What are nootropics?
Technically, a nootropic is any supplement that can improve mental alertness, clarity, focus, and concentration. Natural supplements such as fish oil are included in this spectrum, but we will be focused on drugs from the “racetam” group. These are scientifically created drugs that were developed specifically for the purpose of being a “smart-drug”.
The first racetam, Piracetam, was developed in 1963 and is still used today. Much research has been done and this compound has been scientifically proven to have brain boosting effects.
How do nootropics work?
Nootropics don’t give you more brain matter, they simply improve the function of the brain you already have. Nootropics work by improving the ability of certain receptors in the brain. When these receptors are working overtime the brain is more efficient. Racetams are also said to improve the ability of the two hemispheres of your brain to interact with each other.
There is much scientific research to suggest that racetams have a cognitive effect on people with learning disabilities or memory disabilities. Studies have been conducted on the elderly and racetams have been found to have significant impact.
There is little scientific research that supports the idea that racetams have a positive effect in healthy individuals, however there are many individuals that report an impact on their memory, concentration, and perception. The website longecity.org has countless documented experiences of users reporting mostly good but also bad effects.
Most well known Racetams and common dosages
Piracetam – Usual Dose: 800-2400mg, 1-2 times per day. 5 hour half life.
Aniracetam – Usual Dose: 750mg, 1-3 times per day, with food. 1-2 hour half life
Oxiracetam – Usual Dose: 750mg, 1-2 times per day with food. 8 hour half life
Pramiracetam – Usual Dose: 300-500mg. 1-2 times per day, with food. 5-6 hour half life
Noopept – Usual Dose: 10-20mg, 1-2 times per day, with food. 30min to 3 hour half life