Nootropics

The VICE Guide to Self Improvement

I Tested the Internet's Five Favourite Nootropics

Will Aniracetam, Oxiracetam, Huperzine A, Modafinil, and something called "Lion's Mane" improve my IQ?
Sam Nichols
9.12.17
Narcomania

College Professors Are Using Smart Drugs to Grade Your Crappy Essays

It's not just students taking modafinil to help them power through their workload.
Max Daly
7.7.16
Music

This Music Video Is a "Smart Drug" Trip Gone Horribly Wrong

Filmmaker denial.of.service goes full-on cyberpunk dystopia in Rawtekk’s “Here’s To Them” video.
DJ Pangburn
6.29.16
Stuff

We Asked Some Students What Drugs They Take to Study

With exams looming around Australia, we asked university students what they take, how often, and why.
Scott Renton
5.17.16
Stuff

Are You a Cheater If You're Using Smart Drugs to Get Ahead?

Universities and other organizations are now considering the ethics of using nootropics and other "smart drugs."
Matt Tinoco
4.14.16
Stuff

Taking the 'Smart Drug' Modafinil Made Me Love Work but Hate People

In the rat race that is modern life, it's sort of the only drug that makes sense. How awful is that?
Sebastián Serrano
10.7.15
tech

Can the Pills That Claim to Make You Clever Also Make You Rich?

How a podcast host and a former NFL player, among others, created a market for pills that claim to boost brain function.
Dale Eisinger
8.7.15
tech

Will 'Smart Drugs' Really Make Us Smarter, or Just Ruin Our Lives?

Given the recent surge in the popularity of nootropics—non-toxic, non-addictive drugs that enhance learning acquisition, increase the coupling of the brain’s hemispheres, and improve processing—a debate over the murky limits of our neurological...
Alex Horne
3.25.14
tech

Can a Low Dose Go a Long Way?

Is it possible to tap psychedelic drugs at almost imperceptible levels to heighten normal, day-to-day functioning without all the mind melt? As it turns out, less maybe is more.
Brian Anderson
7.8.13
Music

Lower Dens Writes Cyborg Music for Techno Fear: Interview With Jana Hunter

Delving into the transhumanist concept of their new album Nootropics
Michael Byrne
5.30.12