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.
I am the author of a book about LSD. I have many years experience with psychedelic substances from the scientific perspective as well as the 'spiritual explorer' perspective.
Erowid provides an incredible wealth of information on a huge range of drugs. This information covers both the reasons that these drugs are interesting or fun as well as the dangers, risks and concerns. It is unbiased in a way that is hard to match with this politically charged topic.
For my own work, Erowid is always a place I can go to stop and fact check information that I've just recently found out. The 'experience vaults', where personal accounts of experiences with substances are described by the users themselves are invaluable for examining how people are personally affected by these different substances.
I am confident that were it not for Erowid giving this valuable information to people considering trying different drugs, there would be significantly more negative drug reactions - up to and including death - in the world than there currently are.
After having been involved with groups that promote accurate information on all mind altering substances i have had a chance to review and cross examine the data and user stories here on erowid. Erowid provides easily accessible, accurate, and comprehensive information on any number of legal and non-sanctioned compounds. Many of my colleagues have been very impressed with the breadth of information that Erowid makes understandable to the lay person.
This is what allows informed decision making and helps people to use compounds/plants etc. in a fashion that is most likely to encourage healthy use.
As the former editor of SHAMAN'S DRUM Magazine, I must say that Erowid provides one of the most reliable sources of internet information on psychotropic plants. Its articles are well researched and written by some of the most experienced experts in the field.
When I first visited this site, I was rather unsettled by the point, it was a drug resource. But I found there not a government propaganda, neither did I find pro-drug tone etc... This is really neutral, all-in-one website for people, addicts, recreational users, parents, and everyone, who is influenced by our ever-expanding drug culture.
I am an R.N. as well as a private investigator working on a report about drug testing for a lawyer. I felt as though Erowid was very thorough and precise in his report on testing, without getting too technical. That made it great and everyone could understand, thank you very much.
Erowid provides a wealth of accurate information designed to prevent unknowing self-harm. The consequences of the non-existence of Erowid would be monumentally devastating.
Erowid and the fascinating information it has was the original inspiration for myself to pursue a biotechnology career field. It provides good starting points for research, generates interest, and educates on the true nature of drugs.
Education is the only way that drugs will become known as useful tools by a society that currently mistrusts anything to do with drugs and Erowid provides a drug user "insider" education, something of a running documentary. Much of the info is via anecdotal trip reports which are not always useful scientifically, but are very useful for recreational drug users' safety. Whether or not one agrees with recreational drug use, it should always be a rational thing to at least allow them the information needed to reduce potential harm.
We don't know the bad that hasn't happened due to Erowid's existence! It can't be measured if it didn't happen, but I would bet much on the fact that countless drug use mishaps have been avoided due to the existence of Erowid.
As a health professional, I advise anyone with questions about the effects, the experiences, and decision making to read Erowid. It has a lot of great information about the real world, and the real truth concerning drugs. The pictures are excellent, accurate, and professionally done.
I was born with Inattentive ADHD, central auditory processing, and mild dyspraxia. For me, coffee - caffeine compounds (Tirend, NoDoz - 100 mg caffeine/other ingredients) work better than Ritalin, Dexedrine, Adderall, Vyvanse, etc. for my Inattentive ADHD. I am also extremely sensitive to a few (not all) food additives such as the artificial sweetener, sodium saccharin, and the artificial color, Yellow No. 5 - tartrazine. I believe in full disclosure ingredient labeling for both FDA approved medicines and foods. X-ref: http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/ADHD_Bulletin_Board/ http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/Tartrazine_and_ADHD/ Modern Nutrition Discussion Group
and fine motor control, body balance, crossing the midline of the body,
apraxia, dyspraxia, dysmetria, etc. Thank you for the information available/discussions available at Erowid.org. Charles Thomas Wild, ADHD author - How To (1981) and Best Way (1983) books - http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/C_Thomas_Wild_and_ADHD/ X-ref: Awakenings movie (1990); Limitless movie (2011). Concepts: paying attention, concentration, attention span, sustained attention, memory, neurology, ADHD, brain concussions, repeated sports concussions, etc. Key book: How To Cure Hyperactivity (paperback book) about Inattentive ADHD (1981) by C. Thomas Wild with Anita Uhl Brothers, M.D.: Caffeine (Tirend, NoDoz) works for some with ADHD; food additives need better labels - a true story.
The Erowid team and supporting community have quite literally saved my life, as well as the lives of dozens of people I've known over the years. The website they run is more then just an encyclopedia, it is a living organism. If sought out the knowledge(and wisdom) contained within it can increase ones quality of life and enrich the spirit. It is one of the most valuable tools available to anyone in our community, whatever there relationship to medicinal and recreational substances may be. The Erowid team have always shown rigorous professionalism in there commitment to keeping the content of the website objective and aligned with the ideals of harm reduction. A true beacon of humanity, there is no praise great enough. Love Always, Your Brother