What are Nootropics?

Nootropics also referred to as smart drugs, memory enhancers, neuro enhancers, cognitive enhancers, and intelligence enhancers, are drugs, supplements, nutraceuticals, and functional foods that improve one or more aspects of mental function, such as working memory, motivation, and attention.

What is NootropicPlace?

NootropicPlace is a first of it’s kind, feature packed, multi-vendor market for Nootropics. Behind the scenes our devoted team of devs work constantly to provide the best market platform possible for the Nootropic community. The community is #1 priority in our books, we strive to habilitate a friendly community driven market conducive to everything Nootropics.

By providing a Nootropic specific market that’s fast, easy, and hassle free, we hope to achieve the net effect of expanding the world of cognitive enhancement to countless more around the world.

If you have a good idea we highly encourage you to let us know on our subreddit r/NootropicPlace. If a good idea possessing sufficient community support the idea will likely be implemented, for the one to suggest the idea will receive proper recognition on the subreddit.

Differentiating from other market’s, NootropicPlace is a community driven platform. The market’s been developed with the wants and needs of the community at top priority, and will continue to evolve as such.

What's the importance of Cognitive Enhancement?

The term cognitive enhancement is not something you hear every day. There are a lot of people who go on with their lives without even hearing this term. And for some who have, they might not even understand what it actually means. They just know that it has something to do with increasing the capacity and performance of the brain. True enough, that’s the gist of it.

Nowadays, some people understand the importance of maintaining a healthy brain. They know that through age, and other factors, the brain would slowly decrease its capacity. This will lead to certain medical conditions, such as memory loss and Alzheimer’s disease. If we don’t take care of our cognitive health, at some point in the future, there is a chance we won’t even remember the best days of our lives.

Cognitive enhancers are best known by the public as Nootropics, they are also referred to as brain supplements or brain pills. These supplements come packed with certain ingredients that help the brain in one way or another. The bottom line is that all of them promise to give you an increased mental performance, improved mood, increased memory retention and recall, better learning capacity, and improved attention.

Some supplements can reach their full effect within hours after ingestion. Some may take a while, like 2-3 weeks, before all effects are experienced. Some claim that supplements that take a while to take full effect are the best since it ensures them that the components are properly processed in their bodies, thus resulting in few to no side effects.

Out of the vast array available some of these supplements are not FDA approved, but must maintain its quality within FDA regulations. The lack of FDA approval keeps these supplements from some stores, so the only way to purchase some of them is through online stores.

Do they actually work?

Yes. Many people are skeptical when they first hear about nootropics. But I can tell you from first hand experience that, yes, they absolutely do work. Not all nootropics work the same way, and everyone’s brain chemistry is different. Most people have to try a few different nootropics before they find the one or ones that that work best for them. But they do work, absolutely.

What is the correct spelling for Nootropics?

You may see alternative spellings for the word nootropics. Some of these include nutropics, nutroopics, and notropics. In English, the correct spelling is what you see here: nootropics.

What are some other names for Nootropics?

Nootropics have been called by a number of other names. Some of these names are smart drugs, cognitive enhancers, brain supplements, brain drugs, intelligence enhancers, mood brighteners, memory enhancers, neuro enhancers, nutraceuticals, brain pills, noots, and study aides.

How do you pronounce “Nootropic?”

Proper pronunciation is: nO-ah-trO-pik. But it's often pronounced simply as it's spelled: Noo-tropics

What is the origin of the word “Nootropic?”

The word “nootropic” was coined by Dr. Corneliu Giurgea in 1972. Dr. Giurgea was a Romanian psychologist and chemist. He created the word “nootropic” out of the greek words νους (mind), nous (intelligence), and τρέπειν (to bend or change).

According to Dr. Giurgea, nootropics should have the following characteristics: * They enhance learning and memory * They protect the brain against physical and chemical injuries * They enhance resistance to conditions that disrupt learned behaviors * They increase the efficacy of the tonic cortical/subcortical control mechanisms * They have few side effects and low toxicity

How do Nootropics work?

To sum it up simply, nootropics work by changing the levels of certain chemicals in the brain and the way that those chemicals interact with each other. The brain is filled with chemicals that interact with each other.

These chemicals are called neurotransmitters. Neurotransmitters are responsible for mood, anxiety, focus, motivation, appetite, memory, libido, pleasure, pain, and anything else you can think of. They play a crucial role in what makes you, you.

By changing the levels of specific neurotransmitters in the brain, we can change certain traits. Take motivation, for example. We know that the neurotransmitter dopamine plays an important role in motivation.

Generally, more dopamine, more motivation. Less dopamine, less motivation. So, taking nootropics that increase dopamine in certain parts of the brain will lead to more motivation. This, of course, is a huge oversimplification. Brain chemistry is incredibly complex, and modern science is only starting to scratch the surface of how the brain works. But we know that by taking nootropics, we can change the levels of neurotransmitters in the brain. And changing these levels will lead to changes in the way we feel.

How long do Nootropics take to work?

It totally depends on the particular nootropic. Some start to work quickly. The effects can be felt in anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour. Others need to build up in the body over the course of several weeks to reach optimal concentrations.

How long have people been using Nootropics?

It’s impossible to answer this question precisely. As long as modern humans have existed, they have tried to enhance their mental abilities through plants, drugs, meditation, fasting, religious practices, and dozens of other means. Stimulants life caffeine and cocaine have been used for centuries to increase focus, motivation, attention, wakefulness, and memory.

Opiates like morphine, heroin, and opium have been used for a long time to improve overall mood, relieve stress, and reduce anxiety. Of course, most of these drugs (except caffeine) would not be considered nootropics because of their known side effects. But it shows that people have an innate desire to improve their mental performance.

As far as modern nootropics go, like drugs in the Racetam family, we can get a more accurate look at when they were first used. Piracetam, the first Racetam created, was first synthesized in 1964. It became commercially available in the early 1970’s. Other nootropic drug categories are even more modern. The eugeroic drugs, like Modafinil and Adrafinil, were first created in the 1960’s. But they did not start being used as nootropics until the 1990’s. The short answer to this question is that modern nootropics have only been used for the past few decades. The long answer is that people have been using drugs like caffeine as nootropics for centuries.

Why do people use Nootropics?

Nootropics are used for a variety of reasons. Most of these reasons involve increasing focus, motivation, mental energy, memory, learning, and overall cognitive performance. Other reasons that people may use nootropics are to reduce anxiety and improve mood, which indirectly can result in an increase in all of the above.

Many people use nootropics to boost their own natural cognitive performance. Others, with various cognitive impairments (learning disorders, PTSD, etc.), use nootropics therapeutically to treat various mental deficits. In countries where some nootropics require a prescription, they are prescribed to treat a number of conditions.

Here is a list of the most common reasons people use Nootropics: *Increase Focus *Increase Motivation *Improve Memory *Improve Learning *Reduce Anxiety *Improve Mood *Treat Various Medical/Psychological Conditions *Improve Overall Cognition *Increase Creativity *Increase Logical Thinking/Problem Solving

Will using Nootropics make me smarter?

Being that Nootropics can improve memory, learning, recall, focus, attention, and motivation, they most certainly can you smarter. While the use of nootropics will not increase your intelligence directly, they will improve your ability to engage in intellectual activity.

Over time, the use of nootropics could result in an increase in intelligence, if you spend your time engaged in intellectual activity. This has not been studied scientifically, yet, but it makes sense. If your brain is primed to learn then, over time, you should become smarter if you dedicate yourself to learning new things or performing new tasks.

Are Nootropics legal/Do you need a prescription?

In the United States, most nootropics are sold legally as dietary supplements. You do not require a prescription to buy or possess them. In Canada they are legal to possess, but not to sell, so they need to be ordered from another country. In several European and countries, some nootropics require a prescription. Piracetam, for example, is a prescription medication in the UK, Australia, Italy, Finland, France, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, and Spain.

Are Nootropics addictive?

Anything that changes the way you think and feel can be addictive. There have been reports of people getting addicted to certain nootropics. However, these reports are rare and are usually only seen in people that already have problems with addiction. Most drugs that are considered nootropics do not produce significant tolerance and withdrawal upon cessation.

These characteristics are commonly associated with addictive drugs. There are exceptions, however. Stimulants, like caffeine and amphetamines, are known to produce withdrawal symptoms after prolonged use. Generally, nootropics are not addictive. But there are exceptions. Make sure you do your research before starting anything new. And know yourself. If you have a history of addictive behavior, you should use caution.

Will Nootropics show up on a drug test?

The simple answer is no, they shouldn’t. But false positives do happen. A false positive is when a drug screen comes back positive for something that was never taken. Drug screens don’t test for the drugs directly.

They test for the metabolites that drugs break down into in the body. Sometimes unrelated drugs break down into similar metabolites causing a false reading. Common drugs screens do not look for nootropics. Standard 5-panel drug screens (commonly used for employment) only test for THC, PCP, cocaine, amphetamines, and opiates. Nootropics should not cause a false positive for any of these things. However, it’s always possible. If you have to undergo extensive drug testing, it is recommended that you use caution.

Can I drink alcohol while taking a Nootropic?

This is a broad question, as each nootropic works differently. The broad answer is no, you probably shouldn’t. Alcohol affects just about every system of the body, including the brain and the central nervous system.

Nootropics work, in part, by changing the levels of certain chemicals in the brain. Mixing the two could cause unwanted side effects. Some nootropics that have been extensively studied and are prescribed in some European countries have alcohol consumption warnings. Piracetam, for example, comes with the warning that you should not consume alcohol while taking it. It’s always good to err on the side of caution. It’s probably not harmful to have a few drinks with most nootropics. But, be aware, that there could be some interactions.

Can I use cannabis while taking a Nootropic?

Mixing Marijuana with certain nootropics can enhance other effects. Nootropics that affect mood and anxiety levels are often used with cannabis to increase their mood-boosting and anxiety reducing effects.

Here are a few common nootropic/cannabis combinations. Although the use of cannabis and nootropics together has not been scientifically studied, there’s no reason to think that this combination would be dangerous. So, yes, you can use cannabis and nootropics together. This combo may increase the mood and anti-anxiety effects of some nootropics. However, it may also diminish the cognitive effects.

Do Nootropics have side effects?

Side effects from most nootropics are rare. But like all drugs and supplements, nootropics do have potential side effects. These can range from a mild headache, to a full-blown allergic reaction.

By some definitions, nootropics should not have any serious side effects. And most nootropics seem to be pretty safe for most people. But, like anything you put in your body, they can have unwanted results. Some unlikely but possible side effects are: *Headaches *Anxiety *Insomnia *Irritability *Allergic Reaction Allergic reactions are very rare, but they can potentially happen. This is true not only of nootropics, but of anything you put in your body.

What should I do if I experience any side effects?

If you experience any minor side effects like a mild headache or insomnia, you should discontinue whatever is causing it. If your symptoms persist or get worse, see a doctor. If you have an allergic reaction (trouble breathing, extreme anxiety/panic, rapid heartbeat, severe rash), seek professional medical help immediately.

Should Nootropics be taken with or without food?

This will vary from person to person, and from one nootropic to the other. Generally, you can take nootropics with or without food. It shouldn’t make much of a difference. Some nootropics work best when taken on an empty stomach.

Others absorb better with food, specifically fatty foods. Always read the label and see if it is recommended that you take it with food.

Do I need to buy a scale?

It’s a good idea. As the popularity of nootropics continue to grow, more and more are becoming available in capsule form. However, many are only available as a powder. Some suppliers provide you with a small measuring spoon to use.

But this is not very accurate. It is recommended that you get a small milligram scale. Make sure it is able to measure down to at least 1 milligram. This way you are able measure out very accurate dosages.

What is “stacking?”

Stacking is the process of taking more than one nootropic at a time to maximize results. It is not uncommon for people to take two or more nootropics at a time. The most common stacks include a choline source, like Alpha GPC, and at least one other nootropic.

This is because many nootropics affect the neurotransmitter acetylcholine. If the brain does not have enough, then you will not get the most out of whatever nootropic you are taking.

Is it safe to stack?

Many people take multiple nootropics at a time without any side effects. However, negative interactions can occur. You should always do your research before stacking nootropics. Make sure there are no known interactions between them.

For example, you should not stack multiple stimulants together, as this can put a dangerous strain on your cardiovascular system.

What are the classes of Nootropics?

Most nootropics will fall into one of a few categories. These are Racetams, stimulants, nutraceuticals, Cholinergics and other miscellaneous nootropics.

Cognitive Enhancers (Stimulants) – These are drugs and supplements that exert a nootropic effect by stimulating the central nervous system. Stimulants can have a nootropic effect, but only up to a certain point. This is called the Yerkes-Dodson law. Stimulation increases mental performance up to a point, but over-stimulation actually decreases mental performance. It should be noted that some of the drugs in this class are available by prescription only in the United States. Some of these include Modafinil, Adrafinil, and Armodafinil. Some other stimulants that are used as nootropics include Caffeine, Nicotine, and Ephedrine.

Nutraceuticals (Natural Nootropics)– The word nutraceutical is a portmanteau of the words “nutrition” and “pharmaceutical.” It is used to describe a number of different supplements. Common nootropic nutraceuticals include Ginkgo Biloba, Bacopa Monnieri, Ginseng, Salvia Officinalis, and Isoflavones.

Brain Supplements - Students, scientists, seniors, and entrepreneurs are among those using brain supplements and drugs to gain or keep their mental edge.

Racetams – The Racetams are a family of chemically similar drugs that are used for their nootropic properties. These include Piracetam, Pramiracetam, Coluracetam, Oxiracetam, Aniracetam, and Phenylpiracetam. They are used to increase focus, motivation, learning, memory, reduce anxiety, and improve overall mood. They are popular because they work for most people and have few side effects.

Cholinergics (Choline) – Cholinergic drugs are ones that affect the neurotransmitter acetylcholine. This neurotransmitter is known to play a role in learning, memory, and reward. Nootropics in this category include Alpha-GPC, Choline, Citicoline, Centrophenoxine, Choline Citrate, Choline Bitartrate, DMAE, Lecithin, and Phosphatidylcholine. Other miscellaneous nootropics – These are all other drugs and supplements that have nootropic properties. Some popular miscellaneous nootropics include L-Theanine, Phosphatidylserine, Tianeptine, Huperzine A, Vinpocetine, and L-tyrosine. There are many others, but these are some of the more popular and well studied ones.

What is the best Nootropic for…..?

People often ask, “What is the best nootropic for focus.” Or, “What is the best noot for anxiety, attention, learning, memory, creativity, wakefulness, mood, and everything else"?. The truth is that there usually isn’t one right answer to any of these questions.

Some nootropics work wonders for some people, and do absolutely nothing for others. You need to do a little bit of experimenting on yourself to answer these kinds of questions.

I usually recommend that people try several different nootropics to see what works best for them. I’ve seen too many people try one and get discouraged when it doesn’t do what they hoped it would. Everybody’s brain chemistry is different. Different people respond differently to different drugs. This is especially true of nootropics. To find Nootropics with specific effects, check out the "Filter by effect" tab on left side of screen in the market.


How do I place an order?

Once added product(s) to cart, and checkout buttons clicked, you'll be prompted to select shipping option, enter shipping address, and select the method of payment.

We currently only facilitate Bitcoin (wallet), but more payment gateways and Cryptocurrencies, are in queue and soon to be added.

As a buyer, one of the ways to check what payment methods a particular vendor accepts is to add the vendors products to your cart, and view what payment options are available at checkout. Then, after agreeing to the terms and conditions, click “Submit my order”, and your done! Order status can be viewed on the "Your Orders" page.

How do I fund my wallet (Bitcoin)?

The wallet is default payment method used solely with Bitcoin. Upon registering at NootropicPlace a unique Bitcoin address is generated, Bitcoins can be sent to this address for funding wallet. To view your Bitcoin wallet address navigate to My Account dropdown -> Profile details, and you will see something like below.

Bitcoin deposits are available as soon as 3 confirmations on the Bitcoin network are reached. Once confirmed, the balance will update to display in USD, the USD value will fluctuate in relation to the current market price of Bitcoin.

Bitcoins can be withdrawn from the wallet via the Withdraw page, accessible via My Account dropdown -> Withdraw.

To learn how to get Bitcoin checkout the How to buy Bitcoin page.


In the case of an issue arising which can’t be resolved alone, both buyer and seller may contact support, at, and request a dispute be opened. Given sufficient cause is evident, NootropicPlace staff will launch a thorough and unbiased investigation into the matter. 1-3 days after which, once both sides are heard from, and facts of the case mindfully considered, a verdict will be declared.

The possible outcomes of a verdict are a siding with the buyer, siding with the vendor, or in rare cases, a compromise solution may be proposed.

Vendor FAQ

How does one become a vendor?

To become a vendor you must complete the “Become a Seller” form.

If the vendor registration is accepted an email will be dispatched to email used on vendor registration form, informing of acceptance and including a charge for vendor registration.

Besides from the one time vendor registration fee, there is no more additional fee's, not even commission.

Note: The vendor panel is completely separate from your storefront NootropicPlace market account, and uses different logins.

Vendor Panel

Once your vendor account is confirmed you can login to the vendor panel at vendor.php . The first page that will greet you is the Dashboard. Here's an overview of the dashboard, and what each tab and button can do:

'Orders' tab:

'Products' tab:

'Blog' Tab:

'Add Articles' (+) page:

'Account Balance' tab:

'Bitcoin Withdraw' tab:

'Shipping method' tab:

Vendor Standards of Service

As outlined in the vendor terms of use, by becoming a vendor it’s agreed the vendor will conduct their business according to the Standards of Service (outlined Vendor Terms of Use on vendor registration form). Findings in violation of the standards may result in punitive action, ranging from a warning, to termination of the vendor account, depending on on the severity of violation(s).

The Vendor Terms of Service are as follows:

1. Vendors must respond to customer messages, orders, or admin enquiries within 2 consecutive business days (The business days being monday - friday).

2. Vendors are expected to respond to enquires from potential customers, and NootropicPlace staff with honesty and integrity at all times.

3. Vendors may not advertise products with false claims.

4. If vendor has a personal TOS, and/or policies posted on their vendor description they must abide by which at all times. Vendor TOS, or policies may never overlap those of NootropicPlace. Changes to your personal TOS, or policy must follow a 30 day notice of the impending change of policy, posted to your vendor description.

5. If product / shipping method is advertised as shipping with tracking #, a tracking # must be used and kept record of in-case of dispute.

Vendor Code of Conduct /Oath

The Vendor Code of Conduct / Oath is:

“By registering for a vendor account on NootropicPlace I agree to be held accountable for my actions on the market, and promise to honor my commitments. Our shared goal of honest and ethical action in everything we do drives our success.

As a vendor on, I pledge to be Open, Honest and Direct in all my dealings, and conduct business with the highest degree of integrity. I vow to never fail my overarching values of morality, ethics, and good standing in the face of any obstacle along the way."

How to edit vendor profile

To edit vendor profile navigate to top left of vendor panel and click your vendor name.

Vendor Panel Overview

Once your vendor account is confirmed you can login to the vendor panel at vendor.php . The first page that will greet you is the Dashboard. Here's an overview of the dashboard, and what each tab and button can do:

'Orders' tab:

'Products' tab:

'Blog' Tab:

'Add Articles' (+) page:

'Account Balance' tab:

'Bitcoin Withdraw' tab:

'Shipping method' tab:

Payment Methods (For Vendors)

Wallet (Bitcoin)

Vendors are automatically generated their own unique Bitcoin address upon registiration. You can view your Bitcoin address on 'edit profile' tab in vendor panel. When customers choose to pay with Bitcoin, funds from their Bitcoin address are automatically transferred to your Bitcoin address. Funds can be withdrawn on the 'Withdraw Bitcoins' tab.

Square (card payment)

To accept debit and credit card payments using Square simply enable “Square” on the payment method page. Now, your clients can select, and pay using debit or credit via square on Checkout. If your customer places an order using Square the order funds are temporarily directed to the NootropicPlace bank account, and from there the payment will be dispatched to the vendors registered email using Square Cash.

Within a few hours of an order being placed the vendor will receive an email (sent to registered email address) from Square cash with the amount of the order, from there you will be redirected to the Square Cash website - and from there just enter your card information to receive payment.

For more information, with screenshots included, you can checkout the How to use Stripe page.

Vendor Panel

Vendor Panel Overview

Once your vendor account is confirmed you can login to the vendor panel at vendor.php . The first page that will greet you is the Dashboard. Here's an overview of the dashboard, and what each tab and button can do:

'Orders' tab:

'Products' tab:

'Blog' Tab:

'Add Articles' (+) page:

'Account Balance' tab:

'Bitcoin Withdraw' tab:

'Shipping method' tab:

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