The Dangers of Study Drugs

Did you know that some “smart drugs” otherwise known as nootropics such as vyvanse, adderall, modafinil, memantine, or ritalin may be approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat a specific illness such as Alzheimer’s disease, sleep-related syndromes, attention deficit disorder (ADD) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) but when taken without a prescription in order to increase your mental focus and concentration for the purpose of studying is deemed illegal not to mention they can be very dangerous?

Piracetam, for instance, has been well researched as the most popular drug for cognitive reasoning, for temporary gains in memorization, for improving sensory perception, for treating stress, anxiety, and depression as well as preventing the decline of neurons in the brain that comes with ageing but it has been shown to have negligible side effects such as insomnia, drowsiness, agitation, and in some cases headaches, when taken in large doses.

There is nothing wrong with being able to access 100% of your brains’ aptitudes in order to have increased gains of both cognitive and day-to-day functioning. There are, however, potential dangers of taking smart drugs in terms of creating various health problems and dependency. A drug such as Adderall, which is an amphetamine prescribed for ADHD, is a staple in many colleges and graduate school circles because it gives students a tunnel focus during tests and ultimately gets them the grades they crave. It is, however, ranked by the DEA as a class 2 controlled substance and among the most addictive drug that has similar effects to that of cocaine or morphine.

A recent study shows that the pressure over grades and competition for college admissions is pushing students to abuse prescription stimulants. They have turned to twisting open the drug capsule and snorting the powder as an addict would with heroin or cocaine because by snorting any drug produces a more intense and rapid effect. Insufflating a crushed pill through the nose has been shown to elicit its effects differently and presents with unique dangers that can ultimately increase the rate of addiction onset as well as place the user at a higher risk of overdose and other substance abuse-related health concerns.

Where the drug would otherwise be subjected to an initial round of metabolism, nasal insufflation of smart drugs has become one of the most rapid ingestion methods because the drug bypasses the digestion process and goes straight into the bloodstream and then quickly to the brain, consequently eliciting an instantaneous horde of intense effects that are intended for a slow release into the system in the first place.

The use of smart drugs is ubiquitous in many schools worldwide and while some may have temporary effects such as diminishing fatigue, boosting alertness, enhancing memory and cognition, they can result in long-lasting negative effects such as overstimulating the central nervous system, damaging brain cells as well as the compulsive development for cognitive enhancers that sooner or later lead to dependency and addiction.