Nootropics 101

What Are Nootropics?

(beginner’s guide & frequently asked questions) 

There are so many people out there who have no clue whatsoever what are Nootropics and whether do Nootropics work or not. And there are also many who would immediately ask, are Nootropics legal?

Here we are going to try and answer all the questions you have and help you get a better insight into this fantastic – yet risky to an extent – field.

So, let’s get started.

What Are Nootropics?

Nootropics (which are often referred to as “smart drugs,” cognitive enhancers, and intelligence enhancers, to name a few) are drugs, supplements, and functional and super-foods that improve brain overall functions.

They boost cognition, memory, intelligence, motivation, attention, and concentration. For a supplement to meet the universal standard to be recognized a nootropic, it would have to abide by the following:

Enhance learning

Resist impairing agents

Improve resistance to the brain “aggression.”

Facilitate interhemispheric transfers of information

Increase tonic, cortico-subcortical “control.”

Not have the usual pharmacological effects of neuro-psychotropic drugs

Since then “nootropics” gradually expanded to either be synonymous with cognitive enhancers or refer to the subset of non-stimulant cognitive enhancing compounds with very few side effects and low toxicity.

That means all nootropics are cognitive enhancers, however, not all cognitive enhancers can meet the standards to be nootropics. A cognitive enhancer is defined by its ability to augment performance on one or more cognitive measures. The term refer to a wide range of natural and artificial compounds which enhance cognitive function.

Moving on.

How Do Nootropics Work?

Each nootropic has a different way of working, which is called mechanism of work. Moreover, nootropics on their separate pages have a benefits and effects section as well as a ‘how it works,’ in which each is addressed. Nootropics work by modulating neuronal metabolism, cerebral oxygenation, neurotransmitter availability, increasing neurotrophic factors and by affecting other cellular processes. If you’re wondering about the mechanism of work, you can visit any of the pages, for example, click on Mechanism of Action and it will redirect you to the Acetyl L-Carnitine page, in which section #3 explains the exact way that nootropic works within our body…or brains.

What Are the Best Nootropics?

Depending on the effect you seek. For example, a person who looking to increase their learning capability would be looking for a different nootropic than a person seeking to improve their memory. You see what I mean?

You should choose what to supplement with based on what you want to achieve as well as improve. Some of the popular effects people look for are anxiety treatment, energy, focus, concentration, increasing learning capacity, increasing memory recall, physical performance, enhancing mood, creativity. It is essential to research before you make a purchase though keep in mind that customer reviews are subjective. Each person reacts differently to a particular nootropic. Some of the classic ones that I felt every single one of them consciously:

LTheanine with Caffeine for Focus & Attention – (what I favor the most is the 200mg:100mg ratio)
Creatine for reasoning
Bacopa Monnieri for memory. Although optimal memory benefits take several weeks to start its action, the anxiolytic effects kick-in shortly after consumption
Ashwagandha for stress – king!
Lion Mane Mushrooms for neurogenesis

Are Nootropics Legal?

Well, that’s a little bit more complicated to answer than a yes or no.

Generally, yes, most nootropics are legal. However, some are unregulated, some are unregistered, and some are straight up illegal. It depends a lot on where you live, which country, and which state or city.

What is Acetyl L-Carnitine (ALCAR)?

Acetyl L-Carnitine (also known as ALCAR) is a multi-functional nutrient nootropic that benefits the body and brain. A potent antioxidant and neuroprotectant, it is a powerful nootropic that promotes energy and longevity. It works synergizes very well with other nootropics and usually is a primary component in most nootropic stacks.

What is Alpha-GPC?

A natural choline compound, Alpha GPC works on its own as a powerful memory booster, and in combination with other nootropics a powerful potentiator notably boosting cognitive enhancement. It’s used for cognitive-promoting qualities, as well as to increase energy and power output during weight-lifting or exercising.

What is Adrafinil?

Adrafinil is a stimulating nootropic that provides remarkable nootropic properties. It metabolizes into the famous Modafinil, making it a smart tool for enduring in longer, mentally demanding tasks.

What is Ashwagandha?

Ashwagandha is an ancient herb often referenced to as “the king of Ayurvedic medicine.” Its favorable effect remains the ability to reduce and often diminish stress and different types of anxiety. Many would even refer to it as the “stress eliminator.” Additionally, Ashwagandha provides neuroprotection and currently under clinical trials for its benefits on…

What is Bacopa Monnieri?

Bacopa monnieri is a powerful natural herb nootropic used for ages for its memory enhancing and anti-aging effects. It reduces anxiety and improves memory formation. It also expands learning capacity, decreases stress and even offers neuroprotection.

What is Coluracetam?

Coluracetam is a less known member of the racetam family of nootropics. In combination with the common cognitive enhancement of racetams, early scientific trials confirm that it is beneficial in the treatment of Major Depressive Disorder as well as with Generalized Anxiety, in addition to its nootropic features.

What is L-Theanine?

L-theanine is a natural amino acid existing almost only in green tea leaves. It works brilliantly in unwinding and relaxing the body and brain without causing drowsiness, while reducing stress and increasing cognitive function. Due to not causing drowsiness, it is the perfect choice to combine with stimulants of any sort to take the edge off.

What is N-Acetyl L-Tyrosine (NALT)?

NAcetyl L-Tyrosine (NALT) is a more bioavailable form of Tyrosine, an amino acid that’s also a nootropic. It improves mood, memory, and enhances cognitive abilities in many ways. It has great effects of reducing stress and maintaining mental performance during sleep deprivation.


Phenylpiracetam is a potent and fast-acting smart drug of the racetam family. It enhances cognitive abilities as well as boosts physical strength. The Olympics Anti-Doping committee bans it for being too stimulating for athletes.

What is Noopept?

Noopept is one of the most potent nootropics on the market today. It gives an overall cognition boost along with a small psychostimulatory effect. Unlike many nootropics, noopept effects kick in within minutes of consumption, making it an attractive choice when facing mentally demanding tasks.

What is Pramiracetam?

Pramiracetam is gaining high attention after a study showing an outstanding success rate of 96% in reversing amnesia, surpassing the one it actually derived from, piracetam. It boosts cognition and improves memory, increases concentration, learning capacity, and furthermore promotes and assists in maintaining and enduring prolonged periods of focus.

What is Oxiracetam?

Oxiracetam is one of the most valuable racetam class nootropics. Its ability to boost productivity and problem-solving has made it a favorite – and a best seller.

What is Lion’s Mane Mushroom?

Lion’s Mane Mushroom has become one of nature’s most potent nootropic supplement for the brain. There is evidence that is can permanently enhance brain function as well as protect the brain and promote NGF and neurogenesis.

What is Rhodiola Rosea?

Rhodiola Rosea is a naturally growing flower plant from the wild Arctic regions of Europe, widely used in Chinese, Scandinavian and Russian traditional medicine. It is believed to be the perfect remedy for fatigue and burnouts. Moreover, Rhodiola is useful for the brain; protecting it from toxin damage as well as boosting memory and…

What is Modafinil?

Modafinil is a powerful stimulant that promotes ‘wakefulness’ and treats sleep disorders. It prevents daytime sleepiness and fatigue, as well as offering nootropical benefits such as enhancing mood, increasing mental alertness, increasing motivation, improving reaction time, reducing fatigue, and even enhancing memory.+

What is Sunifiram?

Sunifiram is a potent and powerful nootropic that enhances memory, expands learning capacity, and uplifts mood. A recent addition to the racetam family that seems more than promising.

What is Fasoracetam?

Fasoracetam is a newer addition to the racetam family. It’s a nootropic that helps in relieving anxiety, enhancing memory, and improving overall cognition.

What is Aniracetam?

Aniracetam (my dearly beloved go-to racetam), is a multipurpose nootropic providing benefits in several different areas. It produces remarkable anxiolytic effects, thereby improving cognition and enhancing mood. It also sharpens focus, increases verbal fluency, information processing, as well as expands the brain’s capability allowing greater information processing.

What is Piracetam?

Piracetam is a nootropic designed to enhance brain function. Its the primary compound in the racetam family, from which almost 20 different derivatives have been discovered to date. It’s a revolutionizing nootropic that improves memory and remarkably boosts cognitive function.

What is Phenibut?

Phenibut is one of the best selling nootropics today. As a GABAergic agent, it works on the GABA neurotransmitter distinctly reducing anxiety. It also lessens depression, and PTSD symptoms, improving sleep, and providing an overall feeling of ease and well-being.

Where To Buy Nootropics?

There are many options online when considering buying nootropics. However, you have to be careful as there are just as many scam vendors. Additionally, there are many cases where vendors are scamming customers by adding a particular irrelevant or illegal substance and mixing the product in a way to sell partly pure orders to maximize their profit.
Research the manufacturer’s credibility, and read customers experiences and reviews within nootropics communities such as Reddit’s /nootropics. If you are in abu dhabi or dubai, then you can order from this page.

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