Citation: Bancopuma. "Much More Than a Buzz: An Experience with Changa (Smoked MAOI & DMT) (exp73648)". Erowid.org. Jan 5, 2012. erowid.org/exp/73648
While at Boom festival in Portugal this year, I encountered this stuff ‘Changa’ which I had never heard of before, being sold by an Australian guy. He described it as containing DMT, from the resin of DMT – rich Acacia leaves from Australia, a long with some MAOI in the form of harmaline, and some inert carrier plants. He said to smoke it as you would other herbs, a bong being the best means.
Needless to say, I bought some and saved for home. DMT in any form would get my interest, and the fact that this seemed to be very new on the scene, with very few people having actually heard of it, spiked my interest more. Apparently it is quite big in Australia, and I’ve heard something about Aborigines using Acacia in their rituals.
I wasn’t expecting much more then a buzz to be frank, as I was quite sure that DMT had to be vaporised in order to be effective. A little while after arriving back from our trip, one night my girlfriend and I decided to split the Changa between us.
We had taken a melatonin before hand, to promote a deep sleep and dreams, and because melatonin interacts with the pineal gland. I have also found that it interacts favourably with other psychoactives. The setting was my bedroom, with the light from one candle, incense burning and some Shpongle playing. We were both looking forward to it, but were a little anxious as well – DMT in any guise is serious stuff.
I smoked my half first in my glass pipe. After several lungfulls I rapidly felt my mind beginning to transform, but I aimed to smoke all of my half in one session, so I continued to take lungfulls.
I fell very quickly into a very powerful trance. I was launched out of my head into a dimension of incredible beauty. I seemed to be moving forward, flying at some speed, towards this morphing plasma of extremely bright light. The entire dimension was carved with abstract mandalas of colours and light, but the centre was lit the most intently. The geometric hallucinations that enveloped my being were awesome and beautiful. They didn’t seem to be random or meaningless, they seemed to positively hum with order and meaning, like a kind of visual language that I was unable to translate. I must state that this description is really crude, and the effects were really ineffable.
I tried to vocalise during this peak time. I have found that when smoking DMT, particularly while on other psychedelics such as LSD, mescaline, mushrooms etc., the use of sound from within you can have an incredibly profound effect on the experience. I make a simple droning sound, like playing a didgeridoo but just using my mouth. When I change the tone by moving my mouth, the visuals behind closed eyelids also change at exactly the same time, responding in complete symmetry. This is synesthesia par excellence – sound becomes completely visible and three dimensional – one can literally ‘see’ sound.
However, during the peak of this experience, it proved too powerful for me, and after a try I nestled down among the covers and let my mind soar. The trip seemed to have a different signature than just pure DMT extract – more grounded and earthy, less of ‘the fear’ than with pure DMT (I find this fear can be lessened by smoking out in nature). The trip also faded off more gently, and seemed to last a bit longer.
I was left with a very pleasant and positive afterglow, which may have been supplemented by the melatonin I took earlier – content and dreamy, with heightened senses – particularly of touch.
My girlfriend also had a very deep and beautiful experience, and while she was in her trance I played the didgeridoo to drive her trance, which she said worked amazingly. Given that Changa seems to be of Australian origin, it seems especially fitting to use the didgeridoo. The droning sound seems to be the best suited for driving the DMT trance.
After coming down from our trips we smoked a joint that seemed to complement the afterglow state very nicely.
The next day we smoked a little Changa residue left in the pipe during a sunny spell. While much less intense, the effects were still beautiful – the plant life and clouds were all transformed into living jewels, and again a nice afterglow followed the smoking.
I was very impressed with Changa, it completely blew away any of my expectations, and I am familiar with DMT and other psychedelics. I hypothesise it wouldn’t be that hard to make one’s own. If one were to get hold of some DMT – either extracted from Mimosa tenuiflora rootbark, or a high yielding species of Phalaris grass such as P. brachystachys or P. aquatica, then dissolve the DMT extract in ethanol or distilled water, then one could dropper the resulting solution onto Banisteriopsis caapi leaves. This should yield effective Changa.
One future experiment would be to try smoking Changa on a psychedelic such as mushrooms. In True Hallucinations, Terrence McKenna describes smoking B. caapi on mushrooms which resulted in glittering visuals, what he described as ‘vegetable television’. Smoking DMT on other psychedelics has a powerful synergistic effect, and mushrooms contain psilocybin (4Ho DMT) which is very similar chemically to DMT. Smoking both caapi, as an active MAOI, and DMT together while in a bemushroomed trance would surely yield a very interesting experience.
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