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So-called "smart drugs" are drugs that can supposedly enhance your cognitive abilities. People all over the world are taking them in universities, offices and the comfort of their own home - to get ahead of the game. One drug, Modafinil - is amongst the most popular. It was labelled in August 2015 as the world’s first “safe” smart drug - off the back of research from Harvard and Oxford University. But is this true? And do “smart drugs" actually work? In this film, our reporter Benjamin Zand tries a drug himself - as he takes a first-hand look inside the world of so-called smart drugs. Subscribe to BBC News HERE http://bit.ly/1rbfUog Check out our website: http://www.bbc.com/news Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/bbcworldnews Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/bbcworld Instagram: http://instagram.com/bbcnews
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EBOWARRIOR (9 hours ago)
Just before going into an important meeting do a massive line of coke and you will rock the fuck out of that meeting.
it only works on people with sub par intellect lol
EVP DUO (1 day ago)
Just smoke weed you goofballs.
Nigga Yes u gay (9 hours ago)
EVP DUO ye tbh that’s true unless they need them
EVP DUO (11 hours ago)
Then they're doing drugs for the wrong reason.
Nigga Yes u gay (11 hours ago)
EVP DUO there not doing it to get high
tim hall (1 day ago)
psilocybin is the real smart drug
Adrian Bacon (1 day ago)
Okay so I thought I toally *bout watch a d movie I could empathize with given I actually did have almost 2.5 year period I pretty much don't even remember going to bed outside of pure exhaustion/fatigue from the absurd amount of SMART DRUGS I was shoveling into my body 4-5x/day 7 days/week and staying up 3-4 days at a time. That was a smart drugs nightmare. Took another 1 year sober after checking out of rehab a before I could convince myself I was capable of reading a book, even trying to attempt HW, or write an essay/paper. Post REAL smart drug, addition is like thinking you're watching life on a fuzzy black & white screen while everybody else is just having a grand ole time w/ their 80" plasma HD. Only things that seemed to help at first are going to gym & pushing yourself until you want to die, and switching to a healthier diet that you make all food yourself. Eventually though you form new neural pathways form as you leave old life further behind, begin to re-socialize yourself into normal society w/out being stimmed up, and start trying to get your stimulation, and pleasure from natural things like going for walk in park, swimming, reading good book. The only reason you felt any difference in your mental state whatsoever is because you were tired before taking it, and then began feeling full awake once the active ingredient kicked in. Which yes, you are naturally more energetic, and alert when you are at your peak 'awake'. Modafinil is literally just able to keep you feeling completely awake for extended periods, (3-4 Days For people who like to push it). Trust me when I'm telling you that does not feel even a little bit like taking a legitimate "Smart Drug", as a) Go to a library, grab a book, then take your Modafinil - it will feel, seem, and for all intensive purposes are just a reading a book, now b) instead of swallowing that pill you can get legally from multiple online sources, insert & swallow a 30mg Adderall - Sit Back - the pages are turning themselves, you're seeing lines fly by, understanding each, and somehow the entire outside world is kind of faded/dulled out compared to the seemingly amazing, most interesting book you've read in awhile. Then you crash & everything feels like it sucks just a little bit. All you want to do is sleep, but that also sound like the worst thing that you've thought of, and now for some reason your whole body is uncomfortable. You look down at the book, and somehow have managed to read more than 2/3 in what felt like a little over an hour. Now your brain begins the endless battle for control of your dopamine pathways..you essentially fed a hungry dog a filet mignon. You can either do the hard thing: walk away and let that dog's howls & whimpers slowly fade the further you get distance from it (not taking more drugs & letting memory of highly stimulating pleasure filled experience become a distant, unimportant memory) or the easy, and what seems like nice, right thing to do b/c it just looks so hungry & sad that maybe just half & then you'll be on your way (aaaand it just became exponentiallly harder to separate your real self from the self your new, fake self is portrayed by your pleasure centers to remember being - even though that form of yourself is actually an entirely different person than who you think you remember him being - the more you let this fake self show his true colors, the more you lose of yourself, and the more you just blindly let the new, demanding self take over how you live your life, who you hangout with, etc. Again if that was confusing : Brain --> Fake Awesome Self ----> More Pleasure & Reliance on Memory of Fake Awesome Self ---> Less Your actual self) That's how drugs really work all nice & abstract like for yah; and I think we both know now that I am not referring to the thing you can get on a site literally named after a cat open to the public internet (modafnilcat.com) The only thing about Modafinil that is a medical concern is if people use it to stay up the (3-4) high doses will easily low, a constant regime; as sleep debt is a very real thing & has been directly linked to vast number of serious medical conditions on setting at ages earlier than would normally. Moral of the Story: Whatever European Country this was made in has some pretty poor perspective on what SMART drugs actually do to make them considered SMART. If there's actual doctors supporting this claim aside from looking at someone who is dead tired, making them take a test, then giving them a Eugeroic and watching as, like magic, a fully alert person has performed better, thus he must be smarter now. I've listed & separate what classifies as a 'smart' drug proven to make you significantly more proficient in reading comprehension, slightly better at mathematics, and score higher on IQ scores when directly under the influence of. No Comment on what happens when those wear off or long-term affect Dextroamphetamine - Dopamine Stimulant Pushing Greater Amount Between Synpases (Adderall, Dexedrine) Dex/Methylphenidate - Dopamine/Norepinephrine Blocker Trapping Dopamine Between Synapses (Ritalin, Focalin) Aka Fake Cocaine Eugeroics - Wakefulness Promoting Drug (Modafinil, Provigil)
Prince Vegeta (2 days ago)
Why Ice Posidon on the thumbnail?
Blazing Demon (3 days ago)
I aint taking drugs u wont make me do it get out of my recommendation u aick fucks
penguinofstealth (3 days ago)
Moda did nothing for me except keep me awake
WashHtsWarrior (3 days ago)
I tried Adderall once, I didn't feel any better or more focused it just felt like I had a 3 hour adrenaline rush and I lost my appetite. Basically like drinking a lot of coffee.
WashHtsWarrior (1 hour ago)
Yeah I don't think so though. I got some pretty bad anxiety but I wasn't any faster, in fact my thoughts were so uncoordinated I kept getting confused.
Nigga Yes u gay (11 hours ago)
WashHtsWarrior that’s the thing you don’t really feel there working but they are
christospify (3 days ago)
If your brain was simple enough to understand you would be too simple to understand it .
nxri (3 days ago)
NZT ... Limitless ... Lucy
BobbyLFC Firmino (3 days ago)
I’m my school there bringing in sniffer dogs and if you have any drugs on you your getting drug tested and arrested
Nigga Yes u gay (11 hours ago)
BobbyLFC Firmino this is legal
cone conington (3 days ago)
But surely that test isn't accurate, he already knew what he was doing the 2nd time on modafanil.
OKNO. (3 days ago)
CryptoRaw (3 days ago)
Do a two week distilled water fast, and you'll become supra consciousness.
Carey Adviento (3 days ago)
What kind of side effects will it have?
Max Marshall (4 days ago)
Droid rage wife beaters.
Meaux Murda (4 days ago)
If I take a test. Then take a test again. I'm probably going to do about 10% better regardless of whether it was the same test or not. While the questions may not be the same, the format is the same. It's like taking the first test with a teacher and you get a B but you see what they are looking for and get A's afterward. I think all these smart drugs are moronic, if there truly was a "smart drug" it would be everywhere.
Robbie Tester (4 days ago)
keven_sava (4 days ago)
wait... so you're telling me that you normally fall asleep in less than an hour. it takes me about 3 hours to fall asleep and i take sleeping pills
keven_sava (4 days ago)
bruh.... why am i so unlucky XD
A.T (4 days ago)
keven_sava takes me less than 5 minutes
Loïc Coenen (5 days ago)
Who the fuck think it's a good idea to take a psychoactive (i.e. "it makes you smarter") drug on a daily basis, even for a week? It's a bad idea with caffeine or aspirin, it's a bad idea with alcohol, it's a bad idea with crack cocaine, it will be a bad idea with modafinil. It looks like you guys are a biased source of information designed to push the prohibition agenda
Adam DeFord (5 days ago)
Just micro dose ppl
ben thomson (5 days ago)
This smart drug takes 3 days to show cognitive results not a couple of hours 😂
A.T (4 days ago)
ben thomson I’m at work on 200mg of modafinil right now and I’m wired as fuck boi
ben thomson (4 days ago)
A.T I just don't get it. Why does catnip come into this now. It's getting really complicated. A. T please explain.
ben thomson (4 days ago)
A.T is this why? Catnip (Nepeta cataria) is the most popular cat-pleasing plant, because about 80 percent of cats react with glee to contact with nepetalactone, found in catnip leaves and stems. Responsive cats enjoy a psychosexual reaction that lasts up to 15 minutes, after which cats lose interest in the herb for at least an hour.
ben thomson (4 days ago)
A.T why you no speak A.T speak with us. We want to know. Why don't cacti need water
ben thomson (4 days ago)
A.T I'm getting worried. Are you OK?
CHARLIEM1010 (5 days ago)
The real question is, why in the hell does the government even care? Your never going to be able to save stupid people from themselves, at least not all of them. The government needs to back off. I've dabbled with a few different so called "smart drugs" and frankly I think these people on line make way too much out of it. It's not like your taking some super pill that will instantly turn you into a super hero.
Truth Tube (5 days ago)
Haha I just woke up from an afternoon snooze and I took 400mg modafinil this morning. It’s very mild and not as strong methylphenidate which I take daily. This video is misleading and clearly designed to push out a specific message.
blavio goes to 1337 (5 days ago)
When you start thinking that the best version of you is when you're on drugs, you might have some problems..
Nigga Yes u gay (11 hours ago)
blavio goes to 1337 not when it’s true
Rishikesh Shinde (5 days ago)
I am here to put a review on smart drug,after a while taking modafinil makes u dumb,that's the thing no body tells, actually it's not addictive but when your body is not on modafinil u start feeling stupid,we feel unproductive,and anger also increases,and to maintain your same state of mind you have to keep increasing dosage of modafinil,which is not quite economic,here in India we get modafinil for hardly 3-4 $ for 10 tablets but keeping on increasing the dosage is not quite economic
TheOsuDoge (5 days ago)
this is hilarious, who are these idiots have you all not done amphetamine before
Lyds Vids (6 days ago)
It's amphetamines the head ache,constant use of the toilet got all the symptoms of it
HD35MAN (6 days ago)
Where you went wrong you tried to take it everyday and you don't do that maybe every 3 days
planbskater2091 (6 days ago)
You’re holding the camera too close to that guy. Back the fuck up
Riley Mannion (6 days ago)
Kids at my school use vivands
Duane Brumbaugh jr (6 days ago)
Anything afects with dopeame like heroin will cause withdrawal n change ur brain chemistry if u take enough good luck getting off
bmsisawsome (6 days ago)
This is not the way to use moda
Mcgee Mcgoober (6 days ago)
Aguafria (7 days ago)
Do any Europeans work at BBC anymore? Do any English people work there?
Phil Newberry (7 days ago)
It's all essentially just speed, and yes it's a cognitive enhancer and not necessarily dangerous in itself when used in reasonable moderation.
madscientistshusta (7 days ago)
I love my adderal
Doğuş Asan (7 days ago)
Kiyoshi Kouhei (7 days ago)
Christopher Carr (7 days ago)
This guys an idiot and typical of the bbc to script the show. If u dont eat ull get an headache the lumps look like bites and your so called friend is an active guy that worksout eats well and is always keeping busy. Whilst your just talking to a camera doing fuck all what do u expect to happen 😂
PixelPhobiac (7 days ago)
Modafinil is pussy stuff. The *raceteam family is the way to go
sivelllevis (7 days ago)
could i have some mentats?
Joe Janedoe (8 days ago)
That bench by the water looked so peaceful
First Last (8 days ago)
Just an observation: According to Motherboard/Vice, all the nootropic pages are getting banned and demonetized. So YouTube, why aren't you banning or demonetizating this?
Eric Dell (8 days ago)
Side effects is anal seepage and the earge to buy depends.
Quinn's Quest (8 days ago)
the kid Benjamin lookin like Ice Poseidon
Ben Geary (8 days ago)
Quinn's Quest cx
YouMockMe (8 days ago)
Hmmmm..... taking this with a LOW DOSE psilocybin. Your neurotransmitters will be going off like a full auto AK
YouMockMe (8 days ago)
Scratch that. This sounds like a low dose 'upper' But then again, LMK how it goes internet!
Hunk (8 days ago)
Antidepressants?? Limitless?? Anyone?
Net B (8 days ago)
lol...he wasn't smart enough for the smart pill
CrackHack (8 days ago)
How does he even know he's actually taking Modafinil??? He bought that shit from sketchy website, illegally selling it! Probably made either in China, or Russia. God only knows what was in those pills???
Tony (8 days ago)
I don't think there is any absolutely safe drug . They come out with drugs and then report effects years later that the drug affected some in a very negative way . No drug is safe some may be less of a risk than others but they all carry risks and how our specific bodies / body react to them . I realise this is just common sense , but people let their logic go out the window when it comes to drugs or at least some people do
Brendan Cronin (8 days ago)
Sounds and looks like speed to me
Joseph Orourke (8 days ago)
angelo jara (8 days ago)
Your pil was Concerta your side effect was exactly and you buyed them from india så it can be a fake version of the pil your friend buyed
angelo jara (8 days ago)
Sounds like cheap amfetamin
TheSamttatze (8 days ago)
you know... if your already living in a nightmare because you had a bit of a headache and you couldnt fall asleep immediately... your life is pretty good :D
Yeah you lose Harry (8 days ago)
So it’s a safer adderall lol
don dada (8 days ago)
if the pill enhances you, you wouldn't be dumb enough to post it on youtube #factzz =
willpower is a very undervalued concept now a days
malton0 (8 days ago)
That hilarious was looking at futur prodiction of drugs this was one of them had side affect of weakening bones and addictive.
Rayrockny (8 days ago)
Jason is a athlete? Sure he is
James Alexander (8 days ago)
Got a spider/mosquito bite....must have been the drug lol what a knob head
James Alexander (8 days ago)
Drank a pre workout drink with the pill....oh yea i feel it. Meat head lol
Tague Relyea (8 days ago)
They out law everything and people still get it and do it pretty soon they’re gonna out law tastey food and they’ll confiscate your hypothalamus charge you with possession
Jona Adams (8 days ago)
Underwhelming, but not a nightmare. Heroin, now that offers a true nightmare. Not that I've tried it or anything.
Mike Kazban (8 days ago)
"Positive-minded" apparently means instantly seeking a drug to fix your problems to that tech guy
Spiral of Sound (8 days ago)
Bullshit. Pill to become even more of a machine to the system. Getting people deeper in the illusion.
LetsBeClear (9 days ago)
I want to see research on the combined effect of lsd and modafinil
loopiewho (9 days ago)
all drugs are harmfuland they all have side effects. None cure anything at all. Or you would not have to keep taking them. The only winners are the drug company's who make money. The doctors are just drug pushers too. They get paid to prescribe more and more drugs if any of those drugs worked you would only have to take it for a short time. these drug company's should. Be arrested and sent to jail and made to pay damages as well
UB3RFR3NZY (9 days ago)
Lol, so the pills gave him a mosquito bite did they? And the headaches were due to dehydration, which was because he was urinating so frequently, however some drugs do cause frequent urination as a side effect. It could be that modafinil is diuretic, but I've never heard that before so it's probably not connected to the drug. He was probably just anxious or something. The brandname is provigil. I think his grievances are the result of going in expecting it to be bad or have adverse effects. He said he was worried to take it and he's obviously skeptical of buying medication online.
Bernie Mendoza (9 days ago)
If your taking smart pill to be smart then you must need it because your an idiot.
FakeNews (9 days ago)
Placebo effect.
Jay Jay (9 days ago)
This isn't IcePosiden....
Thiago Freitas (9 days ago)
I rather have 4-5 espressos mixed with coconut oil throughout the day along with a healthy diet and exercise. There's no crash or other negative side effects and I also know exactly what I'm putting into my system.
Monkey Mike (9 days ago)
Just smoke meth this seems dangerous!
Elliot Nunez (9 days ago)
One adderall can keep me focused on one thing for like 16 hours
Harrysound (9 days ago)
No wonder mental illness is epidemic
He bought Modafinil online and said there was no way to know if it was the real thing. So why didn't he take it to a lab first and find out what was actually in those tablets?
N. S. (9 days ago)
Not sure how this qualifies as a "nightmare". I was expecting he grew a third arm or something. And, as others have pointed out, this is not a qualified test of the drug vs placebo. So this one reporter took it, had side effects, and made a shitty movie about it. This is journalism now???
c fair (9 days ago)
What a load of barnacles
Jonathan Malmberg (9 days ago)
NZT man
Nicholas Cooper (9 days ago)
Why didnt you have the pills tested to prove what was in the pill.
kyle ralston (9 days ago)
All drugs should be legal! You should have enough sense to know what you need, also! Every drug is not for every person. His buddy was handling his business for 2 years, but this guy was a train wreck in 2 days. He probably would be ok we less dosing too. But ultimately, he knew he was fine without it. Drugs are a filler for something missing, not to enhance. That could be nutritional, emotional, or a lack of what you body would naturally produce. What he was doing looked like the effects of meth. Be nice if he could go to a dispensary and have some one explain, advise, and help set plan for safe use. Instead in America he would have committed a felony and face heavy penalty of money, confiscation, and possibly jail time. But we are the land of the free. 😂
rusty trichomes (9 days ago)
i need this stuff for wen im out planting my weed plants in the spring . i allways forget stuff
Dan man (9 days ago)
probably allergic to something in the pill if hes getting spots
Poppetje3DAnimation (9 days ago)
Could be some nice weight loss pills leleleleeleleleelel
Thelegitcrafter (9 days ago)
Just hit a gym or go for a run for the same feeling
Granny KensBest (9 days ago)
In science we call it a dose. Not a hit
Scott M (9 days ago)
Nightmare? Hardly.
liankyquette (9 days ago)
awful camera work !
MsNooneinparticular (9 days ago)
I was Rx'ed Modafinil in college for daytime fatigue (narcolepsy?) & it was weak sauce. Kept me from napping but didn't take away my fatigue AT ALL. Which was like being stuck in purgatory. And shit was expensive, so I never refilled it. Sorry excuse for a stimulant.
Forgivmysins (9 days ago)
Sounds a lot like x or molly ..... 🤷🏾‍♀️
Mark Lucchinelli (9 days ago)
You smart drug nightmare? Oh no u missed out on a couple of hours sleep and got a pimple on your arm. Proper requiem for a dream shit mate!
Neo Dore (9 days ago)
This is a topic for Vice.
AyDayDay (10 days ago)
Always remember there is a trade off.
Robert jardine (10 days ago)
Next time when you do the experiment on your self get your drugs tested so know what you are taking so the test can be done accurate !!
Melissa0774 (10 days ago)
What happens when people with disorders like Alzheimers or certain mental illnesses that affect cognition, take this stuff? Does it help them?
Snoitseuq Pi (10 days ago)
Im a non responder. Amphetamines for me.

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