“I have to make sure I don't engage in conversations with people who don't abide by the rules of evidence.” - Dr. Carl Hart

New Book


I wrote this book to present a more realistic image of the typical drug user: a responsible professional who happens to use drugs in his pursuit of happiness. Also, I wanted to remind the public that no benevolent government should forbid autonomous adults from altering their consciousness, as long as it does not infringe on the rights of others.

After reading this book, I hope you will be less likely to vilify individuals merely because they use drugs. That thinking has led to an incalculable number of deaths and an enormous amount of suffering. I am confident that you will come away with an appreciation for the prodigious potential good derived from drug use and a deeper understanding of why so many responsible grown-ups engage in this behavior.

If the ideas expressed in this book are embraced, we can get on with the business of treating each other better and enjoying more meaningful and fulfilling lives. And isn’t that what we all want?

Drug Use for Grown-ups, by Dr. Carl Hart
Hardcover edition.
Drug Use for Grown-ups Paperback edition
Paperback edition.
Starred Book Reviews
Drug Use for Grown-Ups

Breaking Drug Taboos.

I grew up in the suburban world of D.A.R.E. programs and alarmist anti-drug PSAs, so I approached this book with knee-jerk skepticism. Won’t illicit drugs, save for marijuana, almost always lead to addiction? Aren’t most controlled substances inherently dangerous?

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Articles, Media, & Appearances

The House I Live In Documentary

The House I Live In Is a Documentary about America’s War on Drugs. Released in 2012, The House I Live In captures heart-wrenching stories from individuals at all …


Dr. Carl Hart on the Karen Hunter Show

Karen Hunter, Don Calloway, and Dr. Carl Hart discuss Tobacco, Alcohol, Terence Crutcher, George Floyd, and the Chauvin trial. This is the New York Times …

Drug Use for Grown-Ups

Dr. Carl Hart Talks to Trevor Noah on The Daily Show

I went on The Daily Show to talk about my book “Drug Use for Grown-Ups.” We also talked about racism in drug policy, Prince, DMX, …


The Clay Cane Show interviews Dr. Carl Hart

This is one of the best interviews I’ve done about Drug Use for Grown-Ups. I appreciate Clay Cane’s thoughtful questions.

Drug Policy

How to legalize marijuana: To combat racial discrimination, New York must do this right

But more than 80 years later, Black and Brown New Yorkers represent more than 90% of those arrested for low-level marijuana charges, even though they do not use the drug more than their white counterpart. This disproportionate rate of arrests is the definition of racial discrimination.

"Science should be driving our drug policies, even if it makes us uncomfortable."

-Dr. Carl Hart

Featured Writing

We Know How George Floyd Died. It Wasn’t From Drugs.

Dr. Hart is a neuroscientist who specializes in how humans respond to psychoactive drugs. My heart sank when I read the prosecutors’ criminal complaint against Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer who is charged with killing George Floyd. It …

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Exaggerating Harmful Drug Effects on the Brain Is Killing Black People.

Exaggerations of the detrimental impact of recreational drug use on the human brain have bolstered support for draconian drug policies and have been used to justify police brutality against Black people. This situation has led to disproportionately high Black incarceration rates …

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