22 Feb

Modafinil vs. Coffee

Coffee is the most popular stimulant in the western world, some drink it for taste, but the majority use it for the caffeine to get their early morning pick me up. It has become a staple in many societies and most people haven’t considered other ways to get the same results without some of the negative effects. Modafinil is one of those ways. Let’s compare and contrast the two, but first let us take a closer look at modafinil.

Modafinil’s Advantages

Modafinil is a stimulant, similar to the caffeine found in coffee, which can help with staying awake, alert, and focused. The great thing about modafinil is that you get all that you want from a cup of coffee without the jitters, crash, headaches, all while lasting much longer. Caffeine tolerance builds up fairly quickly and you can easily build up a dependence for it, this is not the case with modafinil. The tolerance for modafinil builds up very gradually and there is almost no dependence for it. In clinical trials, once the patients were removed from modafinil after 30 days of use they experienced no adverse symptoms. Modafinil being in a small, easily to swallow pill also makes taking it very quick and convenient compared to the time it takes to brew and drink a cup of coffee (or 3 or 4).

Another major advantage to modafinil is cost. These days people will wait in line to spend $3-4 on a single cup of coffee, while a modafinil pill can be bought for the same price, or even less. When you consider that modafinil lasts about 3 times as long, it’s clearly a better investment.

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Coffee can cost you much more than Modafinil

The Downsides of Coffee

Caffeine can make it hard to really focus due to the jittery effects it can cause and the feeling of something forcing you to be alert and awake. It is very noticeable, especially for those who get headaches during the crash. Attempting to focus can sometimes give a feeling of tunnel vision where you can’t properly keep your eyes on the task at hand. Modafinil has a very subtle feel and makes you feel like you had the best 8 hours of sleep the night before. Due to this you can really focus like you never have before because your mind isn’t diverting that focus into how you feel and keeps you 100% on the task. And there is no worry about a horrible crash that makes you feel groggy the rest of the day, begging for another cup.

Caffeine can leave you like this

Caffeine can leave you like this

That’s not to say that coffee is a bad option or completely obsolete. It is a great option when you need a short boost of energy or if you need it later in the day and can’t stay up too late since caffeine has a shorter duration. Or maybe you are wanting to sit back and enjoy some of the many delicious varieties of coffee available and just have a chat with someone while still getting that energy that gets you through the day. Or possibly instead of just having a pill you want a nice hot coffee to wake you up and keep you warm on those cold winter days that make you want to bundle up and stay inside. There are plenty of reasons why this could be your choice of daily energy.

What should you take?

Which one is best really can depend on a person’s needs. Both substances can be effective in their own way and this is why it is a good idea to look into the alternatives out there because you might just find the one that suits you best. It is always important to research and understand, even well-known things like caffeine, to know if it is right for you and that you are taking the proper dose for you. Some people can be sensitive to caffeine or other substances and can react differently to what might be a common dose to others. So remember to always be safe and do your research.

14 Feb

What are Nootropics?

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What are Nootropics?

What is this

Nootropics also referred to as memory enhancers, smart drugs, and cognitive enhancers are supplements that enhance several aspects of cognitive functions in the brain. The particular effects of the supplements include motivation, working memory and attentions. The specific term nootropic was started by a man name Corneliu E. Giurgea who was a chemist and a Roman psychologist.

Benefits

This type of drugs has become solutions for those engaged in extensive durations of work or perhaps those that require improved concentration levels for a particular task. The drug is common solution amongst people from countless disciplines for the following reasons:

l It improves concentration

l Enhances the working memory

l The brain becomes much more efficient

l It has some significant anti-aging benefits

l It helps improve the mood and countless degenerative health complications.

Examples

There are many forms of nootropics, and all have varying effects and side effects. Some of them include modafinil, piracetam, Nuvigil and artvigil. In most cases, the company that retails the particular nootropic brand name retains the naming rights using a patent. More so, the supplements are available as tablets that are consumed at scheduled times during the day.

Research

A recent double bind study of nootropics determined that normal and healthy volunteers between the ages of 30-43 showed significant improvement in focus levels as well as mood. In the four-day study, randomized and balanced administrations of Piracetam 300mg were given to patients and a placebo version to the control group. The study determined that nootropics have a significant effect in elevating mood for especially for those with depression complications.

More so, nootropics have been shown to be beneficial when it comes to mitigating degenerative health complications such as ADHD. A recent study among patients with ADHD involved the administration of Modafinil to patients along with the placebo version to a controlled group. The study determined that when used with other medical drugs, ADHD patients who took the nootropic showed improved signs of focus and alertness levels.

Dosage

The recommended dosage, especially for first time users, is 50-400mg. While a majority of nootropics such a modafinil have potent effects at higher doses, other such as Piracetam have powerful effects at smaller doses. Furthermore, the nootropic benefits are best felt when the dosage of the drug increases gradually to a maximum of 400mg. However, past the levels of 400mg, smart drugs show no increased benefits on cognitive functions.

The drugs are readily available online and at affordable prices. Before settling on the nootropic version that suits your needs best, it is inherent that you consult your medical practitioner for advice.

Side effects

Generally, all nootropic supplements are safe for consumption for a majority of health adults. Nootropics do not have anabolic side effects to the users. Furthermore, Users will appreciate to know that there are no known death cases as a result of adverse reactions from using the drug. Having mentioned that, you can never go wrong by consulting a medical practitioner for additional insight. A significant number of first time users have reported adverse side effects such as headaches or rashes, which can be mitigated by using cholines along with the given nootropics.

Long-term use

Since some nootropic supplements have a significant impact on mood and focus levels, some researchers are concerned with such type of drugs leading to dependency or addiction. In some rare cases, users have reported depression, fatigue and even lack of motivation in completing attention-demanding tasks.

Final thoughts

Broadly speaking, nootropics are a worthwhile investment for people who want to improve their productivity and overall concentration levels. These types of drugs rarely cause adverse reactions and are readily available for over the counter purchase.

 

09 Feb

Modafinil in the News

Modafinil.co.uk brings you some of the latest stories that have been circulating worldwide about modafinil in the news.

The first item is yet another example of sports leagues fighting modafinil as a UK cyclist was banned and had his 12-hour time trial record stripped away. The cyclist, Robin Townsend, claims that his drink was spiked. I’d say that’s a fairly unlikely story considering that modafinil has been used by many athletes to gain a competitive advantage. The race he had to complete was a 100 mile, 12-hour endurance race. Modafinil also happens to last 12 hours. Coincidence? Seems pretty doubtful. At any rate, the positive test results brought modafinil into the negative spotlight of the sports world again. We already talked about this here on the blog, and again we see another case of modafinil being used in a somewhat unethical manner, depending on your point of view.

While sports may ban people for using modafinil, India is handing it out like candy to its air force. This phenomenon isn’t new and modafinil in the military has been discussed before. Air force pilots may have to endure arduous, long hours of flying time in a military engagement. For instance, the US B-52 bomber is capable of flying for nearly 12 hours with a maximum range of nearly 9000km. Such a vehicle requires precise flying and attention, something that modafinil could certainly help with. It seems fitting that India, the country which produces the vast majority of generic modafinil pills, is using the highly-demanded export for its own defense.

Speaking of defense, the UK, home to many modafinil retailers and a significant portion of its users, has passed a law that has some communities worried about their access to nootropics like modafinil. The Psychoactive Substances Act of 2016 was passed at the end of January and will go into effect in April of this year. But what does it actually mean for people living in the UK?

The law is very unique in terms of drug enforcement. It states that any substance intended for human consumption that is capable of producing a psychoactive effect is unable to be imported or sold in the country. That is an extremely wide net that’s being cast and it’s understandable why people are concerned, since the language is extremely vague and seems to include just about everything. The UK is notoriously hard on drugs, perhaps even more than the United States in many ways. This legislation gives the government authority to attack any new compound that appears on the market.

In some ways this is beneficial. New drugs are developed all the time which have little to no human testing, variable effects, and blurry dosages. This law could protect many people from ingesting something harmful. In the US, these drugs can’t technically be considered illegal because they have not yet been classified as such. Now with this law, the UK doesn’t need to wait to classify it; if it’s not on the approved list, it’s illegal.

But as far as modafinil goes, don’t worry. The law excludes “legitimate substances” including medical products. Modafinil is an approved medication in the UK and so the UK’s laws on importing POMs or “prescription-only medicines” are still in effect. So you should have no problems ordering modafinil in the UK or getting it from a licensed chemist’s.

That’s all the news we have for you right now, bookmark the blog and stay focused and sharp.