Last updated on May 3, 2020.
Smart like a superhero?
Imagine you would have one superpower. And this superpower would be: Being smart as f*ck.
You would be super focused, sharp and witty. You could:
- Get an MIT degree
- Excell at your job and get promoted next week
- Be witty and attractive in conversations
- Meditate yourself into new spheres
- Feel in calm control for the whole day under any circumstance
- Or simply go to a party and at the end of the night, still remember everybody’s name
Wouldn’t that be amazing? You probably heard about Qualia Mind, that’s why you are reading this Qualia Mind review.
My Qualia Mind Review
Qualia Mind claims to be:
Specifically designed to promote focus, support energy, mental clarity, mood, memory, and creativityNeurohacker Collective Website
Does it work? As a flow- & biohacker I like to improve myself and test out new ways to become the best version of myself. I’ve been looking at Qualia Mind for a while now and got myself a one month supply of the nootropic as a Christmas gift.
In this post, you will not only find my subjective 30-day experience with Qualia but also a quantitative measurement of my cognitive function.
What is Qualia Mind?
Qualia Mind is a nootropic that claims several cognitive benefits including promoting focus, supporting energy, mental clarity, mood, memory, and creativity.
What are Nootropics?
Nootropics are drugs, supplements, and other substances that may improve cognitive function, particularly executive functions, memory, creativity or motivation in healthy individuals.Wikipedia
The Basis for Biohacking
The basis for using any kind of supplement or nootropic is a healthy lifestyle. If you get only 4 hours of crappy sleep a night, need 3 coffees to go through the day and stuff processed microwave food inside your body, nootropics nor other supplements can’t do much for you.
Good sleep is crucial for optimal cognitive function. [Qualia] Mind is most effective in a well rested brain and is not intended to enhance function during sleep deficit.Qualia Mind’s “How to use” card
I think I cover the basics for Flow & biohacking quite well: I get up every day at the same time after 8 hours of mostly good sleep. I drink max. 1 – 2 biohacking coffees a day (max. 5 days a week), eat healthy self-cooked meals, do some movement practices and meditate daily.
Expectations for Neurohacker’s Qualia
I wished for the following effects:
- Getting faster & deeper into the meditation ‘zone’ during my daily meditation practice
- Accelerated learning from (audio) books and online courses
- No afternoon down / sleepiness after lunch
- Accelerating in my professional work
Other effects I will watch out for:
- Vivid dreams (this is one that I heard from other testimonials)
- Being present in the moment (more often & deeper)
My Quantified Approach
I used a test by Quantified Mind and did a 6-day baseline test before taking the first pill of Qualia. I repeated the test at different times of the day during my 30 days with Qualia.
The Quantified Mind test I used is based on the standard “Coffee study” and includes the following cognitive tests:
- Finger Tapping
- Design Copy
- Simple Reaction Time
- Visual Backward Digit Span
Each of these tests measure one or multiple cognitive functions like reaction time, executive function, motor function, visual processing, and working memory.
At the end of each test, I got a score. See the full results at the end of this blogpost.
Of course, this is no perfect study but an approach to measure something more than my subjective experiences during this experiment.
Qualia Mind 30 Day Review & Results
Jan 2, 2019 – Day 1 on Qualia:
I took seven pills in the morning before breakfast. I even wondered whether I should go to work or better stay at home due to the potential big effect it could have.
The first thing I noticed was around one hour after taking the pills. A slight stomach upset. Not super bad but a weird feeling.
Other than that: NOTHING. Nothing happened.
In the evening I was quite disappointed because I read in other reviews that people feel something within 20 minutes after taking the pills.
I took Qualia for 5 days (“On days”) and then paused the intake for 2 consecutive days (“Off days”) to prevent my body from building up a tolerance against the compounds. This is how Neurohacker Collective suggests to use it.
After the first week, I was a bit underwhelmed. I wasn’t sure whether I felt anything or this was just the placebo effect.
In week 2 I changed two things:
- I upped my dose to 8 pills instead of 7
- I took them with breakfast instead of on an empty stomach. I had no stomach upsets since then.
Week 2 was a little more interesting. I felt that I was deeper in my meditation and could stay longer “in the zone”.
I was also still wondering why some people feel such a big effect on the first day. I thought “Maybe it has to build up slowly in my body and takes a while to get started”.
I went back to a 7 pill dose and BOOM! It hit me on Day 1 of week 3. Around one hour after taking Qualia. I felt like waking up in the Matrix.
I was on the bus on my way to work when I realized:
- My situational awareness went way up. I was very aware of what was going on around me. Without feeling anxious or anything. Just a very calm high situational awareness.
- I became very aware of my own mind. My thoughts were very clear and I felt in full control of them.
In week 3 I also experienced:
An even deeper meditation state than in week 2 and one of my favorite effects:
Getting in a state of flow really fast. I think I usually need like 45 minutes of focused work to feel a flow state. On Qualia, I get into it after 10 to 20 minutes.
I was super excited and really enjoyed being “On”. Week 4 stayed on the same level as week 3.
I don’t feel a “down” on the two “Off days”, but definitely look forward to the “On days”. During my 30 days experiment, I had several conversations with the Neurohacker Collective support and I must praise their responsiveness on in-depth questions and their effort to help.
I summed up all scores of the six different tests in Quantified Mind to a daily score.
I thought the scores can vary from day to day due to the time of the day, the weather, sleep, etc. That’s why I calculated an average daily score for each week.
Week 0 was before taking Qualia. Week 1 to 4 are the average daily scores measured on “On days”. My results:
|Week 0||Week 1||Week 2||Week 3||Week 4|
So on average, you can see a 7.4% increase in cognitive performance (at least on these tests) in the weeks with Qualia Mind. Of course, this is not a valid scientific study. This is just a quantitative measurement added to my subjective review.
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If you have any questions about Qualia Mind, let me know in the comments down below!
Qualia Mind FAQ
I feel it after 60 to 90 minutes and it lasts for 7 to 9 hours on average. This changes from day to day and is very personal.
I can’t take too much caffeine myself. That’s why I prefer the Qualia Mind Caffeine Free version which has the same effect as Qualia Mind (except for the first 1 to 2 hours). I combine it with a small french press coffee and that works perfect. If you are caffeine or stimulant sensitive, I would go for Qualia Mind Caffeine Free.
I prefer Qualia Mind over Qualia Focus. Qualia Focus has a big part of the effect that Qualia Mind has but is missing the overall awareness effect for me. Though if you wanna save money, Focus is the way to go.
Qualia Mind contains 28 active ingredients: 7 vitamins & minerals, 21 nootropics and 5 other non-active ingredients.
The nootropic ingredients are: Acetyl-L-Carnitine HCI, Artishoke Leaf Extract (4% cynarin and related flavonoids), Bacopa monnieri Leaf Extract (40% bacosides), Rhodiola rosea Root Extract (3% rosavins, 1% salidrosides), DL-Phenylalanine, Uridine-5′-Monophosphate heptahydrate disodium, N-Acetyl-L-Tyrosine, Taurine, L-Theanine, Alpha-Glycerylphosphorylcholine (alpha GPC), Cognizin Citicoline, Organic Coffeeberry (90 mg caffeine) Whole Coffee (Coffea arabica) Fruit Extract, Velvet Bean (Mucuna pruriens) Seed Extract (50% L-Dopa), Phosphatidylserine (from sunflower lecithin), Theobromine, DHA (as Docosahexaenoic Acid from Algae), Celastrus paniculatus Seed Extract, Ginkgo biloba Leaf Extract (24% glycosides), Coleau forskohlii Root Extract (20% forskolin), Pyrroloquinoine Quinone disodium, Huperzia serrata Leaf Extract (1% Huperzine A)
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One bottle of Qualia Mind (154 capsules) will last for at least one month for most people. This assumes you take 7 capsules, 5 days a week. If you take a lower dosage or use it on fewer days the time span increases.
Neurohacker recommends taking 7 capsules first thing in the morning with water. Personally, I take it with breakfast to avoid stomach upsets.
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