What it's like to take a brain-enhancing drug every day for a week in Colombia


"Within about 20 minutes, and after a cup of coffee, I could feel it. A coursing through my veins, like my blood was pumping at full blast, but being kept under control by some external monitoring force. Throughout the day, I found myself picking up conversational cues in the Spanish being spoken around me—I speak very little of it—and sort of felt like my eyesight had gotten one of those rear-view mirror side extenders you see in cabs and on the Buicks of the elderly. Nothing overwhelming, just… there. In every way." — Dan McCarthy of the Daily Beast visits Colombia, where the nootropics flow more freely than cocaine.

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