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  • Feel more motivated
  • Clear brain fog
  • Increase focus

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“Motivation gets me going during my six days in a row at work, and Clarity keeps my mind sharp and alert so I’m performing at my best . Creativity does just as it says -- I love this one for when I’m doing the Reading Comprehension and/or Arguments section of LSAT prep; I truly feel like it gives me an edge.”

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"I did feel different since day one. I got more motivated and had an overall better mood. [Thesis] has been a game changer for me."

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“I work with CEOs, celebrities, and other top performers in my practice. Thesis is what I recommend and take personally for focus and cognition. I even used it to help me nail my first TedX talk.”

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“With a busy life on and off the court, Thesis gives me energy and focus to get through the longest days and keep me sharp.”

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"Thesis has provided a substantial benefit to my ability to focus. Creativity works best for me — I take it 30 mins before a podcast or writing and it helps get me into the zone."

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Quality counts when supplementing, and only the active ingredients in a blend make an impact.

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We only use nutrients that have been proven to safely deliver desired effects in clinical trials.

All ingredients in each batch are tested with a third party lab to ensure optimal potency and purity.

“ The Thesis process was developed by systematically testing different combinations of high quality ingredients. We made the process of finding the right nootropics quicker & safer.”

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Our research and product development teams review clinical studies and information on safety, side effects, and any potential interactions for each ingredient being considered for a Thesis blend.

Each ingredient goes through two rounds of internal testing, in which members of our research and product development team share feedback on individual ingredients.

The research and product development team reviews existing clinical literature about synergistic benefits between ingredients and integrates it as we continue to formulate, developing 2-4 blends to move forward to Phase 3 testing.

We test each prospective blend internally, as members of our research and product development team try each of the blends before we move forward to Beta testing.

Next, we test multiple iterations of each blend with a group of 100 Thesis beta group customers and collect quantitative and qualitative feedback to help us refine the final blend.

We finalize our winning blend (based on the Alpha and Beta test feedback) by completing a final round of safety testing by our third party lab partners before we release it. Ongoing safety testing occurs with each batch of production.

After the blend undergoes third party lab testing for safety, we launch a limited release to 5,000 customers to help us gather additional feedback and work through our supply chain process

Once a blend passes the limited release phase, we launch full production in a cGMP facility and release it to all customers.

The Thesis Story

As long as I can remember, people thought I was stupid, lazy, or unmotivated. I started to believe it. In school, I would read the same page over and over again, without absorbing anything. At 16, I dropped out of high school and went to work at a sandwich shop.

Fast-forward ten years — I scored in the 99th percentile on the GMAT and earned Master’s degrees from Yale and INSEAD. Nootropics turned everything around for me, and helped me form the positive habits that I built my success on. Once I balanced my brain chemistry, I could perform like never before.

I take Energy to get me going in the morning and Motivation to power through long afternoons.

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Thesis Nootropics Review

Thesis has a range of targeted nootropics you can combine to optimize your results. our team will help you decide which ones are right for you..

Daniel Imperiale

Daniel is a senior editor and writer at Innerbody Research. After receiving his bachelor’s degree in writing, he attended post-graduate studies at George Mason University and pursued a career in nutritional science.

In this Review

Our findings.

Despite a somewhat high price, we recommend Thesis to anyone looking for a nootropic subscription they can tailor to their specific needs. The formulas from Thesis provide tangible benefits with minimal ingredients, and each formula is available with or without caffeine. Thesis also offers stellar customer service and delivers their product in individually packed doses you can take just about anywhere.

  • You can feel most results within an hour
  • Products are third-party-tested for purity
  • All options available without stimulants
  • Outstanding phone support
  • Subscriptions include complimentary wellness coaching
  • Free shipping on all orders
  • Use code INNERBODY for 10% off your first order
  • Somewhat more expensive than competitors
  • One formula (Logic) contains soy
  • Up to four large pills per dose

Nootropics in general offer the potential to improve cognitive abilities and regulate mood without the need for a prescription, and they consist of ingredients that research says are mostly safe and effective. However, Thesis isn’t the only provider of high-quality nootropics, and they don’t have especially low prices, either. In this review, we'll compare and contrast Thesis’ six formulas and see how they stack up against a growing field of competitors.


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Why you should trust us

Over the past two decades, Innerbody Research has helped tens of millions of readers make more informed decisions about staying healthy and living healthier lifestyles. As nootropics have become more important players in the supplements landscape, we’ve taken a serious look at the key players to see which ones are worthwhile.

Thesis exists in a class of nootropics that combines multiple nootropic ingredients to achieve specific goals. We’ve spent hundreds of hours researching and testing various nootropics, including both individual ingredients and combinations like Thesis offers. In researching Thesis and their competitors, our team has read more than 100 clinical studies examining the efficacy and safety of nootropic ingredients, and we’ve combined all of that knowledge with our experiences to create this review.

If you're curious about our team's experience using Thesis nootropics and wondering how the products will arrive at your door, we made this handy, 5-minute video summarizing those details:

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Additionally, like all health-related content on this website, this review was thoroughly vetted by one or more members of our Medical Review Board for accuracy.

How we evaluated Thesis

To evaluate Thesis, we studied the sea of available research on each of the ingredients the company uses and compared them to a growing marketplace of nootropics, many of which our testing team has tried over the last few years. Specifically, we looked at how well Thesis’ formulas work, how safe they are, how much they cost, and how convenient it is to acquire and take them.

Ultimately, we found Thesis to be one of the more reliable companies in terms of product quality and customer care, even if they are also among the more expensive nootropic brands. For any nootropic, you’re looking to create a noticeable effect in brain performance, and altering anything to do with that sensitive chemistry likely warrants a fair investment. The bargain bin is not typically where you want to shop for mind-enhancing substances.

We’ll get into a more direct comparison between Thesis and its competitors a little later, and you’ll see that the balance between its price and its overall value is quite reasonable. For now, let’s look at each criterion in more detail.


Nootropic companies have a plethora of ingredients at their fingertips when they formulate their products. Some companies take a modern approach, focusing on the latest research into established Western medicines. Others look to the past, where ancient Chinese and Ayurvedic practices employed various botanicals to achieve cognitive effects. The best companies combine these approaches, using potentially beneficial ingredients that science supports.

Thesis takes this combined approach, employing just under three dozen ingredients from amino acids to ancient herbs across their six products. The company scores highly in effectiveness thanks to the ingredients they choose and the doses they offer for each, making it likely that you can notice their combined effects.

Individual results will vary due to everything from sleep patterns to diet, but most people should find benefits in at least one of Thesis' six formulas. Caffeinated formulas generally have more pronounced effects than stimulant-free versions, but the value in Thesis offering every formula with or without stimulants cannot be overstated.

One minor knock against Thesis is that, unlike some of their competitors, Thesis does not have a nootropic blend designed for improved sleep. Better sleep supports cognition and mood, so some companies offer formulas designed specifically for sleep promotion with ingredients like melatonin. That said, some of Thesis formulas contain lion’s mane or Zembrin (a branded form of Sceletium tortuosum that’s been shown to reduce anxiety 2 and promote sleep ). 3

Good nootropics are, unfortunately, a bit expensive. You can find less expensive options than Thesis, but their $79 monthly rate is right in the middle of what the market demands. You could also argue that the ingredient quality, customization options, and overall efficacy Thesis offers make it a superior value to many less expensive alternatives. Still, the price remains a sticking point for some.

Let's compare the monthly and per-dose costs with some of Thesis' closest competition. The prices below reflect subscription savings where available.

Three of the seven competitors included in the chart above are more expensive than Thesis, revealing its wholly average cost. Focus Factor — consistently our top budget pick among nootropics — costs considerably less than the field and includes many ingredients with associated clinical research. The downside is that increasing the number of ingredients (even when they seem to work) increases the odds of an adverse reaction.

TruBrain is the only company that truly compares to Thesis from a quality and variety standpoint. Other companies offer only one or two formulas, whereas Thesis and TruBrain each offer several more targeted products. TruBrain allows you to spend just $69 on your first jar when you subscribe — $10 less than Thesis — but that price shoots up to $119 every month after that, making Thesis the superior value.

When we consider the safety of any supplement, we look at available research into individual ingredients and compare those dosages with what the supplement offers. Whenever possible, we also try the product ourselves to see how it makes us feel. Additionally, we look for safety standards in manufacturing that can provide added peace of mind, like third-party testing and compliance with the FDA’s Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP).

Thesis manufactures their products in GMP-compliant facilities and has third-party testing performed to assess the purity of each ingredient and formula. And the clinical research involving the lion's share of their ingredients reveals minimal risk profiles with few-to-no adverse effects reported. That said, ashwagandha can stimulate thyroid activity, so anyone on medication to regulate thyroid function should be careful.

Thesis also limits their formulas to a handful of ingredients, which reduces the odds that any one of them would cause an adverse reaction. This is pretty typical of nootropics in Thesis’ class, but less expensive nootropics might try to convince you of their value by stuffing a single blend with several dozen components. That might increase the chances you feel some positive effect, but the side effect risk goes up by the same token.


Our convenience rating considers various aspects of a user's experience. It usually starts with the quality of a product's website design and whether or not their pages are easy to navigate. We also consider the presence of subscription systems that make reordering easier and money-back guarantees that protect your investment. A company's customer service is another vital aspect of convenience, especially if you need questions answered. The quality of an FAQ section, the availability of representatives via chat or phone call, and the responsiveness to email inquiries all play a part here.

Our convenience rating is also informed by the steps required to actually take the product. Nootropics often consist of large capsules, and doses can contain anywhere from 1-7 capsules, which is awful for anyone with difficulty taking pills. Smaller capsules, fewer capsules per dose, and simple dosing schedules are ideal. Thesis’ capsule count varies per formula, ranging from 2-4 mid-size capsules you can take 30 minutes before you might want or need their effects.

To summarize some important aspects of nootropic company convenience, let's look at which companies have large capsule counts, good money-back guarantees, and subscription systems.

Thesis also provides a service that few other companies offer: free consultations with in-house nootropic coaches. These experts can help you figure out the best time to take specific Thesis formulas and guide your experience so you can tell whether or not they're working for you. Follow-up consultations are also free as long as you subscribe to the product.

What are nootropics?

Nootropic is a term most people use to refer to any non-prescription supplement that can boost brainpower . 4 The technical definition is a little more nuanced — encompassing prescription medications like Ritalin and Adderall — but the supplement industry has largely co-opted it to categorize the new class of non-prescription products. The word loosely translates from its Greek origins to mean mind-changing, and the majority of ingredients in a given nootropic seek to alter the brain’s cognitive abilities, as well as its governance of mood and energy.

Most nootropic supplements contain botanical ingredients, vitamins, minerals, and amino acids that boast at least some clinical research connecting them with improvements in any of the following:

Compared to their prescription cousins, nootropic supplements aren't particularly strong. Still, clinical research indicates a tangible benefit to taking them.

What is Thesis?

Thesis is a supplement company with a focus on nootropics. Their founders each had experiences growing up with what would today be considered learning disabilities, and they credit nootropics for changing their lives. They make six distinct nootropic formulas, each with a specific ingredient profile.

Thesis differentiates themselves from their competitors in several critical ways:

  • They offer a starter kit containing a personalized combination of four blends.
  • You have the option to remove caffeine by request from any formula.
  • They provide some of the best phone support we've ever experienced.
  • Their targeted formulas conform to changing needs.

By providing you with a mix of formulas, Thesis gives you the ability to enhance the aspects of your cognitive and emotional life that need it the most on any given day. Maybe you know you have low energy levels on Mondays and Wednesdays, so you can take the Energy formula on those days. Maybe you want to devote your weekends to artistic pursuits. You can use the Creativity blend for that. Or you might find that one of their six blends works well for you in any situation. In that case, you can adjust your order to receive only that formula.

Thesis' customer service — particularly over the phone — is outstanding. While many customers might find chat support more convenient, our testers rarely waited more than a minute to speak to someone, and Thesis employs phone operators who are extraordinarily knowledgeable about the product and nootropics in general. Their email support is fine, and their chat support often redirects to an email inquiry. But that phone support is some of the best our testing team has experienced.

Is Thesis safe?

Most of the ingredients that Thesis uses in their nootropics exhibit minimal side effects in clinical research, so there’s a good chance that Thesis' various formulas will be safe for most people. But Thesis has nearly three dozen ingredients in its catalog, and not all of them will be safe for all users. Of course, the most important thing you can do is talk to your doctor before taking Thesis.

The most common side effects to watch out for when you start taking Thesis nootropics include:

  • Loss of appetite
  • Digestive issues

Thesis recommends that you stop taking their nootropics if you experience a headache or an upset stomach that won’t go away.

Some Thesis products may present contraindications with certain prescription medicines. For example, ashwagandha has been shown to normalize thyroid hormone levels in people with hypothyroidism. 5 This has led some to believe that it could conversely cause thyrotoxicity in people with hyperthyroidism, though it’s worth noting that the study in question employed double the highest ashwagandha dose you’ll find in Thesis nootropics.

Still, this should make abundantly clear the case for speaking with your doctor prior to taking Thesis. This is especially true considering the lack of research into the specific ingredient combinations you’ll find in Thesis products. There is also very little research looking into the risks of combining nootropic supplements with prescription nootropics like Ritalin or Adderall.

Some side effects, such as jitteriness, can be attributed to the caffeine in Thesis formulas. The fact that you can elect to remove caffeine from any formula expands the company’s reach to anyone with caffeine sensitivities and those who really don’t want to give up their morning cup of coffee. If you want caffeine in your Thesis formula, we recommend trying it without having had any coffee first, so you can see how it affects you.

Insider Tip: If you’re not sure whether to get your formula with or without caffeine, we recommend getting it with caffeine. Thesis isolates its included caffeine in a single capsule separate from other ingredients. Caffeinated formulas cost the same as uncaffeinated ones, and you can always elect not to take the caffeine capsule (often the smallest capsule in any formula, containing a white powder).

What are the ingredients in Thesis?

Thesis uses an impressive set of ingredients, many of which have been part of respectable clinical research. Not all of the effects they hope these ingredients provide have been proven with sufficient statistical significance or over multiple studies in different populations, but what we do know strongly suggests efficacy.

Here's a look at several Thesis ingredients that have encouraging research behind them:

Several studies show that dihydrohonokiol-B (DHH-B) has potent anxiolytic effects . 6 That means it can combat anxiety, with results in as little as one hour after treatment.

Saffron offers multiple benefits, including increased levels of dopamine and glutamate, that are dose-dependent. Human studies have also shown positive effects on Alzheimer's patients. 7

Derived from a South African plant, Zembrin provides cognitive and anti-anxiety effects in clinical trials that used the same 25mg dose found in Thesis Creativity. 8

Synapsa is a patented form of Bacopa extract, a traditional Ayurvedic memory enhancer. Studies resulted in statistically significant improvements in cognitive tests administered throughout the trial. 9

7, 8 DHF is a small molecular TrkB agonist that can easily cross the blood-brain barrier. It can increase brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), a protein that improves neuroplasticity, learning, and memory. BDNF deficiencies are connected to numerous cognitive ailments as well.

Choline is a precursor to acetylcholine, a powerful neurotransmitter in the peripheral, autonomic, and enteric nervous systems. 10 Various studies conclude that choline supplementation can strengthen cognitive performance.

While studies suggest that people with higher levels of DHA are less likely to develop Alzheimer's, clinical trials indicate that its effects are almost exclusively prophylactic. 11 That means it won't necessarily improve cognitive function but can protect it.

Like choline, Alpha-GPC acts as an effective acetylcholine precursor. Studies also show that supplementation with Alpha-GPC can stave off exercise-induced reductions in choline levels. 12

In addition to being an effective treatment for neuropathic pain, agmatine appears to have potent effects as an antidepressant. A five-year safety study concluded that there are no long-term side effect risks. 13

Research into epicatechin indicates that it can enhance cerebral blood flow , delivering more oxygen to the brain to ensure it operates at its highest efficiency. 14

Lion's mane has been shown to increase nerve growth factor and promote neurite outgrowth of specific neural cells. It's a safe and reliable neurotrophic, but studies have debunked claims of neuroprotective properties. 15

Hyperphenylalaninemia, a severe deficiency in phenylalanine, results in reduced dopamine , serotonin, and noradrenaline levels in the brain. 16 It can also alter cerebral myelin and protein synthesis. Supplementing with phenylalanine should provide neuroprotective benefits.

Examining the six formulas

Thesis has six nootropic formulas in their lineup. Several other nootropic companies like TruBrain and BrainMD boast targeted lineups, as well, but Thesis is the Goldilocks of the bunch. Where BrainMD’s hyper-specific formulas rely on perhaps too few ingredients to make them worthwhile, many of TruBrain’s complex blends lack real specificity. With Thesis, you get targeted effects from numerous ingredients in moderately complex and reasonably priced combinations.

Each Thesis formula has a blend of ingredients that addresses specific needs. Their names give you a pretty big clue as to what the company intends each to do, but a closer look at their ingredients will help you understand how they achieve this.

Their formulas are:

Interestingly, the company thinks of its formulas as working well in pairs. You don't have to utilize them as such, but it's helpful to know how they view their most effective combinations.

Enhances focus, eliminates brain fog, and lets thoughts flow naturally

Gets you going, keeps you going, and never crashes

Sparks new ideas, inspires extroversion, and revels in openness

You'll usually only take one formula at a time, but these pairs act synergistically for specific personality types or cognitive needs.

Note that your first shipment of Thesis will contain six individually packed doses for four of these six formulas. Thesis chooses these formulas for you based on the results of an intake questionnaire, but you can make adjustments to that shipment on the customer dashboard before the shipment leaves their warehouse.

Let's take a closer look at each formula as they would appear with caffeine included.

Thesis Clarity

Thesis Clarity relies on 7,8 DHF, Alpha GPC, epicatechin, and lion's mane to increase blood flow to the brain and stimulate the production of acetylcholine, a powerful neurotransmitter associated with learning, memory, and attention. It's particularly adept at cutting through brain fog.

Here's a look at Clarity's full ingredients list:

  • 7,8-DHF: 30mg
  • Alpha-GPC: 250mg
  • Epicatechin: 250mg
  • Lion's mane: 500mg
  • Caffeine: 100mg
  • L-theanine: 200mg

One dose of Clarity consists of four capsules for the caffeinated formula, and three capsules for the stimulant-free formula.

Thesis Logic

Thesis Logic contains triacetyluridine (TAU), which caters to the health of the entire central nervous system . It also uses phosphatidylserine to help facilitate communication between and protection of brain cells. 17

This is Logic’s complete ingredients list:

  • Phosphatidylserine: 200mg
  • Theobromine: 100mg
  • Ginkgo biloba: 160mg
  • Synapsa: 320mg

One dose of Logic consists of four capsules for the caffeinated formula, and three capsules for the stimulant-free formula.

Thesis Energy

Thesis Energy uses cysteine and tyrosine alongside caffeine to deliver a steady energy supply. It also includes TeaCrine, a branded form of theacrine, which partners with caffeine to affect adenosine signaling and prevent fatigue.

Here’s a full list of Energy’s ingredients:

  • Choline: 300mg
  • NALT: 300mg
  • Sabroxy: 100mg
  • TeaCrine: 100mg
  • Zynamite: 300mg

One dose of Energy consists of three capsules for the caffeinated formula, and two capsules for the stimulant-free formula.

Thesis Motivation

Blood flow and cellular function are at the core of Thesis Motivation . It employs artichoke extract, forskolin, and B12 to achieve these goals, with a healthy dose of phenylalanine for added focus and motivation.

Here's Motivation's full ingredients list:

  • Artichoke Extract: 450mg
  • Dynamine: 100mg
  • Forskolin: 250mg
  • L-Phenylalanine: 500mg
  • B12: 1,000mcg

One dose of Motivation consists of three capsules for the caffeinated formula, and two capsules for the stimulant-free formula.

Thesis Creativity

Thesis Creativity realigns you with your inspiration by removing barriers caused by stress, anxiety, and depression. It contains ingredients with powerful anxiolytic properties and 5-HT reuptake inhibition.

Here's a look at Creativity’s ingredients list:

  • Agmatine: 250mg
  • Alpha GPC: 150mg
  • Ginseng: 200mg
  • Ashwagandha: 300mg
  • Zembrin: 25mg

One dose of Creativity consists of three capsules for the caffeinated formula, and two capsules for the stimulant-free formula.

Thesis Confidence

Thesis has yet to advertise a new formula called Confidence as of this writing. It's designed to work hand-in-hand with Creativity, using saffron and DHH-B to increase dopamine levels and decrease anxiety. One fascinating ingredient in this formula is sage extract, which one 2021 study showed can help with various memory tasks , including name and face recognition. 18 It’s worth noting, though, that this study employed a 600mg dose compared to Thesis’ 333mg dose.

Here is Confidence's complete ingredients list:

  • DHH-B: 10mg
  • Affron: 28mg
  • Ashwagandha: 120mg
  • Magnesium L-Threonate: 500mg
  • Sage Extract: 333mg
  • L-Theanine: 200mg

One dose of Confidence consists of three capsules for the caffeinated formula, and two capsules for the stimulant-free formula.

Caffeine and L-theanine

While every formula is different, you'll notice that each contains caffeine and L-theanine. The nootropic properties of caffeine are well-established . 19 L-theanine — a non-stimulant derived from green tea — has been shown to smooth out the jittery effects of caffeine. You can easily have caffeine removed from any Thesis formula for no extra cost, which is unique in the nootropic market. The L-theanine will remain, as it has its own set of cognitive benefits in addition to its ability to tame caffeine. 20

Thesis pricing, shipping, and returns

Thesis keeps their price structure decidedly simple. This is refreshing, considering the range of nootropics they offer. You don't have to worry about one formula costing you more than another. However, Thesis doesn't make a non-subscription approach economically feasible.

Every Thesis shipment — including the starter pack — consists of four small boxes, each containing six doses of a single formula. That’s 24 doses/month.

Here's how it works:

  • Any one-time purchase of a one-month supply, including the starter kit, costs $119.
  • When you subscribe, that monthly cost is only $79.

Subscriptions require an account with Thesis, which gives you access to a well-designed customer dashboard. This is where you can easily make formula adjustments, alter your shipping schedule, or cancel your subscription entirely.

Shipping from Thesis is free in the U.S., and the company offers a 30-day money-back guarantee.

Getting started with Thesis Nootropics

Thesis' website is easy to navigate, but it is inconvenient that you must complete the signup questionnaire before accessing formula-specific pages. There are ways around this — like direct searching or just knowing the formula URLs — but we think reviewing formulas should be a little easier when you first get to the site. And you won’t be able to place an order for anything until you complete the questionnaire.

The user interface for managing your subscription is exceptionally intuitive. You can quickly adjust your formula combinations, specifying whether or not you want specific formulas to contain caffeine.

Setting up a subscription with Thesis is a straightforward process. Here are the basic steps:

  • Take the Thesis quiz . This will create a starter kit specific to your results.
  • Order your starter kit. We recommend going with the kit Thesis creates after your quiz, but you can use the customer portal after placing your order to make any changes to the formula combination before it ships.
  • Set up a coaching consultation. This is an optional step, but we recommend it and encourage you to have your first consultation before your kit arrives.
  • Take your nootropics as needed. Most people can experience some of Thesis nootropics' benefits within a few hours of ingestion. Some ingredients and formulas may take a few days to produce results.
  • Refine your order. As you near the end of your first month, you can head over to the Thesis website and customize your next order to include the formula or formulas you like most.
  • Set up follow-up consultations as needed. These will help you refine your future orders and maximize your results.

When you subscribe to the starter kit, you will continue receiving that kit every month until you customize your order. Thesis divides their boxes into four six-dose supplies, and you can mix and match those supplies to suit your needs.

For example, you could boost energy on the weekdays and creativity on the weekends by getting a one-month supply with 18 servings of Energy in three packages and six servings of Creativity in a single package.

Personalized insights and coaching

When you take the quiz on the Thesis website, you'll get personalized insights comparing your results to other quiz-takers and a data set developed from nearly 500 scientific studies. The parameters in your results cover don’t completely line up with their formulas, but include:

These results inform the system to make recommendations for your starter kit. After you order, you can set up a consultation with a Thesis coach. These consultations are free, and you can have as many follow-up sessions as you like. Other companies have apps or online resources like blogs or courses to help you on your nootropic journey, but Thesis’s personalized coaching is unique in its approach and execution.

Consultation calls last around 15 minutes, though some of our testers had their sessions go longer as their coaches' schedules allowed. We received best practices information about taking nootropics that covered dose timing, formula application, and more. Some of our testers also received diet and exercise advice that coincided with their formulas.

Alternatives to Thesis

There are generally two tiers of products in the nootropics landscape. The lower tier consists of products that cost between $20 and $40. Many of these nootropics contain proprietary blends that obscure the exact quantities of ingredients, presumably so companies can use more of the least expensive components. Some companies in this tier disclose their ingredient quantities but may not source them from the highest quality suppliers or perform third-party testing of any kind.

Top brands in this tier include:

  • Onnit Alpha BRAIN
  • Moon Juice Brain Dust
  • Focus Factor

The second tier — where you'll find Thesis — consists of more expensive nootropics that spell their contents out clearly, use high-quality ingredients, and often perform third-party testing to ensure safety and potency. Top brands in this tier include:

  • Qualia Mind

Hunter Focus

We have a comprehensive breakdown of our top nootropics , but here's a concise breakdown of Thesis' most comparable competition.

TruBrain offers one of the widest varieties of nootropics of any company — one of the few catalogs that rivals the variety Thesis offers. They also have some novel and beneficial delivery methods for their nootropic ingredients. Those include energy bars and liquid shots that are outstanding for anyone with difficulty swallowing pills.

TruBrain offers their nootropics in a targeted fashion, not unlike what you get from Thesis. They formerly offered their targeted blends in shot form only, but now you can get any of these targeted blends in capsule or liquid shot form. The shots come in small 1oz pouches that make them easy to take anywhere.

TruBrain's targeted blends include:

This is TruBrain's original blend. It contains seven nootropics, including Noopept, a branded form of N-phenylacetyl-L-prolylglycine ethyl ester. This blend is caffeine-free.

The Strong blend is identical to the Medium formulation in contents and doses, but it also contains 100mg of caffeine.

The Extra Strong formula builds on the Strong blend by adding 150mg of adrafinil (2-(diphenylmethyl)sulfinyl-N-hydroxyacetamide). 21 This wakefulness-promoting substance may also help with weight loss and athletic performance.

TruBrain's Sleep formula contains just four nootropic ingredients: GABA, melatonin, 5-HTP, and a blend that TruBrain calls "functional oils."

Mellow is identical to the medium strength formula, but it adds the functional oil combination used in Sleep.

This formula contains Lion's mane, a mushroom that may promote neural growth . Its other nootropic ingredients are rhodiola, guayusa, and rosehips. 22

A 30-day supply of TruBrain nootropic shots costs $69 or $79, depending on the formulas you choose. That's $10 less than the subscription cost for a one-month supply of Thesis. However, some of their shots contain caffeine, and others don't. If it already contains caffeine, there's no way to alter a TruBrain formula to be stimulant-free.

The first month of TruBrain capsules runs the same cost range, with Medium and Strong costing $69 and the other formulas costing $79. After your first month, however, those prices go up to $119 and $129. That makes Thesis the better value, but if you want the best possible nootropics for sleep support, it might be worth the extra money to check out TruBrain.

Qualia Mind is a brand under the Neurohacker Collective, a company that offers several products to address things like sleep quality, skin health, and vision. They have three nootropics available:

  • Qualia Mind Caffeine-Free
  • Qualia Mind Focus

Their original blend is comprehensive, consisting of nearly 30 ingredients in high doses. That means it's liable to provide you with noticeable effects. It also means you might not know which of those effects are coming from which ingredients, and some of the less beneficial components in your body may also have side effects you'd rather avoid.

The caffeine-free version is identical to the original formula but leaves the caffeine out. Qualia Focus is a more streamlined offering with only seven nootropic ingredients, including caffeine, L-theanine, and L-ornithine . 23

Initial shipments from Qualia Mind are significantly discounted, but after the first month, the price makes theirs one of the most expensive nootropics we've tested. For example, the first month of a subscription to Qualia Mind costs just $39. After that, it costs $119/month. And a one-time purchase is $139.

One inconvenient aspect of Qualia Mind is that a single dose consists of seven capsules, which can get tiresome even for people who don't have trouble swallowing pills. On the bright side, Qualia's 100-day money-back guarantee allows you to try it for a little over three months to determine if you can handle that kind of daily dosing.

Hunter Focus is one of three supplements in the Hunter stack alongside the company's Test and Burn supplements. The stack is intended for male use — Test is a testosterone supplement — but Focus and Burn are suitable for men and women.

Like Qualia Mind, Focus has a long list of ingredients in generous doses. In fact, one serving of Hunter Focus is like taking all six of Thesis' formulas at once. That said, the serving itself is difficult to swallow, as it consists of six large pills.

Another knock on Hunter is that they don't offer a subscription system. That means you can't get an extra discount, and you must remember to reorder when you're running low (theoretically, a nootropic like this should boost your memory). There's also no money-back guarantee to speak of, only a return policy with a relatively short window that only applies to unopened products.

One bottle of Hunter Focus costs $80, and shipping is $7.95 unless you buy more than one bottle at a time. The company will throw a fourth in for free if you buy three bottles at once. That's the only way to get any savings through Hunter.

Individual nootropic components

Many companies offer combinations of nootropic ingredients to perform specific brain-related tasks or even provide globally positive cognitive benefits. But the scientific research behind most of these ingredients almost always includes just one rather than a combination. Some people prefer to try one at a time to minimize the potential for side effects and determine if one particular ingredient works for them. A few companies offer single-ingredient nootropic supplements for this specific purpose.

Our favorite company dealing in individual nootropic components is Nootropics Depot. They offer a wide variety of single-ingredient supplements and a few targeted blends. The prices are generally fair, with an average range running from $16-$70. A 30-day money-back guarantee covers every purchase, and you get free shipping on orders over $50.

Nootropics FAQ

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Specific nootropics affect different parts of the brain in their own ways. Some — like caffeine — reduce fatigue by blocking adenosine receptors, while others act to protect neural connections that are already present while possibly contributing to new neural growth . 24 Some also mitigate depression and anxiety, which frees up the brain to perform at its best.

Are nootropics safe?

The safety of a nootropic depends on the specific ingredients involved. Many are perfectly safe in the doses commonly employed by nootropic companies, but some can cause reactions like increased heart rate, gastrointestinal discomfort, headache, and even tremors. The smartest thing to do is to talk to your doctor before introducing any new supplement to your regimen.

Do nootropics really work?

Many nootropic supplements are noticeably effective — caffeine is a great example. Efficacy varies depending on the specific component or combination. Fortunately, a lot of companies offer money-back guarantees, so you can try their products to see if they work for you without much financial risk.

Will nootropics make me smarter?

Nootropics won't necessarily make you smarter, but many can increase your alertness, improve short-term recall, and promote neural growth and protection. That creates a great environment for learning if you apply yourself while using nootropics, and many ingredients can help you with the motivation it takes to do so.

How do you pronounce nootropics?

The 'noo' in nootropics comes from the Greek nous , which philosophers use to mean mind or intelligence. The 'tropic' in nootropic comes from the Greek tropikos , which relates to turning or changing. So, nootropic roughly translates to mind-changing. You pronounce the 'noo' like 'new' and the 'tropic' with a long O sound, like 'toe pick.'

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About Thesis Nootropics

Thesis Nootropics Review

Hands up if you guzzle five coffees a day to stay awake, have tried all the supplements in the book desperate to improve your headspace, and aren’t interested in prescribed medications. Designed to increase focus , Thesis nootropics might be for you. 

Thesis offers a customized blend of ingredients designed to optimize your cognitive function , with personalized details that tackle your specific needs. Nootropics boost brain performance in the same way a stimulant would, without the common negative effects. 

A study published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease found that nootropics may help improve cognitive function in people with Alzheimer’s disease.

Interested in finding out more about the brand and how it works? Leaf through our Thesis Nootropics review. We’ll be your guide through the company and the process, as well as details on the treatments, highlights from customer reviews, answers to important FAQs, and more, to help you decide if it’s worth the try.

Pros and Cons

Thesis Nootropics Review

  • Multiple cognitive benefits: Thesis Nootropics offers a variety of blends that cater to multiple aspects of cognitive function.
  • Long-term effects: On top of short term benefits for daily life, Thesis nootropics ingredients are designed to impact the brain in the long-term.
  • Personalized recommendations: Thesis Nootropics makes personalized recommendations based on your goals and unique brain chemistry.
  • Potential side effects: The most common side effects to watch out for when you start taking Thesis Nootropics include heartburn, headaches, confusion, dizziness, loss of appetite, and digestive issues.
  • Need to stop taking if issues arise: If you experience a headache or an upset stomach that won’t go away while taking their nootropics, Thesis recommends that you stop taking them.

What is Thesis Nootropics?

Thesis Nootropics Review

Nootropics are nutrient compounds and substances that are known to improve brain performance , such as caffeine and creatine. They help with issues that affect motivation, creativity, mood, memory, focus, and cognitive processing.

Nootropics are the ideal addition to an already healthy lifestyle that consists of exercise, proper nutrition, and enjoyable activities.  Thesis nootropics are carefully formulated to target specific needs, ranging from energy to creativity. The brand focuses on safety, ensuring that all supplements adhere to FDA guidelines and go through multiple clinical trials. 

How Thesis Nootropics Works

Thesis Nootropics Review

With all that being said, you may be wondering how Thesis provides users with an option that is specific to their needs. Fortunately, the process is simple and hassle free. Here’s how it works:

  • Take the Thesis nootropics quiz
  • Answer questions about your basic information
  • Receive personalized recommendations 
  • Get your starter kit for $120 , or $79 monthly when you subscribe 

After that, you’ll select one formula to take each week, taking one day off in between each different option. You’ll also track your results in the daily journal over the month to see how they affect your daily life. 

From there, it operates as a subscription service. Users will be able to optimize their next shipment by telling the brand which formulas worked best.

If you don’t like any of the blends in your box, let the company know and they’ll switch it for something that’s a better fit for your lifestyle, genetics, and goals.

Thesis Nootropics Ingredients

Thesis Nootropics is a brand that offers personalized nootropics designed to enhance cognitive function and overall brain health. Their blends contain a variety of ingredients that are carefully chosen for their cognitive-boosting properties. Here are some of the key ingredients in Thesis Nootropics:

  • Cognizin (Citicoline) : Cognizin is a type of choline that is known for its ability to enhance cognitive function, including memory and focus.
  • L-Theanine : L-Theanine is an amino acid that is found in green tea, and is known for its ability to promote relaxation and reduce stress and anxiety.
  • Lion’s Mane Mushroom : Lion’s Mane Mushroom is a type of medicinal mushroom that is believed to have cognitive-boosting properties, including improved memory and focus.
  • Rhodiola Rosea : Rhodiola Rosea is an adaptogenic herb that is known for its ability to reduce stress and fatigue, and improve mental clarity and cognitive function.
  • Ashwagandha : Ashwagandha is an adaptogenic herb that is known for its ability to reduce stress and anxiety, and improve memory and cognitive function.
  • Phosphatidylserine : Phosphatidylserine is a type of phospholipid that is found in high concentrations in the brain, and is believed to support cognitive function, including memory and focus³
  • Alpha-GPC : Alpha-GPC is a type of choline that is known for its ability to enhance cognitive function, including memory and focus.
  • TAU (uridine): TAU is a blend of uridine, choline, and DHA, which is believed to support brain health and cognitive function.
  • Artichoke extract : Artichoke extract is believed to enhance cognitive function by increasing levels of acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter that is important for memory and learning.
  • Dynamine : Dynamine is a type of alkaloid that is believed to enhance cognitive function by increasing levels of dopamine, a neurotransmitter that is important for mood and motivation.

Overall, the ingredients in Thesis Nootropics are carefully chosen for their cognitive-boosting properties, and are designed to work together to enhance overall brain health and cognitive function.

Thesis Nootropics Health Benefits

Thesis Nootropics is a brand that offers personalized nootropics designed to enhance cognitive function and overall brain health. Their blends contain a variety of ingredients that are carefully chosen for their cognitive-boosting properties, and offer numerous health benefits. Here are some of the health benefits of Thesis Nootropics:

  • Increased cognitive energy : One of the key benefits of Thesis Nootropics is increased cognitive energy, which can help improve productivity, mental alertness, and motivation, as it contains cognizin .
  • Enhanced mental clarity : Another benefit of Thesis Nootropics is enhanced mental clarity,given from Lion’s Mane Mushroom which can help reduce brain fog and improve focus.
  • Improved memory and learning abilities : Thesis Nootropics contains ingredients that are believed to improve memory and learning abilities, like Phosphatidylserine , which can help users retain information more effectively.
  • Elevated mood : Thesis Nootropics may help elevate mood and reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression, thanks to ingredients like L-Theanine and Ashwagandha .
  • Lowered stress levels : The adaptogenic herbs in Thesis Nootropics, such as Rhodiola Rosea and Ashwagandha , are known for their ability to lower stress levels and promote relaxation.
  • Boosted focus : Thesis Nootropics contains ingredients like Alpha-GPC and Artichoke extract , which are believed to boost focus and concentration.

While Thesis Nootropics offers numerous health benefits, it’s important to note that the long-term effects of nootropics are not yet fully understood and more research is needed.

3 Thesis Nootropics Bestsellers

Thesis energy review.

Thesis Energy Review

If you’re constantly struggling to keep up with the demands of your busy life, it might be time to try a natural energy booster like Thesis Energy. This powerful nootropic blend is specifically designed to increase energy, overcome fatigue, and build mental stamina.

Thesis Energy is caffeine-free, making it a great option for those who are sensitive to caffeine or looking for a natural alternative to traditional energy drinks. The Energy formulation is designed to help improve focus and mental clarity, increase cognitive energy, and reduce fatigue. Whether you’re facing a busy day at work, recovering after a night of poor sleep, or gearing up for an intense workout, Thesis Energy can help you power through.

Each ingredient in Thesis Energy is carefully chosen for its energy-boosting properties. The specific ingredients can vary depending on your needs, but they work together to help increase energy, improve mental clarity, and reduce fatigue.

To get the most out of Thesis Energy, take it every morning on an empty stomach. You can also take it again after lunch if you need an extra boost. It’s designed to help you tackle busy, hectic days, recover from poor sleep, and power through intense workouts.

If you’re tired of relying on coffee and energy drinks to get through the day, it might be time to give Thesis Energy a try. Check availability and start boosting your energy naturally today!

Thesis Creativity

Thesis Nootropics

If you’re someone who struggles with creativity or finds yourself feeling stuck in your creative endeavors, Thesis Creativity may be worth considering. This nootropic supplement is designed to help spark inspiration, enhance verbal fluency, and boost confidence in your own great ideas.

So what’s in Thesis Creativity? The ingredients may vary depending on your specific needs, but these ingredients work together to support stress management, memory function, mood regulation, and energy production.

By supporting stress management, memory function, and mood regulation, Thesis Creativity can help free up mental space for more creative thinking. Additionally, the caffeine and L-theanine combo can provide a boost of energy and focus without the jitters and crash that can come with caffeine alone.

To get the most out of Thesis Creativity, it is recommended to take it every morning on an empty stomach and again after lunch if you need an extra boost. This nootropic blend is particularly helpful for brainstorming and creative thinking, writing and creative projects, and public speaking and social situations.

As with any nootropic supplement, it’s important to note that the long-term effects of Thesis Creativity are not yet fully understood and more research is needed. It’s always a good idea to speak with a healthcare professional before adding any new supplements to your routine.

In summary, if you’re looking for a little extra help in the creativity department, Thesis Creativity may be a valuable addition to your nootropic lineup. Its unique blend of ingredients can help support mental clarity, mood regulation, and energy production, making it a valuable tool for any creative individual.

Thesis Logic

Thesis Logic Review

If you’ve been having trouble with your memory lately, such as forgetting what you had for lunch yesterday or struggling to recall common words, then Thesis Logic may be just what you need. This formula is designed to help enhance your processing speed, boost your memory, and deepen your thinking.

Thesis Logic is caffeine-free, making it a great option for those who are sensitive to caffeine. The formula is ideal for use during deep, focused work, complex problem-solving, research projects, and completing tedious tasks.

Taking Thesis Logic is easy – simply take it every morning on an empty stomach, and take it again after lunch if you need an extra boost. By incorporating Thesis Logic into your daily routine, you may notice improvements in your cognitive function and overall mental performance.

Who Is Thesis Nootropics For? 

Thesis Nootropics Review

Thesis nootropics are designed for a number of different specific needs, including anyone who wants to focus better, have more energy, and maintain mental clarity. All in all, the products are specifically formulated to improve day to day life and target your specific needs .

Thesis Nootropics Side Effects

Thesis Nootropics Review

While Thesis nootropics are designed to enhance cognitive performance and provide a range of benefits, it’s important to be aware of the potential side effects that can occur. As with any supplement, individual reactions can vary, and some people may experience side effects while others may not.

Some of the potential side effects of Thesis nootropics include:

  • Insomnia : Some nootropics contain caffeine or other stimulants that can disrupt sleep patterns and lead to difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep.
  • Blurry vision : Certain nootropics, such as those containing alpha GPC, have been linked to temporary blurry vision.
  • High blood pressure : Stimulant-based nootropics can increase blood pressure, which can be dangerous for people with hypertension or other heart conditions.
  • Fast heart rate : Similarly, stimulants can also increase heart rate, leading to palpitations or a rapid pulse.
  • Circulation problem s: Certain nootropics, such as vinpocetine, can affect blood flow and circulation, leading to issues like dizziness, nausea, or headaches.
  • Addiction : Some nootropics, such as those containing racetams, have been associated with the potential for addiction or dependence if used long-term.

It’s important to remember that not all nootropics will produce these side effects, and the severity of any reactions will depend on individual factors such as dosage, duration of use, and underlying health conditions. However, it’s always wise to discuss any potential risks with a healthcare professional before starting any new supplement regimen.

Additionally, it’s important to follow dosage instructions carefully and not to exceed recommended amounts, as this can increase the risk of side effects. By being mindful of potential risks and using nootropics responsibly, users can reap the benefits of these supplements without experiencing adverse effects.

Thesis Nootropics Reviews: What Do Customers Think?

Thesis Nootropics Review

At this point in our Thesis nootropics review, it’s time to turn to what customers are saying. So, we sourced testimonials from the brand’s website, Reddit, and ZenMasterWellness. And spoiler alert, the Thesis nootropics reviews we came across have nothing but good things to say.

On takethesis.com , the brand earns 4.4/5 stars out of 7,956 reviews. One patron describes their particular blend as the perfect alternative to prescription meds :

“ I have been off stimulants for months now and these formulas are far superior. My husband and daughter both noticed the change and said I have been more productive, focused, less anxious, and more “thinking outside the box”. I have tried for years to get off stims and nothing would work .”

On Reddit, many reviewers share similar sentiments about how effective the products are. One buyer shares that they tried tons of different nootropics on the market, and Thesis stands out amongst the crowd . 

On ZenMasterWellness, one reviewer states that their blend provided the exact results they were looking for :

“ They offer notable improvements to how well I’m able to focus, stay on task, and grind when it’s time to grind. In practice, this usually looks like a clearer mind and an improved ability to just… chill. With the Clarity and Creativity blends, in particular, I just feel leveled out .”

Backed by clinical trials and real customer experiences, Thesis stands out in the world of nootropics and supplements. The personalized selections prove effective, while the quality ingredients live up to expectations. 

Is Thesis Nootropics Legit?

Thesis Nootropics Review

If you’re wondering if this brand offers products that are too good to be true, this Thesis nootropics review is here to say that it is the real deal .

The brand is backed by numerous clinical trials, which highlight how 86% of customers reported improvements in a wide range of cognitive challenges, while 89% noticed an improvement in their ability to reduce stress and maintain energy.

Is Thesis Nootropics Worth It?

Thesis Nootropics Review

Thesis is an appealing choice in the world of nootropics because it provides a completely customized selection based on your needs and goals. Plus, the ingredients are potent and ensure the best effects—and you only end up paying for the benefits you actually need.

With that in mind, this Thesis nootropics review deems the brand worth the try.


Here are some alternatives to Thesis Nootropics that you might find interesting:

  • Mind Lab Pro – This nootropic supplement is designed to improve cognitive function and mental performance. It contains 11 ingredients that work together to enhance memory, focus, and overall brain health.
  • Thorne Supplements : If you’re looking for high-quality, science-based supplements, Thorne is a great choice. Their products are designed with the latest research in mind and are rigorously tested for quality and purity. Some of their popular offerings include multivitamins, protein powders, and omega-3 supplements.
  • WeAreFeel Supplements : WeAreFeel is a supplement brand that offers a variety of products designed to support different aspects of your health. Their supplements are vegan-friendly and free from artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives. Some of their popular offerings include multivitamins, probiotics, and omega-3 supplements.
  • Neuro Gum : If you’re looking for a quick and easy way to boost your focus and energy levels, Neuro Gum is a great option. This gum is infused with caffeine and other natural ingredients that can help improve mental clarity and alertness. Plus, it’s sugar-free and comes in a variety of delicious flavors.
  • Neuriva Plus : Neuriva Plus is a brain supplement that’s designed to improve memory, focus, and cognitive performance. It contains a blend of natural ingredients, including coffee fruit extract and phosphatidylserine, that have been shown to support brain health. If you’re looking for a natural way to boost your cognitive function, Neuriva Plus is worth considering.

Thesis Nootropics Promotions & Discounts 

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There aren’t currently any Thesis promos or discounts available. That being said, if you subscribe for recurring shipments of your recommended products, you’ll save $40 monthly .

Where to Buy Thesis Nootropics

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At the time of this Thesis nootropics review, the products are exclusively available on the brand’s website, takethesis.com .

Is Thesis Nootropics vegan?  

Thesis nootropics are made with only vegan ingredients . That being said, while the brand has taken precautions to protect against cross contamination, the products are not certified vegan.

Is Thesis Nootropics gluten-free? 

On top of being vegan, Thesis products are made without gluten, eggs, or nuts . Again, while the brand strives to protect users against cross contamination, the products are not certified gluten free. 

What is Thesis Nootropics’ Shipping Policy?

If you’re anxiously awaiting your order from this Thesis nootropics review, you’ll be happy to hear that the company offers speedy shipping, sending orders out within 1 business day. After that, packages should arrive within only 1-3 business days . Costs are calculated at checkout.

At this time, Thesis is not able to offer international shipping. This Thesis nootropics review recommends following the brand on social media and signing up for the newsletter to stay up to date with shipping policies. 

What is Thesis Nootropics’ Return Policy?

If you find that your Thesis formula isn’t working out, the company requests that you contact them to make changes and adjustments to ensure you are able to receive the proper help.

If you would still like to make a return, follow these simple steps for a refund:

  • Submit your refund request
  • Ship the items back within 30 days of the original delivery
  • Send an email with your tracking number to the brand
  • Return any remaining product in their original packaging to: 

Thesis Returns 902 Broadway

6th Floor New York, NY 

Once your return has been received, a refund will be processed and email confirmation will be sent. It’s also important to note that the brand can only refund one month’s supply per customer and return shipping is the customer’s responsibility. 

How to Contact Thesis Nootropics

We hope you enjoyed this Thesis nootropics review! If you have any further questions about the brand or its products, you can contact them using the following methods:

  • Call 1 (646) 647-3599
  • Email [email protected]

902 Broadway Floor 6 New York, NY 10010

If you’re looking for other ways to boost your productivity via supplements, check out these other brands we’ve reviewed:

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The Best Nootropics Supplements Personalized to Your Brain?

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TakeThesis Nootropics Honest Review (FindMyFormula 2.0)

Your brain is a primary difference between winning a Nobel prize and living a life of mediocrity.

How well it functions isn’t solely a matter of genetics.

Neuroscience research, and overwhelming anecdotal experience, show that we can dramatically upgrade our:

  • Mental clarity
  • Productivity
  • Access to the flow state
  • Information processing speed

Welcome to the world of “neurohacking”. Using special ingredients and lifestyle practices to optimize the brains and increase our overall quality of life.

But there’s one glaring issue…

Companies making the best brain-boosting supplements recognize this and customize their formulas to your unique lifestyle.

One such nootropic experience is a “newcomer” (you’ll learn why this isn’t exactly true) called Thesis. You take a short brain assessment, they send you a starter kit, and their complimentary coach helps you hone the perfect brain supplements — customized to you!

This post will thoroughly review of TakeThesis, how it compares to other nootropics companies, and whether this is the last brain supplement you’ll need.

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Quick & Dirty Intro to Nootropics

thesis nootropics overview

These are different from the off-label use of prescription pharmaceuticals like Adderall.

Essentially, nootropics are a special class of ingredients that satisfy ALL the following criteria:

  • Safe and non-toxic
  • Enhance learning and memory
  • Protect against injury
  • Boost natural cognitive ability (memory, logic, creativity, focus, etc)

There’s something that makes them even better…

Nootropics upgrade your baseline performance even after you stop taking them . They cause long-term changes to brain structure and function. Almost like training you how to operate at a higher level and forming positive habits.

At the same time, the good ones provide a quick and noticeable pick-me-up. You don’t wonder if they’re working.

The right formulas help you reach your full potential faster and more effectively.

What is Take Thesis Nootropics?

TakeThesis Nootropic Ingredients Review

Thesis is the masterpiece of expert brain supplement formulators Dan Freed and Adam Greenfield. This duo began researching nootropics out of personal need. Both struggled with poor cognitive performance. They learned how to balance brain chemistry to maximize performance.

Now they’re sharing their discoveries with the world.

After great success with their original product, Find My Formula (which I reviewed here), they revamped their formulations and process.

While each of us has unique neurochemistries, after working with enough people, they began to spot patterns in which ingredients, the forms of those ingredients, and doses work best. Over the span of years, they’ve amassed a huge dataset:

  • 30,000+ users
  • 550,000 recommendations made
  • 127 ingredients tested

Resulting in 86% of users reporting higher energy levels, better mood, more reliable memory, and greater motivation.

Unsurprisingly, Thesis has garnered a stellar 96% customer satisfaction.

The company also has soul. By donating a portion of each sale to both the Covenant House and The Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), they’re evolving the future of brain enhancement and also making it more accessible to the world.

Thesis Nootropics Ingredients

When evaluating any nootropic, you must consider how they source and test ingredients.

The sad truth is that most of the products on the market are WORSE than useless. Contaminated with heavy metals, mycotoxins, pathogens, even adulterated with banned (dangerous) substances.

Thesis puts each ingredient through a rigorous, multi-step ethical, medical, and legal evaluation. Before acquiring and testing the ingredients for safety and purity, every ingredient must be supported as safe and effective by clinical trials.

This team keeps up with the ever-changing regulations.

Since the days of Find My Formula, a lot has changed. Each of their blends has undergone a major overhaul.

One of the common gripes with naturals is that you don’t feel anything.

How Thesis Works

thesis nootripics process

Thesis isn’t your run-of-the-mill supplement company.

They’ve streamlined a process resulting in 86 percent of users finding their neurochemically tuned formulations in less than one month.

This is how to best use Thesis:

  • Assess your unique brain
  • Establish your baseline
  • Begin your Starter Kit
  • Notice what works for you and what doesn’t
  • Tweak and optimize with complimentary coaching

Your Thesis journey begins with a short survey to understand your basic lifestyle, how your brain functions, and your goals for using nootropics. The entire “quiz” takes just a few minutes. When you finish, their AI finds your “digital twin” to determine which formulations are most likely to work for you.

A few days later, you’ll receive the Thesis Starter Kit in the mail, with the four separate blends best matched to your brain.

I suggest jotting down the way you feel, your challenges, and goals. That way you’ll have something to reference after several weeks of testing. Bonus points for including audio/video in your log.

You’ll follow the directions, testing each product for six days in a row. Then take a break over the weekend, allowing your body to reset. Though you don’t need two days off, I notice better effects when I give my body the extra rest day.

If you’re sensitive, I suggest taking these capsules first thing in the morning.

At any point, you can schedule a call with one of the resident Thesis Nootropics Experts. They’ll help coach you to ensuring the best possible experience and tweak your kit as necessary. Definitely take advantage of the experts, as they’re a key bonus of Thesis !

By the end of the month, you’ll have discovered your favorite blends and the ones that you don’t like. It’s perfectly normal to not like some of them, and your future orders will only include the products you love most.

The Thesis Nootropic Blends for Every Goal

TakeThesis Nootropics Blends Full Unbiased Review

Note that I’ve written about five blends below, but your Starter Kit will only contain four. Once you’ve gone through the Starter Kit, you’ve demoed the blends.

Hopefully, you’ve discovered the ones that work great for you.

For every subsequent order, you get four slots to customize however you prefer. My favorite combo is:

  • (2) Clarity

But if I really loved a particular blend, for example, I could just do:

  • (4) Creativity

You can request any of the formulations in either of two versions: caffeinated or caffeine-free.

Don’t pay much attention to the names of each. They’re merely general suggestions of the most often reported benefits. It’s entirely possible that you’ll get more clarity from Creativity, or better logical reasoning from Energy.

Let’s examine each of the different blends.

Thesis Energy

Thesis Nootropics Review: Energy Formula

I reach for Energy when I get less than 7 hours of sleep, or when I need extra energy to crush a workout and power through a long Monday. It’s also useful for travel days, or when I know I’ll wind up in energy-depleting situations. Others use it to reinforce new healthy habits.

Thesis Energy blend ingredients include:

  • Zynamite® – 300mg
  • TeaCrine® – 100mg
  • Sabroxy® – 100mg
  • CDP Choline – 300mg
  • N-Acetyl-L-Tyrosine – 300mg
  • N-Acetyl Cysteine – 500mg
  • Optional: Caffeine – 100mg
  • Optional: L-Theanine – 200mg

Sabroxy is an ancient Ayurvedic extract that comes from the bark of the Indian trumpet tree. Research suggests it enhances memory, focus, immunomodulation, mood, and even skin health.

From previous experience, I know that I respond well to Zynamite and TeaCrine. The former is an extract of mango leaf, and the latter is a molecular cousin of caffeine that comes from a tea plant, is non-habit forming, and with fewer side effects. Both noticeably increase energy, as expected. As a bonus, I find that these two also lift my mood.

Compared to the previous Energy formula, this iteration is smoother and more refined. Each sachet contains three capsules, and I start feeling effects 15 minutes after swallowing them.

I’ve been a big fan of all the Energy blends I’ve tested so far. It’s constantly ranked in my top 2 favorites due to the pronounced effects. It feels like a more full-body caffeine without the jitters or crash.

Thesis Clarity

Thesis Nootropics Review: Clarity Formula

As the package insert describes, Clarity supports a calm, focused flow and is great for optimal performance during high-stakes days. Good for presentations, content creation, and non-stimulating concentration.

I’ve found this description to be spot on. The formula has undergone a complete overhaul, featuring two ingredients I haven’t found in other nootropics.

Thesis Clarity blend ingredients include:

  • 7,8 Dihydroxyflavone – 30mg
  • Camellia Sinesis Extract – 250mg
  • Alpha GPC – 250mg
  • Epicatechin – 250mg
  • Lion’s Mane 8:1 Extract – 500mg

7, 8 Dihydroxyflavone is a man-made flavonoid that can penetrate the blood-brain barrier and mimic the effects of BDNF (dubbed “MiracleGro for the brain”). Camellia Sinesis is the ingredient that earned tea’s reputation as a health drink. It’s a potent source of the relaxing compound l-Theanine. Epicatechin also comes from tea, and it promotes optimal blood flow, mood, and neuroprotection.

A dose of Clarity takes three capsules, and I couldn’t pinpoint the exact time I started feeling it. The effects became more pronounced after approximately one hour.

Don’t expect a huge boost in energy or racing thoughts from this one. Once I released that expectation, I noticed that I felt clear, calm yet alert, steady, and mentally sharp . All without overstimulation. I flowed through my work, easily focusing on each task through completion.

To my surprise, Clarity went from among my least favorite Find My Formula blends, to my Thesis top pick.

I’m confident that this is one of the only nootropics that I can take in the afternoon (or even evening) and still sleep great.

Thesis Creativity

Thesis Nootropics Review: Creativity Formula

Creativity helps you generate new ideas, think abstractly, and finally bring your dream projects to fruition. It works by quieting overthinking and helping integrate both hemispheres of the brain.

The stack of powerful adaptogenic herbs also makes it an excellent choice for stressful situations, or to relax in social events.

You can rest assured that it contains some of the most researched and scientifically proven herbs on the planet. Ashwagandha and Panax Ginseng are staples in Ayurvedic (Indian) and Traditional Chinese Medicine. Thousands of studies back their use.

Thesis Creativity blend ingredients include:

  • KSM-66 Ashwagandha – 300mg
  • GS15-4 Panax Ginseng – 200mg
  • Zembrin® – 25mg
  • Agmatine Sulfate – 250mg
  • Alpha GPC – 150mg

The Thesis formulators did a great job here, handpicking the strongest, cleanest, and most bioavailable forms of each ingredient.

Zembrin is one I hadn’t heard of, but am impressed by what I’ve learned. It’s a plant extract known to boost mood, improve workout focus, alleviate nervousness, and enhance complex problem-solving.

Approximately 45 minutes after my three-capsule dose, I noticed myself feeling slightly less reactive to urgent emails and other daily stressors. I could also more easily discern wisdom from my intuition. Each time I followed my instinct, I made the right choice.

I do already regularly take Ashwagandha and Ginseng in my own supplement regimen (which I stopped for this experiment), so it’s likely that my reaction is milder than most.

Thesis Logic

Thesis Nootropics Review: Logic Formula

The name summarizes it well. Logic supports rational thinking. Making a popular choice among lawyers, bankers, programmers, scientists, academics, and those looking to boost their analytical abilities.

Though I didn’t get it selected for my Starter Kit, I reached out to their customer service to have it swapped in. As a Data Scientist, I knew that this would fit me well.

I was right. My first experience with the original Find My Formula Logic blend quickly took silver (only behind their original Energy). It hit the sweet spot between energetic stimulation and effortless focus. I went from spec sheet to finished product 35 percent faster than normal.

Thesis Logic blend ingredients include:

  • Triacetyluridine – 30mg
  • Vegan Omega-3 Lysine complex (EPA + DHA) – 200mg
  • Phosphatidylserine – 200mg
  • Theobromine – 100mg
  • Gingko Biloba – 160mg
  • Synapsa® (Bacopa monnieri extract) – 320mg

As its name suggests, Triacetyluridine is a more potent version of the nootropic uridine. It’s known to improve learning, memory, energy, mood, and reduce neuroinflammation.

Theobromine is a mild stimulant related to caffeine naturally occurring in cacao. It increases blood flow, and improves focus.

Those interested in memory enhancement may know Bacopa — one of the greatest ancient memory-enhancing herbs. Gingko is another notable natural herb, known to improve alertness, concentration, focus, and memory.

Phosphatidylserine comes from sunflowers. It gently alleviates stress without drowsiness, improves memory, and increases alertness.

Indeed, the Logic formulation improves working memory, offsets stress, and accelerates learning. On days I reluctantly approached tedious work, the two capsule dose of Logic took the edge off within about 20 minutes.

I’m still experimenting with the latest Logic blend, but so far it stacks up with the original. The new Logic feels slightly weaker, but I greatly prefer the new ingredients.

Thesis Motivation

Thesis Nootropics Review: Motivation Formula

Motivation comes in a lime-green sachet. It’s Thesis’ take on the classic and original CILTEP nootropic stack.

Motivation bills itself as best for:

  • Crushing your TODO list
  • Building healthy habits
  • Increasing discipline and drive

It’s one of the blends that’s most polarizing. You either love it, or you hate it.

I’ve tested this exact formulation produced by several different companies (including NaturalStacks and Find My Formula), and I’ve had bad experiences every single time.

The predominant effect I notice is a headache (which I never get). I also feel slightly spacey. This time I came prepared and used Semax to pull me out of my CILTEP fog.

But just as many people rave about their Motivation.

Thesis Motivation blend ingredients include:

  • Forskolin – 250mg
  • Methylcobalamin – 1000mcg
  • Dynamine – 100mg
  • L-Phenylalanine – 500mg
  • Artichoke Extract – 450mg

It’s safe to say that after two days of use, you’ll know which Motivation camp you fall into.

Thesis Confidence

TakeThesis Nootropics Confidence Formula Review

Confidence is a newer Thesis blend that came out in mid-2022 after heavy internal research and development. I’ve been using it for the last few weeks and it’s certainly one of my favorites. Perhaps my top non-stimulating Thesis Formula.

Typical use cases for Confidence include:

  • Important situations
  • Doing uncomfortable or new things
  • Times of leadership
  • Stopping overwhelm

My experience with Thesis Confidence has been overwhelmingly positive. Within about 30 minutes, I felt a smooth and definite mood boost. The day seemed to flow easily. I didn’t feel jitters or nervousness before overwise stressful no-agenda meetings.

This one is great for social situations. I’m noticing that I feel more comfortable and bold as a newbie Bachata dancer.

Although it’s not very stimulating, I noticed a slight rush kind of like the effect of finishing a good workout. Increased blood flow and slight flushing paired with relaxation (but certainly not any sedation).

Thesis Confidence blend ingredients include:

  • Saffron extract (affron®) – 28mg
  • Ashwagandha extract (Shoden®) – 120mg
  • Sage extract – 333mg
  • Magnesium threonate – 50mg
  • Magnolia bark extract (DHH-B) – 10mg

This is an excellent formula. I love the synergy between the ingredients. Plus, many of these (like Saffron) are expensive and commonly faked in supplements. By using the patented versions, we’re assuredly getting the real thing.

How to Use Thesis

When the shipment finally arrives in the mail, you might feel overwhelmed.

Here’s what to expect…

Inside the large box, you’ll find four smaller boxes. Each box contains five sachets. Monday through Saturday mornings, you take one full sachet (2-3 capsules).

I suggest you take notes beforehand on what you wish to get out of the experience. Some popular examples include:

  • Spending less time distracted on social media
  • Output at your main job
  • Progress toward hobbies, projects, or other work
  • Starting a new skill, language, or health habit
  • Finish work faster

Then, at the end of each day, spend 15-seconds jotting down notes in the provided instruction manual. Trust me, this makes a huge difference. After completing week four, you’ll probably forget which blends you loved, the effects they had, and which ones didn’t work for you.

Some of the ingredients last slightly longer in your system, so I take the entire weekend off to allow my neurochemistry to reset. This also ensures you get the most bang for your buck.

After repeating this process for all four boxes, you’ll have discovered your favorite blends. A Thesis coach can help you customize future orders so you’ll only receive the ones you want!

Tips to Get the Most Out of Thesis Nootropics

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Caffeine-free . If you’re new to nootropics, start with the non-caffeinated versions. I drink coffee most days. Sometimes two cups. But I always get my nootropics caffeine-free. For several reasons. First, nootropics potentiate caffeine. One coffee can feel like 3. If you’re not used to the combo, going caff-free gives you more control. Caff-free also means that I can take nootropics later in the day. Also, the health benefits of coffee don’t come from caffeine but from the polyphenols, flavonoids, and other phytochemicals. Plus, I just like the taste of coffee.

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Thesis Nootropics Questions & Answers

Should i take thesis with caffeine.

I recommend taking Thesis without caffeine to start. Caffeine greatly increases the effects of certain nootropics. For some, this can be too much and lead to panic, headaches, and unease. You can always add coffee and more easily control your caffeine dosage later.

What’s the difference between Thesis and Find My Formula nootropics?

Thesis is the latest generation of Find My Formula nootropics. They’ve refined, upgraded, and revamped every single one of their formulas according to the latest neuroscience research. Find My Formula products are no longer available.

Which Thesis blend is best?

Your ideal Thesis stack depends on your neurochemistry, lifestyle, and goals. People either love or hate their Motivation blend. My favorites (in order) are Clarity, Energy, and then Logic.

How much do Thesis nootropics cost?

Thesis offers two different buying options: one-time, and subscription. One-time purchases cost $119.00 and subscriptions cost $79.00 per month. Use code URBAN and save an extra 15 percent! Thesis backs all purchases with a full 30-day no-questions-asked money-back guarantee.

Thesis Nootropics Review: Boosting Your Brain With Precision Formulas

Ignore those that say you’re stuck with a less-than-optimal brain.

According to the latest neuroscience (and countless personal examples), that’s demonstrably false.

That is if you use the right products.

The most popular nootropics today are:

I’m constantly trying the latest nootropic formulas.

I take most of them for a month and see little benefit.

Thesis is one exception, featuring an impressive array of the highest-quality forms of well-researched ingredients. Drawing from their millions of data points, they’ve come up with unique formulas that give you both a quick boost and long-term benefits .

So that one day, should you choose, you can completely stop supplementing and continue enjoying all the fruits of an upgraded brain.

I personally prefer their Clarity, Energy, and Logic. Each serves a role specific to the type of day I have ahead.

Since the original Find My Formula blends, I’m impressed with their improvements. They’ve moved away from some of the man-made ingredients and embraced natural (but effective) bioharmonizing compounds.

As of January 2022, Thesis has amassed a 4.5+ star rating on 7,411 ratings.

Try it yourself with the exclusive Outliyr discount:

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To the long-term Formula users — what do you think of the update? Have you enjoyed the new Thesis blends?

Let’s have a discussion in the comments below!

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12 thoughts on “The Best Nootropics Supplements Personalized to Your Brain?”

Unfortunately, I can not use any of the samples sent by Thesis. Each packet contained the caffeine equal to a cup of coffee.

What a bummer!

I’m not sure how you do with caffeine, but it also includes l-theanine which is a natural amino acid that really smoothes out the negative effects of caffeine (I won’t use any form of caffeine without it). You might want to reach out to their team about this, but last I heard, one of the pills in each sachet is exclusively caffeine/theanine. I’ve received a few caffeinated boxes, and just threw away the smallest white caffeine/theanine pill.

Or you can reach out to them and they will likely make it right.

Hey, I had the same issue. Fortunately, the caffeine portion comes in its own separate capsule (the white capsule in each packet), so you can choose to leave it out!

Correct. It’s the smaller white one if there are multiple white capsules.

I’ll be honest. I think this is a scam, like snake oil.

Hi Andrew. Not sure what you mean. Have you ever used nootropics? Or botanicals/herbals? What makes you think this is a scam?

This is my first time visiting the website although I’m no stranger to nootropics. I don’t remember where or how I discovered acetyl choline—AGP?—but it was a game changer for me. I’d been taking phosphatidylserine for memory enhancement for at least 2 decades, L-Tyrosine to boost dopamine, PEA, for the same reason. All on my own initiative, as a result of my own independent research. What disturbs me about Thesis is: 1). I suffer from a congenital disease for which there is no cure—Lipedema—and this is allegedly at the root of the fatigue which has blighted my entire life and which I have been attempting to overcome for most of it. The disease afflicts about 10% of women and as one doctor blithely informed me, “you;d be better off with cancer. At least there’s a chance you might recover.” As a result of the quiz I took, Thesis informed me I was in the bottom 4% of applicants and never investigated further. Well, Hello. 2). Quiz had questions about exercise but nothing about diet or meditation, Since I follow functional and integrative Medicine, these gaps disappointed me. I still haven’t made up my mind about becoming a member, but I am grateful to Andrew Huberman for drawing my attention to this range of products.

Hi Jacqueline, sorry about the super slow response here! Glad you’ve found things that work for you. That’s strange. When I took the quiz, they didn’t show percentiles. I agree, diet and meditation are essential. Impossible to overlook really, especially when we’re discussing nutraceuticals. I’ll let them know when I talk to them next.

Update on “the ingredients are not evenly distributed throughout the pills.” I spoke to a Thesis rep this week, and after a detailed conversation regarding the caffeine pills (the small white pill in each caffeine line of products), she clarified that the other pills (not the 100mg of caffeine + 200 mg of L-Theanine small white pill) have the remaining blend evenly distributed between the pills.

Loved your article, how you spelt it out, and agree strongly with the feelings on Clarity being “clear, calm yet alert, steady, and mentally sharp. All without overstimulation.”

Good correction! The caffeine/theanine pill is easy enough to spot.

Thanks for the feedback. Which are your favorite(s)?

Nick, this is an awesome intro to nootropics and Thesis, thank you for breaking this down! I was a Formula customer for years and my favorite blends were Clarity and Creativity. With the new Thesis formulations Energy has been added into my routine! I feel like I have tools at my disposal for any occasion… Creativity is great for social situations or other experiences that would otherwise leave me mentally fatigued, Clarity is great when I have a ton I want to accomplish without interruption, Energy is great when I haven’t had great sleep or need to do more physical stuff. I don’t use it every day, but it’s there when I need a lift. Great read, thanks for the knowledge!

Thanks! How often do you use Thesis? Do you combine it with anything else?

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Thesis Nootropic Review - Do Personalized Nootropics Work? I Found Out.

O dds are if you hadn’t heard about nootropics before the early 2010s, you’ve heard about them now. Nootropics burst onto the scene around that time, and they’ve been trending ever since. Why? Well, with bold claims of making you feel more focused, calmer, and even smarter , it’s no wonder that these unique supplements have been catching people’s attention. Especially after the toll of the pandemic on all of our mental wellbeing…

If you’re dealing with brain fog, fatigue, and poor productivity, nootropics probably sound enticing. But, finding natural, effective, no-nonsense nootropics in today’s crowded wellness market can seem like a steep order. 

That’s where Thesis comes in. Takethesis.com is an online brand that’s been a leader in personalized nootropics for years. With all-natural supplement blends that they claim are rooted in science, Thesis promises to bring a new meaning to the term “smart drugs”. 

But as someone who’s always reserved a healthy level of skepticism around the efficacy of supplements in general, I decided to try Thesis nootropics firsthand to see what the hype was all about. In this review, I’ll share my experience with Thesis, including my honest reaction after taking their formulas for greater focus, confidence, logic, and more.

Curious if Thesis can introduce you to the valuable world of nootropics, without the BS? Keep reading to learn what’s inside Thesis ‘ supplements and whether or not their nootropic blends had any effect on my brain.

What are nootropics?

Any natural or synthetic substance that can positively affect cognition, focus, memory, and other mental faculties, and sometimes your mood, is considered a nootropic.

Prescription stimulants like Adderall for ADHD are included as well. And while prescription drugs work for many, they typically exhibit a high instance of unwanted side effects. Natural remedies that boost mental performance, including organic supplements and dietary changes, are generally more sustainable over the long term. In fact, many ADHD patients first discover nootropics after seeking healthier alternatives to Adderall and other pharmaceuticals.

Read our full comparison of nootropics vs Adderall for more details on the key differences.

Source: Thesis

How long have nootropics been around?

The use of nootropics first became widespread in the 70s, when  Piracetam first became widely known as a treatment for motion sickness, then later was found to boost cognitive performance. This spurred more of an effort toward discovering and developing more nootropics . It’s since become a thriving market, especially after the global pandemic wreaked havoc on mental health and left many with persistent brain fog. Today, the internet is awash with countless brain-boosting products available to consumers without prescription, and most don’t have FDA approval or much clinical data to support their claims.

While we love having options, the wide range of (unproven) nootropic supplements available today makes it hard to know which could work for you. There are dozens of brands, each offering various different nootropic blends, all claiming to be the best in class. Should you really be expected to try them all?

Thesis is on a mission to solve this conundrum. The company emerged to not only offer great quality and transparency around their blends, but also to recognize patients’ need for personalized recommendations from experts.

Let’s dive in to see what nootropics Thesis offers, and how the support they offer differs from typical supplement companies.

What are Thesis nootropics?

Thesis (rebranded from FindMyFormula.com) is a longstanding nootropics company with an impressive customer base of over 500,000 users. Having been in the space for years, Thesis has developed a comprehensive data set of nootropics research that dwarfs those of their competitors. I found this data-driven pitch compelling, and thus decided that I’d give Thesis a shot as my first foray into the world of nootropics in general.

1. How Thesis works

To get started, complete Thesis’ online questionnaire . They only ask for basic info – you don’t have to share specific lab tests or detailed medical history. Next, the Thesis algorithm will process your answers to recommend one or more nootropic blends best suited to your needs, which will be shipped to your house within 1-3 business days. 

Thesis recommends you sample their nootropic blends for a month before selecting ones that you believe work the best for you. Of course, you don’t have to stick with just one – and many Thesis customers opt to continue taking two or more blends for varied nootropic benefits as desired. Customer’s purchase data then funnels back to bolster Thesis’s algorithm, further strengthening the reliability of its recommendation engine. Pretty cool, I must admit.

2. What makes Thesis unique

Thesis’ personalized nootropic recommendation algorithm, paired with the ability to try out four unique nootropic blends before selecting your go-to formula, is what defines the Thesis process. They spare you from the difficult, time-intensive testing of individual nootropics on your own, which could easily take months (and cost a serious amount of $). By first paring down your options to the supplements that are most likely to work for you, Thesis takes the legwork out of trying nootropics. 

Plus, when you become a Thesis customer, you’ll also get access to a nootropics expert. This coach is available for consultation at any time to help you optimize your nootropics routine so that you get the most out of these specialized supplements. This includes keeping track of your progress, as well as answering any and all questions you may have about the science supporting each ingredient.

What’s inside Thesis’s unique nootropic blends?

At this point, you’re probably wondering what nootropic blends Thesis has to offer, and what secret sauce ingredients lie within. Thesis currently has six different formulations, each designed to target specific needs:

After filling out Thesis’ online questionnaire, I was recommended all but their Creativity blend . Below, I’ll outline the key nootropic ingredients inside each, as well as review my own personal experience in experimenting with them for the first time.

Energy formula Ingedients

Thesis’ Energy formula is designed to boost energy, fight fatigue, and improve mental stamina. Its ingredients include:

  • Choline, for learning and memory
  • NAC, for detoxification
  • NALT, to support nerve cell communication
  • Sabroxy®, for a dopamine boost and heightened memory
  • TeaCrine®, for improved motivation, energy, and cognitive function
  • Zynamite®, for mental and physical energy
  • Caffeine, for energy and alertness
  • L-Theanine, for an improved stress response

Review of Thesis energy – did it work for me?

Keep in mind that the power of placebo is well documented, as is the tremendous bias in self-reporting of any kind. These two factors, in combination with the day-to-day choppiness of life in general, make it hard to objectively determine how well supplements of any kind work for a given individual, much less the general population at large. 

That said, putting those caveats aside for sec, I took Thesis’ energy blend for 6 days straight, and I definitely felt more ALERT. The results were noticeable and fairly instant – I felt more alive and energetic within the first hour of taking the four recommended pills , and the feeling generally continued late into the afternoon. 

Fearful that my morning cup of coffee might overshadow or confound the nootropic’s effects, my routine was to take Thesis’ energy formula first thing in the morning with just a glass of water. It could just be the pill’s healthy dose of caffeine (or again, perhaps just placebo?), but regardless, I no longer craved coffee. Thesis’ Energy nootropics jolted me to full attention and kept my energy high for hours. If you’re looking for a caffeine replacement, or perhaps just an extra boost after a night of poor sleep, I definitely recommend Thesis’ blend for higher energy. Here’s what they pills look like up close:

The one downside? I ended up trying Thesis Energy with coffee one morning and felt pretty jittery. Of course, caffeine (and nootropics!) affect everyone differently, so if you’re eager to give these a shot, try them with and without your normal dose of coffee or tea to see how you feel. For me, I only needed one, not both, but it’s worth testing to find out what works for you!

Clarity formula ingredients

Do you find yourself often feeling foggy or forgetful? If so, Thesis’s Clarity formula may be worth a try. Formulated for increased focus and attention span, the Clarity nootropics are designed to help you more easily enter a flow state. 

What ingredients are inside Thesis’ Clarity? Their unique formula contains:

  • 7,8-DHF, for neural communication, neurogenesis, and neuroprotection
  • Alpha GPC, for memory, neurogenesis, and neuroprotection
  • Epicatechin, for improved mood, blood flow, and neuroprotection
  • Lion’s Mane, for improved memory consolidation and neuroprotection
  • L-Theanine, for a better response to stress

Review of Thesis clarity – my personal experience

In my next phase of experimentation with Thesis nootropics, I decided to sample the Clarity blend for 6 days straight. Note that these six days did not overlap with days I took other nootropics, as I wanted to document my reaction to their blends independently, rather than seeing how I felt taking all of them together at once.

Although the benefits of Thesis’ Clarity blend were admittedly less immediate and noticeable than those I experienced with their Energy blend, I can honestly report that on the days I took Clarity, I found it easy to maintain a state of mental flow for longer . I generally don’t struggle to enter flow and engage deeply with my work, and this remained true while taking Thesis Clarity. What was different for me, however, was the duration of my flow, and I did my best to document these benefits closely through journaling.

To try and make my process as scientific as possible, at lunch each day I recorded how long I was able to stay focused that AM, and then again at dinner, noting how long I had been able to focus in that afternoon. Upon comparing my notes from the week I took Clarity vs the week I didn’t take anything at all, some clear benefits emerged. Overall, I was able to stay in a state of flow for ~35% longer with Thesis Clarity , although I’d be careful not to assume similar results too broadly for a couple of key reasons.

For one, placebo could very much be to blame given that I wanted to be more focused, and thus that desire alone could be to blame for my positive results. There’s also a small sample bias. Having only taken Clarity for one week, my self-reported data is a long way from “scientific significance”. 

That said, nootropics and supplements are all about how you feel, and the end conclusion remains the same: I felt focused for longer when taking Thesis’ recommended blend for Clarity. If you find yourself being overly fidgety, forgetful, or disengaged at work, I recommend you give Thesis Clarity a shot.

Motivation formula ingredients

The Motivation formula is intended to boost willpower and productivity while reducing procrastination. This formula from Thesis includes the following nootropic ingredients:

  • Artichoke extract, for stress management and circulation
  • Dynamine®, for crash-free energy and a mood boost
  • Forskolin, for improved cognitive function
  • L-Phenylalanine, for mood, attention, and motivation
  • B12, for energy and nerve wellness
  • Theanine, for an improved stress response

Review of Thesis Motivation – does it actually work?

Although I consider myself highly motivated, we all have days when we feel kind of “meh”. Rather than sampling Thesis’ Motivation nootropic every day for six days in a row, as I had with other blends, I instead opted to only experiment with them on days I woke up feeling noticeably uninspired. Interestingly, but perhaps not so surprisingly, these mostly fell on Mondays, although I felt less inclined to face my responsibilities on other days as well.

So, on these days of lower motivation when I took Thesis’ recommended Motivation nootropics, how did they make me feel? Honestly, I’m not sure. When reviewing my journal entries, I don’t notice any strong signs that the Thesis’ Motivation nootropics helped me significantly. It’s possible they acted in more subtle or slower ways because, by the afternoon, my notes indicate that I always felt fully engaged and motivated with whatever I was doing. But I must admit, I felt no sudden rush of motivation or anything super perceptible about Thesis’ nootropics for Motivation.

This may be because I didn’t adequately measure my personal motivation level while journaling. It could also be that on cherry-picking days I felt less motivated and heavily on biased my experience. For instance, I wonder if my results would have been more pronounced if I took Motivation consistently every day? Ultimately, I should probably test Thesis’ Motivation blend more before drawing any hard conclusions. And again, it’s worth noting that everyone’s body is quite different. While I don’t struggle with day-to-day motivation, others clearly do, and thus might see more noticeable results than I did.

Creativity formula ingedients

Thesis’s Creativity formula is designed to spark inspiration, improve verbal fluency, and provide a boost of confidence. It contains:

  • Agmatine, for stress management
  • Alpha GPC, support for memory, neuroprotection, and neurogenesis
  • Ginseng, for learning and memory
  • Ashwagandha, to promote calm in stressful settings
  • Zembrin®, for mood regulation and blood flow to the brain
  • Caffeine, for energy

My review of thesis creativity

Unfortunately, Thesis didn’t recommend this formula to me, so I can’t comment on its efficacy. That said, it’s one of Thesis’ most popular formulations, and thus seems to work for thousands of happy customers. I’ll update this section when I have a chance to try it first-hand.

Confidence formula ingredients

Confidence is the newest nootropic blend from Thesis. It contains ingredients to target stress and insecurities while fostering a sense of self-assurance. The idea behind the Confidence blend is that it will help users to feel more sure of themselves and stay in the present.

The Confidence nootropic ingredients include:

  • Magnesium L-threonate


Review of thesis confidence – does it work.

Even the most self-assured among us crave more confidence. That’s because it’s attractive and infectious. As Thesis’ newest nootropic blend, Confidence is recommended for “high-pressure situations” when you want to “expand your comfort zone”, so I decided to reserve mine for situations in which I was meeting new people, which often, for me, means anticipatory social anxiety.

Recording how I felt two hours before leaving to meet new folks (both for business and pleasure), and then comparing that to my notes from just one hour before each meeting, a clear pattern emerged. In all cases, I reported feeling more relaxed and ready for new encounters after taking Thesis nootropics .

Absent any supplements whatsoever, my typical levels of social anxiety generally increase steadily up until the moment I see people. Generally, I turn to meditation to try to remedy that in the short term. However, that didn’t appear to be the case the 6 times I sampled Thesis’ confidence formula, although it’s unclear why. Perhaps it’s a placebo effect. But in any event, I was encouraged to keep trying Thesis Confidence nootropics before performative moments of all kinds.

Do Thesis nootropics really work?

I didn’t expect any nootropics to have a significant perceptible impact on my mood or cognition, yet 3 of the 4 blends that I tried brought real benefits. In case you missed it, I chronicled my experience trying various nootropic blends from Thesis above. Overall, I have to say I was pretty impressed with their results. 

For me, Thesis’ Energy and Confidence blends worked the best. Clarity also helped me maintain flow for longer during the workday, but I didn’t notice any strong effects from their Motivation supplements. Of course, I don’t know for sure that the nootropics are directly responsible for the benefits I perceived after trialing each variety 6 times. It could have just been placebo effect or some other internal bias altering my perception of reality. But honestly, does it really matter? The effects were very positive, and for the most part, perceptible, too. That’s a win-win!

That said, everyone responds differently to nutrients, which explains why you should maintain a healthy dose of skepticism about how well nootropic blends might work for you. How can something as simple as an herb really make you feel happier, more focused, and more productive? You won’t know unless you try them for yourself and pay close attention to how you feel.

Since my initial exploration, several members of my team have tried Thesis nootropics as well. While we all agree that you likely won’t feel as stark of a mental difference from all natural nootropics as you would with synthetic prescription drugs, but we all experienced a noticeable, positive effect on mood, memory, energy, and focus. This corroborating evidence – albeit self-reported – reassured me that perhaps my experience wasn’t all placebo after all.

What’s it like to talk to a Thesis nootropic coach?

After trying Thesis supplements, I was eager to chat with their team of expert nootropic coaches to discuss my experience. Naturally, I wanted to know if what I felt was “normal”, as well as how to further optimize the benefits I felt by making adjustments. I know there are lots of telehealth platforms on the market and having a coach with the knowledge of something that I knew less about made me much more comfortable.

I was able to schedule a call within just a few days and chatted with someone named Cindy with a degree in neurobiology. She was able to explain how the various nootropics I had tried likely contributed to my experience and offered a few recommendations around what to try next given my individual results.

Ultimately, I not only enjoyed the conversation but felt like I had clear next steps. It was reassuring to know I could get advice again at any time in the future. This is an amazingly personal feature that makes Thesis stand out against other nootropic brands.

What active ingredients does Thesis include in their compounds?

Each ingredient included in Thesis’s formulations is backed by science, which you can find right on their website. There are ways to test for any deficiencies  that you might have, which can also help you decide which supplements would benefit you. Here’s an overview:

Synapsa® (Bacopa monnieri plant)

Bacopa has been shown to boost memory recall and be neuroprotective. 

TAU (uridine)

The body uses uridine to create choline (a cognitive enhancer), construct nerve cell membranes, and help prevent neuron damage. 

7,8-DHF (dihydroxyflavone)

Studies indicate that 7,8-DHF can help protect against brain damage and neurological decline. 

Choline supports nerve health, cerebral metabolism, and the function of neurotransmitters. It also has been shown to have neuroprotective benefits, preserving the health of your brain. 

When it’s taken regularly, DHA has been shown to boost memory and reaction time. 

Ashwagandha root helps regulate the body’s response to cortisol, the “ stress hormone”. 

The active components of GS15-4 Panax Ginseng have been found to boost memory formation and learning. 

NALT (N-Acetyl-L-Tyrosine)

NALT can increase alertness, energy, and cognitive function . 

Artichoke extract

Artichoke extract is rich in antioxidants that can boost your overall bodily function and offer protection against stress and toxins. 

NAC boosts levels of glutathione, which can reduce oxidative stress and help naturally detoxify the body. 

Methylcobalamin, a form of vitamin B12, is used in Thesis supplements to improve nerve health and energy levels. 

Lion’s Mane mushrooms

Lion’s Mane mushrooms can enhance your mood and quality of sleep while reducing stress levels.

There are a total of 28 ingredients found in Thesis nootropic blends . Others not listed above include alpha GPC, Zembrin®, phosphatidylserine, forskolin, Sabroxy®, TeaCrine®, agmatine, epicatechin, alpha GPC, Dynamine®, L-theanine, Zynamite®, L-Phenylalanine, theobromine, ginkgo Biloba, and caffeine. 

How much do Thesis nootropics cost?

For a one-time purchase, Thesis costs $119 for a one-month supply . This isn’t the most economical way to try their nootropics, though. Instead, we’d recommend signing up for a subscription , which costs $79 for a one-month supply, and will force you to properly test Thesis over a longer period for more credible results.

Thesis offers a 30-day money-back guarantee, which eliminates the risk of trying them out. If you’re not sold after a month, you can simply get your investment back – no questions asked. 

Thesis alternatives: How does Thesis compare to other nootropic brands?

Of course, Thesis is far from the only nootropic company in town. How does it stack up vs alternatives? Take a look for yourself:

Thesis Nootropic reviews: What are customers saying?

Before diving into nootropics with Thesis, we knew that you’d want to read what other customers are praising or complaining about in their reviews. Here’s what we found online:

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The verdict: Are Thesis nootropics legit?

Armed with all of the information, including my own personal journey trying their nootropics for the first time, and a comparison of Thesis vs other popular alternatives… should you give Thesis a shot?

While Thesis is pricier than its competitors, we believe that their personalized approach is ultimately worth it for the value. For one, Thesis offers you access to an expert nootropics coach, who can seriously enhance your experience with the supplements and guide you on your journey to optimal mental performance.

Additionally, Thesis has done the heavy lifting of finding legitimate ingredients that are backed by reputable science and are more transparent with their ingredients and dosage than other brands. If we’re comparing to taking it upon yourself to test out individual nootropics on your own, Thesis will save you a ton of time.

Plus, the company’s unique blends pair ingredients that complement each other, and you won’t find these formulations anywhere else. They are custom formulas based on your individual needs, and you can try them for 30 days risk-free thanks to their money-back guarantee.

When push comes to shove, we’d recommend Thesis to anyone who’s interested in testing nootropics for the first time and doesn’t know where to start, as well as more experienced wellness enthusiasts looking to make nootropics a regular part of their self-care routine. For greater focus, energy, motivation, and a major mood boost, nootropics from Thesis worked for me, and with thousands of happy customers, it’s reasonable to assume their blends can work wonders for anyone willing to experiment under the guidance of one of their coaches. Of course, you’ll never know unless you try it out for yourself. Just don’t forget to use our promo code FINVSFIN for 10% off at checkout.

Remember to always consult with your doctor before starting a new supplement to ensure it’s right for you.

Have you tried out nootropics? Let us know about your experience and result in the comments below!

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

For a one-time purchase, Thesis costs $119 for a  one-month supply . This isn’t the most economical way to try their nootropics, though. Instead, we’d recommend signing up for a  subscription , which costs $79 for a one-month supply, and will force you to properly test Thesis over a longer period for more credible results.

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Are Thesis Nootropics Worth It? A Thesis Starter Kit Review

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by : Lynn Rose

posted : December 5, 2023

updated : December 16, 2023

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If you’ve been following my posts, you would know that I like to take supplements that provide focus, clarity, motivation and creativity. When I heard about Thesis Nootropics from an entrepreneur podcast I listened to, it sounded like something I wanted to try, as I am constantly looking for an edge to compete in business, increase my productivity, spice up my creativity and find the motivation to keep going.

I’ve taken a few other nootropics in the past - some of them have worked, while others were a complete waste of time and money. Thesis checked all the boxes for me to at least give it a try. I like how they can “personalize” which nootropics may be a good fit by going through a quiz. They also give you the option to build your own box, or choose the starter kit.

The starter kit was the option I chose to try out to see which blends would work best for me. This is my honest review of Thesis Nootropics Starter Kit, which consists of Creativity, Motivation, Clarity and Energy.

Quick Facts To Know Before Buying Thesis Nootropics

  • Personalization and Specific Needs: Thesis offers a unique approach by providing personalized blends based on a quiz. This can be highly beneficial if you're looking for a nootropic that caters specifically to your cognitive needs, such as focus, motivation, creativity, or clarity. Consider if you prefer a tailored solution over a one-size-fits-all supplement.
  • Cost and Budget: The Thesis Starter Kit is priced at $119 for a one-time purchase or $79 per month for a subscription. This is a significant investment compared to some other nootropic supplements on the market. Evaluate if this fits within your budget and whether you're willing to invest in a higher-priced, personalized nootropic experience.
  • Commitment to Regular Use: If you're considering the subscription model, think about your commitment to regularly using these supplements. The monthly subscription is a recurring expense and commitment, so it's important to be sure that you're ready to incorporate Thesis Nootropics into your daily routine over the long term.
  • Comparison with Other Nootropics: Before deciding on Thesis, it might be worthwhile to compare it with other nootropic products like Alpha Brain, Primal Harvest Mind Fuel, or 1st Phorm Masterbrain AM. Each of these products offers different benefits, ingredients, and pricing. Assessing these differences can help you determine which product aligns best with your cognitive goals and health preferences.

Thesis Nootropics Starter Kit - What Comes With It?

There are four nootropic blends that come with the starter kit, and they are:

nootropic packs and boxes

There are 6 packets in each blend. In each packet there are a few capsules, almost like a vitamin pack if you’ve ever seen one of those.

The point of the starter kit is to take one blend each week, track how you feel (while taking mental notes), and re-optimize to see what’s working, or what’s not.

I started with the Motivation blend, worked my way to the Energy blend, followed by the Creativity blend and finished off with the Clarity blend.

In the next section, I’m going to provide my week-by-week experience with each nootropic blend

My Week-by-week Review

I’m excited to share my experience with the Thesis Starter Kit . I finished each blend every week for a total of 4 weeks. Since there are 6 packets in each blend, I took Sundays off. I took each blend right after breakfast, which is when I’m ready to get to work! I have a lot of notes that I wrote down on how I was feeling and the effects that each blend had on me.

Week 1: Thesis Motivation

motivation nootropic

The Motivation blend, with its three capsules, was my first foray into the Thesis Nootropics journey. As someone constantly seeking to enhance productivity, my expectations were high. From the first day, I noticed subtle changes. There was a gentle yet noticeable uptick in my energy levels, not the jittery kind you get from too much coffee, but a calm, focused drive. I found myself more inclined to tackle tasks I had been procrastinating on, with a newfound sense of purpose and determination.

Throughout the week, this sense of enhanced motivation remained consistent. It wasn't a dramatic surge of energy; instead, it was like a steady hand guiding me through my daily tasks with more ease and less mental resistance. I was particularly impressed on Wednesday, when despite a long, draining meeting, I still had the mental stamina to work on a project that required deep concentration. By the end of the week, I felt a sense of accomplishment that was deeply satisfying, attributing a good portion of this to the Motivation blend.

Rating Thesis Motivation: 8/10

Why: The Motivation blend provided a steady increase in drive and purpose, significantly impacting my willingness to tackle challenging tasks. The reason it's not a full 10/10 is because the change was subtle and gradual. It wasn't a dramatic shift, but a gentle nudge towards better productivity.

Week 2: Thesis Energy

energy nootropic

Transitioning to the Energy blend, I was curious to see how it differed from Motivation. This blend seemed to be more about providing a sustained level of energy throughout the day. I noticed the effects on the second day. My mornings started feeling less groggy, and there was a noticeable improvement in my ability to maintain focus for extended periods.

I appreciated that the energy boost was not overwhelming. It was more like a steady current, keeping me alert and responsive. I didn't experience any crashes in the afternoon, which is often my most challenging part of the day. This blend helped me maintain a consistent level of productivity, which was a significant change from my usual peaks and valleys.

Rating Thesis Energy: 9/10

Why: This blend excelled in providing a consistent and sustained energy level throughout the day. The absence of any afternoon crashes and the ability to maintain focus for extended periods was remarkable. It's a near-perfect score because it did exactly what it promised without any noticeable downsides.

Week 3: Thesis Creativity

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I was particularly excited about the Creativity blend, being someone who thrives on innovative ideas. This blend seemed to work differently. It wasn't about energy or motivation, but more about opening mental pathways to new ideas.

I felt a noticeable shift in my thought patterns. Ideas seemed to flow more freely, and I found myself connecting concepts that I previously hadn't linked. This blend seemed to enhance my brainstorming abilities, and I was able to approach problems from unique angles. By the end of the week, I had outlined several new projects and felt invigorated by the fresh perspectives I was able to generate.

Rating Thesis Creativity: 7/10

Why: While the Creativity blend did open up new pathways for innovative thinking, the effects were less tangible compared to the other blends. It's a solid score because it enhanced brainstorming abilities and creative thought processes, but the impact was less direct and more subjective than the other blends.

Week 4: Thesis Clarity

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Finally, the Clarity blend. This was about fine-tuning focus and mental sharpness. I started noticing its effects from day one. My thoughts seemed more organized, and I could process information more efficiently. This was particularly evident in my writing, which felt more coherent and focused.

The Clarity blend helped in filtering out distractions, allowing me to concentrate on the task at hand. It was like a mental decluttering, where only the essential thoughts and tasks remained in focus. By the end of this week, I felt that my cognitive functions were operating at a higher level, enhancing both my professional and personal productivity.

Overall, the Thesis Nootropics Starter Kit provided a comprehensive experience, each blend targeting a specific aspect of cognitive function. While individual experiences may vary, I found that each blend delivered on its promise, contributing to an overall enhancement in my mental capabilities.

Rating Thesis Clarity: 8.5/10

Why: The Clarity blend was excellent in enhancing mental sharpness and focus. It effectively decluttered the mind and improved cognitive processing. It's not a full 10 because, while it improved focus, the effects were more on mental organization rather than a significant boost in cognitive function.

Pricing: How Much Does Thesis Nootropics Starter Kit Cost?

One-time purchase:.

The cost for a one-time purchase of the Thesis Nootropics Starter Kit is $119. This package includes the four blends (Motivation, Energy, Creativity, Clarity), each with 6 packets. This pricing option is best for those who want to try the product without any commitment to a subscription.

Monthly Subscription:

The subscription option costs $79 per month. This is a recurring charge, and you will receive a new Starter Kit each month. This option represents a saving of $40 per month compared to the one-time purchase. It is a more economical choice for those who plan to use these nootropics regularly.

As a subscriber, you might also have the benefit of customizing subsequent kits based on your preference and experience with the blends. This means after the first month, you could choose to receive more of the blends that worked best for you.

Cost Analysis:

Annual Cost for One-Time Purchases: If you were to purchase a new kit each month without a subscription, it would cost $119 x 12 = $1,428 per year.

Annual Cost for Subscription: With the subscription, the annual cost would be $79 x 12 = $948. This results in an annual saving of $480 compared to making 12 separate one-time purchases.


The subscription offers a significant discount but it requires a commitment. If you are unsure about how well these blends will work for you, the one-time purchase might be a safer option despite the higher cost.

It's important to consider the total cost over time. While $79 per month might seem manageable, it adds up over the course of a year.

Some users might find that they don't need a new kit every month, in which case the one-time purchase could be more cost-effective in the long run.

In summary, the choice between a one-time purchase and a monthly subscription depends on your commitment to using these nootropics regularly and your budgetary preferences. The subscription offers a substantial discount but comes with the commitment of a recurring monthly payment.

Other Nootropics To Consider

Comparison:, customization:.

Thesis stands out for its personalized approach, offering a quiz to tailor the nootropic blends to individual needs. The other products offer more generalized formulas.

Thesis is the most expensive, especially for the subscription service. Alpha Brain and Primal Harvest Mind Fuel offer more budget-friendly options, while 1st Phorm sits in the middle in terms of price.

Formula Complexity

Thesis offers the most variety with four distinct blends. Alpha Brain and 1st Phorm Masterbrain AM provide specific formulas with a mix of ingredients, and Primal Harvest Mind Fuel focuses on natural, holistic ingredients.

Target Audience

Thesis may appeal more to those looking for a comprehensive, customizable nootropic regimen. Alpha Brain targets those looking for clinically studied results, Primal Harvest caters to users preferring natural ingredients, and 1st Phorm is for those wanting a focused morning cognitive boost.

Each product has its unique strengths. Thesis offers personalized, targeted cognitive enhancement but at a higher cost. Alpha Brain and Primal Harvest Mind Fuel provide more general benefits at a more affordable price, while 1st Phorm offers a specialized morning formula. The best choice depends on individual needs, preferences, and budget.

My Recommendations Based On Experience

Who thesis nootropics starter kit is not for:.

  • Individuals on a Tight Budget: Given its pricing (either $119 for a one-time purchase or $79 for a monthly subscription), Thesis may not be the best option for those who are looking for a more budget-friendly cognitive supplement. There are other nootropic products on the market that are less expensive.
  • Those Looking for Immediate or Drastic Results: Thesis Nootropics work subtly and gradually. If you're seeking immediate or very dramatic cognitive enhancements, this might not be the right product. It's more about steady, long-term improvements rather than quick fixes.
  • People with Specific Health Conditions or Medication Regimens: If you have certain health conditions or are on specific medications, it's important to consult with a healthcare provider before starting any new supplement, including Thesis. This is especially relevant for those with conditions that could be affected by the ingredients in nootropics.

Who Thesis Nootropics Starter Kit is For:

  • Individuals Seeking Personalized Cognitive Enhancement: If you're looking for a nootropic solution that is tailored to your specific cognitive needs and preferences, Thesis is an excellent choice. Their approach of personalizing blends based on a quiz can be particularly beneficial for those who have specific goals, like improving motivation, energy, creativity, or clarity.
  • Those Willing to Experiment and Track Results: The Starter Kit is ideal for individuals who are open to trying different blends and are interested in closely monitoring their cognitive changes over time. This requires a commitment to self-observation and possibly adjusting blends based on personal experiences and results.
  • Professionals or Students Needing a Competitive Edge: If you are a professional or student who is constantly seeking ways to enhance productivity, focus, and creative thinking, Thesis offers a comprehensive solution. It's suited for those who require mental sharpness and stamina in their demanding academic or work environments.

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Thesis Nootropics Helped Me Ditch My 3-Coffee-A-Day Habit

Here's what to know about the personalized supplement brand.

An honest review of Thesis nootropics supplements, which helped me ditch my 3-coffee-a-day habit.

As someone who pours herself a tall glass of iced coffee three times a day — and sometimes even more, oops — I figured it wouldn’t hurt to look into other ways to boost my energy and focus. Of course, I also try to get enough sleep, water, and exercise, too. But I was also down to try a few supplements from Thesis, a nootropics company that aims to make you feel more productive with its plant-based blends.

If you’re not familiar, nootropics are similar to adaptogens in that they’re a class of functional plants that are buzzy in the wellness world. But nootropics — which include ingredients like ashwagandha , L-theanine , choline , and functional mushrooms — are more focused on activating different parts of your brain to support motivation, mood, memory, and cognitive processing . That’s why they’re sometimes called smart drugs or cognitive enhancers — and thus have a different role to play than everyday vitamins.

At Thesis, you’re hooked up with a kit of personalized vitamins , adaptogens , and nootropics that are meant to help support you in accomplishing your goals and feeling more energized and productive. I tried them out for a month and I have some thoughts. Here’s what it was like to try Thesis, in case you’re also a coffee fiend who could use a little more focus and energy.

Thesis Personalized Starter Kit

  • Price: $79/monthly subscription
  • Best for: Energy, focus
  • My rating: 4/5
  • What we like: Personalized supplements, supportive coaches
  • What we don't like: Can seem pricey, you have to be ready for some trial and error

What Is Thesis?

How do Thesis supplements work?

To get started, you’ll first take a quiz on the Thesis website that asks you about how you feel on a day-to-day basis, how much coffee you drink, what your energy levels are like, and how much you sleep (among other lifestyle questions) so that it can determine the best supplements for you. It’ll then send you a starter kit with six different supplement blends targeted for each issue you might be experiencing. From there, it’s up to you to decide which ones you want to continue using. It works like a process of elimination — you experiment by taking each supplement for six days to see whether or not it feels effective.

The Thesis line features eight different supplement blends: Creativity, Focus, Motivation, Clarity, Energy, Motivation, Confidence, and Logic. Though the brand notes it would love to formulate one pill that works for everyone, brain chemistry is so complex, so it decided it’s better to take the long route and have customers try multiple supplements in order to find the best fit for their noggin. That’s why Thesis also puts you in contact with a wellness coach, so you can chat and ask questions with an expert along the way.

How Do Nootropics Work?

Nootropics are meant to allow your brain to do its thing, only faster and with more efficiency. So, instead of slogging away at your desk with brain fog , you might notice that you feel perkier, extra organized, and more on-point than you normally do as you continue taking the supplements.

Some of the blends contain the nootropic acetylcholine , which is a neurotransmitter from the essential nutrient choline known for memory, learning, and healthy brain function . There are also plenty of amino acids, vitamins, and plant-based adaptogens in each packet to fight off fatigue and stress while protecting your brain from toxins so it’s easier to take in info — and actually remember what you learned. Other staple nootropics include ginkgo biloba , certain kinds of mushrooms, and caffeine, each of which plays a unique function in your cognitive function.

My Experience

What it was like to take Thesis supplements.

When I took the Thesis quiz , I said that I wanted to improve my energy, focus, and mood. A few days later, I received my starter kit, which contained Clarity , Confidence , Motivation , and Logic all laid out in cute little boxes. You’re supposed to pick one — each box contains six sachets full of pills — and take a packet a day for six days. I was immediately drawn to Clarity, a supplement combo that’s supposed to help with high-pressure situations, concentration, and tasks that require focus and attention. It has Lion’s Mane extract (a mushroom), caffeine, L-theanine , and a few other ingredients meant to support a calm, focused flow. The idea is to take the supplements in the morning so they kick in before you start your day, and most of the effects are said to last from four to six hours.

I’d been taking Clarity for a few days when I had a phone call with Cindy Yan , a Thesis wellness coach and nootropics expert. We chatted about my usual routine, how I’d been feeling, and any questions I had about the process. When I said I felt a slight uptick in focus, but nothing too dramatic, Yan told me the first couple days are called the “loading phase” which is when the nutrients work their way into your body. If you don’t feel anything after that point, it’s a sign the supplement isn’t necessary or right for your neurochemistry. If you do like how you feel, it’s a keeper.

As we chatted about my routine, Yan realized I’d benefit from Creativity, an ashwagandha-based supplement meant for brainstorming and public speaking, so that I could feel like a rockstar at work. I also told her that I tend to crave a nap around 3 p.m., so she suggested the Energy supplement made with choline and mango leaf extract , which you can take every day or on extra-busy days, before a workout , or whenever you want to feel alert.

Talking to a coach as I tested the supplements was a true perk. While the quiz got me started with some great options, having access to Yan helped me hone in on what I truly needed.

An honest review of Thesis nootropics.

Yan suggested I log how I felt every day as I took each supplement so I could keep track of any noticeable differences. A week in, I looked at the scribbles in my notebook and noticed that I did seem more productive during the six days I took Clarity. I wasn’t launching rockets to the moon, but I was getting through my emails and typing away like a woman on fire.

The next supplement on my agenda was Energy, a blend meant for busy days, intense workouts, and staying alert thanks to its mango leaf, theacrine , caffeine, and n-acetyl cysteine — and this is the one that gave me the most benefit. Yan was right on the money. She said I could take it in the morning and/or right after lunch to nip my afternoon slump in the bud, and it truly worked — no fourth mid-day coffee for me.

The more I took Energy, the less I felt like I needed to unhinge my jaw and dump as much cold brew into my face as possible. I found myself drinking a sensible cup or two in the morning, and that was that. Thesis says you can feel the effects of the supplements in as little as 30 minutes or it can take up to five days for all the benefits to sink in as your body and brain adjust. For me, though, Energy kicked in pretty quickly.

The Bottom Line

Typically, Thesis users land on two or three supplements for their regimen. After the month-long trial phase, you can order just the ones you want and forget about the rest. Personally, I’m sold on Energy and can see myself hanging onto Clarity, too.

Thesis seems to have figured things out in the nootropic supplement realm. While the boxes seem pricey, it isn’t so bad when you think about buying each supplement on your own individually — and the fact that you get a wellness coach, too.

TL;DR: I’d recommend it for anyone who feels fatigued, unproductive, or unfocused, or for folks who rely on caffeine to get through the day, like me. You might just find that there’s a better way.

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Thesis Nootropics Review (2024) Is It Worth The Hype?

James Cunningham, BSc, CPT

I have become a big fan of high-quality nootropic supplements as a way to boost motivation and concentration during workouts. As a personal fitness coach, I’ve seen many of my clients achieve noticeable results using these supplements.

One product that recently came to my attention is Thesis, and what struck me the most was the personalized nootropics approach.

So, I got together with my dietitian to do some research, and I got 12 clients to help with testing. This involved detailed journalling over four weeks and detailed data comparison against the baseline to ascertain its significant cognitive benefits.

Here’s what we found.

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Thesis is a stack of supplements that aims to improve cognitive function, mental stamina, mood, and overall mental energy levels.

Thesis nootropics' energy formula claims to boost energy levels while catering to individuals following a certified gluten-free diet, promoting positive habits and supporting nerve health.

What's particularly interesting about purchasing this stack is the Thesis algorithm.

It’s a set of questions that assess your personal needs to create a bespoke starter kit.

More on this shortly.

As a result, you get a recommendation from a couple of their products to provide personalized blends for nootropics.

Let’s learn more about how Thesis supplements work with your brain health.

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The Thesis experience begins with a questionnaire to assess your needs and goals, like improved physical and mental energy.

Based on your responses, the algorithm will recommend different Thesis blends to help you achieve your goals.

After going through the quiz, you get a recommended Thesis starter kit.

The five different products Thesis then recommends claim to work similarly to smart drugs by boosting your cognitive function and mood.

But unlike prescription medications, Thesis uses natural ingredients like vitamins, amino acids, minerals, and herbs.

“Nootropics, a greek word meaning 'Towards the Mind', are compounds that are both (1) neurologically active and (2) directly or indirectly enhance cognitive potential via increased capabilities (ie. reflexes), state of well-being, or learning potential.” - Kamal Patel, MPH, MBA at Examine.com

Once you are a Thesis customer, you can also set up a meeting with a Thesis coach to review your stack and the effects you are looking for and experiencing.

But does that make Thesis legit?

Let’s see what our detailed clinical research reveals.

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The first thing that we got our testing team to do is to go through a full week of keeping an hourly journal to self-evaluate their mood, concentration, and cognitive function.

Then we put them through three weeks of taking their Thesis recommended stack and got them all to keep their hourly journaling going.

The first thing we noted was that the energy blend and creativity formula seemed to give our clients a good boost in brain performance.

And the folks that took the motivation blend a few hours before heading to the gym also found they were more focused on their workouts.

However, the majority of our test group highlighted that the effects seemed to wear off after about 4–5 hours.

We also noted that the logic formula didn’t provide a huge benefit, which could be down to a lack of a proven formula.

We also found that the Thesis nootropics cost can mount up if you want to stack a few of them.

  • Allows you to combine different product formulas for personal goals
  • Provides support from coaches to help you refine your stack
  • Positive impacts on mood and concentration levels
  • Some of the ingredients are not supported by reliable clinical trials
  • You may need to swallow quite a few capsules, depending on your particular blend

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Thesis Nootropics offers a unique blend of ingredients that target thesis energy, thesis creativity, cellular function, and even skin health, making it a notable contender in the supplement industry.

For this part of the Thesis supplements review, I got my dietitian to help out and analyze the Thesis formula for each of the products.

We also tested the effects with 12 clients to see whether the marketing hype lives up to expectations.

Let's have a more detailed look at the features and benefits of each blend.

The idea behind Thesis Energy is to help people clear brain fog and feel more mentally energized.

To verify this, we paid close attention to the journal entries our testing team made in the afternoons. This is typically when people feel a slump.

What we found was that folks who took this supplement after lunch gained some mental clarity.

But it seems like the effect wears off after about four hours, so you don’t gain an all-day effect like with other nootropics.

Key Ingredients:

  • Choline: According to PubMed, this mineral may boost memory function and verbal fluency [ 1 ].
  • L-Theanine: A controlled trial posted in Nutritional Neurosciences suggests that this amino acid can work well with caffeine to increase alertness without causing jitters [ 2 ].
  • Caffeine: This stimulant can boost alertness, but you can get this from a morning coffee, so I’m not overly impressed that it’s added here [ 3 ].

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Thesis Clarity is another product that aims to improve neural communication and allow you to think more clearly and effectively.

Thesis Nootropics' clarity formula provides an extra boost of cognitive performance, targeting stress response reduction and improving sleep quality, all while delivering a healthy dose for enhanced mental clarity and improved ability.

We did note in our testing review that there seems to be an improvement in mental function for several hours after taking it.

But this also seemed to happen more with those testers who took the clarity and energy formula.

  • 7,8-DHF: Studies have shown that Dihydroxyflavone can cross the blood-brain barrier and act as a neuroprotective ingredient [ 4 ].
  • Alpha GPC: This is an ingredient that has been shown to protect against neurological decline [ 5 ].
  • Lion’s Mane: This mushroom is common in nootropics and has been shown to improve mental performance and creativity [ 6 ].

A large part of improving mental health comes down to how focused and motivated you are with daily tasks. Our clients who tested the Thesis Motivation noted that it seemed to help them remain more motivated during workouts.

But this doesn’t seem to happen if you take it in the morning and go to the gym later in the day. So you’d need to get your timing right.

  • L-Phenylalanine: Research has shown that this ingredient can help with signs of depression and improve overall mood [ 7 ].
  • Dynamine: Also known as Methylliberine, studies have highlighted that it can impact your mental well-being when combined with caffeine [ 8 ].
  • Forskolin: The interesting thing about this herbal ingredient is that it can improve blood flow to the brain for better focus and motivation [ 9 ].

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For this product, we looked at what our clients noted in their journals when they were at work or studying. While they did find a boost in focus, none of them noted that it helped improve verbal fluency or problem-solving skills.

  • Ginkgo Biloba: This is a common ingredient in traditional medicine, but modern clinical trials have shown that it can help brain health through improved blood flow and anti-inflammatory properties [ 10 ].
  • Ashwagandha: This herb can have a direct impact on stress and memory, allowing you to think clearly and effectively [ 11 ].
  • Saffron: It’s the most expensive herb in the world, and studies have linked it to improved stress, mood, and cognitive capacity [ 12 ].

A few of our clients tried the creativity blends, but this is one of the products where most of them didn’t report any significant improvements.

Combinations with other products above did positively impact mood and stress, but we couldn’t find any comments where our clients highlighted that they felt more creative in their work or any other creatively demanding context.

  • Agmatine: This amino acid doesn’t just boost cognitive performance but may also help to protect brain cells against oxidative stress [ 13 ].
  • Zembrin: Research has shown that this herb can impact both stress and anxiety, but there’s no specific evidence that it can help with creativity [ 14 ].
  • Ginseng: This is a common ingredient in diet supplements as it can improve blood sugar levels, but that wouldn’t directly influence creativity [ 15 ].

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We also asked all of our clients to provide any feedback they had on side effects related to the nootropic blends.

Overall, the majority of people found that it didn't cause any major issues.

We only noted that one person had a bit of a rash, which could have been a result of an allergic reaction to one of the ingredients.

We also found that it’s best not to take these capsules on an empty stomach. Ideally, take them within 20 minutes of eating a meal to avoid stomach upset.

Based on my personal experience, people who want to achieve a moderate boost in brain function may want to take nootropic supplements.

You would need to experiment with the timing as these capsules don’t provide effects for the entire day. But after about a week, you should be in a position to spread out the capsules for maximum effect.

You can also contact a coach directly for advice on timing. It's especially important when you have no prior experience in taking these supplements. However, a good starting point is to take the minimum and adjust from there.

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Based on our own experience, people with high blood pressure or neurological diseases shouldn’t take Thesis natural nootropics to enhance cognitive function.

In such cases, it’s best to have a doctor review your detailed medical history and the nootropic ingredients for any potential side effects.

Our testing team didn’t note any improvements whatsoever, and when we specifically asked them after the trial, none of them said they saw a noticeable difference.

You can buy Thesis Nootropics directly from the company website.

We generally recommend avoiding third-party retailers to ensure that you always get the real product, so this is a positive highlight.

We placed two orders, and the package arrived within four days, which is about average for nootropic supplement companies.

One thing to point out on the Thesis supplements shipping policy is that currently, the company doesn’t offer international shipping.

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We also had a look for other nootropic reviews online to see what users were saying.

“It gave me more energy. I have struggled with low energy and I felt like my old self again. I could get up & get things done.” - Laurie C., taketheseis.com
“After 1 month of using Energy, Creativity, Clarity and Logic pack, I do not note any difference in mindset. I opted for the non-caffeinated blends as I am not a big caffeine person to begin with so a caffeinated blend might show some improvement.” - Beefnug, Reddit
“I have been continuously nauseated every day using thesis packets. I have given it a week and a half and cannot handle the negative side effects. Disappointed.” - AdGroundbreaking5162, Reddit

Our Thesis scientific research suggests that it doesn’t compare well to our testing of three other products for improving cognitive function.

First of all, we looked at the results we have for Mind Lab Pro .

The one thing that stands out the most is that it seems to be effective for many more hours than Thesis, so the timing doesn’t become an issue.

The second one we compared is Onnit Alpha Brain . This nootropic supplement seems to provide a lot more focus and motivation, especially while you’re at the gym.

Compared to Gorilla Mind Smooth , Thesis doesn’t have the same effect on boosting energy and reducing stress.

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Is It Safe To Take Thesis Nootropics Every Day?

Yes, it is safe to take Thesis Nootropics every day. We found Thesis to be generally easy to process, but you need to look out for allergies to any of the ingredients. A good way to do this is to ask your physician for advice since they will know whether these ingredients are good for your health.

Does Thesis Nootropics Contain Banned Ingredients?

No, Thesis Nootropics doesn’t contain any banned ingredients. All of the ingredients are based on minerals, amino acids, and herbs that won’t cause a positive drug test result.

Based on our feedback from a nutritionist and the test results with 12 clients, we don't recommend Thesis.

Not only do its effects wear off after a few hours, which makes timing your intake a problem, but it also burns a hole in your pocket for just a stack of three or four products.

Instead, I highly recommend one of the best nootropic brands we have tested so far: Mind Lab Pro .

Our results show that its effects last for most of the day and provide great clarity, energy, focus, and concentration, making it a favorite among clients of all age groups.

We Recommend This Instead

Mind Lab Pro

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About The Author

James Cunningham, BSc, CPT

James Cunningham is an author and dietary supplement connoisseur with a solid academic foundation, holding a BSc in Sport & Exercise Science from the University of Hertfordshire. Specializing in Performance Psychology, his expertise is backed by both rigorous study and practical experience.

As an author, James is committed to guiding his readers towards optimal health and performance, providing actionable insights and strategies through his writings.

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After using Thesis nootropics for more than a year, for me, the higher price point is definitely worth it for the cognitive benefits I’ve experienced. Specifically, I’ve noticed that I am not feeling overwhelmed as often as I was prior, and I am able to focus and complete tasks with more ease.

Thesis Overview

  • Price:  $119 for one-time purchase or $79 with subscription
  • Helps With:  Cognitive function, including motivation, memory, focus, and more
  • Side Effects:  Headache, stomachache, and more
  • Safety: Made with ingredients that are Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS) by the FDA or have passed Phase III clinical trials
  • Dietary Information:  Vegan, and made without gluten, eggs, and nuts

Opening up my Thesis starter kit

Thesis offers a variety of  nootropics, also called “smart drugs,” which are medicinal substances that improve cognitive function, specifically memory, thinking, and learning. While some prescription nootropics are FDA-approved, Thesis is not regulated by the FDA and is available over-the-counter (OTC). However, their ingredients are third-party tested and they only use ingredients that are either Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS) by the FDA or have passed through Phase III clinical trials. 

I’ve been taking Thesis for over a year now, about six times a week, and I’ve noticed some significant improvements in terms of how often I feel overwhelmed, as well as my ability to focus and stay on task. While I know Thesis won’t work well for everyone, these nootropics agree well with me and I’ll continue using them to help boost my productivity, focus, and more. 

In this article, I’ll delve into my experience using Thesis nootropics, as well as discuss their potential benefits, side effects, and more.

Opening up my Thesis starter kit

  • Custom blends
  • Personal coaching / support by nootropic experts
  • No proprietary blends (AKA no hidden ingredients!)
  • Caffeinated or noncaffeinated formulas
  • Effective ingredients
  • No free trials
  • Relatively high monthly cost

My Experience Taking Thesis Nootropics

I’ve been loving Thesis since I started using their products, specifically the Clarity, Creativity, Logic, and Energy blends, over a year ago. While there’s no nootropic that’ll offer you the same potency you’d get from Adderall, or other prescription stimulant medications, I’ve found Thesis to work surprisingly well for my needs.

When using them 6 times a week, they have offered notable improvements in how well I’m able to focus and stay on task. In practice, this usually looks like a clearer mind and an improved ability to maintain a relaxed state of mind while completing various tasks. As someone who feels overwhelmed fairly often, this is a welcomed change of pace.

With their Clarity and Creativity blends, in particular, I just feel leveled out. I’m able to sit down and work, without feeling like I’m just hopped up on too much caffeine, a feeling that really makes me uncomfortable. 

In the world of nootropics, where certain products don’t seem noticeable whatsoever, it cannot be overstated just how awesome my experience with Thesis has been.

Benefits of Thesis

As a customer, you’ll have the opportunity to speak with their coaches at any time. I have reached out on a few occasions, just to talk about the fascinating world of nootropics. In particular, I have had amazing conversations with one of their neurologists, Cindy. It truly is nice to speak with other individuals who are as fascinated with the science behind nootropics as I am.

Another aspect of Thesis that I really respect is that they clearly publish not only which ingredients they include, but also the exact amounts of each ingredient. This matters because it allows consumers to actually cross-check the research behind the ingredients/dosages, an unfortunate rarity in the supplement space.

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  •  6 custom blends, each with unique effects that may work well for many individuals
  • Personal coaching/support from nootropic experts
  • No proprietary blends (hidden ingredients)
  • Caffeinated or non-caffeinated formulas
  • Effective ingredients that are backed by science and are third-party tested
  • Available OTC
  • Not FDA-approved
  • Relatively high monthly price, which may not work for everyone

How Does Thesis Work?

You’ll start by filling out a questionnaire on their website, which should only take a few minutes. Once you’re done with the survey, Thesis’ algorithm will run through its millions of data points to predict which of their blends may work best for you. 

Once you place your order, either as a one-time purchase or as a subscription, you’ll be shipped your blends.

Per the instructions, you’ll begin taking your blends and note how you feel in the included daily journal. This will help your track whether your blends are the right fit for your needs or if they need to be adjusted. You’ll also be able to speak with one of their coaches at any time for additional support. 

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 We’ve created this comparison table to pit Thesis up against Onnit and Mind Lab Pro , two other popular nootropic brands.

Thesis Nootropics Side Effects

The ingredients in Thesis may lead to side effects in some individuals, including: 

  • Stomachache
  • Signs of an allergic reaction

If you experience any prolonged discomfort, stop taking Thesis and reach out to your healthcare provider. Seek urgent medical care if you experience serious symptoms of an allergic reaction.

The Verdict: Are Thesis Nootropics Worth It?

Thesis offers a complete toolkit of nootropics that are tailored to your needs, in addition to ongoing expert support. Unlike other nootropics, which may include unnecessary or hidden ingredients, Thesis only offers what you need with their six unique blends that focus on supporting logic, energy, creativity, clarity, motivation, and confidence. Once you find the blend or blends that work for you, you can opt into a subscription and save on costs. 

While the monthly cost may be on the higher side, the ability to select only the blends you need, instead of opting for a nootropic that may include ingredients that are unnecessary for your particular needs, is definitely a major benefit of opting for this provider over others.

Keep in mind that Thesis will not feel as potent as prescription stimulant medication and that certain blends may lead to side effects, like gastrointestinal problems or headaches, in some. It’s always best to speak with your healthcare provider prior to trying Thesis to ensure that it is safe for you to do so.

Thesis will not be as potent as Adderall, a prescription medication. However, Thesis , a type of nootropic or “smart drug,” may work well for some individuals in boosting cognitive function, focus, and more. 

Some nootropics can be used every day. However, it’s best to follow the specific’s products instructions, as well as speak to your healthcare provider about safe use.

Thesis may be safe for some individuals to use. According to the company, they only use ingredients that are either classified as Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS) by the FDA or that havve passed through Phase III clinical trials. However, it’s always best to speak with your healthcare provider prior to trying Thesis to ensure that it is safe for you to use.

Thesis does not offer free samples, however, they do offer a no-questions-asked refund. 

Thesis offer caffeinated and caffeine-free formulas.

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Are Thesis Nootropics Worth It?

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Key Takeaways

  • Consumers find Thesis Nootropics help focus and creativity - Jump to Section
  • Thesis offers blends for creativity, motivation, and more - Jump to Section
  • Ingredients include Ginkgo Biloba and vitamins for brain health - Jump to Section
  • The taste of Thesis Nootropics is mild and herbal - Jump to Section
  • Thesis Nootropics improve brain function and focus - Jump to Section
  • Thesis Nootropics are generally safe with natural ingredients - Jump to Section
  • Thesis Nootropics are available for online purchase - Jump to Section
  • Prices vary; a monthly subscription is $79 - Jump to Section
  • Thesis Nootropics offers more personalization than competitors - Jump to Section
  • Thesis Nootropics could be beneficial and offers a money-back guarantee - Jump to Section
  • We considered customization, price, and additional benefits - Jump to Section

Our verdict: Thesis Nootropics helped boost my creativity, focus, and alertness with its natural and personalized formulas. I found it super reliable, thanks to its custom blends based on science and expert support.

Thesis Nootropics are like special brain boosters that are tailored to each customer. They’re like having a personal tutor or coach for your brain.

They use high-quality, vegan, and scientifically-backed ingredients that can help your brain work better. These ingredients are extensively tested to ensure they're safe and work well.

Thesis Nootropics are expertly developed. They even have coaches that help determine the best blends per person. These coaches guide users on their brain-boosting journeys.

About the Company

Thesis Nootropics focuses on making your brain perform at its best.

They create unique formulas using natural ingredients that can improve focus and thinking abilities. These blends are custom-made for each person. They have brain experts who work to make these solutions.

The company ensures its products are safe and effective. They carefully choose the ingredients and test them repeatedly to make sure they are high-quality.

Their formulas are backed by scientific research, so each blend is designed to help your brain work better. They also offer coaching to help you get the most out of their solutions and achieve the best results.

Founder Dan Freed said he faced challenges and used nootropics to improve his brain's performance. He firmly believes that Nootropics “turned everything around for me and helped me form the positive habits that I built my success on.”

He wants to share this life-changing experience with the world.

On top of these endeavors, the company also cares about giving back to the community and supports a shelter for young people in need.

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We read hundreds of reviews on Thesis Nootropics and noticed these pros and cons were the most commonly shared by consumers:

  • Helped improve the ability to concentrate and stay focused on tasks
  • Provided a natural energy boost that helped customers feel more alert and active
  • Assisted in enhancing memory and retention of information
  • Helped stimulate creative thinking and problem-solving abilities
  • Cleared brain fog and promoted mental clarity
  • Contributed to a more positive and uplifted mood
  • Enhanced overall cognitive function
  • Helped manage stress and promote a calmer state of mind
  • Effects varied from person to person
  • Not all formulas worked well for everyone
  • Had minor side effects like headaches, digestive discomfort, or jitteriness
  • Relatively expensive compared to standard dietary supplements
  • Long-term effects of specific nootropic formulas may need more extensive study
  • Not a substitute for a healthy lifestyle, including proper nutrition, exercise, and sleep

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We only choose at-home kits with reliable testing methods and science-backed reports to improve your health.

Our in-house medical experts help ensure the accuracy of the information we give to our readers by reviewing them before publication.

What Are Your Options?

Thesis Nootropics offers a selection of personalized supplement blends designed to target specific aspects of brain function and overall well-being. Here's a closer look at some of their products:

Thesis Creativity aims to boost creative thinking and innovation. It may help people tap into their imaginative potential and develop unique ideas.

Thesis Motivation blend is intended to boost drive and determination. It might help users stay focused on their goals and maintain a sense of purpose.

Thesis Energy blend aims to increase vitality and alertness. It could be helpful for those seeking a natural energy boost without the jitters associated with caffeine.

The Clarity blend focuses on supporting clear thinking. Thesis Clarity could aid in improving cognitive function and decision-making.

This solution is designed to support logical reasoning and critical thinking. This blend might be beneficial for tasks that require analytical skills.

What's Inside Thesis Nootropics? — Ingredients

While the exact active ingredients in Thesis Nootropics' blends may change depending on the specific formula, here are some common active ingredients that they use:

Ginko Biloba

This herbal extract is associated with improved blood circulation, which aids in enhancing brain function. It's also known to have antioxidant properties.

However, it can interfere with blood-thinning medications. Moreover, its cognitive performance benefits are modest and might not be experienced by everyone.


This amino acid plays a role in producing neurotransmitters like dopamine, norepinephrine, and epinephrine. It's believed to support mood, focus, and cognitive function.

Vitamin B12

This vitamin is essential for brain health and the production of neurotransmitters. It's commonly associated with energy production and cognitive function.

This ingredient is claimed to support blood flow to the brain and stress management. Some research suggests it may have antioxidant effects.

This ingredient can help promote energy, focus, and mood without the jitters associated with caffeine. 1 It may also support endurance during physical activities.

Bacopa Monnieri

This adaptogen has been studied for its potential cognitive-enhancing effects, particularly on memory and learning. However, it may take several weeks to experience noticeable results, and some users might not respond as effectively.

Panax Ginseng

This ingredient is an adaptogen that may support energy, cognitive function, and overall well-being. However, long-term use and higher doses might lead to side effects like insomnia or gastrointestinal issues.

Ashwagandha Root

This plant has potential stress-reducing effects. It also supports cognitive function and sleep quality. It may help improve overall well-being. 2


Also known as Dynamine, it’s claimed to support alertness and mental energy. It's thought to work similarly to caffeine but with potentially fewer jitters.

Forskolin has been studied for its potential to support memory and cognitive function. It's also believed to have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.

This active ingredient is found in tea leaves and is believed to promote relaxation without causing drowsiness. It's often used in combination with caffeine.

How Does Thesis Nootropics Taste?

The taste was pleasant. It had a mild, herbal flavor with a hint of sweetness. It reminded me of a subtle herbal tea with a touch of natural sweetness.

When I first tried Thesis Nootropics, I was curious about their potential brain-boosting benefits and how they tasted.

The idea of taking nootropic supplements for mental enhancement was intriguing to me. But if they tasted unpleasant, it would’ve been a deal-breaker.

I got a package that had different blends. Each formula promised to support various aspects of brain function.

Excited and a bit skeptical, I decided to start with the "Clarity" blend. I carefully followed the instructions and took a sip.

The blend had no overwhelming bitterness or unpleasant aftertaste that I've experienced with other supplements.

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Next, I tried the "Motivation" blend.

This one had a slightly tangy taste, which I found interesting. It was like a combination of citrus and herbal notes.

While it wasn't as appealing as the "Clarity" blend, it wasn't off-putting either. I could see how some people might enjoy this flavor profile.

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Lastly, I tried the "Creativity" blend.

This one had a more earthy taste. It reminded me of certain herbal teas. It wasn't as sweet as the others but still had a pleasant undertone.

I appreciated that the flavors were not overly intense, allowing me to quickly drink them without feeling like I was forcing down a supplement.

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While taste is just one aspect of evaluating a supplement, it's important to me. If I'm going to integrate this into my daily routine, it should at least be palatable.

Of course, taste can be subjective. What I find appealing might not be the same for everyone. 

However, based on my own experience, I'd say that Thesis Nootropics have put effort into making their blends easy and enjoyable to take.

What Are The Product’s Benefits?

Thesis Nootropics offers supplement blends designed to enhance cognitive performance. Let’s take a look at some of its benefits:

  • Improved brain function – Helps you think more clearly and perform tasks more efficiently
  • Enhanced focus and concentration – Lets you concentrate on tasks better, reducing distractions and boosting productivity
  • Increased mental clarity – Reduces brain fog and can lead to better decision-making
  • Improved memory – May support memory recall, aiding in both short-term and long-term memory functions
  • Better mood – Can help ease feelings of stress, anxiety, or low mood
  • Boosts creativity – Stimulates creative thinking, allowing for innovative problem-solving and idea-generation
  • Brain health support – Provides support for overall brain health, potentially promoting neuroprotective effects and preventing cognitive performance decline
  • More energy and increased alertness – Some ingredients may contribute to increased energy levels and heightened alertness without the jitters associated with caffeine

Is Thesis Nootropics Safe to Use?

Thesis Nootropics is generally safe to use. The ingredients used for its different blends are natural, high-quality, and safe to consume. Many of these ingredients are backed by scientific research to show their effectiveness.

While it’s generally safe to use, everybody is different. If you're considering trying Thesis Nootropics, it's a good idea to chat with a doctor first. Especially if you're already taking other medicines or if you have any health stuff going on.

It’s recommended to start slow and steady with Thesis Nootropics. Start with the amount they suggest and see how your body reacts. If things go well and you feel more focused, then you can move on to the next steps they recommend.

While some users reported experiencing a slight headache or a bit of a stomach ache, it doesn't last long. Don't hesitate to talk to a doctor if you feel weird after taking them.

Where Can I Buy Thesis Nootropics?

You can easily buy Thesis Nootropics online.

I recently decided to try Thesis Nootropics to give my brain a boost, especially with the busy days ahead. Their personalized approach intrigued me, so I took the plunge and bought their blends.

The buying process was incredibly smooth.

Their website is user-friendly, and I can easily navigate through the different blends they offer. I went for the "Build Your Box" option, which let me choose blends aligned with my needs. It was like creating my own customized toolkit for my brain!

Choosing the blends was easy.

I appreciated that they provided clear information about the ingredients and benefits of each blend. It helped me make informed decisions based on what I wanted to achieve—whether it was boosting my focus, enhancing creativity, or managing stress.

The checkout process was simple. I liked the transparency about pricing and shipping. The 30-day money-back guarantee gave me extra assurance that I could get a refund if I wasn't satisfied. Of course, I was hopeful that the blends would work their magic.

My experience in buying Thesis Nootropics was really great. I’m excited to try the different blends and hopeful for positive results.

How Much Does Thesis Nootropics Cost?

Thesis Nootropics offers different pricing options to cater to your needs. The price depends on the blends you choose and whether you go for a subscription or a one-time purchase.

The personalized blends are carefully crafted to address specific cognitive needs, making the pricing flexible based on your preferences.

Here’s a quick look at the pricing information of Thesis Nootropics:

  • Subscription – $79 per month
  • One-Time – $119

Thesis Nootropics vs. Competitors

Check out the comparison of Thesis Nootropics and some of its competitors, such as Qualia Mind, TruBrain, Hunter Focus, and Alpha Brain:

Thesis Nootropics vs. Qualia Mind

Thesis Nootropics excels in personalized formulas. They tailor blends to each person’s cognitive goals, whether it's energy, clarity, motivation, or creativity. They emphasize formulation transparency, using clinically studied ingredients, and offer a 30-day money-back guarantee.

Meanwhile, Qualia Mind has a comprehensive, pre-formulated nootropic stack known for its premium ingredients. While it may lack the level of personalization, it's known for its well-rounded cognitive support.

Thesis Nootropics vs. TruBrain

The main difference between Thesis Nootropics and TruBrain is customization. Thesis Nootropics offers custom blends per user, and TruBrain doesn’t.

However, TruBrain provides pre-made drinks and capsules, making it convenient for those who prefer a grab-and-go solution.

Thesis Nootropics vs. Hunter Focus

Thesis Nootropics stands out with its personalized approach, allowing you to create a blend tailored to your specific needs

In contrast, Hunter Focus offers a pre-formulated supplement designed to support focus and productivity. It's a more straightforward choice for those who prefer a ready-made solution.

Thesis Nootropics vs. Alpha Brain

Thesis Nootropics offers a personalized experience. They let users select specific blends for specific cognitive needs. This customization may be appealing to those who want targeted results. 

Alpha Brain provides a pre-formulated stack of ingredients that support memory, focus, and overall cognitive function. It simplifies the decision-making process for people who want a one-size-fits-all approach to nootropics.

Is Thesis Nootropics Worth It?

Thesis Nootropics can be a promising choice if you want to boost your brainpower and feel sharper. They have different blends for energy, clear thinking, creativity, focus, and motivation.

Many people say they've had good results with Thesis Nootropics because they use ingredients that have been proven to work.

Everyone can benefit from Thesis supplements. That includes busy workers who have to stay focused, students who want to do better in school, creative folks who need new ideas, athletes who wish to perform their best, and even parents who have much to juggle.

If you're getting older and want to keep your brain sharp or dealing with stress and anxiety, these blends could also help.

If you're interested in trying Thesis Nootropics, start by taking their quiz online. It helps you figure out which blends might be best for you.

Then, you can pick the blends you like and order them. They give you a month to try them; if they don't work for you, you can get your money back.

Remember, everyone's different, so what works for one person might not work for another. If you have any health issues or take medicine, it's a good idea to talk to a doctor before trying these personalized nootropics.

How We Evaluated Thesis Nootropics

We evaluated Thesis Nootropics by carefully checking various aspects of its blends. Our process considered several critical factors, including:

  • Customization – This is about how well Thesis Nootropics can personalize their blends for each person’s needs. Users need to find options that align with their cognitive goals.
  • Price – This evaluates the cost concerning its value. It's important to weigh the price against the product's quality and effectiveness.
  • Formulation Transparency – Clear information about what's in the product helps users make informed choices.
  • Money-back guarantee – This policy assures buyers they can get a refund if they are not satisfied. It shows the company's confidence in its product and provides a risk-free trial for customers.
  • Subscription flexibility – Adjusting deliveries or cancellations quickly gives customers more control over their orders.
  • Additional benefits – These are extra perks beyond the product, such as coaching or resources. They enhance the overall experience and value.
  • Shipping – How well the company handles shipping, including delivery speed and quality. Reliable shipping ensures orders arrive promptly and in good condition.

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The future well-being of societies, the global economy, and the global environment will benefit greatly from collaborative research into renewable energy, alternative fuels, advanced energy conversion and storage systems, remediation of environmental degradation, technology transfer to developing countries, and prudent judgment on policies to support sustainable energy technology. Innovations and inventions require multidisciplinary approaches and entrepreneurship, as well as grounding in theory and practice, all topics that are not covered by a single department. The Minor Program in Sustainable Energy (the Minor) offers an integrated set of core and elective courses, introducing students to fundamental concepts in energy technologies and technological change, providing depth in specific fields of interest from specific energy systems to policy approaches that further sustainable energy use, exposure to laboratory practices and experiences, and setting the stage for further work in the field.  

Goals for Student Learning

The Minor provides students who are interested in pursuing careers or graduate education in sustainable energy science and technology with the opportunity to:

  • Gain an understanding of current and potential future energy resources, carriers, end users, technologies, and their impact on climate, the environment, and society. 
  • Develop the ability to analyze, design and develop innovative energy systems and technologies that support sustainable economic growth, energy security, biological diversity, and environmental harmony for life on Earth.
  • Gain knowledge of how engineering, technology, economics and public policy shape energy systems and outcomes from a variety of perspectives.
  • Acquire critical skills in conducting research and being an intelligent consumer of research in both coursework and a final independent research project in sustainable energy.


No prerequisites are required to enroll in the Minor.  However, students should be aware that some of the elective courses have prerequisites.  Students are encouraged to consult the individual professors of those courses to discuss whether they have the appropriate background to handle the work. 

Admission to the Program

Students may apply for the Minor in the spring of their sophomore year or fall of their junior year. 

Program of Study

The Minor Program in Sustainable Energy consists of the following elements: five courses, a seminar requirement, a final independent research project or senior thesis focused on a sustainable energy topic, and presentation of research at a symposium in the spring of junior or senior year.  A minimum grade point average of B- in the five courses is required. 

Core Courses – Students take one of the following core courses in their sophomore or junior year:

  • MAE 228/EGR 228/CBE 228/ENE 228: Energy Technologies in the 21 st Century
  • ENE 202/ARC 208/EGR 208/ENV 206 Designing Sustainable Systems

The core course may not be taken on a P/D/F basis.

Elective Courses : Students must take four additional courses related to energy systems, technology, and policy.  Students may choose from a list of approved electives that is reviewed each year by the Minor director.  Consult the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment website for the current listing of approved courses.  The list is organized by the six research foci of the Andlinger Center so that students can gain depth of knowledge in a particular area of sustainable energy, but students are free to choose any four courses from this list following these guidelines.

Guidelines for Elective Courses

  • Upon enrollment in the Minor, students will meet with the director or program manager to plan a coherent set of electives that complements their major and interests.
  • Two of the four electives must be at the 300-level or above.
  • One elective course may be taken on a P/D/F basis.
  • One study abroad course may be taken as an elective with prior Program approval.
  • Students may petition the Program for a course to be approved as an elective prior to the start of the semester. Elective petitions will not be accepted after the start of the semester or after the course has been completed.
  • No more than two courses may be double counted toward a student’s major or another certificate or minor.

Seminar Requirement

Gaining knowledge about energy systems and outcomes from a variety of perspectives is an important goal of the Minor program.  The Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment offers monthly Highlight Seminars featuring talks on energy topics given by speakers in disciplines including engineering, technology, economics, and public policy.  During their junior and senior years, students are required to attend a total of four of the Andlinger Center’s monthly Highlight Seminars* and write a short, half-page reaction paper for each seminar that should be emailed to the program manager.

*One seminar can be substituted for an energy-related seminar from another department.

Independent Research Project/Senior Thesis Requirement

Students must conduct independent research on a suitable energy topic, which can take one of the following four forms: 

  • a substantial part (e.g., a chapter) of their senior thesis, which topic must be approved ahead of time by the Minor director.
  • a junior paper submitted to fulfill a departmental requirement; the topic must be approved by the Minor director ahead of time.
  • a 10-15pp final report based on work done (at any stage of their undergrad career) during an Andlinger Center summer internship supervised by an Andlinger Center or Andlinger Center-affiliated faculty member. The supervising faculty must review and sign off on the paper as being of sufficient quality to satisfy an independent paper requirement (e.g., a JP).
  • a 10-15pp independent paper supervised and approved by an Andlinger Center or Andlinger Center-affiliated faculty, topic approved ahead of time by the Minor director.

Presentation of Research

Students must present their independent project/thesis research to faculty, administrators and fellow students at an annual symposium held in the spring either in their Junior or Senior year.

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The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree is conferred by the School of Engineering primarily in recognition of competence in the subject field and the ability to investigate engineering problems independently, resulting in a new contribution to knowledge in the field. The work for the degree consists of engineering research, the preparation of a thesis based on that research, and a program of advanced studies in engineering, mathematics, and related physical sciences.

Preliminary Examination

The preliminary examination shall be written and shall include subject matter deemed by the major department to represent sufficient preparation in depth and breadth for advanced study in the major. Only those who pass the written examination may take the oral qualifying examination.

Students currently studying at Santa Clara University for a master’s degree who are accepted for the Ph.D. program and who are at an advanced stage of the M.S. program may, with the approval of their academic advisor, take the preliminary examination before completing the M.S. degree requirements. Students who have completed the M.S. degree requirements and have been accepted for the Ph.D. program should take the preliminary examination as soon as possible but not more than two years after beginning the program.

Only those students who pass the preliminary examination shall be allowed to continue in the doctoral program. The preliminary examination may be repeated only once, and then only at the discretion of the thesis advisor.

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It is the student’s responsibility to obtain consent from a full-time faculty member in the student’s major department to serve as his/her prospective thesis advisor.

It is strongly recommended that Ph.D. students find a thesis advisor before taking the preliminary examination. After passing the preliminary examination, Ph.D. students should have a thesis advisor before the beginning of the next quarter following the preliminary examination. Students currently pursuing a master’s degree at the time of their preliminary examination should have a thesis advisor as soon as possible after being accepted as a Ph.D. student.

The student and the thesis advisor jointly develop a complete program of studies for research in a particular area. The complete program of studies (and any subsequent changes) must be filed with the Graduate Services Office and approved by the student’s doctoral committee. Until this approval is obtained, there is no guarantee that courses taken will be acceptable toward the Ph.D. course requirements.

Doctoral Committee

After passing the Ph.D. preliminary exam, a student requests his or her thesis advisor to form a doctoral committee. The committee consists of at least five members, each of which must have earned a doctoral degree in a field of engineering or a related discipline. This includes the student’s thesis advisor, at least two other current faculty members of the student’s major department at Santa Clara University, and at least one current faculty member from another appropriate academic department at Santa Clara University. The committee reviews the student’s program of study, conducts an oral comprehensive exam, conducts the dissertation defense, and reviews the thesis. Successful completion of the doctoral program requires that the student’s program of study, performance on the oral comprehensive examination, thesis defense, and thesis itself meet with the approval of all committee members.

The doctoral degree is granted on the basis of achievement, rather than on the accumulation of units of credit. However, the candidate is expected to complete a minimum of 72 quarter units of graduate credit beyond the master’s degree. Of these, 36 quarter units may be earned through coursework and independent study, and 36 through the thesis. All Ph.D. thesis units are graded on a Pass/No Pass basis. A maximum of 18 quarter units (12 semester units) may be transferred from other accredited institutions at the discretion of the student’s advisor.

Ph.D. students must undertake a minimum of four consecutive quarters of full-time study at the University; spring and fall quarters are considered consecutive. The residency time shall normally be any period between passing the preliminary examination and completion of the thesis. For this requirement, full-time study is interpreted as a minimum registration of eight units per quarter during the academic year and four units during summer session. Any variation from this requirement must be approved by the doctoral committee.

Comprehensive Examinations and Admission to Candidacy

After completion of the formal coursework approved by the doctoral committee, the student shall present his/her research proposal for comprehensive oral examinations on the coursework and the subject of his/her research work. The student should make arrangements for the comprehensive examinations through the doctoral committee. A student who passes the comprehensive examinations is considered a degree candidate. The comprehensive examinations normally must be completed within four years from the time the student is admitted to the doctoral program. Comprehensive examinations may be repeated once, in whole or in part, at the discretion of the doctoral committee.

Thesis Research and Defense

The period following the comprehensive examinations is devoted to research for the thesis, although such research may begin before the examinations are complete. After successfully completing the comprehensive examinations, the student must pass an oral examination on his/her research and thesis, conducted by the doctoral committee and whomever they appoint as examiners. The thesis must be made available to all examiners one month prior to the examination. The oral examination shall consist of a presentation of the results of the thesis and the defense. This examination is open to all faculty members of Santa Clara University, but only members of the doctoral committee have a vote.

Thesis and Publication

At least one month before the degree is to be conferred, the candidate must submit to the Office of the Dean of Engineering two copies of the final version of the thesis describing the research in its entirety. The thesis will not be considered as accepted until approved by the doctoral committee and one or more refereed articles based on it are accepted for publication in a first-tier professional or scientific journal approved by the doctoral committee. All doctoral theses must also be reproduced on microfilm by University Microfilms International, which keeps on deposit the master microfilm copy and responds to requests for copies by individuals and libraries.

Time Limit for Completing Degrees

All requirements for the doctoral degree must be completed within eight years following initial enrollment in the Ph.D. program. Extensions will be allowed only in unusual circumstances and must be recommended in writing by the student’s doctoral committee, and approved by the dean of engineering in consultation with the Graduate Program Leadership Council.

Additional Graduation Requirements

The requirements for the doctoral degree in the School of Engineering have been made to establish the structure in which the degree may be earned. Upon written approval of the provost, the dean of the School of Engineering, the doctoral committee, and the chair of the major department, other degree requirements may be established. The University reserves the right to evaluate the undertakings and the accomplishments of the degree candidate in total, and award or withhold the degree as a result of its deliberations.

The Departments of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Department of Bioengineering are collaborating to offer a Ph.D. in interdisciplinary topics related to Bioengineering. Faculty from both departments will co-advise the Ph.D. students and the degree will be awarded by the Department of Electrical Engineering.

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Electrical and Computer Engineering Santa Clara University 500 El Camino Real Santa Clara, CA 95053

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Quantum Dot-Organic Dye Conjugates: Synthesis and Characterization for Energy Transfer Systems

Degree grantor, degree level, degree name, committee member, thesis type, usage metrics.

Purdue University Graduate School


Multiphase flow dynamics are integral to many propulsion, sprays, energetics, and industrial processes. Practical systems, especially in combustion, typically involve multidimensional spatial structures and complex and coupled physics interactions. At some operating conditions, flow mixing, combustion chemical reactions, and flow residence time scales are relatively similar and therefore coupled (i.e., each affects the other). For example, the combustion and atomization of liquid fuel govern the performance of combustors. In addition to spray-air interactions, injection strategies may rely on spray-wall interactions to achieve improved mixing and performance. Understanding and predicting these flows requires advanced experimental diagnostics that provide information on local state variables with high spatiotemporal resolution. However, multiphase flow dynamics integral to these combustion systems may not be fully resolved with conventional one or two-dimensional diagnostics. Tomographic reconstructions yield 3D spatial information and may provide high-fidelity data to fill the technology gap. Performing these 3D diagnostics with adequate time-resolution is necessary to capture the full dynamics of high-speed flows. This work focuses on developing, applying, and evaluating non-intrusive 4D (x,y,z,t) volumetric imaging in challenging combustion environments. Each optical diagnostic approach probes a different phase of combustion experiments in a non-instructive manner. For example, Schlieren imaging visualizes the index of refraction gradients corresponding to density changes in the gas phase. This work uses various optical approaches (e.g., scattering, Schlieren, or fluorescence) with 4D imaging to provide quantitative measurements of different combustion phenomena. Parallel ray-tracing simulations are utilized to guide diagnostic development and quantify measurement capabilities. This work presents significant high-speed diagnostic improvements for combustion applications relevant to defense, energy generation, and propulsion.

Degree Type

  • Doctor of Philosophy
  • Mechanical Engineering

Campus location

  • West Lafayette

Advisor/Supervisor/Committee Chair

Advisor/supervisor/committee co-chair, additional committee member 2, additional committee member 3, usage metrics.

  • Mechanical engineering not elsewhere classified

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