Smart Drugs (nootropics)
This Thread is for purposes soley of discussion only. I am not endorsing anything and speak from a pure research and curiosity background coming from a background of psychology and addictions. This area is very unresearched and by experimenting with these substances, YOU DO SO AT YOUR OWN RISK!
Nootropics comes from the Greek language literally meaning to turn the mind. The concept is to have a substance that invigorates the brain for better functioning. (e.g., Hudler). These nootropics substances also known as smart-drugs and cognitive enhancers can be either naturally occurring or synthetic in origin. Thus substances as diverse as pharmaceuticals to foods and herbs could fit under the umbrella of what is a smart-drug.
Dr. Giurgea first coined the word Nootropics in the nineteen-seventies. He wanted to make his definition exemplify five specific attributes for these smart-drugs to have. Nootropics must facilitate learning and memory, increased effiency in the cortical and sub cortical control mechanisms, posses very little toxicity and very few side effects, protect against physical and chemical injury, and resist conditions that disrupt the retention of what has been learned.
Thirty years of research later has left most people in the nootropics field to drop Dr. Giurgea’s definition entirely. The only thing kept by this revisionist view of nootropics has been the cognitive enhancing, low toxicity and side effects, and brain protecting features. Soon a broader and more inclusive criterion was enacted for the nootropics of today.
Smart-drugs act in a certain criteria that improve recall, retention of new information, alertness, better mood stability, concentration, organization, sexual desire, and intellectual performance. While not possessing all of these characteristics, the nootropics agent will have at least one if not multiples. This results in the smart-drug being taken usually for a self-perceived deficit in one or more of these areas. The taking of more than one nootropics in a cocktail of multiple cognitive enhancing agents has grown in popularity as availability and information has grown in recent bounds through recently published books and the Internet.
The rigors of daily life take a toll upon everyone in the form of stress. People devise various coping methods to deal with these stresses. Individuals may use productive outlets such as exercise or meditation to become an outlet for their stresses. Others may turn to other coping means such as alcohol, stimulants, depressants, or other drugs to ease these stressors in their lifestyle. Stress unchecked upon a person can lead to breakdowns of an individuals functioning by anxiety, depression, and neurosis. These stressors can chip away at one’s health, concentration, and emotional well-being. Smart-drugs work by correcting these conditions and also in the form of a preventative against future problems from recurring.
The idea of cognitive enhancement is nothing new. Smart-drugs in one form or another has existed since man first practiced medicine. Eastern medicines with its reliance on herbs such as ginseng show this concept has been around for many millennia. The term Nootropics was coined in the nineteen-seventies allowing a new definition to these accepted practices of ancient societies to be integrated with Western pharmaceutical agents capable of performing similar, if not more impressive feats and effects.
Smart-drugs of a pharmaceutical origin were made in the last fifty years to combat various brain traumas and age related problems that affected the human brain. Drugs manufactured to fight against senility, Parkinson’s, and Alzheimer’s are prime examples of nootropics agents. Now those who are in good health to assist even more in their daily function in today stressful and demanding world take these drugs.
Smart-drugs are similarly used like other prescription drugs as in the hypertension drugs Rogaine and Propecia. These two drugs were found to also stimulate hair-growth in individuals losing their hair, so a side effect became desired and then marketed to combat another medical problem. Another medication called Cholestyramine, which was used to lower an individual’s cholesterol levels, had a side effect of constipation and now gets prescribed to combat gastro-intestinal disorders like ulcerative colitis and Irritable Bowel Syndrome. New avenues of pharmaceutical treatment are available with some of the older and more established drugs.
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