Erowid Center

Rating: 4.92 stars   900 reviews

Issues: Education

Location: PO Box 1116 Grass Valley CA 95945 USA

Mission: Erowid Center's mission is to provide and facilitate access to objective, accurate, and non-judgmental information about plants, chemicals, technologies, and related issues that affect the mind, body, and culture. Erowid Center supports and trains libraries, publishers, and other information distributors on issues related to these fields. It is Erowid Center's goal to support medical, legal, scientific, academic, and independent experts in developing and publishing related resources.
Target demographics: Students, educators, researchers, medical professionals, and anyone seeking facts and information about psychoactive plants and drugs.
Direct beneficiaries per year: 18 million visitors to our online information.
Geographic areas served: World-wide, Internet
Programs: Erowid.org, Experience Reports, New Drug Tracking & Monitoring, Drug Education, Research Improvement, Ecstasydata Laboratory Testing, Wisdom Cycle Project, Document Library & Archiving.
2015 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

As a graduated Biochemist and an amateur alcaloid researcher, the information provided by Erowid has been of great value. The web site not only showcases information difficult to find anywhere else, but also has a large number of testimonies and reviews writen by the users of the site.
It is a fundamental reference for the safe use of entheogens, alcaloids, and psychotropic substances in general. If everyone using this kind of material was responsible enough to visit Erowid before experimenting with themselves, the number of accidents in this field would decrease significantly.

This website is one of the best in the internet, and surely THE BEST in its subject matter.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Add ethnobotanical refferences to the general description of the different substances

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

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A lot

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Definitely

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2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

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As a public psychiatrist I am often challenged to find accurate information about substances used by my clients. And as the mother of a teenager I also frequently seek clarification on what is "out there" being used in the teen community. Erowid, in my experience, is a measured and informed source which gives both chemical/scientific information as well as helping professionals to understand the draw of psychoactive substances.
An absolutely crucial source for both professional and parental information.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Make sure more people were aware of it.

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Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

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Definitely

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2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

At a very basic function, this website has saved and will continue to save lives. The complex breakdown of substances it provides, not only educates potential drug users, it confirms experiences through relatable content, for those who may not have human guidance available. Erowid is a completely unbiased and sourced database of illicit and licit drug information; otherwise largely unavailable to the public without governmental or religous skew.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Not. Already well ran.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

In a world with so much false information being spread about drug use by fear-mongers, the right, and the DEA, it is nice to have a place to go for truth. Erowid is a great resource for information about drugs regardless of their legal status. They do an excellent job separating factual scientific information from anecdotes. It is useful to know empirical data regarding a substance to help with dosing but also nice to read "trip reports" written by someone else to set expectations about a coming experience. Erowid gets the information out there and is an excellent resource for harm reduction.

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

Very informational site. Using various different sources to gather their information, the information on this site is very valid.

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

Erowid is well-organized for both layperson and health professionals, full of references to objective (biochemistry, health, legal) and subjective (user anecdote) information. The rich data, well-presented, allows users to use the site to make their own informed judgements about a wide variety of psychoactive substances - including prescription ones.

Their just-the-facts plus user stories balance is outstanding, and genuinely prevents a lot of ill-conceived substance use.

I contribute to their funding yearly.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give them more resources to keep their links current, provide even more references, and update the site's functionality; they're not very usable on most mobile devices. Since the site is a go-to quick reference when considering the clinical presentation of combinations of substances, a mobile version with ready access to their linked studies would make them even more useful.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

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Definitely

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2014

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Rating: 3 stars  

Shortly after I discovered the sexual orgasm I smoked my first marijuana and dropped Owsely Orange Sunshine...I was 13 years old. I'm now in my mid-50's and still smoke marijuana daily. I used cocaine for 13 years, meth almost 10 years, and have ingested just about every and anything with a buzz behind the Pharmacy counter. I've smoked, shot, snorted, drank, chewed, and stuck up my ass a record amount of drugs with many who thought they could keep up with me perishing. I've taken psychedelics on and off since that first trip at 13 to the present, I'd guess at least a couple hundred 'trips', I've had over a hundred lovers yet fathered no children. I've held work since I was a 12 year old paperboy thru my adulthood including being a Federal Emergency Firefighter, a 'Hot Shot', and an executive salesman. I'm an initiated Thelemite with 34 years involvement in the quasi-masonic O.T.O. I and my late Thelemic brother exposed the use of magick by celebrities to gain fame & fortune during the 1970's. Sites such as Erowid are necessary for folks like myself to leave a trail.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Have an exclusive mail order company where one could order pounds of Santa Marta Gold or Columbian Red, Panama Red and Acapulco Gold buds...weed meant to be smoked and free of harsh-burning green chlorophyll.

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Very Well

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Likely

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2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

Psychoactive substances are an essential part of human existence, history, communitas and mysticism. My work as a performer, writer and thinker is deeply rooted in immersive experience and a psychoactive perception of the universe. The best place i have found for the study and protection of the interface between humans and these substances today is Erowid Center. The site is essential for a large community of people who look beyond current conventions for their essential rites of passage. Dr. Ray Langenbach, Professor of Performance Art and Theory, University of the Arts Helsinki

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give them more funding and support to continue and expand their work.

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Very Well

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A lot

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Definitely

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2014

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Erowid is a great source for drug related information. The street wit and 1st hand experience are most valuable to me. It tells me more about what my patients have gone through better than they themselves can. It allows me to understand my patients better.
-- a Clinical Toxicologist

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Very Well

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A lot

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Definitely

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2014

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1 person found this review helpful

Although I am a licensed professional with expertise in this field, I am writing this review because I have found the Erowid website to be both edifying professionally, and also so unique in the quality and relevance of information it contains, that it has been an invaluable resource to me in my personal life as well. This is the kind of material that ought to be highly valued by laypeople and experts alike, but is too often suppressed or relegated to the eccentrics of ivy-towerdom and, as such, is very difficult to come by in the mainstream pursuit of knowledge of psychoactive substance use in American culture. Erowid has been my "Go To" resource for factual content as well as anecdotal and subjective information on legal and illegal psychoactive substances for years. To the best of my knowledge, the character and the quality of the information available on Erowid simply can not be found elsewhere. In a culture where public candor and the free and uncensored exchange of information on socially proscribed subjects are discouraged, censored, distorted, and made available to only a small elite segment of society, Erowid boldly stands in the gap, making relevant information freely available to the internet audience.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Increase the number of personnel and available time dedicated to reviewing, editing, organizing and adding to the ever-increasing volume of information published on the website.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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