Microdosing Modafinil | What You Need to Know
I stumbled upon microdosing Modafinil one day when I had a big project to get done, but still had plans to go to a big party that night.
Like most, I started with a standard Modafinil dose of 200 mg. The effects were pronounced and I was hooked on the smart drug from the start. I began taking the nootropic 2-3 times every week at the standard dose.
Then the party rolled around. My client called me begging to get him some web pages done with a 24-hour turnaround. He was willing to pay double and I wasn’t in a position to turn away work.
So, I took the job the morning of the big event. Now, I’d mixed alcohol and Modafinil before. Hell, I’d even tried having sex after taking Modafinil.
I wasn’t a fan of either. I knew I couldn’t take 200 mg of Modafinil the morning of the big party and still enjoy the event like I normally would.
That was an issue. I needed a solution.
I looked at the work and figured I could get it all done in seven hours of pure focus. 200 mg of Modafinil would last at least 12 hours. It was way too much.
I grabbed my Modalert and a kitchen knife and slowly tried to cut the pill in half. Then I cut one of the pills in half, again.
I had a 50 mg microdose of Modafinil. I popped it with my morning coffee and got down to work.
The smart drug kicked in like normal in around an hour and the effects were noticeable, although not as pronounced as with 200 mg.
I crushed worked for the next five hours before the effects began to dwindle. I grabbed another cup of coffee and finished the job around eight hours after I started.
Five of those hours were with enhanced, Modafinil-aided focus.
– Table of Contents –
- What is Modafinil?
- Understanding Modafinil Dosing
- Microdosing Modafinil
- Modafinil Microdoses 101
- Some People Love Microdosing Modafinil
P.S: It should come as no surprise that I’m not a doctor or a lawyer. This is not legal or medical advice. The information presented on this site is purely entertainment. Always consult a medical professional before consuming any nootropics, like Modafinil. Nomadic Hustle and/or Jake is not legally liable for the content on this site if you rely on the presented information – in any which way. Full disclaimer.
What is Modafinil?
Today, most people take Modafinil as a smart drug or nootropic. Originally, Modafinil was developed as a pharmaceutical drug under the name if Provigil.
Provigil was developed to treat things like shift sleep disorder, narcolepsy, and sleep apnea (Source).
Essentially, the drug was designed as a wakefulness agent without all the stimulant-like effects.
Fast-forward a decade after Provigil’s release, everybody and their mamas were taking Modafinil for the cognitive benefits. Entrepreneurs, CEOs, and grad students quickly realized that the smart drug offered all of the benefits of Adderall with a lot fewer downsides.
Modafinil offers benefits like:
- Overall improved cognition
- Laser-like focus
- Improved memory
- Increased productivity
- …And more!
If you want to learn more about what Modafinil is and why people love it so much, make sure to check out these articles:
- Modvigil vs. Modalert vs. Waklert vs. Artvigil: A Smart Drug Showdown
- Is Modafinil Safe? Your Guide to Smart Drugs and Health
- Is Modafinil Legal? Everything You Need to Know
Understanding Modafinil Dosing
When talking about finding the ideal Modafinil dosage, how you take the smart drug and your personal preferences will be the deciding factors.
If you’re using Modafinil every single day, then microdosing may be beneficial to your health. You’ll be able to minimize side effects while getting numerous benefits from Modafinil each day.
If you want to work 12+ hours with intense focus, then microdosing Modafinil may not be ideal. The half-life of Modafinil tends to wear off quicker when you only take 25-50 mg of the smart drug.
200 mg is the standard Modafinil dose prescribed to patients with ailments like sleep apnea. As such, Provigil and forms of generic Modafinil typically come in standard 200 mg doses.
Since the pill comes in 200 mg servings, many digital nomads and CEOs just take Modafinil at this dose.
Personally, I find the best benefits from 200 mg of Modafinil. The smart drug offers strong cognitive benefits at this dose and lasts 12+ hours. It’s impressive.
I also only take Modafinil 1-2 times a week these days. So, I try to maximize the benefits when I take it. 200 mg allows me to do just that.
Microdosing Modafinil | What You Must Know
You can certainly take Modafinil at different doses. Microdosing tends to have pronounced benefits, albeit different than the standard dose. Many take smaller Modafinil doses because of the benefits, like:
- Fewer Side Effects: Most find that 25-50 mg of Modafinil minimizes any of the minor side effects of Modafinil. If you have stomach issues when taking the smart drug or struggle to sleep, then a smaller dose could be ideal.
- Ideal For Daily Use: I tried taking 200 mg of Modafinil every day for a week straight. I felt like absolute hell during this time. If I wanted to take Modafinil every single day for a week, I’d definitely microdose the nootropic.
- Better Sleep: Modafinil can hinder sleep, as the smart drug is designed to keep people awake. If you take 200 mg Modafinil in the early afternoon, you will struggle to fall asleep that night. With small doses, you should be able to fall asleep earlier and get better overall rest.
- Shorter Half-Life: Sometimes you just need an intense burst of focus for 4-6 hours. You don’t need to work for 12+ hours, but you still want to enhance the mind. In these situations, a Modafinil microdose can be ideal.
Modafinil Microdoses 101
Generally, a microdose of Modafinil is considered to be 25-50 mg. I tend to stick with 50 mg when microdosing, as it’s easier to cut with the pill cutter. Still, I’ve tried both and this is what I noticed:
I also didn’t find huge cognitive benefits at 25 mg Modafinil. It felt like I drank an expresso, not taking a smart drug.
The effects wore off in 3-4 hours. Well, the noticeable ones. I felt a little wired the rest of the day after taking this tiny Modafinil dose, but certainly didn’t have the intense focus like I usually do when taking the smart drug.
There were definitely benefits, but I wouldn’t say it’s worth it for me. If I’m going to take Modafinil, it’s going to be at least 50 mg of the stuff.
I was surprised that I noticed great benefits when taking 50 mg of Modafinil. Even after my initial experiment, I’ve played around with a small dose like this on occasion and have been pleased with the results.
50 mg Modafinil tends to offer 5-7+ hours of “full” Modafinil benefits. The feeling and focus certainly aren’t as strong as when taking a full dose, but you’ll definitely notice things.
Overall, I’d recommend this dose to anyone looking to minimize side effects while improving cognition during a normal workday. You won’t have any sleep issues taking this small of a dose, either.
Some People Love Microdosing Modafinil
Others have experimented with microdosing Modafinil and absolutely rave about it. Just look at what my buddy Dylan Madden had to say about it:
Almost everything I’ve learned about Modafinil has been from Jake. After I started doing some experimenting on my own, I discovered something.
I found that taking 25-50 mg of Modafinil works great for me. You still get the sharp mind with intense focus.
The only difference is that you can take it longer. Instead of a few days a week, you can take it 4 days in a row.
On super busy weeks I’ll sometimes take it for 6 days straight. However, 4 days at 25-50 mg is my magic number.
You see I’m careful with what I take. A few years ago I took Adderall 7 days a week for 6 years straight.
Adderall is not only terrible for you, it’s highly addictive.
But Modafinil isn’t addictive for most people. Even taking it every day for 8 years like Dave Asprey won’t get you hooked.
You could walk away from it and never look back.
That’s why I use Modafinil from time to time. It helps me get high volumes of work done without turning into an addiction.
Microdosing With Modafinil | Ultimate Guide
If you’re concerned about Modafinil side effects, but still want to try the smart drug – then microdosing Modafinil may be ideal for your needs.
I was surprised at how beneficial the practice can be, especially after taking 200 mg of the nootropic for so long.
You might be too.