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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

88 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.

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Donor

Rating: 5

EROWID is an extremely worthwhile and valuable resource. I recently made a donation to EROWID, and will continue to support their work!

4 Al__9

Donor

Rating: 5

I found this website at age 14 after having tried marijuana. It opened up a whole new window of knowledge that helped me to make informed decisions about my substance use, including the decision to put off trying harder drugs until I was 18. To this day I still refer people who are making their decisions about substances based on here say, propaganda or complete ignorance. Erowid is doing the community a service by far.

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Donor

Rating: 5

This is by far the most professional and well kept nonprofit I have ever made use of. The health information that Erowid provides is unbelievably useful for a massive community of individuals all over the world. The plethora of information provided by Erowid is always kept up to date and is focused on ensuring the health of everyone who uses their website. I love Erowid!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have used and supported EROWID for many years and it has only grown in its credibility and usefulness, now recognized as a reliable source by the academic community. As a college professor it is a site I recommend to all students as an accurate source of information for the various plants and other chemicals that naturally circulate on campuses. Their pill-ID section is a very important public service. EROWID is a necessary resource for relevant and reliable information that can help prevent drug related disasters through education.

Donor

Rating: 5

This service is invaluable in today's society. Erowid bridges the gap between user-generated experiential content and academic content, and delivers it in a package accessible to anyone.

I'm a psychonaut, I have many friends, and have known many friends who use recreational drugs. Erowid has been my almost exclusive source for drug related information since I began using drugs. I am a bit more scientific about my use than many of my friends were who got me into consciousness play. I researched the hell out of any drug I tried for a while before I tried them, and when I couldn't get my hands on anything new, I'd spend my time on mild substances like cannabis, wine and coffee, slowly perusing the site's incredible number of vaults. I learned about dosage and safety, contraindictions, legal implications, and even got a broad idea of the effects I could expect from a drug through experience reports. I learned the good and bad about a million things I'd never tried, and still haven't. And yet, as the years went by, a friend would tell me about a fun drug fueled night they had coming up, and I would remember something I read on erowid, and pass along the info. Through the education I gave myself through this site, I know without a doubt that I have saved the lives of at least 3 people, besides myself by having just a little extra knowledge.

We don't have to be statistics. Drug use doesn't have to be dangerous. With the proper tools like Erowid, we can end an era of misinformation and disinformation about drugs, and save lives instead of threatening them, or putting them behind bars.

Thank you, Erowid.

Donor

Rating: 5

Reliable. Extensive. Everything. Erowid helps many.

Donor

Rating: 5

your work here is very important, and very much appreciated. many thanks, with love, and light....

Donor

Rating: 5

Erowid is an extremely reliable, helpful and amazing website. It always has seemed to be correct and has never failed me yet. The site is incredible.

Donor

Rating: 5

Erowid is the reason that in the past 15 years SWIM has been able to stay safe while abusing all kinds of opiates, psychedelics, piperazines, amphetamines, dissociatives, benzodiazepines and a wide range of other pharmaceuticals, plant extracts, and essential oils, without ever being permanently harmed.

If SWIM had to rely on anecdotal evidence and forum posts, SWIM would surely be dead by now.

I recommend that all Erowid users donate, you also get the Erowid Extracts magazine which is pretty cool.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Erowid is an essential resource to read and share about peoples' experiences with psychoactive drugs. It contains a wealth of important information pertaining to the safe and responsible use of mind-altering substances. It is the go-to guide to psychonautism and the practical tips offered have ensured my safety and well being during my experiences. It also contributes to serious research and knowledge creation. The size of the archives and the sheer quantity of user testimonies is incredible. I highly suggest people consult Erowid before consuming any mind-altering substances, it will definitely maximize your experience while minimizing the risk. Browsing its pages is always tons of fun because the content does not limit itself to clinical drug use but also to the philosophy and psychology of altered states of mind.

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Donor

Rating: 5

This nonprofit has saved my life, and my friends lives. Without the unbiased and reliable information provided here I would have eaten liver failure-inducing amounts of paracetamol and codeine containing pharmaceuticals in a search for a cheap high. This site has prevented countless ignorant acts by me and my friends. If we want to reduce the harm drugs do in our communities, trustable information sources are a powerful avenue. Thank you Erowid.

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Donor

Rating: 5

While I am certain that this review is far from unique, it is worth telling to give weight to what is likely to be a typical story. I was fortunate enough to stumble across Erowid, in 1999, at a time when more drugs were quickly finding their way into my life. My interests and social group made this inevitable notwithstanding my own curiosity, or indeed the world wide web. The balanced information and first-hand trip reports helped me to make educated choices about what substances to put into my body, to understand the associated dangers and what to expect in terms of effects (immediate, after and long-term) and duration. This information is hugely important; it can save lives, and that is no exaggeration. I would have taken drugs with or without Erowid, as would millions of others, but this information can aid one in charting a path through what is of course a potentially dangerous realm, but one that can be rewarding, enlightening and fun. The role of drugs in a life lived well is a contentious subject, but I and many others are living proof that with the right information, it is perfectly achievable, and Erowid has played a part in that. I am now in my thirties, run my own business and am educated to post-graduate level, but still find a place in my life for psychoactive substances. I continue to visit Erowid regularly, mainly to read trip reports which I have always found entertaining in their own right, and sincerely hope to see the site continue to go from strength to strength. The importance of its presence cannot be overstated.

1 Lee_29

Donor

Rating: 5

Erowid is a vital resource for unbiased technical information and cataloging direct experience narratives of drug use from the common and legal to the recently synthesized. Whether I plan to experiment or I am just curious about a drug I've heard about, Erowid is my first stop for reliable information. The value and credibility of Erowid has been recognized by academic and professional communities, and Erowid provides a unique resource that combines both chemically detailed information along with personal narratives of use. I often recommend the site to the college students I encounter so they will have a reliable source of information to start with should they choose to experiment. Finally, Erowid's testing & pictures of pills people have sent in is especially unique and an important public service.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I started using this site as a writing resource, but over the years it has become a place I could go to get straight up, honest information about different substances and their effects. In a world where we are told to 'just say no' and that's is it, this site serves as an honest, straight-forward source of information. This is one of the few non-profit organizations I donate to, and I think it's worth every bit of it.

Vincent S.

Donor

Rating: 5

This website has been a great resource for myself and many of my friends for many years. There is a wealth of knowledge held within and I hope to see its growth continue.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Erowid Center is a great resource! The war on drugs can not be won. It should not be won. Because of this war on drug, as a culture, we are losing what some of these drug can and have taught us. All of the plants here on earth have a use. Some if used right can teach us spiritual lessons. Ways to better live our own life and ways to treat others better in the same hand. But if used in the wrong way these same plants can be useless as just taking a drug and wasting time. Erowid is the best source i trust to learn about these spiritual plants and drugs. There is not a lot of non bias information from the source the people that have had those experience. But Erowid has the most of this information. Erowid is not only about drugs or entheogens but mediation, spirituality, culture, arts, freedom and more. Erowid is a great nonprofit! It is proof that this country is still somewhat free! If we as a culture lose this we really have lost more than a nonprofit but a invaluable resource to the people. It has helped people safely do things they would have done anyway but not safely. The governments plan doesn't work (clearly) it is time to try a new way to go about it. Erowid is where the people should start. Inform the people and let them decide. Information is our power.

Donor

Rating: 5

This website provides an invaluable service to those on the web. It can easily be credited with saving many lives and dramatically reducing the potential harm that can occur with the uninformed use of psychoactive substances. They do a great service to both those who decide to use psychoactive substances and to those who know people that they care about who use psychoactive substances. Detailed, readily available, and accurate information on all aspect of drug use is the single most important factor in reducing the potential personal and social costs of drug use. I salute them for their noble efforts, and for their positive impact on my community and communities around the world. Thank you

Donor

Rating: 5

Amazing team! Couldn't have donated to more dedicated individuals.

Donor

Rating: 5

An excellent resource for harm reduction and education in the psychoactive drug field. Always has useful information that is up to date and concise, outlining all aspects be them positive or negative of a specific substance. Invaluable.