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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Rating: 5 stars  

I'm a student of anthropology. I've studied several cultures and the substances they use. After having been recommended this website by MY PROFESSOR, I researched the website thoroughly. AFter extensive research (in and out of the "field") I can honestly say this is the most unbiased and ACCURATE source of information of this type on the internet (at least that can be accessed by normal people). This isn't a place for druggies, it's a place for knowledge.

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Rating: 5 stars  

To me Erowid has been nothing but a fantastic, reliable resource for finding information about drugs - information that would otherwise be scarce.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Erowid has been, by far, the most useful site I have ever used in the research of pharmacology. I live abroad, and often drugs are prescribed without any directions. Because they are prescribed by a doctor, you want to trust them. Being a cautious patient, however, you also want to know what you are about to take. More than any other site, Erowid's candid explanations of how drugs work, what the side-effects can be, and what possible longterm effects are possible, I have been able to continue working abroad without major incident.

At one time, my wife was prescribed diazepam to help her with a stomach infection. This didn't seem right, and we looked up the effects of diazepam. Without this resource, we may have taken the doctor's advice, and my wife could have become even sicker.

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

Make it more available to the general public by advertising its existence.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Erowid does an incredibly important service to the public. As a society, we'd be lying if we said that there were no people who used drugs or were curious about various drugs, regardless of their purpose. Erowid provides factual information which can deter many people from using harmful drugs. The website is candid and unbiased, and there are writings of others' experiences from which the user can draw helpful, firsthand information to help them make an intelligent, informed decision about drugs. Teenagers are known for making reckless choices, and this undoubtfully aids in the prevention and education about substances ranging from common recreational drugs such as marijuana to other, stranger drugs. The website emphasizes the "complex relationship between humans and psychoactives" and is thus a place unlike any other. It offers context for these relationships, including explaining medicinal and spiritual practice of said substances. This is certainly a great nonprofit.

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

Not make any changes!

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Life-changing

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2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Erowid is the shining beacon of light in a world otherwise clouded by disillusionment, bias, and often terribly dangerous misinformation. It is without a doubt the single best encyclopedic source for accurate data on essentially every psychoactive there is. It cites up to date legal changes, references respectable scientific research, and keeps relevant historical and societal influence in mind as well. Its a community of people ranging from users who share their experience to researchers who confirm the data shown. It is astonishing in how unbiased it is.

Considering that somebody somewhere is and always will be using any drug in its database regardless of consequence, Erowid will still clearly and honestly state the real risks and dangers of using said substance however severe or non-existent these may be. And if the information isn't available yet for whatever reason, it clearly warms you as such. If used more extensively by the general populace it would without doubt decrease the harmful effects drugs as a whole have on society. It has changed my whole perspective on psychoactives, keeping certain drugs deservingly vilified but also opening my eyes to the fact that some drugs that we have been told from a very young age are very dangerous are in fact safer than ibuprofen.

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

Fund it more, staff it more, update it more, and spread its message further!

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Life-changing

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2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

The information contained in this site is the kind of information that every human being that lives in this planet needs to read. If these information was given to every person on the world there would be less drug problems.
I found erowid by curiosity on google, and I found a treasure of information.
I didn't even imagined there were so many psychoactive substances, and erowid teached me about bad consequences, effects, availability, experiences, and even positive consequences of most of the psychoactive substances contained in the site. Teachers, tv and government tell us drugs are bad and they will ruin your life, but which drugs? how?
Erowid tells the real information, it is not in favor of the drugs but not this against them neither, it just tells the truth
Erowid is the only site that has a neutral point of view of the drugs, and the only one that has the biggest database of drug information, for free and for everyone, so anyone can access this information.
Drugs are all around us, even in our kitchen or in our garden, and everyone should have the right to know about the truth of these substances.

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

Update some of the details of some substances which seem a bit outdated

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Life-changing

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Rating: 5 stars  

As a radical thinker, erowid has empowered me with the tools necessary to explore conciousness, which is undeniably important in an unconscious society.

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

Motivate users to make trip reports, possibly open them to discussion/criticism.

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Life-changing

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2013

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 4 stars  

I began to realise the magnitude of drug information on Erowid, when each Google search for drug information always yielded numerous results stemming from Erowid, more it seemed than any other site. I was probably 18 at the time, and it was then that I started studying in greater detail. I'm 26 now, and I've found that Erowid is often a one-stop shop for information, but I include links to papers elsewhere within that claim.

If you want to take what you take seriously and gain further insight, then you can probably find the information you need on Erowid, barring perhaps, very rarely seen/ used drugs and new research chemicals. That isn't really Erowid's fault though, because the information on those chemicals don't exist!

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

Flag up important concepts in Chemistry and Biology, perhaps hyperlinked within their relevant places in pages e.g. I was reading up on MPA, and there was a paper toward the end concerning metabolites, with proper methods, and I'm not a Degree-level chemist, so I don't understand the significance of these chemicals and why they're used. It would be great to see links to explanations to fill that gap. Approved, concise sites all hyperlinked within the framework would be excellent.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Indispensable information for any person interested in psychoactive drugs. Though information is offered, wisdom too is found throughout this website. I have shared this source of insight with many friends and family. It's just so intriguing. So many people are being helped by using this sprawling resource. People will never stop doing this, it's not because people are evil, it's because we want to go so much further than where we are and look to these tools for healing and inspiration. Erowid encourages the exploration of the self, the mind, the spirit, celebrating sovereignty of our body and mind. ♡♡♡

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Rating: 5 stars  

Erowid represents an unprecedented documentation of the complex relationship between humans and psycho-actives. In terms of unbiased factuality, Erowid blazes the trail when it comes to social destigmatization of the human/psychoactive relationship that predates written record. As more and more lucid scientific research is done in these areas, a vocabulary for describing and understanding these substances is slowly beginning to emerge in the main-stream meme stream. I personally have found Erowid to be a indispensable resource for personal informing and believe it to be a truly one-of-a-kind organization.

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Rating: 5 stars  

This information provided by Erowid Has saved my life in the past, subjective information that is provided nowhere else.

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Life-changing

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2013

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