What are Nootropics, Smart Drugs, and Cognitive Enhancers?

Whether you're a college student hoping to ace your exams, a busy professional striving for a promotion, a regular person trying to get a leg up, or an older adult concerned about dementia, the idea of popping a pill that boosts your brainpower might seem pretty appealing. So perhaps it's not surprising that the use of nootropics -- aka cognitive enhancers or smart drugs -- is on the rise.

The term "nootropics" first referred to chemicals that meet very specific criteria. But now it's used to refer to any natural or synthetic substance that may have a positive impact on mental skills, the brain, cognitive abilities or related effects. In general, nootropics like Bright Brain include proven natural compounds or proven synthetic compounds that are successfully proven nootropic compounds. They are combined together in specific formulations to synergize and achieve the lab proven results our competitors can only dream of.

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So What Do Nootropics Do?

Nootropics. You might have heard of them. The “limitless pill” that keeps Billionaires rich. The ‘smart drugs’ that students are taking to help boost their hyperfocus. The cognitive enhancers that give corporate executives an advantage. All very exciting. But as always, the media is way behind the curve and often report inaccurately on what nootropics are or do.

Yes, for the past few decades, cognitive enhancers were largely sketchy substances that people used to grasp at a short term edge at the expense of their health and well being. But the days of taking prescription pills to pull an all-nighter are so 2010. The better, safer path isn’t with these stimulants but with nootropics. Nootropics consist of dietary supplements and substances which enhance your cognition, in particular when it comes to motivation, creativity, memory, and other executive functions. They play an important role in supporting memory and promoting optimal brain function. 

These days, nootropics are beginning to take their rightful place as a particularly powerful tool in the Neurohacker’s toolbox. After all, biochemistry is deeply foundational to neural function. Whether you are trying to fix the damage that is done to your nervous system by a stressful and toxic environment or support and enhance your neural functioning, getting the chemistry right is table-stakes. With companies like Bright Brain leading the way, the industry is taken a whole new direction towards results and success.

How Do Nootropics work in the brain and body?

The neural system is complex. Big companies spend hundreds of millions of dollars trying to separate the effects of just a single molecule from placebo – and nootropics invariably show up as “stacks” of many different ingredients. That kind of complex, multi pathway input requires a different methodology to understand not only what ingredients are used, but how they work together, get delivered to the brain, and react in your body.

Thanks to the efforts of a number of remarkable scientists, researchers and companies like Bright Brain we are beginning to put together a “whole systems” model of how all the different parts of the human brain work together and how they mesh with the complex regulatory structures of the body. As more and more research gets completed, we continue to actually deliver on the promise of smart drugs that can help people in so many different ways. Each ingredient is different and we like to inform our customers what they do!

Check out each product page to learn more about the ingredients, what they are and how they work. You can also check out our FAQ to learn so much more!

Do Nootropics, Smart Drugs & Cognitive Enhancers Actually Work?

Absolutely! Homeostasis is a biological balance in your body’s natural rhythms. Sometimes it’s described as equilibrium in your system. Homeostasis has a big impact on your overall well-being. New research is always emerging exploring the link between homeostasis, and physical, mental, and even emotional health. People take CBD because they want to support their ECS, and all the work it does.

Your body makes its own cannabinoids. These are called endocannabinoids. If you’ve ever experienced a runner’s high, or the thrill of singing along to your favorite song,  you’ve experienced the work of endocannabinoids. When plants make this type of compound, they’re called phytocannabinoids. CBD is one of over a hundred types of phytocannabinoids found in hemp plants. It’s non-intoxicating, which means it does not produce the high associated with marijuana.

What types of Nootropics are there?

No, CBD does not get you high. The cannabis plant is made up of two main players: CBD and THC. "CBD is the non-psychoactive portion of the plant, so what that means is you won't have any effects like euphoria," says Junella Chin, DO, an osteopathic physician and a medical cannabis expert for cannabisMD. "You won't feel sedated or altered in any way."

There are two possible exceptions to this. The first is that some people, for unknown reasons, just react differently to CBD. According to Dr. Chin, about 5% of people say they feel altered after taking CBD. "Usually they're the same people who have side effects from Advil or Tylenol," she says. You never know how your body will react to any new supplement, so when taking CBD for the first time, do so safely under supervision.

Bright Brain's broad spectrum CBD has ALL THC removed with a patented process and will therefore not get you "high" from THC since it is not in our products. In a recent study, over 80% of products tested contained the wrong amount of CBD or ingredients than claimed on the label. This is important since Bright Brain clinically tests and confirms all ingredients are accurate and the best quality. Our customers will never have to worry!

Are Nootropics Legal?

Yes. All of our ingredients are 100% legal. For specific situations, such as an Olympic athlete or professional gamer, we always recommend you check if any substance is banned prior to usage. Although none are illegal, some organizations might forbid using them because of the competitive edge it gives you over the others. 

The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (aka the Farm Bill) changed all that. The Farm Bill legalized "hemp," which the legislation defined as cannabis that contains no more than 0.3% THC, nationwide. 

Cannabis that contains higher levels of THC is now listed as "marijuana" and remains a Schedule I drug. CBD, like that from Bright Brain, contains no THC and is legal to buy and consume.

Is CBD Addictive?

The most straightforward answer to this question is no. The usage of cannabidiol, unlike the usage of weed or marijuana products, isn’t addictive. A word of warning though, Bright Brain's CBD is amazing and although it is not physically or mentally addictive, you are going to love it!

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