Using Modafinil for Health and Fulfillment
What is Modafinil?
Contrary to popular belief, Modafinil is not what your average Joe would call a “drug”. Quite the opposite. One would expect a drug to cause intoxication, euphoria or addiction. Modafinil causes none of them, as studies have shown.
Modafinil is a wakefulness-enhancing medication that is officially used to treat excessive sleepiness caused by certain sleep disorders. However, it has gained popularity for different reasons. Some would say that it was in fact created for said reasons.
It has been called “the world’s first safe smart drug” by The Guardian. It’s often referred to as “the real-life Limitless pill” in several other popular publications. There’s no doubt about its, safety, although the latter is an exaggeration. Still, it does bear many similarities to the so-called “genius pill”. You won’t learn 5 languages in a day, but there’s no doubt that it can speed up the process. Its cognitive effects are uniquely effective.
Understanding its effects
Many people compare it to coffee, and it does share some similarities. Modafinil is not yet fully understood in terms of mechanism of action due to its complexity. It has been found to affect the key excitatory neurotransmitters serotonin, dopamine, histamine, glutamate, orexin and norepinephrine. However, the body tolerates it surprisingly well, and it does not create an “overkill” effect. One study actually proved that it is impossible to overdose on Modafinil. Participants were given megadoses (2000 mg, or the equivalent of 10 pills) over several consecutive days, and side effects were minimal. In fact, once a certain threshold is reached (about 400mg), there are no extra stimulatory effects. This is not the case when it comes to other traditional stimulants such as Adderall, Ritalin or even caffeine.
Main benefits of Modafinil
Modafinil is highly cognitive in its effects, with a lesser focus on the physical side. The physical stimulation is definitely there, albeit much more subtle. The defining factor of Modafinil is its focus and wakefulness-enhancing effects. Some users compare it to a laser-like feeling of narrowing down on a task, and getting hyper-focused on it.
Users have reported an increase in attention to detail. Think about the sound of an instrument, the symmetry in an illustration or the subtle differences between apparent synonyms. Details become more apparent, and this can lead to higher creativity. Furthermore, many people have reported an increase in task enjoyment, which can lead to an increase yield in output.
Modafinil is an effective cognitive enhancer, but it does not come without risks. Side effects are mostly light and are similar to those of caffeine. Hydration is necessary to prevent them. Some serious side effects such as skin rashes, paranoia and irregular heartbeat have been reported by some people. However, it is unclear if it came after combining other substances or from natural predispositions. That’s why it’s important to talk to your doctor before using Modafinil.
Is habitual use of Modafinil safe?
Research has not found any indication that long-term use is unsafe. Nor has any study shown that it is addictive. That doesn’t mean it’s above criticism. I’ve seen people say that it is addictive, and it may be true for them. Television, social media, fast food and video games are also potentially addictive. And each carries risks to psychological, physical and emotional well-being. In a general sense, people can get addicted to anything.
One can argue that browsing Twitter every once in a while can be good because you stay connected with current events. Also, a game played with friends can be fun from time to time. But that’s neither here, nor there when it comes to Modafinil. Some people have reaped outstanding benefits from using it every other day, although moderation is generally recommended. For example, Dave Asprey experienced an outstanding psychological transformation that improved every aspect of his life. He started taking Modafinil almost daily for several years, and started leading a healthier, more fulfilling life.
Modafinil for depression
Depression comes in many shades and its cognitive effects are overshadowed by its emotional ones. People suffering from depression also suffer from lack of motivation and decreased cognitive abilities. This leads to poor performance at work, long periods of inaction and brain fog which further exacerbate feelings of depression. One can argue that a clearer head and a faster mind might help some sufferers find their way through the woods, so to speak. If one were to choose between lying in bed all day depressed, and using Modafinil to stop being lethargic, what would be the safer choice?
Can habitual use of Modafinil be considered cheating?
Everyone should be free to make their own choices, as long as they are not endangering themselves or other people. In a social environment, such as university or work, people are bound by rules. These rules are written or simply part of normal social behavior.
If a person is not breaking any specific rules, then using Modafinil is no different than drinking Red Bull, although the latter is actually proven to be unhealthy. However, from an ethical standpoint, there is no reason to differentiate between the two. It would be hard to imagine someone being told to “stop drinking Red Bull ’cause it’s cheating, bro…”
Is Modafinil expensive?
Provigil is expensive. The popular generic brands of Modafinil and Armodafinil, namely Modvigil, Modalert, Waklert and Artvigil are not.
One tablet costs between $2.3 and $0.6, depending on quantity and brand. The aforementioned brands are popular because they are manufactured by reputable pharmaceutical companies.
When considering other brands, one should take extra care, as there are many counterfeits for sale online.