Erowid Center

Rating: 4.92 stars   906 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  

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

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I have seen Erowid grow from simply a website that has been an institution, to a non-profit and institute poised to continue their valuable work for many years to come. Addressing a multidisciplinary, controversial topic far more completely than any other resource in any medium, Erowid Center collects, evaluates and presents information with intelligence, rigor, innovation, common sense and humor. That everyone on every side of the endless debates about psychoactive plants and chemicals looks to, uses, returns to, trusts and praises Erowid Center says more than any individual evaluation. Truly an important resource, maintained with integrity and the thinnest possible overhead, they leverage the effort of a dedicated crew into a global presence, while amassing data that scholars, artists, policy makers and the public will use and ponder indefinitely. A shining example of the spirit and energy of the non-profit ethos, Erowid Center is a model that sets a very high bar for excellence in education and service.

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Clone the founders, so that they might devote more time to development, outreach and succession planning.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Erowid is an extremely useful resource which gives awareness about drugs. The topics they cover are often mis-represented, and as such presenting by presenting unbiased knowledge with no ulterior motive they do the world a great service.

Harm reduction is important, and education empowers.

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Site feels a bit dated and the information is maybe not totally accurate or up to date. (This is very minor and doesn't actually affect usability at all)

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Rating: 4 stars  

some friends recommended the erowid website to me about 2 years ago, after i discovered marijuana and tobacco, and expressed my scientific interest in the effects of other entheogenic substances such as lsd, peyote, psilocybin, etc. through reading other often- times anonymous reports and experiences (with carying levels of clarity and language skills), i am now more able to clarify my experience with more colorful explanations than "it felt good". i find this database of information to be most useful in determining my threshold of tolerance, learning about dangerous mindstates and combinations, and furthering my self-confidence in exploring safely and with minimal harm to myself and my circles of influence. whilst i am without funds to support this wonderful addition to humanity, i plan on making contributions to further empowerment to the people outside of the clinical trials of the western medical institutional model. kudos!

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if i were to raise the bar higher, i would ask the people writing to help clarify their backgrounds and past experiences a bit more, to allow a more indepth study of the individual in context with the reported experiences. plus, who doesn't like a good story wth plot development?

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Rating: 5 stars  

reliable information fully accessible to everybody.

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Erowid brings INFORMATION: it is very important to have Information in a field with a lot of misjudgment and desinformation, because information prevents damnage. Erwowid brings KNOWLEDGE: you can get knowledge of high quality. Erowid helps to increase our awareness in a field where too few serious sources exists. When I have a question from a client I can go to Erowids Homepage and look for examples, explanations. Erowid has also international impact and sources.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Erowid is an rarity on the Internet: a consolidated source of reliable information on a very important and little-recognized subject. The use of illegal drugs happens regardless of any laws, and providing information to those who experiment with these drugs can help to keep themselves and others out of the way of true harm. Whereas other websites demonize drug use rather than providing objective research, Erowid takes an unbiased stance and provides accurate information about drugs without condoning their use. Personally, information on effects, peaks, dosages, and health risks has been invaluable. I have donated to Erowid and will continue to do so; I am confident that my donation will be put to good use.

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Update the website. While it is absolutely functional, it does reek of the 90's and could use a facelift.

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I used to just be a general member of the public, who used Erowid for reference. I chose to become a donor because I saw the straightforward information presented by the site. Later, my father experienced a traumatic episode in the night, and I was able to use the site to determine in-the-moment that the symptomology he was experiencing was likely due to excessive consumption of alcohol and robotussin. It was a huge stress relief for him en-route to the hospital to ensure it was not another form of attack.

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Rating: 5 stars  

This is the place for me to find out about psychoactives. It has not only great quantitative data and suggestions, but also deepening anecdotal/empirical experiences and experiments.

For me Erowid is not only useful acutely, but, even more importantly, as a guardian and organizer of entheogenical knowledge and experiences for the benefit of the whole of humanity's future.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Extremely good resource for unbiased information, which you are unlikely to get from the media or a government sponsored organization. Sourced, frequently updated, and well organized.

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Rating: 5 stars  

One of the most valuable resources to be found online. Deeply grateful for the balanced and informed insights into psycho pharmacology and the human experience.

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