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Nootropics – Cognitive Brain Enhancers Gaining Popularity

To begin with, an interesting fact: a nootropic is a compound word created from two Greek words NOUS–“mind” and TROPOS–“changed or modified”. Nootropics are drugs that affect mental abilities, increase alertness and concentration.

By using these mental boosters, work performance and decision making are improved. They affect the brain metabolism by increasing the utilization of glucose in it, or by activating some other mechanisms that boost the energy of users.

Nootropics do not have to be just chemicals. It is known that substances, such as fish oil and ginkgo biloba have a positive influence on concentration and memory. In this article, we will handle chemical sorts of Nootropics which could be found on the market. We’ll observe dilemmas whether the use of substances like Modafinil is legal or not, and whether the use of smart drugs is justified.

How do Nootropics work?

As drugs like Adderall and Modafinil increase the level of adrenaline and dopamine production in our brain, Nootropics increases cognitive abilities. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter; when neurotransmitters efficiently and rapidly transfer signals through the neural network, a nootropic user experiences it as an enhanced concentration, memory, and mood, improved ability to process mental activities and prolonged and better attention.

Noncommercial use of Nootropics

Nootropics were popularized when the public found out that people like Barack Obama, Davey Asprey, Joe Roganetc., use smart drugs as Modafinil from meds4sure, and aren’t afraid to talk about that. Many Silicon Valley directors and Wall Street brokers also admitted that they use Nootropics in difficult times.

Many medicines that are used as “smart drugs” have a medical, noncommercial purpose. For example, Modafinil is used to treat sleep disorders (insomnia, sleep apnea, narcolepsy), as well as attention deficit disorders (ADHD/ADD). Its positive effects have been demonstrated in the treatment of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases too.

When people who are performing serious jobs and having too much responsibility propagate something that brings results, then these medicines will reach popularity, and become commercial in a very short period of time. Nootropics have also become popular among soldiers, especially in periods when extraordinary efforts are expected. The use of “study drugs” is the most common among students, employed people, and recent studies show tremendous growth among the younger population.

What about side effects

Side effects could or could not occur,it all depends on an individual. Some users reported problems with sleep, hard awakening, lack of appetite, etc. Symptoms like dizziness, nausea, or headache are less common. Some even more dangerous consequences are not reported in many cases, but some precautions should exist, especially in people suffering from liver, kidney or heart diseases.

Unlike Methamphetamine or Amphetamine, smart drugs shouldn’t create a state of euphoria or addiction. We say “shouldn’t” instead of “don’t” because there is always a possibility. Still, these drugs can provoke depression or some kind of anxiety, which is understandably. When you focus completely on your work or exams, your social life suffers.

Are Nootropics legal?

Nowadays, due to the increased abuse and manipulation of drugs, all kinds of stimulants are often associated with something negative, amoral and illegal. When mentioning the smart drugs or Nootropics, people usually think of Amphetamines that are characterized as an illegal substance. Its use in clean form is forbidden for pharmaceutical purposes.

Mental stimulants, such as Modafinil, Adderall, and similar smart drugs contain a certain dose of this psychoactive substance. It should be noted that it comes to the abuse of Amphetamine when this substance is used to such an extent that it stimulates the activity of the organism to the extremes of endurance. Clean Amphetamine is reducing the sense of hunger and fatigue, keeping you awake for a long time.

When something is popular, there is a high chance of abuse. Ordering Nootropics online is not the right way. In this case, no one can guarantee you the exactness and originality of the medicine. Advocates of this theory of the immoral use of smart drugs attribute these Nootropics to the same properties as Opiates, for example, Methamphetamine (known under the street name as “crystal meth”).

Moral dilemmas

On the one hand, we have doctors and pharmacists highly recommend Nootropics for the treatment of various diseases for which the smart drugs are prescribed. On the other hand, the media and celebrities promote the legal use of Nootropics, but in the field of achieving better study results, improving working and cognitive performance, etc.

Taking it into account, most Nootropics can be found in the free market, and even can be ordered online, the presumption is that these drugs should not be banned. However, in many countries, drugs such as Modafinil, Piracetam, etc. can only be obtained with a prescription, and used for the purposes for which they are intended, such as treating insomnia, sudden fatigue hits, etc.

Basically, there are numerous moral dilemmas, because Nootropics are considered a kind of doping for the brain. Therefore, the person who uses them achieves better results, and is more efficient than people who don’t take these smart drugs. But to be honest, no one can forbid you to do the same. If you feel like you need extra stimulants, or your work enthusiasm just fall down, Nootropics can be a good solution if you use them in a right way.


Although they are called smart drugs, Nootropics do not work to increase your intelligence. No, they won’t make you smarter than usual. These drugs just enhance brain functions by stimulating the production of different neurotransmitters which will keep you awake and focused. So, the power is inside your brain, you just do not use it enough.

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