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How Caffeine Works

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How does caffeine turn a morning zombie into a functioning member of society? This lesson will get you thinking about the science behind an everyday drug.

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Caffeine isn't the only compound we ingest in our daily lives. Everything from medications to molecules found in our food can affect the way our bodies and our minds work.
Think about investigating some of these other drugs or compounds that you use in your life. Here are some examples to get you started:
Ibuprofen
Acetaminophen
Theobromine
Vitamin C
Calcium
Keep thinking about the everyday drugs in your life, and don't forget to go forth and do science!
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