What is the difference between Adrafinil and Modafinil?

If you’ve been around the world of nootropics, then the names of two popular nootropics have probably entered your world:  Modafinil and Adrafinil.  Despite sounding the same, are these two compounds related?  The answer is yes, but in a way you might not be aware of.

Both Modafinil and Adrafinil are used to increase energy, keep you awake and focused, improve memory, and act as cognitive enhancers.  Though they can’t be typically  classified like the racetam class, these two compounds are definitely considered “smart” nootropics.  So if the difference between them isn’t due to being in the same class, which is typically what chemicals that sound the same and have the same suffix means, how are they related?

The similarities between Adrafinil and Modafinil are in how your body processes them.  When you take Adrafinil, your body converts the Adrafinil into Modafinil.  Therefore, when you take Modafinil, you are just bypassing this step.  After your body converts the Adrafinil into Modafinil, the Modafinil goes on to be converted in modafinilic acid.

You might be wondering why people are taking Adrafinil instead of going straight to Modafinil, when they could just bypass the conversion step altogether.  Modafinil is much harder to obtain, but Adrafinil is available as a dietary supplement.  It is much easier to find Adrafinil, and you can find Adrafinil on the internet.  You can buy Adrafinil from online supplement vendors easily.

Choosing one or the other does not mean the benefits will change.  If you recall, the Adrafinil will be converted into Modafinil anyway, so one does not have any clear advantages over the other.  The main advantage to taking Adrafinil is that it is easier to buy online.

This is a little-known fact that people starting out in the world of nootropics may not know.  Once you know the science behind it, it’s clear why people are getting the same effects from Adrafinil, though many of them don’t understand exactly what is causing the same effects.  Taking Adrafinil can boost your energy and give you the energy boost that you would typically associate with amphetamines, but Adrafinil doesn’t work like an amphetamine.

Adrafinil belongs to a class of compounds which are called eugregoric agents.  These agents provide energy without the normal stimulatory side effects that you would see in amphetamines.  Adrafinil is not completely understood yet, so scientists are still trying to figure out how it works.  In the meantime, adding Adrafinil is a good way to get Modafinil without even trying.