“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.
Paperback edition.
Articles, Media, & Appearances
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.

Dr. Carl Hart

Carl Hart & Joe Rogan Discuss Heroin, the New Book, More

I enjoyed doing the Joe Rogan show so much that I went back.
Hope you dig the discussion.


Empty slogans, real problems

The US Drug War has led to the mass incarceration of communities of color and Brazil is poised to implement the same racist drug policies.

Drug Policy

Black Leaders Were Misled About Marijuana.

During the Reagan era, and subsequently, Black leaders including clergy has been misled about marijuana legalization.

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

-Dr. Carl Hart

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