Brain Health,
Sci + Society,
Smart Drugs,

#098: Adderall Perspectives

October 16, 2015

“All my life I felt like I was playing a sport with one leg, and now suddenly I had two.” That’s how one user describes his first experience with Adderall – a psychoactive stimulant that works by increasing the activity of the neurotransmitters noradrenaline and dopamine in the brain. In episode #98, Jesse goes off-script with the normal episode format and throws four prescribed Adderall users into the mix. You will hear perspectives on everything from initial experiences with the drug and dosages to weighing the positive against the negative effects. Get ready to walk away with a strong opinion… but it could go either way.

Jesse also shares some encouraging news about developments in stem cell research, plus a delicious (or disgusting – depending on your perspective) Halloween recipe. Some baking required.

PS: Want to brush up on noradrenaline or dopamine? Check out our Know Your Neurotransmitters episodes on each.

PPS: Keeping your neurons ticking with the latest pulse from the world of neuroscience is as easy as signing up for our newsletter.

Show Notes
  • 00:00:49

    Different people - different perspectives.

  • 00:02:13

    This Week In Neuroscience: Advances in the fight against brain aging.

  • 00:03:41

    The audience interaction segment.

  • 00:05:31

    How this episode came to be - The backstory.

  • 00:06:41

    Initial experience with Adderall.

  • 00:11:34


  • 00:12:27

    The physiological effects - weighing the pros and cons.

  • 00:22:25

    Prescribed vs non-prescribed usage and best practices.

  • 00:26:22

    Jesse shares his thoughts on Adderall.

  • 00:28:00

    Ruthless Listener Retention Gimmick: A big bloody brain.

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