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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, and anyone seeking facts and information 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

135 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The most accurate information complied on psychedelics and all things alike;
Erowid is a site I've always used in the past to further my knowledge on drugs and how they work for mind expansion, now that I've expanded mine there still seems to be more to know, and Erowid still seems to be the site to inform me.
It has helped me in all of my personal botany studies,
and to aid some of my own family members from major drug addiction, and their friends,
by discovering plants in which could be used for drug withdrawl, or just to stop the drug in it's tracks completely. This site has helped me immensely in many ways,
I haven't found a groovier source in all of my studies.

6

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Excellent resource for open, honest discourse on recreational drug use. An absolute essential service for anyone who wants to learn about a substance without wading through overwhelming bias and propaganda that most other sites contain.

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This website is incredible. The information is incredibly accurate and always updated. The experience section has detailed reports from real users. Spreading information for safety purposes is important and sadly looked down upon by most.

3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Erowid's impact is difficult to gauge but immensely valuable. it acts as an instant resource and sustained support structure to countless individuals and organizations through information not normally found through traditional resources.

3 casiomatrixsets

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Very current validated (reviewed) information. With Erowid Center the information and the website is a very valuable community resource.

2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Being a pharmacist doubling as a chemical engineering major currently (I'm crazy, I know), I can't say how many times Erowid has been there. The ability to combine and look at my knowledge in reference to both of my fields, while extremely similar, is something I could have never done as easily as with Erowid. I can't thank the center enough for the countless nights and hours spent researching and documenting with their constant addiction to proper documentation and well written nodes on specific chemicals and drugs.

3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The educational, non-profit website Erowid is an amazing tool. Whether people like it or not, recreational substance use is more and more becoming a part of mainstream culture, but it is not what it once was. While there will always be a criminal element to drug use, due to the addictive nature of some substances when used irresponsibly, the demographic of "drug users" is rapidly becoming more responsible, educated and productive, and Erowid is at the forefront of this movement. By supplying information about the safe practice of recreational drug use, Erowid helps keep the community informed about how to responsibly use a substance that may have been abused or misused. Erowid most importantly admonishes responsibility and safety in drug use. This reverberates within the community and is helping to create a "drug culture" where its members function better in society and remain safe in there experimentation.

2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Best non-profit organization, hands down. They've saved lives and given people comfort with drug use. Ultimately, you cannot stop drug use, but you can promote harm reduction through knowledge.

Thank you Erowid staff.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Greetings. In my 8 years of own practice in psychology, i have always dealt solely with truth. The Scandinavian society generally does not have any educated information about any psychoactive nor herb, due to their own fear and, dare i say, ignorance on the subject.

After learning about Erowid in 2007 my work and further study became much more enriched and efficient since close to all the information on the site is indeed useful. Why is it useful? well

a) Because it is written by people who have learned the art of critical and independent thinking, further more they know how to put forth objective information regardless of other institutions ignorance.

b) Because it is documented, through trip reports, by people who have actually had an experiences with the substances described.

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As an Emergency Physician, I regularly turn to Erowid for information on both emerging and established psychoactives. Their breadth and depth of information is simply unparalleled.

Four out of five doctors recommend Erowid for their patients who use drug information.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Erowid sets the standard for accurate information about psychoactive substances.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I cannot think of any other resource that is as well executed and brimming with information. This organization is priceless. Anytime I have a question regarding psychoactive substances (be they legal or illegal), the legislative system, or matters of mind and spirituality, Erowid.org is where I look first! Erowid is second to none!

Alejo R.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Excelente espacio virtual que ha logrado reunir una de las más completas bases de datos acerca del tema psicofarmacos, desde múltiples ámbitos, desde el legal como el espiritual y psiquiátrico.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a graduated Biochemist and an amateur alcaloid researcher, the information provided by Erowid has been of great value. The web site not only showcases information difficult to find anywhere else, but also has a large number of testimonies and reviews writen by the users of the site.
It is a fundamental reference for the safe use of entheogens, alcaloids, and psychotropic substances in general. If everyone using this kind of material was responsible enough to visit Erowid before experimenting with themselves, the number of accidents in this field would decrease significantly.

This website is one of the best in the internet, and surely THE BEST in its subject matter.

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a public psychiatrist I am often challenged to find accurate information about substances used by my clients. And as the mother of a teenager I also frequently seek clarification on what is "out there" being used in the teen community. Erowid, in my experience, is a measured and informed source which gives both chemical/scientific information as well as helping professionals to understand the draw of psychoactive substances.
An absolutely crucial source for both professional and parental information.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

At a very basic function, this website has saved and will continue to save lives. The complex breakdown of substances it provides, not only educates potential drug users, it confirms experiences through relatable content, for those who may not have human guidance available. Erowid is a completely unbiased and sourced database of illicit and licit drug information; otherwise largely unavailable to the public without governmental or religous skew.

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

In a world with so much false information being spread about drug use by fear-mongers, the right, and the DEA, it is nice to have a place to go for truth. Erowid is a great resource for information about drugs regardless of their legal status. They do an excellent job separating factual scientific information from anecdotes. It is useful to know empirical data regarding a substance to help with dosing but also nice to read "trip reports" written by someone else to set expectations about a coming experience. Erowid gets the information out there and is an excellent resource for harm reduction.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Very informational site. Using various different sources to gather their information, the information on this site is very valid.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Erowid is well-organized for both layperson and health professionals, full of references to objective (biochemistry, health, legal) and subjective (user anecdote) information. The rich data, well-presented, allows users to use the site to make their own informed judgements about a wide variety of psychoactive substances - including prescription ones.

Their just-the-facts plus user stories balance is outstanding, and genuinely prevents a lot of ill-conceived substance use.

I contribute to their funding yearly.