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About the Experience Vaults

The Erowid Experience Vaults are an attempt to catalog the wide variety of experiences people have with psychoactive plants and chemicals as well as experiences with endogenous (non-drug) mystical experiences, drug testing, police interactions, deep experiences of connection to music, etc.

One of the things that has become extremely clear over Erowid's 5 years of researching psychoactives is that the variation in individual experience with any specific chemical is dramatic and unexpected. Huge differences occur in intensity and character of reactions even within a single individual at consistent dosages. Within a large population containing many different biochemistries, psychologies, personal histories, pharmacological baselines, varying dosages, quality of materials, and idiosyncratic reactions, the picture becomes extraordinarily complex.

Our intention with the Experience Vaults is to try to help illuminate this complex picture by documenting how and why people are using psychoactives and what people report their experiences to be. We hope to create a comprehensive system which simplifies the submission of reports, incorporates reviews of reports by trusted members with expertise in the area, and makes sorting, searching and accessing of reports as easy as possible.

The new Experience Vaults include a system for reviewing, categorizing, and then re-reviewing each experience that is entered with trained and knowledgeable volunteers reading each report and evaluating each one for interest, quality, credibility, and focus on effects or outcomes. Each report is then organized by substance (or non-substance category), primary category, and a number of secondary categories by which they can be sorted and filtered for viewing.

The cultural taboos and prohibitions against the use of psychoactives have unfortunately obstructed the collection of information about the extremely widespread use of these substances and we hope visitors will find our work helpful in studying the complex relationship between humans and psychoactive plants and drugs.

We have had an incredible response to the Experience Vaults, with nearly 20,000 reports having been submitted in the past two years. We believe these reports are an important part of documenting humanity's use of psychoactives, and we do our best to keep reviewing and processing reports, but it currently takes an average of 6 months for reports to be reviewed. Please be patient.

Copyrights / Usage Agreements
The reports in Erowid's Experience Vaults are copyrighted by Erowid Center. Authors have permission to use their own reports as they wish. Researchers and authors may NOT "mine", distill, or use aggregate data from Experience Vaults without prior permission. Publishing data analysis (in journals, books, or articles) without permission is in violation of the usage agreement of this website. Please contact us at to discuss projects and crediting requirements. We generally agree to such use, but Erowid is improperly cited and credited in most peer-reviewed articles that use our data. We're rectifying this by requiring prior permission.

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Some of the activities described are dangerous and/or illegal and none are recommended by Erowid.
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