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How People Use Brain Steroids to Get a Mental Edge

Make your brain’s gears function better now. Make your brain’s gears function better now.

People take all kinds of drugs, legal and illegal…alcohol, tobacco, caffeine, anti-depressants, cocaine, meth, peyote, Ritalin, oxycontin, Adderall, Focalin, Provigil, sleeping pills…. the list of drugs people take is almost endless, and changes all the time based on new discoveries, fads and economic realities.

Except in the cases of drugs that are taken to treat or prevent disease, drug use is often associated with an age-old human tradition: the desire to alter your state of mind so that new feelings, abilities and capacities arise.

Anthropologists talk about entheogens: natural substances (usually derived from plants) that alter consciousness.

But nowadays, more and more people who want to sharpen their minds for success in school and at work are using what are called smart drugs, brain steroids, and cognitive enhancers.

These aren’t recreational feel-good intoxicants. Instead, they’re pharmaceutical or nutraceutical substances that change neurochemistry so users feel more ability to concentrate, create, and produce intellectual and artistic output.

I’ve tried some of these substances; I’ve also spent a lot of time researching the field of “nootropics,” which is what some people call smart drugs.

Please note that I am not a physician nor do I have medical training. I am not recommending that you use smart drugs. You should always consult with your doctor before you take smart drugs, vitamins or anything else that could have health effects.

When you do consult your physician, you might find out that your physician opposes what I call “proactive, life-enhancing medicine.”

Indeed, most doctors are taught to treat disease, aging and other problems after they’ve become apparent, rather than to attempt to help patients prevent problems through healthy diet, exercise, lifestyle choices and interventions such as smart drugs.

In this regard, smart drugs are a preventive and/or a restorative for people who experience memory deficits, lack of clarity in thinking, mental fatigue, difficulty concentrating, and similar issues.

On top of these benefits, the first smart drug I ever took- called Piracetam- helped me detox off of dependence on alcohol and tobacco. It took the edge off of withdrawal symptoms, lifted my mood, and allowed me to work through the anxiety and bad feelings that often dominate people trying to kick evil habits.

Piracetam is a legal nootropic in the United States, so I was able to obtain it easily. Some smart drugs are actually prescription pharmaceuticals, so you must have a doctor’s authorization to take them.

Whenever I am experimenting with my first use of a smart drug, I always take the smallest possible dose. For example, I purchased Piracetam from a company called Nubrain. It was provided in 800-milligram capsules.

I looked at the dosage recommendations in various smart drugs books and websites, and as always, I erred on the side of caution. This means I broke open the capsule and took a fraction of the 800 mg, probably 50 mg.

Then I carefully monitored my mind and body to see if there were any effects. I waited two days, and then tripled the dose. I repeated this regime, increasing the dosage as I went along.

When I got to about 600 mg, I first noticed effects. These included the ability to read faster and retain more of what I read. My thoughts were more lucid, and I was extra creative.

I experienced no side effects while taking 600 mg per day for a few weeks while I was working on a research project. When I discontinued use, I had mild withdrawal symptoms, but nothing harsh.

Smart people talk about smart drugs.

As I said before, smart drugs should be used only after you’ve consulted a physician and done research. They aren’t for everybody. However, they are an increasingly-popular tool used by college students, businesspeople, scientists and others who want to sharpen their minds.

Look for discussion of other smart drugs in future articles here at Rosebudmag.com. In my experience, they are a part of my toolkit for enhancing and enjoying the hydroponics lifestyle that we all cherish.

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