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Frequently Asked Questions

What are nootropics?

Nootropics are substances that support brain function and promote mental performance. Sometimes people refer to them as "smart drugs," “cognitive enhancers,” or the "limitless pill." They include various foods, supplements, and drugs. Healthy individuals may use nootropics to improve memory, learning, focus, mood, concentration, processing, motivation, and attention. Aging individuals may also use them to maintain productive cognition. Read more →

How does Thrivous develop nootropics?

Science has enabled us to formulate nootropics with the greatest potential to improve cognition and support healthy brain longevity.

Thrivous stack ranks individual nootropic ingredients based on evidence and efficacy. Our nootropics contain ingredients at concentrations and amounts based on high levels of evidence for notable effect from peer-reviewed, double-blind, placebo-controlled studies on humans (for example, see our list of top tier nootropics). Because science is never finished, we monitor and review new studies, consult with our advisor board of physicians and scientists, and update our nootropics accordingly.

Thrivous groups top ranked nootropic ingredients into products by complementary function, practicality, and safety. In some cases, our nootropics contain ingredients that may provide superior effect when supplemented together (for example, Caffeine and L-theanine in Surge). In other cases, our nootropics contain ingredients that may provide superior convenience and affordability when delivered together (for example, Bacopa and Rhodiola in Clarity). In all cases, we take into consideration known interactions (positive and negative) between the ingredients themselves, as well as with other nutraceuticals and pharmaceuticals (see the FAQ section on the webpage for each product).

In the future, as time and resources permit, Thrivous may commission dedicated clinical studies to quantify the nootropic efficacy of its specific formulations. However, pending advances in scientific methodologies and systems, there are practical tradeoffs between, on the one hand, formulation rigidity required for dedicated clinical studies and, on the other hand, formulation responsiveness to the accelerating accumulation of relevant clinical studies in general. So at present, we rely on existing studies, which cover all individual ingredients in our nootropics and some ingredient combinations in our nootropics (see the summary of clinical studies, available for download from the webpage for each product).

Are Thrivous nootropics safe?

Yes. Thrivous nootropics are safe for most people. All of our ingredients come from substances in the human diet, such as vitamins, minerals, herbs, amino acids, and enzymes. People worldwide have used these substances for centuries to support brain function and promote mental performance. In the United States, all of our ingredients are legal, and the FDA accepts them as dietary supplement components under provisions of the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994. Please consult a physician before and during use of dietary supplements.

Does Thrivous verify the quality of its nootropics?

Yes. Thrivous suppliers subject each ingredient to stringent quality testing, including identity, potency, microbial, heavy metals, and other testing as appropriate prior to release for manufacturing. Our manufacturing follows strict GMP regulation from the FDA in audited and certified facilities. We monitor production and test finished product to ensure quality prior to release for shipping. Although many vendors hide their test results, Thrivous publishes all certificates of analysis and quality from our suppliers and manufacturing. Moderators of the largest and oldest nootropic user groups on the Internet, at Facebook and Reddit, have audited and endorsed Thrivous as a trusted and reliable vendor.

Where does Thrivous ship and what is the price?

Thrivous ships everywhere that regulators permit, which is almost everywhere in the world. Standard shipping within 6 business days to the United States is free. Priority shipping within 3 business days to the United States is $5. International shipping within 12 business days to Canada and Mexico is $5. International shipping within 24 business days to anywhere else in the world is $10. Read more →

Does Thrivous charge sales tax?

Thrivous charges sales tax in Utah, where we have a physical presence. Utah customers will see sales tax itemized during checkout and in order email notifications.

What is the refund policy at Thrivous?

We are confident that you will like our products, and we want you to be happy with your purchase. However, if you are unsatisfied with a product for any reason, you may initiate a return within 30 days of delivery for a full refund. If you are unsatisfied with a dietary supplement for any reason, you may initiate a return of the empty bottle within 30 days of delivery for a full refund. Read more →

How do Thrivous subscriptions work?

Thrivous offers subscriptions for some products at reduced prices. There is no minimum time required for a subscription. You may start or stop at any time. You may also skip a shipment, modify shipment dates, modify the items included in a subscription, or set up multiple subscriptions with different configurations. To perform any of these actions, log in to your Thrivous account and select the option, "Manage My Subscriptions."

How do Thrivous rewards work?

Thrivous offers rewards in exchange for points that you may earn by performing various actions. For example, you may earn points for creating a Thrivous account, following or sharing Thrivous on social media, purchasing products, or referring your friends. You may spend points to acquire discount codes for future purchases. To see all the ways you can earn and spend points, select "Earn Rewards" along the edge or bottom of our website.

Does Thrivous have an affiliate program?

Yes. Thrivous has an affiliate program with generous commissions on referred sales.

The standard affiliate commission on referred sales is 50%. Referred sales include one-time orders, and the first order of subscriptions, but they do not include subsequent orders of subscriptions. Participation requires an approved application. Read more →

For health and wellness professionals, the professional affiliate commission on referred sales is 10%. Referred sales include one-time orders, the first order of subscriptions, as well as subsequent orders of subscriptions. Participation requires an approved application. Read more →

Does Thrivous have a wholesale program?

Yes. Thrivous has a wholesale program with generous discounts on large orders. Participation requires approval. To apply, send information about you and your business, including its name and shipping address, to

How do I contact Thrivous?

At Thrivous, we love questions and feedback. You may contact us by email at or by phone at +1 801 658 9661. Thank you!