The world of nootropics is rapidly expanding; already substances that no one knew the name of last year are becoming household terms. Knowledge of pharmacology and substances beneficial to mind and body is becoming colloquial slowly but surely as the availability of knowledge increases through such readily available channels as the internet. One downside to such a rapid expansion in knowledge is that incorrect information is as readily available as correct information and deciphering the difference between the two can become a task of great monument to just about anyone.
One of the most common issues, with respect to disinformation surrounding nootropics, is the immediacy of effects or expected psychoactivity of the substances. This is entirely the wrong way to approach this field and will leave one jaded to the truly monumental potential that comes with the proper usage of such devices. To my knowledge, hardly any nootropics possess psychoactive potential, and the ones that do have been deemed illegal long ago. In approaching a field with as much promise and potential as Nootropics, it is important to maintain a mentality that is not overly expecting but rather subtly perceiving. It is always important to remember that the changes that come with Nootropics are subtle, can take a long time albeit may be incredibly dramatic.
A very important consideration lie in our modern diets, which lend ultimately to our physiologic reservoirs, and are possibly the worst they have ever been in the history of man. These things result in an environment of poor metabolism and nutrition for our minds and bodies. What the goal of nootropic therapy should be, is to make plentiful the building blocks for neurons: the absolute foundation of neurology, where our normal diets fall short. In a sense, it is economically speaking, designing a very favorable environment for maximal brain development and maintenance by making plentiful the things that the brain needs, that it wouldn’t receive otherwise.
One of the most important factors to keep in mind, is the sheer complexity that is the neurology of all beings. Even single portions of bodies common to all people, such as digestion, have vast arrays of neurons that have yet to be studied or known by anyone. With so much unknown regarding the positions and placement of neurons within the body, the potential positive effects of nootropics are impossible to predict ranging from digestion to memory, sleep cycles to acid reflux. Is it possible to fix your digestive issues by adopting a very balanced diet, with careful consideration towards nootropics? I don’t know, the important thing to realize is that no one does and that anyone that claims to know, is likely a contemporary version of a snake oil salesman. Rather what is important to realize is that the uncertainty will always exist around our neurology as science spends the rest of eternity cataloging and naming every aspect of it, however, the certainty of the neuron’s role, will never be removed. Thus, the balance of neuronal catabolism/anabolism may be heavily weighted upon the ingredients necessary to produce neurons; aligning nootropic ingestion and neuronal anabolism with Le Chatelier’s principal in such a way that would have him singing songs in his grave. With this understanding and the knowledge of the vastness of the role of the neuron, one is equipped with enough knowledge to separate one from the mainstream of common thought, and begin doing what works best for you–through tailoring your diet and experiencing different states of your physiology as a result. This study of oneself is a task whose timeline is nothing short of a lifetime but some would argue, is one of the only tasks truly worth undertaking.
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