Brain HealthGeneral brain health knowledge unrelated to nutrition or supplements.
NeuroscienceThe latest breakthroughs in brain and mind research.
Smart DrugsChemical supplements aimed at boosting brain performance.
NutritionHow our food choices affect neurochemistry and cognitive function.
FringeResearch outside the mainstream, psychoactive substances and taboo topics.
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?
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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.
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.
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.
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”?
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.