Modafinil Niche Series: Introduction

Although it has been approved for public usage since 1998, [1] Modafinil has only recently begun to receive public recognition as a nootropic, or cognitive enhancer. Even so, Modafinil remains a ‘niche drug’ in that the vast majority of self-reported users belong to one of three groups:

  1. college students and academics,
  2. business executives and entrepreneurs, and
  3. self-titled “biohackers”

Together, these three groups form a kind of society of very successful people who seem to have discovered the secret, or secrets, to productivity and success. Let’s call this society ‘Nootropia’ (a blend of the words ‘nootropic’ and ‘utopia’). In actuality, of course, there is no such thing as Nootropia. It is an imaginary concept in the sense that smart drug users, not unlike other happy and successful people, are to be found in every area of society. In fact, productivity, happiness and success are available to anyone who is willing to acquire the necessary tools and strategies to obtain them – smart drugs being one such tool.

It may be true that large swaths of the general public have yet to discover the powerful cognitive-enhancing effects of Modafinil, though I sincerely doubt that this is the case. It is probably the case that Modafinil is in use by a much larger segment of the population than the media wants us to believe. That is to say, Modafinil’s popular conception buy modafinil online pharmacy as a ‘niche drug’ may be due, in part, to the way it is depicted on the Internet and in the news. Online forums and news outlets make it seem as though students and academics, business people, and biohackers are the only ones using smart drugs, when in reality, that is simply not the case.

Nevertheless, it is OK that the media presents Nootropia as fact. Indeed, it is advantageous that smart drug usage has been artificially confined to these specific groups of people. You see, popular culture is becoming increasingly saturated with mental and physical performance enhancement themes (Limitless (2011), Lucy (2014)), and now the media is following suit. Catchy nootropic-themed headlines, such as Students Used to Take Drugs to Get High, Now They Take Them to Get Higher Grades are becoming increasingly more common, that it would not take much in the way of credible evidence to bring the rest of the world into Nootropia.

And where would we expect to find such evidence, except among the niche communities where nootropics are presently flourishing? Sure, we, the spokespeople of the nootropics industry, could garner ample support from smart drug users outside of Nootropia, e.g. soldiers, professional athletes , emergency-room doctors  or other non-business employees who take Modafinil on a daily basis; but since the above-mentioned groups are the ones receiving all of the attention in the media, it seems that it would benefit our cause to devote some attention to them.

For this reason, the next few blog posts will examine Modafinil usage among members of these three communities, with the goal of understanding (1) why these particular communities were drawn to modafinil online pharmacy in the first place and (2) how, if at all, Modafinil has improved their quality of life (both in general and with respect to their particular lifestyles/industries). Most of the empirical research will come from research surveys, questionnaires, and personal testimonies. The first post will examine to determine weather to buy modafinil online pharmacy among college students and academics; the second, among businesspeople; and the third, among biohackers.*

*The last category, biohackers, includes the so-called “trans-humanist” crowd, i.e. those guys at Oxford University and elsewhere who believe that humans will eventually overcome all physical constraints, including cognitive limitations and even mortality.


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