By the strictest definition, what is a nootropic?
For that we must defer to the man who originally came up with the name “nootropic”. And his definition.
Dr. Corneliu Giurgea came up with the term ‘nootropic’ and definition not too long after he invented Piracetam. The name nootropic was derived from the Greek (or Latin) words nous (“mind”) and trepein (to bend).
Dr. Giurgea said a nootropic must:
This is why ‘purists’ like me will not call a natural or synthetically-derived nootropic a “smart drug”. And refuse to call pharmaceuticals like Ritalin, Adderall or Modafinil nootropics.