2017 Update: When I got into self experimentation with smart drugs 5 years ago I had hoped that the industry was on the cusp of growing up, that the fly by night supplement marketors would be put out of business by consumers choosing Nootropics with rationally and science.
Instead, today scammy Internet Marketing products abound and weird research compounds lacking human studies will hit the market to be voraciously consumed by pharmaceutical thrill seekers. I'm more concerned than ever about a major ethics crisis giving the Biohacking industry a bad name.
After personally trying over 70 different Nootropics I'm convinced of two things:
1) Enhancing your cognition requires self quantification; I've created a 5 part DIY experiment for determining the impact of smart drugs on Working Memory, Reaction Times, IQ, Verbal Intelligence, Stress Response and Mindfulness - Download it here.
2) Only consume Pharmaceutical grade Nootropics.
Anyone considering taking nootropics to boost their brain power is presented with an overwhelming amount of information as they begin their Google searching: competing brands and stacks, along with hundreds of different ingredients both synthesized and organic to consider. Unless you are a nutritionist or have a formal science education it's close to impossible to know where to draw the line between fact and disinformation, between credible science and clever marketing.
Anyone who's seen the film Limitless knows that an NZT-48 like smart drug that really works stands a good chance of increasing your earning potential by several too many thousands of dollars a month. The lost opportunity cost of a taking a Nootropic that dosen't work is ultimately far more than the $35-$100 monthly cost of your average Nootropic. In my long term experience, less than half of them work.