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

By Carl L. HartDr. 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 …

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

-Dr. Carl Hart

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Drug Policy

Who knows more about marijuana: Scientists or The Feds?

DEA commissioner Chuck Rosenberg described the very concept of medical marijuana as “a joke.” Dr. Carl Hart Tweet After five years of deliberation, Drug Enforcement Agency …

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‘Crazy Baldheads’, Dreads, & The Politics of Respectability

Is there a causal connection between hairstyles worn by black boys and their future success, and should we strongly encourage these boys to avoid wearing dreadlocks and braids?

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Why do American scientists ignore the benefits of drugs?

This was one of the questions at the heart of a congressional hearing this summer.

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