Yes, You Can Buy Modafinil in Thailand
Professionals is currently in an era that demands a lot from them. They work in such a potentially toxic environment that’s why rest is almost elusive.
When work requires them to do overtime to help provide for themselves, not only do they not get enough Zs, but they even go through days, weeks even, without sleep.
All of them know the risks of sleep deprivation, but they still do it for the sake of livelihood.
Where, then is the balance – that defining line – between performing well and underperforming, when we can’t even sleep?
Fortunately, there are smart drugs such as Modafinil that can help us in these troubled times, and we can finally discard coffee and other harmful substances.
But first, what happens when we do not get enough sleep?
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It works simply by increasing adrenergic, dopaminergic and histaminergic activity in the brain, which boosts focus and our ability to stay alert, especially when performing tasks.
This means not only do we get more focused, but we also get to perform at our peak even if we’re tired.
Enter Modafinil. Modafinil was developed to treat different sleep disorders such as narcolepsy, shift workers disorder and certain types of sleep apnea. However, it appears that the drug also possesses some off-label cognitive benefits as well, which has made it the darling “smart drug” of this generation.
Modafinil can help us stay awake for long periods of time without experiencing mental fatigue, which makes it adequate for all-nighters of studying and writing papers.
Modafinil works by blocking the dopamine ‘transporters’ in the brain, which removes dopamine from synapses. This helps increase the amount of usable dopamine in the brain and helps us become more creative.
This is exactly caffeine, only without the side effects.
The drug also elevates hypothalamic histamine levels, which makes users awake for longer periods of time without suffering much repercussions.
With increased norepinephrine in the hypothalamus, brain activity is boosted enough to help us be more aware of our actions.
The Science Behind Modafinil’s Off-Label Benefits
There have been several studies conducted on Modafinil’s potential for cognitive enhancement throughout the years. While some of these studies have produced conflicting results, it does seem that there is significant evidence that suggests Modafinil is more than just a drug to keep you awake, it actually may have additional cognitive benefits.
A review of these studies conducted by high-level researchers at prestigious universities such as Harvard and Oxford have concluded as much. Anna-Katharine Brem concluded that “in the face of vanishingly few side effects in these controlled environments, modafinil can be considered a cognitive enhancer”. Her sentiments were also echoed by her colleague Ruairidh McLennan Battleday who concluded that “it appears that modafinil more reliably enhances cognition: in particular ‘higher’ brain functions that rely on a contribution from multiple simple cognitive processes”.
Beyond the conclusions reached by these prestigious researchers, it looks like other agencies are noticing the potential benefits of Modafinil as well. For years, different military agencies throughout the world have provided their ranks with drugs designed to provide them with enhanced mental focus and a cognitive edge when conducting sensitive and dangerous missions which require razor sharp focus and attentiveness.
A study conducted on Modafinil in pilots produced some interesting results. The pilots were separated into two groups. The first group received Modafinil while the second group received a placebo. Both groups were deprived of sleep for 37 hours before completing a series of simulated flight maneuvers. Compared to the baseline, the placebo group performed their maneuvers 60-100% less accurately. Meanwhile, the group that received Modafinil was only 15-30% less accurate than the baseline. These findings suggest that there is definitely something to the idea that Modafinil provides increased focus, especially in individuals who haven’t gotten rest in quite some time.
Is it available in Thailand?
Although Modafinil could be imported through online pharmacies and stores, this is still unadvisable because there are legal repercussions that have to be considered depending on your country.
For instance, we can only import in the United States provided we have DEA Authorization with or without a prescription.
You may try finding Modafinil at a “sidewalk pharmacy” in cities like Bangkok, Chiang Mai, or Pattaya. However, I would be very skeptical of the quality. Those same vendors have been known to sell knock-off, generic Viagra of the lowest quality. More information on Thailand’s drug policies can be found here.
It seems the only way to buy high-quality Modafinil in Thailand is to obtain it online, in order to be safe from legal repercussions. There are quite a few websites you can buy from online (see this page for vendors I tried and recommend), and many users have reported ordering there without issue. I buy Modafinil all the time online and have never had an issue.
Getting a prescription would be another option. This means doctors may prescribe this for narcoleptic patients, obstructive sleep apnea, or sometimes shift work sleep disorder.
What If I Can’t Get Modafinil?
Since it’s not necessary available without a prescription, and many doctors are unwilling to prescribe the drug for it’s supposed off-label benefits, many would-be Modafinil users have been forced to look for an alternative.
That’s where Adrafinil comes in.
Adrafinil was developed around the same time as Modafinil and is used to treat the exact same sleep disorders. It also seems to have the same off-label cognitive benefits as Modafinil.
There are some small caveats, though.
First, Adrafinil was discontinued in pill form in 2011. As a result, you’ll only be able to find it available as a powder, which essentially is just a minor inconvenience. Most Adrafinil users measure their doses on a small scale and pack tho