“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?

Hardcover edition.
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Articles, Media, & Appearances
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‘Crack Babies’ Come of Age

Many of the children who were once called “crack babies” seem to be doing just fine.


Brazil, The Favelas, & the Drug War

Brazil is my home. Though I had not visited the country before 2014, it is familiar to me because growing up in the hood in …

Drug Policy

Carl Hart Keynotes Cannabis Conference

“I’m going to show them how to evaluate the science and cut through the ignorance.”

Wyoming Carl Hart
Drug Policy

Thinking about Drugs with a Social Conscience

Dr. Carl Hart’s talk in Liverpool on on November 14, 2014 Highlights: 1) Find out what Dr. Hart thinks about the UK cover of High …

Breaking the Chain

As With Other Problems, Class Has a Role

Like cancer and heart disease, it disproportionately affects the poor, who have far less access to healthy diets and consistent medical care.

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

-Dr. Carl Hart

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