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Tim Ferriss: Smart Drugs, Performance & Biohacking

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The 4-Hour man himself, Tim Ferriss, is on Bulletproof Radio to unleash his biohacking expertise and to share some knowledge. Tim has a new podcast called The Tim Ferriss Show and on this episode of Bulletproof Radio you hear him on the other side of the mic talking about his view on smart drugs, tea as a creative stimulant, eating insects, and how sex is better than porn for your biochemistry.

The 4-Hour Workweek, The 4-Hour Body, and The 4-Hour Chef have been #1 New York Times bestsellers and Tim Ferriss has been listed as one of the most Most Innovative Business People and a Forbes Magazine “Names You Need to Know”. He is a biohacker and self-experimenting guinea pig. His blog The Four-Hour Blog chronicles his never-ending quest for self-improvement and shares a wealth of information. Enjoy the show.

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What You’ll Hear

  •   0:09 – Cool Fact of the Day!
  •   0:45 – Welcome Tim Ferriss
  •   3:02 – Are smart drugs like fire?
  •   4:25 – Importance of tracking your hacking
  •   9:08 – Downside of theoretical mechanisms
  • 11:00 – Why Tim doesn’t use Modafinil
  • 12:30 – Yerba Maté as a creative stimulant
  • 15:09 – Pu-erh and Green Tea
  • 20:22 – Insect protein bars
  • 28:55 – Paying attention to intelligent criticism
  • 33:35 – Sex and the male energy
  • 36:00 – Porn-induced dopamine resistance
  • 37:20 – Top three recommendations for kicking more ass and being Bulletproof!


The Tim Ferriss Show (on iTunes)

The Blog of Tim Ferriss

The Tim Ferriss Book Club

Tim Ferriss Quarterly Subscription

Tim on AngelList

Twitter – @tferriss

Tim Ferriss on Facebook

Tim’s Books

The 4-Hour Workweek

The 4-Hour Body

The 4-Hour Chef

Books in Tim’s Book Club

Vagabonding by Rolf Potts

Daily Rituals by Mason Currey

The Art of Learning by Josh Waitzkin

The Obstacle is the Way by Ryan Holiday


Exo Cricket Bars


Yerba Maté Tea Leaves

Traditional Yerba Maté Gourd

Captains of Crush Hand Gripper

Antifragile by Nassim Taleb

Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

The Magic of Thinking Big by David Schwartz

Anton Ego’s Final Speech at the end of Ratatouille (video)


Step 6: Upgrade Your Brain

#60 Orgasmic Meditation & Hacking Your Sex Life, with Dr. Pooja Lakshmin – Podcast

Orgasm vs. Performance (Video)

Why You Are Suffering from a Modafinil Deficiency

Brain Octane™ Oil


Upgraded™ XCT Oil


Click here to view the transcript of Tim Ferriss: Smart Drugs, Performance, and Biohacking – #127 

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  • David Yoakum

    Whoa. Still reeling from Tim’s answers to your final question. Hit me the hardest of anyone’s yet.
    Great show, I loved hearing the two of you together.

  • Andy McLaughlin

    My two favorites in one Podcast! :-) I know just about everything said because have been following you both especially Tim for years. Still a lot of fun (excluding…or maybe increased by Skype technical issues). 😉

  • Zac


  • sarah

    I don’t mean to sound negative, but that was a little disappointing. Wish it had been more focused, and maybe some deeper questions.
    That said, I LOVE that Tim is brave enough to basically say that smart drugs are over-rated and cause annoying side effects (my experience as well) and that nothing beats…well…good tea.
    Very cool concept that this community could learn from.

  • Victor Björklund

    I’m glad I watched this episode since I’m taking 10 times more flax seed oil than recommended. Good to know it can be dangerous =)

  • Tubbabel

    What are the Canadian cricket bars that Dave mentioned? As much as I’d like to try them, Exo shipping to Canada is too expensive and I’d like to find something local. I’ve been googling and coming up with nothing.

  • Adam

    Have been drinking Bulletproof Yerba Mate for the past year – I add cinnamon, upgraded vanilla and cardamon for what they bring to the table as well. Never felt what Tim is talking about – but I only one mug and do it pretty quickly.

    Maybe I’ll try one Bulletproof Mate and then have another plain batch to take in over the next hour to see if I get that “high” AND the extra boost the Bulletproof part gives.

    • Gabriel

      How much yerba mate do you use? The amount in a gourd is more than one uses for a tea.

  • Amanda Crameri

    Loved the content of this one. More Tim Ferriss please. Appreciation to you both.

  • Logan

    I thought this was going to be more like this, but nope. It was #awesome. #mancrush #2ofthebest

    • Matt

      Dave’s rocking the Lloyd Christmas bowl cut, not a buzz cut.

  • Nicole

    Just a heads up, Seth Roberts died of a heart attack not a brain aneurism…according to his mother’s report of the preliminary autopsy on his blog:

  • Brian

    Dave: my idea is to simply pour your coffee into a cup full of mate leaves and sip over time like normal mate. This should allow you to get the same doses as drinking mate normally.

  • Guest

    Do you prefer a specific kind of loose leaf Yerba Mate? Very interested if there’s much of a difference b/t the popular Guayaki brand and more of a boutique brand.
    Great episode, you guys rock!

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  • Kyle

    I don’t remember if it was this podcast or Tim’s own podcast, but he mentioned at one point that recovery from CILTEP is tough. I have been experimenting with CILTEP hacks and came up with the following protocol which seems to produce good flow and also good recovery from flow (thus avoiding the need to sleep 12 hours):

    6 am take CILTEP with 12-16oz water and the following :

    1. 5 mg Lithium Orotate (dopamine support);
    2. 600-1000 mg Krill Oil; and
    3. 500 mg Acetyl L-Carnetine Arginate.
    4. 1 ml upgraded glutithione.
    5. 7 drops of Oceans Alive Phytoplankton

    Wait 1-2 hours, drink bulletproof coffee with extra Brain Octane and upgraded collagen or BCAA (I have found that when I use more than 1 tablespoon of BO, I need extra brain chain aminos for ketone synthesis – collagen seems to work too).

    Wait 1-2 hours take adaptagenic herbs (such as Tian Chi) (cortisol support),

    Drink Hibiscus Tea with Lemon throughout day; add up to 10 more drops of phytoplankton throughout day.
    Eat late lunch with lots of fat and moderate protein (I like avacado/canned salmon or sardines/big salad).
    Around 4 pm eat about 15-20 grams of carbohydrate to drop out of ketosis.
    6-7 pm – Dinner with 30-40 grams of carbs.
    9 pm –
    1. 200-400 mg Magnesium Glycinate
    2. 100 mg 5-htp (Seratonin/Melatonin support)
    3. 100 mg Acetyl L-Carnetine
    4. Brain Octane/ Honey/ Upgraded Collagen
    5. 20-25 drops of passionflower (GABA support)
    If anyone has any thoughts, or if you have any additional support mechanisms for neurotransmitters, I would love to hear about them.

    • Kyle

      I realized after posting that I dealt only with supplements and food, and left out the “lifestyle” hacks that I find to be at least as important (if not more important). Here they are:
      5:30 am – meditate for 30 minutes using combination of iAwake beats and Heartmath Inner balance.
      10-20 minutes of mediation before each significant conference call/ project (up to 1 hour during work hours) – also with both iAwake and Heartmath.

      9 pm – meditate for 30 minutes, in darkness with iAwake – no heartmath to avoid messing up circadian rhythm.

      • Vince J

        Dave talked about this with someone on another podcast but, aren’t you tired in the morning? My heads just starts nodding when I try this, they discussed some light movement before. Are you saying one hour of mediation before a conference call??

        • Kyle

          10 to 20 minutes before each call, 1 hour total throughout the day.

          I am generally tired the next day, but I only need a little extra sleep, not 12 hours. The system isn’t perfect, but I seem to recover more quickly than I otherwise would.

  • Sophie

    Hey Tim, to stop getting headaches when taking Modafinil, simply stay well hydated and drink a isotonic drink like Gatorade. We have more tips like this for modafinil users on our blog:

    • Deane Alban

      Gatorade? Seriously? Anyone who cares about what they put into their body would never drink the stuff. The ingredients are crap.

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  • Flandern

    On this 5 people you associate with thing, I am just wondering how I can possibly explain to my family that I gotta be radical about letting them behind. Really.

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  • Dennis

    Hey Tim,
    I am curious of your thoughts about Piracetam. I want to try this product called truBrain which has Piracetam as an active ingredient. Please let me know

  • Dennis

    Here is their website

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    Modafinil was initially developed to analyze a variety of medical conditions that can significance fatigue levels during the day. This type of drug is able to assist creature continue functioning despite deep sleep problems that make it tough to have high quality relaxed sleep at night. commencing patients who took Modafinil established that their daytime arousal and alertness levels were much high-level and they were more priority and goal intended at work.

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  • TAC

    think and grow rich… one of the greatest books of the last decade, gotta check out magic of thinking big that’s another one

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