Erowid is undoubtedly one of the longest running and most reliable sources of information about medications, pharmaceuticals and other mind altering substances. Untouched by corporate interests, it's served in its purpose honestly and faithfully since the dawn of the internet and deserves all the praise I can muster.
Thanks to Erowid I have been warned from using certain substances, prior to using Erowid as a source i was doping very dangerous things
1 of my children is a sophomore in college and his sister is a junior in a college 4 states away from either of us. Neither ever had a prescription until high school and for my son it was topical a few times for ringworm he caught when he wrestled over as a freshman and again junior and senior year. His senior year a whole team had to forfeit an entire season when the whole team got scabies. I have never heard of anyone younger than 50 having scabies let alone 30 healthy athletes, but I knew then there was a good reason I boycotted the chicken pox vaccination for my both children because it was stupid to put that sort of chemical that has long term effects into anyone and look...around 10 years later look what we have now. As for my daughter, her senior year her doctor wrote her first prescription for a natural topical cream for acne she didn't want seen at senior prom. I raised them to never assume a doctor will know how you respond to a prescription and if you can seek to educate yourself you would know why it is given to you and worth the risk...And that would go for any sort of drug from any person. And they usually have no idea what is even in the drug. My children drink if they want a beer or milk for breakfast and cook brownies for the chocolate or for the marijuana. Our rule is if you have to hide it or can't talk about it you know it is bad for you. And it is a really bad idea to find info from idiots trying to take your money (like most doctors and most drug dealers). I have been using your material to show them how drugs don 't kill people but if your stupid taking them it is obviously you causing your own death when you didn't need to trust "opinion" but facts like I would show them you had on your site. Thank you for helping my kids live to see another day. God bless you for helping me live to watch them become more amazing than I could ever imagine. There is no greater gift you could have given our family. Sincerely, Teresa Jorns
This site has helped me learn about my own neurochemistry and protect it. I love this site deeply and support it!
Erowid goes above and beyond my personal expectations.
By providing an environment where people of all varying degrees of knowledge about chemistry, psychology, and ethics; Erowid maintains an open atmosphere where illicit and legal drugs and alkaloids are demystified.
This is the only place that will provide factual, as well as anecdotal information about these substances that one can trust. It makes helps people be safe by arming themselves with knowledge.
I find the experience reports, they are quite interesting and enlightening. I can gain valuable insight as to the specific psychoactive effects of various substances without having to risk my own health in doing so. Erowid is my go-to source when I want to find out about experience expansion.
I really love Erowid! I've been using the site as a reference for years, and it's taught me quite a bit about the myriad of substances out there. It's the most helpful by being VERY extensive- the library of information Erowid holds does wonders in keeping people safe and informed- from obscure chemistry of research chemicals, to more common knowledge of marijuana. It's definitely in my top list of most useful websites- no doubt about it.
Its the only place on the internet that combines main site with facts and collects "correct" info (much like a wikipedia) about various substances with an emphasis on empiricism - tests. So its the only site that besides various drug forums (where you have to rely on "high credibility forum users" to write info that is not easily found elsewhere) that has information about such substances. Not because most of them are illegal - but because it's so popular and specific that there is a great demand for information sharing but it's not readily available because of its very niche nature (specific/rare). Same goes for the various other specific sites (serial killer info, various electronic hardware hacking etc).
Most drug information these days are with one goal, to make the violation of freedoms known as the War on Drugs seem good. They ignore the good and exaggerate the bad. Erowid gives the honest truth, doesn't ignore the good or ignore the bad and doesn't overstate either. It is a great resource for people who want the real truth about drugs, especially if they plan on using it and want to hear more than "it's bad".
Fantastic organization. Very educational and helpful on many research topics.