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The effects of Changa are considered by many to be more grounded than just DMT freebase smoked on its own. The effects have been reported as being similar to a short Ayahuasca trip. The duration of effects is slightly longer than that of freebase DMT, with reports of trips lasting up to 12 minutes. There have also been reports of Changa being used in conjunction with Ayahuasca to intensify and then later revisit the experience.
Changa is a lot easier to use than freebase DMT, and can be smoked through an ordinary pipe or water pipe. This is especially important, as DMT freebase can be typically difficult to vaporise on its own.
The percentages of DMT and MAOI concentration in the mixture are variable. A typical mixture would be characterised by breakthrough experiences at a dosage of approximately one pipe. There have also been reports of breakthroughs occurring with Changa that has been rolled into joints."
- Pau D'Arco: Rich and exuberant meadows of pleasure
- Blue/White/Pink Lotus: A distinct pleasurable and bright character
- Calea zacatechichi: The dream herb allows for a perfect synergy
- Passionflower: MAOI which potentiates and lengthens the experience
- Banisteriopsis caapi: Adds a spirit quality and potentiates and lengthens the experience
- Damiana: Unique vibrance and taste
- Brugmansia Flowers: Distinct other wordly character
- Silene capensis: African dream herb
- Peppermint: Adds fresh soothing qualities
- Mullein: Respiratory healing and soothing qualities
- Heimia salicifolia: Increases auditory hallucinations
- Justicia pectoralis: Smoother taste and a nice smell
- Salvia divinorum: Acts as an opener and enabler
- Chaliponga: Adds a spirit quality and more magic
- Mugwort: Dream synergy and mystical powers
- Pedicularis densiflora: Psychoactive sedating effects
- Sculcap: Strengthens, calms and sedates nervous system
- Wild lettuce: Strengthens, calms and sedates nervous system
- Lions tail: Euphoric smoking herb
- Synaptolepis Kirkii: Adds a clear minded, visionary quality
- Ayahuasca Android: 70% Caapi - 30% Chaliponga
- Dream Scape: 60% Calea - 40% Brugmansia
- Electric Sheep: 50% Blue Lotus - 50% Calea
- Minty Blast: 40% Capi - 35% Peppermint - 25% Mullein
- The Mekong: 50% Passionflower - 50% Blue lotus
- Twisted Fruit: 50% Caapi - 20% Salvia - 30% Mugwort + Bufotenine
- Xnga blend
450mg peppermint 450mg Caapi leaf 800mg Washed, recrystallized Freebase DMT 300mg Freebase Harmala (extracted from Caapi vine or Syrian Rue) Spiritualitymg Anhydrous Fairydust.
- Witch Drum:
1000mg herb blend consisting of 40% Blue Lotus 40% Calea Zacatechichi 20% Passionflower 300mg Freebase Harmala Alkaloids + 1000mg Freebase DMT
The general consensus seems to be that the optimal ratio of plant matter to spice is exactly 1:1, ie 1g of changa is exactly 50% DMT.
In traditional Changa mixes a blend of herbs were used in combintion with an MAOI containing leaf, typically Caapi. However this isn't necessary, I actually find the non-MAOI containing leafs to be more enjoyable. You don't have to research what leafs are going to work best together or worry about what ratios between different leafs are needed. Simply pick a herb from the list and use it as the stand alone ingredient for the Enhancement, this will give you a sure and thorough understanding of the effects of each leaf and is my preferred method. If further down the track you feel like experimenting you could then mix and match with the herbs you liked best or try out one of the suggested blends.
An important thing to remember when smoking Enhanced Leaf is to make sure you pull the cone slowly so it burns really well, the key idea here is heat which in turn will release all the DMT - as usual holding it in for around 10-20 seconds. If you smoke it too fast you won't vaporize all the DMT, practically throwing away your hard work, so make it count! My no doubt strongest experiences have been when I pulled the cone at a snails pace, burning every last bit of leaf to its potential. Although this is in reference to using a bong it would be assumed knowledge when using a pipe, however I feel a bong is the only effective means to a thorough experience. Depending on the size of the cone of course, a bong greatly increases the amount of smoke you can inhale in one go, which is important, and makes the smoke considerably smoother as it is cooled and replenished by the water.
I've found having a half cone to start with followed by a full one, after the effects plateau, makes the big cone come up much easier/faster/better as it allows the initial acceleration/adrenaline attributed to the first cone to subside before pushing further, creating a more relaxed and accepting atmosphere - for first time users its also good for gauging the strength. Essentially you have already taken off from the launch pad but at cruising speed, so when the boosters are turned on full power there isn't as much of a jolt making it smoother and crisper. This has become habitual for me as it allows the later experience to be more fulfilling and greatly minimizes the chances of too much too soon, which can become overwhelming if not prepared. However after the initial full acceleration has taken place I have yet to find that point of too much too soon and doubt it's even possible while existing in the Changa realm.
In my experience time of day and lighting has played a major role in the effects of different herbs as well. On large doses of MAOI containing leafs it doesn't much matter if it is day or night because the strength imposed completely rips you from existence. But when experimenting with the other herbs, specifically Pau D'Aro, I've found night time with very dim/dark/ambient lighting works best. For some reason the experience only properly activates when its dark, if done during the day a completely different effect is felt, all referring to eyes open. It's still enjoyable and different in its own right especially if done outside on a sunny day, but for a thorough experience a dark environment is needed. Usually having a light from a near by room or hallway marginally seeping through into the room you are in works well. Otherwise all lights off and a single tea light candle works a charm!
I've found the bong used has a substantial effect on the experience also. Fairly large bongs tend to dilute the smoke but is generally allot easier for inexperienced users. A small bong, around 10cm high, will give you a very strong and direct experience. The smoke goes straight from the cone to your lungs with very little air in the chamber to dilute it, but there is a definite technique to a successful hit and you need fairly tough and large lungs to stomach it - before your even half way through the cone you already have a decent amount of smoke in your lungs and by the time you finish it, sometimes not even been able to, you no longer have a clue about anything. The majority of my strongest experiences have been using a bong of that height and I've found there is a distinct difference between a big and small bong.
Part of why Enhanced Leaf is so good is due to the fact it's so easy to use which means you don't have to be completely sober to load up your next cone, fiddling with crystal etc. Not only this, but somehow each successive cone gets better and better with no tolerance (after 10 cones a subtle difference sometimes takes effect), even waiting as little as 5mins between attempts. It just keeps pushing further and further, making for some extremely elongated expeditions. It also looks like normal leaf and you could even put it back into the herbs original packaging making it extremely anonymous, compared to having crystal laying around. The smell, taste and feeling of the smoke is a really enjoyable experience as well, you feel every particle of smoke pass through your throat and fill your lungs like velvety gold atomic aroma - your face lights up just from this feeling let alone when the smoke starts to take effect.
Finally, when making it an important thing to remember is to let the herb completely dry out before having a taste as smoking acetone can make you feel painfully sick after a few cones. If your impatient like me and can't wait that extra day or two before it is completely dry, simply burn the cone before you blast off with a lighter then take it off and if it's still burning it means there's still acetone - just let it finish burning and you should be good to go. Lastly, if Harmala Extract wish to be used make sure it's a fairly clean product. WARNING: Mixing Harmalas with recreational/pharmaceutical SSRIs or stimulants can be potentially dangerous.
Further Elaboration and Technical Support
- Pharmahuasca is a pharmaceutical version of the entheogenic brew ayahuasca. Traditional ayahuasca is made by brewing the MAOI-containing Banisteriopsis caapi vine with a DMT containing plant, such as Psychotria viridis. Pharmahuasca refers to a similar combination that uses a pharmaceutical MAOI instead of a plant. See also [Wikipedia:Pharmahuasca]
- Ott Jonathan, Ayahuasca Analogues: Pangaen Entheogens. Natural Products Co., 1994.
- Reoxy: Changa