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  

In world full of disinformation about drugs and their effects, Erowid provides a source of reliable - as well as fascinating - drugs information. They provide both factual information and tales told by real people about their experiences - both good and bad. I am often asked to provide a resource for people who want to find out about recreational drugs and their effects. I send them straight to Erowid.

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Very Well

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Life-changing

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Definitely

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2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

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I am an ethnopharmacologist, with a research focus on psychoactive plants. I support Erowid through annual donations, and use this resource in my professional work. I teach classes in ethnopharmacology and botanical medicine at the graduate level for several institutions. The link to Erowid is posted on all my class web sites and I encourage my students to explore this web site and make use of its resources. The simple fact: There is no more comprehensive, accurate, unbiased, or useful source of information on psychoactive drugs and plants anywhere on the Web. Although I'm biased in favor of Erowid, my opinions are supported by more objective feedback from other sources, for example, NIDA, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, hardly a 'drug advocacy' organization. Representatives of NIDA have compared the information available from Erowid favorably with the information available from the NIDA web site; have in fact acknowledged that Erowid's documentation and adherence to facts is more comprehensive and less biased than its own. Nearly every topic indexed in Erowid includes links to external, peer-reviewed informational resources, including PubMed, Druginfonet, Psyweb, rxlist, mentalhealth.com, etc. In summary, Erowid.org is an invaluable resource for students needing comprehensive, well supported, detailed, and unbiased information on psychoactive drugs and plants, as well as for researchers who require access to information related to their own research or teaching. Erowid may not include all information related to psychoactive drugs and plants; but in my work, it is the first resource I consult, and from there, I can quickly access external resources to get more complete information. Erowid.org exemplifies the best kind of web based resource on these controversial topics that can be found on the web; there should be more like it.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My classes, in that my students use this resource and find it useful in fulfilling their assignments, writing research papers, etc.

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

Give it more resources to expand its staff, and encourage it to become more visible to professional scientists and professional organizations, possibly by being indexed in PubMed

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

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

What is unique about this organization?

No other organization provides such a variety of information on this controversial topic that is as free of propaganda and misinformation. Erowid provides facts and lets its users decide; it does not disseminate propaganda.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Erowid provides reliable, clearly sourced, and exhaustive information on virtually any drug one would like to research. I know of no other source as good.

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Very Well

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

A lot

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Definitely

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2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Erowid is the world's best and most important web based archive for all kinds of psychoactives/entheogens related topics. Erowid has been developed to a life saving platform that is the main source for every researcher, activist, user, dependant, and all people that get in touch with any kind of pschoactive substance.

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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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2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I think one could effectively argue that Erowid has saved more lives than any other drug resource in human history.

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Very Well

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Life-changing

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Definitely

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2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

very informative website. cuts right through all the b.s. Erowid takes an open-minded approach to documenting and sharing the effects of drugs by themselves, and in combination. Ive been checking to make sure im not about to kill myself (lol) by first researching on erowid for 17 years now.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

identifying useful items that were growing naturally nearby in the forest. keep up to date on the newest changes in laws. show others that some combinations of drugs are not wise, and others are not wise by themselves, or that some totally rocked! (dmt)

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

just minor changes to the HTML layout of the website. maybe a facebook page for experiences posts.

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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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2012

What is unique about this organization?

easy to navigate, informative. experience blogs, lots of links to knowledge

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

Im so positive that people have already written a very drawn out review about literally how great this website is. It seriously saves lives, gets used by a fair amount of people for fair reasons. It's literally the web md of the subject. You know they are a good organization and have a good relationship with it's audience because it asks its subscribes users to write reviews for it.. A+

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Life-changing

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Definitely

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2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Erowid is a treasury of knowledge about the crucial area of consciousness-affecting substances. As our civilization hurtles towards a future which is more frightening by the day, the dedicated staffers at Erowid keep expanding and improving our understanding of ourselves, our natural environment and the fragile connections that sustain both. Erowid is a national treasure. Countless people have found and keep finding through it the information that keeps them safe, learning and growing happier.

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Very Well

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Life-changing

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Definitely

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2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

This site is an invaluable source of information not just from a medical but from a social and legal point of view.

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Very Well

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Life-changing

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Definitely

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2012

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1 person found this review helpful

Erowid has been a wealth of knowledge and information, and as a professional in the mental health and harm reduction field the mission of Erowid is one that is very close to my heart. I have seen so many situations in which not having the right information or having altogether wrong or misunderstood information creates a completely different outcome than having correct and factual information. Being able to look up knowledge and trip reports in one place has made helping those in need much more efficient and in the end makes for a much smoother crisis intervention. The information is usually fast to appear and accurate and it is clear that the people who run Erowid have a vast knowledge of all facets of the topics they research and share. Erowid is my first choice for this information and they layout is user friendly.

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

Very Well

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Life-changing

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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