Theacrine burst onto the market receiving intense popularity right from day one. This new age stimulant doesn’t promise “crazy focus” or mind-blowing energy like previous new stimulants; however, it does have DSHEA compliance (which means it won’t be banned anytime soon), smooth and long-lasting energy, and what appears to be no tolerance build up.

What it does

Unlike its closely related cousin caffeine, theacrine does not have a wealth of data behind it, however, initial studies show it to be effective at increasing levels of energy and mood[1], along with enhanced focus and concentration[2]. Theacrine has also shown to increase activity level, lending it to be an effective weight loss ingredient[3].

One extremely odd aspect of theacrine is data suggesting that it can act as a sedative and hypnotic[4], while also being a potential anti-inflammatory and analgesic[5]. This may mean that taking theacrine on its own for weight loss/energy is not the best idea for exercise or weight loss enhancement, but should instead be stacked with caffeine and/or other stimulants more commonly seen in the dietary supplement industry.

How it works

Theacrine appears to work primarily through its adenosine antagonizing properties similar to caffeine. Unfortunately, the primary studies available to us now include a proprietary mix of theacrine, caffeine, and several other ingredients making it tough to gauge which portion of the formula causes the benefits such as reduced fatigue, improved energy, and increased memory and focus. More data is required to determine exact mechanisms of action for each of the purported benefits.


Standard dosing for theacrine ranges from 100-400mg per day, taken acutely before exercise, or split throughout the day in weight loss products. For best results and minimized side effects, start with 100mg to assess tolerance, and build up your dose from there using a maximum of 400mg per day.