17 legal brain enhancing drugs that will expand your consciousness


Seems very sensational. Would not trust this claim at all.


It is not a claim. I have tried 1 or 2 from this list and understood that I don’t have money to upgrade my brain.

Something tells me nootropics are a very bad idea. Anything that would have such an effect obviously causes some very profound changes in the brain, it has the potential to hurt you severely!

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Yes - generally very little evidence, lots of placebo effects, and risky for people who have schizophrenia or other issues.

Here are some "contrary science articles about “nootropics”

Which says:

The clinical evidence

One of the most popular nootropics is piracetam. This is actually one of a large and growing class of drugs with many neurological indications, including seizure control and treatment of anxiety and depression. Piracetam has been studied specifically for memory and cognitive enhancement in dementia or cognitive impairment.

A Cochrane systematic review (last updated in 2012) found:

At this stage the evidence available from the published literature does not support the use of piracetam in the treatment of people with dementia or cognitive impairment. Although effects were found on global impression of change, no benefit was shown by any of the more specific measures.

They concluded that the data supports further research, but not current clinical claims or use.

and more:


Thanks for posting this. I’m feeling mixed about aniracetam. I find it pretty weak. It’s been three days so far. The first day I noticed it the most. But they say it usually takes a week to build up and notice things…if you respond at all.

I would say I’ve noticed:

Increased stimulation
Better, more logical dreams
Increased anxiety while taking it and less anxiety after its effects have worn off.
Slight mental clarity.
Better breathing.
Slight constipation
Music sounds slightly better
Very slight increase in contrast of colors

It hasn’t done much for my memory thus far. I don’t feel more motivated. Interestingly, my individual peak scores have gone down (still at an overall 93%).

From what I’ve read nootropics like racetam are better for those with poor brain health.

I’ll second that for sure… having seen the upshots of ODing on the stuff in pts who were gurneyed up from the ER to acute psych at three different hospitals.

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