Is Ashwagandha a Safe Nootropic?

Written on February 8, 2022 by | Reviewed by William Gallagher, MNeuroSci

Ashwagandha is an ancient herb that is classified as an adaptogen, meaning that it can help you manage stress, but it also does provide other numerous benefits for your body and brain.

Many people use it as a Nootropic, as it helps to improve brain cognition; specifically, attention and concentration, which both play big parts in speeding up the learning process and ensuring you get to hold on to the new information.

But before you go ahead and purchase this potentially life-changing Nootropic for yourself, it is important to understand more about Ashwagandha, the benefits, the downsides, and the other things it can do to you beyond the Nootropic value.

Allowing yourself the opportunity to fully understand what you’re getting yourself into.

The Safety of Ashwagandha When Taken Daily

It is absolutely safe to take Ashwagandha daily to experience its cognitive benefits, dosages can vary depending on your needs but it is recommended that you should take about 450-500mg per day; this equates to 1-2 capsules depending on where you purchase it.

Unfortunately, there is no long-term data for taking Ashwagandha for more than 3 months, so although it is absolutely fine to take daily it is currently unknown how long you can do that before you start to suffer side effects - which we’ll discuss in the section below.

For that reason, we can only recommend that you take it daily for up to 3 months for now and then taper off it for a while before using it again. I know that’s not ideal, but it is the safest option.

If you’re someone who can tolerate it well, you may want to start with taking it daily for 2 weeks and then taper off (repeat that cycle) for the first 3 months.

You should only ever take supplements at the correct dosage, they are very powerful nootropics so don’t play around with them.

Is Ashwagandha Safe For The Brain?

Ashwagandha is safe for the brain when used responsibly and properly.

However, some people may experience adverse reactions to Ashwagandha and its extracts.

There is a risk of side effects with the use of any dietary supplement and this risk increases when more than the recommended daily dosage is taken.

That being said, Ashwagandha has proven to be effective in clinical trials, with very few reported side effects, when used responsibly and properly.

This herb is also known to be a safe and effective herbal remedy for anxiety, reducing stress, and depression.

When it comes to the safety of Nootropics, like Ashwagandha, the dosage is very important. Taking too little or too much can cause problems with your brain health and may take you longer to experience the full benefits of the supplement.

When taken at the proper dosage, it is safe for use by most healthy adults who want to improve overall cognition and mental performance.

In addition, the safety of supplements is dependent on the individual.

You may have a different reaction to Ashwagandha than someone else, so it is always best to speak with your doctor before taking supplements that affect brain chemistry.