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Qualia Mind Review – 12 Facts You Need to Know

By Robert Rivera

Reviewed by Rebecca Williams, MD, MA, MB, BChir

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Evidence Based | Summary | Ingredients | Potential Side Effects | Contraindications | Price | Buying Options | Suggested Use | Final Thoughts

Qualia Mind is a popular over-the-counter nootropic supplement, especially among smart drug aficionados.

Nootropics, or “smart drugs,” are a class of substances that can boost brain performance. They are sometimes described as cognition enhancers or memory-enhancing substances.

These brain-boosters are designed to support cognitive function, mainly memory, creativity, executive functions, or motivation, in healthy individuals. [1]

The question is: Does Qualia Mind deserve its popularity? Read our Qualia Mind supplement review to find out.


1) What is Qualia Mind?

Qualia Mind was released by the Neurohacker Collective in April 2016 and has grown rapidly since then.

Qualia Mind is advertised as a “premium nootropic for mental performance.” Its unique formulation consists of active ingredients such as amino acids, vitamins, and herbal extracts, most of which are well known among the biohacking crowd.

While relatively expensive compared to other similar products, Qualia Mind maintains a reputation as an effective and trusted brain supplement.

2) History of Qualia Mind

Qualia Mind is produced by Neurohacker Collective. The company founded in 2015 is currently located in Carlsbad, California.

According to the official Neurohacker Collective website, the company was started with the “mission of creating best-in-class well-being products by employing a unique methodology to research and development based on complex systems science.”[2]

Besides their flagship supplement Qualia Mind, Neurohacker Collective also makes several other popular products, including Qualia Life, Qualia Immune, Qualia Night, Qualia Nootropic Energy, and Qualia Mind Essentials.

How to contact Neurohacker Collective company:

  • Address: 5938 Priestly Dr., Suite 200, Carlsbad, CA 92008
  • Phone: (855) 281-2328
  • Website: https://neurohacker.com

3) Qualia Mind Ingredients

Qualia Mind includes the following active ingredients:

Contains the basics such as vitamin C, B complex, and Vitamin D


Adaptogens are herbs known to help users feel relief from stress and anxiety. Qualia Mind has the popular Rhodiola Rosea, one of the most studied adaptogen in the industry, with evidence showing positive effects on stress management and calmness.

Brain boosters
Qualia Mind’s key brain boosters include Bacopa Monnieri, Alpha GPC, and N-Acetyl-L-Thyrosine. These three ingredients are nootropic staples as each is known for their beneficial effects on memory and focus. Bacopa monnieri, in particular, is called a student’s nootropic due to its memory retention benefits.

Other brain health ingredients:

The rest of the ingredients can be classified as brain health or brain function support. Some of the notable ones are Huperzia Serrata, Ginkgo Biloba, and DHA.

Other ingredients include organic rice extract blend, organic rice concentrate, silicon dioxide, and vegetable cellulose.

4) What Does Qualia Mind Do?

Qualia Mind contains several well-known brain-boosting ingredients.

Let’s go over two of the most popular ones in the industry: Acetyl-L-Carnitine and Rhodiola Rosea.

Acetyl-L-Carnitine is a highly bioavailable form of L-Carnitine that specifically improves brain function. Studies suggest that it may benefit people with neurodegenerative diseases. [3]

Here are some of the nootropic benefits associated with Acetyl-L-Carnitine:


  • Improves physical and mental energy – In a clinical study, elderly patients received ALCAR daily. At the end of the study, scientists observed significant boosts to their mental and physical energy levels, as well as better overall cognitive ability; [4]
  • Support cognitive function – In a 2010 study, eight out of 14 participants reversed a diagnosis of dementia and returned to their full cognitive abilities after taking Acetyl-L-Carnitine daily; [5]
  • Improves focus and attention: Acetyl-L-Carnitine improves concentration, both in kids with ADHD and adults who struggle with mental fatigue; [6][7]
  • Reduces symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease: inhibits the decline in brain function associated with Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative disorders. [8][9]

Rhodiola Rosea is an adaptogen or an herb specifically taken to lower stress levels. It’s also suggested to have antidepressant properties by balancing the neurotransmitters in your brain. [10]

In one six-week study on the effectiveness of Rhodiola on symptoms of depression, subjects who took Rhodiola experienced significant emotional stability improvements, overall depression, and insomnia, whereas the placebo group showed no improvements. [11]

Rhodiola Rosea is also believed to improve certain brain functions.

In a pilot study, students experienced increased motivation to study, improved sleep patterns, and significantly reduced mental fatigue after taking Rhodiola supplements for 20 days. Their exam scores were also 8% higher compared to those in the placebo group. [12]

Other notable ingredients in Qualia Mind include:

  • Vitamin D – Supplementing with Vitamin D may offer some short-term improvements to cognitive function, especially in individuals with Vitamin D deficiency; [13]
  • Alpha GPC – May support energy production while protecting against oxidative stress damage; [14]
  • Ginkgo Biloba – Limited clinical research shows that Ginkgo Biloba helps prevent age-related memory loss and can support BDNF production in younger adults. [15]

5) Qualia Mind Benefits & Results

Some of the benefits of taking Qualia Mind include:

  • Supports long term cognitive function
  • Supports focus, attention, and concentration
  • Powerful mood support
  • Boosts energy
  • Promotes mental clarity
  • Sparks flow and creativity
Potential Side Effects

6) Potential Side Effects from Qualia Mind Ingredients

The ingredients used in Qualia Mind are natural, widely-used, and they’ve all been tested in clinical trials.

However, some ingredients may still cause mild to moderate adverse effects in some individuals. These are caffeine, Huperzine A, and Ginkgo Biloba.

The formula contains 90mg of caffeine (about the same amount you would get from an espresso). Depending on tolerance, 90mg may be a casual energy boost or too stimulating. Some of these adverse effects may include: [16]

  • Hypertension
  • Jitters
  • Chest pains
  • Heart palpitations
  • Dizziness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Anxiety

Huperzine A is another ingredient to keep an eye on, especially when taken long-term (for more than six months). Huperzine A can cause some side effects, including: [17][18]

  • Nausea
  • Dry mouth
  • Vomiting
  • Sweating
  • High blood pressure
  • Inability to sleep
  • Dizziness

Ginkgo Biloba may affect blood clotting and may trigger a number of mild to moderate adverse effects in some users: [19][20]

  • Allergic skin reactions
  • Headaches
  • Digestive problems

The dose per ingredient are within the safe/minimal range, so most people should feel safe. If you do feel something’s not right after taking Qualia Mind, cease intake and seek medical help.


7) Qualia Mind Warnings and Precautions

Qualia Mind contains several ingredients with known interactions with certain prescription medications: [21][22][23][24]

  • Antidepressants
  • Ephedrine and other stimulants that speed up the nervous system
  • Antibiotics
  • Medications for Alzheimer’s disease
  • Drying medications (anticholinergics)
  • Medications used for allergies (antihistamines)
  • Medications for high blood pressure
  • Medications that increase blood flow to the heart
  • Anticoagulants and antiplatelet medications
Buying Options

8) Where to Buy Qualia Mind in the United States?

Qualia Mind is available for purchase from a number of online stores such as Amazon, eBay, Walmart, LuckyVitamin, Walgreens, and more.

You can also buy the supplement directly from the official Neurohacker Collective store.


9) Qualia Mind Price

One bottle of Qualia Mind, 35 capsules, costs $35.00. You can also buy it in bottles of 154 capsules each for $139.00.

A “Subscribe and Save” option is also available. Those who sign up for the autoship program will receive an $80 discount on their first order and $20 discounts for each order afterward.

Suggested Use

10) Suggested Use

As a dietary supplement, take seven (7) capsules with water in the morning before breakfast. Optimal dosage can vary based on body weight and sensitivity.

11) What Customers Say About Qualia Mind

"This product is great for energy and focus right now. I don't like the slightly fishy smell and taste. It's pricey, but if you want to be productive, it's effective within the hour. I'm not sure about long term aid to the quality of brain health." [Read full review]

---Heidi Smith

"I was skeptical at first and weary of the high price point. After taking Qualia for four days, I feel like I've discovered how wonderful my brain works when I nourish it with proper nutrients. I feel like I've "woken up" while taking this supplement, and I've not loved each day as I do in a while. I highly recommend, and I Hope Neurohacker discovers a way to make this financially within reach for the masses." [Read full review]

---Justin Allen

"I believe the product has great potential. But the serving size (7 capsules) is too much for me. Being a post-bariatric surgery patient, I should've realized that the amount was too large. Oh well! I'll finish them in smaller doses and then look for something more potent in a single capsule." [Read full review]


Final Thoughts

12) Final Thoughts on Qualia Mind

As a complete, daily brain supplement, Qualia Mind may be a good choice.

Its potent formula is capable of quickly increasing mental stamina, heightening focus, and enhancing learning. It will give you laser focus for a good few hours.

We do have to note two downsides to Qualia Mind:

First, the premium price tag. At over $5 per day, once you are on a full-priced subscription, Qualia Mind costs almost four times what an average-priced nootropic would cost.

While we accept the high price-tag if it’s justified by several factors such as ingredients quality, strict manufacturing process, or quality packaging, some buyers will definitely turn to more affordable alternatives.

The other is the directions for use. Incorporating so many ingredients per serving forced Neurohacker Collective to have people take 7 capsules per serving. Some people may not like the idea of taking so many in one sitting.

4.1/5 - (7 votes)

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