In 1993 I was a guest on the Montel Williams television show that discussed the potential of “smart drugs,” or cognitive enhancers, drugs that have the potential to improve memory and enhance intelligence. At the time, Montel didn’t seem terribly open-minded about the subject, or in hearing about the scientific studies that had been done with this new class of relatively safe pharmaceuticals--as, at the time, he was strong supporter of the War on Drugs--and he told us that there wasn’t such a thing as a “smart drug.”
I found it interesting that years later Montel had a complete turnaround, and has since become a leading spokesperson for the benefits of medical marijuana, which has helped him treat the symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis. In my last column I discussed the scientific evidence that cannabis enhances creativity, and many people claim that it can also elevate certain aspects of intelligence. Now that Montel has expanded his mind with cannabis, I wonder if he might be more open to hearing about smart drugs now?