We Talk Nootropics, Brain Supplements, & Cognitive Enhancers w/ Expert Jesse Lawler
If you’re familiar with just about any of my work, you’ll know that I’m a big fan of nootropics, otherwise known as smart drugs or cognitive enhancers. I’ve used them for years, experimented with dozens of them, and I’m cautiously optimistic about the future of this rapidly-growing trend in biohacking.
Well, today, we have a special treat, because my guest is the host of an entire podcast dedicated solely to nootropics – SmartDrugSmarts. Like myself, he lacks a medical degree, but shares my passion for self-experimentation and broad-reaching research. He’s done hundreds of experiments on himself, and has even developed a number of nootropic stacks himself.
In this episode, we talk about tons of nitty gritty details about all of the various nootropics… we talk about diet and nutrition… we talk about self experimentation, polyphasic sleep… and so, so much more. I really enjoyed this episode, and I just know you’re going to enjoy it, too.
I enjoyed the opportunity to dive into the mind of another dilettante neuroscientist like myself, and to demonstrate to the audience that you don’t need a medical degree to safely and effectively tweak your cognitive and physical performance. Big disclaimer here: my guest and I are, as I said, NOT doctors, and we are NOT qualified to give you medical advice – consult your doctor before taking any of this tips home and trying them out, and of course, we take absolutely no responsibility for your results.
In this episode, we discuss:
- Jesse Lawler's path from being a computer programmer to being a nootropics expert and podcaster
- Why podcasting is such an incredible network hack, and how it adds to one's life
- What are the big things that Jesse Lawler learned since he got into this?
- What's the difference between a “nootropic” and other “cognitive enhancers”
- Which nootropics and brain supplements has Jesse Lawler tested on himself?
- Which of these drugs are available, which are restricted, and how hard are they to get?
- How do you decide which nootropics or brain supplements to use for which day or task?
- Which substances are known to increase your working memory capacity?
- What's the relationship between creativity and memory?
- Where do Adderall, Ritalin, Concerta, and other prescription drugs fit in to the mix?
- How does ADD medication work?
- Why Jesse went from being a raw food vegan to the paleo diet
- What are some of the most ridiculous self-experiments that Jesse Lawler has done?
- Thoughts on polyphasic sleep, biphasic sleep, and the “uberman” sleep schedule
- How and where can you safely start experimenting with nootropics?
- What supplements should EVERYONE be taking, according to Jesse Lawler?
- Are these supplements compatible, or should you take one at a time?
- How safe are drugs like piracetam or anaracetam?
- What books and resources does Jesse recommend?
- Who is Jesse Lawler's “guru” or role model?
- Learning about Jesse's own nootropic stacks, how they work, and why he created them
- What would a $100 “quick start” kit designed by Jesse look like?
- Thoughts on alcohol and abstaining from it
- Is horseback riding more dangerous than MDMA usage?
Resources Mentioned in This Episode on Nootropics:
- Jesse Lawler's Podcast
- Piracetam and Anaracetam
- Modafinil and similar drugs (controlled substances)
- Adderall and Ritalin (controlled substances)
- Fish Oil
- Nicotine patches
- The NEXUS nootropic stack designed by Jesse Lawler
- My TEDx talk
- Catching Fire: How Cooking Made us Human by Dr. Richard Wrangham (iBookstore)
- Polyphasic sleep and the uberman sleep schedule
- Our previous episode with Dr. Kirk Parsley
- MITOGEN nootropic stack designed by Jesse Lawler
- Smart Drugs & Nutritients by Dr. Ward Dean
- Our previous episode with Gretchen Rubin
- Sleep masks
- The Doors of Perception and Heaven and Hell by Aldous Huxley
- Dr. David Nutt, a pro-drug and anti-alcohol crusader in the UK