“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
Bath salts

This year’s scary new drug is neither new nor scary.

by Jacob Sullum If you have been paying attention to recent news reports about “the dangerous new drug sweeping Florida,” you know at least two …

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Drug Policy

Scrambled eggs are for breakfast. Not drug education.

Remember these PSA’s? Just Say No, This Is Your Brain on Drugs— I have a few things to say about these commercials and eggs.

woman smoking weed

Why do American scientists ignore the benefits of drugs?

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

Tavis Smiley Carl Hart

The Tavis Smiley Show

Tavis Smiley and I had a great conversation because we unpacked the causes of many of society’s ills & we named names.

New Jack City Photo

From New Jack City to The Wire, don’t believe the hype.

“The paradox of education is precisely this – that as one begins to become conscious one begins to examine the society in which he is …

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

-Dr. Carl Hart

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