Would you consider using smart drugs?
After watching the series, Limitless, I started thinking of what it would be like to be on a smart drug such as NZT. I am sure many of you did as well. However, the abilities of such smart drugs are still limited and we are left with memory boosters and concentration enhancers such as Ritalin, Modafinil and Adderall.
But is taking smart drugs a good idea? Does it give you unfair advantage over other people? Let’s talk about this here and explore the topic further.
But first, if you have missed Limitless, you must watch this trailer!
What are smart drugs?
Simply put, a smart drug is a drug, substance or supplement that improves cognitive functions, particularly memory, creativity and/or motivation. Such drugs are popular amongst university students as well as bankers, lawyers and other professionals who need an edge in highly competitive environments.
However, recent articles have been surfacing opposing the idea of using such drugs to enhance performance. Some are even comparing these drugs with steroids and calling those popping cognitive enhancing pills ‘cheaters’. I personally disagree but I don’t know about you!
Serious side effects of smart drugs:
Although scientists believe that such drugs should not have much negative side effects on healthy people, some drug trials have revealed the opposite. A note worthy case is when a student, Zand, tried Modafinil and had very negative side effects such as headaches, lack of concentration, loss of appetite, dehydration as well as insomnia.
So, would you rather go for a run as opposed to than trying one of these drugs? Do you think it’s fair that some students perform better only because they take Retalin? Do you think taking these drugs should be punishable by law just like any recreational drugs?
Don’t hesitate to share with us your thoughts below.