Changa is a psychoactive herbal blend of N, N-dimethyltryptamine (DMT), and a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) that is smoked or inhaled. Changa is typically made from the dried Banisteriopsis caapi plant combined with a plant source of DMT and other various non-hallucinogenic herbs.

Psychonaut Julian Palmer of Australia first developed Changa in the early 2000s. He first popularized the idea of combining Banisteriopsis caapi with DMT. But today, changa is considered a personalized mix, with each user concocting their own unique recipe.

Banisteriopsis caapi is a plant native to South America that is used in traditional ayahuasca ceremonies. It is considered a natural MAOI.

Several plants contain DMT, including:

– Phalaris
– Delosperma
– Acacia
– Desmodium
– Mimosa
– Virola
– Psychotria

Any of these plants can be combined with Banisteriopsis caapi to make changa. Some other herbs that are sometimes included as part of a changa blend include:

– Calendula
– Passionflower
– Peppermint
– Mugwort
– Lemon balm
– Jasmine
– Sage
– Lavender

Sometimes, cannabis is combined with the changa blend as well.

Changa has a reputation for producing a psychedelic experience that lasts about 10-20 minutes. Compared to smoking DMT alone, changa is usually described as less intense. Changa was originally intended to produce a gentler, more mellow experience than DMT.


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