Changa is DMT, and MOAI’s added to a variety of herbs for smoking. Generally, Changa lasts approximately twice long as crystalized DMT. Thus, it acts just like DMT with the bonus of lasting much longer. The most common method of making Changa is to pour a DMT solution (DMT mixed with a solvent, like an isopropyl alcohol) over a chosen blend of smokable herbs. The solution is left to evaporate, and then, once dried, you can smoke the herbs just like cannabis. The best method to smoke Changa is in a pipe or bong, with the average bowl size being an appropriate dose to “breakthrough” and experience the full effects of DMT. Like with DMT, it is recommended that you try and hold your Changa hit in your lungs for at least 20 seconds before exhaling. Doing this will help intensify the experience and increase the chance of a “breakthrough.”
Although the combination of a variety of herbs may vary, the key active ingredients in Changa are DMT and an MAOI (Monoamine oxidase inhibitor). MOAI’s are highly potent antidepressants and act to prolong the effects of DMT. With the addition of the MAOI, the DMT trip can be extended by 10 to 30 minutes while also making the experience more coherent and less chaotic than DMT crystals.
DMT, also known as “the spirit molecule,” is a hallucinogenic that occurs naturally in many plants and animals. It produces effects very similar to common psychedelics like psilocybin and LSD, but these effects are much more concentrated. A DMT trip is different from psilocybin or LSD because it takes you a place “out of this world” instead of modifying your relationship with the current one. In most instances, people use DMT by smoking it. However, various cultures have brewed and prepared ayahuasca for ritual and religious purposes dating back thousands of years.
DMT is a crystalline powder derived from certain plants found in Mexico, South America, and Asia. These plants include Phalaris, Delosperma, Acacia, Desmodium, Mimosa, Virola, and Psychotria. The chemical root structure of DMT expertly binds with both the adrenal and serotonin receptors in the brain, particularly the serotonin 5-ht2a receptor. This receptor interacts directly with the visual cortex and is the primary target of most hallucinogenics.
Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that has a significant effect on the majority of our brain cells. Serotonin is one of our essential hormones and impacts your entire body. Not only does it help forge neural pathways between brain cells, but it also helps to regulate sleeping, eating, and digestion. There is evidence that DMT is also produced naturally in the human body. Some hypothesize that the body releases DMT at both instances of birth and death, which is why people have vivid memory flashbacks during near-death experiences.
When smoked, the average dose of DMT is somewhere between 30 to 150mg. Users can feel the onset of effects almost instantly. The effects peak and plateau for 3 to 5 minutes and gradually drop off with the duration of effect totalling 30 to 45 minutes. When consumed as a brew like ayahuasca, the average dose is between 35 to 75mg. You can expect to feel the effects after 30 to 45 minutes, with the peak coming after 2 to 3 hours. The total length of an ingested DMT trip lasts upwards of 4 to 6 hours.
Effects of Changa
As is the case with most hallucinogens, Changa affects everyone a little differently. Some enjoy it tremendously, having “life-changing” experiences. Others can find the experience overwhelming, primarily due to the intense psychoactive effects of DMT. People have described the effects of DMT like they were “travelling through a tunnel of bright lights and shapes at warp speed.”
Others detail out-of-body experiences or see themselves as changed into something else. In some more extreme cases, people claim to have been transported to another world and interacted with strange beings. Other effects include an altered sense of time, depersonalization, euphoria, feeling as if you’re floating, and vivid hallucinations.
Most users have an enjoyable time while consuming DMT and find renewed inner peace when they come down from the ‘High.’
The effects of DMT can cause severe side effects in some people. Many people who use DMT report an extremely unpleasant come down, physically and mentally and emotionally. It is important to note that some people report feeling adverse mental effects for days or even weeks following a DMT trip.
Other adverse side effects include: agitation, chest pain or tightness, dizziness, diarrhea, increased blood pressure, nausea, paranoia, rapid eye movement and heart rate, and visual disturbances. In extreme cases, DMT can cause seizures and loss of muscle coordination. It can also be incredibly harmful in those at risk for heart disease and high blood pressure as it spikes heart rate and blood pressure rapidly.
As mentioned before, the duration of effects depends on many factors. For example, how often does someone use DMT, whether they have eaten or consumed other substances like alcohol and other substances?