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My 'smart drugs' nightmare - BBC News

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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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Chris Groves (6 hours ago)
If I could find something that could make me better, faster, stronger with no downsides? Fuck yeah, I'd try that.
Plan D (8 hours ago)
Let's flood black neighborhoods with this
Paul R (13 hours ago)
If ya cock n ball shrink there whizz LOL😂
ZoKKeRFreAK (13 hours ago)
Sounds like pretty much any other stim
Private Slowpoke (22 hours ago)
Limitless anybody? Got some real NCT right here!
M G (1 day ago)
The test that qualified you as a "GENIUS" is Obviously BullShit... You order drugs from India, then discover an old friend of yours is already using something with the same name'brand (he gets his from a trustworthy source) *Sooo,* rather than spending a few extra bucks & getting your supply from your friend's trusted supplier, you decide to ingest the cheap dodgy crap from India instead?!? Yeah ~ that's clearly the mind of a Genius at work... *NØT!!!*
ian sutton (1 day ago)
Nightmare? This little guy has lived a pretty sheltered life I’d say. Groggy and a bug bite is not what I’d use when telling the story of a nightmare
Zahid Lala (1 day ago)
Why does this guys face looks like he's on ecstasy
MyEcoLife (2 days ago)
When people take the right kind of ORMUS or magnetic trap water, etc.....they say its as though everything starts to align for you... its as though a lot of your cells in your body have broken cellphone antennas which inhibits proper communication, but on ORMUS etc the broken cellphone antennas repair and communication of cells is enhanced not only regards to things in your body, but more supernatural experiences outside the body and things really start to flow for you and just fall into place naturally........
MyEcoLife (2 days ago)
That tiny room with a fireplace is strange.....I wonder if they put a wall there later on and I'm sure they don't use the fireplace anymore
Sidshi Hatake (3 days ago)
Anyone here for the comments?
Aaron Truth TV (3 days ago)
I don't care what anyone says.. nobody has what I have. MDNT will turn you into a real go getter and have fun at same time. You don't have to take my word for it. Look at what others had to say about MDNT . www.greentohealth.weebly.com/testimonials
ian sutton (1 day ago)
Aaron Truth TV no just shut the fuck up and toss my salad.
Klaa2 (3 days ago)
None of these are what I or anybody I know consider "Smart Drugs", as they lack all the proper characteristics that defined the term. These are merely pharmaceuticals. None of the "Smart Drugs" I've ever taken in the past are even mentioned, and I've taken MANY. Don't believe everything you see on the BBC. This one was a big fail. Also, everyone in this video is a douchebag.
Fernanda Peres (4 days ago)
I take Venvanse for a while and it has really help me to get a more productive day even with my major depression. These drugs really help a lot of people and as any drug it can be harmful if it's use without prescription. My depression is so bad that I can sleep a entire day even when I take the drug, so I really need this extra energy. If you do not fit the prescription, do not be stupid and fry your perfectly healthy brain with those drugs. Respect yourself and your body. I would give anything to not have to deal with my condition every single day.
ian sutton (1 day ago)
I thought that was a kind of conditioner for your hair. It’s really working for you by the way. I just don’t think that would really help with depression.
Ali Hassan (4 days ago)
I would like to order a batch and give it to my wife, she’s been acting stupid lately.
SuperMikeAttack (4 days ago)
What's up with your boy's nose? He's like constantly sniffling like he rails that shit daily.
wanetta renay (5 days ago)
I wonder if such drugs can cause Parkinson disease after protracted use, as has, cocaine in some users be cautious what you feed your brain, lest you reach the point of diminishing returns,
Pikachu Can Lift BRO (5 days ago)
Man, its WORK not WERK
WV Gunslingers (5 days ago)
Modafinil takes about 45-60 minutes for onset. The bumps you got are something i've seen, but they go away after a day or two. Usually mine were on my feet or palms. I quit taking it because of it. It definitely improved my thinking. I wrote about 10k lines of code for a project in about 4 days...
Candy Gobbler (5 days ago)
That bump is a damn midge bite, bbc I know you love fuelling the war on drugs but just stop making a mockery of yourselves
X YZ (6 days ago)
Why would you take ANYTHING ? ( Ego, vanity, jealousy....and sheep mentality.)
Dead Lettuce (2 days ago)
I think the reason they'd attempt taking this would be to increase their productivity. So no, not any of the reasons you stated.
TRUTH & LIES & FAME (6 days ago)
any chemical taken orally takes about 20 minutes to enter the blood stream, so saying he felt it instantly is just not possible, best thing for a clear brain is good food, good sleep. and be active, cycle, walk, nothing to strenuous, avoid alcohol and drugs. free and simple.
Jigme Bhutia (6 days ago)
karitakon (7 days ago)
"Got it from India." The headquarters for bunk drugs
Mr. Croc (7 days ago)
So his score was better before taking modafinil??
Ikko Mikura (7 days ago)
I’ve been doing modafinil for a few months now. I used to take them most days throughout the week at start after realising how much memory I gained throughout the day. I could remember almost everything that was said on podcast episodes and could process information so much quicker and analyse them so much quicker as well, saving my time. Now I only take one every now and then when I feel fresh enough for work or have an important occasion. One of my friends only gets headaches from this. It really depends on the person. That’s why there is so many different opinions on it, because it works and doesn’t work for some people 🤗
Viktor (7 days ago)
What is the site where he bought that ?
Pontus Johansson (7 days ago)
This person is litterary an idiot. Talk about clueless person
RIN SuGaR (8 days ago)
Can we get this in the US??
omnigeddon (8 days ago)
if im like this normally all the time (even when i was 4 i was scholastically tested and scored (9th grade min self taught - unknown) for score... also i tried dmt 3 years ago and i didnt work even after 4 bong ripsof pure dmt from a dmt bong.. u think this drug would effect dmt? if u took both? or prevent it? or im on this effect?
TheGreendabomb (8 days ago)
That was an insect bite. Do you REALLY think that people are that stupid? 🙄 Pathetic fake news.
Liam Tan (8 days ago)
I have been taking Moda for a few months. The reason why this reporter is having issues is because he is taking his dosage at the wrong frequencies and times of the day. If you take Moda after 7 - 8 am, you will not sleep that night. If you want to have a productive, focused day, take it in the morning, drink 2 litres of water a day to stay hydrated, and get to bed at a reasonable hour. Take it at most every other day.
Chris Billington (8 days ago)
12:23 he's just on his first comedown, aw bless
Danefrak (8 days ago)
Is that Shapiro on the tv in the gym lol
bertiebassett84 (8 days ago)
I can't go near these things due to the effect they have on heart rate and anxiety. They all tend to be reasonably strong stimulants that can also trigger existing irregular heartbeat conditions. I can't see these sorts of pills being safe for long term use. It'd be interesting to see if there is a link between these and heart failure in old age.
Scouse Shamrock (8 days ago)
I want this now
Taemeister (9 days ago)
Modafinil is for the weak. Healthy diet, sleep, and discipline is the way to go.
Aizuddin Hashim (9 days ago)
You didnt experienced it because maybe you are already smart and taking too many precaution on everything. Those who felt it probably àint so good precaution just like you did.
Adam Logan (9 days ago)
From personal experience it sounds like you have been getting ripped off or you are taking a mixture of stimulants like amphetamines, ephidrine etc... the lack of appetite and feeling more "high" later on sounds like amphetamines and ritalin good video though someones got to do it
Abraham Figz (9 days ago)
Must take pills with food. After a major meal Man
Ngangbam Robinchandra (10 days ago)
An absolute lei. It's one of the pharmaceutical promotions as its the leading industry in terms of emptying pockets.
scar face (10 days ago)
Euphedrine caffeine and Advil that's how u lose 100 pounds in a month
The OGSmokA (5 days ago)
Excedrin and adderall homie.
MarsShaker War * (10 days ago)
+++ How many conspiracy theories do you have to get correct until you are a whistleblower?
sonicgauge1 (11 days ago)
Limitless, ?
Jason Cox (11 days ago)
Was taking the same test you took 2 hours ago one of the "factors" that could have helped in getting you that 10-15% increase?
Mr.SmithGNR Smith (11 days ago)
Wow..what bullshit
Spam Sandwich (12 days ago)
BBC is sensation p3ddlers what does THAT do to the brain ?
Blinker 182 (12 days ago)
Josh G (12 days ago)
They kind of suck when you have the wrong motives....
reinalyn faris (13 days ago)
You just took it dummy! And u already feelin it? I call bullshit on that
Elisapeta Fiaola (13 days ago)
Oooooh limitlessssss
Patrick Menzies (13 days ago)
The most likely reason the guy can't sleep is because he took modafinil late (modafinil has a long half-life). The most likely reason he had a headache was because of lack of intake of choline. The reason for the spots was probably because of this thing called allergies! Seriously the guy could've done research before diving in.
saul oneill (13 days ago)
If you want modafinil in the UK then just fill out the forms on the online pharmacies like UK Meds Direct, answer the questions with symptoms of narcolepsy and you get it prescribed
KYSS (13 days ago)
Modifinil just just me anxiety & tiredness 😑
Altoids 4life (14 days ago)
Genuine shitbait
Jenna Knight (14 days ago)
i took piracatam for a month straight and deveopled a sever anxiety disorder. i damaged brain receptors because i didnt take acetylcholine with the pills. i have since chilled out and i take alpha brain by onnit.
EzandRach .Campos (14 days ago)
There is a downside 2 every drug.
juan Carrera (14 days ago)
I’m not gonna take that crap no way I like my sleep and I don’t want speed
juan Carrera (14 days ago)
You’re taking speed ! It’s a form of methamphetamine! In a really low dose all the symptoms that you just described same thing as speed !
KYSS (13 days ago)
The effects of the brain are closer to cocaine, not speed.
juan Carrera (14 days ago)
I’ve heard of these and I don’t believe it the pills not gonna make you smarter books are going to make you smarter
Since it affects your nor-adrenaline and dopamine system, it affects your adrenal glands and thus regulates a stress response that temporarily gives you a concentration boost and temporarily affects your bladder. In the long term that can cause exhaustion because you ask more of your body than is good for you. If that professor says that they do not know how it works, then I do not understand this is generally known. And do not tell me that I know better than a professor while I have a much lower salary. :P Pharmaceutical industry XD trying to sell us wonders
VNM _ (14 days ago)
when you have logorrhoea and you think you're so much smarter doesn't mean that what you're telling is smart as you think it, cocaine and other amphetamine based drugs may give you this wrong impression and if you abuse it, you will be stuck in a cycle of lying yourself that you are smarter. Things will be done because you are more awake and you can concentrate better, but you can do that with THE other drug: caffeine.
Blunt Dude (15 days ago)
Ask the professors at Nottingham. Caffine is the wonder drug
James Scobie (15 days ago)
The first step to being smarter shouldn't be....giving a company in India your credit card info. Seems to have some irony.
naree lalam (12 days ago)
James Scobie I got scammed by apple by giving my credit card info.
Jim Jiminy (15 days ago)
Great advert! *heads to internet to buy madafinyl*
Megha (16 days ago)
damn ben looks so good
Megha (16 days ago)
Carter Rucker (16 days ago)
Focalin has the same affect
Carter Rucker (16 days ago)
Nuck Chorris (17 days ago)
This should of been called "Modafinil don't take it. but if you do take it order it online."
RK Newell (17 days ago)
Meth by any other name is still meth.... even if it's marketed as Providgal
Blunt Dude (9 days ago)
+RK Newell exactly prescription or not it's still amphetamine with. Methyl group
Blunt Dude (9 days ago)
+RK Newell exactly prescription or not it's still amphetamine with. Methyl group
RK Newell (9 days ago)
Blunt Dude hence my original post - Meth by any other name is still Meth
Blunt Dude (9 days ago)
Meth is meth.... Where I live it's bad. All 90% and up junkies everywhere. Had to run em off from nextdoor last night
RK Newell (9 days ago)
Frag Jflo Scopez from 1982 - 1996 Meth was life. Conversely I lived in CenCal at this time during the advent of the "SuperLabs" as described by both the DEA & FBI.and Fresno County was known as the World Capital for meth production & use...... more can be said... appreciate your viewpoint
Brian Fromps (17 days ago)
Modafinil def work's
Hebdeba V (17 days ago)
this all some sallygapplin humbump bullshit you just a bunchof dastardcunts
Caustic Detergent (17 days ago)
i legit pop Modafinil like smarties.....believe me they don't do anything like what these guys are saying....
marian marinescu (17 days ago)
smart drugs only work on dumb consumers like all drugs
Mentality (18 days ago)
I got my first batch the other day, the first day it woke me right up and had me pretty focused, then I got home at 3pm (took it at 8:30) and passed out for a couple hours. I took it again this morning and it didn't do much at all, save for a splitting headache the first half of the day. I'm currently going through severe caffeine withdrawals (going from a gram or more per day to nothing but excedrin to help mitigate the headaches) and adrenal fatigue, so using modafinil to counter the extreme moodiness and lethargy from the lack of caffeine. The first day I just felt happy and well rested, like I'd had a good night's sleep and not much else. Socially I felt a bit constrained, like the only things I could say were purely logical and sequential responses to what people were saying. Not much wit or creativity, but at the same time it also helped a lot with impulse control and I got much more done at work and wasn't bothered by the workload at all. I'd say it's similar to caffeine in that it can help you do things you already know how to do in a more efficient manner and for longer amounts of time, but when it comes to learning new material it can actually be more of a hindrance due to putting the brain on a more straight-shot logical path. This morning when I took it, my head just hurt like crazy for a few hours and it didn't do much to alter my mood or keep me awake at all. My theories are either that this has to do with caffeine withdrawal and general sleep deprivation over the last couple weeks, a bad or mismeasured batch of pills, or acetylcholine depletion. At any rate, I'll take another one tomorrow morning after I've had more time to wake up and see if this really is a temporary wonder drug for the acutely fatigued.
iOS GameHub (18 days ago)
that kid has some problems lol
CommunityNirvana (19 days ago)
thought that was Ice Poseidon
Jo LAKE (19 days ago)
Taken Providual/Modofinil for over a decade. I have experienced nothing like those effect, just not falling asleep all the time. I quit it for over a week and barely noticed. The only concern is that there is no explanation of specific action for this drug on your brain.
Priscilla Ross-Fox (19 days ago)
Modafinil and Armodafinil are crappy drugs. PERIOD
Lazar Catalina (19 days ago)
Modafinil increase levels of dopamine and adrenaline. If he doesnt have a low dopamine in his brain,of course u feel nausea,because it will be an overdose of dopamine. This med is good for people like me,who suffers from chronic fatigue syndrome and hypersomnia, If i dont take anything,last time i slept 1 week,20 hours per day.I hate sleeping,is wasting life.
Gee Smith (20 days ago)
Fuck taking any pill that comes from India. if anything you need to test that tablet to see wots really in that tablet
lavinia johnson (20 days ago)
Though this is interesting the BBC should be above click bate titles this wasn't a nightmare only a mild annoyance. And some of the 'side reactions' could have been due from the loss of appetite like the headache and tiredness but he should have got a caravan for his brain and there also should have been a few more cognitive tests done. Overall expended a little more investigation and less fluff
Steve Giggles (21 days ago)
Nightmare? You got bit by a mosquito bro.
rafal szulczewski (21 days ago)
this is useless vid. seriously guys, get your act together
logan (21 days ago)
It’s called adderal
EffJayR (22 days ago)
If anything stimulates you, you have to be very hydrated. People seem to not know how hydrated we have to be you should drink at least a whole gallon a day, 2 glasses of water rite when you wake up. Our bodies are mostly made of water and a ton of people are dehydrated on a day to day basis and don’t even know it...
Thomas Grey (22 days ago)
I've spent 40-years having gone through life and have NEVER taken drugs. This vid has me thinking I just might start with this. . .
atifi mushtaq (22 days ago)
Then new nzt
Anon (24 days ago)
He's talking about entering credit card info on unsecured dark web sites... What a moron... That's what cryptocurrency like bitcoin is for... Moron
Anon (24 days ago)
6:43 "My first ever *hit* of modafinil" Moron.
joyt y I g ftig (24 days ago)
u get the same results with amphetamines.......
Daniel Mims (26 days ago)
Dude got headaches because he didn't eat. No appetite? Drink a smoothie or protein shake. If you eat it will work better
Xdray Gul (26 days ago)
Well this is all entirely bullshit.
KeepItLit (26 days ago)
Maybe some of these people have legit ADHD. Then no wonder these drugs help lol.
KeepItLit (26 days ago)
Why do I feel like I can get the same effect as those drugs just by focusing.
Ella Lima (27 days ago)
he looks like Zayn
Maxxx Modelz (27 days ago)
Why did you blur the clock in the background when you were taking the test? Also, was the test the same one you took before the drug and after? if they were the same, then couldn't any improvement have just been from familiarity as well? Seems bogus. You can get the same cognitive functions from a bump of cocaine too, and at least you feel it and are sure it's doing something. haha
Quinlan Maverick (28 days ago)
Modafinil isnt that great
Villa Pinstriping (28 days ago)
I sold fake weed to these guys in the 90's
devin reed (28 days ago)
Sounds like just speed pills.
devin reed (28 days ago)
Yup speed pills.

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