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Nootropics, often referred to as "smart drugs" or cognitive enhancers, are substances that claim to improve cognitive function, particularly executive functions, memory, creativity, or motivation, in healthy individuals. 

Common nootropics include caffeine, which is widely used for its ability to improve alertness and concentration; L-Theanine, often paired with caffeine for its potential to enhance cognitive performance while reducing stress; and creatine, which shows promise in improving memory and thinking skills in individuals who don't consume meat.

Other substances categorized as nootropics are racetams (like Piracetam), which are synthetic compounds believed to offer a mental boost, and nootropic herbs like Ginkgo biloba and Bacopa monnieri, known for their purported memory-enhancing properties.

However, the use of nootropics comes with risks. The efficacy and safety of many nootropics, particularly synthetic ones, are not well-established due to limited research. Potential side effects can vary widely depending on the substance and the dosage and might include insomnia, heightened blood pressure, increased heart rate, and dependency issues.

WARNING: the quality and composition of nootropic supplements can be inconsistent.

Nootropics News

Spacegoods' mushroom powders to improve mood, energy, and sleep

TechCrunch - 14-Feb-2024

All-natural ingredients to positively impact health and mental wellbeing


Smart drugs not so smart: researchers find decreased performance in complex problem-solving tasks

New Scientist - 14-Jun-2023

Users might mistake the increased motivation and time spent on tasks as a sign of improved performance


Microdosing high can be experienced even without a real drug

New Scientist - 03-Mar-2021

Placebos and microdoses of psychedelic drugs showed similar signs, but need objective evidence


A big NO to nootropics - contain drugs that aren't approved by the FDA

VICE - 27-Nov-2019

Unacceptable move by the pharmaceutical industry - be cautious about their side effects

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Nootropics Resources

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Serena Organics

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One-stop-shop for effective and organic CBD edibles, oils, and tinctures that provide real relaxation

Edi - Endorphin Dealer Institute

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Endorphin spirits trigger feelings of pleasure, without the downsides of alcohol



Unlock your hidden energy and tap into the secrets of peak performance, written by Nick Powell

Chronos Therapeutics

Drug development company focused on the development of drugs for the treatment of age-related diseases

LIFNano Therapeutics

Company specifically focused on targeted delivery of the biologic, Leukaemia Inhibitory Factor (LIF)


Company that manufactures and sells a ketone ester drink, products supporting a ketogenic diet, and nootropic supplements.

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