“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
Carl Hart

Dr. Carl Hart on London Real TV

Dr. Carl Hart on LondonRealTV in a unique conversation that includes drugs, the UK vs America, & what makes him tick.

Parents talking to son

How Do I Talk To My Children?

I’d much rather have my children interact with drugs than police..I don’t know how to keep my children safe with the police. – Dr. Carl Hart …

Carl Hart Dreads

Science saved my life, but at what price?

Recently, I shared an intensely personal story at The Story Collider, a storytelling project in which scientists and people affected by science recount short, often funny, sometimes disturbing …

Ted Talk

Ted Talk: Everything you think you know about drugs is wrong

How do people get addicted to drugs? What does a typical user look like? How can we solve drug addiction? These & other questions are addressed in the video. Come along on my journey from the hood to the academy and let me put you on to what I’ve discovered. My Ted Talk


Joe Rogan and Carl Hart

This was one of the best conversations I have had. Many topics discussed.

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

-Dr. Carl Hart

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