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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

1283 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The most complete and accurate information site on the internet with regard to recreational drugs. Unbiased, useful information for all levels from layman to psychonaut. The truth is a far more effective harm reduction method than the lies or denial pedaled by the government funded sites such as frank et al. Erowid is a beacon of truth in a sea of misinformation. Anyone interested in drugs for whatever reason is a better person for having Erowid by their side.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I've always been fascinated by the way chemicals can alter our states of consciousness. I love to read about the physiological and psychological effects of various substances, and supplement my research with reports from users.

Erowid provides by far, the most extensive collection of self-reported experiences on the web, as well as oceans of well-cited information about pretty much every drug imaginable.

5/5 Great job!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Phenomenal site - really appreciative of the time and effort which goes into the site.
Erowid gave me confidence and reassurance in some of the 'drugs' I have previously taken and ones I will take. Thanks

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This website has one of the best, if not best, information on every drug and herbal supplement alike. It's full of personal accounts from users to help present a more accurate story. I have to say it has saved me from some "drug mishaps" in the past. Plus, the stories are interesting.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As a 33 year old recreational drug user since my early teens (grew up around addiction and drugs). Erowie.org has been my #1 and only trusted source for any and all information you could possibly imagine if you were ; considering trying a substance, seeking information about a substance that someone close is addicted to/recreationally uses, laws, experiences, and scientific laws/chemical makeups. I have not been able to support Erowid.org financially as much as I would have liked, but I refer everyone with any question or curiousity about a substance (household products included) to increase traffic. I refer others knowing that they will receive the best trustworthy database of drug/spirituality known to man. No forum can touch the accuracy of this information. Erowid.org should be a world-wide recognized source of information with academically backed sponsors as the information should also include (if not already) case-studies done by too universities. Thank you Erowid.org for keeping me safe and providing me with more-than-sufficient knowledge to safely use or completely avoid a substance. I hope that one day, Erowid.org becomes a national digital enclyopedia and a sole reference for such information. Again, thank you Erowid.org. - tokensk8, CA

Client Served

Rating: 5

An invaluable fount of knowledge, wisdom and guidance.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Objectively speaking, Erowid is an incredible resource for information about psychoactive substances. It’s objective when taken as a whole, non biased, and readily available for individuals curious about psychoactive experiences. When most other available resources are biased one way or another, Erowid can be relied upon to provide accurate information. It’s a rarity, and thus it’s value is that much more apparent.

Client Served

Rating: 1

Erowid has been an invaluable resource for over a decade. So many sites have missing or biased information about psychoactive substances. Or they have good intentions but the information is only user generated, or difficult to find.

Erowid provides people with authoritative links to information about each listed substance. There reference section is the best, Wikipedia does not even have as complete of a knowledge base.

What really sets Erowid apart is the experience report section. This content is made by drug users and for drug users, making it more likely to contain the part of the stories that adds value.

We are at risk of losing access to much of the harm reduction and drug information on the internet here in the usa. Google has been going through a process of delisting such information from search results.

This misguided effort puts us all at risk. Luckily there is Erowid, which is a known and trusted household name. So when Google only lists rehabs and no answers, we know where to turn.

I would be dead without erowid, quite literally. My boyfriend found out what was happening to me and what to do about it there.

The only negative I have to say is they need to keep up with the new content, add new experience reports. I know I have submitted, peers have submitted, and they aren't putting them up hardly ever.

The times have changed and we need to accept the fact that drug use will happen, always has, and a world where it does not is a world where I do not want to live.

Erowid helps us help each other as a community of people who are attempting to exercise their human rights of using the chemicals of their choice. Opiates, since 4200BC have been documented in human history. Erowid will be what provides future historians our cultural history.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This website does a beautiful thing in offering great information about psychoactive substances, which helps with both harm reduction and covering a topic that is quite taboo. With psychedelics gaining ground and support in the medical field, as well as an overall shift in its public perception, the information erowid provides will be a great resource for the new era of psychoactive substances.

Volunteer

Rating: 3

Hi,

My Name is Ravi Chandr from India. I lost my father in accident. Myself and my elder got seriously injured and had stell rods in my hand and steel rod in my son leg. I spent all my money for our treatment. Now survival is the biggest problem for me. With my uncondional health most of days iam sick. Iam looking for financial help for my son education

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Knowledge is power and these people have put together the information to give me the knowledge to feel empowered about making smarter and informed decisions. Great group.

2

Advisor

Rating: 5

The best information tool. A repository for all experiences, good and bad, and an excellent place for unbiased research.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

When people ask me left handed questions that I know the answer to, but am not going to answer in the present company I always just say, "Erowid.org" or you can Google Erowid and
"[Insert your inappropriate question here]".

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The main reason I love Erowid (besides the obvious ones like keeping teenagers from overdosing on cough medicine) is that it is one of the few internet places that provides honest, unbiased, and clear information regarding psychoactive drugs and their usage. The internet today is whitewashed, fabricated, supremely biased and written for clicks. Erowid is the opposite of that. It is committed to facts. This is ESPECIALLY impressive in the world of drugs, where misinformation learned from peers or family members reigns supreme for most people, and most internet sites simply say "just don't do them lol."

To be frank, I don't know much about the creators of the site or their foundation, but I would like to sincerely thank them for providing this invaluable resource for years and years. Thank you.

2 Cody A. H.

Donor

Rating: 5

Like others have stated, I feel very fortunate that I discovered Erowid.org at such an early juncture in my life. Several times over the years, the knowledge gleaned from it's annals has saved myself and others around me from taking potentially dangerous amounts of a substance, or even in some cases from being duped into buying/ingesting little-known research chems. The experience vaults are an absolute gold-mine of information, prose, philosophy, and general literary expression of all kinds of chemically-induced states of being. Informative, and some even downright entertaining, chilling, or heartbreaking.

The service and information Erowid provides to the public AT NO COST is a boon to civilization, as surely as humanity and psychoactive substances are entwined together. I've donated several times over the years, and will likely do so again. Their information is always being updated. Big thank you to Erowid!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great source of information for anyone who is curious about subjective effects of certain psychoactive substances. Especially useful for anyone who is considering self-experimentation. Databases like Erowid are a panacea for harm reduction and mitigating the consequences of misinformation and propaganda.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A wealth of information on mind altering molocules that I am sure has saved many lives and set many at ease. The information found on the site is invaluable and a great place to learn about the world around us

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Erowid has been an incredible source of invaluable information that has helped me and my friends to expand our consciousness. As a worker in a smartshop I feel it as my duty to be as informed as possible about psychedelics. For this reason I've used Erowid.
As a seeker and a human being I've always been interested in other substances. To get such a bibliotheque of reviews, articles, scientific papers has made me able to create my own view on those substances, and have played a big role in me having a save and mind-expanding trip, as well as being able to give my customers the right advice.
In a world where this information is still very much kept under the table but where everything is at our fingertips at the same time (merely due to the Internet), we need platforms like Erowid more than ever. Especially now, the psychedelic renaissance is happening and we're facing difficult times. This knowledge can be important for everyone, whether they know it or not.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Erowid has prevented overdose and addiction in my community of friends. I am personally so glad to have access to such a great vault earnest human experience and for that I am ever so grateful. Almost all entries I have personally read are correspondence with reality and that is rare on any website on the web.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is an absolutely fantastic tool for research and education. I mainly use it to read up on other people's experiences with specific wild growing plants and it is fantastic for that, but it's also great for so so so much more. I've learned so much from this nonprofit and there's still so much I haven't discovered yet.

One of the most complete Compendiums on naturally occurring plants as well as synthesized organic chemicals.

4 Diego R.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Since I was a kid I had an immense curiosity to try drugs
Erowid was key in my life, that allowed me to follow this passion without many risks
Today, Thanks to erowid, I'm not a drug addict, and I can enjoy the drugs that God provides us
But most important, I'm happy, and I was able to reach this magical and spiritual place I'm right now.
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