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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While I am certain that this review is far from unique, it is worth telling to give weight to what is likely to be a typical story. I was fortunate enough to stumble across Erowid, in 1999, at a time when more drugs were quickly finding their way into my life. My interests and social group made this inevitable notwithstanding my own curiosity, or indeed the world wide web. The balanced information and first-hand trip reports helped me to make educated choices about what substances to put into my body, to understand the associated dangers and what to expect in terms of effects (immediate, after and long-term) and duration. This information is hugely important; it can save lives, and that is no exaggeration. I would have taken drugs with or without Erowid, as would millions of others, but this information can aid one in charting a path through what is of course a potentially dangerous realm, but one that can be rewarding, enlightening and fun. The role of drugs in a life lived well is a contentious subject, but I and many others are living proof that with the right information, it is perfectly achievable, and Erowid has played a part in that. I am now in my thirties, run my own business and am educated to post-graduate level, but still find a place in my life for psychoactive substances. I continue to visit Erowid regularly, mainly to read trip reports which I have always found entertaining in their own right, and sincerely hope to see the site continue to go from strength to strength. The importance of its presence cannot be overstated.

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Erowid is a vital resource for unbiased technical information and cataloging direct experience narratives of drug use from the common and legal to the recently synthesized. Whether I plan to experiment or I am just curious about a drug I've heard about, Erowid is my first stop for reliable information. The value and credibility of Erowid has been recognized by academic and professional communities, and Erowid provides a unique resource that combines both chemically detailed information along with personal narratives of use. I often recommend the site to the college students I encounter so they will have a reliable source of information to start with should they choose to experiment. Finally, Erowid's testing & pictures of pills people have sent in is especially unique and an important public service.

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Have more cool schwag like an Erowid ball cap or a hoodie....no, just kidding (sort of). What about college tours to get the word out more fully? A booklet about legal issues, rights, recommendations?

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I started using this site as a writing resource, but over the years it has become a place I could go to get straight up, honest information about different substances and their effects. In a world where we are told to 'just say no' and that's is it, this site serves as an honest, straight-forward source of information. This is one of the few non-profit organizations I donate to, and I think it's worth every bit of it.

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This website has been a great resource for myself and many of my friends for many years. There is a wealth of knowledge held within and I hope to see its growth continue.

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Erowid Center is a great resource! The war on drugs can not be won. It should not be won. Because of this war on drug, as a culture, we are losing what some of these drug can and have taught us. All of the plants here on earth have a use. Some if used right can teach us spiritual lessons. Ways to better live our own life and ways to treat others better in the same hand. But if used in the wrong way these same plants can be useless as just taking a drug and wasting time. Erowid is the best source i trust to learn about these spiritual plants and drugs. There is not a lot of non bias information from the source the people that have had those experience. But Erowid has the most of this information. Erowid is not only about drugs or entheogens but mediation, spirituality, culture, arts, freedom and more. Erowid is a great nonprofit! It is proof that this country is still somewhat free! If we as a culture lose this we really have lost more than a nonprofit but a invaluable resource to the people. It has helped people safely do things they would have done anyway but not safely. The governments plan doesn't work (clearly) it is time to try a new way to go about it. Erowid is where the people should start. Inform the people and let them decide. Information is our power.

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I wish they were bigger. So they could do more work on changing things. As more group thing in cities to help change things. For their size and the battle they got they doing pretty good.

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This website provides an invaluable service to those on the web. It can easily be credited with saving many lives and dramatically reducing the potential harm that can occur with the uninformed use of psychoactive substances. They do a great service to both those who decide to use psychoactive substances and to those who know people that they care about who use psychoactive substances. Detailed, readily available, and accurate information on all aspect of drug use is the single most important factor in reducing the potential personal and social costs of drug use. I salute them for their noble efforts, and for their positive impact on my community and communities around the world. Thank you

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Give them more money, given the important social work they do. This is an organization that deserves to be fully funded and to have the resources to expand

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Amazing team! Couldn't have donated to more dedicated individuals.

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An excellent resource for harm reduction and education in the psychoactive drug field. Always has useful information that is up to date and concise, outlining all aspects be them positive or negative of a specific substance. Invaluable.

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Erowid has been a very great source for information when it comes to general knowledge of plants/Drugs/Spirit/Mind, not only for myself but for others who have called me and have asked about a specific drug, or plant etc and because of erowid i've learned a very very great amount about such things which makes Erowid a god send to people because of its harm reduction it provides. Basically, situations that could have possibly harmed or even killed friends,family and other people were NOT because of this web page being available. I have watched it grow and grow over the last 10-11 Years and without Harm Reduction places for people to go, people may and usually make very bad decisions and In certain situations after reading what was provided, it actually DETERRED people and my self away from certain things they and i would have went through with if Erowid wasn't there. It clearly has helped myself for one and multiple friends in the thought process of choosing to recreationally attempt a substance, to understand Chemistry and the Mind And Body thanks to Erowid. It's not a "druggie site", it's a place for harm reduction and again thank them for have taken the time and effort and money to keep this site available. Young kids are impressionable in general let alone by peers, with a site like this around they read before they ACT and that itself is GREAT, it saves lives everyday. Let's just hope the donations keep comming in and keep this organization alive. Erowid is a great thing and tool to have. For Instance say a friend wanted to ingest a substance, you could show them it on erowid and they after reading ALL of the information make a more educated decision which is amazing. Thank you Erowid. The Harm Reduction of erowid and the information it provides to people not just for substances but for mind and body makes it a very important site to be around. I would like to thank them one more time for all the help it gave ME when i was younger and curious and all the help i could give my friends who were curious as well. We'll Keep the donations comming Erowid, Atleast from me.

- J

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Saved my life, the lives of a few of friends and surely uncountable amounts of lives.

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