Changa is a DMT-infused smoking blend. Typically, extracts from DMT-containing plants are combined with a blend of different herbs and ayahuasca vine and/or leaf to create a mix that is 20–50% DMT, akin to a smokeable ayahuasca. The effects of Changa are considered by many to be more grounded than just DMT freebase smoked on its own. These two ingredients are then typically mixed with other herbs. Altogether they synergize to give changa its unique character and healing power. All in all, the purpose of changa is to offer a more accessible way of smoking DMT than freebase DMT crystals so that the users can get more therapeutic benefits out of it.
In Brazil most people think Changa appeared out of the Amazon from a mysterious indigenous origin and in Mexico most think changa is an ancient Aztec smoking mix. In neither countries do people seem to think is important to add ayahuasca vine shavings to the blend, and their blends typically contains DMT at a ratio of 50%. It would appear that the herbs are simply perceived as carriers of the DMT, allowing the DMT to be measured and smoked more easily than DMT in freebase crystal form.
What Happens When You Smoke Changa?
Like classic DMT, changa will make consumers trip for about 10 to 15 minutes. Users describe visual and auditory hallucinations that range from color cascades and time displacement, to seeing their surroundings completely transform and even encountering interdimensional beings. The overall experience and comedown is often deemed “mellow.”
What’s the Difference Between Smoking dmt Changa and Pure DMT?
Since DMT is the rocket fuel of changa, it’s important to distinguish between the two — because the experience of each is palpably different.
Dimethyltryptamine (DMT) is the main ingredient of ayahuasca, a naturally-derived hallucinogenic brew. DMT is an incredibly powerful agent that must be measured carefully and inhaled with caution. The resulting trip lasts five to 20 minutes and is entirely overwhelming. Users of DMT often describe out-of-body experiences and total sensory overloads. While DMT is often praised for its transcendent effects, not everyone has a great time on it.
Due to its inherent cosmic potency, DMT is also known as the “spirit molecule.” As with ayahuasca, many users incorporate DMT into a spiritual practice in pursuit of what they call a “breakthrough.”
In crude terms, then, changa is sort of “DMT Lite.” Australian psychonaut Julian Palmer developed changa in 2003 and, as he puts it, “Changa was originally designed as a sub-breakthrough experience, as a way to smoke DMT in a smoking mix of 20-25%, which people could approach with more regularity, than the breakthrough experience of smoking DMT in crack pipe or bong, which most people only wanted to experience at most, only a few times.
COMMONLY REPORTED EFFECTS OF CHANGA
Users claim that changa has a physically relaxing and calming effect. The effects of changa typically last about 10-15 minutes and aftereffects tend to last about 20-25 minutes. It comes on quickly and gently, and the comedown is agreeable. If the MAOI is stronger in dose, it can extend the trip up to 40 minutes and create a more grounded experience overall.
Common Effects Include:
- Enhanced awareness.
- An alignment of mind, body, heart, and spirit.
- Visuals that range from brighter colors, geometric patterns, and seemingly “alien” entities.
- Time distortion.
Most users experience the effect of DMT as being very visual. If one does not want to have a full psychedelic experience, inhaling a small amount will boost your state of mind. “You may not get visuals, but you’ll likely experience an opening of the heart: a warm feeling in your chest,” Palmer says.
Effects at Different Stages
Reports indicate that the initial stage of changa produces an expanded state of awareness, similar to LSD or another psychedelic. Reality appears sharper but visuals are uncommon. For many, this stage is followed by geometric patterns and colors. Some have visual experiences that are coherent. Some appear to be “alien” in form rather than a projection of one’s mind/body. These include entities. As Georgia Gaia observed below, the normal rules of time and space may dissolve, and the “observed and observer become one.”