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Our senses provide us with a best-guess interpretation of reality -- but it's only a guess. Dr. Anil Seth explains how perception and consciousness interact, and how we can intentionally shift our "reality filter" with methods like induced synesthesia. The post #228: Perception as a Controlled Hallucination appeared first on Smart Drug Smarts.
Compounds in the hemp plant are so potent within the human body that an entire class of naturally-occurring molecules inside humans (the "endocannabinoids") are named after the plant -- ​not the other way around! In Episode 124, Jesse interviews athlete, author and fitness trainer Ben Greenfield about Cannabidiol (CBD), the most medically versatile of the cannabinoids. The post #124: Cannabidiol: THC’s Legal Sibling appeared first on Smart Drug Smarts.
LabDoor's goal is full-spectrum testing of the majority of consumer supplements -- upwards of 10,000 different products. One piece of their innovative approach is to have users vote on what category of supplements gets added to their next battery of tests. The post #121: Supplement Quality Assurance appeared first on Smart Drug Smarts.
This week Jesse and Dr. Jeffry Strong wander into a forest of lesser known plant extracts, discussing Pycnogenol, a product derived from the bark of a unique species of pine trees. Its effects range from anti-oxidation and reduction of inflammation to circulatory-system and cognitive improvements. One theory to Pycnogenol’s success is that it has a […] The post #078: Pine Trees and Pycnogenol appeared first on Smart Drug Smarts.
Professor Trevor Robbins, co-inventor of the Cambridge Neuropsychological Test Automated Battery (CANTAB) – a computer-based cognitive assessment system – explains its use for both neurodegenerative disease detection and cognitive enhancement efficacy and safety. The post #065: CANTAB: Quantified Cognition appeared first on Smart Drug Smarts.
We speak to Dr. Nicole A. Vincent and Dr. Emma A. Jane, co-authors of the article "Put Down the Smart Drugs," on the ethics of cognitive enhancement. Jesse weighs in with his own views on the speculative rights and wrongs of nootropics use. The post #043: Is Cognitive Enhancement Ethical? appeared first on Smart Drug Smarts.
Dr. Gomez-Pinilla's research is to investigate neuronal adaptation to environmental factors like diet -- and how this scales up to the whole-organism level. The post #024: Dr. Gomez-Pinilla and the Impact of Diet and Exercise on Cognition appeared first on Smart Drug Smarts.
Dr. Felipe Fregni, the director of the Laboratory of Neuromodulation and Center of Clinical Research Training, talks about his research into the use and benefits of Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS). The post #023: Dr. Felipe Fregni and Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation appeared first on Smart Drug Smarts.
Jesse talks to the authors of the new book "Stealing Fire" about the widespread use of altered states (achieved through many different means) to achieve heightened performance. The post #171: Non-Ordinary States of Consciousness appeared first on Smart Drug Smarts.
Without the ability to think about thinking, how would you know if you're even thinking right? If the brain is the command center for the body, then metacognition is the control system for the command center. The post #197: Metacognition with Dr. Stephen Fleming appeared first on Smart Drug Smarts.
Alpha-GPC is an essential precursor to the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, responsible for focus, learning, and memory. The post #144: Getting to Know Alpha-GPC appeared first on Smart Drug Smarts.
Our complex biology requires complex, personalized medicine. The post #169: The Future of Personalized Medicine appeared first on Smart Drug Smarts.
The Oura ring has moved from a Kickstarter concept to a major tool for sleep and recovery research. The post Overdose Edition #4: The Ōura Ring appeared first on Smart Drug Smarts.
Bad vision isn't all in the eye of the beholder: Sometimes it's in the brain. In this Overdose Edition, Helen Irlen describes the Meares-Irlen Syndrome, a neurological disorder she says makes visual processing unnecessarily difficult for millions of people. The post Overdose Edition #5: Reading and Rose-Colored Glasses: The Irlen Syndrome appeared first on Smart Drug Smarts.
You don't think much about your electricity until the power goes out. And human metabolism is kind of the same way. Dr. Navdeep Chandel explains why metabolism is worth paying attention to -- for lifespan, healthspan, and for dodging disease. The post #226: The Return of Metabolism appeared first on Smart Drug Smarts.
In Chapter 3 of the Know Your Neurotransmitter series Jesse and Prof. Clare Stanford examine Noradrenaline - the lesser-known chemical cousin to Adrenaline. The post #096: Know Your Neurotransmitters: Noradrenaline appeared first on Smart Drug Smarts.
Virtual Reality Therapy is a method for treating phobias and anxiety; Dr. Robert Reiner has been on the forefront for nearly three decades. The post #087: Virtual Reality Therapy appeared first on Smart Drug Smarts.
We're joined by QEEG Diplomat and founder of Brain Science International Jay Gunkelman to talk Electroencephalography. The post #072: EEG: Lessons From A Half-Million Brains appeared first on Smart Drug Smarts.
Jesse talks with Dr. David Bellinger about the mechanisms by which lead lowers IQ, and the challenges (and opportunities) of finding a lasting solution to environmental lead exposure. The post #156: Lead Toxicity with Dr. David Bellinger appeared first on Smart Drug Smarts.
In episode #26, Dr. Juliano speaks with Jesse about the nuances, dangers and benefits of caffeine – the world's most popular and readily-available cognition-enhancing drug. The post #026: Dr. Laura Juliano Discusses Caffeine appeared first on Smart Drug Smarts.
Lawrence G. Walters shares insights into the legal aspects of buying prescription drugs from online pharmacies. The Walters Law Group specialises in Internet advertising law and has experience in cases involving online pharmaceutical retailers. The post #016: Lawrence G. Walters and the Law Surrounding Online Pharmacies appeared first on Smart Drug Smarts.
Our anonymous Test Subject is given a 200mg dose of Modafinil shortly before 11am, and Jesse checks in with him throughout the day to learn the subjective experience of a first-time user of a smart drug. The post #003: Testing Modafinil on a Virgin Brain appeared first on Smart Drug Smarts.
For our Valentine's Day special edition, Dr. Peters explains the basics of what makes male brains male and female brains female. The post #064: Male vs. Female Brains appeared first on Smart Drug Smarts.
We hear from Kyle Boyar, researcher at SC Laboratories, a quality assurance and safety testing facility for medical marijuana. Kyle takes us through some lesser-known facts about marijuana, its use as treatment for a variety of ailments, and its effect on memory and mood. The post #061: In Defense of Marijuana? appeared first on Smart Drug Smarts.
Rapamycin, derived from bacterium found on Easter Island, could help you live longer. Dr. Kaeberlein explains the science behind rapamycin, and how he's using it to help man's best friend live longer. The post #134: Rapamycin: The Real Deal Anti-Aging Pill? appeared first on Smart Drug Smarts.
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Podcast Details

Started
Nov 29th, 2012
Latest Episode
Jun 29th, 2018
Release Period
Weekly
No. of Episodes
237
Avg. Episode Length
39 minutes
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