T Nation

Stimulant Alternatives to Caffeine?


#1

Recently I’ve felt the need to have a little bit of a kick in energy during the day, especially in the morning at school, probably in part due to the fact that I’ve been dieting and possibly because I get slightly less sleep than I’d like to.

Caffeine doesn’t seem to do anything: I can have even 5 coffees in a row and I don’t notice the slightest effect.

What are the best alternatives to it? I know nicotine is an option used by some, and I don’t smoke so I am probably quite sensitive to it, but I’m not sure if it’s worth taking.

Do you know any reasonably risk-free mild stimulants that I could experiment with?
Plz help, I might fall asleep within the next 10 minutes lol


#2

The kick from nicotine is brief, tolerance builds quickly, and it is highly addictive.

Other than that, I got nothing for ya. Those two substances are their own food group for me.


#3

yohimbine, ephedrine, both kicked the crap out of me


#4
  1. Try Bronkaid and caffeine tablets. No need for coffee just for the bump.
  2. You can also get clenbuterol as a “research chemical”.
  3. Vinpocetine is an herbal vasodialtor that can give you the pump you want. But be careful, too much and it makes you feel weird.

#5

Theacrine. Similar effect. No tolerance buildup.


#6

Tyrosine.

Also, maybe you should lay off the stims for a little while.

Even 2 weeks off gave me awesome results.


#7

A need for a stimulant is a sure sign things are not right. If you are normally a coffee drinker, and you are no longer caffeine sensitive, then things are certainly not right. A period of abstinence is a better bet. Start messing around with some of the suggestions offered and you’re asking for trouble.


#8

I used to take caffeine pills and one time I stupidly took 800 mg at once. Incredibly, I experienced NO effect whatsoever.

@alphagunner for some reason I’m unable to quote messages anymore but anyway… Yes I did try laying off coffee altogether, as there are periods I drink quite a bit and then I go some time without. Still, I can’t remember having ever been sensitive to it. I don’t even know what it’s supposed to feel like but even if I have 3 coffees in a row I feel nothing.

@JamesBrawn007 I tried abstaining. In fact, I only started this week drinking up to 5 coffees a day, before that I had maybe two or three a week.

Bottom line, my body seems to just not know what to do with the caffeine lol


#9

Let’s not do that again. LOL

Try the bronkaid. Its not old school ephedrine but its not bad. Helps with focus and doesnt make you jittery (at least not me)