Nootropic is the name for substances which are known as Smart Drugs because they enhance cognition. This one is bacopa monnieri, an aquatic perennial also praised for controlling blood sugar, enhancing mood, increasing attention span, normalizing blood pressure, improving liver function, and many more health benefits in addition to improving memory and reasoning. However, you might not want to try it because it tastes awful and like grapefruit, only possibly more so, it can potentiate the effect of other substances.
Dr. Edward of Global Healing Center is one of several health care professionals who have emphasized that some of the commercially available bacopa has been found to be contaminated by unsafe levels of cadmium and lead, so we should be sure our supply is organic. The best way I know of to know something is really organic is to grow my own. Fortunately, bacopa monierri is really easy to grow and according to most sources is efficacious when taken fresh. It is also easily available from aquarium supply stores under the names water hyssop or moneywort. It is pretty, especially when in bloom, and doesn’t take much care. When it outgrows the jar I cut the tops off and put them in filtered water in a new jar where they happily take root and do it all over again. Since I am away from my primary home for up to six months at a time, I just put some of it in a ziplock bag in water and take it with me when I am on the road. The rest of the time it sits on a window sill mostly submerged in a jar of water.
I don’t eat enough of it to get high, but I do snip off a few leaves to consume from time to time. They are extremely bitter, so there is little danger of getting an overdose.