Smart Drugs are on the rise in the U.S. Increasing numbers of students are turning to nootropics because they want to gain an academic advantage. Meanwhile, people from other walks of life are using them too because they want to gain alertness and mental clarity. But what are smart drugs or nootropics and are they safe to use?
Let’s look at some of the facts, myths, and side effects surrounding this controversial topic. One thing is clear: smart drugs are going nowhere but there’s more to learn about them. Now we’ll examine some of the most popular and common nootropics as well as their benefits and flaws.
Many people confuse the terms ‘smart drugs’ and ‘nootropics’ because they don’t understand what they are. In short, they’re the same thing, although the former is more of a nickname. They refer to a diverse group of substances with medicinal benefits that affect human cognition.
We’ll look at these in detail later but they include improving functions like memory, learning, and general thinking. Remember, cognition is simply the process of acquiring knowledge and understanding through our brains. Smart drug advocates say that they provide useful boosts to enhance these processes (via NCBI).