Adderall is one of the most widely used – and abused – prescription drugs in the world. People all over the world use Adderall to enhance their cognitive function, boost mental energy levels, and control impulsive behaviors. In the US in particular, Adderall is a go-to drug of abuse among college students, business executives, and traders looking to get an edge (or deal with sleep deprivation).
Despite being one of the most widely used cognitive enhancers in existence, Adderall is a prescription drug which is solely intended for the treatment of ADHD and ADD.
Adderall is not supposed to be used by people who do not have ADHD. It is a powerful pharmaceutical drug that needs to be used under strict medical supervision.
So what does Adderall to people who don’t have ADHD?
To answer that question, we have to look at what Adderall does and how it works.
What is Adderall?
Adderall is a stimulant. It is actually a brand name for a combination of four amphetamine salts.
That’s right, Adderall is just a brand name for amphetamine!
The four different amphetamine salts which make up Adderall give the drug slightly different effects compared to taking straight amphetamine.
Some of the salts in Adderall make the drug much faster-acting, with almost instant effects. Other salts drag the effects of amphetamine out over a longer period of time. So the combination of these salts makes Adderall simultaneously faster and longer acting than straight amphetamine.
How does Adderall work?
Adderall is a stimulant. Like all sitmulants, Adderall priarily works by increasing activity in the central nervous system (CNS). In simple terms, Adderall increases activity in the CNS by triggering the release of norepinephrine.
Norepinephrine is a neurotransmitter which acts as your “fight or flight” response signal. It prepares the body for survival in the face of imminent danger; it raises blood pressure, sharpens focus, heightens alertness, and increases mental and physical energy.
Adderall also triggers a significant increase in dopamine production in the brain. Dopamine is the source of motivation, drive and enthusiasm; its presence creates motivation to complete tasks.
This is why people without ADHD use Adderall. It rapidly increases mental and phyical energy, raises motivation levels, and sharpens focus.
What happens if you take Adderall without ADHD?
Taking Adderall helps people with ADHD to control their impulsive behavors, stay sharp, focused, and mentally fixed on one subject, and to generally behave better in school, college or work.
It appears ot be highly effective in this regard, as stimulating the CNS and narrowing focus helps control and abate the worst symptoms of ADHD.
But what if you don’t have ADHD?
Most people who use Adderall don’t actually have ADHD or ADD.
So what does Adderall do to people who do not have ADHD or ADD?
The answer is, a lot! People who do not have ADHD invariably find that Adderall hits them like a sledgehammer. The effects of Adderall are far too strong for someone without ADHD to use it on a regular basis, and even one-off use can cause serious side effects.
Adderall counters the symptoms of ADHD, such as an inability to focus, uncontrolled, impulsive behavors, and ticks. If you do not have those symtpoms to overcome, then Adderall has no counter-weight to push against; to put it anopther way, it just adds far too much fuel to an already raging fire.
People wthout ADHD who use Adderall will find that it quickly increases concentraton, alertness and focus, as well as mental energy and motivation. But they will usually find that these efects are far too strong for them to function properly in work or at school.
More worringly, side effects are ubiquitous and inevitable when peolpe without ADHD use Adderall. While Adderall is generally well tolerated by adolescents with ADHD or ADD (dependence and addiction aside), people without atention-deficit disorders almost always experience severe side effects from Adderall.
Common side effects of Adderall use among people who do not have ADHD include:
- Acute anxiety
- Light headedness
- Loss of focus
- Loss of verbal acuity
- Energy crashes
If you are determind to use Adderall without a prescription for the treatment of ADHD, then please be aware that these are just some of the side effects you are likely to encounter.
Why does Adderall calm you down?
Adderall is a stimulant, but it can calm you down. Adderall boosts your levels of serotonin, norepinephrine, and dopamine. These are neurotransmitters in your brain that calm and relax you so you can focus better. This is how Adderall helps people with ADD/ADHD.
This may be a little counter-intuitive. After all, Adderall is a powerful stimulant. As a collection of amphetamine salts, Adderall typically makes you more excited, energetic, and anxious; the last thing it does is calm you down!
But if you have ADD/ADHD, then Adderall can have a significant calming effect. This is why it is important to only use Adderall if you have a prescription.
Should you use Adderall?
If you do not have ADHD, then I strongly advise against using Adderall, Vyvanse, Desoxyn, or any other prescription drugs designed to treat ADD or ADHD.
The risks associated with using prescription drugs when you do not have a diagnosed medical condition are far too great to justify.
Thi is especially true since the benefits associated with Adderall can easily be obtained from natural nootropic stacks.
There are natural over the counter alternatives capable of producing all of the benefits of Adderall with none of the risks.
Paul Tardner is the Head Writer at IJEST.org. Paul is a former academic and research scientist. He now dedicates his time to his own research into nootropics, with a particular focus on cognitive enhancement in old age. You can learn more about Paul from his profile page.