Changa is a modern invention: a smoking blend designed to mimic the effects of ayahuasca without you having to sit for an hours-long ceremony involving purging and nausea.
For a basic changa, you just need to combine extracted DMT (dimethyltryptamine) with a plant that contains MAOIs (monoamine oxidase inhibitors). Smoking this mixture then produces a psychedelic experience that’s longer than smoking pure DMT, because the MAOIs make it last longer in the body.
But some people want something more than this. The ability to add other plants to the mixture means that you can, if you want to, combine the intense psychedelic introspection of ayahuasca with other psychoactive plants.
This means you can create changa blends that give you an intense, alien, interdimensional experience!
We’ve compiled three of the most otherworldly changa blends, designed to blast you off into the deepest changa space.
What Every Changa Recipe Needs
All changa recipes will need an extraction of pure DMT, from a DMT-containing plant, which is then dissolved in solvent before being added to your smoking mixture.
For more detailed instructions on how to extract DMT from plants and make changa, gain access to our free PDF guide!
It’s best to use isopropyl alcohol or pure acetone as your solvent in which to dissolve your pure DMT, to get the cleanest evaporation. Try to use as little solvent as possible – around 10ml for 250mg of DMT should be fine.
Use a shallow dish to dissolve your DMT into the solvent. This works fastest if your solvent is warm – but be very careful as it will be highly flammable! The safest way to warm your solvent is to use a container of hot water in which you can float your shallow dish containing the solvent.
As soon as your DMT has dissolved, you can add your changa plant mixture to the DMT solution and make sure the leaves get evenly soaked. Then, it’s just a matter of letting your changa mixture dry so that all the solvent evaporates and the DMT moves into the plants. It may take a few days for the mixture to totally dry.
To check that everything has worked, weigh your final mixture. If you added 250mg of DMT to a total of 1g of plant material, it should now weigh 1.25g.
Use this chart to determine how much DMT you should add to your plant mixture:
Now, you just need a recipe for the smoking mix you’ll be adding your DMT solution to! Each recipe creates 1g of plant material to which you just need to add your chosen dosage of DMT.
Recipe 1: Lucid Dream
This changa recipe combines a number of herbs with dream-inducing qualities, for a deep and otherworldly experience.
This mixture may not be for you if you’re looking for a sharp and clean changa trip… but if you love the feel of being in a dense and viscous dream-state, try out this recipe!
First, mix these dried plants, ground up to a smokable consistency:
- 400mg Banisteriopsis caapi (available here)
- 200mg Mexican Dream Herb (Calea zacatechichi, available here)
- 200mg Mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris)
- 200mg African Dream Herb (Silene capensis)
Then add your DMT solution, at the chosen concentration (see chart above), and make sure it soaks into the plants and dries completely.
Once completely dry, you’re ready to smoke and dive deep into dream space!
Recipe 2: Head Trip
This changa recipe uses uniquely activating plants to give you a seriously cerebral experience.
Your experience with the Head Trip recipe will have an invigorating background buzz due to the THC-like effects of Lion’s Tail. The Yopo seeds, which contain both DMT and 5-MeO-DMT, will contribute a heady spiciness to the trip. Finally the combination of Skullcap and Damiana Leaf wraps it all up in a mellow come-down to soothe your potentially frazzled nervous system.
First, grind up these quantities of dried plant materials, and mix them together:
- 300mg Banisteriopsis caapi (available here)
- 200mg Lion’s Tail
- 200mg Yopo seeds (Anadenanthera peregrina, available here)
- 150mg Damiana Leaf (available here)
- 150mg Skullcap (available here)
Then add your chosen concentration of DMT, wait until the plant mixture has totally soaked it all up and completely dried, then smoke and enjoy!
Recipe 3: Salvia Synergy
This one’s for the hardcore psychonauts. Salvia divinorum on its own is an intimidating and powerful psychedelic; when combined with DMT in a changa mix, it can be seriously intense.
We recommend starting with plain Salvia leaf. However, if you’re a seasoned salvianaut, you could use extracts instead.
The Mullein in this mixture helps to reduce the harshness of the smoke, which Salvia can make particularly unpleasant.
First, mix together your dried and ground-up plant ingredients, to make the smoking mix:
- 400mg Banisteriopsis caapi (available here)
- 400mg Salvia divinorum
- 200mg Mullein
Then add your desired concentration of DMT to the mix, and make sure it dries completely.
Finally, smoke and enjoy! As with full Salvia experiences, make sure you have a sober sitter with you and aren’t surrounded by any sharp of harmful objects, as Salvia can make you lose control of your movements.
How to Smoke Changa
Changa is a powerful psychedelic – so follow all the basic rules of responsible psychedelic use! Make sure you are well-prepared, and that your space is safe. Have a sober trip sitter with you for best results.
If you’re a newbie, start with small amounts of changa at first. Smoke the mixture in a bong, pipe, or joint. Some people may need several hits to start feeling the effects.
For more info, check out our Seeker’s Guide to Changa!
Storing Your Changa
Changa can be stored for many months, as long as it’s very dry. Make sure you store it in an airtight container. To check that it’s completely dry, take the lid off after a few days and see if you can smell any hint of solvent – if you can, it needs longer to dry before being sealed again.
Changa can be stored in any cool, dark place. It’s important that the temperature remains constant, which is why some people choose to store it in the fridge or freezer. If you’re storing it for longer than a few months, it’s probably best to freeze it to protect the DMT.
Experiment with these recipes!
Changa is an exciting psychedelic because the possibilities for plant combinations are endless!
Experiment with these recipes by substituting any plants with your favorites. If you substitute B. caapi for other MAOI-containing plants, keep in mind that different plants will have different concentrations of MAOIs, and you may need to slightly alter the amounts to keep MAOI content the same.
Infusing your alcohol for more flavor
If you want to add an extra special touch to your changa mix, you can even infuse the alcohol before you use it to dissolve your DMT, to impart extra flavors into the blend!
Simply stick some fragrant herbs or plants into a sealed container with your isopropyl alcohol or acetone, shake a few times, and leave for a few days in a cool, dark place. Shake the jar every day to make sure the flavors are infusing!
Herbs like lavender and mint are popular for flavoring your alcohol, to give a floral and fresh taste to your smoking mix. But you can also experiment with all sorts of flavors – like fruit, or even spices!
Once your infusion is ready, simply follow the normal steps for making changa – dissolve your DMT in your flavored alcohol and then mix your smoking blend into the solvent, and wait for it to dry. Hopefully you’ll end up with a uniquely flavored changa.