunscreen ever goes on my skin, that Youth Serum is much better👌
— Goldmund Unleashed (@GoldmundUnleash) August 10, 2018
“I’ve been taking Gorilla Mind Smooth in the mornings for over a month now. I have found a sweet spot. Helps me maintain focus and gets a nice steady flow of energy.”
I’ve been taking Gorilla Mind Smooth in the mornings for over a month now.
I have found a sweet spot.
Helps me maintain focus and gets a nice steady flow of energy.@Cernovich has a phenomenal product.
— Ralph Napolitano (@DrRalphNap) August 3, 2018
“These pills “GORILLA MIND RUSH” are amazing for long editing sessions. I bought them a few weeks ago and are great. Highly recommend it for editors.”
@realgorillamind These pills "GORILLA MIND RUSH" are amazing for long editing sessions.
— EPIC FIGHTS – Tony Jax (@EpicFightScenes) August 2, 2018
“Tried this last night. Took just 1 pill (reccomended dose is 3). Felt relaxed when going to bed, but not out cold right away.”
Tried this last night. Took just 1 pill (reccomended dose is 3). Felt relaxed when going to bed, but not out cold right away.
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— Seth Rose (@MasculineBooks) May 18, 2018
Gorilla Mind is offering the best products on the market.
Not everyone wants to have extreme focus, and that’s cool.
Well it’s not cool. How would you still be reading if you didn’t want the most out of your your life?
Proving that the free market knows better than all of us, the #1 seller at Gorilla Mind is the skincare serum.
Similar products go for $30 to $50 at Trade Joe’s and Whole Foods, and $150 or more at spas.
The Serum goes for $12.99 and three for under thirty.