Nootropics describe a broad classification of drugs or compounds with cognitive enhancing properties with minimal side-effects appropriate for long-term use — the scientific nomenclature for "smart drugs." Learn more about the science and research around nootropics. As an overview, however, nootropics work through three main pathways:
1.) By increasing levels of various neurotransmitters associated with learning and memory.
2.) Boosting vasodilation of the brain thereby increasing brain blood and oxygen flow.
3.) Preserving and protecting the brain's neurons via toxin removal and anti-oxidation.
I can attest that I certainly did feel a good deal sharper and focused than I'm accustomed to. It's a headspace I wouldn't mind occupying more often."
In the interest of gathering some external data, I asked my colleague Steve Tweedie if I seemed any different this past week.
He said, "You seem a little more energetic. More talkative. It's odd. I wasn't really thinking about it before."
~ Dylan Love, Business Insider
It’s 3 p.m., and I am crushing my e-mail inbox. At this time of day, I’m typically struggling to stave off the post-lunch slowdown by downing another cup of coffee or two.
But today, message after message is flying off my fingertips effortlessly—work e-mail, personal e-mail, digital errands I’d been meaning to run for months. I’m in the zone, as they say, and for this burst of late afternoon productivity, I might have nootropics to thank.
~ Kevin Roose, Fusion
There were most definitely effects, though, to the tune of what many nootropics users told me about. Though my senses weren’t heightened, they were at least all at attention, and I was able to remain of sound mind even as I physically began to weaken.
As the specter of a migraine throb surfaced with the sunlight, I nonetheless found myself able to stay alert — a divergence from my typical habit of passing out as soon as my body starts to settle.
~ Jack Smith IV, New York Observer