Imagine a world where some of the best, healthiest and most natural ingredients could also be the ones to boost your focus, memory and cognition. Well, we are here to tell you that these powerful compounds not only exist, but they also work to make you mentally sharper, more creative, motivated and focused. Introducing the all-mighty nootropics, also known as “brain-boosters” or “smart drugs”.
In recent years, nootropics have emerged in the scientific literature for their impressive brain-enhancing qualities. Although many of these substances have been around for many decades, their representation of being a ‘nootropic substance’ is now better understood. Throughout this article, we will be taking a closer look at the power of nootropics in terms of what they are, which ones we’ve hand-selected for our State B beverages, and most importantly, what sort of beneficial qualities they offer us.
What are Nootropics?
Down to the basics, nootropics are a classification of natural supplements or drugs that offer a myriad of health benefits. More specifically, nootropic substances play a beneficial role in our brain health by regulating our biochemical and neuronal brain activity. From enhancing cognitive performance to strengthening focus and everything in between, nootropics offer us a healthy and natural brain-boosting supplement.
In terms of their long-term benefits, a recent study published in 2019 has suggested a possible link between increased consumption of nootropic substances that may be protective against ageing-related memory decline. This area of research has become increasingly valuable in a time when these kinds of brain-enhancing substances are both non-prescription-based and fully accessible to everyone.
In order to qualify as a nootropic substance, it must:
- Improve learning, cognition and/or memory ability
- Enhance neuronal-firing rate in the brain
- Encourage brain functioning under distracting or disruptive circumstances
- Protect the brain from harmful chemical damage
- Not have any sort of sedative or toxic effects
Common Types of Nootropic Substances
Did you know, coffee is the most commonly consumed psychoactive substance across the globe? With this, it’s also the most widely used nootropic substance. Guarana is a natural, more potent source of caffeine. In fact, guarana extract contains roughly four times the amount of caffeine as your average coffee bean!
Climbing high on the vines in the Amazon rainforest, the guarana plant is rich in antioxidants, having an antioxidant profile similar to that of matcha. Being an excellent source of caffeine, theobromine, tannins and catechins, this plant is recognized for its stimulant and aphrodisiac properties. Guarana is one of three nootropic ingredients added to our Zing cannabis beverage to help ignite mental focus, learning and memory.
Guayusa leaves are another nootropic ingredient grown in the Amazon rainforest that contains various beneficial compounds linked to potential health benefits. Much like guarana, guayusa is also rich in antioxidants and caffeine. Along with certain anti-inflammatory properties, guayusa may promote weight loss, regulate blood sugar, and improve mood and alertness.
Commonly consumed as tea, guayusa is one of our key nootropic substances used in our Resolve cannabis beverage. Hand-selected to sharpen your senses, the combination of ingredients in this drink helps people enter a more creative, purposeful and productive state of mind.
3. Ginkgo Biloba
Ginkgo biloba is among the more commonly recognized nootropic substances out there. As science advances, we continue to explore the beneficial properties of ginkgo and how it relates to our brain health. Research has found that healthy adults taking ginkgo supplements for 6 weeks showed improvements in their memory and mental processing when compared to a placebo — all thanks to its ability to increase blood flow to the brain and regulate the activity of essential neurotransmitters (i.e. serotonin, dopamine, and acetylcholine).
Ginkgo is a key element to our Zing cannabis beverage for having antioxidant and neuroprotective qualities. Designed to bring focus and energy, ginkgo offers an uplifted sense of being which is truly what the Zing formula is all about.
4. Green Tea
We all know and love the blissful aromas, taste, and positive sensations that all come with having a nice cup of green tea, but did you know that it’s made up of two important nootropic ingredients? Caffeine is the first active ingredient in green tea that helps enhance mental alertness and focus. The second is known as L-Theanine, an amino acid that helps boost the intensity of wave patterns in your brain, bringing you greater cognitive awareness. Green tea is also an excellent source of antioxidants that help protect the body against inflammation and disease.
Last, but certainly not least we have bacopa, an ancient herb used for its brain-enhancing qualities. Research reveals that this powerful nootropic substance can potentially speed up information processing in your brain, reduce reaction times and improve memory. Thanks to the neuroprotective compounds that make up bacopa, regular supplementation helps protect our brains from oxidative stress and improve signals within the memory processing centers (i.e. the hippocampus).
You may have already guessed it, but bacopa is the third nootropic ingredient incorporated in our Zing cannabis beverage. Having adaptogenic properties and a wide range of other brain-boosting benefits, bacopa is an obvious choice for our delectable and empowering Zing drink. Also recognized for helping to fight off brain fatigue, bacopa is a key player in the Zing recipe.
Why State B Uses Nootropic Ingredients
With the addition of some of the top nootropic ingredients to our State B Cannabis Beverages, we are excited to have you experience the beneficial qualities that these brain-boosting supplements truly have to offer. Providing both short-term (memory, energy, learning, and attention), and long-term (neuronal regenerating and anti-ageing) beneficial properties, the selection of nootropic ingredients are what sets State B apart from any other drink on the market.
If you’re looking to achieve the beneficial nootropic qualities of these State B drinks without any of the cannabis, stay tuned for our new Elevé line coming soon (PASSION, FOCUS, and DRIVE)! These drinks are formulated with all the key functional ingredients and delicious flavours minus the CBD and THC.