Controversial “Smart Drugs” on the Rise

Are you interested in having an extra edge in the workplace? Would you welcome something to get the wheels in your head spinning a little faster?

With more people looking to make the most of the time they have each day, it’s no wonder, Nootropics, compounds designed to enhance cognition, are on the rise. Ben Sand, who uses Nootropics, says “it’s just a simple way to kind of get the alertness that I’m looking for.”

Michael Brandt, the co-founder of one of those products, Nootrobox, says demand for nootropics, “so called smart drugs”, is huge. The idea behind the products? “They affect your mental state, they affect your cognitive abilities, they can help with things like memory or focus or attention or clarity of mind.”

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But can a cognitive or mental enhancer supplement actually have a positive impact on the way your brain functions? Dr. James Giordano is a professor of neurology in Georgetown University, who researches optimizing brain functions. He says more research is needed when it comes to nootropics in general. “To be able to demonstrate not only the effectiveness of these compounds in real world settings, but also the effects, side effects, and potentials burdens and risks,” says Dr. Giordano.

As for Ben, he feels like Nootropics combined with a healthy lifestyle and meditation have made a big difference. “I do feel like I have an edge in the workplace that, that comes from a kind of holistic approach in using these products in combination with, with everything else that i’m doing.”

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