“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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Articles, Media, & Appearances

Addiction is not a brain disease!

President Obama’s Drug Czar, Michael Botticelli, referred to drug addiction as a “brain disease.” He is wrong.

Carl Hart on MHP talking heroin
Drug Policy

The vast majority of the people who use heroin don’t need treatment.

Why is Heroin one of the hottest topics in the 2016 race? It is always a good time when I visit the Melissa Harris Perry Show …

Another Round with Brokey McPoverty featuring Dr. Carl Hart

Dr. Carl Hart on Another Round with Brokey McPoverty

Pregnant women & mothers

The war on drugs is also a war on pregnant women & mothers

Drug war propaganda has created significant violations of civil liberties and the human rights of pregnant women and mothers.

smoked weed

The Very First Time I Smoked Weed.

Dr. Carl Hart’s details the first time he has smoked weed to make the case for drug literacy. Without education, the effects of weed terrified him.

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

-Dr. Carl Hart

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