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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

1414 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!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I learned a lot from the knowledge that the experience reports on erowid.com had to offer. A gold mine of herbal information!

2 Daniel S.6

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Honestly, if you're looking for information on something and you want it from an unbiased, though exhaustive source, this is the place. Used for ten years

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Erowid is an Incredible free resource of info for both harm reduction, as well as general research purposes. Their database is vast, and is one of the few unbiased educational resources for substances. I love the work they do, as their website has personally helped me in my own life.

3

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!

1

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

2

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.

2

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

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

An invaluable fount of knowledge, wisdom and guidance.

2

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.

2

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.

2

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.
(:

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

Erowid is where I turn for reliable information about substances. The knowledge vault is a remarkable achievement in a climate where stigma unfortunately prevails. Erowid contributes significantly to harm reduction: knowledge is power!

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been using Erowid for half of my life now, and also volunteering as time allows. It is an extremely important repository of knowledge. Knowledge should be free and unbiased and that is what Erowid does. I am thankful for their organization. They are an institution in my mind.

4

Donor

Rating: 5

I trust this site and it is my go to for accurate information. Education is so important and the opposing anti drug info out there is not very accurate. Erowid is the place where all your private questions can be safely answered. Education is power!

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Erowid has always been a huge store of knowledge for me to draw on when trying a new substance and has always kept me safe this way. I am sure this website has saved countless lives.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Throughout my whole life, this website kept my informed on dangers and dosages. I was able to educate myself and others with sound advice.

4 Zaiux Y.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have had very traumatic experiencesin the past with drugs due to misinformation and lack of information. Said experiences led me to research on the internet for safety and prevention, Erowid has been the main source of information since then.
Other organizations and institutions try to prevent risks by telling you not to use drugs, but if you are determined to do so, quality information is a must.
Much love

4

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

One of the most helpful websites on the internet for me. It helped me making fact-based decisions many times and give advise to the youngsters I work with. Thanks to that information I personally have not, ever, experienced the dangerous interactions in use. The vast collection of prejudice-free (!) scientific information is amazing!

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A wide range of non biased information on plants and chemicals. Most any substance you might be thinking of trying out, they have it.
Very interesting just for the sake of curiosity and most definitely helpful for anybody wanting to try those things out. It lets people know what they're getting into by getting to read others' raw experiences - good, bad or anything in between and beyond.

21

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.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Erowid is a treasure trove of realible information, full of facts, falicies, and actual user experiences. A portal to a world unpolluted by politics and greed. Helps individuals make wiser choices about their use of psychoactive plants and drugs. Well done Erowid.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It's an invaluable source of information, with scientific literature and citations, subjective user experience reports and several outsourced links to further reading, it's one of, if not the single best psychoactive chemical vault available. It's accurate, it's peer reviewed, it's trustworthy and reliable. Any self-proclaimed psychonaught would be negligent to miss it.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I stumbled across this website in the 90's. Its worth checking out and browsing around. Its a veritable wealth of information and a wonderful resource for the communities.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Truly an exceptional resource. So much misinformation, which leads to harm can be avoided by unbiased data. This site provides harm reduction and education. If only the government could somehow figure this out...

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

knowledge sets you free, erowid provides boundless knowledge for free! must support!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Erowid is my go to information source when it comes to keeping myself informed on any medications I may be starting to keep myself safe. This website has saved my life in the past and allows me to be informed on the relationship between psycoactives and humanity, from the positive and negative effects those may experience, to the proper dosages, and the personal experiences of those who have interacted with said substances. I have been using erowid for the past 5 years and will continue using it in the future.

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This website is not only great for harm reduction for the public but also to educate professionals. The amount of new analogs coming out every year is staggering. This website is a great place for medical professionals to gain insight on new novel compounds. Beside that, anyone in the biological or chemical fields can find thousands of resources to help advance research. Never has there been such a comprehensive library of chemistry on these psychoactive substances. Erowid is a really an under utilized resource across many disciplines.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A great source for knowledge about drugs and harm-reduction techniques. More people should be aware of erowid

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Absolutely phenomenal site. Very nice to have both the bad and good information as well as having information that is accurate

2

Donor

Rating: 5

Erowid has been hosting valuable information on their website for longer than many of it's current users have been alive. Erowid's experience reports are some of the most intriguing memoirs on the internet and certainly some of the most valuable and relevant. This website has saved lives and provided accurate information in an age of misinformation regarding psychoactive substances.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Can't tell you how many times I have referred to Erowid for both personal use and research papers.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

In a world where information is endlessly accessible, it can be hard to believe that so many people can believe facts that are blatant lies. Erowid is one of my favorite sites. You can find information about every substance (illicit and otherwise) under the sun, read the experiences of users, and learn about things most people know little more than just the name of. Erowid gives scientific fact and truth in the face of a society that fundamentally shuns almost every facet of psychedelic exploration. Short of the breadth of Wikipedia, I cannot think of one other website that endeavors the social stigmas to deliver solid information.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Erowid is a beautiful community-driven website that saves lives where governments and society have failed for years. Drugs are undeniably a part of life for many people around the world, and yet the leaders of nations do their best to restrict understanding and access to information. As seen with the worldwide synthetic cannabinoid crises, prohibition and lack of education does not stop drug usage... it only makes it more harmful. I have used Erowid to learn about accurate dosing, what to expect, and what to do if things go wrong, and this information is probably why I and others I have shared it with are alive today. Exploration of mindstates through (self-administered) therapeutic usage of psychedelics is a great way to learn about oneself, and has helped me work with my PTSD and other issues in my life. Anytime I see or meet someone who seems interested in doing the same, or is using drugs properly or improperly, Erowid comes up almost immediately. No joke: this nonprofit saves lives, and is the epitome of harm reduction in a world where governments don't care about their drug using populaces. Wherever self exploration and experiences are policed and it becomes a crime for therapists to use psychedelic therapy (aka the USA), Erowid steps in as the wise voice of the community, guiding and protecting trippers through their journey. I would work with a therapist who administered these substances in a heartbeat... but because the government feels this method of treating PTSD is criminal, I instead _need_ Erowid. The core message and belief of Erowid is harm reduction... much better than the apparent belief of most world governments, that all of us who use these substances are criminals who deserve to die. There's no question about it, Erowid empowers the community and saves lives where governments fail.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

I have referred to Erowid as a source of information and education on psychedelics for well over 10 years. It has been a treasure trove of just about anything you might be looking for in regards to "drugs". The benefit of this site is perhaps quiet but much larger than they might ever know. I truly appreciate everything they have done.

2 Alexander K.1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Erowid is a fantastic source of both subjective experiences with lovely detail, and is simultaneously chock-full of mathematical, scientific information as well as objectively conducted scientific studies. Use the site in its entirety. Do not take any one experience for fact, nor take any one study for fact. When used properly, Erowid is the single greatest resource of its kind available on the internet.

1 Brandon C.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Genius, chemistry, time, effort, really well constructed! Hope this helps ! I couldn’t find anything bad to say about Erowid! 10 positive reviews and Maybe a shirt for Us

Tommy R.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Always has useful information, quick and easy to find what youre looking for very organixed

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Level arguments, detailed discussions, useful information, leading to greater informed decisions on my behalf and a better understanding of the world of drugs, medicinals, art and culture. This website disappeared from my life for a few years and it's rediscovery, and continuation, really make me happy!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

In a world that hates our most fundamental inalienable right of all- complete dominion over one's own body- Erowid is one of the few lights in the darkness. User reports about anecdotal drug experiences must always be taken with a grain of salt, but for drugs on which research has been blocked (generally euphoriants that have great potential to help mankind even if each carries unique dangers, just as getting into an automobile or choosing to play a sport carries risks, just as everything in life born to die as we are) this is what we have.

Be informed and learn, medicate, and play safe.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Erowid saves more lives than the War on Drugs & D.A.R.E ever will. Even more so now that we live in a day and age of research chemicals and the internet. People are going to people - for as long as humans have been able to think, we've been looking for ways to dampen or enhance inner monologue. There needs to be a change in the zeitgeist and we should focus on information and safe exploration. Erowid is the first step in the right direction.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Over the years Erowid has given me rich, detailed, bias-free information and insight into various entheogens, plant medicines, and psychoactive substances. Organisations which espouse similar goals as Erowid simply lack the same level of information-richness, and often withold critical data to serve political agendas. Furthermore, Erowid's experience vaults are of particularly high value, with no other organisation out there actively collecting and curating such a wide variety of reports and perspectives.

The most important outcome of all this is the widespread promotion of harm reduction awareness and techniques. It is no exaggeration to say that Erowid leads in this area.

Matthew Z.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Erowid is one of the greatest websites there is. There is so much information about drugs on Erowid. That may sound distasteful, but really, Erowid provides information on how to use drugs safely for those who intend to take them and information on their effects for people who are just curious. There are pictures, dosage information, studies, user reports, and more.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great website. Mind opening and useful. good to know other people stories and insights.

1 Andi M.1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

For several years I was a drug educator and spoke in high schools about the dangers of illicit drug use. Erowid is a user friendly, marvelously accurate, and science based website that gives clear and concise information. Over the years I have recommended them many times as a harm reduction site. Several people I know have chosen not to partake in certain substances based on information they found on Erowid, and I truly believe they have saved many lives. Thank you, Erowid! You are a vitally important informational site!!

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Despite that Erowid is not getting enough credit now I believe that in the future when world going to speak about humanity relationship with drugs/plants/chemicals more freely and acknowledge necessity not to make wars because of them,not consider drugs as roots of evil, but study their hidden enormous potential, Erowid will be as important as Wiki.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Erowid is the most comprehensive place to learn about drugs both from first-hand reports as well as third-party sources. My favorite thing about it is the fact that they never changed the interface, which has been well-conceived from the start - it doesn't try to dumb things down for you, but it's still easy enough to use and the information density (sorely lacking in more "modern", web 2.0/3.0/etc sites) is very high.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This place is an amazing hub of information and resources, truly a gem of the internet

1 Kenneth Jahnsen C.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is a fantastic site for acquiring accurate, NON- BIASED information for those who are interested in experimenting or just learning about psychedelics

1

Donor

Rating: 5

At least a ton of unbiased information about drugs and everything surrounding them. I would not try a new chemical, plant, or pharmaceutical, without at least researching it on Erowid. It is definitely my go to bible for psychoactive substances. Outstanding work. I donated in the past, and I look forward to do so again.

Kudos!

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Erowid and industry experts makes certain that the information is current, accurate, and unbiased. The information in its vaults is beneficial to all, From the curious Free spirit to intellectual savant. I'm sure even some of the sceptics would have to respect the Knowledge this site has. please Don't let this some what endangered Knowledge become extinct....

2

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.

3

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.