Smart Drugs and Nootropics

For those who need to maximize concentration and mental performance we have put together the following quick guide to substances with a reported positive effect upon mind, memory and cognitive function. Those with a link are available in our online smartshop.


  • ALCAR (Acetyl L-Carnitine) - May help in prevention of brain cells deterioration.
  • Alpha-Lipoic-Acid - A fat-soluble antioxidant that can cross the blood-brain barrier and may help protect the brain against aging.
  • Alpha-GPC - Phospholipid choline source that may support brain chemicals and structure.
  • Amino Acids - These chemicals help your brain conduct its messages more efficiently. Check out 5-hydyroxy L-tryptophan (5-HTP) a great alternative to L-tryptophan as well as L - tyrosine, DL - phenylalanine and L-theanine.
  • Aniracetam - Synthetic Russian Racetam. MOH don't like Racetams.
  • Artichoke Extract
  • Aswaganda - Also known as Indian Ginseng, an adaptogen that combats stress and balances body and mind.
  • B Vitamins - Needed for energy production and proper brain functioning.
  • B1
  • B3 Niacin 
  • B5
  • B6 
  • B8
  • B9
  • B12
  • Bacopa - A herb for calm, clear focus, reduces anxiety and supports memory.
  • Caffeine - A stimulant rather than true nootropic, Caffeine increases alertness. The problem with stimulants is the crash. Best combined with L-Theanine, a calming amino acid found in green tea that smooths out caffeine's effects.
  • Choline - similar to B Vitamins, important for brain chemical acetylcholine and brain structure. Various forms are available. Phosphatidyl-Choline, Choline + Inositol.
  • Clitoria ternatea - Asian herb with memory enhancing effects. 
  • Co-Q10 - Aids the brain in producing ATP, the body's energy molecule.
  • Cordyceps (Caterpillar Fungus) - Smart Shroom (Nootropic Study). Multiple other health benefits.
  • Creatine - May charge up mental energy in the brain
  • DHEA - Anti-aging.
  • DMAE - People call fish "brain food", and DMAE is why. DMAE is a stimulant, mood enhancer, and improves of memory & learning.
  • Dilantin - May improve cognitive function.
  • Fipextide - May improve memory and learning.
  • Fish Oil - See Hemp Seed Oil - its better for both you and the environment.
  • GABA - Analogue of GHB. (Prohibited under MODA in NZ - Class B). Ridiculous, as it doesn't even cross the blood-brain barrier. They actually prohibited a placebo which makes a mockery of our drug laws. GABA was a victim of GHB madness in the early 2000's and the restrictive but not well considered laws that followed.
  • Galantamine - A naturally occurring tertiary alkaloid used as a nootropic, sleep aid and dream enhancer.
  • Gingko - A herb that works by increasing oxygen and blood flow to the brain.
  • Ginseng - Panax Ginseng is a natural smart drug and adaptogen.
  • Gotu Kola - Nervous about nootropics? Try the smart drug cooked up by mother nature herself.
  • Hemp Seed Oil - Natures most useful plant. 
  • Herbal XTC - Pep Pills, Turbo Charge, Happy Caps, Liquid Explore - Stimulants and mood enhancers.
  • Human growth hormone (HGH) - Anti-aging. (Prescription med in NZ)
  • Huperzine A - a naturally occurring sesquiterpene alkaloid compound found in the Club moss (Huperzia serrata). Buy Huperazine A online!
  • Hydergine - Memory and anti-aging.
  • Lion's Maine Mushroom (Hericium erinaceus) - Smart Shroom (Nootropic Study), many other health benefits. Buy Online!
  • Melatonin - Increase alertness by reestablishing nightly circadian rhythm (Prescription med in NZ). Available OTC as Tart Cherry extract.
  • Modafinal - Stimulant. (Prescription med in NZ)
  • NADH - A derivative of niacin that helps your cells produce more energy.
  • Oxiracetam - Memory enhancer.
  • PEA - one of the many mood enhancing compounds found in chocolate. Available as a dietary supplement in NZ.
  • Phenibut - Analogue of GHB. (Controlled substance under MODA - Class C)
  • Piracetam - Cognitive function enhancer. (Prescription medicine in NZ. Why?).
  • Propionyl-L-Carnitine
  • Phosphatidyl Serine - a nutrient essential to the brain's structure and function. As a nerve cell building block, PhosphatidylSerine works in concert with omega-3 and other fatty acids to support healthy cognitive function including memory, learning, comprehension, and word recall. 
  • Selegiline - Memory and intelligence enhancer.(Prescription med in NZ).
  • St. John's Wort - Claimed to be an effective herbal anti-depressant. Take your Prozac and shove it! 
  • Sulbutiamine - An analogue of Vitamin B1 that may aid energy and memory.
  • Tryptophan (L-tryptophan, 5-HTP) - Sleep aids, mood balancers.
  • Vasopressin - Memory enhancer.(Prescription med in NZ). 
  • Vinpocetine - May improve cognitive performance and short-term memory loss that is sometimes experienced with stress or aging.
  • Yerba Mate - A traditional tea used for focus and mental alertness (stimulant).


Ordering Nootropics and Smart Drugs in New Zealand
We offer a large and constantly evolving selection of reported smart drugs and formulas in our nootropics collection, while traditional herbal nootropics like Aswaganda, Ginkgo, Ginseng, Gotu Kola and Rhodiola are all found in our energy herbs collection. To source substances that are scheduled as prescription medicines you would need to ask your doctor for a prescription to import a 3 month supply.

Nootropic Safety
Consult your doctor before using any nootropic substance. The many different substances reported to act as nootropics have different contraindications for different substances. This ranges from extremely safe herbs like Gotu Kola to powerful synthetic stimulants like Modafinal which may be totally unsuitable for someone with for example a serious heart condition or even a healthy person if an excessive dose is taken. Do the research and know your substance. Start with a small dosage first to test your reaction. In general its best to cycle nootropics, for example: use them daily for a month, then have a break or try something else for a cycle. Do not combine nootropics with other drugs, medicines, supplements or alcohol. The best time to experiment with nootropics is when you are well rested, in good health, not pregnant or breastfeeding and not suffering from mental illness or on medication.


Further Information
Buy smart-drugs online
Erowid smart drugs vault
Smart Drugs and Nutrients, by Ward Dean & John Morgenthaler
Smart Drugs II: The Next Generation, by Morgenthaler, Fowkes, & Dean.


This article is a general guide intended for informational and/or harm minimization purposes only. Always do your own research and whenever in doubt ask your doctor. You can read similar articles in our Knowledge Base.