Changa is a powerful psychedelic blend that contains DMT (N,N-Dimethyltryptamine) and other psychoactive plants. The other plants act as monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOI), which extend the DMT experience in duration and intensity when compared with smoking DMT alone (freebasing).
Usually extracts from plants containing DMT are combined with a blend of different MAOI-containing herbs, like ayahuasca vine and harmala alkaloids from Peganum harmala to create a mix that is 25 to 50% DMT.
Who Invented Changa?
Whilst Ayahuasca and DMT use dates back thousands of years old, Changa is relatively new.
An Australian guy called Julian Palmer created Changa in 2003, and he actually named in during an Ayahuasca session. To make changa, Palmer spiked dried caapi vine with isolated DMT and rolled it into a smokable joint. Palmer then actively spread Changa throughout the world.
While Palmer is the man behind the name changa, he wasn’t the first person to mix DMT with smokable herbs. Before Palmer, parsley and other plants were commonly used.
Changas popularity has continued to rise, largely due to its ease of smoking, more powerful effects and longer duration when compared to smoking freebase DMT crystal.
What does Changa look like?
How do you take Changa?
Changa may contain the ayahuasca vine, but the changa experience is a along way from that of the ceremonial ayahuasca. The biggest difference is how they are consumed. You smoke changa, but you drink ceremonial ayahuasca. Changa is typically smoked using a pipe or bong.
What does Changa feel like?
Changa is a unique and powerful experience that is hard to describe. When taking changa, people often report feeling more present and aware, as well as more connected to the world around them. They may also feel visual and auditory hallucinations, as well as sensations of inner peace and calm.
DMT is dubbed “the spirit molecule” for a reason. It’s an entheogen. An entheogen is a plant or synthetic drug that can inspire feelings of intense spirituality.
The effects of changa can be mild or intense, depending on the person's level of tolerance and the amount of changa consumed. However, regardless of the intensity.
From the Erowid experience vault:
"One hit, two hits, three hits, the combustion from the smoke that hits my lungs feels so familiar and exquisite. I cannot believe how easy this is as my vision of reality begins to fade and break down into acute fratals that are crunching everything in my eyesight into eventual darkness until BAM I'm gone.The ether that my soul is acquainted with engulfs my vantage point as I take in the spectacular manifestation that we all experience once we dissolve from our simple reality. I can feel myself breathing at a swift pace as my mind, soul, or both get pushed to their mortal limit. Exquisite trigonometric fractals that resemble DNA strands are the main center piece of this white and silver room that looks like how heaven is always portrayed as. I get the eerie feeling that I know this place, that I've been here before similar to when I trip on psilocybin mushrooms or vaporize white or yellow DMT, but before I can take it all in, it disappears.What happens next is my most vivid and authentic encounter with DMT entities. I see a dark-skinned creature with the mouth of the Cheshire Cat from Alice in Wonderland. In fact, after watching the Cheshire Cat scene from the 67-year-old film, this beady-eyed character had the exact grin and mannerisms. I could sense multiple spiderlike eyes floating around the entity's head as he seemed to be wearing a trench coat. Then he showed me something.The Cheshire entity was still enjoying being the provider of this absolute stunning spectacle as I wallowed within a dimension of euphoria and peace. Before anything else could occur, I opened my eyes and had returned to my bedroom. I closed them, trying to travel back, but alas only small fractals blinked as I was forced back into this world full of hardship and suffering."
"I took, as instructed, the whole hit in one go. I just kept toking until I was sure it must have all been gone. I remember moving the pipe away from my mouth to check if it was all gone. The last thing I remember clearly was seeing the red, burnt ember surrounded by what I can only describe as a ripple effect - just like the one you'd see if you threw a stone into a pond. I felt as if I moved into the smallest circle right at the centre of my vision where the pipe bowl was situated. The effects were utterly overwhelming. I disappeared. I was no longer in the room or reality itself. The space-time I was in was surprisingly dark. There was hardly anything there but myself. I had lost my ego. I was temporarily terrified. I knew I wasn't dead though. The only visions I had were patterns that seemed to have no specific size or shape. I think I remember them having a slight pinkish/purple hue, but it felt more at the time like they consisted of all colours, all shapes and all dimensions. I was pretty lost and pretty scared of how massively overpowering the effects ended up being. To be honest, I was yearning for reality, as this was not what I expected. I had actually temporarily disappeared into my own mind, lost all touch with my physical self. To my great relief, after what felt like maybe only 30 seconds or a minute, I found myself back in the room. Kind-off. The next 5-10 minutes of my life were the most interesting I've ever experienced."
How long does Changa last?
When you smoke changa, the experience lasts for 10 to 15 minutes with up to 40 minutes of afterglow. In contrast, the traditional ayahuasca experience can last between two and eight hours, depending on the dose.
Does Changa have a Comedown?
Reports are mixed with Changa comedowns.Some say the comedown is harsh and abrupt, leaving you feeling a unsettled and anxious. Trouble sleeping, racing thoughts, and difficulty concentrating also seem to be part of the DMT comedown for some users, even after a good trip.
Most psychedelics have a come-up, peak, and comedown. The come-up is going from sobriety to altered state. The peak is the most intense part of the trip, where all effects are popping off. The comedown is the reverse, and now you're integrating feelings and thoughts from a deeply intense psychedelic experience into your now sober state.
The key is to ground yourself after. Get in contact with your physical senses. Move around. Listen to the natural sounds around you. After an ayahuasca ceremony, some traditions will offer salt to participants to connect back to the minerals of the Earth. Activate your smell by burning some incense or sage, and using essential oils.
Can Changa be used Medically?
Potentially yes, Changa is known to have anti-addictive properties and looks to be helpful with treating pain. DMT is now being widely studied for a variety of disorders in combination with therapy, including depression.
Unless you have a a bullet proof source, buying changa can be risky. There are lots of “herbal mixes” available on the illicit and grey market. But consuming an unknown herbal mix can be very harmful.
With no regulation, herbal blends can be treated with all sorts of chemicals and then sold to consumers.
Is Change Legal?
The short answer is "it depends." Changa is a mix of psychoactive substances that are typically smoked, and its legal status depends on the specific substances used in the mixture.
In the United States, the plants used to make changa are legal, but DMT is a Schedule 1 substance under the Controlled Substances Act. DMT is also illegal in most of Europe.
In Canada, both Banisteriopsis caapi and Peganum harmala are controlled substances. In Australia, both DMT and alkaloids from the harmala plant are controlled.
So Changa is not specifically regulated by law, but changa is bascially illegal in most places around the world because of DMT.