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Nootropics and Neurolaw

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 system.

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 neurolaw?

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.


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