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.
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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)
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.
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
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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.
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.
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
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 😂
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???
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
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
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.
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.
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???
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. 😂
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.