Smart pills are drugs that increase, enhance and improve the cognitive abilities of a person. It affects parts of the brain that control focus, attention, memory, motivation, and some other high functions thus improving all of them. I am sure everyone has seen the movie Limitless, how Bradly Cooper’s skills are just magnified after taking the pill. The concept is pretty much the same with smart pills. Even though medicine has not been able to develop a drug that is as strong as the one shown in the movie but you get the idea.
Smart pills are not very new in the market, even though the concept has reached people pretty late in time but using drugs to improve your cognitive skills and neuroenhancement is over 50 years old. Piracetam was the smart pill that was ever invented. Even though the exact mechanism of the drug was still not clear but it was known to boost brain power. But now there are more such drugs available in the market and the mechanism of these drugs is well understood. Over time science has improved on the concept and the medication. Smart pills are also known as nootropics. They are either taken alone at a specific time or they are taken along with some other kind of nootropic, this method is commonly known as stacking.
The medicine can be used by many people to their advantage especially entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurs have so much on their plates, meeting deadlines, preparing a board deck, preparing presentations, raising funds, paying the employees and what not. Because of so much pressure, things are bound to go down south so why not use a little help. Nootropics help in improving the overall efficiency of a person. Imagine doing all you work with full efficiency!
Despite so many upsides, nootropics have many downsides as well. The medicine is mostly prescribed to people who suffer from ADHD (deficit hyperactivity disorder) and medicine is successfully known to help them. On the downside, if smart pills are used for any nonmedical purpose, they are known to alter your focus, attention and other abilities in a bad way!
Most of the smart pills are not approved by the Food and Drug Administration because of a lack of research and regulation. For those who manage to get their hands on them, it is imperative to speak to your physician before taking the medicine.
Types Of Smart Pills
There are different types of smart pills available in the market. Some of them are:
We will talk a little more about modafinil and armodafinil in detail. Modalfinil is commonly known as the genius pill, it is sold under the name Provigil. It is a smart pill which is used to enhance the cognitive skills like focus, attention, motivation, and memory retention in a person. Modafinil is actually a eugeroic, a wakefulness agent, and not a stimulant. The drug does make you all jittery and fast like a lot of stimulants. One of the best parts about Modafinil is that it is not addictive at all, in fact, it helps in getting rid of addictions. Modafinil is a safe drug and barely has any side effects it at all.
Another type of nootropic is Armodafinil, sold under the name Nuvigil. Armodafinil is a wakefulness drug and was originally used to treat different kinds of sleep disorders like narcolepsy, and work shift disorders. The medicine was later used by patients to improve the mindfulness, ehnace focus, attention, memory retention, and some other cognitive skills. Armodafinil is mostly used to treat excessive sleepiness disorder in people. It treats the issue of excessive sleeping but does not treat the underlying condtition.
Apart from Modafinil and Armodafinil, there are other types of nootrpics also present in the market like Ginsenoside Rg1, Oxiracetam, Aniracetam, and Piracetam. The basic chemistry of how these drugs work on one’s brain is pretty much the same. All of them affect those parts of the brain that are responsible for conginitive abilites and wakefulness.
Limitations Of Smart Pills Looking for better and more effective drugs and better ways to device those drugs continues.
Researchers are trying to invent medicines that don’t have any kind of toxic side effects.
Even though all the substances that make up a smart pill are known to have cognitive ehancement abilities but there combined effect is still not entirely known. According to researchers, the continuous use of a smart pill does not have side effects but it’s just that the body develops resistance against the drug after a while.
But it has been known that people who have had a history of substance abuse could be more prone to expericniencing the side effects of the drug. So, it is very important to consult a doctor before taking any kind of smart pill in case you have had a histroy of susbtance abouse or not.
The brains power to alter and rearrange itself when inclunfced by external or internal factors is a victory in itself. It is a door that has been unlocked to great possibilities and great inventions.
This is also known as neuroplasticity. Neuroplasticty can allow us to enhance and improve our brains fucntions and cognotive abilities. There are different kinds of interventions that are known to cause changes in the structure of the brain, some of these interventions include mindfulness, meditation, and compassion. Apart from this living a healthy lifestyle, exercising regulalry and eating a healthy diet also play a vital role. Some nutirents like vitamins are found in some natural food substances and they have been known to enhance cognitive skills.
Some of the important nutrients are caffeine, vitamins B12 and B6, l-theanine present in green tea, phenethylamine present in chocolate. The combied effects of all the sustances are under extensive research. These are substnaces that one can consume in their daily diet. So you dont even have to rely on any kinds of drugs, you can just start with natural subatnaces without any chemical interfernce.