A Quick, Easy-To-Understand Introduction To Nootropics
By: Jeremiah Sheaffer (The Nootropics Guy)
By now, you’ve stumbled across these “drugs” called nootropics, and you’re curious about them. Do they work? Are they harmful? What’s the best one to try?
All of these questions (and more) will be answered on this page. Read on, and by the end, you’ll be on the right track.
The definition of a nootropic
You’ll see different definitions of the word nootropic all across the web. Some people have different classifications of what a nootropic is – some think it’s an all-encompassing term, whereas others think that the classification should be exclusive to a very small group.
But in general, most people agree that nootropics inherently possess these two characteristics:
1. Enhance cognitive ability in some way, shape, or form
2. Not harmful to the human body at recommended doses (no side effects, long term problems, etc.)
Some people think that nootropics are harmless – this is simply not true. If you go overboard on anything, it will have negative effects on your body. But when kept in the recommended dosages, you will experience no side effects, and if you do, they are mild. (You should try a different one if you notice any adverse effects.)
So… is this snake oil, or what?
That’s a great question. We’ve all seen the commercials for the “miracle drugs” that promise to make you smarter.
Nootropics work by enhancing your cognitive abilities – not by making you smarter. You know those days where you wake up and your mind is sharp, crisp, and clear? That’s what some nootropics aim to do – put you at your best – and some aim to improve memory, etc.
Each nootropic has a different purpose. You should choose the one that suits your needs the best. To learn more about different nootropics and their purpose/benefits you can visit NootropicsTopics.com
Now, the million dollar question – do nootropics actually work, or is it all placebo?
When you find a nootropic that works for you, you’ll definitely feel the effects. Some claim that nootropics have brought them out of their depressions. Some claim that nootropics transformed them from B students to A students… you get the point.
The difference between “drugs” and nootropics
On the topic of students – it’s no secret that many college students use some sort of amphetamine, either legally or illegally, to help them with their grades. There’s a big difference between nootropics and traditional “brain boosting” drugs, though.
With traditional drugs, assuming you’re using them without strict medical supervision, you have a comedown. For example, with adderall, you’re focused for however many hours, but by the end of the day, you have come down to the point where you’re below your regular baseline mood.
Nootropics are different – the effects are more subtle, and you never “come down”. If anything, you simply revert back to your normal state of being – never lower than that. That’s the real appeal of nootropics. It’s sort of like a mental cheat code.
Is this even legal…?
Each nootropic has different laws behind it. By and large, yes, they are legal, but you won’t be able to stroll into a vitamin store and grab them.
We’ll take piracetam, one of the most popular nootropics, as an example. It’s legal to possess in the US – no prescription is required – but at the same time, in the US, the law says that it’s not legal for anyone to sell piracetam for human consumption. This means that you have to buy online… but you’re not breaking any laws by doing so.
This holds true for most nootropics. As always, do your due diligence and check your state/country laws before ordering.
Popular nootropics to get started on
As we said, piracetam is one of the most popular nootropics – it’s a good “all around” supplement with memory, focus, and motivation benefits. You can also try noopept – it’s similar to piracetam, but the dosage is much smaller.
If you’re not looking to jump in head first, try something like caffeine and L-theanine. The caffeine brings you energy, and the L-theanine calms you down to get rid of the adverse side effects that some feel from caffeine. (You’ll be focused and motivated, but not jittery or clammy.) Another solid product for beginners to get started with is Naturamin’s Brain Booster.
The best advice we can give you is this: do some exploring. If you find a nootropic that does what you want it to, you can get the perfect amount of cognitive enhancement without any side effects. Good luck!