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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

526 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.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Erowid has for many years provided a comprehensive and accurate resource of every variety of psychoactive drug known - both those which occur naturally and those synthesised in a laboratory.

In a society which tries to curtail individual liberties by saying what an individual may or may not ingest of their own free choice, a lot of misleading and in many cases wholly false information is in the public domain. Erowid gives unbiased information along with real user experiences which enable the discerning user and explorer of the inner mind the type of experience he or she may expect, along with dosages and other information regarding personal safety.

This I am certain has helped numerous people to make their own personal enquiries safely, and prevented unnecessary hospitalisation or even death through lack of information.

They provide a great service and valuable resource along with forums anyone can contribute to thus ever widening the resource and keeping it up to date.

I happily support them annually and would nominate them for an award for their selfless service to the wider community.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Erowid is one of the best resources available on the web, with strong hard science alongside objective experiential reviews and makes it the leading database for anyone wanting to learn about entheogens, their sources, preparation and range of effects.

Justin24

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

this website differently helps people get unbiased information on plants and substances which helps promote harm reduction and safer drug use for those who use them

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been visiting Erowid as a researcher since the late 1990's and it is the most comprehensive data source for information on psychotropic herbs and plants. The catalogue of substances is extensive and fails in no area; Each entry is complete, concise and takes a clinical as well as anecdotal approach. I recommend this to resource to academics and the every-man alike.

Anonymous BA MSc JD

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Non-biased, exclusive information on a vast array of physiologically active plants and chemical substances presented in a user friendly format. Erowid is my go to source in researching plants and substances that are new to me. While Erowid provides an abundance of useful information on drugs including legality and experience reports, substances such as Echinacea and Garlic can be researched to find uses and benefits that perhaps you never knew about. Erowid provides people with the information they deserve, I hope we can keep it around forever.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Erowid is awesome, not only do they provide dosage information for harm reduction, they also allow people to tell stories about their own drug use, and perhaps persuade people to not do the drugs. This site is great in every single aspect, they deserve this award for the work they have done in educating people about drug use.

Zach S.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I'm a student of anthropology. I've studied several cultures and the substances they use. After having been recommended this website by MY PROFESSOR, I researched the website thoroughly. AFter extensive research (in and out of the "field") I can honestly say this is the most unbiased and ACCURATE source of information of this type on the internet (at least that can be accessed by normal people). This isn't a place for druggies, it's a place for knowledge.

Zack B.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

To me Erowid has been nothing but a fantastic, reliable resource for finding information about drugs - information that would otherwise be scarce.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Erowid has been, by far, the most useful site I have ever used in the research of pharmacology. I live abroad, and often drugs are prescribed without any directions. Because they are prescribed by a doctor, you want to trust them. Being a cautious patient, however, you also want to know what you are about to take. More than any other site, Erowid's candid explanations of how drugs work, what the side-effects can be, and what possible longterm effects are possible, I have been able to continue working abroad without major incident.

At one time, my wife was prescribed diazepam to help her with a stomach infection. This didn't seem right, and we looked up the effects of diazepam. Without this resource, we may have taken the doctor's advice, and my wife could have become even sicker.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Erowid does an incredibly important service to the public. As a society, we'd be lying if we said that there were no people who used drugs or were curious about various drugs, regardless of their purpose. Erowid provides factual information which can deter many people from using harmful drugs. The website is candid and unbiased, and there are writings of others' experiences from which the user can draw helpful, firsthand information to help them make an intelligent, informed decision about drugs. Teenagers are known for making reckless choices, and this undoubtfully aids in the prevention and education about substances ranging from common recreational drugs such as marijuana to other, stranger drugs. The website emphasizes the "complex relationship between humans and psychoactives" and is thus a place unlike any other. It offers context for these relationships, including explaining medicinal and spiritual practice of said substances. This is certainly a great nonprofit.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Erowid is the shining beacon of light in a world otherwise clouded by disillusionment, bias, and often terribly dangerous misinformation. It is without a doubt the single best encyclopedic source for accurate data on essentially every psychoactive there is. It cites up to date legal changes, references respectable scientific research, and keeps relevant historical and societal influence in mind as well. Its a community of people ranging from users who share their experience to researchers who confirm the data shown. It is astonishing in how unbiased it is.

Considering that somebody somewhere is and always will be using any drug in its database regardless of consequence, Erowid will still clearly and honestly state the real risks and dangers of using said substance however severe or non-existent these may be. And if the information isn't available yet for whatever reason, it clearly warms you as such. If used more extensively by the general populace it would without doubt decrease the harmful effects drugs as a whole have on society. It has changed my whole perspective on psychoactives, keeping certain drugs deservingly vilified but also opening my eyes to the fact that some drugs that we have been told from a very young age are very dangerous are in fact safer than ibuprofen.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The information contained in this site is the kind of information that every human being that lives in this planet needs to read. If these information was given to every person on the world there would be less drug problems.
I found erowid by curiosity on google, and I found a treasure of information.
I didn't even imagined there were so many psychoactive substances, and erowid teached me about bad consequences, effects, availability, experiences, and even positive consequences of most of the psychoactive substances contained in the site. Teachers, tv and government tell us drugs are bad and they will ruin your life, but which drugs? how?
Erowid tells the real information, it is not in favor of the drugs but not this against them neither, it just tells the truth
Erowid is the only site that has a neutral point of view of the drugs, and the only one that has the biggest database of drug information, for free and for everyone, so anyone can access this information.
Drugs are all around us, even in our kitchen or in our garden, and everyone should have the right to know about the truth of these substances.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As a radical thinker, erowid has empowered me with the tools necessary to explore conciousness, which is undeniably important in an unconscious society.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I began to realise the magnitude of drug information on Erowid, when each Google search for drug information always yielded numerous results stemming from Erowid, more it seemed than any other site. I was probably 18 at the time, and it was then that I started studying in greater detail. I'm 26 now, and I've found that Erowid is often a one-stop shop for information, but I include links to papers elsewhere within that claim.

If you want to take what you take seriously and gain further insight, then you can probably find the information you need on Erowid, barring perhaps, very rarely seen/ used drugs and new research chemicals. That isn't really Erowid's fault though, because the information on those chemicals don't exist!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Indispensable information for any person interested in psychoactive drugs. Though information is offered, wisdom too is found throughout this website. I have shared this source of insight with many friends and family. It's just so intriguing. So many people are being helped by using this sprawling resource. People will never stop doing this, it's not because people are evil, it's because we want to go so much further than where we are and look to these tools for healing and inspiration. Erowid encourages the exploration of the self, the mind, the spirit, celebrating sovereignty of our body and mind. ♡♡♡

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Erowid represents an unprecedented documentation of the complex relationship between humans and psycho-actives. In terms of unbiased factuality, Erowid blazes the trail when it comes to social destigmatization of the human/psychoactive relationship that predates written record. As more and more lucid scientific research is done in these areas, a vocabulary for describing and understanding these substances is slowly beginning to emerge in the main-stream meme stream. I personally have found Erowid to be a indispensable resource for personal informing and believe it to be a truly one-of-a-kind organization.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This information provided by Erowid Has saved my life in the past, subjective information that is provided nowhere else.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Erowid has become something of a second home to me in the last few weeks.
A vast well of information on the human mind and body, a resource tool. A feel a great sense of connection. Reading other users experiences and stories. Without erowid I firmly believe the world would be a worse place in some capacity.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I first discovered Erowid after being referred to a site from a friend who wanted to educate me on some substances he was researching during his years in college. My initial impression of Erowid was quite profound. There is vast information on just about every substance that is cycled through the world today. Everything you can think of from cannabis and DXM to DMT and LSD. Erowid is definitely a very credible site because of it's popular "Experience Vault" where people explain there experiences very profoundly in great detail. I believe Erowid can be used to educate the general public on a vast variety of substances and prevent people from using hard substances that are potentially lethal for those who partake which in the end saves lives. Erowid is my go-to information center for all my researching needs.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Erowid is one of the most important collections of health information on the web. On one site, you can find references to scientific periodicals, books, other websites, and anecdotes about nearly any drug. The website is very easy to navigate and content is sorted and summarized very well. This was invaluable to me when I finally sought help for depression but wanted to know if the drugs my doctor was telling me to take were safe. Thank you so much Erowid!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Erowid is one of few impartial resources for typically taboo information. I believe it has done more to keep me off dangerous drugs as a teenager than any other organizations in the US, including AA and the CA education system. Erowid is amazing for its seriousness and its reliability. I don't know what I would do without it.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The service that this site offers is invaluable to so, so many people/. It helps keep people safe and informed in an area where there simply is none that we can trust. And the most beautiful part is the mature attitude erowid takes on all these psychoactive compounds. You can tell that they're here to offer this information, keep people safe, and hopefully give people some perspective on these drugs. Where government control of these substances leaves those who will inevitably experience them in the dark, erowid attempts to be the database of tested information, tips, advice, and experience reports that illuminates these people. This allows them to make informed decisions. All in all, this site is SO SO SO important today, and is one of the few legit places having to do with these compounds that I genuinely feel approaches things level headedly (even more so than the authority figues of our society do).