Thanks to your recent foray into nootropics, your memory is better than ever. You commit new information to memory with relative ease, recall old memories in a flash, and are able to work your way through even the densest academic material. Smart drugs are great for increasing cognitive functions in a variety of ways. Better yet, only rarely do smart drugs have toxic thresholds or the potential for harmful overdose. Now, that doesn’t mean that they’re entirely without undesirable side-effects.
It turns out that, with certain compounds, your boosted brainpower comes with a price. Whether it is blunted emotions or wired edginess, there’s a chance that your empowered cognition is costing you something. But fear not! With careful and intelligent supplementations, you can balance out negative effects with synergistic nootropics, allowing you to reduce or erase negative effects while keeping your benefits. Here’s a look at a few of the most common “social costs” of popular nootropics and how to counteract the negative effects. Continue reading “Offsetting the Adverse Effects of Common Nootropics”
Racetams are the first family of nootropics; without them smart drugs might have never been. Racetams are a class of nootropic compounds that share a pyrrolidone nucleus, but in many cases not much else. Fortunately, Racetams go well together and the differences in each work out for the best, creating stacks you cannot get with just any nootropics.
Racetams are derived from piracetam and are the most popular class of cognitive supplement. Because they are derivatives of piracetam, you might expect them to work in the same way, their only difference being their levels of potency in enhancing cognition.
However, it turns out that each offers its own unique range of benefits.
Nootropics are a class of supplements or drugs that have very positive effects on the mind. The actual name comes from the Greek, meaning ‘mind turning.’ So, anyone out there who is interested in improving things like memory, mental energy, focus or even cognition might do well consider trying some of the more well-known nootropics. Many have been subjected to a growing amount of research and scientific study.
What Exactly Do Nootropics Do?
Nootropics are supplements that improve mental functions. Depending on the specific supplement, this can be anything from cognition, memory, motivation and concentration to attention and even brain energy.
These supplements are thought to work in a number of different ways. One of these methods is by altering the supply of neurochemicals within the brain. This includes neurotransmitters, enzymes and even hormones. Another method of action is thought to be improving the oxygen supply to the brain (or the efficient use of oxygen supply). In some cases, nootropics may even help to stimulate nerve growth.
Benefits to Mental Well-Being:
These supplements have seen increasing use from people across all walks of life and situations. This includes students looking for that little extra edge in studying for their tests or exams and even housewives interested in a bit more mental energy to help them get through a busy day. Executives use these supplements for better concentration and improved clarity of thought. Truck drivers use them to be able to stay alert through long hours and shifts.
When using nootropics, especially the class of substances known as racetams (probably the most common form of these supplements), many users have reported the ability to think more clearly and increased mental energy. Performing daily tasks like reading and writing becomes easier and more fluid. Other users have even reported being more aware of their surroundings and even improved memory and linguistic skills.
Types of Nootropics:
Within the last few years, many different types of nootropics have become popular. Some of these include:
Piracetam: This is the most common and well-studied of all the nootropics available. While it does have a long half-life it may take several weeks of daily doses before the full effects are noticed.
Oxiracetam: This is a bit unique in that memory enhancement is not nearly as noticeable as the improvement one should see in spatial reasoning and logic. Takes up to two weeks for full effects to become apparent.
Pramiracetam: This powder is a fat soluble supplement that works best for enhancing motivation and focus. It also works well for general cognitive and memory enhancement.
Noopept: This is the “newest” type of the racetam family of nootropic supplements. Uniquely, it does not really have any single stand out effect. Rather, it shows a number of effects from all of the other members of this family.
Nootropics could very well benefit anyone who is looking to gain that little extra edge in their work or schooling efforts. Best of all, these supplements are very effective and long lasting.