What Are Smart Drugs?
Smart Drugs, or otherwise known in the realm of nutraceuticals as nootropics, are a group of herbs, stimulants, and racetams that have alleged and well-researched capabilities in helping to improve functions of specific regions of the brain. Smart Drugs for College only advertises the best nootropics available on the open market, and we pride ourselves with having only 100% pure product! This total nootropics list will go through all of the main smart drugs and blends most frequently used on the market.
Smart Drugs are internet “slang” for nootropics, which are natural herbs, peptides, synthetic brain enhancers, and other brain-enhancing compounds that can affect the brains neurotransmitters, altering brain function in what is hopefully a positive way. In our definitive nootropics list, we’ll give an in-detailed review of the research and expectations behind each and every nootropic we currently supply (and the main 28 nootropics on the market.)
What Are The 28 Top Smart Drugs?
- Adrafinil – Adrafinil is our most popular nootropic by a long shot (and I’m sure a lot of other nootropics companies can absolutely vouch for this). Adrafinil is a wakefulness-promoting nootropic, and our users claim it really helps to boost there mood, focus, and energy levels.
- Phenylpiracetam – Phenylpiracetam is our second most popular (and most powerful…how about that;) nootropic in our online store based on sales. Phenylpiracetam is the original and most well-researched nootropic drug, Piracetam, with an added Phenyl isomer to its compound. Anytime you see the prefix “Phenyl” you can think dopamine..as Phenyl is short for “Phenylalanine” the amino-acid and precursor to dopamine in the human brain. With this Phenyl isomer added to Piracetam, the drug is so powerful because it is like a dopamine-influencing Piracetam, it improves focus and energy, and has reviews on its effects that include “increasing focus and energy levels.” The drug has even been used by Olympic athletes by the brand name Carphedron, for how the drug can improve endurance and physical energy. The user even medaled in the 2004 games in Athens.
- Noopept – Noopept is an interesting and tricky nootropic drug, and is commonly used in “cycles” in an attempt to get the best benefits. The general theory in the nootropics community seems to be that Noopept displays “cumulative effects” meaning as you take more and it builds up in your system, the nootropic effects should become stronger. This nootropics list is going in order of potency, so if Noopept is #3, be certain to get a great, stimulating cognitive effect from it. Whether or not this works is up for debate, but personally, it sounds like a load of crap in my humble opinion:) Every drug builds up a tolerance if you take enough of it, even Noopept, and other nootropics that are natural, it’s just the way the brain works. Now with this aside……Noopept is actually pretty good. My personal experience with the nootropic is that it seemed to increase the clarity of my vision, clarity of thought, energy, and definitely put me in a good, energetic state of mind. Noopept is a drug where the less of a dose you take, the better effects you’ll feel, it’s also “mood dependent” meaning if you’re in a crummy mood, it’ll exasperate that, and if you’re already feeling on top of the world, Noopept will make this feeling all the better. Noopept best works in amounts of 10-30mg daily. Anything higher than this and you get side effects, and the main side effect of Noopept is tiredness. Low doses=mild stimulant. Higher doses, you’ll pass out. If you take 60-70mg of Noopept or more, you’ll literally just pass out (your experiences may vary these are just mine.)
- Sulbutiamine – Sulbutiamine is one of the better nootropic stimulant drugs and a personal favorite of mine. Notice how the ending of the drug is “amine” and think of other drugs that come to mind with that same ending. I’m not gonna describe those here because well…I could get in trouble (don’t tell me you wouldn’t do the same thing lol) but if you’re reading a nootropics blog, there’s a good chance you know what I’m talking about. Anyway, Sulbutiamine is a stimulant with a molecule that’s similar to a lot of other very powerful stimulants. Take 500-1500mg of this at a time. I personally have taken up to 3 grams of Sulbutiamine and it feels great when you do that, but the crash is just as bad as the spike is amazing. Use in high doses at your own risk.
- Pramiracetam – Pramiracetam is the strongest racetam. In my opinion, Phenylpiracetam is a cheating racetam, it’s just Piracetam with extra stuff added to it. As far as a pure racetam, Pramiracetam takes the cake…except for some of the other harder to get ones like these… Works pretty good, expect a stronger Piracetam regarding how the effects of the drug work.
- Sunifiram – If I read on another blog that Sunifiram was the #1 nootropic, well, I’d have to agree with the guy if he argued his opinion, because, for the one hour that this drug lasts, it may be one of the best stimulants on the planet. Sunifiram is an Ampakine nootropic, one of a kind undergoing significant funding and research currently by pharmaceutical companies such as Cortex inc. The United States military has even previously funded research into Ampakine nootropics as a way to improve brain function on sleep deprivation in US Air-Force fighter pilots. Overall, a damn good nootropic only lasts about an hour though. Stick to 10-20mg doses or the side effects can get horrible.
- Piracetam – Piracetam is a very powerful nootropic if taken on a regular basis, however, is subtle the first few times you take it. Piracetam is the original nootropic drug, and as such is highly researched, and has had clinical trials done on it since the 1960s. Piracetam has 3 racetam spin-offs, including, Aniracetam, Oxiracetam, and Pramiracetam, in order of increasing strength.
- Oxiracetam – Oxiracetam is known as the “Speedy Racetam,” and as such is known for its legacy of giving the user energy and focus. While as an internet company we cannot make any direct claims as to the potency of the drug, and/or of what effects you may or may not feel.
- Aniracetam – Aniracetam is, on paper, the relaxant racetam, and one that helps to chill out the user. Aniracetam is the next step up from Piracetam and is as much as 5x stronger than Piracetam. Online user reviews typically rave about Aniracetam’s effects on reducing stress, and on improving overall cognition. Aniracetam is the best nootropic for helping you talk, with regards to this nootropics list.
- Magnesium Citrate – Magnesium Citrate is oftentimes used, as reported by many customers, for withdrawal from stimulants, such as caffeine, as well as for regulating the digestive tract. While these claims are still being researched and are currently inconclusive, customer reviews are a great first step to knowing exactly how something functions.
- Alpha GPC Choline – Alpha GPC Choline is the most powerful form of choline readily available on the market, and in my opinion blows away CDP Choline and Centrophenoxine (though these are good for different reasons, as is explained in their categories on this nootropics list). Alpha GPC Choline is the main product in the widely advertised (and extremely overpriced) Alpha Brain. While the supplement works, it can be expensive if its branded fancy and made to look like the ‘Limitless’ pill. It works best if taken as a way to improve the benefits of the racetams, though has something of a noticeable nootropic effect if taken all on its own.
- CDP Choline – CDP choline is a weaker form of choline than Alpha GPC. However, it has its perks. Because its weaker on a per-milligram basis, you can take a lot more of the nootropic without having to worry about excess side effects. This means with an overall weaker source of choline you could potentially get stronger effects. However, in my mind, Alpha GPC still deserves the win here. Alpha GPC is still the best choline source on this nootropics list.
- Gynostemma – Gynostemma, Gynostemma Pentaphylum, and on many websites goes by the “strongest adaptogen,” is, in fact, an extremely powerful adaptogen, and is stronger than Ashwagandha or Rhodiola Rosea. Users typically feel more relaxed, calm and focused when taking this nootropic, though your results may vary based on your own biochemistry, mood, and overall experience with taking nootropics.
- Ashwagandha – Ashwagandha, while considered somewhat of a weaker adaptogen in comparison to Gynostemma, has a wide array of different effects, which is why some prefer Ashwagandha over Gynostemma. Like the CDP vs Alpha comparison, Ashwagandha is weaker in strength, so you can take more of it without excess side effects, hence potentially leading to a stronger overall brain effect. Ashwagandha is typically used by those new to nootropics, it’s a great nootropic for when you’re just starting out sampling smart drugs.
- Bacopa Monnieri – Bacopa Monnieri is not per se weaker or stronger than something like Ashwagandha or Gynostemma. While it is in-fact another adaptogen nootropic, Bacopa is great because in customer reviews and in studies, it has been shown to help with improving memory and focus.
- Phenibut – Phenibut is a powerful GABA-type nootropic, and as such is typically associated with improved relaxation, with a greater overall sense of well-being, and with a host of other effects typically associated with GABA. Phenibut heightens the effects of alcohol, so its best to refrain from drinking whilst taking this supplement (this is because both Phenibut and alcohol both activate the GABA receptors in the human brain and because Phenibut already typically gives….based on customer reviews and the authors own personal experience, a “drunken-like effect.”) So best to take Phenibut by itself. Phenibut can, in fact, have something of withdrawal if it is taken on too regular a basis, and quite a nasty one at that, so its best to take sparingly or not at all. Phenibut is the best relaxant nootropic on this nootropics list.
- Rhodiola Rosea – Rhodiola Rosea is an adaptogen that is typically marketed for its “healing properties.” Personally, as the owner of a supplement company, I think that’s a crock of shit. I agree with our customers however in the idea that Rhodiola, as an adaptogen that is similar to Ashwagandha and Gynostemma, can promote relaxation and a better state of mind. Online reviews, emails I’ve gotten from our customers, my own experience, and general common sense (plus a slightly better than average understanding of how supplement marketing works) no healing properties, just relaxation, subtle, chill, and calm. Rhodiola Rosea is one of my favorite on this nootropics list!
- Galantamine – Galantamine is a fancy nootropic, typically used by psychonauts looking to lucid dream on a regular basis. While some reviews say that Galantamine may or may not improve the clarity of thought (in my experience it just made me kinda tired), all I think it did was put me to sleep and give me wildly crazy dreams. So if you’re looking to trip before bed next time, grab a bottle of Galantamine. Word to the wise: Your dreams are VIVID on this, and I mean crazy vivid. So if you’re used to getting nightmares or whatever, maybe go for the Ashwagandha instead :).
- Phenylethylamine (PEA) – Ahh PEA, one of my mixed-feelings nootropic. See that “amine” at the end of the word there, can you think of any other supplements/substances/compounds that have that same ending? I can think of about 10 off the bat not all of which are safe, and I’m sure your brain just did too. This is why I put it at #19 and not number 4 (that and it only lasts for like…less than an hour….but man what an hour it is;). PEA can have side effects similar to those other “amine” compounds which I won’t mention here (seriously if you’re on smartdrugsforcollege.com reading up about super pills there’s a good chance you all already know what I’m talking about right?) These can include increased thirst, headache, inability to sleep, appetite loss, list goes on and on and on. Short duration, the decent buzz I’d say, horrible side effects and a post-high crash straight out of the hangover, puts this stim at #19. Good for partying….for studying, not so much.
- Alpha Lipoic Acid – ALA is a supplement that is marketed for a wide array of effects and benefits, most of which have to do with insulin sensitivity.
- Uridine Monophosphate – Uridine Monophosphate, while it may certainly sound fancy enough, is simply a unique and powerful form of CDP Choline. Uridine acts on the Acetylcholine receptors of the human brain and is a great long-term choline source.
- Centrophenoxine – A superb form of choline (yet again) of which has many of the same qualities of DMAE. As it is a choline source, it is effective in potentiating the racetam nootropics.
- L-Dopa – L-Dopa is meant to…you guessed it, increase the brain’s natural ability to replenish dopamine. While we don’t sell legit pharmaceutical grade L-Dopa, we sell an herb, Mucuna Pruriens, that is 99% identical to it, and of which is a truly great and powerful nootropic.
- N-Acetyl L-Tyrosine – NALT, as it is also called, or N-Acetyl L-Tyrosine is a potent dopamine replenishing drug much like L-Dopa. While slightly weaker than L-Dopa, it is actually stronger in a sense, as you can take the drug in higher dosages than L-dopa. People looking to increase dopamine stores, and to recover from stimulant or depressant nootropic usages, such as excessive Phenibut or Adrafinil use, should take this drug in significant amounts.
- N-Acetyl Cysteine – N-Acetyl Cysteine is a powerful nootropic that is typically reviewed as having qualities that may help to improve certain aspects. Do your own research for more details.
- L-Theanine – L-Theanine is a relaxant herbal nootropic drug that is very commonly found in herbal teas, and especially in green tea. Don’t believe me, check your green tea at the local supermarket, I can almost guarantee you it has L-Theanine in it! Nootropic qualities may include but are not limited to, better relaxation, tiredness, and a sense of calm.
- Acetyl L-Carnitine – ALCAR is a unique, extended release form of choline. It is the precursor to CDP Choline, and as such may last longer than CDP, but is somewhat weaker than it. For long-lasting choline, checkout ALCAR.
- L-Theanine and Caffeine Stack – Just like it sounds, the combo of L-Theanine and Caffeine is meant to stimulate the user whilst also taking the edge off of the drug. Caffeine jacks you up, Theanine takes the edge and jitters off allowing for a smooth rush. Nuff Said
Using Smart Drugs For Increased Learning, Energy and Concentration
Decide what your looking for. Nootropics can be used for a wide range of benefits, including improved focus, mood, memory, energy, better restfulness, etc. etc. Need to study? Trying to build a successful business? There’s a nootropic for just about every want out there!
That’s pretty much the full definitive review of every single nootropic that we sell in our online store! There’s more out there than what we sell (but like no one takes them lol) so this list should about wrap up 99% of the popular ones. Would have written more, but this blog post is pushing 3000+ words, its 3 am on a Saturday and I’m getting tired of writing about drugs. Comment if you want more info on these, or on other herbs. Peace my Loyal Readership!