The dangers of “Smart” drugs
A good place to start when talking about the dangers of smart drugs is to explain what “smart” drugs are.
What are smart drugs?
Students are increasingly using brain power boosting drugs. These are drugs that are normally used for conditions like Alzheimer’s disease and ADHD but are being used by students to improve their academics and handle the workload of school. Smart drugs are also referred to as Nootropics. Nootropic is fragments of Greek words meaning “affecting the mind”. These drugs are memory enhancers, neuro-enhancers, cognitive enhancers and intelligence enhancers. The drugs can come in prescriptions or as supplements. Smart drugs are thought to work by altering the brain’s supply of neurochemicals by improving the brain’s oxygen supply or by stimulating nerve growth.
So what are the dangers of smart drugs?
Smart drugs are usually promoted as being totally harmless. To say smart drugs are harmless would be a total mistake. Taking smart drugs is definitely not the same thing as shooting heroin but smart drugs still have their dangers.
Here are some of the dangers of smart drugs:
- Taking smart drugs over a long period of time can change your brain chemistry in multiple different ways.
- Depending on what kind of smart drug you are taking depends on its dangers. This can make it hard for any person to determine whether or not they are going to be ok or what negative side effects they may experience.
- There are many dangers of smart drugs and quite a few of them are fatally dangerous if not taken with the understanding of their effects.
- Some smart drugs are physically addictive
- Some smart drugs can cause high blood pressure, insomnia, lowered appetite, and anxiety. These smart drugs are usually stimulants such as Ritalin and Adderall.
The dangers of smart drugs go beyond just physical problems too. Some of the dangers of smart drugs include things such as getting caught with pills that aren’t yours or morally a danger of smart drugs is the dependence on a pill to just fix every problem we have.
The biggest danger of smart drugs is that there is so little known about them right now and their adverse side effects of the long term damage they could or could not cause. This lack of knowing makes a lot of students think it is just okay to take smart drugs. This just isn’t so. Smart drugs are fairly new and all the dangers of them just aren’t clear yet. For instance, with some smart drugs the dangers of taking it may not show themselves for a couple years, there could be serious long term damage done to someone.
Anything that can alter the brains chemistry for long cannot be good especially for healthy young adults. Yet most students take smart drugs due to the pressure from school and feel it justified or even needed in order for them to function. Unfortunately it seems like the greatest danger of smart drugs is that they are creating a generation of super intelligent students that are lacking in the life skills department to manage their time and school work effectively without a pill or supplement.