Welcome to Nootropics introduction.
What Are Nootropics?
Nootropic: Drugs, supplements, nutraceuticals, and functional foods that improve mental functions. Derives from Greek: ‘noos’ meaning mind, ‘tropic’ meaning effecting.The word nootropic was coined by a doctor by the name of Corneliu E. Giurgea who developed these rules for nootropics:
- They should enhance memory and learning
- They should enhance the resistance of learned behaviors/memories to conditions which tend to disrupt them
- They should protect the brain against any kind of physical or chemical injury
- They should increase the efficacy of the tonic cortical/subcortical control mechanisms
- They should lack the usual pharmacology of other psychotropic drugs (e.g. sedation, motor stimulation) and possess very few side effects and extremely low toxicity.
You can read more about Corneliu E. Giurgea’s work here.
Are Nootropics Safe?
In one word – yes. Nootropics typically have very few side effects. It’s important to search for information about a specific nootropic before you consume it in order to read the safety precautions and possible side effects. Generally though, nootropics are just as safe as your daily vitamin.
How do Nootropics work?
Nootropics are believed to work by adjusting the brain’s supply of neurochemicals, such as neurotrasmitters, enzymes, and hormones), which is done by either improving the brain’s oxygen supply, or by stimulating nerve growth.
Are Nootropics Addictive?
Nope. There have been no documented signs of consistent withdrawal or degrading tolerance. That said, it’s still important to proceed with caution just as you would while researching any form of vitamins.
What are the most popular Nootropics?
The very first nootropic ever discovered remains the most widely used today - Piracetam. Piracetam comes from the Racetam family. Another popular nootropic which frequently receives praise is Modafinil.
Hang in there! These terms may be hard to pronounce, but they are only names.
Is Adderall, and/or Ritalin, a Nootropic?
No! Adderall is a pharmaceutical amphetamine.
The main difference between pharmaceuticals and nootropics lies in the side effects.
Part of what adderall does is raise levels of cortisol, also known as primary stress hormones. Artificially raising the stress levels in your body chronically over time is not something that happens without causing some damage.
Fun fact: Amphetamines are also known as muscle eaters because they tend to break down muscle tissue. How is that for a reason to choose nootropics instead?
Why Aren’t The Effects For ______ Nootropic Documented?
Every nootropic is different, and every human is different. You might see a HUGE difference in your mental performance under the effects of modafinil, and I might not see anything. Results are extremely subjective. Keep this in mind while doing your research.
So… I take a pill and I get smarter?
No. This is a common misconception held by nootropic newbies. You aren’t going to double your IQ by taking any of these substances on your own, that’s just not how it works.
Nootropics are very much like protein powder which athletes use to boost their protein intake with. You don’t see many bodybuilders bragging that they added 75lbs of muscle with only protein powder – but you do see a large percentage of them use protein powder in combination with a rigorous weight lifting routine and a strict diet in order to achieve their desired physique.
If you combine nootropics with mentally intensive activities, you will get your desired results. If you take these nutraceuticals and sit on the couch watching TV, don’t expect much.
How Do I Get Started?
Getting started with nootropics is as simple as choosing something you’d like to experience.
Here are some guidelines to ensure the best experience possible:
- Only choose 1. Taking more than one nootropic will hurt your ability to measure the effectiveness of each product. Once you understand the effect of your first nootropic, then you can move on and add another to your stack.
- Be patient. Some nootropics take up to a week or longer to take effect. Let them do their thing slowly, it’s almost always worth it.
- Track your progress. It’s important to measure your performance at midst a mentally taxing task before and after you are on nootropics in order to judge how well the product reacts to your body.