Qualia Review – Is Qualia the “God pill” or Not? (Should You Try it Out?) 4.58/5 (12)

Qualia, also known as the “God pill,” is probably THE most advanced nootropic stack on the market. But does it really work or is just a big hype?

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Original Qualia product is no longer available. However, the brand developed an even better product, Qualia Mind. Please read the review here >>

Qualia contains 42 ingredients, which is by far the most advanced compared to other nootropic stacks

Qualia contains only high-quality and premium ingredients

There is an optimized product available from the same brand – it’s called Qualia Mind

Qualia is a premium product which has a premium price (129 – 149$) 

Qualia contains several minerals and vitamins which your body might not need

The recommended dosage is 9 pills, which you have to take every day (and that isn’t really convenient)

When I first heard about Qualia, I didn’t put too much focus on it. I (wrongly) thought it is just another nootropic stack out there. Also, I was more than satisfied with several other nootropics that I was taking at the time.

But after a while, I started noticing that more and more people I personally know or just follow started using Qualia.

“What the heck?”, I thought to myself. “What’s Qualia and why is it getting so popular?”

Luckily, I soon figured it out…

Qualia review

Qualia review: Have you already tried it out?

Qualia is probably the most comprehensive nootropic in the world today. With 42 scientifically researched ingredients, Qualia’s formulation has been designed to amplify all the aspects that matter most for optimal cognitive and nervous system functioning.

But how does it actually work? What’s inside Qualia, how should you take it and what are the effects of taking Qualia?

1. I’ve been testing Qualia for 2 weeks. Does Qualia really work?

As you saw, Qualia consists of 42 ingredients. That’s A LOT. Since my stomach is very sensitive, I wasn’t really sure if I should even try Qualia in the first place. But once I received the package, I couldn’t resist it anymore. I just wanted to see what’s this “hype” all about.

WEEK 1: Qualia offers a 2-step process to “get the most out of your life”. First, you are supposed to take up to 3 capsules of step 1 (you do it on an empty stomach). 30 minutes later, you should take up to 6 capsules of step 2.

I couldn’t resist finding out the effects of taking Qualia, so I took the max. recommended dose on the first day.

Not that smart, huh? 

I’ve continued doing so for the next 4 days. It’s recommended by Neurohacker Collective to take 2-days off every week, so I’ve decided to do it as advised.

I have to admit that Qualia really impressed me! 

It’s very seldom to feel any effects of taking (mostly) natural nootropics the very first time or during the first week. Usually, it takes at least one week or longer to feel the benefits of taking nootropics.

With Qualia was different…after I took the first 3 capsules, nothing spectacular happened. Then I took another 6 capsules and all of a sudden I started feeling slightly more motivated to work on my daily tasks. While working on them, my focus seems to last much longer as usual. I was in a great mood for most of the week, very concentrated and I could definitely feel the effects of taking a strong nootropic.

My stomach hurt me one day for a couple of hours, which means that all those ingredients in the body were probably a bit too much for the start. I didn’t mind reducing the dose (I’d have a bad feeling to miss on the potential positive effects of nootropics), but I would definitely recommend you to start step-by-step as it is recommended by Qualia.

WEEK 2: My body felt happy I didn’t take all those supplements in my body during the weekend, but my mind disagreed. During the second week, I stuck to the max. recommended dose and I worked at my best. I felt like a typical software geek, working 24/7 in Silicon Valley.

I think my body got used to consuming all those ingredients because I didn’t have any noticeable negative side effects. Still, start slowly and if you don’t feel your body can take the max. dose, don’t take it. There is no need you should irritate your stomach or any other part of your body.

After 2 weeks of taking Qualia, I was honestly impressed. Even though I prefer taking only 1-2 capsules per day (or even powder instead of horse size capsules), I see why there is such a big hype around Qualia.

Qualia is definitely one of the strongest supplements I have ever tried. It’s a premium product (in a beautifully designed premium package) with premium ingredients which are on overall slightly underdosed, but all in all deliver on their promise and get out of you the best performance possible.

 You should definitely try Qualia and see how it works with you. Just start with a smaller dose and gradually increase it.

If you want to order Qualia, you can do it here! If you order it now, you can use a special 10% discount code: YOURINCEPTION!

2. Is it safe & recommended taking Qualia? 

I know what you are thinking: “There are 42 ingredients in this stack. 42! Is Qualia safe?”  Well, let me help you answer this question.

First of all, according to Qualia: “Each ingredient that we included is a result of our whole system design methodology. We have taken singular care to understand the specific effects of 42 different ingredients and how they combine with each other to affect the mind/brain interface.”


Now, let’s look at the detailed specifications of the quality of the ingredients in the Qualia stack:

1. Science

All our ingredients are chosen based on the strong empirical basis of their safety and efficacy. We take into account several kinds of research: Phase II & III University and clinical trials, strong quantified self-research data (e.g. on racetams like noopept), and over 40+ years international research on nootropic stack formulation.

2. Purity

All our ingredients are tested for heavy metals, mycotoxins, pesticides, and other forms of environmental toxin, and ensured to be at levels far lower than FDA GMPs requirements. No silica, magnesium stearate, animal, or toxic binders or fillers are used.

3. Sourcing

We use only the highest quality ingredients. Many come from patented sources and are considered best in class. (e.g. BioPerine piperine, pTeroPure pterostilbene)

4. Potency

All our nutraceuticals are refined to the highest potency and bioavailability currently commercially possible. All our herbs and botanicals are standardized for potency and purity of active ingredients.

5. Primary Testing 

Each ingredient arrives from the supplier with a Certificate
of Analysis (CoA) ensuring its purity and potency. We go a step further and batch test every ingredient coming in using the most cutting edge methods of chromatography and

6. Secondary Testing

In addition to batch testing raw materials coming in, we pull bottles of market-ready product and verify the formulation inside the capsules.

7. Form

All our nutraceuticals are in the most biologically active form for the purpose that we intend them. (i.e. methylated, acetylated, phosphorylated, L-form, D-form, etc). The form of the nutrient makes orders of magnitude difference to its effectiveness, which is a category we’ll never compromise on, and also is responsible for the difference in cost.

8. R&D Process

In addition to our manufacturing lab, we have a research & development lab where we produce and test dozens of iterations of our nootropic formulations. We’ve had over 2 years of internal testing demonstrating safety and unparalleled efficacy. We have consulted dozens of doctors, researchers, and formulators in the development of this blend.

9. Labels & Certifications:

No artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners
HPMC vegetarian capsules.

Yes, I know.

You haven’t seen such a clear and straightforward explanation of any nootropic stack, have you?

But what are the exact ingredients in the stack? Let’s check them out:

a) Nootropics Compounds

Nootropics compounds that you can find in Qualia are:

b) Neuro-Vitamins

Besides nootropics, Qualia added a whole bunch of vitamins in their stack:
  • Vit B1 as Benfotiamine
  • Vit B3 as Niacinamide
  • Vit B5 as Calcium Pantothenate
  • Vit B6 as Pyridoxal-5-Phosphate (P-5-P)
  • Vit B12 as Methylcobalamin
  • Vit C as Ascorbic Acid
  • Vit D3 as Microencapsulated Cholecalciferol

 c) Neuro-Anti Inflammatories and Antioxidants

  • BioPQQ
  • Quercetin
  • Curcumin
  • Algal DHA
  • Green Tea Extract: 98% polyphenols, 45% EGCG
  • Bioperine

d) Adaptogen Extracts

e) Amino Acids

f) Choline Donors

g) Neuro-Minerals

  • Lithium Orotate
  • Magnesium Threonate
  • Zinc Picolinate

 Can you imagine how many different ingredients are combined in this stack?

It’s almost unbelievable to see how all those ingredients work together and deliver a positive experience.

Check out the exact dosage of all those ingredients in Qualia:

Qualia Ingredients

Qualia Ingredients

3. How much & when should you take Qualia?

Neurohacker Collective (the company behind Qualia) provides very clear guidelines on taking Qualia properly and safely:

  1. The standard dose for most people is 3 capsules of step 1 before breakfast and 6 capsules of step 2 after breakfast
  2. You should start with a smaller dose, but always in the 1:2 ratio (1 capsule of step one per 2 capsules of step 2)
  3. Cycling Qualia on and off is important! You should take Qualia supplements for 5 days on, 2 days off every week. This is important for your long-term performance
Qualia review - why is Qualia nootropic stack that popular?

Qualia review – why is Qualia that popular?

As I always recommend, please talk to your doctor before taking any new supplements or drugs.

Also, I have my blood checked out every couple of months to be sure I do not overdose with any vitamins or minerals (it happened a couple of weeks ago that I had way too much Vitamin B6 in my body – hence, I felt kind of a sick for quite some time until doctors figured it out).

Otherwise, please start with a smaller dose of Qualia and slowly increase it if you think it is necessary.

4. Can your body build up a tolerance to Qualia?

Qualia is no different to most nootropic stacks in terms of usability and building up a tolerance. However, while I follow 4 weeks on and 1 week off with other popular nootropics (Mind Lab Pro, Optimind, HVMN), I’d recommend taking 5 days on 2 days off with Qualia.

The dose is not necessarily stronger, but there are plenty of supplements combined together in Qualia. Therefore, to avoid any issue, I’d follow the Neurohacker Collective guidelines.

 5. Qualia vs Mind Lab Pro

Mind Lab Pro has been my favorite nootropics for quite some time. Combining them with Bulletproof Coffee, you become a hyper-productive achiever with no limits. Qualia is a new player in this game that has several advantages but also some disadvantages compared to Mind Lab Pro.

Qualia seems to be a strong and serious player in this game that could tackle the first place soon.

Let’s look at the advantages of taking Qualia: 

+ Qualia consists of 42 ingredients, which is much more than Mind Lab Pro

+ Qualia seems to put a lot of focus into R&D to provide a supplement that brings the strongest performance

+ Qualia is using only high-quality ingredients

What about the disadvantages? 

     – Qualia is expensive. Very expensive! A single order costs 149$ (for 1 month). If you subscribe, you’ll get it for 129$. Still, much more expensive than Mind Lab Pro.

– 42 ingredients combined in 1 stack are not necessarily such a great idea. If you experience any negative side effects, it could be quite challenging to identify which ingredient causes the irritation (it could also be the combination of several ingredients)

My view on both stacks:

  1. If you search for an all-rounder without additional vitamins, go for Mind Lab Pro
  2. If you search for the ultimate solution that includes vitamins and minerals, go for Qualia

IMPORTANT: Neurohacker Collective developed an optimized product called Qualia Mind. You can read more about it here >>

Qualia review - does Qualia work?

Qualia review – does Qualia work?

6. Qualia Reviews – Feedbacks

I was fascinated when I read through several pages, nootropic experts and other trusted sites for reviews about Qualia.

Firstly, there were definitely fewer reviews available compared to Mind Lab Pro for example. Secondly, reviews were kind of a mixture of positive and negative reviews, which I didn’t expect.

The major issue with the reviews is that Qualia is an expensive premium product, which means that the majority of people (especially those who usually write reviews) find Qualia probably a bit too expensive. Secondly, lots of people already use several vitamin and mineral supplements, so they do not really need all additional vitamins and minerals that are in Qualia. Thirdly, Qualia contains caffeine, which many people (who usually drink coffee) try to avoid in the supplements.

In general, the reviews of Qualia are positive. Especially nootropic experts and other people I follow in this area gave very positive feedbacks about the benefits of taking Qualia. Some even said that Qualia is the best nootropic stack on the market. 

Qualia is definitely known for improving focus and concentration. As far as the reviews say, there are not many stacks like Qualia that have such powerful impact on our focus!

Besides, Qualia uses premium ingredients and their support seems to be outstanding.

7. Where can you buy Qualia & how much does it cost?

You can buy Qualia directly through their website. 

Qualia (step 1 + step 2) costs 129$ (149$ if you do not subscribe, which I recommend – at least for a couple of months). Investing 129$ will provide you enough supplements for the whole month (or even longer).

I know that Qualia is one of the most expensive nootropic stacks on the markets, but do not forget there are 42 ingredients in the stack which justifies the price.

If you order Qualia now, you’ll receive an additional 10% discount! Use discount code: YOURINCEPTION

IMPORTANT: Instead of ordering Qualia, I do recommend checking out Qualia Mind, which is an optimized version of Qualia. 

Learn more about it here >>

8. FAQ about Qualia

  • Can I take step 2 before taking step 1? 

We highly recommend taking Step 1 first thing in the morning in order to achieve the benefits of it throughout the day. This also ensures that the stimulating effects of Step 1 have the most time to wear off before bed. That said, if that didn’t happen and you have taken Step 2 first, Step 1 absorbs best on an empty stomach, and we would, therefore, recommend waiting until significant food digestion has occurred prior to taking Step 1.

  • Are the ingredients in Qualia organic? 

As a result of the types of ingredients necessary in making nootropics such as Qualia, to the best of our knowledge, there are no nootropic stacks that are fully organic.

However, as we deeply care about the quality and safety of Qualia, we do have many ingredients which are organic and our product is made in an Organic-certified facility. For all ingredients where they are available in an ‘Organic’ option, we go that route.

  • What is the recommended dosage of Qualia? 

The standard recommended dose of Qualia is 3 pills of Step 1 and 6 pills of Step 2, taken 5 days a week while cycling off 2 days. A bottle of Step 1 contains 66 pills and a bottle of Step 2 contains 132 pills in accordance with this, providing a full month’s supply.

Everyone’s chemistry is unique, of course, and some users find that increasing or decreasing the standard dosage is key to optimizing the effects for their individual needs. If the standard dosage does not match your needs, we encourage experimenting and adjusting your dosage in order to find your optimal intake.

  • How do I get the best results?

Qualia is intended to support cognitive function and productive flow states as a part of a lifestyle that promotes well being and optimal performance. Good nutrition, exercise, sleep, mental engagement, emotional management, and an empowered outlook are all essential for a healthy body and brain.

Qualia was designed for regular use, with cycling: 5 days on and 2 days off each week. This maximizes the benefits while preventing desensitization. It does not matter if the 2 “off-cycle” days are consecutive or apart, so long as they happen each week. For maximum benefits, we recommend that people cycle off all caffeine (including this product) for one week every three months or so. Qualia can also be used fewer days per week, or on an as-needed basis for immediate effects, but the longer term effects this product is designed to support require regular use over an extended period of time.

Qualia is most effective in a rested brain and is not intended to enhance function during sleep deficit. Good sleep is crucial for optimal cognitive function. When you engage your brain more intensely, it can increase your need for sleep, as is the case with intense exercise. Please note many people describe their sleep cycle going through an adjustment process the first few days on Qualia. If you experience any lingering insomnia or sleep issue, you may want to try taking Qualia earlier in the day or lowering the dosage, prior to ceasing use.

  • Why do I have to take so many pills?

We separated Qualia into two steps to be able to get the best synergy between all of the ingredients while avoiding all of the ingredients having to compete for absorption.

Some of the ingredients are best absorbed and utilized by the body on an empty stomach, while others actually work better when they are combined with food.

We tried it as one bunch of pills taken at the same time – the split stack is a lot more effective.

If you have an aversion to taking many pills at once, the dosage of Step 2 can be taken separately between meals. We do recommend taking Step 2 at least 8 hours before bed, though.

Some people take less than the recommended dose as they have found the right dosages that work optimally for them.  You may want to experiment and find the right quantity of each step that works best for you.

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