Frequently Asked
Questions

What are nootropics?

Nootropics describe a broad classification of compounds with cognitive enhancing properties, which have minimal side-effects and are appropriate for long-term use. Learn more about nootropics on our Biohacker Guide.

What is a stack?

A stack is a set of nootropic ingredients that work well together and contribute towards the improvement of one or more cognitive functions. Our stacks (RISE,SPRINT,kado-3,YAWN, and GO CUBES) are each designed around a specific functional goal.

Are HVMN products safe?

Yes, all components of our stacks are designated by the United States FDA as GRAS (Generally Regarded As Safe) and/or acceptable as a dietary supplement compound by the FDA. 100% of HVMN ingredients are allowed under the guidelines for all major athletic bodies, including the guidelines for WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency).

Our standard is robust scientific validation for effectiveness, legal, and safe. HVMN products are designed for long-term use, to provide ongoing value for the rest of your life.

Where should I begin?

The best place to begin with HVMN is with NOOTROBOX. You can read about and try each product, and make an informed decision about which subscriptions make sense for you to continue on an ongoing basis.

We also recommend GO CUBES Chewable Coffee because it's a very easy way to get started biohacking. GO CUBES have the same performance characteristics and precision as SPRINT, and they're made into delicious vegan gummies with real Brazilian coffee.

Are HVMN products vegan / Gluten-free / allergen-free?

RISE, SPRINT,YAWN, GO CUBES are 100% vegan, gluten-free, and free of all major allergens. KADO-3 contains Soy, Anchovy and Krill, but is gluten-free and free of all other major allergens.

Can different HVMN products be taken together?

Yes, HVMN products are designed to be used together. Each product has a unique set of ingredients and functional purpose, and the products are designed to complement each other.

RISE is designed for daily use, although its effects and mechanisms of action are distinct. RISE is developed as the premier daily nootropic, specifically made to improve cognition when taken habitually.

SPRINT and YAWN are meant to be taken as needed for their specific effects, and a healthy lifestyle can include both SPRINT for better performance on mentally demanding tasks and YAWN for a better night's rest.

How does HVMN develop its stacks?

We develop our products based on ingredients that have robust clinical data on healthy human adults.

We begin with the requirement that 100% of HVMN ingredients are safe and legal according to United States FDA regulation. Within that set of ingredients, we conduct ongoing and thorough reviews of scientific literature to understand which ingredients show effectiveness. Effectiveness is determined through the scientific method: repeated studies that are gold standard RDBPC (randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled) and published in peer-reviewed science journals.

We then collate the ingredients together to improve our existing stacks or formulate new ones. We formulate each of our stacks with individual raw ingredients at active dosages and concentrations that contribute to that stack's desired effect.

As we conduct clinical trials on nootropics and keep close tabs on new research in the space at large, we evolve and update our stacks accordingly. Our products will always be the most modern and well-informed nootropic stacks available, anywhere.

What's the changelog for RISE?

MK.III - Sourced and increased the potency of the rosavins and salidrosides actives in rhodiola rosea from 3% rosavins, 1% salidrosides to 5% rosavins, 2% salidrosides.

MK.II - Removed caffeine, L-theanine and added rhodiola rosea and alpha-gpc to optimize RISE to be a daily chronic nootropic.

MK.II - Launched June 2014.

What's the changelog for KADO-3?

MK.I - Launched June 2016.

What's the changelog for SPRINT?

MK.III - Upgraded formulation. Deprecated glucuronolactone and inositol. Added vinpocetine and L-tyrosine to focus on reaction time and performance endurance. Potential synergies for these compounds on the current caffeine + L-theanine stack to be studied on our upcoming clinical trial.

MK.II - We reduced the amount of Vitamin B6 and B12 so it's possible to use SPRINT on a daily basis.

MK.I1 - Launched March 2015 via Indiegogo.

What's the changelog for YAWN?

MK.II - March 2017. Reduced melatonin content from 1.5 mg to 300 mcg. Increased glycine content from 450 mg to 500 mg. Changed magnesium source from magnesium citrate (200 mg) to magnesium glycinate (250 mg) to add additional glycine content.

MK.I - Launched Launched July 2014.

Where can I find COAs (Certificates of Analysis)?

Our COAs hosted on GitHub.

Each lot of product we produce is individually tested and validated for heavy metal, microbiological, and active ingredient content. We open source our process and our active ingredients, and our 3rd Party QA lab results. We believe everyone should know exactly what they're taking.

How does HVMN source its ingredients?

For each ingredient we incorporate into our stacks, we ensure that it is the highest quality version of that ingredient possible. For instance, the Bacopa Monnieri we use in RISE contains 50% bacosides (the active ingredient), which is the highest concentration available on the market. We maintain this approach across each of our ingredients, requiring that our suppliers provide ingredients that meet our premium specifications.

What is the manufacturing process?

All HVMN products are manufactured in the USA in state-of-the-art facilities and in accordance with all relevant industry guidelines.

Our manufacturing facilities meet and exceed industry regulations, with the latest current Good Manufacturing Processes (cGMP) certifications from third party, independent auditors. cGMP specifies the rules defined by FDA around sourcing and testing ingredients, employee training, machine operation and calibration, record-keeping, and more.

What is the HVMN quality control process?

  1. We identify the best sources for each of our components. Each supplier we work with is required to supply a Certificate of Analysis (CoA) which specifies the content, quality, and purity of the raw ingredient.

  2. Before the raw ingredients officially enter our manufacturing facility, they’re held in a holding quarantine where we independently verify the CoA before we allow them into our facility. We verify for active ingredient, heavy metal contamination, and microbial contamination. Each material goes through a slightly different processes to test for purity and contamination. Common techniques include HPLC (high performance liquid chromatography), UV inspection, and centrifuge testing.

  3. Immediately after blending, we run a CoA check on the final finished product to make sure the end product is to specification with the proper ratios and achieving proper dosages. We are known in the nootropics industry for having very low tolerances for deviation from specification. Our products contain exactly what the labels say.

  4. The product is sealed, packed, and then stored in an air-controlled drop-ship facilities around the United States, where they await shipment to you!

Where do you ship and what are the costs?

We currently ship to the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, and Spain.

Shipping is free for all orders over $40 within the United States.

For orders outside of the United States, we add a nominal fee to cover the cost of postage. Please note that for these international orders, duties and taxes are not included.

How long does it take to ship my order? Can I track my order?

Orders are shipped within 1 business day. Typically, US orders arrive in 3-5 business days and international orders arrive in 7-10 business days. We will email you a tracking number when we ship your order.

How do subscriptions work?

Because many of our customers find NOOTROBOX and GO CUBES to be extremely helpful on a daily basis, we make it easy for you to subscribe. For any product we offer, you can purchase it either on a one-time basis or as an ongoing subscription. For subscriptions we offer a 10% discount.

Once you have an account with us, you can login at anytime to modify, add to, or cancel your subscription.

How do I login or create an account?

If you've ordered from HVMN in the past, you can access your HVMN account by logging in.

If you've ordered from HVMN in the past but never created an account password, simply visit the login page, enter the email you used to make your purchase, and click “I don't know my password.” We'll send you password setup instructions, which will allow you to login to your dashboard, where you can track shipments, checkout with one click, and manage your subscriptions.

If you do not have an HVMN account, you will create one when you place your first order. Once you complete your order, we recommend that you create a password so that you can easily access your account in the future.

Is my credit card information safe?

Buying on HVMN is completely safe and secure. We work with a very well-regarded payment processor that is certified as a PCI Level 1 Service Provider, the most stringent level of certification available. Your payment information is never stored on HVMN servers.

How does the referral program work?

Once you order, we will issue you a uniquely generated URL link from which you can share with friends and family. This link never expires, and whenever anyone buys through that link, we will credit you **$10** for your next HVMN order. You can see your total account credits by logging in.