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My 'smart drugs' nightmare - BBC News

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So-called "smart drugs" are drugs that can supposedly enhance your cognitive abilities. People all over the world are taking them in universities, offices and the comfort of their own home - to get ahead of the game. One drug, Modafinil - is amongst the most popular. It was labelled in August 2015 as the world’s first “safe” smart drug - off the back of research from Harvard and Oxford University. But is this true? And do “smart drugs" actually work? In this film, our reporter Benjamin Zand tries a drug himself - as he takes a first-hand look inside the world of so-called smart drugs. Subscribe to BBC News HERE http://bit.ly/1rbfUog Check out our website: http://www.bbc.com/news Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/bbcworldnews Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/bbcworld Instagram: http://instagram.com/bbcnews
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Oie White (7 часов назад)
what an great way to use people as test subjects
AT AR (8 часов назад)
As a med student I find that all of these “smart drugs” are bullshit, all of their ingredients are as useless as eating paper. You want my advice? Coke and adderol. Works wonders and actually helps unlike these pressed Tylenol pills
Matt Sterling (17 часов назад)
What a load of old shit
Alrighty Then (19 часов назад)
They all look like they're doing coke... its just a cocaine pill...
Alrighty Then (19 часов назад)
Cocaine is a hell of a drug!
David Electronic (1 день назад)
Don’t need to complicate this, Crystal Meth can do the same thing muhahaha!
Javier Mgarcia (1 день назад)
Jajajajajajajajajajajajajajajajajajajaja omg jajajajajajajajajajajajajajajaj
Matt (1 день назад)
Interesting. I was debating taking these specific pills and this has convinced me otherwise! Thx! Who is the journalist? I liked the way the journalist spoke and probably writes.
lance pheng (2 дня назад)
What a pumper lol
Rosie Jl (2 дня назад)
Talk about a placebo effect. I suspect that the drug he bought online had other things in it such as caffeine (the diuretic effect he had) and who knows what else. I take Modafinil for a sleep disorder and in no way is it a "miracle drug". It helps me stay awake and improves my concentration ability in terms of not falling asleep. However I have no more executive function improvement (and probably less) than I had before developing a sleep disorder although I have other problems with depression and the like that reduces my executive function. In terms of side effects I experience some appetite suppression and occasional increased speed of speech but its not going to increase your IQ or turn you into a genius. It might help you stay awake and finish a paper at the last minute but the paper is still going to be the lower quality that you get doing an assignment at the last minute and your will be tired. I wouldn't waste your money. Also do not buy it online as there is no way to know what is in it. A good work life balance, better planning, a healthy diet, exercise, sleep etc is going to help you wayyyy more than any "smart drug". If you want the placebo effect buy something that is going to be less harmful (even tho its just as useless to a healthy person) such as a multivitamin. tldr - Modafinil is not a miracle drug, don't buy it online and go for a safer placebo such as multivitamin.
Robert Jensen (2 дня назад)
I've tried most of these drugs. By far the BEST one I ever had consistently good experience with, was Modafinil. But, here in the USA, it's EXPENSIVE. Last time I checked, a single pill was around $20. I used to cut them in 2 or 4 sections and take smaller sections. When I was working, I would take a half pill one hour before a critical sales call, or presentation. Each time I did this, I would do an amazing job on the preso, and my boss would confirm this. It increased alertness, concentration, and my speed at finding answers. Also, if I had to drive late at night, my driving quality was far better, and I was very attentive and focused. One small side effect: sometimes I would be more "quick to anger" on this drug. You might have to avoid annoying people when you're on it.
Brian Goetz (2 дня назад)
If you're getting head paine than your brain is growing just like muscles hurt when you work out
Brian Goetz (2 дня назад)
Ther is no drug to make you smart the key is to lurn 24 hrs of things on your own with out some one telling you the anser you have to finde the answers on your own your brain is a muscle the more you use it the stronger it gets although it's not a muscle figure of speech
Jon W (3 дня назад)
It's basically caffeine. Only a bit better. No worse idc what the BBC says.
Stormy Dee (4 дня назад)
you made the SAME TEST twice, that's why the second test went better, not bc of modafinil... can't believe how dumb people are nowadays.. dumbness is everywhere.. if you want to get smarter get some education for fux sake..
slava alfimtsov (5 дней назад)
Fuck this idiot,he has no idea what he is talking about ,clearly proves how people can make anything sound how they perceive it.I just started using smart drug phenibut and my performance at work is amazing and I don't get stressed as easily.Im getting sick of ppl and shit we watch on TV shoving Bullshit opinions down our throats.
Poké Ballsack (5 дней назад)
Your testing of the drugs are not representative of how they should work. If you have ADHD you will be informed about the side effects from the drugs BY YOUR DOCTOR. Which include loss of appetite and loss of sleep. You need to eat for them to work properly, even though you're not feeling hungry your body still needs the food otherwise you will feel tired just like the feeling you get when you HAVEN'T EATEN ALL DAY. They should be injested with a meal of food most commonly breakfast and only taken once a day. These types of drugs are also combined with other substances, most commonly melatonin. There is so much you need to know when you're taking these pills and you need a strict schedule for these to work properly. I'm suprised you didn't get informed about all of this during your doctors visit.
Bram (7 дней назад)
I had the same reaction to this drug. It didn't really work and only gave me side effects.
Zycho (8 дней назад)
Massive pussy.
Jordan A (8 дней назад)
This drug is bad but stay away from amphetamine trust me
ImPuLz101 (9 дней назад)
yeah try being like that since birth it sucks
Aamir Khosa (9 дней назад)
one who take it become adective to this drug and is very dificult to get ride from this drug .never use it.
Cody Stephens (9 дней назад)
duckdose.com is the new site, same people and company as who he bought from they just changed their domain so they didnt get in trouble. wonderful customer service and a product guarantee so either you get the product or they give your money back.
Dave Wolfe (10 дней назад)
If he had recorded a positive experience using Modafinil would the BBC have been willing to show it?
azman zahari (10 дней назад)
Kenneth Carpenter II (10 дней назад)
Crack is wack
Shriprasad Bhangle (10 дней назад)
Cocaine is a hell of a drug. Uhuhuhuhuhuh
lewis wilby (11 дней назад)
the effects that it had on him sound like creatine
Gaz Vlogs (12 дней назад)
I knew this was gonna be a bad documentary just from the thumbnail lmao
Jackie Moon (12 дней назад)
Oowee you invented mentates
Tu CANAL2 (12 дней назад)
I don't think he gave it enough time, even prescribed medicine tells you that secondary effects are expected but they will go away once your body was preconditioned to it. I just went online trying to buy modafinil and the first think I found was the warning for side effects, so it was no secret you could get headaches or even diarrhea. unfortunately for me I live in California so buying them is not that easy.
Charlie Bennett (12 дней назад)
He took modafinil in the afternoon, no shit he couldn't sleep. bias as fuck.
Keith Lavelle (12 дней назад)
I was on midafinil for narcolepsy it no smart drug
Skaði Bifröst (13 дней назад)
You are better off microdosing psychedelics
Chuck M (13 дней назад)
people been using lsd,weed, cocaine and heroin like this since the 60's.
Joshua Pesina (13 дней назад)
but, modafinill and ritalin are very different made for very different reasons. one was for military use the other is for mental disorders. comparing the two or expecting them to make you perform the same- is very stupid. Not only that, these websites are not secret at all. And there are loads of neurutropics that are for various things and they all need your natural bodily resources to perform.14:17 should have just gotten laid..
TourdeFrance20131 (14 дней назад)
you all better take a cup of coffee
TheNeilwiz01uk (14 дней назад)
I stopped watching at the point the Cambridge University professor used the term " do they make you more smart"
Ryuion (15 дней назад)
I think he took it irresponsibly maybe. Having a time frame on what he was doing.
Adam Turner (15 дней назад)
The guy in the gym is clearly under a placebo effect. Hate to see him actually take something with a bang to it he'd be ruined
jhmm gf (15 дней назад)
Fynalparacetam?lmao i died laughing xD
Joey Plascencia (15 дней назад)
And now this reporter is a addict!
Coconut Grubs (15 дней назад)
You grab a bunch of lazy ass losers and tell them that if they eat horse shit it will make them the next Albert Einstein. And this is what happens
Alief Faisal (15 дней назад)
If you what to stay active.... Boosting up performance...Just smoke methaphatamine (meth)... Those smart drug are eventually just a fraud pills...
Michael D (16 дней назад)
Any one know where to get this stuff from a trusted sorce
The Red River (16 дней назад)
BBC are fakenews
Daniel T (16 дней назад)
Sounds like a caffeine pill, not a smart drug...all the symptoms seemed in line with caffeine.
Naps Yohannes (16 дней назад)
Just take NZT
rximv me (17 дней назад)
I highly doubt that the ones her ordered online are actually fake knock off of the real thing bec wtf was with puurrrr your order is completed. Likw what website starts off with purr for the confirmation thank u email.... Whats website animal planet.
dacrow3 (17 дней назад)
I had bad days with my gum swollen painfully. Well to be honest it was suprising how this zeet 250mg painkillers worked on me im matter of seconds. I dont think everybody may experienced just the same like any others but it doesnt impossible as well. Human receptors are the fastest, in sensing, absorbing & watever hell they doing more.
Vinay B R (17 дней назад)
Nominated for Oscar. Such a great acting!! I've been taking these during exams since three years. The only side effects I ever faced was : 1) my pee had a deadly stink 2) weirdly hungry after few hours of consumption 3) nauseated, at times. 4) lack of sleep, obviously. This video is absolutely terrible, exaggerated shit.
Mic Rosato (18 дней назад)
The sound in this video makes me uncomfortable... to much like ASMR at some points
Prototype 81 (18 дней назад)
90% of synthetic designer pills do harm to your body and mind. I cant believe people are being tricked into paying a company to destroy themselves. Short term glorifications such as this are not wise. People are also being tricked into thinking faster is smarter. Its sad.
Adam Weishaupt (19 дней назад)
You took a test without the pill then repeated the same test later the same day and saw an increase in performance??? Mind... Blown.
Cristian Valdivia (19 дней назад)
My smart drug is caffeine
fwd (19 дней назад)
How misleading. I've used modafinil and armodafinil (better for me) for about 2.5 years now. Sure there are ups and downs as with any medication, but this "nightmare" spin is ridiculous. Headaches? Yes, modafinil gave me some bad headaches first few weeks. After reading up on reddit, I find that taking a magnesium supplement and/or eating some food 30 min before. Rash? Nope, never. One more thing to note about using these drugs is when to use them. For me, I found the best use is when I have to do grinding tasks that do not require a lot of creativity. As a programmer by profession, this is about 50% of my workload. If I take it then realize I need to do something I've never done before and requires learning and creative workarounds, this stuff hinders me.
R Davies (20 дней назад)
So it's basically just the same effect as a shot of Caffeine?
Manckie Manc (20 дней назад)
Basically someone presumably the idiot presenter used these drugs and is now promoting them
Kevin (20 дней назад)
Oh now I get it. The drug should make smart. I thought the drug is smart. How could a drug be smart.
Will H (20 дней назад)
Modafinil is the most overrated smart drug on the market. Take alpha gpc and any drug from the piracetam family and your memory will improve so much you'll wonder if your memory is too good. Modafinil is pretty much just caffeine 2.0 in my opinion. I don't think it makes you any smarter, just more energetic and focused.
jhmm gf (15 дней назад)
Thats right .high dose piracetam actually works a lot better for me .modafinil doesnt seem to do much cognitively only motivation and alertness
Lilitu (21 день назад)
Also, isn't that drug used for narcoleptics?
Lilitu (21 день назад)
I forget clickbait is a thing every now and then. But I was reminded
Robert Tucker (21 день назад)
Guy's a looser.
Jake Fecani (21 день назад)
Just buy sum addies and stop doing this dumb shit
CM Guy (22 дня назад)
This is very similar to my first time, yet I was taking it for actual ADHD, not playing a round for the cameras. Nowadays I get my moda at buymoda .org
Roscoc5 (22 дня назад)
Batman on the roof 16:52... hes got your back bro.
Arden Nielsen (22 дня назад)
A dietary SUPPLEMENT that fights off some of the effects of prolonged starvation.
Learnzz (22 дня назад)
You should have tested the product , because you don’t have proof that you actually used real medaphonil, so this whole experiment is flaw
Dr. Wagner (22 дня назад)
body temp rising, thinking to fast, "I want to keep taking it"... meth
young'gun dynasty (23 дня назад)
scam the drug works after some duration not once
Jedi Mind Trick (23 дня назад)
This a terrible representation for "Nootropics" There are many nootropics with many varied effects by themselves and in stacks, some that can harm you if taken carelessly, some that are better suited to occasional use and some that are ok to take every day. And often if people are taking nootropics that effect neurotransmitters uptake then the correct neurotransmitter fuel supplement should be taken to add the fuel source needed for each neurotransmitter path way thats being up/down regulated by other nootropics. I this guy had done his home work first then he would know its wise when taking modafinil to take Nalt as a fuel source for dopamine, nor epinephrine and epinephrine which can help to stop the crash at the end and possibly to stop the head aches, Choline for helping with the headache and increased memory function and a racetam to aid in neuro protection and also memory function, A multivitamin, Omega 3 and a healthy fat. Remember that everyone is different so what works for you may not work for me so the main idea to keep in mind is to thoroughly educate yourself on any substance you intend to try, Start off with the lowest recommended dose and tartrate as necessary and DO YOUR RESEARCH THOROUGHLY.....NEVER ACCEPT THE FIRST ANSWER YOU GET, ALWAYS QUESTION EVERYTHING AND MAKE UP YOUR OWN MIND.
CrucifyRobinHood (23 дня назад)
Next time do some research. None of those experts talked to you about choline? Bullshit.
brandon mckay (23 дня назад)
who else watching this on 2.0x speed hahahah smart drugs r taking over
771bar (23 дня назад)
Modafinil is shit, one of its side effects is stevens-johnson syndrome ... Plus its not approved by the FDA cuz of it .
Seth S (24 дня назад)
I took it and still feel dum.
Yui Young (24 дня назад)
Its called Speed....
??? ??? (25 дней назад)
maybe it isnt so smart to take substances you no nothing about xd hopefully that helps some people to inform themselves on nutrition(and no im not talking about nutritionpillsxD)
Russell Rodriguez Russell (25 дней назад)
I want it!!!!!
TwoLive91 (25 дней назад)
Limitless is my movie..!
king oli (25 дней назад)
You know this things are just called upper by people that have any idea what this shit is?
pitsaria poueskise (26 дней назад)
This idiot is a stupid gay idiot. Who likes to try drugs for free. Gay idiot.
Logan Cahall (26 дней назад)
Not much of a nightmare is it mate?
Andrej H (27 дней назад)
Watch film “Limitless”
Purity XG (27 дней назад)
You know what a wonder drug is? WEED damn straight
Christina Penner (27 дней назад)
Is it sad that I believe nothing and no one, I mean of course about this bc it’s ridiculous but just about everything else in the world including people (sadly) are full of crap.
Tom Windsor (27 дней назад)
This is his subjective experience others will be affected differently
Bipolarbear 4873 (28 дней назад)
Yeah it’s cos it’s full of speed ya moron
federico floro (28 дней назад)
that medicine reminds me of concerta, the effects is dangerous liver damage is the worst.
kyle spejewski (28 дней назад)
in all honesty, a microdose of lsd or psilocybin or just one or two puffs of weed works for increasing my congition. about the only thing that sounds interesting is maybe the racetams. a lot of these fall in the same realm as other research drugs.
Sutter Greaves (28 дней назад)
Smoke some sativa then
Chernobyl Night Tours (29 дней назад)
Try Dexamphetamine brand name Attentin.
Psmythe Wooster (30 дней назад)
Took this for 4 months. It definitely helps you power through repetitive tasks but making you smarter or more creative? No chance. Take the video with a grain of salt.
Perth AUS (1 месяц назад)
A sample size of one persons experience? shit reporting
Mikael Jacob (1 месяц назад)
Yes but if you didn't take cocaine with your nootropic that wouldn't have been a nightmare.
ninth Chakra (1 месяц назад)
Despite the annoying title, this is a fascinating report by Mr Benjamin Zand (@BenjaminZand) from BBC News. Though lacking in the actual science about  Nootropics ("Smart Drugs"), it did touch on many of the important aspects of the social impact that these medications are already having. One part that I found somewhat irritating was that he was apparently ignorant in the necessary requirements associated with taking the drug Modafinil. (It's very important to do your research before trialling any new medication - especially for an off brand use, like this) One of the actions of the drug is to act as a metabolic accelerant, causing you to urinate & defecate more frequently due to increased production of stimulatory hormones from the Hypothalamus/Pituitary glands in the brain. Because of this increase in the metabolic rate, when taking Modafinil, you must *increase* your intake of food & water - with especial attention paid to electrolytes. Once you understand this it becomes fairly obvious that Mr Zand (who was skipping meals) was almost certainly both hypoglycemic & dehydrated, and also low in electrolytes such as Sodium (which is expelled in urine). The markings on his leg & arm were possibly due to his liver dysfunction (or completely unrelated) & that in turn was also due to his poor diet. As to why his friend (who been taking Modafinil for some time) had not experienced these side-effects? As an athlete, he would have already been on a high protein/high calorie diet & be rehydrating with sports drinks (that contain electrolytes to compensate for sweating during high activity). Nootropics are a growing field & an intriguing subject. I look forward to watching any follow-up videos from Mr Zand & the BBC in the future.
Joseph Driscoll (1 месяц назад)
Worst docu ever
James Spell (1 месяц назад)
It's the same in the beginning like he said he felt sharper is when I started taking Vicodin and then I switch to Suboxone it's still hurting your body it's still not you so to speak it something else I've been clean now for 2 years I haven't felt that sharpness again but at least I know I'm not hurting my body
Yashvir Dalaya (1 месяц назад)
You gotta eat and drink enough water. Those headaches are because you don't have enough glycogen in your brain.
Ty Dolla sign (1 месяц назад)
These drugs get me through my college courses. Nightmare? Nah you’re just stupid mate. All it takes is mistiming once and you learn how to really use it. (Take it after lunch)
Triston Spiker (1 месяц назад)
Oh God meth in a pill..!! Here we go

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