I have Biohackers who contact me on nearly a daily basis complaining that their countries make it difficult or impossible for them to get quality, pharma grade Nootropics.
Americans who have never lived abroad have no idea how lucky they are that they can Google search any supplement they want, identify a high quality source of it, digitally swipe their credit cards and in 5-7 days it will reliably arrive at their doorstep.
In other countries they have a confusing mess of regulations and laws about what supplements are allowed:
- You never really know if you're allowed to import a supplement until you do.
- About a 3rd of the time it will get lost in shipping. The shipping firm almost always charges you some (surprise!) extra fees.
- Anything health related is more likely to get stuck in customs, sometimes they will release it, sometimes not.
- There's a 20% - 30% VAT tax.
Recently I ordered some things shipped to Sofia, Bulgaria and after waiting 2 weeks on shipping it was a royal pain in the ass to pick them up at the airport. You have to give power of attorney to a Bulgarian firm to fill out the paperwork to release your packages. It doubled the cost of the items and took at least half a day.
It's been a few years since I took a really serious look at Kratom research...
It would be a real understatement to say that I was disappointed to find that after the FDA tried to ban Kratom in 2016 there has been no effort made to fund meaningful Kratom science. Namely, a double, blind placebo controlled human study.
One of the few pieces of scientific literature published on Kratom in 2017 concluded:
"Our data analysis has not determined if biochemical benefits of kratom may prove to outweigh its toxicity and risks. On the contrary, it seems that its potential side effects outweigh the benefits, and severe and real health hazards can, insidiously, lead to death. Kratom clinical, psychological, and medical manifestations can be disturbing."
From the abstract of another 2017 paper:
"...kratom has been reported to be abused together with other illicit substances with high risk of potential addiction. There are also anecdotes of an adverse effect and toxicity of kratom, i.e. tremor, fatigue, seizure, and death. Different countries have distinctive regulation and policy on the plantation and use of this plant when most of the countries banned the use of it because of its addiction problems and side effects."
A personal anecdote...
After reaching peak productivity that day in the mid afternoon I settled down for 20 minutes of Jedi breathing combined with meditation. Modafinil is a drug that really effectively prevents me from being an introspective time traveler; instead of trying to predict the future or analyzing the past I'm fully committed to the present. Usually the first 10-15 minutes of meditation is something like wrestling with a rowdy pig in a kidipool filled with Vaseline but on Modafinil it's a whole different experience; all my worrying and grasping at abstractions goes away.
Typical of my meditation sessions as I held my mind empty and stared into the abyss subtle hallucinations appeared on the insides of my eyelids. In a powerfully symbolic moment a vivid wolf appeared, I stared into it's eyes and it transformed into a dove that flew off. The wolf was my bullying mind. The tyrant within me that beat me up constantly. That self critical internal dialog. The dove was my flighty mind that lurched and reeled in reaction to the world.
But now I was the wolf. Finally, I was the one in charge. The world would react to me.
A powerful sentiment that imbued a degree of tranquility for days after I had taken the Modafinil.
As the Internet's smart drug dealer I have to admit something to you...
The end game of smart drugs is to not really need them.
Would you believe that a lot of days I don't actually even use them? Here's why; I've internalized and habituated a lot of the self discipline that Nootropics imbue.
Drugs do permanently change personality; this is why we have stereotypes about potheads or psychedelic enthusiasts. Smart drugs will have a long term affect on your personality via several mechanisms:
- First of all they show you how focused and productive your mind can be. Some people have never been as focused as they will be the first time they use Nootropics.
- They feed your mind the raw building blocks for synapses that will increase density of gray matter.
- Smart drugs are an instant gratification tool for self control. They work fast.
- With the enhanced degree of self control you get from smart drugs you can habituate other "more holistic" practices that will cultivate your self control.
A smart drug that will really wake up your powers of concentration is Modafinil. After trying +80 different smart drugs it's easily within my top 5 for habituating focus.
We are living in history and the profound tectonic level politcal, cultural and technological changes happening below our feet will reward those with extraordinary powers of attention and punish harshly those who remain unenhanced.
FocusWish.com did an exhaustive meta analysis of Modafinil and created this useful Modafinil infographic which breaks down the 8 mechanisms of action by which this drug transforms our self control capacities.Add a comment
It would be an understatement to say that it's been thoroughly studied; in total over a thousand pieces of published research on Modafinil can be found on Pubmed, with an impressive 580 human research papers in the last 10 years alone.
This article will summarize the science that's been done on Modafinil in 2017.
In 2017 alone there were 80 papers published about it but don't worry I'm not going to summarize every single one because a lot of them are not very interesting.
Introduction: You guys know I'm a reluctant yet persistent cheerleader of Modafinil. Reluctant because it doesn't work for everyone, it can have unpleasant side effects, but for those it does work for, it's really ROI's and the side effects are pretty benign. Modafinil is a relatively more expensive smart drug but it's popularity is undeniable and it's because it really ROI's for about two thirds of the people who try - I think of a friend of mine, a pretty successful entrepreneur, that none nonchalantly over a few beers in Medellín, Colombia mentioned that he makes at least an extra $100K a year because of his Modafinil habit. Not many people have told me similar things about other types smart drugs and Nootropics.
Checkout this article by ModafinilBuyOnline.com about how different professions can use Modafinil. Luckily they sell Modafinil from <$1 per pill so you don't need to as successful as my friend to afford it! - JR
With its ability to boost energy, alertness and confidence, smart drug modafinil can help people from all walks of life and in all different types of careers to improve their performance at work.
Here are 27 professionals who all use modafinil to increase their career success.Add a comment
I see a trend of polarization and demonisation of those who aim to compete aggressively. Our who is John Gault society, steadily marching towards the world foretold in Idiocracy and 1984, seems increasingly keen on inventing witches to hunt. As I've written about before, I foresee a public backlash against Biohackers.
Biohacking is antiestablishmentarianism starting on a biological level. It's naive to think that our movement which empowers the individual by hacking happiness and productivity doesn't present a threat to the powers that be. If you share a little of my paranoia on this issue I really encourage you to start paying for your smart drugs with Bitcoin.
A lot of people of people who are into smart drugs and Biohacking are Internet Gangsters who are also into using the block-chain based digital currency Bitcoin. It's a pretty natural overlap that people who are kind of hacking the financial system and choosing personal sovereignty by using Bitcoin are also interested in high leverage control of their own biology.
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First of all there's several credible vendors of smart drugs, Nootropics or anti-aging health supplements directly accepting Bitcoin. The more credible ones that I have experience with are towards the top, the ones towards the bottom I can't recommend as enthusiastically.Add a comment