Go into any technology firm in Silicon Valley and it will seem like everything is above board. After all, these are the people that are changing the world. The dirty little secret (which isn’t so much of a secret anymore) is that many of these people are changing the world with the help of smart drugs and nootropics.
These nootropics are chemical compounds (natural or synthetic) that can improve brain power in some key area. Some are more useful for memory formation and learning while others for concentration and focus. These all come together to make a successful concoction and one that much of the bay area is trying to utilize.
Nootropics have been around for many years. In fact, the drug that kicked it off is called piracetam (also known as nootropil) and Romanian scientists in U.S.S.R. created the compound in the 1960s. Today it’s an off-patent drug not classified as a supplement or a prescription that many in Silicon Valley are finding irresistible.
Although this is the drug that started it all, it isn’t the final step. As any techie in Silicon Valley will tell you, it’s a lot more about the modafinil with most people. This drug is originally used to treat narcolepsy, but is finding many converts in the nootropic and brain enhancement realm.
Proponents of the drug like Dave Asprey have said it is one of the reasons he is as successful as he currently is. He even quotes figures as high as 90% of Silicon Valley executives are using nootropics like modafinil.
If you are thinking about joining in the fray with the Silicon Valley big shots, here are a few things that you should keep in mind:
#1. Start slow – some people want to go from 0 to 100 miles an hour with nootropics and this is not only a bad idea, but also a dangerous one. Start off with a small dose of whatever nootropic you are going to take. This is part of the “Shulgin” method so that you can see whether you are allergic first.
#2. Be clear with goals – make sure you have your goals in mind before going into this process. If you want to improve memory formation and learning, make sure to find the useful nootropics like piracetam and other racetams which can do that. If you are looking for focus and concentration, try another option. The clearer you are, the better.
#3. There is no magic pill – too many people make the mistake of thinking that there is a magic pill when it comes to nootropics and smart drugs. Even though the movie Limitless depicts such a thing called NZT-48, it simply isn’t true. You will see great boosts in your performance, but make sure everything else is also done in a healthy way.
#4. Take days off – every time a story around prescription drugs or other ill-advised smart drugs hits the news, it’s because people are not taking a long term and sustainable approach to their cognitive enhancement. Whenever you are taking nootropics that stimulate your brain in some way, it’s good to take days off so you have plenty of recuperation time.