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Welcome to the world of Nootropics: The secret weapon for modern mad men and wolves of Wall Street.
The influential and affluent New York City based magazine The Observer recently ran a worthy story on nootropics which heavily trended Modafinil. The magazine is known to offer insight and analysis on trends and to celebrate thinkers who get things done. The Observer website boasts: “Our team analyses and reveals cutting-edge technologies and the cultural shifts that require new methodologies.” So the topics of modafinil and nootropics were a natural fit for the magazine to explore. The article is fairly balanced and ultimately takes the slant that these substances can be helpful and healthy boosts for the modern corporate work world lifestyle.
The article, Nootropic Brain Drugs Rise in Popularity for Today’s Cutthroat Corporate Climbers, begins by delving into the world of modafinil, interviewing a corporate strategist working with health care companies on their mergers, who learned to outshine his coworkers with the help of brain boosting nootropics like modafinil and piracetam. The author of the article, Jack Smith IV, then interviewed former Google executive and Nootrobox co-owner Michael Brandt in San Francisco.
“We only have 24 hours in each day, and we are all trying to figure out how too make better use of that time. It’s the unifying theme that connects Google with Uber with Nootrobox with P90X.”
Brandt explained why in an era of efficiency trumping excess, nootropic brain supplements are poised to become the drug of choice. He drew parallels between the way athletes train their bodies—strength training, cardio, nutritional supplements and tertiary skills—with brain games, meditation, exercises with focus and, of course, nootropics.
Study concludes that Modafinil may be an effective treatment for cocaine dependence
A recent study has confirmed previous trials which indicate that Modafinil may be an effective treatment for cocaine dependence.
The paper is entitled: “A double blind, placebo controlled trial of modafinil for the treatment of cocaine dependence without co-morbid alcohol dependence.”
This study was authored by seven medical experts from the Perelman School of Medicine at University of Pennsylvania. They came from the Department of Psychiatry, Department of Medicine and the Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics. (1)
It was found that modafinil helped those using it to not use cocaine and lowered their cravings. This backs up previous laboratory trials which demonstrated that modafinil use in cocaine dependent people reduced their cocaine usage and reduced the negative effects of cocaine.
The authors concluded that “Modafinil may be an efficacious treatment for cocaine dependence.” Continue Reading…
White House report suggests President Obama takes Modafinil or Armodafinil
In a 2010 White House report on President Obama’s medical exam is a list of medications he takes regularly. The report states that the President take a medicine for jet-lag which is believed to be Modafinil or Armodafinil.
The report states the medicine is for “Jet lag/time zone management, direct physician prescribed program, occasional medication use.” Obama’s doctor, Navy Capt. Jeffrey Kuhlman, didn’t say what specific drug the president might be taking to counter jet-lag. Sleep doctors consulted by journalist Barbara Kantrowitz say the most likely possibility is a Provigil class drug, which are regularly prescribed to help people fend off excessive sleepiness.
“If they’re going to give him something to wake him up, Provigil (Modafinil) is the way to go,” says Dr. Lisa Shives, medical director of Northshore Sleep Medicine in Evanston, Illinois. Continue Reading…
New Popular Science article on Modafinil
“Modafinil provides a boost in tasks that require planning, decision making, flexibility, learning and memory, and creativity.”
From POPULAR SCIENCE Magazine
A DRUG MEANT FOR NARCOLEPSY CAN BOOST BRAIN FUNCTION IN ADDITION TO KEEPING YOU AWAKE
By Alexandra Ossola Posted August 20, 2015 Continue Reading…
Systematic review shows ‘smart drug’ modafinil does enhance cognition
Modafinil for cognitive neuroenhancement in healthy non-sleep-deprived subjects: a systematic review. Published in European Neuropsychopharmacology by R.M. Battleday & A-K. Brem. Published Online: August 19, 2015. Abstract:
Modafinil is safest ‘smart drug’ say scientists
Narcolepsy medication Modafinil is world’s first safe ‘smart drug’
From The Guardian, UK- written by Helen Thomson- 20 August 2015
Increasingly taken by healthy people to improve focus before exams, after a comprehensive review researchers say modafinil is safe in the short-term.
Modafinil is the world’s first safe “smart drug”, researchers at Harvard and Oxford universities have said, after performing a comprehensive review of the drug. They concluded that the drug, which is prescribed for narcolepsy but is increasingly taken without prescription by healthy people, can improve decision- making, problem-solving and possibly even make people think more creatively. Continue Reading…
Scientists call for Deregulation and Reclassification of Modafinil class drugs
Modafinil has few side effects or addictive qualities, according to most comprehensive study
by Patrick May, Silcone Valley, USA-8/2/2015
After a new study published this week in the journal European Neuropsychopharmacology, top scientists in Europe and America have called on scientists and politicians to explore deregulation and reclassification of Modafinil class drugs for the public good.
Backed up by the new review of current relevant scientific literature which demonstrates that Modafinil is far safer than other “smart drugs”, they urge a progressive public dialogue on the ethics and future of pharmaceutical cognitive enhancement.
“Modafinil seems to be the first ‘smart drug’ that is reasonably safe for healthy people.” Anna-Katharine Brem and R.M. Battleday, authors of the review, published last week in the journal European Neuropsychopharmacology.
Citing unprecedented levels of benefits, safety and popularity regarding Modafinil, the new comprehensive study by researchers from Harvard and Oxford Universities; along with Guy Goodwin, president of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology; and Peter Morgan of Yale School of Medicine, have all lent their voices to the movement.
The study, released this week, cited two dozen recent clinical studies of Modafinil. This review functions as an update on the overall effectiveness of the drug, especially compared to “smart drugs” like Ritalin, which have far more risks thank the Modafinil class of drugs.
While cognitive enhancement in healthy people is not an area pharmaceuticals usually address, this is exactly what people often use them for off label, from academia to work performance, as Guy Goodwin, president of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology pointed out:
“Modafinil is the first real example of a smart drug which can genuinely help, for example, with exam preparation. If correct, the present update means the ethical debate is real: how should we classify, condone or condemn a drug that improves human performance in the absence of pre-existing cognitive impairment?”
What is a Eugeroic? Can it wake us up?
A eugeroic is a drug that acts as as a wakefulness enhancer. Wakefulness enhancers make it possible to stay up longer while temporary avoiding the psychotic side effects of sleep deprivation. Eugeroic means “causing good wakefulness and arousal”. Eugeroics act differently than stimulants in that stimulants tend to cause alertness, focus, and motivation; while eugeroics cause wakefulness and can restore restfulness (especially in sleep deprived people). Eugeroics tend to be much subtler, though they will keep you awake for hours until they wear off. Eugeroics will leave you feeling oddly well rested. Eugeroics are often taken after not sleeping enough or after long periods of awakenment. They can also be used when tired to combat sleepiness and stay awake for hours. Eugeroics are not a sleep replacement, but an answer to a lack of proper sleep. Eugeroics make it easy to stay awake during boring work or boring classes and may also mildly increase smooth energy, confidence, alertness, and motivation.