Nootropics and smart drugs are for the most part, interchangeable terms.
They all relate to the same thing, that is a supplement or drug capable of improving your brain function or cognitive performance.
Most people relate smart drugs to popular prescription medicines such as modafinil, ritalin and dextroamphetamine. Nootropics are often seen as the more “natural” supplements, such as caffeine, L-theanine, bacopa and the like.
In this article, we really want to go over what Nootropics and Smart drugs really are, what they can be used for, and whether or not they can be beneficial for you.
It seems that in general, our society is being directed towards a more productive, high performance state. We are now looking up to entrepreneurs, scientists and CEO’s of sophisticated tech companies. We aspire to be more like them. To work harder, smarter, be more focused, have direction and more clarity towards our goals.
This is why we think it's so important to use the tools at our disposal - tools such as Nootropics, Smart drugs and other cognitive enhancing technologies.
Being able to positively affect and alter our own biochemistry and biology is crucial for becoming more efficient and effective humans, both in today's society and the society of the future.
Smart drugs and Nootropics are generally taken and used for their ability to increase several different aspects of cognition, such as focus, alertness, memory recall, mental clarity as well and reduce mental fatigue. Imagine having an exam block in a 3rd or 4th year engineering or computer science degree, and knowing you have 2-3 weeks of studying 8-10 hours per day if you have any hope of passing the subjects and graduating.
At this point, you are willing to try almost anything to get an edge or make your life over the next few weeks a bit easier. This is where nootropics come in. Just like an elite athlete who may choose to use PED’s or other legal sports supplements to improve their performance, an academic student or professional may choose to use nootropics for the same purpose.
The general population are almost unknowingly daily consumers of one of the most studied and tested nootropic substances, caffeine. It’s almost second nature for us to buy a coffee or energy drink to get through a day of work or study. But caffeine is just the beginning of a long list of substances that can be used to increase mental performance and cognition.
In the world of the niche & dedicated smart drug users, substances such as Modafinil, Ritalin and Dextroamphetamine are an extremely popular option, despite being prescription drugs. Modafinil is the substance that most university student’s opt-in for. It’s effective, consistent and pretty easy to buy online. The only problem is it is technically illegal in Australia, unless you have a prescription. It is prescribed to people with disorders such as narcolepsy, which can be seen as the opposite of insomnia.
Modafinil helps you stay awake and alert for long periods of time, and aids in focusing on whatever work you need to get done. Modafinil can be useful when taken for specific periods e.g. for large assignments with an upcoming deadline or during a few days of exam period.
Problems such as extreme irritability can arise if you take it too frequently, and don’t give your body enough rest in between periods of use. People may also experience effects such as increased anxiety, excessive sweat, headaches or an upset stomach. These are typical side effects for stimulants and substances such as modafinil, although they may not be very pronounced unless you’re taking large dosages or taking it frequently.
Ritalin and Dextroamphetamine are Central Nervous System (CNS) stimulants prescribed to those with ADHD and narcolepsy. They are often taken in the same way and for the same reason as Modafinil, because of their proven effects and ability to enhance cognition. These are known to be powerful substances, and could result in addiction or harm if taken too frequently or at high dosages.
It’s easy to see why the use of nootropics is rising in our youth and across our universities today, it’s a simple tool that can be used to give everyone an edge in their academic pursuits.
I do believe that nootropic substances can and should be used when necessary, but I do not necessarily recommend ordering prescription drugs such as Modafinil from dodgy suppliers in India every time you wish to get your nootropic fix.
I think there is plenty of opportunity for companies and supplements to be developed which make use of known, readily-available and well researched substances/compounds to provide a cognitive improvement.
This is why we created Claritea. We wanted to provide a nootropic stack, proven to be both safe and effective over the long term. For those of us who need that extra 5 or 10% improvement in our daily productivity or efficiency, nootropics such as Claritea are a perfect fit.
By making use of compounds such as caffeine, l-theanine, acetyl-l-carnitine, rhodiola rosea, huperzine A and Alpha-GPC, we are able to provide synergistic and beneficial effects to all users.
New and exciting innovation in nootropic supplementation could mean taking it from the underground subculture it is today into the mainstream spotlight, and opening the global perspective on using nootropics and smart drugs to increase mental performance.
I believe the nootropics market has the potential to grow to the scale of the health supplement and sport supplement industries, given the right execution and publicity it deserves.
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