Over the last few years, the word nootropics has not only been making the rounds at medical institutes, but also among college-going students and working adults. Many individuals are turning to nootropics as a means of excelling in their work and academics, or simply to improve brain health. These smart drugs have a wide range of benefits relating to cognitive functions and neural activity.
There are many contradicting stories and studies surrounding smart drugs, however, which confuse both, potential and current users. One of the biggest concerns for new users is safety; this is followed by the possibility of the substances being addictive. Before we get to the latter, let’s discuss how safe nootropics are and the right way of going about their usage.
Are Nootropics Safe?
Having been tested, researched and now, widely used, nootropics have proven to be safe cognitive enhancers with rare and mild side effects. Again, there are mixed reviews regarding the safety of these supplements with a few reported incidents of “alleged” severe side effects after taking smart drugs. At this point in time, it should by duly noted that each individual can react differently to taking smart drugs.
Another concern with regard to the use of nootropics is dosage. They say too much of anything is a bad thing; well, the same principle should be followed when taking smart drugs. If consumed in moderation or as prescribed by a doctor, the benefits can be surprisingly significant, whereas as overusing nootropics can lead to some complications and side effects.
The effects of long-term use of nootropics are also yet to be discovered. However, many studies show that there is a gradual climb in brain activity and cognitive functions when using the supplements continually as time passes.
Smart Drugs and Addiction
The word “addiction” can easily be defined as a psychological response to something as opposed to an actual brain disorder. Once people are enlightened about the multiple benefits of cognitive enhancers, they immediately want to give it a try. In a bid to cope with stress and anxiety related to succeeding in careers or academics, people often begin to misuse smart drugs. This is one of the reasons why some users claim that nootropics are addictive when in actuality they are simply allowing themselves to be dependent on the substance.
Some research findings, however, do suggest that stimulants are addictive if not taken in small amounts. This, again, is caused by the user who chooses not to follow the correct dosage of the smart drug. There are some nootropics which have strict dosages (generally the ones that are classified as prescription drugs) due to their strength. This, however, does not necessarily mean that they are addictive, but rather harmful if taken in excess.
In conclusion, leaving out stimulants which should taken as prescribed, smart drugs are not addictive until a user psychologically believes that they require the supplements to function normally.