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Erowid Center

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Education, Health, Libraries

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, & anyone seeking reliable info about psychoactive plants and drugs.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 18 million visitors to our online information.

Geographic areas served: World-wide, Internet

Programs: Drug Education, Erowid.org, Experience Reports, New Drug Tracking & Monitoring, Research Improvement, Ecstasydata Anonymous Laboratory Drug Checking, Wisdom Cycle Project, Document Library & Archiving.

Community Stories

1225 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Donor

Rating: 5

Outstanding. Good unbiased information is hard to find, but Erowid puts it all on the table, and within the reach of those who need it. I have personally seen it save lives. This is an invaluable resource, of which I cannot speak highly enough.Thank you, for doing what you do.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Erowid has helped me educate myself and my friends on many substances with unbiased information. It is an invaluable resource in harm reduction. The scope of information is also wide and touches on multiple aspects including legality and laws. The "experience vault" has absolutely been a fantastic guide for me to understand how different substances affect different people and hence infer how it can possibly affect me so I can best device my own experience.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Never have I seen more concise and accurate information regarding mind altering substances. Erowid makes me feel safe, knowing that the research has already been (or is already being) done and organized accurately and impartially saves me and many others seeking knowledge from being misinformed, thus saving many lives who may not be with us today had Erowid not existed.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Outside of a UI that takes time to get comfortable with, this is a truly wonderful website, giving accurate and objective breakdowns of studies and reports which are oftentimes hosted in their entirety on their own site. It's absolutely incredible and truly a blessing for everyone, from enthusiast to researcher.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Erowid is the most honest, open, and rigorous website on the internet. This entity transends the bits and bytes of it's physical reality. The knowledge contained within are undoubtedly responsible for petawatts of positivity and love. I have trusted this being numerous times in the last 15+ years and have been treated to enlightening and joyus occasion each time.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My go to people for any drug information I might want. Reliable, honest, unbiased information. An excellent resource whether you suffer from chronic illness or teenagers.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been using the Erowid website as a reference since the age of 15, and I will be 33 in September. Having this resource online has kept me safe, out of jail, and educated about things that I could not ask anyone else information about. I have been recommending this site for years, and cannot say enough good things. These people and this organization save lives. Period.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Provides a massive wealth of information surrounding psychoactive substances, their effects, potential dangers, and much more. The greatest source of free and accurate information regarding the topic. I have used this site for research on multiple projects and papers and the sheer amount of information available is mind boggling, ranging from Layman's terms explanation to dense, advanced analysis-es.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Erowid is the best place for information on drugs. This site probably saved my life with all of the useful information it provided me with in my younger, reckless college years. I'm most likely not alone in this regard. They are doing great work educating people with information you can not receive anywhere else.

1 Evan D.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I found Erowid roughly 15 years ago while in high school. At the time myself and many of my peers were becoming interested in mind altering substances. Erowid proved to be a great resource in educating us on safe usage and informed experimentation. I had spent an entire summer reading everything I could about the various plants and chemicals and was able to distinguish those of which interested me from those of which seemed overwhelmingly harmful and dangerous. Even to this day I hear a lot of misinformation and rumor being spoken about different substances and I feel obligated to advice these people to do further research on Erowid to better their own understanding and the collective understanding of all.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Erowid has been, since I was introduced to it, my go-to for information about active components, dosages, risks...
I often recommend Erowid to people when they want to have an objective view on psychoactive substances.

Math U D.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Erowid is simply laid out and provides accurate information about the effects of all classes of drugs in an attempt to help people understand them, their effects, and potential dangers better.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Erowid has been an invaluable unbiased tool in all of my psychoactive research and shamanic studies. I appreciate its availability and hope that it continues to be available as a superior research platform for many years to come.

Cristian J.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is the most comprehensive and detailed website to get informed before taking decisions which might shift your life to an unexpected experience. would love to see this website continuously updated with new information, eventually developed also as an app so you can always have it with you.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

When one seeks knowledge pertaining to recreational drug use, its benefits, risks and all other information surrounding it, Erowid is the vault to open. The community does not judge, but does make sure that the information presented is as correct as possible, and when one chooses to partake in any substance, Erowid is the guide to do it as safely as possible.

For non-users it can be a great resource to better understand substances, their users and the community that surrounds drugs.

2 Ashley B.2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Erowid has helped to educate me on SO many things! If my friends encounter a new substance and want to try it, I highly encourage them to visit Erowid to learn the effects before ingestion. This website is an encyclopedia for all things drugs, spirit expansion, and mind growth. If you have any questions about anything you want to dabble into, visit Erowid to have a basic, but reliable understanding as to what you might experience. Erowid is basically my primary tool to get a grasp on any substance I am interested in learning about. I tell all my friends to visit this website before trying anything new or if they have a general interest in learning about the things Erowid has to offer.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Provides an amazing repository of unbiased information, something that's hard to find.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Erowid is an invaluable resource. The information and resources provided have helped thousands of individuals, from all walks of life, enjoy themselves responsibly. Drug use is a divisive issue, there is no getting around that fact, but there are people alive today that are still breathing because they were able to research what they were putting into their bodies. As law enforcement continues to drive drug users underground, communities like Erowid will become even more invaluable. I cannot put into words how much this site has helped me and people I know. They are saving lives and I'm hopeful that future generations will identify them as one of the reasons behind drug education, harm reduction, decriminalization, and better quality of life.

Hugo L.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a good source for information and certainly plays a role in the harm reduction related to entheogenic experiences. Lack of information and lack of research is one of the causes of fear in many aspects of life. Erowid facilitates to obtain and share information for the benefit of all those interested.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

Erowid is a blessing. It is one of the only supremely objective websites that provide routinely consistent data and information about drugs. Whether it's the legal status, health effects, safest forms of usage, other's experiences, or the pharma-kinetics & chemistry of a drug, it's all there in an organized efficient manner.

Without a doubt, absolutely zero exaggeration, Erowid has saved my life by providing the wonderful harm-reduction advice in the very nuanced yet factual manner that they do.

Thank You Erowid from me, and from all of my friends whom I've recommended it to.
You are truly a life-saver and one of the last bastions of almost fully unadulterated information.
Once again, Thank You.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Erowid is exactly what a website about psychoactives should be, it is neutral. It's a great vault of knowledge about any drug or mind altering substance, this subject is inherently subject to suspicion from a lot of people, and as a result can be difficult to talk about. But Erowid is a place where people learn and discuss about these things without a filter. I commend erowid for being a safe space, and for undoubtedly saving lives through harm reduction.