- January 17, 2017
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A Nootropics Guide
Nootropics are a class of compounds intended to make your brain work better; this explains why they’re commonly called “smart” drugs. These brain boosters are growing increasingly popular. A recent report appearing in the Telegraph found that roughly a quarter of university students in the UK have tried modafinil, a prescription smart drug. Employees at tech companies in California are currently experimenting with a range of nootropics to boost cognitive performance – everything from Adderall to LSD.
Personally been working with nootropics since 2009. Because of significant cognitive issues. I pulled pill bottles out of an unmarked parcel and wondered if I was holding the ticket to better brain function in my hands.
Modafinil, Adrafinil, And Armodafinil
I started taking modafinil. At the same time, I was following the path of a start-up that was headed towards a $600 million sell-off. Only keeping my brain running was starting to be a challenge and looking at affiliate marketing when this company sold was the goal but a lot fo work was being packed into what was needed to get ready. My first experiences with modafinil were nothing short of transformative. It made me feel healthy for the first time in years. I was practically a daily user for eight years at varying dosages. (I had a prescription for the drug.) Today I would not be the enlightened biohacker I’ve become if not for my experiences with modafinil.
I took my first vacation from modafinil while I was getting the Bulletproof Diet book ready for publication. I was testing out Bulletproof Coffee, and I wanted to make sure I wasn’t experiencing the effects of the drug instead of the drink. During my time off modafinil, I went through regular measurements of my cognitive performance. I was pleased to discover that my mental performance levels were practically unchanged as long as I was using Bulletproof coffee and sticking with the Bulletproof diet. I still keep a supply of modafinil on hand, and I use it from time to time, but I find I feel the need for it more and more rarely while I’m committed to the Bulletproof lifestyle.
There is a small group of people who experience a severe immune system reaction to modafinil. The demographics work out to about five in every million people. This response is common to a range of drugs in the NSAID (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug) family, such as ibuprofen. If you’ve already experienced adverse effects taking NSAIDs, consult your doctor before trying modafinil.
A Nootropics Guide
There are dozens of different compounds in the wide-reaching racetam family. Piracetam is probably the best-known nootropic in this group, but I find aniracetam and phenylpiracetam more important.
The racetams were heavily researched in the late 60s and early 70s. A lot of the racetam drugs are now unpatentable, and this means that pharmaceutical companies are more interested in analogs that can be profitably patented. The exact mechanism of action employed by racetams still isn’t entirely understood, but anecdotal evidence attests strongly to their effectiveness as nootropics:
* Phenylpiracetam in 400 mg daily doses significantly improved cognition and brain function for stroke victims when taken over the course of a year.
* Phenylpiracetam helped people suffering from brain damage and epilepsy recover normal neurological function when taken for 30 days in 200 mg daily doses.
* Aniracetam has been shown to improve memory function and treat depression in animal subjects.
* Piracetam taken by healthy adults for 14 days has been found (in one small study) to improve verbal learning skills.
A Nootropics Guide
Forskolin & Artichoke Extract
Forskolin is a compound that’s been used in the Ayurvedic medical tradition of India for thousands of years. It boosts the body’s levels of cyclic adenosine monophosphate (cAMP), a key neurological messenger molecule.
I’ve used Forskolin for over ten years. It works particularly well together with artichoke extract. Artichoke helps by inhibiting PDE4, an enzyme responsible for breaking down cAMP. Working together, the two compounds boost mood, memory, and learning the ability.
Alternatively, you might get a headache followed by a crash. Elevated cAMP levels are linked to increased dopamine use, which some people react too adversely.
Bulletproof offers CILTEP, the world’s first commercially-available supplement combining forskolin and artichoke extract. The standard dose is one to three capsules taken before breakfast.