Remember that movie Limitless, about a guy who discovers a drug that can unlock the 80% of his brain that humans supposedly don’t use? He becomes a financial wizard, gets tangled up with angry hit men, gets addicted to the drug, experiences some weird side effects, and has to outwit a lot of people who want to kill him.
It was about as realistic as it sounds.
But in recent years, there has been a surge in people taking nootropics, or “smart drugs”. Those taking these drugs believe they increase their mental stamina and clarity, allowing them to achieve more in less time. While the idea of nootropics isn’t new (the term was coined in 1971), they have increased in popularity as more and more people are interested in “body hacking” for optimal performance.
So what are these drugs? Are they safe? Who should take them?