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(Disclaimer: The information here is clearly intended for informational purposes only and is not considered medical advice, which you should always consult with your primary physician about. We are not responsible for how you intend to use this information.)

Our contemporary world keeps presenting us with array of choices about everything.

  • You want a car that doesn’t pollute? Solar panels.
  • You want meat that doesn’t come from animals that suffer? SuperMeat has it.
  • You want to communicate with beloved people all over the world? Skype for you!
  • You want to schedule a travel without paying too much? There’s an app for that.

But what about those who have a desire to upgrade their mental game?

If you don’t know about it yet, prepare to learn about the amazing world of nootropics (a.k.a. smart drugs), their reach, advantage, usage, and also their downside.

Even though nootropics and smart drugs are often used indifferently, there’s a slight difference between the two of them.

  • Artificially manufactured drugs that improve cognitive functions are called “smart drugs.”
  • Nootropics are cognitive enhancers that can be found in natural sources. The latter word is supposed to come from the greek words “nous” and “trepein,” which makes the exact meaning of the word: intellect turner.

Both of them improve mental functions such as memory, creativity, and motivation, amongst others.

Types of Smart Drugs

There are several ways to increase our cognitive functions, from chemical products to some natural alternatives.

We’ll start by presenting some of the most popular smart drugs.

– Modafinil

  1. Modafinil (marketed as Provigil) is a “eugeroic,” which is a fancy word for wakefulness-promoting agent, thus originally this drug is used to treat people who suffer from narcolepsy or other excessive daytime sleepiness disorders.
  2. Being a eugeroic many people started using it to get an extra punch of energy in their daytime jobs or activities, or to treat all sorts of fatigue-associated syndromes such as depression, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, myotonic dystrophy, spastic cerebral palsy, and Parkinson’s disease.
  3. In testing the results of its effectiveness (i.e., the wakefulness-promoting aspect) has even led to the military and astronaut usage of the drug as a substitute for other drugs needed to tackle long-hour missions without sacrificing the cognitive capabilities that they might need.

– Adrafinil

1. Adrafinil is often used as a substitute for modafinil due to the fact that modafinil is strictly regulated, unlike adrafinil.

2. Its benefits include improvement to your focus, increase to your motivation, and boost to your intellect. It also has a positive effect on your mood since serotonin levels are increased.

Even though it may not be as potent as modafinil, caution is still in order for the usage of adrafinil since anybody can get their hands on this one and misuse it.

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