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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

1390 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

7 Giancarlo F.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Erowid is my favorite online source for psychotropic substance information. They are very informative and they encourage safety. There is no other website that thouroughly examines each substance, as does erowid, I am happy that they exist and that I found them when I needed them most. Much Love!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Absolutely amazing resource. Trusted and true information available on the internet for over 20 years.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Huge vault of info rarely found comprised elsewhere!

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Very useful project, which has probably saved quite a few lives during its existence!

2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The best and most important website/organisation in public drug research and harm reduction. Truly one of the most valuable nonprofit organisations if you believe at all in the importance (from a clinical or spiritual view) of mind-altering drug use.

I work in the pharmaceutical industry, and you might be surprised by how many of my peers value Erowid too.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I think I've actually rated Erowid before, but just in case I didn't I'll make sure. Simply put, there are few, if any comparable resources, online or off. Erowid's comprehensive and diverse collection of information on psychoactive substances has helped me and the people i care about explore psychoactive substances with eyes wide open, forearmed and forewarned.

Having subjective data available, combined with the crowd-sourced experiences creates a resource which is both credible, and deeply people-focussed. This is what harm reduction should be.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Helped me learn the dangers of recreational drugs and helped me make better choices

Ajay J.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Without the collective knowledge of the masses which use this informational outlet as a form of learning what is needed to know , and the total aspect of reading personal reports on the said topic at hand resulted in forming my current mindset. I know God is real just by the fact alone one could climb an abyss negativity from certain things and usage of substances but to KNOW what proper dosage, time intervals, and all out experiences right at the tips of our finger tips tell me in and of itself .. ask and you shall receive, and I was able to conquer addictive patters/behaviors. I danced in the dark , and found the light through the collect community we call ourselves.. Erowid.com peace love , and happy trails .. don’t wait to read that article you knew you had access to .. don’t be afraid to read something that you really already know yet do not wanna accept the fact we are God incarnate.. to merge the spirit with the rational mind / methods learned from our collective has literally.. shifted my reality . In the best way possible . Thank God. Hallelujah..

1 Tom L.3

Client Served

Rating: 5

So accurate, rigorous, meticulous, honest... it's a database we all need

1 Pentylene

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Erowid has been the most prominent source of information regarding mind altering substances for me and the people around me. Information is verifiable and when it isn't, the dubious nature of the information is clearly and openly stated. The site is caked in beautifully curated vaults of important information regarding a plethora of molecular compounds. Great resource that supplies harm reduction for the information hungry experimenter.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

One of THE best sites for drug info. Lets you share your own experiences and warn & advise others on what to do and what to NOT do when using substances. Helps you keep as safe as possible while using substances. This website has helped me a lot to know what to expect, what dosage to use and what to avoid so I don't accidentally hurt myself. The internet needs sites like these to help spread knowledge on drug use.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Erowid is an incredible online resources for anything related to mental and physical help relating to pharmacology. I started using the website when I was very young and very curious about that world, and it provided me with in-depth, personal accounts of the experiences I was curious about, and in some cases, longed for. Had I not discovered this resource, I believe that I could have really hurt myself, lacking guidance, contextual knowledge, and maybe some common sense. Erowid delivers information and personal accounts of human experience that effectively de-stigmatize the human relationship to substance, and frankly, in my experience, acts as far more of a deterrent than a catalyst for participating in those behaviors. If one does choose to participate, Erowid provides resources that educate and (hopefully) ensure safer practices.

Antigonie J. M.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Erowid is a goldmine of useful information for anybody interested in psychedelics or recreational drugs; the site offers an abundance of information for educational and harm reduction purposes.

I, only, wish the website's facilitators would update it's User Experience (UX).

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

Erowid is one of the best and most trusted databases of information on psychoactive substances in the world. They are an invaluable resource for aiding adults in making safe, informed decisions. When it comes to obscure substances or combinations of substances, Erowid is the largest and most trusted--and oftentimes the ONLY--available source of information. They have been pioneers in education and harm reduction my entire life.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The only non profit that assured I made it through my adolescence safely.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Really helps you figure out what drug is the best for you if you need it. Everyone is different, so seeing the experiences can help you figure out if something may or may not be for you. It's nice seeing the BAD and the GOOD! Very informative website that I've used since I can remember....10/10 would recommend.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Good source of info about drugs safety. Lowering risks and misinformation is vital.

1

Client Served

Rating: 4

Erowid offers informative and safe resources for those looking to engage in self exploration or recreational drug usage. Rather than stigmatizing, this website encourages safety of the user and provides a platform for folks to share their own experiences with substances. I have learned quite a bit about chemistry and neuropharmacology from this website. My only gripe is that the layout of the website is reminiscent of the 2000s era but that is a small complaint.

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

Good store world ....................................

3 Zach1996

Client Served

Rating: 5

Judgment free and accurate information shared in a way to reduce harm. People are fast to judge but they literally save lives.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've always used Erowid to find awesome, accurate information about drugs.

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This website is simply a gold mine of useful and quality information on everything related to drugs and psychoactive substances. The harm reduction info provided by Erowid is invaluable, and the vaults are an awesome way to discover and understand the effects of various drugs (or combination of drugs) without having to take them. The richness of the vaults is extraordinary.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

Without comparison, Erowid has collected more necessary, life saving information than any other nonprofit I have ever contacted. God bless Erowid.

3

Donor

Rating: 5

Erowid has my undying gratitude. The founders are motivated by the dual purpose of education and safety. Well-meaning disinformation is dangerous and Erowid has provided an alternative for countless of youths and seekers.

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This website has saved many lives by giving ACCURATE and HONEST information about things people will partake in no matter what they hear about them.

I love this site more than my husband! Jkjk but I really do love this site.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The most helpful, non judgmental resource that has proved reliable countless times through out the years!

4

Donor

Rating: 5

THANK YOU EROWID TEAM!!!
I have been using your website for the better part of 15 yrs. I started coming in high school for the purpose of harm reduction and educating myself and others with your vaults of knowledge. I have donated in the past and I try to donate when I can. THe work you guys do is invaluable YOu guys are saving lives through education not discrimination. I come here first to research anything before i even think of letting it into my body. Not to mentions i Have probably spent more time reading on this website than any other source on the net.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Erowid has been providing accurately sourced information to me and my friends for more than a decade!

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

this organization has provided consistent, ad-free, and incredibly thorough and life-changing information on pharmacology and harm reduction. their community outreach is phenomenal and I know without a doubt they have had a positive influence on millions of lives over decades.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Erowid has been immensely helpful in educating me about different substances and how to use them safely and intentionally. My first exposure to the idea of harm reduction was with Erowid in the early 2000s. Its experience vaults are both entertaining and informative and I've learned so much about the psychedelic headspace and the realizations gathered by so many people over the years. The site is a living relic of Web 1.0 and all the substance-focused internet after.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Personally I do not take drugs, Im rather just an interested user who likes to read through all this info. Its a great source for educating yourself even if youre not taking drugs. This site is definitely worth reading through

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Entheogenic drugs have proved extremely beneficial for my mental health, and without Erowid, I wouldn't have known how to handle them best, with reason and knowledge.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Very helpful and necessary, by far the best website on the topic.

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Pretty cool and informative. Provides a lot of varied sources for various mind altering substances. Cool read if you have extra time to spare.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Erowid helped me quite a bit as a young adult and probably saved my life in many unknown ways. I was going to experiment with psychoactives regardless of what external forces told me otherwise, and having access to the information I needed to experiment wisely made all the difference. I have said no to drugs because of information I read on Erowid, and I have safely and properly dosed myself on other psychoactives using Erowid's resources. I utilize Amazon Smile to support Erowid because I firmly believe that people deserve access to information. I'm sure could have been another addiction or overdose statistic in my younger days but with the proper information I was able to make responsible decisions that I can look back on now and say I'm not sure I would have made if I was flying blind. Erowid is essential and most young adults should be aware of its existence.

3 Spencer L.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Have used Erowid Center to stay informed and safe in my younger years. Today it is a great reference all the same, but especially something I recommend to others with questions. The unbiased reporting of individual experience is an approach that should be taken in more subjects to "empiricize" the anecdotal.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The most reliable and complete psychoactive-specialized encyclopedia in the world.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

An amazing harm reduction website! People will always use/abuse drugs as long as the concept of drugs still has a place in this world, and erowid is a fantastic resource to keep people who choose to take drugs safe. They have been doing it for over 20 years now, without ads and completely free. I could not be more happy with this nonprofit.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Erowid. Saves. Lives.

I used do volunteering work for ex-heroin addicts with Hepatitis B. They have tried to go from methadone to suboxone. It's a tough journey and many of them relapsed or started using a different substance. As they did not speak English we had long sessions of me translating the stories to them. They always said that those meetings were eyeopeners to them.

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

It's true focus is harm reduction and education. It helps people make informed decisions about what they are choosing to do with their own body.

Rafael V.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Erowid for me was both, a guide and a incentive to keep my psychonaut journey on.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Erowid has saved countless lives. Not only by providing accurate and non-biased information on plants, drugs, chemicals, and other endeavors, but also by providing user experiences within those realms. Want to stay away from heroin or meth? read a story about someones life falling apart bit by bit. Erowid is a resource I will continue to support throughout my life, because in reality, thats what theyve done for me, and countless others.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

Absolutely life changing. I have started being interested in drugs at a young age. I have started consulting Erowid in my little bedroom in Rome at 13, learning all that I could about drugs. Eventually, also thanks to the information provided by Erowid, I started experimenting later down the line, in a safe, conscious fashion. Erowid saves lives.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great info and clear cut. Love the sources listed, really a great place

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is just THE best site. Nothing more, nothing less.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

It's like a family to me every time i have a trouble ;) i come see my family read suggestions, do's & don'ts.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Erowid has prevented me and my friends from making poor decisions on multiple occasions. It is one of the only and most reputable sources for unbiased knowledge about the risks and attributes of drugs. Its
contributors are educated and its interface is user friendly, allowing people to give their own experience. Erowid staff even review each story individually to make sure it is not giving false information or promoting drugs. This is why Erowid is such a good foundation, it's built around keeping people educated and out of harms way. It really has our best interest in mind.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I can’t even begin to express my gratitude for this unparalleled resource and the value that it brings to my own learning and our collective consciousness. Accurate, informative, thorough and varied research and experience. Oftentimes also hilarious! Thank you to all involved!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

An incredible and noble nonprofit that exceeds at spreading awareness of our world. They are truly working to make this world a better place for all.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A never ending source of precise information about natural and synthetic psychoactive substances.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

Erowid’s vast amount of information and personal accounts of experiences has provided me with a plethora of details in understanding myself and my relationships with folks. The information provided here is invaluable. But that’s not all, it’s truly a joy to read and provides so many scientific and well-known sources that it is easy to spend hours reading fascinating documents and histories. The safety information provided here has no doubt saved hundreds if not thousands of lives.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Best information on psychoactives on the internet.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

On a personal level, Erowid has been an indispensable wealth of knowledge for nearly half of my life. With the War on Drugs an ever more obvious failure and hope of global abstinence a pipe dream, Erowid is a shining beacon of education with the promotion of harm reduction in an otherwise underground, criminalized world.

1 Ivan G.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Number one place to go for most substance information. I've been working with Erowid for years now, at school, home, for personal research or when experimenting. I don't have anything negative to say about Erowid, as it quickly became one of my favourite sites, generally. Right now I am writing a semestral work about entheogens' potential in neuroscience. Erowid is one of my sources, as always.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I count my discovery of Erowid among the most formative experiences I've had in my entire life. This website has provided an invaluable service by providing incalculable hours of informative learnings, harm reduction, entertainment, and opportunities to build empathy. I am forever indebted to the selfless community that has helped build and maintain The Vaults.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Throughout my lifetime I've always relied on Erowid to ensure safety of my friends and I whenever we're experimenting with drugs. A honest and reliable source of information amongst the sea of misinformation surrounding drug usage.

2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Best source of curated and peer reviewed content for the betterment of humanity.

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

A fascinating and priceless treasure, and an inspiration for me starting my own plant medicine company, T'oil CBD.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love databases and I've rarely ever encountered databases as good as erowid. If every topic out there was attended to like psychoactives are attended to by erowid, the internet would be just about complete.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Have informed in many many occasions! Love Erowid!

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I discovered Erowid when I was 13 years old and at 19 I submitted an experience that was published on their site. It is relieving to know that there is a place to share my experiences, and on a platform where they can be useful to others. Having access to what otherwise might be a much more underground community means that Erowid is working everyday to educate and destigmatize. At it's best, Erowid is a purely educational database that allows its visitors access to the unbiased information that can be potentially lifesaving or life-changing.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Trustworthy source with objective, accurate, and non-judgmental information , but also user experiences and warnings if needed.

Essential website for educational purposes and harm reduction.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Erowid has always been there in time of need. It's open and honest approach to information sharing must have saved 1000 lives over the years. Their unwavering dedication to correctly informing the public is highly commendable.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Many people know about Erowid because it's a great resource for obtaining information about psychedelics. That being said, it's also a huge archive of many many many other drugs.
For me I was referred to this website when I was embarking on a journey to discover what psychedelics could offer in terms of altered states of consiousness. I could very easily at this point start talking from the perspective of a counter cultural rebel who takes psychedelics to f*ck the system and to see 'the truth', I could don my psychonaut shirt, I could refer you to Alan Watts lectures, to long and complex paths towards the idea of following Tim Leary's famous mantra; tune in, turn on, drop out.

That's not what education is about, it's not what sincere and impartial drug harm reduction is about. We don't make progress in society by attempting to dissolve it and then run away from it. We do so by the means of excellent resources like Erowid and it's contributions to society through FACTUAL, IMPARTIAL, EVIDENCE BASED SCIENCE. We do that through the long arduos goal of working within the system to change the system, and we do that through tools like Erowid to find the necessary support, funding and exposure to then highlight what really is important, what needs to be told, what can be done, what is possible and what actually happens when you take psychoactive drugs.

For a long time Erowid has been fighting the hard fight. And it has done so by maintaining a level head when many others have allowed themselves to be left open to accusations of quackery and obsoletion through their dangerously risky decisions to detour from the facts and verge on spurious, dreamy and often idealistic premises. Erowid has remained throughout their existence on the fence and because of this they have become a pivotal building block in educating the world on drugs and their relationships with humans.

Behind the identities we all assume, behind the cultural conditioning, the political ideologies, the founded/unfounded assumptions we all have we ALL NEED resources that transcend these limitations and restrictions by means of simply providing the information we need in a context that is verifiable, factual, scientific and unattached as best as possible from the mistakes of the past when entitites have attempted to create their own utopia seperate from the reality of the social fabric of society. They all fall eventually, and what remains are those willing to absorb reality as it is collectively, to work with it, and influence it towards a better future.

Erowid is for ALL people from ALL backgrounds and it's information is there for MANY MANY purposes.

Truly a great resource and should never be discounted when embarking on learning about drugs and their relationship with humans.