While many are familiar with the drug Adderall, not as many may be familiar with smart drugs known as nootropics? In 2015, according to Small Business Trends, the “global nootropics trade brought in over $1 billion” and is growing fast. Nootropics unlike most drugs used to help people focus, are known for their non harmful effects and ability to boost focus, motivation and even memory.
In order for a drug to qualify to be listed as a nootropic, the drug must
- Enhance memory and ability to learn,
- Help the brain function under disruptive conditions,
- Protect the brain from chemical assaults,
- Increase the efficacy of neuronal firing control mechanisms in the brain, and
- Must possess few side effects and be virtually non-toxic.
These smart drugs have taken on a life of their own and have been instrumental in high stress environments including startups, tech, finance, and others. The purpose to make yourself more effective and efficient with piles of work in front of you.
While most of the drugs are safe, it is still best to consult your doctor. Like most drugs, everyone is a little different and what may work for one person, may not work for another. While I have never taken one personally, I have heard nothing but positive things from friends who do. In the end it is what you’re comfortable with. Currently you are already taking some form of nootropics as they can be connected with everyday substances like caffeine. Still, do what works for you, and if you do decide to try it, let us know how it goes for you at firstname.lastname@example.org