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Here we dive into the nitty-gritty details of various smart drugs. 

What’s the difference between "nootropics" and "cognitive enhancers"?  What mechanism of action creates a certain effect in our brains?  How safe are different smart drugs?  Do they really work?

Otherwise, scroll down and enjoy...

Kava plant

Kava, a traditional Polynesian drink, has a host of benefits: it’s relaxing, a mood booster, and relieves pain.


Do you think nicotine is evil? Well, think again. Dr. Grunberg is back to tell us more about the cognitive enhancing properties of nicotine.

Alpha GPC episode

Alpha-GPC is an essential precursor to the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, responsible for focus, learning, and memory.


Dr. Andrew Scholey talks to us about his research on Ginseng, including the optimal dose and ways in which Ginseng out-performs Modafinil.

melted chocolate with text reading yum! you're smarter

Good news for chocoholics: People who eat a small amount of chocolate at least once a week perform better cognitively.

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Need help talking to a nootropics naysayer? We’ve put together a cheatsheet of comebacks and rebuttals you can swipe the next time you come across a skeptic.

Bacopa Monnieri

In episode 126, Professor Con Stough talks to Jesse about Bacopa, the oldest herbal medicine in the world. A powerful memory enhancer that promotes synaptogenesis, this is one herb you’ll want to want to add to your medicine cabinet, regardless of your age.

cannabidiol, CBD, smart drugs, nootropics, marijuana

Compounds in the hemp plant are so potent within the human body that an entire class of naturally-occurring molecules inside humans (the “endocannabinoids”) are named after the plant — ​not the other way around! In Episode 124, Jesse interviews athlete, author and fitness trainer Ben Greenfield about Cannabidiol (CBD), the most medically versatile of the cannabinoids.

supplement, quality assurance, nootropics, smart drugs

LabDoor’s goal is full-spectrum testing of the majority of consumer supplements — upwards of 10,000 different products. One piece of their innovative approach is to have users vote on what category of supplements gets added to their next battery of tests.

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