What Are Smart Drugs
Smart drugs target exact areas of the brain to improve the way they function. The most common effects of smart drugs are increased energy, focus, motivation and mental clarity, making these supplements very popular with students during exams.
The first thing to bear in mind when considering smart drugs, however, is that often they do not actually fall into the nootropic category.
Types Of Smart Drugs
The amphetamine-based Adderall, for example, is classed as a stimulant. Modafinil, meanwhile, is a eugeroic drug that straddles the two categories. This is a prescription drug that treats excessive fatigue, and works by increasing levels of the neurotransmitter hypocretin – this boosts alertness and energy while improving motivation levels.
While this drug is highly regulated and only available with a prescription, there are a number of popular non-prescription alternatives available. An example of this is Adrafinil, which is commonly used as part of a nootropic stack. This converts into modafinil when ingested, which not only boosts wakefulness but is also linked to with improved concentration in those who suffer from ADHD.
There are a number of non-serious side effects associated with modafinil and other smart drugs, however – the most common of these include anxiety, nervousness, dry mouth, insomnia, headaches and nauseas, among others.
Further examples of over the counter smart drugs are Phenylpiracetam and Sulbutiamine. Both of these focus on different areas – the first is derived from piracetam (but is a huge 60 times stronger!) and works to improve energy levels, focus and mental fluidity by modulating the acetylcholine receptors.
Sulbutiamine, on the other hand, is an engineered form of vitamin B1 (or thiamin). Thiamin is integral to the functioning of the brain’s energy metabolism, and this smart drug works to deliver a clear alertness, positive outlook and makes users more sociable.
As with nootropics, there is a myriad of options out there, and research is key before deciding which path to go down, as is remembering that not all smart drugs are created equal.