Cannibal Genius

The word “nootropics” comes from the Greek word for the mind (noos) and refers to a category of supplements known for their ability to improve memory, focus, and overall brain functioning. Popular amongst entrepreneurial and academic types in Silicon Valley and Ivy League schools, these fascinating supplements are now being launched all over the Internet, even by companies mainly know for weight-loss or testosterone pills.

Below we take an in-depth look at Cannibal Genius, to examine whether companies known for their muscle-boosting pills can also produce a good nootropic as well.

Cannibal Genius Pros

  • Product has clearly-labelled ingredient quantities
  • Product is relatively inexpensive

Cannibal Genius Cons

  • Product comes with an unacceptably large number of side effects
  • Customers may end up with a dangerous version of this product without knowing it
  • There are virtually no customer reviews available to check online
  • Most of the important, active ingredients are under-dosed
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Cannibal Genius - Chaos and Pain

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What You Need To Know About Cannibal Genius

Cannibal Genius is a brain-boosting nootropic that comes in a large pack containing a supply of capsules that should last 2-3 months. It is manufactured by a group that is mainly known for producing testosterone-boosters, pre-workouts, and protein powders. Customers should remain aware that this product is currently sold in 2 distinct versions, one of which is mainly sold in the UK and the other of which is mainly sold in the USA. Unfortunately, the former “British” version appears to remove the product’s main active and useful ingredient in favour of a broadly useless, dangerous one (an incredibly poor trade-off!) At time of writing, it is not always clear to customers which version of Cannibal Genius they will end up with when purchasing.

This performance-booster is produced by Chaos and Pain, an interesting supplement and t-shirt manufacturer from the USA. The main distinguishing feature of Chaos and Pain are their wild approach to naming and packaging products, leading to crazy designs that genuinely wouldn’t go amiss decorating a shelf somewhere. The group may not have as much flair and experience with designing quality products as they do with coming up with eye-catching branding, as they appear to be a relative newcomer to the scene that attracts relatively low levels of interest on the Internet as of writing.

What Are The Side Effects Of Cannibal Genius?

We would rate the potential for Cannibal Genius causing side effects as high. This section does not contain a complete list of all side effects that are possible when taking this product as they are too numerous; please check the Side Effects tab for more detailed information!

The “UK” version of this product contains a somewhat dangerous ingredient known as Arecoline Hydrobromide, which some researchers believe may be carcinogenic (cancer-causing). This hugely under-researched ingredient is synthesized from a South-East Asian narcotic drug called betel nut, and (like the drug it originates from) it may carry with it the same kind of risks we associate with tobacco.

Both versions of the product use a massive quantity of Vitamin D3 (over 1000% of your RDA), which can cause weakness, headaches, loss of appetite, dry mouth, vomiting, a metallic taste in the mouth, and an over-abundance of calcium in the bloodstream. The use of a stimulant called acacia rigidula may also cause rises in blood pressure, rises in heart rate, and heart palpitations. Athletes beware, this ingredient may also trigger a false positive in tests used to detect amphetamines.

How Much Does Cannibal Genius Cost?

Cannibal Genius can be priced in wildly different ways depending on where you buy it. Those looking for the safer “US” version will likely pay more. Customers can buy a standard 90-capsule pack of the superior version of Cannibal Genius on the official Chaos and Pain website for $39.99 plus shipping, and from Supplement Central for $34.99.

The inferior and riskier “UK” version is available to buy from Power Myself for £17.99 plus shipping.

Our Verdict On Cannibal Genius

It’s obvious that Chaos and Pain stepped out of their comfort zone whilst making Cannibal Genius, and their inexperience shows. This is a shoddy and even dangerous product, and certainly one to be avoided.

The best version of this product contains a useful dose of Noopept surrounded by a host of useless stimulant ingredients and shamefully under-dosed nootropics. By our estimation, this product is likely to do little to nothing to boost brain power, and customers could often be left with a host of side effects for their trouble. There are virtually no customer reviews available to check online, and those that have been left here and there appear to follow the noble Chaos and Pain tradition of being faked by friends and family of the company (we refuse to believe that someone seriously described this product as “simply the best supplement ever made”!)

The inferior version of this product is sold mainly in the UK and appears to be even worse, removing the product’s only useful ingredient in favour of a useless ingredient that is believed by some to cause cancer. When buying from third part sellers (such as eBay), it is impossible for customers to know which version of Cannibal Genius they might end up with, as both versions share the same name and packaging.

Overall, this product is something of a mess and has to rank as one of the least convincing nootropics we’ve seen yet.

We do not recommend Cannibal Genius to our readers.

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Cannibal Genius Review

Cannibal Genius is a nootropic supplement that claims to “put your brain on hyperdrive”. Made up of 11 brain-boosting ingredients, this capsule-based supplement aims to improve memory, focus, and cognition.

Cannibal Genius Facts

  • Manufactured by Chaos and Pain
  • Contains 90 capsules per tub
  • Nootropic supplement

Each pack is produced by Chaos and Pain, a supplement manufacturer known for its zany packaging designs and interesting approach to naming products. Chaos and Pain have some of the weirdest branding strategies we’ve ever seen, giving otherwise innocuous pre-workout supplements names like “Cannibal Ferox” or “Cannibal Riot”. Their brightly coloured and stylised bottles are decorated in much the same way as a heavy metal fan might spray paint their van, adorned with beautifully-drawn skulls, crying angels, and other eye-catching imagery. Unsurprisingly, the company also sells a line of t-shirts. Customers can contact Chaos and Pain using the contact form provided on the official website, or can email the company at [email protected], phone them on 1-855-798-6039 or reach them by post at 5149 Selkirk, Birmingham, AL 35242.

How to Take Cannibal Genius

The directions for use are as follows:

Take 1- 2 capsules of Cannibal Genius 30 minutes prior to studying, reading, lifting, board meetings, or any other time you require cognitive enhancement.

Cannibal Genius Concerns:

  • Returns policy is unclear
  • Virtually no customer reviews available to check online
  • Difficult for customers to know which version of the product they will receive

What Does Cannibal Genius Claim To Do?

Cannibal Genius claims to work in much the same way as any basic nootropic supplement. Regular use of the capsules is said to result in improved memory, focus, and overall cognition, helping customers to perform better at work, school, and even in the gym. Other ingredients included in the mix, such as acacia rigidula are also said to give a small burst of energy.

Does Cannibal Genius Work?

Unfortunately, this product gets it wrong on almost every count. Although it contains a few active ingredients that are known to boost memory and cognition, it includes each of these within the formula at far too low a dosage to be effective (this applies to Alpha-GPC, Bacopa Monnieri, and Sulbutiamine, to name a few). Most of the other ingredients are filler, with most doing little other than providing a mild energy boost or a fatigue-reducing effect.

The only useful ingredient that is included in a quantity thought to be effective is Noopept, which is tragically only included when buying this supplement in certain stores. Unlucky customers may instead end up with the version that uses Arcofuel, an ingredient which appears to be little more than a stimulant that reportedly can cause cancer.

Regardless of the version you end up with, this is a very poor nootropic supplement. It seems to reliably cause far more problems in terms of side effects than benefits.

What Are The Ingredients of Cannibal Genius?

The ingredients found in Cannibal Genius are detailed below. The ingredient quantities listed below are correct for 1 capsule.

Readers should note that there are two slightly different versions of this product, one sold mainly in the USA and one mainly in the UK. A single ingredient makes up the only difference between them; the American version uses Noopept and the British version swaps the Noopept out for a dose of Arcofuel (Arecoline Hydro Bromide). Both ingredients are listed at the bottom of this section.

  • Alpha GPC 50% 150mg: In Europe, alpha-GPC is a prescription medication for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease, but in the USA, it is a prescription-free dietary supplement. It appears to have some cognitive-boosting properties, helps to prevent cognitive decline, and may also enhance power output in athletes. Source
  • Ginkgo Biloba 120mg: Appears to improve circulation, and may help to kill bacteria in the body that could cause infections, although it is used as an herbal remedy to treat a range of ailments. Most studies have found that it reduces anxiety and boosts memory and brain function, although a couple of dissenting findings disagree. Source
  • Acacia Rigidula 100mg: There is little to no published information about Acacia Rigidula, including a lack of trials that look into the effects of Acacia Rigidula upon weight loss, cognitive function, or any other health benefits. The FDA has recently concluded that Acacia Rigidula falls outside of the definitions of what can be used in a supplement, and has cautioned several companies against using it in their formulas. Acacia Rigidula can also cause a false positive on an amphetamine drug test. Source
  • Sulbutiamine 100mg: A synthetic molecule that consists of two thiamine molecules bound together chemically. It is thought that Sulbutiamine can treat fatigue, although evidence is still preliminary. Source
  • Bacopa Monnieri 50mg: Bacopa Monnieri is used to reduce anxiety, improve memory, and seems to have a minor ability to treat depression, making it a general mild mood booster. The standard dose is around 300 mg per day. Effects can take time to achieve a noticeable level, as the effects appear to accumulate with repeated use. Source
  • Acetyl L-Carnitine 50mg: Acetyl-L-Carnitine can boost energy levels, and is used to treat fatigue. As an amino acid, it is also often used by bodybuilders. Typically, this ingredient is supplemented in large doses. Source
  • Theanine 50mg: This amino acid is found in green tea, and may increase feelings of relaxation. It may also reduce the negative side effects of caffeine, although there is seemingly no clinical evidence to support this claim. Source
  • Naringin 25mg: A compound found in grapefruits that accounts for its bitter taste, it is known to extend the amount of time that caffeine remains in the body. This would make the effects of caffeine also last longer. Individual studies on mice also hint that this flavonoid may have positive effects on memory. Source
  • Bioperine 5mg: Bioperine is a patented black pepper extract which increases the bioavailability of some compounds and medications, including caffeine, increasing their absorption rate. This makes them more effective, but also increases the chances of accidental overdose and the potential for side effects. Source
  • Vitamin D3 0.156mg (1040% RDA): Vitamin D helps to regulate the way that the body uses key minerals, helping to keep bones and teeth healthy. An association has been found between having high levels of Vitamin D in the blood and having better memory function, although taking Vitamin D supplements is not thought to directly improve memory. Source
  • Arcofuel (Arecoline Hydro Bromide) 125mg (UK versions only): This chemical is extracted from the betel nut, a narcotic from Asia that is often chewed. Very little is known about this ingredient or how it works, although it could prove carcinogenic or toxic when consumed repeatedly over time. As an addictive stimulant, this ingredient is thought to give an energy boost. Source
  • Noopept (N-phenylace-tyl-L-prolylglycine ethyl ester) 20mg (US versions only): A nootropic supplement that originated in Russia, Noopept appears to act in a similar way to racetams such as piracetam, providing a ‘neuroprotective effect’, helping to prevent cognitive decline and aid in rehabilitation after traumatic brain injuries, but it is effective at much lower doses. There is no clinical research into how it can benefit cognitively healthy people, but anecdotal evidence is overwhelmingly positive. The recommended daily dose is between 10 and 30 mg per day. Source

Does Cannibal Genius Have Any Side Effects?

Cannibal Genius may cause a range of side effects, with almost all of its active ingredients causing some form of adverse effect on occasion.

One major issue is this product’s overuse of Vitamin D3, which effectively leaves customers with 1000% of their RDA for Vitamin D. Overconsumption of Vitamin D can lead to weakness, fatigue, headaches, loss of appetite, dry mouth, vomiting, nausea, a metallic taste in the mouth, and too much calcium in the bloodstream. Another major issue is with the UK version’s use of Arecoline Hydrobromide, which is thought to be carcinogenic (cancer-causing) and harmful when used in the long-term. This ingredient is synthesised from a narcotic plant that South-East Asians traditionally use to get high!

Acacia Rigidula contains numerous compounds, some of which appear to act as stimulants. There has been no detailed safety testing of Acacia Rigidula, and so detailed information about its safety and potential side effects is unavailable. As a stimulant, it can cause increases in blood pressure and heart rate and heart palpitations. It can also cause false positives on drug tests used to detect the presence of amphetamines in the bloodstream.

Sulbutiamine has been reported by some former users as sometimes causing headaches, nausea, tiredness, or sleeplessness. Noopept is still incredibly under-researched, and this may be why there are so few reported side effects at this point in time. These include headaches, increased irritability, and brain fog. High doses appear to cause a heightened awareness of sound, light and smells, which some people may find unnerving.

Ginkgo Biloba and Alpha-GPC are generally thought to be safe, but may cause some minor issues; these include stomach upset, constipation, headache, dizziness, a pounding heartrate, heartburn, confusion, and allergic skin reactions.

Potential side effects of L-Carnitine include nausea, vomiting, stomach upset, heartburn, diarrhoea, and seizures. It can also cause the urine, breath, and sweat to have a “fishy” odour.

Studies have shown that Bacopa leaf causes upset stomachs in participants much more than placebos. This has led to the recommendation that this ingredient be taken with a meal, rather than on an empty stomach, as this will minimize the chances of getting an upset stomach. It may also cause nausea, cramping, bloating, and diarrhoea.

Bioperine increases the absorption of some compounds and drugs, increasing the chances of side effects caused by the other compounds, including caffeine. It can also increase the chances of accidental overdose, so if you are taking any prescription medications, check with your doctor that a supplement containing bioperine is suitable for you.

Do not exceed recommended serving size. Use only as directed. Not intended for use by persons under 18 or by those with a serious medical condition. Do not use if pregnant or nursing. Please consult your physician before using this product.

Are There Any Customer Reviews For Cannibal Genius?

Chaos and Pain products typically suffer from a relative lack of buzz as of 2018, and Cannibal Genius seems to have the worst luck of the bunch. We were unable to find almost any customer comments discussing this product, although the few brief reviews we were able to uncover seemed happy with their purchase. Given our own estimation of how well this product works (and Chaos and Pain’s noted history of faking reviews), we would advise taking these comments with a hefty pinch of salt; the latter three reviews appear to have all been written by someone using the same username each time!

Amazing beyond belief. Simply the best supplement ever made

Amazing and practical. I need this stuff for rest of my life

It is working, practical and simple. Good for students

Quite good on brain but my sex drive decrease.

Does Cannibal Genius Offer a Money-Back Guarantee?

It’s tricky to say whether Chaos and Pain offer a true money back guarantee, as they fail to detail their policy anywhere on their website. The sentence quoted below is literally the company’s entire returns policy in full:

“Chaos and Pain offers a 100% money back guarantees as it stands behinds the quality of its products!!”

As regular readers will know, we only consider a money back guarantee as such if it offers customers a full refund within a reasonable time on all opened products (even if customers are expected to pay the cost and bear the risk of shipping the item back). If looking to return Cannibal Genius, it might be worth dropping an email to the company to receive the details of their returns policy in full.

Where Can I Buy Cannibal Genius?

Cannibal Genius can be purchased on the official Chaos and Pain webstore, Power Myself and Supplement Central.

On the official Chaos and Pain website, customers can buy a 90-capsule pack of Cannibal Genius for $39.99 plus shipping. One bonus of ordering from the official website is that customers look set to receive the superior “Noopept” version of the product. American customers could also opt to pay $34.99 on the Supplement Central webstore (the version advertised is the same 90-capsule, “Noopept” version).

British customers can buy 90 capsules of Cannibal Genius from Power Myself for just £17.99, but the good news ends there – according to the product information, this store only sells the riskier and inferior “Arcofuel” version.

Cannibal Genius - Chaos and Pain

1.6 out of 5
Cannibal Genius Rating

The Nootropic Watchdog does not recommend Cannibal Genius.

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Find out why people are choosing OmniMind to achieve advanced brain performance, and why it's our editor's top pick.

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Disclaimer: Our reviews and investigations are based on extensive research from the information publicly available to us and consumers at the time of first publishing the post. Information is based on our personal opinion and whilst we endeavour to ensure information is up-to-date, manufacturers do from time to time change their products and future research may disagree with our findings. If you feel any of the information is inaccurate, please contact us and we will review the information provided.

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