It’s easy to find capsulated nootropics on places like Amazon and local health food stores. They make dosing simple, and are convenient enough to carry around with us on our daily commute.

But capsules aren’t perfect, they make it difficult to take larger doses of nootropics, and many of us have a hard time swallowing pills.

This begs the question, do liquid nootropics exist?


Nootropics can be expensive to manufacture because they require careful testing and are subject to complicated laws depending on the country of origin.

To offset these costs, many manufacturers choose to rely primarily on dried, powdered, and encapsulated nootropics to prolong shelf life and make it easier for them to ship their products (less weight). These are the main reasons why nootropics mainly come in the form of powdered capsules.

That said, there are a number of benefits that liquid nootropics have to offer.

  1. They allow for larger nootropic doses
  2. They are absorbed faster in the digestive tract since the gelatin capsule doesn’t need to break down.
  3. They’re easily mixed with water or juice.
  4. They can be used to promote ketosis.
  5. For faster absorption, they can be held under the tongue for sublingual application.

Types Of Liquid Based Nootropic

There are in fact a number of liquid nootropics available on the market. In order to make these work, the components either need to be specifically chosen to match the solubility of the base liquid, which can be either water, oils, or alcohol.

Commonly we can highlight three types of liquid nootropics:

  • Lipid-based
  • Water-based
  • Alcohol-based

Lipid-Based Liquid Nootropics

Lipid based liquid nootropics involve a lipid like MCT oil, a fat-soluble nootropics like aniracetam, pramiracetam, and DHA/EPA omega 3 fatty acids.

This form of liquid nootropic is popular for those on the ketogenic diet (high fat, low carbohydrate). There aren’t many products that fit in this description, so a lot of people on the ketogenic diet who are consuming a lot of fat to hardwire their metabolism will create their own.

The process is simple, and involves mixing an oil like MCT oil, with fish oil, fat soluble vitamins (A, D, and E), and a fat soluble nootropic like aniracetam or pramiracetam.

This combination allows the nootropics to absorb faster, since they share the same pathways as their main fuel source (fats and lipids).

Water-Based Liquid Nootropics

Water-based nootropics are readily available, and come in a variety of different forms and flavours. Fortunately, the vast majority of nootropics are water soluble, which makes these supplements more well-rounded than their lipid-soluble counterparts.

Some of these nootropics come in the form of energy drinks, such as Speedball, or NEU.

Others contain green tea extracts or caffeine for added benefits. Good examples of this are liquid shots like Brain Juice or Trubrain.

There are also a variety of companies that are making general purpose cognitive enhancers without added stimulants like Brain Gear.

Some companies make supplements that are designed to be liquid nootropics, but come without the water premixed in. You simply open the packet and mix it into a water bottle full of water to let id dissolve.  This allows manufacturers to produce smaller and lighter packaging. An example of this is Mental Mojo.

Alcohol Based Liquid Nootropics

Alcohol makes for a great solvent. Most herbal medicine uses alcoholic extractions of plants. This works well because it can be used to extract both water soluble and lipid soluble elements very easily.

Most of the herbal nootropics are available in this form, including Bacopa, Ginkgo, Rhodiola, and Gotu Kola.

The only problem with alcohol based nootropics is that… well… they contain alcohol. For many nootropic users this is less than ideal when the goal is to improve cognitive performance.

Luckily, we don’t need much alcohol at all to dissolve enough nootropics to get an effective dose. With just a few millilitres of liquid mixed with water or tea, we can achieve a potent dose of nootropics.

How To Take liquid nootropics

Using liquid nootropics is easy, but due to the highly variable nature of this form of nootropic, careful dosing is required. It’s very important to follow the labels on the product because it’s hard to gauge exactly how much of a certain compound there is by just looking at the size.

Side Effects

The side-effects of liquid nootropics are the same as for nootropics in powder or pills. The following side-effects can be named:

  • Headaches
  • Insomnia
  • Allergic reactions
  • Intestinal system issues.


Liquid nootropics exist and they can provide several advantages that other form of nootropics (pills, powder, capsules) miss. The best benefit of liquid nootropics is their quick absorption time. Still due to its form these smart drugs can allow bigger doses and you should be very precise in dosage measurement.