Smart Drugs To Make Your Brain Function Better

alpha brainThe intrepid Ari Levaux tests so-called “smart” nootropic drugs so that you don’t have to (including Joe Rogan’s Alpha Brain), for The Atlantic:

Hunters will go to great lengths to gain an edge over their prey. You never know where the margin between success and failure may lie, so you wake up extra early, say a prayer, spray bottled deer piss on your boots, and do whatever else you think might increase your odds. My schedule recently got more demanding thanks to a new baby. With less time to kill and another mouth to feed, I’ve had to step up my game.

Hunting can be physically demanding but, assuming that you’re prepared, it’s mostly mental. Staying sharp is how opportunities are created. I ordered a bottle of nootropic pills, in case it might help.

Nootropic (new-tro-pik) is the term for supplements, also known as smart drugs, that improve brain function. They can be food substances like phenethylamine and L-Theanine, found in chocolate and green tea, respectively. Nootropics also include extracted and purified components of medicinal plants, as well as substances synthesized from chemical precursors, such as piracetam, the world’s first official nootropic (piracetam was created in 1964 in Belgium by a team of scientists whose leader, Dr. Corneliu E. Giurgea, coined the term). Since then piracetam has been widely used as a cognitive enhancer and to treat neurological diseases like Alzheimer’s.

Some people consider stimulants to be a form of nootropic, while others distinguish them from the likes of caffeine, and Adderall — of which there’s currently a nationwide shortage. Most legal users of this attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) drug are children; it’s prescribed sparingly in adults for fear of abuse. The FDA caused the shortage by halting delivery to drug manufacturers of the drug’s active ingredient, an amphetamine, for months, arguing that enough Adderall had already been produced to satisfy all legal demand. The agency argued that abusers of Adderall are responsible for the shortage. That’s a group that includes students and professionals using Adderall to help boost productivity during stressful times.

I chose the nootropic pills I ordered, a formulation called Alpha Brain, mainly because their ingredients are extracted rather than synthesized. I swallowed some the day they arrived, and waited to become mentally sharp. I wanted fireworks bright enough to eliminate all doubt about whether they worked.

Nothing happened until I was falling asleep, when I became distinctly aware that I was falling asleep. I monitored the entire process and remained lucid, with a measure of free will, as I dreamed, and woke up surprisingly refreshed. While I remembered many of my dreams, some of which were quite long, I couldn’t recall how my underpants ended up around my ankles…

[continues in The Atlantic]


Majestic is gadfly emeritus.

Latest posts by majestic (see all)

8 Comments on "Smart Drugs To Make Your Brain Function Better"

  1. Interesting stuff. Makes me even more glad I drink Green Tea.

  2. When the chips are down, I’m not opposed to using a little NuVigil.

    It’s a dangerous pharmaceutical, but enables truly staggering feats of focus and mental endurance.

  3. gwen jackson | Feb 8, 2012 at 12:24 am |

    mephedrone and the bath salts were incredible when they were legal. you had to be careful, like with any substance, but the good ones were like the purest cocaine mixed with ecstacy, with no come-down…amazing…buddhist ego-death could be achieved in 6 hours if you were alone…those were the good old days… phentermine was also very nice, and i normally don’t care for pharmaceuticals…drugs er bayadd, mmmmkayyyyy?

  4. Edison Factor has been on the market for much longer than Alpha Brain and performs better in Clinical Tests.

  5. I bought this stuff, it works to make you have vivid dreams that you can recall the next day. Sometimes they are lucid as well. Not always. As for anything else? Not so much. If you want to pay $35 for a week and a half worth of pills, go ahead. I don’t think its worth it.

  6. | Feb 29, 2012 at 1:22 pm |

    Hi I have also heard Addieup is the go- to alternative. Supposed to give you a long boost too along with the nootropics. I like the combo of stimulants and nootropics, you got adderall alternatives….whoever you are, even if your a spammer I heard this already so you sold me.

Comments are closed.