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By Team DBG | June 14, 2018 | No Comments

Human beings have always been locked in a quest to ask for and get more. They want more of everything that empowers them, and we have come to the glorious ages where intellect and mental sharpness has become a constantly demanded and needed characteristic. In some cases, it is essential for survival and a moment of mindlessness can result in a tremendous and irreversible loss.

For mental alertness, most people have their remedy. Some go out for long jogs while others stay in and get to work on their diet plans, balancing their vitamins and carbs and, in some cases, caffeine out. All methods work to a certain extent, but the old cliche about the excess of everything being bad is true too. This is where we open up a particularly controversial issue surrounding ‘Nootropics’.

What are Nootropics?

The word Nootropics has an interesting etymology. Originating in Greece, the word literally means “mind-bending”. It was composed by the Romanian scientist CorneliuGiurgea in 1972 by adding two Greek words together. The idea behind Nootropics is that they consist of chemical substances that have a chemical makeup or a composition similar to that of chemicals released by the brain.

This similarity results in these artificially introduced substances becoming functional in the body and enhancing the brain power, memory, creativity and thinking skills of the user. Caffeine and Nicotine are considered ‘Nootropics’ by some researchers because they enhance the level of alertness of a person while other scientists categorize a cocktail of prescription, over the counter as well as illegal hard drugs as Nootropics.

Some of the drugs which fall in the category mentioned above include the famous drug Ritalin and the popular study drug (primarily used to treat ADHD and focus problems) Adderall. Some drugs are often used by people independent of what they were initially formulated to achieve. Take the hard drug Provigil, for example. It was initially and legitimately used to treat narcolepsy, but now it is also used, off-label, as a cognitive supplement. Even the party drug LSD is taken in small dosages to enhance brain power and produce results.

Which drugs are strictly used as Nootropics?

Out of a whole vast spectrum of drugs, the drugs which have minimal side effects coupled with low toxicity levels are commonly termed as ‘nootropics’. These drugs manage to enhance productivity levels in the short term while incurring the minimal amount of damage to the human body as their users claim. Some of these drugs include Piracetam, a classic brewed by the same man who coined the term ‘nootropics’.

Piracetam was made in 1964 by Giurgea, and it is still used in some countries as a therapeutic drug for adults and older populace, but in the US it is sold only for research purposes. After this classic drug which allegedly enhances memory, focus, alertness, immune system and socializing skills, a few new drugs were introduced in the market including but not limited to aniracetam, phenylpiracetam and oxiracetam. All of these drugs are available in the clean and even grey market space online, and they can be easily procured by users.

How are Nootropics used?

Sometimes Nootropics are taken alone and supplemented by rich food. The food enhances the power of the drugs by consistently serving as a source of energy and keeping a person operational throughout their day. Other drugs are taken in very small dosages to unleash ‘the creative potential’ according to some users. These include the party drug LSD which is used in very small dosages.

According to some, this prevents the trip from occurring but results in the brain functioning on an above average level. Usage via ‘stacks’ is also popular. A stack is a formula sold by companies which contain a cocktail of compatible cognitive enhancers and helpful substances including Piracetam, amino acids, citicoline and herbal supplements. Since these stacks are sold as natural supplements, or they fall under the realm of homeopathy they are often not caught by governmental bodies like FDA.

Do they have side-effects?

Some substances taken as enhancers have been researched on extensively. Take Piracetam for example. It has been around for a while, and its effects have been studied on everything from animals including mice to human beings especially people with Alzheimer’s. On the short term, Piracetam does not have a lot of side effects, but the long-term side effects have not been researched on yet. In fact, most Nootropics have not been properly looked into yet because these compounds are made and sold illegally. Researchers warn people not to take these drugs because they have ill effects on a person’s health. Most of these drugs are highly addictive and, in the long run, they take a toll on the health and the wallet of a person, rendering them virtually ineffective until the next fix.

Some people believe that the more you take them, the more successful you would be. Other’s lobby for sustainable usage of the supplements with breaks or ‘fasts’ in between to enhance their effect. Others yet believe that artificially impacting one part of the brain would result in another circuit in the brain deteriorating and hence these drugs should not be taken.

Whatever the reality of Nootropics may be, their addiction is premised on the belief that one needs to rely on them to outsmart everyone around them. Maybe if this society was not based on cutthroat competition, people would truly enjoy their experience with these enhancers but as of now, it’s every man on his own so the ultimate verdict is yours to give.


Team DBG

I’m currently in the best shape of my life and have never felt better. I’ve learned so much during my journey in the fitness world. I now have a burning desire to help others. Too many people ignore the mental and spiritual growth potential of fitness and consider it a shallow, frivolous hobby. I’m committed to shifting this mindset with other like-minded individuals who are intelligent, motivated and entrepreneurial. I’m excited to continue on this path with others who are enthusiastic about the work it takes to achieve success. - Bryan Watmore (CEO)

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