A lot of people nowadays are more interested in smart drugs, not for the sake of the chemical high, but to enhance their productivity.
Smart drugs — or nootropics, if you prefer the technical name — are a normalized type of drug that can boost your ability to think and heighten your alertness. A myriad of people gravitates towards these kinds of cognitive supplements, especially in universities where students tend to be competitive.
Here are some examples of smart drugs that students like to use:
Staying Alert – Modafinil
This drug has been used mainly to treat disorders like sleep apnea, narcolepsy, and other sleep disorders. Users of Modafinil, previously called Provigil, report feeling more alert. They also say that their reaction time, mental faculties, and motivations are all enhanced to a great degree. It also boosts pattern recognition and learning. It is a fact, however, that smart drugs can affect your sleep, and Modafinil is no exception.
Modafinil is great when it comes to enhancing productivity, but it just will tamper with your sleeping patterns. When you take it, you will experience an intense sense of wakefulness and you won’t be able to sleep for a long while, so it’s advisable to take small doses of it, from 100 to 300 mg so you can get a proper night’s sleep.
Memory Enhancement – Amphetamine
This drug is useful, especially for people who tend to forget a lot of details. It will help you remember past events that are stored in your long-term memory and will enhance your ability to plan and to pass tests.
That is why it is very popular around exam time in colleges. Amphetamine, or Adderall, improves focus by increasing dopamine and norepinephrine. It also lowers levels of fatigue, stress, and anxiety. Beware of addictive side effects as it is likely to cause addiction, especially for people with ADHD.
Keeps you Calm – L-Theanine
You can find this amino acid in tea, but you can also take it as a supplement. This smart drug has several effects, like keeping you calm. It can also foster creativity since almost 50 mg of L-theanine can increase alpha waves, which are associated with creativity, in your brain.
If you don’t have that supplement at your disposal, don’t fret! You can find the amount of 50 mg of L-theanine in two cups of tea, which will appeal to tea lovers.
Motivation to Finish What you Start – Donepezil
Donepezil, or Aricept, is a drug that is approved by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration). It has effects on its users’ memory as it enhances their ability to remember things like walking or riding a bicycle. It also improves the ability to complete tasks. This is why it is used to treat the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease. However, there are side effects to donepezil, like the inability to sleep, vomiting, and loss of appetite.
Mental Stability – Methylphenidate
This is yet another drug that is commonly used by students. It improves their memory and their state of wakefulness and it has also been approved by the FDA to treat ADHD patients. Although this drug is used to improve the memories of patients who experienced traumatic events, it does not enhance their memory.
The promise of being productive, more aware, and creative is great, especially for students who need to pull an all-nighter before the exam, but you should also take into account the serious adverse side effects of some of these drugs. A magical pill that can give you all the answers is amazing, but everything comes with a price.