When Caffeine Simply Won’t Cut It… Say Hello to “Smart Drugs”

Silicon Valley is known for its fast-paced culture and it seems that startups in the valley will do anything to get a competitive edge over other firms… including promoting the use of prescription drugs in the workplace. In this post, we’re going to be exploring Modafinil: a so called “smart drug” that has grown in popularity in recent years, and it has found itself on the shelves of not only Silicon Valley startup employees, but also in the hands of college students and self-employed entrepreneurs not only in Dallas, but across the world.

Usually when you think of smart drugs, you think of amphetamine-based prescription drugs like Adderall, Vyvanse, and Ritalin, and with an increasing supply of these drugs becoming prescribed and available, it isn’t all too difficult for somebody wanting to experiment with ADHD medication to get their hands on it without a prescription or valid use case.

Despite the consistently increasing supply, biohackers (what is a biohacker?) are ditching prescription ADHD medications and flocking to Modafinil. Although it is a schedule IV substance, it is fairly easy to buy Modafinil online using sites like Afinil that provide Modalert (modafinil) and Waklert (armodafinil), among other generic varieties of the drug. These generics are manufactured in India, but anybody with a credit card can purchase the pills for around $1.00 per tablet, making it an inexpensive way for individuals to experiment with the drugs cognitive enhancing and wakefulness properties.

Now that we understand a bit more about Modafinil, let’s take a look at what the drug is made to do, and what it was approved by the FDA to treat. Unlike prescription medications prescribed to individuals with ADHD to keep them focused on the task at hand, Modafinil is used to treat individuals with narcolepsy who have abnormal sleeping patterns. The drug is used to keep them alert and from falling asleep during the daytime. Due to its eugeroic properties, it helps keep its users awake and on their feet, without the harsh side effects and “come downs” experienced by amphetamines.

It’s easy to see why Modafinil is quickly becoming the drug of choice among entrepreneurs and students alike. While Pegasus News does do news coverage on controversial topics like Modafinil and its usage off-label by individuals looking to enhance their cognitive capabilities, we do not necessarily promote these use cases. As always, do your own due diligence — caveat emptor — and talk to your doctor before taking any medications that you’re not familiar with.

Pegasus News Announces New Corporate Partner

Pegasus News is happy to announce our newest corporate sponsor AAACreditGuide, a personal finance website focusing on providing information for consumers on credit repair, credit cards, and general industry news. Our partnership with AAACreditGuide will allow us to syndicate hyper local content provided by their editorial team on the Pegasus News website; this information will be geared towards the Dallas demographic and include strategies and tips that apply specifically for Dallas to help you improve your credit score and get your finances in order.

“We are very excited for this partnership”, says Pegasus News general manager David Anderson. Anderson continued, saying that “this partnership with AAACreditGuide will allow for generous funding to Pegasus News to pay our editorial team, contributors, and authors to ensure that the content you receive is stellar, as always. We never compromise on content quality, and with this partnership, we can sustain our promise to our readers.”

More news on the partnership will be announced as soon as it is available, including samples of content that the AAACreditGuide editorial team will be producing exclusively for the Dallas audience here at Pegasus News.

Dallas’ New Trend: Emotional Support Dogs

Emotional support animals have been all the rage recently, and with the recent popularity of the idea of an emotional support animal, we sat down with expert Pat Sherman from the ASPCA to discuss the specifics about emotional support animals.

Q: Pat, can you tell me a bit about why one would want an emotional support animal?
A: I’d be glad to. One of the most common reasons individuals get emotional support animals are for their care and compassion provided to the pet caretaker. Often times, after losing a loved one, individuals are left with emotional stress, sometimes going so far as to develop PTSD. Animals that provide emotional support are often used to fill the place of a loved one, with an emotional support dog being the post popular.

Q: Is it difficult getting approval for an ESA?
A: Firstly, I’d like to clarify that an ESA is an emotional support animal (if it isn’t obvious already). Going on to answer your question, it really depends on the situation. Easy is a relative term, but with the adoption of the idea of ESAs in the past few years alone, doctors are more prepared to write allowances for animals, namely dogs as they are the most popular. In Dallas especially, where most Pegasus News readers are based, there has been a wide adoption and normalization of the support dog ideology, so readers with legitimate conditions should have an easier time than they would in the past.

We would like to thank Pat for coming for a quick guest interview, the very first of many on Pegasus News!