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Best podcast you’ll find.

By mj_slattery - Oct 17 2018
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Great topics. Great coverage. Great host and guests. 10/10

Enjoyable listening

By OlDirtyRambo - May 25 2018
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Very informative, great topics, and gets to the point quick!

iTunes Ratings

480 Ratings
Average Ratings
431
22
12
5
10

Best podcast you’ll find.

By mj_slattery - Oct 17 2018
Read more
Great topics. Great coverage. Great host and guests. 10/10

Enjoyable listening

By OlDirtyRambo - May 25 2018
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Very informative, great topics, and gets to the point quick!
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Smart Drug Smarts: Brain Optimization | Nootropics | Neuroscience

Latest release on Jun 29, 2018

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Rank #1: #155: Microdosing LSD with Dr. James Fadiman

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Here’s why psychedelics aren’t just a hippy phenomenon.

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Nov 19 2016

50mins

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Rank #2: #098: Adderall Perspectives

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In episode #98 Jesse throws four prescribed Adderall users into the mix who talk about their experiences with the drug and weigh the pros and cons.

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Oct 16 2015

30mins

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Rank #3: #040: A Nootropics Roundtable

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Jesse and two guests discuss some popular misconceptions about smart drugs, their personal favorite stacks, and other topics surrounding the growing popularity of neurological performance enhancers

The post #040: A Nootropics Roundtable appeared first on Smart Drug Smarts.

Jun 29 2014

46mins

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Rank #4: #129: LSD With Dr. Robin Carhart-Harris

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Jesse talks with Dr. Carhart-Harris about the prototypical psychedelic, LSD, how it changes the brain in long-lasting ways, and why you'll never look at bicycles the same way again.

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May 20 2016

46mins

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Rank #5: #046: Improving on Piracetam with Noopept

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Dr. Rita Ostrovskaya, world-leading expert and co-creator of Noopept, joins us to shed some light on this new-to-the-scene nootropic.

The post #046: Improving on Piracetam with Noopept appeared first on Smart Drug Smarts.

Sep 21 2014

22mins

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Rank #6: #082: Lion’s Mane Mushroom

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Tune in to our first ever fungal episode where Eric Cerecedes joins Jesse for a wildly interesting conversation about Lion's Mane mushrooms.

The post #082: Lion’s Mane Mushroom appeared first on Smart Drug Smarts.

Jun 27 2015

39mins

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Rank #7: #137: DMT: Dr. Rick Strassman’s Breakthrough Work With “The Spirit Molecule”

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Dr. Rick Strassman is something of a legend in the psychedelic research community. His studies in the early 1990s re-opened a door which had been securely bolted for almost three decades: a prohibition against testing psychedelics on human research subjects.

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Jul 15 2016

56mins

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Rank #8: #113: Porn Addiction and the Brain

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The fallout from porn addiction goes beyond sexual dysfunction -- way beyond. The brain's dopamine system is the major motivational system for everything we do. Desensitizing it with surging arousal from porn can cause the brain to lower its overall sensitivity in all areas of life.

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Jan 30 2016

50mins

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Rank #9: #221: Marijuana, the Non-Medical Kind ;)

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It's easier to smoke marijuana legally these days than it is to study it. Strange, but true. But with tens of millions of Americans using recreational marijuana regularly...isn't it time we learned what it's doing to our brains?

The post #221: Marijuana, the Non-Medical Kind ;) appeared first on Smart Drug Smarts.

Mar 09 2018

1hr 4mins

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Rank #10: #147: Ketosis and Your Brain

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Remember when carbs were good and fat was evil? Now, not so much. Here's why (and how) you should try ketosis.

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Sep 23 2016

1hr 9mins

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Rank #11: #074: Know Your Neurotransmitters: Dopamine

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Round 2 of the “Know Your Neurotransmitters” series, featuring Professor John Salamone of the University of Connecticut, talking about that most popular neurotransmitter: Dopamine.

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May 01 2015

33mins

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Rank #12: #039: Dr. Emily Deans Explains Ketosis

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Dr. Emily Deans Explains Ketones and the State of Ketosis

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Jun 16 2014

35mins

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Rank #13: #118: Turmeric: Spice for your Brain

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The adaptogen plant turmeric has been a mainstay of Indian and Asian cooking for millenia. Its root is chock-full of bioactive curcuminoid compounds that have been shown to provide wide-ranging benefits from the reduction of oxidative stress to the reduction of psychological stress.

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Mar 05 2016

45mins

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Rank #14: #057: Rhodiola rosea: “Santa’s Stimulant”

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Dr. Patricia Gerbarg introduces us to Rhodiola rosea, an herbal supplement used to increase stamina, decrease mental fatigue, and combat stress.

The post #057: Rhodiola rosea: “Santa’s Stimulant” appeared first on Smart Drug Smarts.

Dec 22 2014

42mins

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Rank #15: #105: The Racetam Family

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Whether you’re complete strangers or bosom buddies with the Racetam family, Jesse and Dr. Andrew Hill will make you feel welcome and get you introduced to everybody.

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Dec 04 2015

33mins

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Rank #16: #120: Intermittent Fasting and Cognition with Dr. Mark Mattson

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Dr. Mark Mattson, neurologist at Johns Hopkins University and the National Institute of Health (NIH), has decades of work in the fields of nutrition, brain health, and the complex interplay between diet, exercise, "feeding windows," and macronutrient ratios. Join us in Episode #120 to learn his many insights.

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Mar 18 2016

42mins

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Rank #17: #177: Know Your Neurotransmitters: Acetylcholine

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It’s high time we covered acetylcholine — the most plentiful neurotransmitter in the body.  And our Know Your Neurotransmitters series continues with the best guest possible to talk to us about acetylcholine.

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Apr 21 2017

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Rank #18: #116: Psilocybin and the Potential for “Psychedelic Therapies”

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Dr. Frederick Barrett discusses recent and upcoming studies into psilocybin -- the psychoactive ingredient that puts the "magic" in magic mushrooms.  This currently "Schedule 1" drug, in addition to reasonably reliably provoking mystical experiences in users, also shows promise as a therapeutic treatment for depression, PTSD, and hospice care.  Dr. Barrett and colleagues at Johns Hopkins Medical Center are at the forefront of the latest research.

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Feb 19 2016

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Rank #19: #125: Exercise and Cognition

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Brains and Brawn, long positioned as polar opposites, turn out to be anything but. In this episode, Jesse talks with fitness trainer Sal di Stefano -- also the co-host and resident science geek at the MindPump podcast -- about best practices to use physical exercise to enhance your cognition.

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Apr 22 2016

48mins

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Rank #20: #199: The MIND Diet with Dr. Martha Morris

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The "MIND Diet" makes a strong claim in its very name. Is it the best nutritional strategy to prevent the onset of Alzheimer's Disease? Dr. Martha Morris explains.

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Sep 23 2017

44mins

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#230: Measuring Intuition with Dr. Joel Pearson

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Some aspects of our internal mental life seem to defy measurement. "Intuition" seems like a prime example of something impossible to quantify... But what if it's not? Dr. Joel Pearson tells us about his ingenious studies putting a value on human intuition.

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Jun 29 2018

36mins

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#229: Learning to Learn

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Last-minute cramming (even on lots of nootropics) isn't the best gameplan for effective learning. So what is? Learning researchers explain the theory and practice of efficiently building your mental toolkit.

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Jun 08 2018

49mins

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#228: Perception as a Controlled Hallucination

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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.

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May 29 2018

44mins

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#227: How Language Affects Thought

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Is "a rose by any other name" still a rose... to your brain? Dr. Viorica Marian explains how the language that we use affects how we actually think.

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May 14 2018

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#226: The Return of Metabolism

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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.

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May 05 2018

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#225: Schizophrenia with Dr. Tyrone Cannon

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"Schizophrenia" is a word that strikes fear in the hearts (and minds) of those who have seen its effects. It's often misunderstood -- but one aspect that's universally recognized is that it's a *big deal.* And it affects nearly 1% of the adult population.

The post #225: Schizophrenia with Dr. Tyrone Cannon appeared first on Smart Drug Smarts.

Apr 21 2018

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#224: Don’t forget about Prospective Memory

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Prospective Memory is something we notice most when it fails -- when we recall (too late!) something we meant to remember. Dr. Michael Scullin tells us how to keep ideas top-of-mind.

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Apr 10 2018

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#223: Ketone Esters with Dr. Brianna Stubbs

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Ketogenic Diets, Ketone Salts, Ketone Esters... What does all this mean -- and which ones will help turn your brain into a well-lubricated fat-burning engine most easily? Dr. Brianna Stubbs -- who is a biohacker and world-class athlete as well as a research scientist -- explains.

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Mar 30 2018

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#222: What are “Fast-Spiking Interneurons”?

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What are "interneurons" and how do they affect our brains' ability to function, to change, and to learn? Research scientist Dr. Scott Owen explains the latest findings.

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Mar 23 2018

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#221: Marijuana, the Non-Medical Kind ;)

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It's easier to smoke marijuana legally these days than it is to study it. Strange, but true. But with tens of millions of Americans using recreational marijuana regularly...isn't it time we learned what it's doing to our brains?

The post #221: Marijuana, the Non-Medical Kind ;) appeared first on Smart Drug Smarts.

Mar 09 2018

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#220: Cognitive Fallacies with Dr. Richard E. Nisbett

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Social scientists have built up a wealth of knowledge about the ways the human brain reliably gets things wrong. Luckily for us - if we stay conscientious, we can work around our built-in bugs.

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Mar 03 2018

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#219: Aphantasia with Dr. Joel Pearson

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Some people's minds don't come equipped with a "mind's eye." We call these people aphantasics -- and there are many millions of them. And they get by just fine.

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Feb 17 2018

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#218: Oxytocin, Love and Social Awareness

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For our special Valentine's Episode, we look at the hormone Oxytocin...sometimes called "the love molecule" -- although as you'll hear, it does much more than *just* that.

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Feb 10 2018

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#217: Fighting Migraines with Dr. Sid Kapoor

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Sometimes the brain can seem like it has a "self-destruct" button. Migraine headaches and epilepsy are two such examples.

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Feb 03 2018

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#216: Music and Creativity with Dr. Psyche Loui

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Music, maybe second only to language, seems to be one of the defining characteristics of the human brain -- and an abiding interest for all known human cultures. And it turns out to be both a read/write interface.

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Jan 27 2018

39mins

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#215: Social Illusions with Dr. Erica Boothby

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Optical Illusions are interesting "glitches." But social illusions -- and there are MANY -- actually drive our behavior. Dr. Erica Boothby pulls back the veil on your own inner thoughts.

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Jan 19 2018

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#214: Ibogaine with Dr. Emeline Maillet

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Ibogaine could be an effective therapy against addiction -- or it could be (literally) the cure that kills the patient. Hear about the many facets of this plant-derived substance from Dr. Emeline Maillet.

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Jan 12 2018

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#213: Sleep Deprivation with Dr. Paul Whitney

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As biological imperatives go, sleep is the one we need less than air and water, but more than food and sex. Try to get by without it, and the problems start cropping up - fast.

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Jan 05 2018

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#212: Multi-Lingual Brains with Dr. Ellen Bialystok

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Conventional wisdom holds that knowing more languages is "good for your brain." But what makes it so? And good in which ways? Dr. Ellen Bialystok is one of the world's foremost experts, and conducted many of the studies that has brought this "common knowledge" to the public.

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Dec 30 2017

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#211: MDMA vs. PTSD

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The FDA has given a green light to a Phase 3 trial using MDMA as a psychologist-assisted therapy against PTSD. How might this "party drug" work in a non-party context?

The post #211: MDMA vs. PTSD appeared first on Smart Drug Smarts.

Dec 23 2017

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iTunes Ratings

480 Ratings
Average Ratings
431
22
12
5
10

Best podcast you’ll find.

By mj_slattery - Oct 17 2018
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Great topics. Great coverage. Great host and guests. 10/10

Enjoyable listening

By OlDirtyRambo - May 25 2018
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Very informative, great topics, and gets to the point quick!