Nootropics agents (or smart drugs) are not all
new to public use, but the term itself is newer, and refers
to an agent that can boost cognition and that also may protect
the brain, or be largely non-toxic to the brain.
Sometimes the term, nootropics, is used
to include cognitive enhancers, which force learning through
stimulation, but which may be harmful to the brain.
There are many questions regarding the way neurolaw
can encompass the ethical concerns about nootropics. Many drugs
cause effects to the brain, such as caffeine, which acts as
a stimulant. Going by the most current research, there will
most likely be more nootropics in the future, which will be
more powerful, and have the ability to target brain functions
and then alter them.
Simply improving your memory, concentration or
cognition brings up valid questions regarding the legality of
the agents being used, and how appropriate they are for the
purpose for which they are taken.
Neurolaw will have to deal with legal questions
about the agents used as nootropics. These include determining
the differences between acceptable and unacceptable substances
used to alter the mind. In fact, it may come to the point where
it has to deal with the very right of people to experiment with
any agents that will modify their cognition.
Scientists and neurolaw experts have been trying
to answer many questions about nootropics while they analyze
the effect they have on society as a whole. Drugs considered
mind-enhancing are acceptable when used for patients with cognitive
disorders, but drugs used for this purpose have now become available
on the black market. This includes drugs like Ritalin and Adderall,
which are now found on the campuses of many colleges.
Neurolaw is dependent on medical technology that
is state-of-the-art, and which has been adapted to new roles
in our legal system. Using fMRI's and PET scans, the human brain
can be accurately mapped, allowing others to see into someone's
brain, on a medical and legal level. The way that nootropics
affect the patterns of the brain is an important aspect of the
way cases involving nootropics will be handled in the legal
Nootropics, which are also called cognitive enhancers,
are used by many over-achieving students. The movement toward
using nootropics has gone beyond the more dangerous and powerful
amphetamines like Adderall and Ritalin, and towards substances
that are not as dangerous. Piracetam is effective as a memory
enhancer, and is become more popular, since it doesn't have
many side effects.
It isn't illegal to purchase over the counter
nootropics, but you're not allowed to buy cognitive enhancers
like Ritalin without a physician's prescription. More importantly,
as new nootropics are currently in development, what are the
ramifications of their use in healthy individuals, and how will
these drugs affect the brain, in ways that are pertinent to
As new research develops drugs that are even "smarter",
there will be more of a focus with nootropics use, and whether
it is ethical or not. In addition, it may alter the patterns
read in the brain that apply to neurolaw. There are many questions
ahead, and as yet, not many answers.