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What are Nootropics?

I’d like to start this off by saying that I, with zero doubt in my mind, love nootropics. It would be fair to say they have truly changed the course of my life, giving me a new sense of clarity and have helped push me through to the finish line on several projects. So let’s get into it.

Nootropics. What are they? And how do they work?

“Nootropics, or smart drugs,” are a class of substances that can boost brain performance.” These are often referred to as brain boosters. Enhancing Memory, Concentration, Mood, and Learning, while also stimulating Nerve-Growth-Factor or NGF. The process which repairs and forms new neurons.

Now Nootropics come in all forms. Plants. Drugs. Even Nicotine and Caffeine are considered nootropics due to their cognitive boosting effects. Our favorite here at TenderLovingCBD would have to be Lions’ Mane Mushroom. Easy to handle and supplement into your daily diet, Lion’s Mane has been found to not only provide all the benefits mentioned above, it is also often used to alleviate symptoms for those suffering from Dementia or Alzheimer’s.

One doesn’t have to be suffering though to receive the benefits from this mushroom. Many use it as a learning aid, reporting it to have cleared away their scatter brain and brain fog, allowing them to focus on their task at hand. You get all this without any jitters or stress. You feel good, comparing it to coffee which often leads to headaches and anxiety.

So if you’re looking for a little jump start to your cognitive abilities, Lion’s Mane is a great place to start and it’s been used for well over a thousand years across Asia and North America, so it isn’t anything new. Buddhist monks like to use it to enhance their meditations, and modern research has shown proven benefits in using Lion’s Mane for treating neurodegenerative diseases such as dementia.

But how do they work?

Well, a mushroom like Lion’s Mane stimulates three things,

  1. NGF or Nerve Growth Factor, which is the production of enzymes that stimulate nerve regeneration. Repairing and preventing nerve damage.
  2. Neurogenesis, which is the repair and creation of neurons. Restoring levels of neurotransmitters.
  3. Brain Optimization, the above two processes act like a domino and your mind is cleared from brain fog or scatter brain. Anxiety levels are reduced and your mood is improved because your brain is restored. This leads to improvements in memory, concentration, learning, and cognitive processing.

People often report having a new sense of clarity after supplementing Lion’s Mane. Your brain really does get a boost. That feels good. It’s refreshing. Especially in the frantic high octane work environments so many of us are used to. It helps with that extra push needed to get everything done, while the research is proving it has benefits to help prevent or relieve age related decline. Please see the references listed at the end of the article to learn more about how not only Lion’s Mane may benefit you, but how other nootropics such as Rhodiola or Ginseng can too.

So what’s the catch?

Well the big area of caution for Nootropics are Mental Illnesses. Nootropics can either help someone with their symptoms or make them worse. This is due to Nootropics often playing a role in boosting levels of neurotransmitters. For most this is beneficial especially for those who feel burnt out, but for some who already have an overactive production of certain neurotransmitters such as Dopamine, Nootropics can cause further problems.

It is always highly advised to research any supplement and all of it’s ingredients before implementing it into your diet, especially if you happen to have any condition, Mental or Physical. When it comes to supplements it takes a bit of research and experimentation to find what works best for you.

All of us here at Tender Loving CBD truly believe there is a combination of plants for everyone, which is why we will always encourage experimentation. Play around with your Health and Fitness. Take control and own your body. While you’re at it, we are here to help. That’s what we do. Help you on your personal journey of not only feeling Optimal but truly being Optimal in both Mental and Physical aspects of your life. Each of our products is designed to maximize benefits with plants that actually work, so come on over. Check out what we have to offer, and see how we can help you towards that Optimal Life.

Our Nootropic Products

Neuro 1.0Lion’s Mane combined with Black Maca & CBD

Brain Booster / Learning, Memory, Concentration / Nerve-Growth-Factor

Also available as a Psilocybin Microdose

Neuro 1.M Lion’s Mane combined with Black Maca, CBD & Golden Teachers Mushroom (Psilocybin)

Adaptogens, What are they and what do they do?

Imagine a life with less stress. Cleaner levels of energy, and a body which isn’t run down. We often seek help from Doctors and Pharmaceuticals seeking such things. Only to find their solutions make something else worse or they don’t even last. Well lucky for us all, there are alternative solutions in Adaptogenic Plants, which have been found to be as, if not then more, effective as Pharmaceutical drugs when treating such conditions as Anxiety and Depression. With far less side effects too. In fact they give you cleaner levels of energy instead of wearing you down.

So what are they? What is an Adaptogen, and how can they help you?

Adaptogens are plants, typically herbs or mushrooms, which have been found to help your body adjust to all forms of stress allowing you to remain in homeostasis. Having been used for thousands of years all across the World as Traditional Medicine, these plants do a whole lot more than reduce stress and anxiety. Today new groups of Bio Hackers have brought Adaptogenic Plants out onto the spotlight into the World of supplementation as the Age of Science has finally caught up to Traditional Medicine.

Research, using Human trials, has proven plants such as Ashwagandha reduce levels of cortisol reducing the activity of the Adrenal Gland. This allows you to handle more stress throughout your day and reduces the level of anxiety you may be feeling, while also boosting your immunity, libido, fertility, and mood. Overall they help you feel better, while allowing your body to better handle stress by essentially sweeping out the old stressors. See the problem is stress sticks around. Cortisol levels build up, and with it so does Anxiety. Thus what Adaptogens do for you is help your body get back to how you felt before all that stressful shit happened. A.k.a Homeostasis. They tend to make great replacements for caffeine as well as they boost more natural sources of energy, like ATP. Clean Energy Boosters without any of the stress.

So how do they work?

Well each plant works differently. Let’s compare two of the most popular Adaptogens.

Ashwagandha was found to reduce the activity of the Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Adrenal axis (Adrenal Gland), which is involved in Cortisol and DHEA production. This allows the Adrenal gland to be less reactive to stressful events, and reduces levels of ongoing anxiety.

Whereas, Rhodiola Rosea stimulates the nervous system, increasing production levels of neurotransmitters like serotonin, norepinephrine, and dopamine, as well as ATP, your brain’s primary source of energy, and several endorphins. All of this together lowers cortisol levels and increases energy levels, while stimulating neuron growth and repair. This means Rhodiola is also a Nootropic.

The Combination of these two plants is like a cup of coffee that calms you down instead of stressing you out. You get to feel restored instead of a headache. We chose these two plants because these are two of the most popular Adaptogenic plants among both Traditional Medicine Practitioners and Bio Hackers. Not only is there strong evidence displaying the benefits of supplementing both of these plants, both Communities advocate for their usage. The benefits are so huge that these Plants seem to be the missing piece in People such as you and I taking care of our own health. And the funny thing is that they have been used by Communities all around the World for thousands of years. Please see the References at the end of the article to see all of what Adaptogenic plants can do for you.

So what’s the catch?

I’m sure a few of you are thinking, so what’s the catch? Less stress? Increased immunity? It all sounds a little too good to be true. Well there are two types of conditions which people have to be absolutely careful of when deciding whether to supplement adaptogens. The first is autoimmune disorders. Adaptogens tend to work so well on boosting immunity, that those who have certain autoimmune disorders will see their symptoms increase. This is because autoimmune disorders are disorders where someone’s own immune system is attacking them, thus stronger immune system, worse symptoms. The second condition is hyperthyroidism. Adaptogenic plants like Ashwagandha may stimulate your thyroid, thus if someone’s thyroid is already over stimulated it is advised to avoid these plants.

It is always highly advised to research any supplement and all of it’s ingredients before implementing it into your diet, especially if you happen to have any condition such as those mentioned above or any other, Mental or Physical. When it comes to supplements it takes a bit of research and experimentation to find what works best for you.

All of us here at Tender Loving CBD, truly believe there is a combination of plants for everyone, which is why we will always encourage experimentation. Play around with your Health and Fitness. Take control and own your body. While you’re at it, we are here to help. That’s what we do. Help you on your personal journey of not only feeling Optimal but truly being Optimal in both Mental and Physical aspects of your life.

Each of our products are designed to maximize benefits with plants that actually work, so come on over. Check out what we have to offer, and see how we can help you towards that Optimal Life.


Our Adaptogenic Products:

SynergyAshwagandha combined with Rhodiola, CBD, and Ginger Root

Light Energy Booster / Stress Relief / Reduce Mental & Physical Fatigue

Also Available in a Psilocybin Microdose:

SyMergyAshwagandha combined with Rhodiola, CBD, Ginger Root & Golden Teachers Mushroom (Psilocybin)


Flow Ginseng combined with Rhodiola, CBD, and Beet Root

Strong Energy Booster / Reduce Mental & Physical Fatigue / Focus Booster


Are Nootropics the Answer for Neuro-Degenerative Diseases?

Dementia, the unfortunate deterioration of one’s brain. Across the World, rates of dementia are increasing with rising life expectancy. Right now, 1 out of every 14 people aged 65 or older are suffering and that number increases to 1 in 6 for those over 80. The worst part, we don’t have a cure. Currently Pharmaceutical options only cover the symptoms, meaning most continue to suffer even after diagnosis. Luckily we’re also in the age of rediscovery, as cultures from all across the World seem to already have the answer. That is, plants. These beneficial plants which have been used for thousands of years, may be what we need to solve the Dementia crisis. These plants in today’s World, are now known as Nootropics, and Nootropics have been found to not only protect against diseases such as Dementia, they have also been found to improve memory, concentration, and mood in Dementia patients. All without any nasty side effects, such as what Patients have to deal with when using Pharmaceutical drugs. So let’s dive in, starting with what causes Dementia in the first place? 

Well according to the Alzheimer’s Society of Canada, there is a long list of factors all of which play a role in causing one’s brain to start deteriorating. Top of that list is our lifestyle. Smoking, drinking alcohol, and eating crappy food all contribute, so does social isolation, skipping the gym, and not using one’s brain, like someone who only watches the news all day. Other factors involve the environment around you such as the level of air pollution, and your genetics. Some of us are more predisposed than others, unfortunately. 

Quite often symptoms don’t appear until the disease has had quite a bit of time to do some damage. Usually it takes 20 years before dementia is noticed.  Not only does it take 20 years to notice, but our current selection of options for treatment only covers symptoms. Pharmaceutical drugs don’t actually stop the deterioration. They can only help with comfort, and in the usual case these drugs cause unwanted side effects. This can make compliance difficult. Patients often refuse to take their medications not wanting to go through the side effects. If only there was a better option.

Thankfully we are in the age of rediscovery. For thousands of years, cultures all around the world have been using plants in what we call today, traditional medicine. The particular plants used for brain health are also referred to as Nootropics. Now nootropics have been the focus of study for the last decade despite already being in use all around the World. And the best part is, Research has proven that they actually work. It seems the days of only treating symptoms may be over. Let’s look at what the research has to say. 

Up first, we have a study done on one of the most popular Nootropics on the market. Lion’s Mane mushroom. A wonderful Nootropic, which is a great way to help with those long nights of studying, or to help repair brain damage. Lion’s Mane works by containing a pair of proteins which our bodies use to promote Neurogenesis, which is the process of creating new nerve cells. Using a double blind model with placebos, a study was conducted using 50-80 year olds who were all diagnosed with cognitive impairment. The study found taking Lion’s Mane three times a day showed remarkable improvements in their cognitive abilities. With the one downside being that once they stopped taking Lion’s Mane for 4 weeks, the improvements began to diminish, thus anyone using Lion’s Mane will likely have to continue using it. Currently, Lion’s Mane is a strong contender for a Neuro-protective treatment, and is being considered for treatment for Dementia, although it is stated that more research is required before they can be conclusive. One of the best things about Lion’s Mane is the lack of side effects. The only thing you have to worry about is if you’re allergic to mushrooms, giving Lion’s Mane a serious advantage over Pharmaceutical drugs. Source.

Another option being studied is Psilocybin, another mushroom although this one is psychoactive thus it won’t be for everyone. Again due to Psilocybin’s ability to promote Neurogenesis, improve Neuroplasticity, and reduce Neural Inflammation, it is being looked at as a possible treatment for Dementia, especially with Microdosing. So far the research is looking positive, although it is still early. The best part of Psilocybin is that unlike Lion’s Mane the benefits tend to last longer with 6 months of benefits after one month of usage being the typical minimum. Source

 Having Microdosed many times myself, I can say I certainly feel massive improvements to my brain’s functioning, thus I am closely paying attention to the research as it comes out. I truly believe Psilocybin is going to be the best option for people suffering as we study this magic plant more in depth. Microdosing makes it easy too. Now you don’t have to trip out to receive the benefits. The only concern I can see for the elderly is panicking if they forgot what they took, thus Psilocybin treatment will have to be monitored. 

Here’s a link to our Article on Microdosing if you’d like more information.


Those aren’t the only options either. There are many plants which can help your brain’s health and wellbeing. Two others are Ashwagandha Root, and Ginseng. 

Ashwagandha helps by reducing cortisol levels. Stress tends to be a major factor in our brain’s health, and high levels of cortisol activity can actually cause the brain to shrink, thus by taking Ashwagandha you will be reducing inflammation in your brain, effectively promoting Neurogenesis. This makes Ashwagandha an excellent choice for treating Dementia, which may not only promote neuron growth but will also tackle the symptoms from neural degradation such as memory impairment, concentration, and the ability to learn. Source. Source.

Ginseng isn’t for everyone but it can help by improving concentration and stimulation just like caffeine. Only with ginseng you won’t have the deterioration of the protective layering of your brain cells, that is the myelin sheath, which happens when you drink too much coffee. You just have to be able to handle having energy all day long. In fact ginseng helps to improve the health of your mitochondria giving you healthier levels of energy making it easier to live a healthier lifestyle. It just tends to last for 8 to 12 hours, and compounds with continued usage. Source

So there we have it. At our present time with the ever increasing rate of Dementia cases caused by an increasing age of life expectancy, it may seem we are stuck with this problem, especially if current treatments only cover symptoms. Luckily it seems plants may be our salvation. Not only can they help, there are options. Maybe Psilocybin will help regenerate one person’s brain, while Ginseng can help another live a more active lifestyle. The one thing all the researchers say again and again within these studies is early treatment is best. Not just the best, but absolutely necessary. Prevention is the true solution. It is best to start living a healthier lifestyle now, before the brain starts to deteriorate. That being said, they all say it is never too late. Even once the brain has begun to deteriorate there are options. Plants can help alleviate the symptoms and can help repair the damage, improving the lives of those suffering. Quite frankly, to me, the Future looks bright. As we move forward utilizing these plants which have been in use for thousands of years, diseases such as Dementia might only be known to the history books. We could literally eradicate Cognitive Decline, if one chooses to use the plants available. Personally I love Nootropics. I know they work. My life has only improved since my journey into discovering the magic these plants have to offer began. Thus I leave you with some wise words I’m sure you have heard before, 

Knowledge is Power, 

And the thing about knowledge is that if your brain isn’t functioning right, it is useless, so start today. Take time to learn how you can improve the health of yours or maybe a loved one’s brain. It will change your life. I can guarantee it. 


Before taking any new supplements or herbs always consult your Doctor for a personal evaluation.


Thank you for reading, if you have any questions please feel free to message us either through the website or through social media. We are here to help. 


Kenneth J. Good. 

Aeternal Supplements.