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.
Those who eat a poor diet because they lack information on what a good diet is still become less healthy, likewise, those who take dangerous drugs because they are uninformed will be much less healthy than those who take safer substances. This is where www.erowid.org comes in: Erowid is an excellent public health site providing multiple perspectives on drugs it features such as experience reports and research articles, this allows those who choose to use drugs to make informed decisions about what they put into their bodies.
The information that Erowid provides has opened me not just to the healing that plant medicine can provide, but the importance of a cultures connection to these medicines. I have always believed that our cultures relationship to non-ordinary states of consciousness is a very clear indicator of their state of health.
I feel reassured when organizations like this can provide honest and reliable sources of information with good intention. Permit me to be candid here but I do not believe that it would have been possible for me to develop a positive relationships with psychoactives if not for Erowid and the information archived there. I have heard the same feedback from a diversity of others (even those who choose not to use psychoactive drugs).
Apart from raw information Erowid also provides a hub for discussion of philosophy, art and plays an important role in the preservation of the history of the 'movement', through the archival of research articles, journals, literature, personal experience reports, photographs, ect... The loss of a resource so rich would be devastating, and I sometimes worry that the very notion is feasible with our current political/environment climate. I would like to nominate Erowid for the 2012 Health Award so that it may be further legitimized and given the credit it deserves for contributing to the health and sanity of our culture.
The numerous benefits of Erowid would take me far too long to list, but i'll try to sum it up. The vaults of information available from Erowid serve serve more than just references for psychonauts. Up until the last few thousands of years, the shamanic religions of the world were the only religions, and our relationships to plants were our guides. Cataloging this information and making it available to all, free of charge, is not only a respectable reminder of our past, but has practical applications as well. Drug counselors, to cite one example, could learn much about clients and their lifestyles/experiences from the myriad forums and articles. For people experimenting at home, it can help outline safe methods and has undoubtedly prevented many people from harming themselves. Though I am getting older and am not so bold as before, I still find the articles helpful and interesting, so I donate to keep the youth - who always have and always will experiment and rebel - informed about what they may be getting into. Its often easier to ask a website what this substance will do to me and why it may harm me than an overbearing parent. Thanks erowid!!!
Very informative website that serves the needs of ever growing community of researchers and people who are interested in psychoactive substances and plants.
I am out here in the desert near Sedona, AZ at Tao Fellowship. There are some large, white, fluted flowers on some fairly large-leafed bushes. I had wondered what they were. I remembered seeing the flower on Erowid, but I could not remember the name. Without Erowid I could never have been able to identify the plant as Datura, & to be reminded of its potency & the care rquired in dealing with it had it not been for Erowid. Thank you once again Erowid!
Erowid is a true blessing to the psychoactive community and a pioneer in the field of providing extensive, accurate information on psychedelics themselves and the culture that surrounds them. we are forevor indebted to thet staff at erowid, and welcome more useful information to help us understand, and learn more about the benefits psychoactives consist of in the world we live in.
I have supported Erowid for 6 years now due to there mission to bring the truth to light about all substances. I believe our place on earth is intimately linked with entheogenic plants, erowids unbiased information is helping all people to make there own choices on whats really going on.
Erowid is simply the greatest single resource on psychoactives. Their comprehensive website provides information without any particular slant, moralizing or political position--all too rare these days. They are highly trusted by doctors, nurses, pharmacists and by those who use these substances for spiritual or recreational pursuits. Their digitizing of historical material is also a significant resource. All-in-all: invaluable and unique.
I have been reading Erowid's website since the late 90s. They write about psychoactive drugs and focus on harm reduction. I can easily say Erowid saves lives by providing accurate information on the good and the bad of drug use. Everyone trusts Erowid because they are honest and their only agenda is getting the truth out. This means they are an invaluable resource when it comes to helping people understand something as counter-cultural as psychedelics.
Erowid has on innumerable occasions taught people about chemistry. To me, this website has been an endless stream of unbiased and highly accurate information - something that sometimes is hard to find on the internet. Erowid does what many simply ignore to do... Education is the way - and Erowid is doing it right!
Erowid provides one of the least-biased sources of information about psychoactives on the 'net. It would be an awful shame if this resource (used by millions) were to disappear, so I'm glad to support it.
A life-saving resource. This nonprofit tireless strives to promote health by providing unbiased and trusted information to the public on a topic other organisations leave in the dark. By promoting personal research, safe practises and a whole host of harm-reduction information, Erowid has un-doubtably saved many lives- my own included.
Presenting information on controversial topics is not easy; the very act of publication can be seen as advocacy. Erowid however advocates only education, reason, and forethought. Erowid's main focus is psychoactive drugs and plants, and it strives to provide readers with current data on their social, legal, and health implications. Erowid does not embellish or dismiss the purported benefits of any plant/drug, nor does it exaggerate or obfuscate the purported risks of any plant/drug. Contrary to what some critics might expect, Erowid's data is often sobering, and constitutes a dose of reality designed to cure a reader's preconceptions and irrationality.
I've been a supporter of Erowid for many years. They are an excellent resource for anyone interested in information about psychoactive plants, fungi, and chemicals. They have a "librarian" philosophy and approach, and they are one of the most objective sources of their kind on the internet. If you believe objective information about psychoactives should be free for all, then please consider supporting Erowid.
I find Erowid full of accurate information on a controversial subject like drugs. It's very impressive what they have achieved with very little resources.
Whether you are a parent concerned about your child's exposure to modern cultural temptations, a member of the public curious about the targets of our war on drugs, or a willing, eager, but curious potential participant, Erowid offers an amazing body of information about just about any and every drug or substance that is or can be used as a recreational or spiritual substance. The information is provided in a non-judgmental, objective manner, with what seems to be the latest and most accurate information available. Without encouraging recreational drug use, it provides factual information on dosages, effects, and other information valuable to those who might need or want reliable guidance on particular substances. Information is power, and Erowid is powerful indeed.
I first found Erowid back in 1999, while an impressionable youth trying to find trustworthy information in advance of my first ecstasy experience. Since that time, it has been a constant colleague on my journey to better understand myself and my choices about what to put into my body, providing me with balanced and non-biased information about this delicate arena of experience. I have found hours of enjoyment reading the many and varied reports, and maintained a deep but healthy fascination in all things psychoactive. I am forever grateful to Erowid for more than a decade of education and entertainment.
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As an academic librarian, I have sincere respect and admiration for the mission of the Erowid Center. Their dispassionate, thorough, always checked and updated information on controversial matters is a great service to the public and scholars alike. The fact that the website is constantly referenced by the public, as well as academic, medical, legal, legislative and law enforcement experts and authorities, both domestically and internationally, is a testament to the confidence we place in this stellar nexus of reliable, fascinating, well-documented and -illustrated intelligence about the vexing and perennial topic of psychoactive plants and chemicals.
Probably the best and largest free collection of useful resources, information, shared experiences and forums for anyone interested in drugs and psychedelics. An organization of indispensable worth in contemporary society, contributing to safety, education, spirituality and knowledge.