Taking Smart Drugs


Guardian column about taking a “smart pill”
Video from The Economist on the likely future of drug legalization


prescription drug (noun phrase)
performance-enhancing drug (noun phrase)
freak [s/b] out (phrasal verb)
side effect (noun phrase)
payday loan (noun phrase)
pay through the nose (set expression)

Main Activity

First read the article for gist to discuss the following:

  1. What was the author’s experience?
  2. Should performance-enhancing drugs of all sorts be more widely available?

The author used many great adjectives such as:

looming (ed / ing adj.)
dread (ing / ed adj, regular verb)

Go through the text again and highlight unfamiliar adjectives.