The podcast is the how-and-why Smart Drug Smarts got started. Essentially, Jesse wanted a good excuse to call smarty-pants scientists and have a chat. Difficult to do under normal circumstances; a little easier with a snazzy logo and a $100 microphone.

This page is an archive of our growing treasure-trove of past episodes. Fun-fact for the new listeners: Not all the guests agree with one another on the proper care and feeding of your brain!

Listen with an open mind, discerning ear, and (always important) healthy skepticism.

Episode 50
The Pain Episode


Professor Lorimer Moseley from the University of South Australia shares with us his extensive knowledge on the way our brains process pain.

Episode 49
Sensory Deprivation Tanks


Jesse speaks to Crash, owner of Float Lab Technologies, a sensory deprivation tank center in Venice Beach, California. Crash explains the ins and outs of the Float Lab experience, and what can happen to our minds when they’re freed from all external distractions.

Episode 48
25 Years of Holosync Meditation


Jesse interviews Bill Harris, meditation guru, founder of The Centerpointe Research Institute, and creator of Holosync Audio Technology. Bill tells us how we can gain more self-awareness in order to exercise choice in our lives, and how Holosync Technology can get us on the fast track to deep-level meditation.

Episode 47
Do You Need a “Living Autopsy”?


Jesse interviews Dr. Eric Braverman, best-selling author of books The Edge Effect and Younger You, and founder of the PATH Medical Center in New York.

Episode 46
Improving on Piracetam with Noopept

Noopept - From Russia with Love to Your Brain

Dr. Rita Ostrovskaya, world-leading expert and co-creator of Noopept, joins us to shed some light on this new-to-the-scene nootropic.

Episode 45
Axon: an App for the Nootropics Community


Jesse discusses the soon-to-be-released mobile app Axon, aimed at the nootropics-loving community in general, and Smart Drug Smarts fans in particular.

Episode 44
Do-It-Yourself Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation

Do-it-Yourself tDCS

Jesse interviews Nathan Whitmore, creator of the open-source project “OpenBrainStim”, an affordable alternative to commercial transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS) devices.

Episode 43
Is Cognitive Enhancement Ethical?


We speak to Dr. Nicole A. Vincent and Dr. Emma A. Jane, co-authors of the article “Put Down the Smart Drugs,” on the ethics of cognitive enhancement. Jesse weighs in with his own views on the speculative rights and wrongs of nootropics use.

Episode 42
Nootropics on Wall Street


Dr. Andrew Hill joins us to talk about his recent study conducted at the Alternatives Brain Institute, measuring the effects of truBrain on some of the quickest minds on Wall Street.

Episode 41
Daniel Kim-Shapiro on Beetroot Juice and Cognition


Jesse speaks to Daniel Kim-Shapiro, Director of the Translational Science Center at Wake Forest University and expert on this week’s topic: beetroot juice.