Brain Enhancers

Until recently the main chemical cognitive enhancer most people used was caffeine. But there are a whole batch of new drugs that could challenge caffeine’s dominance as the safe stimulant of choice - Brainscape

Brain Enhancers

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Nootropics aren’t new—the word was coined in 1972 by a Romanian doctor, Corneliu E. Giurgea—but the Silicon Valley-led body-hacking movement, epitomized by food replacements like Soylent and specialized supplements like Bulletproof Coffee, seems to have given them new life.

There are dozens of online forums, including an active subreddit, where nootropics users gather to exchange stack recipes and discuss the effects of various combinations of compounds. And although their “brain-enhancing” effects are still generally unproven, nootropics proponents point to clinical studies showing that certain compounds can increase short-term memory, reduce reaction time, and improve spatial awareness...

Nootropics fans will tell you that there’s nothing all that odd about wanting to tweak the brain’s performance. Roughly ten percent of American adults take prescription antidepressants, after all, and roughly twenty percent take some sort of psychiatric medication. We’re a nation that long ago made peace with psychopharmaceuticals...

Some nootropics users are hopeful that the drugs could be permanently “neuroprotective”— in other words, that the compounds could slow down the neuronal aging process, and help avoid cognitive deterioration later in life...

Source: Kevin Roose, Excerpt from I tried Silicon Valley’s favorite ‘brain-enhancing’ drugs, Fusion.net, March 4, 2015.

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