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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?

Here are few of our favorites:

And check out the list below for the best of the rest...


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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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As the popularity of smart drugs and cognitive enhancement technologies becomes more widespread, questions of ethics and fairness rise to the surface. We remember that along with the scientific question of “can we” is the ethical sibling question “should we”?

Big Data, Modern Alkame, smart drugs, nootropics

Is there a scalable way for people to benefit from others’ experience without having to comb through Reddit threads and best-guess which writers’ stories applied to them? Garrett Ruhland’s search for a solution led to the formation of his company, Modern AlkaMe.

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Try these 4 Nootropics and reach your 2016 Health and Fitness New Year’s Goals

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Get your smartypants ready for our year-end finale as Jesse and Dr. Edward Calabrese dive into the world of Hormesis and dose response thresholds.

Holiday Gift Guide 2015

Stumped on what to get your favorite smarty pants this holiday season? Fear not!  We’ve put together a short list of “favorite things” that help us stay smart. For Your Parents… Cognitive enhancers for brains that have been around the block. Creatine Monohydrate Brand:  BulkSupplements Creatine’s not just for bodybuilders!  Check out Episode 75, Creatine: …

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