both the creatine and the ALA are something of a cumulative thing... I'd think you'd have to take it for a while before any results became apparent. Never used cordyceps so no idea if that kicks in from the first dose or not.
Samples for things like that i always view more as a "does it make you **** yourself or not" type sample rather than any insight into how good it is as a supplement. Pre-workout energy drinks on the other hand, samples are a great way to tell how well they work. If you get my point.
Anyway, cheers for posting your feedback... I've got a tub of cre-02 on the way and am looking forward to it!