I just saw a great movie called Limitless. Not giving away the plot, Bradley Cooper comes across a drug called NZT which can “unlock his brain’s full potential”. After taking a NZT pill, he is as sharp as can be, has amazing memory and is able to think his way out of any situation.
Of course, NZT is fiction, but some similar drugs do exist. The most notable are modafinil (Provigil®) which was designed to help narcoleptics from falling asleep and methylphenidate (Ritalin®) which is used to treat ADHD. While both of these drugs have been shown to improve mental capacity to some extent, they are illegal without a prescription and are not without side effects.
NZT reminded me of Think Gum® for numerous reasons. Both improve memory. Both help enhance concentration. And both help people become rich and famous (kind of). While Think Gum® will not give chewers super human intelligence, it is about as close to real NZT as exists. Think Gum® helps people make the most out of what they’ve got, so maybe it will be the star of Limitless II, a more realistic version starring a college school student who aces his organic chemistry exam and makes dean’s list.