So-called "smart drugs" are drugs that can supposedly enhance your cognitive abilities. People all over the world are taking them in universities, offices and the comfort of their own home - to get ahead of the game. One drug, Modafinil - is amongst the most popular. It was labelled in August 2015 as the world’s first “safe” smart drug - off the back of research from Harvard and Oxford University. But is this true? And do “smart drugs" actually work? In this film, our reporter Benjamin Zand tries a drug himself - as he takes a first-hand look inside the world of so-called smart drugs.
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"NIGHTMARE". You people are destroying the English language with these sensational click-bait titles. You didn't blackout, crash your car into a school-bus full of children, wake up in prison with a new boyfriend and a sore bumm. You have bedbugs, excellent test scores, and your rectum is still intact. We should all be so lucky...stay away from coffee and tea, because with your tolerance for substances, caffeine will surely kill you.
Would the BBC have published this article if he had found SMART DRUGS TO WORK?
I feel like his conclusion was inevitable, because how can the BBC ever end up in a situation where they look as if they are advocating or supporting the use of drugs that are not fully understood.
i have narcolepsy and have to take modafinil to stay awake. i'm in the US, and here a one month supply costs `$600 if you aren't diagnosed with narcolepsy or sleep apnea, despite there being numerous other illnesses that it could help. seeing people take it as a ~smart drug~ kind of angers me because that kind of non-medical use is definitely part of the reason why it's so hard for people who need it to get it.
I truly think the “problem” stems from the strict regulations that are consistently implemented. Add the money involved with all pharmaceutical companies and it’s clear to see...
The more laws/rules/regulations you enforce, the more you’ll see/notice all those “breaking” the restrictions.
Remove all the damn laws, regulations, etc... create educational experiences &/or studies and let people make their own choices. Good hell!
There are plenty of case studies to research the mind blowing effects once everything is legalized and educational tools are readily available along with “centers” to help! Yes, we need more but there is substantial evidence to get us started in the right direction.
The problem is the straying from the foundation of laws, etc. & how ridiculous the control they have is!
Judging another’s choices isn’t the answer.
When is everyone going to decide enough is enough with our current powers that be? Maybe then, everyone can start focusing on more important matters that have no relation to expectations with someone else’s character!
I’m so sorry to hear how much your medical needs cost but I think the solution lies beyond the speculative assumptions of our family and friends actions. The only reason anything like this directly affects us is due to the rapid growth of believing that our freedoms are worth loosing in exchange for our security!
Nothing should trump our personal rights and freedoms. Period!
Hell, if everything wasn’t so damn regulated your meds wouldn’t be $600/month and you wouldn’t give two shits if someone else decides to use it for reasons outside your understanding of its use.
Hopefully we get there....someday....
I have a chronic disease called aging, for which I drink a lot of water, eat food, and walk around to combat it. Seeing people do those things for the taste or for fun angers me.
In other words: You have no point. Whatever you perceive to be the "right" use case is irrelevant when other potential use cases emerge, or rather, always existed.
Good luck with your narcolepsy though, hopefully there'll be a more efficient drug that has never been used for any other purpose than to treat narcolepsy. Otherwise you'd make some people very angry.
A "nightmare" experience means you got a headache, one mosquito bite, and had trouble sleeping for one night after taking a *wakefulness promoting agent* ??
If those are nightmares, then i must be living in literal hell.
I take 150mgs of Armodafinil (Brand Name Nuvigil) daily with some caffeine pills first thing in the morning. It has made a significant difference in my life. I have experience some of the negative symptoms you did, for example, I noticed that the bump looked like some of the hives I have been getting, also if you don't get enough sleep the Armodafinil just gives you an artificial bump as opposed to real energy. Nothing replaces real sleep.
I experimented with this for the first time, taking 200mg of Modafinil first thing in the morning to see if it would help me study for an exam. This is what happened:
- After 30mins to kick in, I experienced 4-5 hours of increased cognitive ability, I felt great and was able to retain far more information than I normally would;
- After the 5 hour mark, my thoughts started to get 'foggy' and my concentration dipped below its usual level;
- I became tired at around 16.00 and had to just rest for an hour;
- For most of the day I was clenching my jaw, this got progressively worse throughout the day and continued into the night;
- As the day progressed I also became more anxious and irritable, there seemed to be nothing I could do to calm myself;
- I managed to get to sleep at 1am, woke up at 5am for 1.5 hours, then back to sleep again until 9am. I had sweated half my bodyweight overnight. Also my teeth hurt from grinding them in my sleep
I really want this to work because the first 4-5 hours are great, but the side effects seem to outweigh the positives. I'd be interested to hear about the experiences of others, particularly if you had these issues and managed to overcome them?
7:20 I would expect a "SCIENTIST" to take cognitive experience under consideration. The first time the journalist took the test he wasn't familiar with its format, it was his first time. Then he took the drug and did the same test again and he ywas familiar with it both conciously and subconciously. That's what they call in science contamination and discredits whatever figure and percentage of the effiency of the drug. Pseudoscience Bullshit to be honest.
+Raul Oliveira I feel it bro by why the name wonder drug and if you did your research caffeine pills can kill you with heartaches strokes etc. Just saying look at the title the WOnder drug bro knowing kids watch this stuff to hell look what these kids do these days snort condoms an eat tie pods dont think these college kids or kids they self couldn't od off this man bro I use to take drugs but I wont promote drugs I would say do not do it regard less
+Clinton Barron that happends if you're irresponsible! Everyone should test and know what they are taking. This video ins't promoting this "drug" in any way. And from what i can see, this drug has the same effect as caffeine
+Raul Oliveira I'm saying bro most deaths out here are by drugs so ppl can see this vid an be like damn gots to try this drug you no your just promoting drugs its sick an sad just my opinion bro no link sorry just my opinion
I find it funny that they listed Ritalin in the same sentence as Modafinl and Phenylpericetam. Of COURSE I'd take Ritalin if I could ever get a doc to prescribe it to me! Those others are like taking a caffeine pill (complete w headache and stomach churn) and Ritalin is akin to Adderall...basically legal speed. But who ever prescribes either anymore? Docs (at least here in Portland) are too scared of getting sued. Sigh. Sucks. ANy tips??
I had great experience on this drug for years. It’s the only pill I take. But it doesn’t hit your blood stream instantly like the first guy claimed. The great thing with this drug I never developed a tolerance and been taking the same dose for years.
You made it all wrong. Take a half of a pill in the early morning. Drink more water during the day. Don't drink any alcohol. Give yourself a break every 3 days or anytime you don't need to be smart. No headache, no sleep deprivation, fine appetite. Used modafinil for about a year. Still do not have a need to take a whole pill.
The drug is called Ritallin or addral i have adhd so i need both of them i take two pills a day one for school and one for rugby practice and vitimins the first pill i take is a long burst that takes 30min to kick in and the second pill is a short burst and takes 4 min to kick in
This would be better if the presenter wasn't such a whiney weak plonker. The BBC quite obviously told him to down play all good effects and emphasise (or invent) any bad side effects. This documentary is so biased that its pissing me off. Anyone out there tried these??? Did you have any luck with them??? Can you still get them???
That poser at the beginning..basic pharmacokinetics states the absorption for oral administration should take at a *minimum* 30 minutes. The drug is then not ‘felt’ until the distribution process, where it can be observed in the blood..he isn’t feeling anything 5 seconds after dosing, except a wicked placebo high.
I take two drugs Citalopram (mood inhibitor), and Olanzapine (anti-psychotic) to treat my brain's chemical imbalance disease called schizophrenia. If I don't take my meds every day my brain hurts with an intense psychotic headache. I have found if I don't take my mood inhibitor now that I've taken it for years, the mood inhibitor acts like an anti psycotic or I feel the same brain pain from not taking both my meds daily. I have to take my mood inhibitor and anti-psycotic together for them to work. At first I was just on Risperdal and it worked great even better than what I am on now, but unfortunately after a few years of taking Risperdal it actually made me feel very ill worse than if I did not take it I personally will never try a drug with psychotropic properties from some sketchy online retailer, as I already know what it is like to be psychotic due to my schizophrenia. I don't want to get addicted to a drug, as I don't want to loose my freedom of not having to spend money on a drug that would get me addicted to. I know what it is like to struggle with an addiction and I don't want anymore addictions. I've tried smoking tobacco and marijuana. I liked the effects of smoking the tobacco better than what I felt like smoking marijuana. My brain felt tight and more alert smoking the tobacco. My brain felt slow and not as speedy smoking the marijuana, and I hated that feeling, as I struggle with that kind of brain resistance due to my schizophrenia. I don't smoke anything after trying tobacco, and marijuana a few times in my entire life. I don't drink alcohol or coffee. I extremely dislike the taste of alcohol. I don't drink coffee as I am a member of the church of Jesus Christ of latter-day saints and it is against my religion to drink coffee. I tried starbucks vanilla frappuccino and I like the drink but I don't drink it anymore for years now. I've seen the negative side effects taking harmful addictive illegal drugs via watching videos of YouTube about harmful addictive drugs, and that is enough scare for me to never want to get addicted to drugs.
Don't trust the GLOSSY BROCHURE! All drugs are ADVERTISED in videos, on line, ESPECIALLY ON THE NEWS. It's PAID PROMOTIONS. They don't care about you. They care about their bottom line. If you want to work or think better, TRAIN YOUR BRAIN.
These sound (based on side effects) like a run of the mill stimulant. Dehydration causes the headaches. (Low desire to eat or drink, likely more sweating than typical) not a lot of information about dosing but appears to have a longer half life. Likely why you never slept well after doing it all day. The last day you had to do more due to a building tolerance, looked a lot like how ritalin would effect a person.
I tossed them like gems! And they do work!!
1. Mind is so fast that I should use it for propulsion or else it becomes explosions. Setting goals right helps. x10 for Armodafinil
2. No sleep at all. x2 for armod
3. Very active physically.
4. Can read a 300 page book in a day line to line and remember all of it.
1. Feel my pulse high as if I’m running
2. Dry lips. (Only modafinil)
3. No sleep
Ask me more if you wanna know!
A.) Why in the HELL would you take a modafinil in the afternoon or evening for experimental purposes?
B.) Why in the HELL didn't you wait until you got home, took the pill in the morning, & then waited to see what the effects would be? You shouldn't be moving around when you don't know what's going to happen physically or mentally. You could end up getting stuck using a broken toilet somewhere.
Antidepressants are medications that can help relieve symptoms of depression, social anxiety disorder, anxiety disorders, seasonal affective disorder, and dysthymia, or mild chronic depression, as well as other conditions.
They aim to correct chemical imbalances of neurotransmitters in the brain that are believed to be responsible for changes in mood and behavior.
Depression Medications (Antidepressants)
These are the most commonly prescribed type of antidepressant.
Serotonin and noradrenaline reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs) are used to treat major depression, mood disorders, and possibly but less commonly attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), anxiety disorders, menopausal symptoms, fibromyalgia, and chronic neuropathic pain.
SNRIs raise levels of serotonin and norepinephrine, two neurotransmitters in the brain that play a key role in stabilizing mood.
Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are the most commonly prescribed antidepressants. They are effective in treating depression, and they have fewer side effects than the other antidepressants.
SSRIs block the reuptake, or absorption, of serotonin in the brain. This makes it easier for the brain cells to receive and send messages, resulting in better and more stable moods.
They are called "selective" because they mainly seem to affect serotonin, and not the other neurotransmitters.