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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

1415 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

8 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!

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

2

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.

3

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.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The information this website offers has helped me to keep people I know safer when they do drugs. People do it either way, but Erowid makes it so you can be informed and as safe as possible. I have no doubt it's saved a good amount of lives and prevented a lot of injuries from occurring. It's such an important resource to have access to.

2 Nick C.3

Client Served

Rating: 5

They save countless lives every day. I've been using their services for over a decade, and the tools they have provided have made a huge difference in my life and those around me.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Erowid is a great source with tons of information free of bias on anything relating to drugs or pharmacology. They present professional studies, news clippings, legal information and self-reported experiences.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

An amazing, invaluable resource for all things related to drugs.

2 Grayson T.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I've been this website for about 15 years now. While the site design has remained pretty much unchanged over the years, and has a terribly dated appearance by today's standards, the information it provides is accurate and up-to-date, and I'm not aware of a more reliable and complete source of information about psychoactive substances. It can be difficult to find unbiased information about psychoactive substances, and Erowid works to change that.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Thank you Erowid for being my all-time Go-To for accurate information
in this category. Keep up the great work!

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great harm reduction advice on psychoactive substances; this website saves lives!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

A vital service in an age when misinformation is still the de facto theatre in which drugs are discussed. People have and will always use banned substances, so true information is vital to using safely and responsibly. In my own experience as a younger man some of the described experiences of certain substances actually caused me to seek lower/purer doses, obviously this proved a great benefit to me in the long run. Helping me avoid unnecessary dangers.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Best place to get accurate information on various plants and drugs, that keeps people safe and informed.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Absolutely incredible! Truly the greatest website in regards to harm-reduction and helpful knowledge.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Hey everyone.

One of the main reasons I managed to get over my fear of drug war. Was due to Erowid. Lost of awesome and useful information.
Whenever I can I share the resources form there, to educate people. Spend many hours discussing pros and cons, with different people who like psychedelics and who despise them.

In the end we agreed that open and truth based information is vital in making sure conversation moves with best that humanity can offer.

Why propagate fear when you can spread truth and heal yourself and other at the same time?

Read, think, feel, discuss and be safe.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

God saved a big place in heaven for creators of this nonprofit website

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Wealth of knowledge, highly recommend!! This is the only resource that I trust on these topics. People need to have the access they need to this information!

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Erowid has been an invaluable resource over the years, I look forward to continuing using this Non-profit.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Has been my go-to resource for years for learning about new psychoactives and has helped me to make responsible decisions by providing useful information :)

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Back in the 90s when accurate and unbiased information about psychoactives was still relatively hard to come by, and US-led war-on-drugs rhetoric and hysteria was rampant, erowid was the trusted source for drug users who wanted to be properly informed. They’ve maintained that tradition since then! Eternally grateful :)

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Just fantastic. It has helped me dip into drugs without fear of overdosing. The site is a treasure and has allowed me to explore altered states without feeling like the first person to do so.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Gran sitio! Ha salvado mi vida un par de veces, la información es muy valiosa y es un gran sitio para entretenerse también

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Back in my early days of experimenting, i had 3 main sources to verify info from: Shady websites with only unverified, non rigurously written trip reports, Terence Mckenna and Erowid. Well, as it turns out, Erowid truly surprised me every time being itself an enourmous vault and at the same time, a portal to other reputable sources and studies on a certain topic. And above it all which i haven't said (their work on harm reduction, the easiness that is to reach them and to send them samples and test them, their gigantic experiences vaults, etc) they won't ver charge you a cent! These are people working from the heart, aiding an ever-important cause as few others have; being freely and fully available. They do deserve an award, some recognition, and definitely, even if small, donations.

4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I started using many substances at a young age, and when I was 13 I found Erowid. I can't frankly picture what the next decade of my life would look like had I not been exposed at such an early age to the idea that if you're going to be using psychoactive substances, having as much accurate information about what you're using and how it interacts with the human body is the best possible way to stay alive and stay safe. Erowid is meeting a basic human right to information, health, and self-determination by providing access to that information. Throughout my using, people often deferred to me with questions about how drugs work and how they can stay safe, and everything I told them, I learned here. Ten years later I work at a harm reduction coalition, working to provided drug users with services based on those same values I discovered when I was 13. Thank you Erowid for keeping me and my friends alive.

xe1phix

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Erowid has been the most important source for my psychoactive research since 2006. I can't image a world without Erowid. There is so much falsified and incorrect information posted across the internet. But Erowid has always been the one source you can literally trust with your life.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

我是中国人,这家网站是我在用药时几乎唯一可以信赖的网站,我爱这个网站!感谢谷歌翻译!
im Chinese,this website is mostly only i can trust,when i take some drugs,i love this website!and thanks Google translation

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Harm reduction has never been more easy. Thousands of experience reports as well as the most extensive and up to date information on psychoactive substances I've ever seen.

Noel Benitez C.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

For decades Erowid has hosted unbiased information available for all ; correct information is the fist step in responsible harm reduction when it comes to the misuse of narcotics.

Larry H.5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This site has been around for decades and has been the best objective informational resource for information on various drugs and chemicals that people take for various reasons. I've always consulted this site before choosing to take any recreational drug and has helped me to do so in the safest way possible, and how to go about counteracting negative side effects or withdrawal symptoms. Everyone would benefit from better-unbiased information, and this is the best site for that.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Erowid is fantastic at providing unbiased, useful information about nearly any chemical or plant you can think of, ranging from pharmaceuticals to street drugs. This information is incredibly useful for many people who use psychoactive drugs either medicinally or recreationally, and reduces the amount of harm that comes to drug users immensely.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The most educational organization with the best intentions and purposes. Top of the top

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A fantastic reference for harm reduction, research, journalism, creative writing, and general curiosity. Never a dull moment when browsing. They have a great philosophy, dedicated to fighting the fascist principle of policed sobriety, recognizing that people have always found ways to alter their consciousness and always will, therefore it is pertinent to share the wisdom of those who have expanded their minds safely before us.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have 4 children and I introduced each one of them to this site as teens, just introduced to my granddaughter and her friends this week. Erowid serves us all.

Donor

Rating: 5

A wonderful nonprofit providing factual, unbiased information on psychoactive substances.

1 oniscoid

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Erowid has been offering reliable online information on psychoactive drugs and related subjects since 1995. It has built up a massive archive contributed to by thousands of people over the years and is available to all for free. This is one web's outstanding sites and has consistently provided essential facts about legal and illegal drugs to people seeking knowledge from all over the world (excepting countries such as Russia where it is blocked).

Michael DaKing S.

Donor

Rating: 5

I've been using Erowids for as long as I have been enhancing my mood or altering my state of being. I trust the information, and I can read other people's experience. Thank you. -donating member since 2001.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My go to source for all things psychedelic, reports, substance reference, and community connection.

1 Alex K.3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Incredible library of experiences used for harm reduction. This site has saved countless lives. We may never know how many people's lives has been saved by by website. It is an enormous benefit to society, and everyone should donate to them, they are nonprofit.

People have negative emotions about drug and chemical websites. Erowid should only be held up in high regard. What they do is incredibly important.

The truth is that people are going to experiment with drugs no matter what we do. So if users can get educated about the safety and dangers of chemicals in a real, non-propaganda method like erowid.org, then we can at least prevent hospitalizations and deaths.

The site also helps the addicted by sharing real experiences with dealing with addiction to the same drug that the user is addicted to. Methods of tapering and quitting safely are shared.

Bottom line is, Erowid.org is not some druggie-hang out spot. Erowid.org saves lives.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Erowid is a trustworthy resource for individuals who want to carefully and respectfully venture into the world of psychoactive substances. Rather than eliciting fear Erowid encourages people to make their own responsible decisions. Thank you for maintaining the site!

Michael A.3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Erowid has been my go-to source for any questions I have regarding the effects and other information on various substances. Hands down it is the best educational and informative site where information is given and people can share their personal experiences with substances.

1 Bakar S.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is without a doubt, the best site to ever use related to drugs. It is full of information, based on experiences and theories, this site has shown the amount of unknown data the "plebe" refuses to even listen to.
I'm more than satisfied with it, in fact, no other source has ever came close to the trustworthy level I put in it.
I will take my hat off every time, to everyone involved with this platform:
Thank you for taking the great step of sharing your personal\professional experiences and data.
I'm truly honoured to have access to it.
Keep up the excellent work family. :)

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Most useful website for research and information about any kind of mind altering substances and medications.

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Erowid quite literally saved my life. I was able to make informed, educated, healthier, and unbiased decisions about my involvement with psycho-active substances. As someone with a degree in biochemistry I may understand and comprehend a little more about the mechanism of action a specific substance entails, but as far as knowing where to look specifically for this type of information I was left with bland, textbook-style information that scholarly works provide...most of which are very anti-drug. Google and Wikipedia can only offer the layperson so much as well. It wasn't until the advent of erowid that I began to really learn about ALL the aspects of substances...how and why they work, what to expect from them, experience reports detailing what to do and what not to do with them, information on addiction; the obsession and compulsion; habituation and withdrawal, as well as how to AVOID addiction and dependence in the first place. With Erowid I have a vast amount of information regarding interactions, drug-to-drug interactions, drug and pharmaceutical interactions, drug and herbal interactions... it was this area that saved my life. I was able to avoid a possibly life-threatening situation by reading about a medication I was prescribed and a research chemical I was about to do. I could find no information on it anywhere but Erowid. With Erowid you can get unbiased objective information about The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly side of psychoactive substances with no filler and no BS. With Erowid there is an endless amount of information that people from all educational backgrounds and all walks of life can enjoy and benefit from. There is no other site that offers as much harm reduction information.