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  

1 person found this review helpful

My quality of life has been immeasurably improved by Erowid. Like it can see like a specialist site at times but I've never submitted anything to the site, just read, I'm not the "usual" clientele but I also suspect I'm part of a quiet majority who get a lot out of Erowid's resources, had my ass saved my the info and experience there, without being a regular face around those parts. The openness of the resources really speaks to the public (not exclusive to the regulars) service that's done by cataloguing the info available there.

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

erowid.org is a phenomenal website that has saved lives and guided factual and researched information to hundreds of thousandths. I have been using this website for years to learn about substances and erowid has definitely helped me to a great extent.

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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

Seriously, I'm pretty sure this website has helped save lives. I fully believe people should understand what they're doing, what they're introducing into their body, and what the consequences of doing so will be. Erowid not only provides scientific data on a massive range of chemicals, plants and herbs, but also lets users write personal reviews of their experiences. Cautions, warnings, good times and bad can be found here, and I would highly recommend everyone to visit this site before trying something new.

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Rating: 5 stars  

One of the most useful website on the web hands down.
I've been coming to erowid for years being my first stop in my research for any natural plant to pharmaceutical chemicals. There detailed information has made the difference with sifting through the crap online and has saved lives, not kept me safe more than a fee times.
Truley knowledge is key.
Thank you erowid!

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Rating: 5 stars  

It is so important that sites like this exist! It is a completely impartial place to better understand substances. It's interesting to read a users experience rather than read what a text book, whose writer has never been near to the substance, reports the effects.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Erowid gives out an abundance of very good, albeit taboo information, and lets the cool nerdy kids do neat experiments that benefit their brainsouls. The site also has a bitchin' coffee timeline.

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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

There are a lot of on-line "sources of information"- most of which are worse than useless- in other words, the misinformation that they perpetuate actually causes harm- which is much worse than uselessness- which doesn't. This is the kind of service that embodies the Spirit and Strength of America in that it gives honest input from a large cross-section of people-some of whom are eminently qualified to weigh in on topics that are considered by some to be controversial- and lend a sanity to what is often a "wild wild west" of ignorance and conjecture. Of course in the true Spirit of democracy, the proletariat is able to contribute THEIR knowledge ( or ignorance ) of subject matter to be assessed by the collective- a collective that seems to be comprised of a very astute, educated group of FREE THINKERS that are open to the FACT that if given all the facts-honestly- the American People will make the right decisions as to what is allowable and within the strict purview of scientific exploration are willing to put their experiences and knowledge to the ultimate test- the test as to whether or not PEOPLE ARE GENERALLY GOOD and are CURIOUS AS TO THEIR/OUR PLACE IN THE UNIVERSE and to whether or not there is an underlying intelligence that permeates our REALITY- and if this is all just random happenstance- OR IS THERE A PATTERN OR DESIGN THAT GOVERNS THE CONSTRUCTION AND THE PERCEIVED " LAWS OF NATURE" - PERHAPS A POWER OF GOODNESS? THIS SITE MUST REMAIN. THE DAY ITS GONE - THATS THE DAY THAT YOU KNOW THAT AMERICA IS GONE- and the darkness and fear of mandated ignorance rules with the IRON FIST. An IRON FIST THAT CAN EXIST ONLY WHEN THE POWERS THAT BE ARE TOO AFRAID OF THE TRUTH. If you believe in truth and the free expression thereof, then you support this NONPROFIT SITE.

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I have schizoaffective disorder. While I have been clean and sober for over 12 years now, I visit Erowid's Vault because it allows me to read various drug experiences, many of which are similar to some hallucinatory experiences I had while I was wandering homeless in the desert of the southwest America and parts of Mexico. I had done this while sober, but I was off my medications for schizophrenia, and predictably, I began to see and hear things (and even smell, taste, and feel things) that weren't really there. I think it is good to have a site like Erowid's, because it gives people the freedom to choose what they do with their bodies. I read the book "A Clockwork Orange" by Anthony Burgess. Its central theme is moral choice, or how people determine right from wrong, something that in my opinion differentiates humans from lower animals. Without the freedom to choose, we become more bestial and like brutes or even slaves of that part of nature which is oceanic chaos beneath the social masks we all wear.

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I have been so impressed with Erowid, the thoroughness and clarity of the articles and links to areas if interest have helped so much. As a hospice nurse, I am interested in differing levels of consciousness and how substances can help my dialogue with patients to safely and legally make the most of their journey, and to be able to have access to research and knowledge is priceless. Thank you for helping us educate ourselves.
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Rating: 5 stars  

Very informative website! From factual knowledge to the personal stories, I just wish there were more people able to contribute and more often. There is so much to learn and this site is the one stop shop!

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