Which drugs are the most dangerous? Which drugs should be legal? A scientific research into the harmfulness of drugs tells us that the current drug policies are ineffective.

  • (0:00): Intro
  • (0:40): The ‘War on Drugs’
  • (1:49): Schedules of CSA
  • (3:45): Problems of Current Drug Policies
  • (4:44): Ranking of 20 Drugs
  • (6:12): Radar Chart of Drug Harmfulness
  • (6:52): Effects of Drug Decriminalization
  • (8:45): Map of Drug Legalization around the World
  • (9:42): Outro + Purple Pills

The War on Drugs

President Nixon’s War on Drugs has been a huge failure that lead to mass incarceration. The Controlled Substances Act (CSA) categorized drugs incorrectly and made some drugs seem more harmful than they really are. But the greater part of this drug policy is still in place around the world, leading to severe consequences. Many people were arrested for the possession of weed, even though alcohol and tobacco are more harmful to society and the user. Street crime has increased, and international drug trafficking caused a spike in deadly criminal organizations.

A more rational look at drugs

In this video I plead for a rational look at the harmfulness of drugs. A 2007 research in The Lancet tested 20 drugs for their harm to society and the user, and how likely someone become addicted. It turns out that cannabis, LSD, GHB and Khat are way less dangerous than the law portrays, and that the impact of tobacco and alcohol are often neglected. We still have a long way to go to drug liberation. Yes, there are examples of the decriminalization of drugs, but this is not the same as legalization. More and more countries are legalizing cannabis for personal use, but other drugs are still ignored, despite evidence of being less harmful.


Development of a rational scale to assess the harm of drugs of potential misuse, by Nutt, King, Saulsbury & Blakemore: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/17382… (published in The Lancet, 2007)

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