Ever used "performance enhancing substances" in law school?

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Have you ever used "performance enhancing substances" in law school?

Just my own natural energies!
37
13%
Coffee and/or cola.
116
40%
Caffeine or ephedrine pills.
37
13%
Ginkgo / ginseng / other herbal supplements.
19
7%
Off-the-shelf "focus" complexes like "Neuro PS".
7
2%
Adderal or Ritalin.
39
13%
Modafinil, Deprenyl, or other prescription drugs.
10
3%
Racetams (piracetam, aniracetam, oxiracetam, etc).
8
3%
Choline sources (alpha GPC, choline citrate, CDP choline, etc).
10
3%
Sulbutiamine, Pyritinol, Picamilon.
7
2%
 
Total votes: 290

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Ever used "performance enhancing substances" in law school?

Postby random_law_student2 » Sun Mar 07, 2010 11:13 pm

Curious to see what the responses are like.

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Re: Ever used "performance enhancing substances" in law school?

Postby romothesavior » Sun Mar 07, 2010 11:16 pm

Holy cow. One of the most in depth polls ever. Your knowledge of supplements is a little creepy.

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Re: Ever used "performance enhancing substances" in law school?

Postby random_law_student2 » Sun Mar 07, 2010 11:32 pm

betasteve wrote:I tried viagra. It didn't help, exactly.


Took all the blood away from your brain :wink:

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Postby 09042014 » Sun Mar 07, 2010 11:45 pm

betasteve wrote:I tried viagra. It didn't help, exactly.


Cialis is better.

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Postby cartercl » Sun Mar 07, 2010 11:56 pm

Wow! I've never even heard of half of those. Where you a pharmacology major in UG or something??? Or perhaps you're the 1L supplier looking for some insight on what drugs other law students are looking to score these days... I'd prefer that wonderful powdery stimulant to all of those though.

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Re: Ever used "performance enhancing substances" in law school?

Postby soundgardener » Mon Mar 08, 2010 12:11 am

Jesus, what the hell are those last four?

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doesn't matter

Postby Bigred2008 » Mon Mar 08, 2010 12:13 am

doesn't matter
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Re: Ever used "performance enhancing substances" in law school?

Postby mac.empress » Mon Mar 08, 2010 4:20 am

Coffee and/or cola. - Green tea ftw
Caffeine or ephedrine pills.
Off-the-shelf "focus" complexes like "Neuro PS".
Sulbutiamine

I was surprised at how many I could honestly choose :shock: .

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Re: Ever used "performance enhancing substances" in law school?

Postby atlantalaw » Mon Mar 08, 2010 5:08 am

i work out, try to sleep well, and eat right. this probably provides me with more energy than any substances and is better in the long run. i don't even consume caffeine, except sometimes when i eat chocolate.

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Postby nealric » Mon Mar 08, 2010 1:03 pm

Just lots of coffee and soda.

Can't see myself taking pills. Would make me feel like a drug addict (even if I'm mildly addicted to coffee).

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Postby chicagolaw2013 » Mon Mar 08, 2010 1:08 pm

Took Adderall on several occasions during undergrad, but will try to keep it to natural (or "normal" i.e. coffee) supplements during LS. Last time I took Adderall, I ended up with neck pain that lasted a week because I sat in one position studying all night at the library. There appears to be a bad side to TOO much focus, I guess.

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Re: Ever used "performance enhancing substances" in law school?

Postby LoriBelle » Mon Mar 08, 2010 1:23 pm

I drink coffee every morning. This is a holdover from the office job I had before I started law school.

I am prone to migraine, so I tend to keep Excedrin migraine (acetaminophen + aspirin + caffeine) with me at all times in case I need it. I admit that I have used it a couple of times when I didn't have a headache to enhance my concentration. I used it, for instance, at the midway point of each of my exams, and during the big push toward my spring appellate brief. Ideally, I would have just had a cup of coffee instead, but who has time to go brew coffee in the middle of an exam?

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Re: Ever used "performance enhancing substances" in law school?

Postby nealric » Mon Mar 08, 2010 1:35 pm

I find adrenaline is more than enough for exams. Caffeine would push me into panic mode- not to mention the diuretic effect would mean too many bathroom breaks.

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Re: Ever used "performance enhancing substances" in law school?

Postby macattaq » Mon Mar 08, 2010 3:08 pm

I try to go without coffee, but my brain doesn't work.

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Postby XxSpyKEx » Mon Mar 08, 2010 10:34 pm

You forgot to include all the real "performance enhancing substances" in the poll such as:
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Postby pleasetryagain » Mon Mar 08, 2010 10:44 pm

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Postby cartercl » Mon Mar 08, 2010 11:56 pm

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Peanut butter and crack sandwiches!!

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Re: Ever used "performance enhancing substances" in law school?

Postby A'nold » Tue Mar 09, 2010 12:02 am

atlantalaw wrote:i work out, try to sleep well, and eat right. this probably provides me with more energy than any substances and is better in the long run. i don't even consume caffeine, except sometimes when i eat chocolate.


Boooooring. :)

What if you use Ritalin b/c you need it, eh?

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Re: Ever used "performance enhancing substances" in law school?

Postby scionb4 » Tue Mar 09, 2010 12:11 am

Dude - almost everyone drinks coffee to stay on their A-game, with the exception of Mormons, I don't know how they are so competitive at BYU without it. Midterms week before spring break, I was drinking about 6 cups a day w/espresso shots to stay awake. If we're putting coffee in with performance enhancing drugs, then that phrase is now pretty much all-encompassing.

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Re: Ever used "performance enhancing substances" in law school?

Postby cubswin » Tue Mar 09, 2010 12:12 am

I'm kind of surprised that cocaine was omitted from the poll. I mean, adderall is essentially a legal version of cocaine. And it seems so thorough otherwise.

I can't respond since I'm not in law school, but if I was, I'd mark the coffee option. I don't know how people who don't drink coffee can handle any sort of academics/intellectual activity.

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Re: Ever used "performance enhancing substances" in law school?

Postby A'nold » Tue Mar 09, 2010 12:40 am

cubswin wrote:I'm kind of surprised that cocaine was omitted from the poll. I mean, adderall is essentially a legal version of [strike]cocaine[/strike]. And it seems so thorough otherwise.


Btw- tons of Mormons at my school drink Monsters and stuff. I wonder if that is the whole "Mormons are allowed to drink Pepsi products" think someone once told me. That is probably a myth, but if not it could explain that side of things.

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Re: Ever used "performance enhancing substances" in law school?

Postby macattaq » Tue Mar 09, 2010 10:58 am

cubswin wrote:I'm kind of surprised that meth was omitted from the poll. I mean, adderall is essentially a legal version of meth. And it [the poll] seems so thorough otherwise.


FTFY.

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Re: Ever used "performance enhancing substances" in law school?

Postby JazzOne » Tue Mar 09, 2010 11:01 am

Kind bud gives me an unfair advantage over my classmates.

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Re: Ever used "performance enhancing substances" in law school?

Postby pollaclc » Tue Mar 09, 2010 11:04 am

What are ya, one of those fitness freaks, huh? Go fuck yourself.

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Re: Ever used "performance enhancing substances" in law school?

Postby LoriBelle » Tue Mar 09, 2010 12:50 pm

nealric wrote:I find adrenaline is more than enough for exams. Caffeine would push me into panic mode- not to mention the diuretic effect would mean too many bathroom breaks.

It's weird. Adrenaline during exams definitely makes me hyper, but it's hyper in a worrying, distracted, terrified kind of way, not in a focused kind of way. Caffeine, on the other hand, intensifies my focus on the task at hand and helps me ignore distractions.

I tend to use the restroom once an hour no matter what I put into my body (caffeine, water, salt). Three quick bathroom breaks during an exam aren't a big deal, especially if I can continue to think about the exam while I'm going to the restroom. But to each his/her own, and YMMV.

I don't do this myself, but I've been struck by the number of people who freely admit to non-prescription Adderall or Ritalin use in law school. I guess it's not a whole lot different from caffeine use, other than the legality issue...but people are pretty open about it, and I find that unusual.




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