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.
Shortly after I discovered the sexual orgasm I smoked my first marijuana and dropped Owsely Orange Sunshine...I was 13 years old. I'm now in my mid-50's and still smoke marijuana daily. I used cocaine for 13 years, meth almost 10 years, and have ingested just about every and anything with a buzz behind the Pharmacy counter. I've smoked, shot, snorted, drank, chewed, and stuck up my ass a record amount of drugs with many who thought they could keep up with me perishing. I've taken psychedelics on and off since that first trip at 13 to the present, I'd guess at least a couple hundred 'trips', I've had over a hundred lovers yet fathered no children. I've held work since I was a 12 year old paperboy thru my adulthood including being a Federal Emergency Firefighter, a 'Hot Shot', and an executive salesman. I'm an initiated Thelemite with 34 years involvement in the quasi-masonic O.T.O. I and my late Thelemic brother exposed the use of magick by celebrities to gain fame & fortune during the 1970's. Sites such as Erowid are necessary for folks like myself to leave a trail.
Psychoactive substances are an essential part of human existence, history, communitas and mysticism. My work as a performer, writer and thinker is deeply rooted in immersive experience and a psychoactive perception of the universe. The best place i have found for the study and protection of the interface between humans and these substances today is Erowid Center. The site is essential for a large community of people who look beyond current conventions for their essential rites of passage. Dr. Ray Langenbach, Professor of Performance Art and Theory, University of the Arts Helsinki
Erowid is a great source for drug related information. The street wit and 1st hand experience are most valuable to me. It tells me more about what my patients have gone through better than they themselves can. It allows me to understand my patients better.
-- a Clinical Toxicologist
Although I am a licensed professional with expertise in this field, I am writing this review because I have found the Erowid website to be both edifying professionally, and also so unique in the quality and relevance of information it contains, that it has been an invaluable resource to me in my personal life as well. This is the kind of material that ought to be highly valued by laypeople and experts alike, but is too often suppressed or relegated to the eccentrics of ivy-towerdom and, as such, is very difficult to come by in the mainstream pursuit of knowledge of psychoactive substance use in American culture. Erowid has been my "Go To" resource for factual content as well as anecdotal and subjective information on legal and illegal psychoactive substances for years. To the best of my knowledge, the character and the quality of the information available on Erowid simply can not be found elsewhere. In a culture where public candor and the free and uncensored exchange of information on socially proscribed subjects are discouraged, censored, distorted, and made available to only a small elite segment of society, Erowid boldly stands in the gap, making relevant information freely available to the internet audience.
This is the only holistic and professional site that exists to catalogue and compile this information in a way that shows the truth about psychoactive substances. It allows a way to present information in a non biased manner about "drugs" that most of the general public doesn't understand or is even aware exists. Certain power medicines afford certain people with a strong spiritual/emotional/mental/ethical constitution to expand their consciousness. There are hidden or unknown hazards inherent to life in general. Sometimes dealing with something overwhelming you find power within yourself that you didn't even know existed/
Erowid.org provides a service to the world. I first stumbled on erowid.org when I was looking for information about ayahuasca. I have used the site for learning about medicinal preparations. Over the years I have returned for more information: pictures, anecdotal stories, compilations of research and even entertainment. Thank you erowid.org for providing this much needed resource.
I am finishing up my degree in biology with a focus on neuroscience. As a college student I have experienced countless peers experimenting with drugs, especially psychedelics. From the tried and true LSD and mushrooms, to the experimental 2C-x family, the dosage and effect of the chemicals tried by young people today range wildly. It would be ridiculous to expect this information (what to expect from a given dose of a given drug) to be faithfully maintained by word of mouth between friends and dealers. Yet, people are going to try these drugs regardless.
Erowid fills the void here with their collection of dosage charts, health formation, and user experiences – not only with psychedelics, but with every drug imaginable. As someone who understands the biology behind and has first hand experience in the world of drug experimentation, I feel truly grateful for resources like Erowid. I literally cannot count how many times I've heard incorrect information about drugs from people who deal drugs or peers that use them. In fact, I would wager that it is far more likely to hear wrong information than right information. I know many, many young people who would have suffered severe physical or psychological harm if not for the wonderful resource that is Erowid.
The immense curiosity about one's own mind is a beautiful gift for a person to have. It shows real intelligence and creativity for one to recognize the mystery of the soul, of awareness itself, and attempt to understand it in the same way people have been doing for thousands of years – entheogens and other drugs. Attempting to control these actions is – from the point of view of people with true spiritual and scientific experience everywhere – ignorant and uneducated. Erowid understands that people deserve information, and they are currently the only comprehensive source of this harm-preventing knowledge. They are an incredibly underrated organization because of the ignorance of and stigma associated with drug use.
The majority of addictive behaviors occur when the user of psychoactive drugs is uninformed about the drug and its side effects, including physical withdrawal symptoms. I have had family members who have suffered addiction simply because they tried a new drug under peer pressure or ignorance.
Through the information provided by Erowid, I have been able to successfully choose the natural drugs I choose further my personal and mental development, while pursuing a challenging academic degree, having no withdrawal symptoms or dependence on any drug whatsoever.
Drugs have both positive and negative effects to offer us, and source like Erowid Centre is a great boon to this world as it educates in an unbiased way about the myriad of drugs available in the world today, so that they can make informed choices and be warned by personal experiences about certain dependence-inducing drugs.
Erowid is a very useful information resource about psychoactive drugs. It is written in understandable language and it is well known and widely used among its target population. Professionals and volunteers should join their knowledge and collaborate. This would be not only great harm reduction but also benefit enhancement (people would not take drugs if there were no benefits).
At 60, I'm back in school, studying for a HHS degree with a concentration in addictions. I've been on both sides of the counseling desk and methadone dispensing window; (I was male nurse for the last 20 years).
Erowid has helped me, even avoid some hazards during times of full on addiction. It's still a strong go to information site for me, from a wide perspective, regarding drugs (and alcohol) from the broadest philosophical, hedonic, therapeutic, and practical perspectives.
As a matter of fact, given the anonymity afforded here, I will be candid to disclose that, while I'm perfectly transparent in the above comments, [and will probably access the site as I hopefully enter into graduate studies] that; I'm here to take a glance at the antihistamine Meclizine this morning, with which I'm bumping my purely-hypothetical- illegal-use of percocet and vicodin (as well as tylenol and alleve).
We are not a simplistic people, nor is the subject wholly captured from a marginalized approach from either polarized perspective.
And, please know, that the candid academic and anecdotal reporting--*including a hedonic posture regarding drug use/dependence/addictions, are VERY VALUABLE--whether from a harms reduction-safety posture regarding use; study from a purely academic perspective; and/or informing the counseling perspective.
Please do not negate the purely *hedonic part of the education available here, for the above reasons. Although paradoxical, we users and/or therapists, know the real value of this intellectually honest approach to the subject of psycho-active substances.
For example, I recently was perusing the Silk Road, and for the sake of intellectual honesty, please don't think for one moment that my motives were purely academic nor therapeutic; although both hedonistic and therapeutic motives were involved.
Why I offer this is that, while I, by the grace of my Higher Power, escaped injury; (the FBI seized Silk Road as I was contemplating setting up a purchase of bitcoins; and, I was fortuitously contravened in the matter) my inquiring mind also found peer reviewed science articles on the college servers where I'm studying, which were written by Silk Road's secondary progenitor, Ross Ulbricht.
Only we with these kinds of insights can really understand the pragmatic value of what I'm trying to say. FWIW, I can pray for Ulbricht--no moral qualifiers up or down--I'm just being as transparent as I know how to be.
The up-shoot was that I was able to offer a didactic communication with a university pharmacology class inhabited by a significant population of budding drug/alcohol counselors. I can't express strongly enough how valuable (even in light of frank drug use) how VALUABLE the hedonic perspective is.
I commend ya'll from my heart. Keep up the good work. I would also commend you for protecting the anonymity of your readers, and thereby encouraging the anecdotal input of your readers--valuable stuff, regardless of intellectual posture.
Articles regarding, for example, the history of substances, like the use of trans-dermal marijuana and alkaloids by the Greek doctor Galen for the ancient Olympians [Olympians Dark Ointment] --stuff like that, would be a welcome source of information.
Another example of otherwise obscure intellectual materials I would like to see made available is "From Whence Hath it Tares: A Short Synopsis of Drug Abuse According to the Scriptures and Other Extra-Biblical Writings", by John Heys Mealor:
[Drug Abuse in Scripture
John Heys Mealor
Copyright (C) John Heys Mealor 2001 - 2011]
Erowid.org is to recreational perception enhancers what imdb is to movies and gsmarena to cellphones, only way better.
Through it's tremendous effort to provide accurate information, Erowid helps millions of persons to make better choices at the time of consuming drugs, probably saving thousands of bad trips, addictions and other undesirable effects of some drugs
Great archive about all kinds of different psychoactive substances. In my opinion the best source for this kind of knowlege on the net.
This is the most important online resource on ethnobotanicals, period. It has changed the lives of countless people for the better. It deserves the highest praise.
As an ex drug services user now working a healthcare professional I can confirm that erowid provides an unbiased objective source of information. It has enough depth to meet my requirements vis-a-vis work and previously helped me to stay safer and healthier while I was a full time opiate enthusiast ( IV et al).
All in all a vital resource that should be supported for the public good.
I have taken an interest in this site since it was a simple provider of essential information. In my role as Community Psychiatrist, I have often directed patients to this site so that their choices around drug use could be comprehensively informed. Site visits have had a range of effects. These range from helping people decide against using unprescribed drugs to staying safe when using recreational drugs to complying with prescribed drugs (often for the first time). it is a brilliant resource.
Erowid fills a much needed gap in the current medical literature. Eventually, many of the drugs described in Erowid's database will be part of mainstream medicine (ibogaine for heroin dependency, LSD for PTSD, etc.) leading to the inevitable improvement of many people's lives and experience. For the time being, Erowid is essentially the counter-culture medicine's bible, and does a wonderful job of integrating individual experiences with empirical data and peer-reviewed articles.
I am a Certified Specialist in Poison Information and work for a state Poison Control Center. I have used your sight many times to educate myself and my colleagues on the newest trends and reports. It is very difficult to obtain this type of information and we find it EXTREMELY useful in helping to save lives.
I hold true that Erowid has saved more lives than can the general public would ever care to know.
Erowid attempts to provide a service that is owed to the majority of us: Deep, insightful knowledge of the substances that surround us everywhere we go.
It is evident to me that Erowid has become a respected source of information when the phrase "When in doubt, check Erowid!" has become a common reply across the Internet.