Modafinil is a smart drug, also known as a nootropic. It enhances your cognitive function in a variety of ways (more on that in a second). There are plenty of smart drugs, but modafinil stands in a class of its own for a few reasons:
It’s not a stimulant. Modafinil acts sort of like a stimulant, but it’s actually a eugeroic – a wakefulness-promoting agent. It doesn’t make you speedy or jittery like most classical stimulants do. Modafinil also doesn’t have a crash or withdrawal, the way many smart drugs do.
It’s not addictive. In fact, modafinil can help people kick addictions.
It has few to no side effects. Modafinil is very safe.
It works. Really well. Have you ever seen the movie Limitless with Bradley Cooper? It’s based on modafinil. This stuff gives you superhuman mental processing, with few to no downsides.
How modafinil enhances your brain and mood?
Unlike some smart drugs, there’s a good deal of evidence to back up the effects of Modafinil.
It has been shown to increase your resistance to fatigue and improve your mood.
In healthy adults, modafinil improves “fatigue levels, motivation, reaction time and vigilance.
A study published by the University of Cambridge found Modafinil to be effective at reducing “impulse response”, i.e., bad decisions.
Modafinil even improves brain function in sleep deprived doctors.
There is some evidence Modafinil only helps people with lower IQ, but after years of experimenting (and upgrading my IQ), it doesn’t feel that way.
How to dose modafinil?
For most healthy people, 100-200 mg of modafinil will be plenty. It lasts 6-8 hours; take it in the morning, with or without food.