Publishing projects can take much more than just time. They drain your mental energy and focus, and if you’re like me, this can be a problem. So how do you stay on top of your game when you have a big work load? Introducing smart drugs, a digital publisher’s best friend. But beware how you use them. Most of the drug and food supplements are made for enhancing the immune system and body functions. The main aim of these supplements is to prevent the body from catching diseases and increase the overall quality of life. However, only a few types of supplements are available for improving the central nervous system and cognitive function. Such drugs come under the category of nootropics, and they have the ability to enhance the overall brain function.
Nootropics have ingredients that target various aspects of brain function including concentration, thinking and decision making process, and memory. These drugs are a combination of neurochemicals and supplements used for boosting focus, memory, and enhancing the capabilities of the brain. They are also known as smart drugs, intelligence enhancers, and neuro enhancers.
In the medical industry, they are popular for treating patients suffering from stroke, ADHD, Alzheimer’s disease, aging, and schizophrenia . There are countless benefits of using nootropics, some of which we have already discussed, but like everything else, they have side effects and potential risks associated with their use. This article is aimed towards highlighting the factors leading to those potential risks and how they can be minimized.
Factors Leading to Risks of Using Nootropics
According to a recent national study, there are many authentic articles and reviews published on the dangers associated with cognitive enhancement drugs. However, there is a lack of literature on the safe consumption of nootropic drugs for the youth and how to mitigate its effects if they are taken in excess or abused .
There are several factors that influence the risks associated with nootropics. The two biggest factors, according to several studies, are the dosage of the drug and the development of the user’s brain. Other factors include the type of nootropic, how frequently it is being used, and how long the person has been taking it. Let’s look into these factors in more depth.
Dosage of the Drug
Various studies indicate that the effects of nootropics vary vastly based on the dosage taken by the user. Certain nootropics, like Provigil, when taken in high dosage, tend to stimulate the components of the brain that are involved in developing dependence. Although every nootropic comes with a guideline regarding its dosage, people end up abusing it because they find it quite effective and think that increasing the dosage may help them achieve results faster.
When a person takes higher dosage than recommended for a long period of time, their brain tends to develop dependence on the high-dose such that they are unable to even think normally if they don’t get the same dosage.
Brain Development w.r.t. Age and Dependency
The teenage years are considered as the critical stage for brain development, and it is quite difficult to determine whether the use of nootropics will prove to be beneficial or detrimental. Some studies have shown that nootropics improve the brain development process and unlikely to cause any damage to the central nervous system. However, other studies suggest that this can create dependency and teenagers may become unable to think properly without taking the drug. Moreover, it can become difficult for them to stop using the drug, when they think that their brain function has improved and they don’t need it anymore.
A research conducted on young adults and at what age their brain fully develops suggests that between the ages of 20 and 25, the human brain is fully developed. The same study further concluded that if cognition enhancement drugs are consistently taken before the brain is fully developed, it can damage the neural connections during their formation, which would otherwise be beneficial.
Another research has indicated that the longer an individual takes a nootropic drug, the greater are the chances that it alters the cognitive functions of their brain. People who have been using nootropic supplements for extended periods (and on a daily basis) may find it very difficult to stop using it.
While some studies indicate that taking nootropics for a long time may have positive effects like developing neuroprotective effects, this is not the case with every nootropic supplement out there. Therefore, it is best to consult a medical practitioner to determine the duration for taking these drugs.
Effects of Particular Type of Nootropic
Nootropics are available in hundreds of different forms of supplements and drugs. Each nootropic works in a different way and has a distinct mechanism of action, which is why knowing about the type of nootropic you are considering using is important. While some nootropics, like Provigil, if used for a long period, may decrease the level of dopamine in the body and create dependency; others, such as racetams, are relatively safe and don’t have detrimental effects on the cognitive function.
Mitigating the Risks of Nootropics
Now that you know about the factors which can lead to potential risks, here are a few things that you can do to mitigate them.
- Take the Lowest Possible Dosage – Every nootropic supplement comes with a set range of dosage. However, it is important to know that not every person is the same and the normal dosage may prove to be quite high for some people. So minimize the dosage to the lowest and see whether you are experiencing any positive effects. If not, then don’t shift to a higher dosage suddenly or it may severely damage your cognitive function.
- Be Clear about Why you are Using it – Before you start using a nootropic, be clear about the reason as to why you need it. Many people make the mistake of taking nootropic supplements without researching about its effects on the brain, mechanism of action and the right dosage, which lead to adversely affecting their central nervous system and brain function.
- Brain Development – Do not start using nootropics before your brain has fully developed. You may think that you have poor cognitive function in your teen years, but it may improve as you reach 25 or above.
- Steer Clear From Over-Dosage – Be sure to read about the recommended dosage and under no circumstances should you try to take more than that. Taking more than the required dosage, as mentioned before, can have detrimental effects, and your brain may even develop dependency on the drug.