Their website says “one serving of Neuro1 is equivalent to about 1 cup of strong coffee”, so around 100mg to 120mg of caffeine per serving. Joe interviewed the neuroscientist behind TruBrain, Dr Andrew Hill, on JRE #629. Similar to Neuro1 above, it shares active ingredients caffeine and piracetam, but then adds oxiracetam to the stack. They come in these “on the go” pouches, that work out to be a couple of dollars per dose. AlphaBrain is made by Onnit, a company that Joe has openly said he owns a stake in.
He also notes that all the supplement’s ingredients could be bought separately for less, it would just require more time and effort. There are two versions; pill form (Alpha brain) and sachet form (AlphaBrain Instant). Unlike Neuro1 and TrueBrain, AlphaBrain doesn’t include caffeine. It’s active ingredients include: Alpha GPC Bacopa Huperzine A Vinpocetine L-theanine. Alpha GPC, a type of choline, is also favoured by Dr Rhonda Patrick, a regular guest on Joe’s podcast. She takes around 800mg (substantially more than 2 capsules of Alpha Brain contains) before intense writing or public speaking events. Interestingly, Onnit did sponsor a 63 person study (source) showing that Alpha Brain improved “delayed memory recall” vs a placebo.
Specifically that’s where participants are told/shown something, then a break occurs, then they’re later asked questions that requires them to recall the information they were earlier provided. Now, given that Onnit sponsored the study, we should use appropriate scepticism in interpreting their positive results; but thought it interesting to mention nonetheless. As recently as August 7 2019 – Joe has talked about his Onnit “essentials” including Alpha Brain and Shroom Tech Sport. During Joe’s recent interview with Dr Rhonda Patrick (#1474) – he discussed using Neuro Gum on a regular basis, in particular before doing kick-boxing workouts. See this section of the interview where Joe mentions it. Each piece contains caffeine (40mg), L-Theanine (60mg), B6 and B12 vitamins. L-Theanine is found naturally in tea, and many find it “smoothes out” the stimulant feeling from caffeine. It’s available in two flavors; mint (blue packaging) and cinnamon (orange packaging). Worth noting that they make 2 products; mints and gum. Joe on Instagram: “Got a nice shipment from @onnit today! My essentials; lots of fat butter, Alpha Brain and Shroom Tech Sport!” Joe takes Shroom Tech Sport as a pre-workout, about an hour before exercising. He says it allows him to push harder in the gym, without giving him the jittery feeling that strong stimulant/caffeine based pre-workout supplements do. It contains a number of interesting ingredients: Vitamin B12 – important for energy production, but the effects are typically only noticeable if you’re low in B12 Chromium – thought to play a role in insulin regulation A scientific review: the role of chromium in insulin resistance – PubMed'> 1 – which in turn is important for the bodies energy management Cordyceps mushroom – supposed to improve athletic performance – data currently inconclusive Ashwagandha – an “adaptogen” that appears particularly adept in helping manage stress/anxiety A Prospective, Randomized Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Study of Safety and Efficacy of a High-Concentration Full-Spectrum Extract of Ashwagandha Root in Reducing Stress and Anxiety in Adults – K. Chandrasekhar et al – 2012'> 2 Green tea extract – this likely means the supplement contains small amounts of caffeine and l-theanine, which come from tea leaves Rhodiola – popular “adaptogen” – supposed to boost energy Astragalus – has been researched as a drug to improve healthspan – unclear how it helps with sports performance. Onnit also published a clinical trial that found Shroom Tech Sport increased volume for strength training and high-intensity cardio. The full study is here, and their blog post about it here. Naturally, given it was self-funded, it should be approached with healthy scepticism. Joe mentions his use of hemp oil in a number of different podcasts, including this clip and this clip. Joe explains he uses hemp oil in 2 different forms: As an oil taken orally – he says it “puts me in a great place”. Specifically mentioning how it has “saved family vacations” by reducing his anxiety. As a cream used topically – Joe exercises a lot, and says “it’s probably the best thing I’ve found for alleviating soreness and stiffness” Hemp Oil vs CBD Oil - Click to Expand. It's worth taking a moment just to clarify around the legal difference between hemp oil and CBD oil.
The hemp plant is defined in US Federal law via the 2018 Farm Bill as a cannabis plant with less than 0.3% THC content on a dry weight basis (see Farm Bill section 10113 specifically). Oil extracted from the hemp plant is referred to as "hemp oil" - and can be sold legally across the USA - including on Amazon.com. A large amount of the time when people say "CBD oil" they are referring to what's legally regarded as "hemp oil". The CBD part of the name refers to cannabidiol, one of the 113 cannabinoids in the cannabis plant. However, in states where cannabis is available for medicinal or recreational purposes, it is possible to get oil made from cannabis plants over the 0.3% THC threshold - at which point this would no longer be referred to as hemp oil, and would be considered a scheduled substance. The rest of this post only refers to the federally legal hemp oil. Whilst Joe has experimented with different brands of hemp oil, the brand Charlotte’s Web has specifically been talked about a few times on the podcast, after Joe was first introduced to it by Pete Holmes in 2017 (see clip from JRE #912).
Whilst CBD containing hemp oil has become big business , and lots of new sellers have flooded the market, Charlotte’s Web has been there since the early days, and appear to pride themselves on quality.