Changa is a smoking blend with similar active ingredients as those in ayahuasca. Changa contains MAO-inhibiting herbs, such as Banisteriopsis caapi onto which a DMT (dimethyltryptamine) liquid extract is infused. When the blend drys out completely, it can be smoked to produce a trip which can be compared in its effects to:
- DMT freebase – but it’s easier to smoke and the effects are longer, “slower,” and more grounded
- Ayahuasca – but without unpleasant bodily effects and the trip is shorter, clearer, and deeper
The effects of changa are very similar to the effects of smoking DMT. How is changa different?
When MAO-inhibiting herbs are included, the experience tends to
- come-up more gently and more slowly
- be longer (10-20 minutes instead of ~3-5 with DMT)
- more coherent and less chaotic (DMT can be quite scary, even shocking)
Some claim that depending on the strength of the MAOI effect, the changa trip can last up to 40 minutes.
It is possible to smoke multiple times per day without a reduction in effects due to tolerance.
Most commonly MAO-inhibiting herbs (in a rate of at least 25%) are included in the smoking blend to potentiate and lengthen the experience, such as:
- Banisteriopsis caapi – the dried leaves are the primary constituent, though the bark can also be used
- Passionflower (Passiflora) – a milder MAOI than Banisteriopsis caapi and a calming herb
- Syrian rue (Peganum harmala) – seeds or seed extract
Some people believe that the inclusion of such plants is unnecessary. However, when MAOI containing herbs are not used, the preparation is called “enhanced leaf” and not changa.
In ayahuasca preparations, the orally ingested DMT is broken down by the MAO enzyme in our body. Ingesting a MAO inhibitor is required in order to experience the DMT. However, when smoking DMT, it reaches the brain immediately with or without MAOI.
However, others claim that including a MAOI in their enhanced leaf preparations significantly alters their experience.
Herbs used in enhanced leaf preparations and as additives in changa (to modify its effects) include:
- Brugmansia flowers (angel’s trumpets) or Datura – produces a distinct otherworldly character
- Leonotis leonurus (wild dagga) – euphoriant
- Turnera diffusa (damiana) – euphoriant
- Salvia divinorum (sage of the diviners)
- Justicia pectoralis – a balancing and smoothing effect upon the body’s utilization of DMT, traditionally added to tryptamine snuffs in the Amazon
Any smokable herb may be used.
An example blend (“Dream Scape”) combines 60% Calea zacetachichi with 40% Brugmansia.
For additional additives as well as blend recipes, visit DMT-Nexus.
The “Original” Changa Blend by Julian Palmer
- 30% Banisteriopsis caapi vine and/or leaf – main MAOI effect
- 20% Verbascum thapsus (mullein) or Tussilago farfara (coltsfoot) – powerful lung herbs
- 20% Passiflora incarnata (passionflower) – additional MAOI as well as a calming, sedative effect
- 20% Mentha × piperita (peppermint) – for taste
- 5% Calendula officinalis (pot marigold) – for its nurturing and healing qualities; add after combining the DMT
- 5% Nymphaea caerulea (blue lotus) – add after combining the DMT to preserve color
How to Prepare Changa
(For educational purposes only; DMT is an illegal substance in most countries.)
To create 2 grams of potent changa (50% DMT):
- Dissolve 1000 mg (1 gram) DMT in 40 ml ethanol. Some people say that vinegar or lemon juice may be used instead of ethanol. Vodka, and other strong alcoholic drinks, may also be used. You may need to place the mixture on a steam bath to “help” it dissolve.
- Pour the liquid over 2 grams of your herbal mixture and stir. (For 20-25%, use 4-5 grams of mixture.)
- Spread evenly on a plate and let dry completely before using.
How to Use Changa
Changa is easier to smoke than freebase DMT; an ordinary bong, pipe, or water pipe may be used (while for smoking pure DMT, a GVG is recommended.)
The best way to smoke changa for inducing a breakthrough experience is using a bong, inhaling the whole amount slowly, holding it in the lungs for at least 10-20 seconds.
The changa effect can also be induced by orally ingesting a MAOI drug (e.g., Syrian rue tea) and then inhaling the DMT.
Another method which may induce a similar effect is known as the “sandwich method.” Here DMT crystals are placed between two layers of a MAOI herb, such as passionflower or caapi. This allows smoking the DMT without burning it with the additional possible boost (in length) provided by the MAOI herbs.
Out of Body Experiences
One of the effects of DMT as well as changa is a sense of transforming to an alternate reality. This effect is also referred to as the breakthrough experience. Those who have experienced out-of-body experiences (OBE) may be surprised regarding how similar the DMT state of consciousness is to the OBE. As one person put it:
I started meditating recently and found it triggered crazy-intense experiences which I came to learn are called astral projections. The sensation is like being shot out of a cannon; my entire body and awareness ramps up to a massive vibration with an electrical-like buzzing, and within a few seconds I explode violently out the top of my head and into various dream-like spaces, some more lucid than waking life. I started digging around to try to learn more about AP, and arrived at DMT. I found the descriptions of the come-on are nearly identical
Indeed, the brain waves produced during psychedelic states of consciousness, such as that induced by the DMT in changa, are primarily theta waves (4-7 Hz), exactly like the brainwaves our brains exhibit during dreaming.
Interestingly, based on the research of Robert A. Monroe in his book Journeys Out of the Body, out of body experiences seem to occur in a very narrow frequency band of 4-5 Hz (slow theta waves).
The main difference between the astral projection and DMT experience is that with DMT the separation process usually happens so fast that one is not aware of it. It’s as if one is teleported to the astral dimension instantly.
Changa can be used to induce vivid and lucid dreams. While DMT and harmala alkaloids are dreams potentiators on their own, their power over dreams can be strengthened by including Dream Herbs, such as:
- Artemisia vulgaris (mugwort)
- Calea zacatechichi (dream herb)
- Silene capensis (African dream root)
- Entada rheedii (African dream herb)
It is imperative that the changa’s effects will last until you fall asleep. Ideally, there should be enough MAOI power in it so that it lasts 30-40 minutes.
- Scutellaria lateriflora (skullcap) – a mild sedative and anxiolytic
- Amanita muscaria (fly agaric mushroom) – a strong sedating, anxiolytic, and dream mushroom
While some people are apparently not able to breakthrough on changa, others prefer the smoother come-up of changa over the intense come-up of DMT and having tried changa, resolve to never use pure “spice” again.
If you can’t find leaves, the vine can be used as well, though may be more difficult to smoke.
I will end this article with a quote from Julian Palmer, the person who “channeled” the term changa during an ayahuasca trip. He writes:
DMT is already strong enough, a good changa blend should be like a fine wine, smooth to smoke, the effect should last a good while, and it should enable a smooth and friendly experience. The good thing about Changa is that you can decide the dose yourself, even just taking one small puff on a joint, is enough to brighten colour, amplify perception and clarify the activity of the mind, and bring alignment to the thoughts.