It’s no secret that some college and university students use performance-enhancing drugs for their classes.
It’s actually pretty common knowledge, especially among actual students.
This knowledge has been a staple of the idea of modern college life for a few decades now, but just like the rest of the world, things are changing.
Students have always used performance-enhancers, or smart drugs, but recently this number is starting to increase at a faster rate.
The substances used by students can include, but is not limited to, nicotine, caffeine, medicines made for ADHD such as Adderall, and medicine made for sleeping disorders.
The phrase “smart drug” refers to nootropics, a widely varying arrangement of drugs that helps put you in a greater position of control over your brain. Recently, Modafinil was officially added to the list of smart drugs.
However, it was originally created to help treat sleeping disorders. This drug has specifically become quite popular among college students.
Despite Modafinil’s growing popularity, the most popular smart drug to use among college and university students is Adderall.
A study done by the National Institute on Drug Abuse found that almost 10% of college students in the US have misused Adderall at least once a year.
So, if so many students are abusing this drug, there obviously has to be some sort of upside to it.
Benefits of Smart Drugs
A lot of the benefits from these kinds of smart drugs are pretty self-explanatory. Essentially, all they do is enhance your performance for virtually any kind of task you want to take on.
For students in particular, these kinds of drugs can improve knowledge retention, which helps with studying.
Not only is the information being learned easier to remember, but performance-enhancing drugs can also help take away some of the effort that’s required to study in the first place.
Not only that, but these kinds of drugs can also help with memory when taking exams. They can help your brain work faster to access the information that you’ve learned, and in addition help you think critically and analyze information.
There’s plenty of anecdotal evidence that shows how smart drugs can be a boon for students.
This can be seen as a huge advantage over students that are not using any of these performance-enhancers so it seems quite obvious as to why more and more students are willing to risk prison time (at the very worst) for some of these pills.
The increased usage of these drugs among students means that for the most part, students are performing better in class.
This puts a lot more stress on students, as they’re expected to live up to the standards of their pill-popping peers.
There are many, many other things that cause college students to stress out, even on top of high expectations for success.
Financial problems, relationships, home and classwork, debt, work, and many other things often contribute to said stress.
Studying for exams can be very stressful as well, and managing everything else on top of that isn’t easy.
Rather, it can very quickly become overwhelming. So if there’s an easier way to study, that would seem like the best course of action for many students.
These kinds of drugs have been an interesting topic of debate for a couple of years now, but only recently are they starting to gain traction on darknet markets.
This changes a lot of variables in the “college student illegally buying mental enhancing drugs” scenario.
Performance Enhancers on Darknet Markets
These kinds of drugs are usually bought in person, typically in a dorm room or some other private area.
However, there’s recently been a growing popularity towards the usage of darknet markets for these drugs.
People are moving to a more safe and secure online market with a larger selection of products to choose from.
This creates an even larger demand for currently existing performance-enhancing drugs, but it also creates a demand for better ones.
The effects of the desired performance-enhancing drugs, combined with a quickly expanding digital market, creates the setting where other drugs have the opportunity to become popular as well.
Benefits of The Dark Web
First off, the safety, security, and anonymity of Tor eliminates a lot of the anxiety or fear that students might have when purchasing drugs.
The fear of being caught with drugs, getting embarrassed in front of their peers, being kicked out of school, and more is quite the deterrent.
In fact, it’s enough of a deterrent to prevent the majority of students from buying them. So if you’re much less likely to be caught, this deterrent doesn’t have as harsh of an affect on you.
Darknet markets also have an exponentially larger amount of products and quantity to choose from than the average Adderall dealer in the college dorms might have.
You could choose from potentially hundreds of different pills, all with their unique strengths and weaknesses.
If there was ever a situation where a student wanted to buy a specific drug, but couldn’t because there was nobody selling it nearby, he or she can now easily do so.
Additionally, this opens the door to people who don’t personally know anyone who sells any kind of performance enhancer in general.
This can include someone who’s antisocial, or just someone who doesn’t have those kinds of connections – a notable reality of the drug user demographic.
Despite its popularity, Adderall has plenty of drawbacks and side effects to counter how greatly it can help students out.
Some of the more common side effects are a fast or irregular heartbeat, loss of appetite, pain and headaches, and long-term heart problems.
This leads to discontent among the users of the drug, which leads to them openly seeking an alternative.
Some experts, such as Barbara Sahakian, Professor of Clinical Neuropsychology at Cambridge University, have voiced their concerns about smart drugs on the dark web. “These drugs are being made in Russia, India, China and you do not know what you are getting,” Sahakian says.
It’s also important to mention that there’s a fine line between using a drug and abusing a drug.
It goes without saying that you should be careful about what you do on the dark web, and that rule is especially true if you’re purchasing items from darknet markets.
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