Changa (drug)

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Changa (/ˈɑːŋɡɑː/) is a DMT/MAOI-infused smoking blend. Typically, extracts from DMT-containing plants are combined with a blend of different herbs and ayahuasca vine and/or leaf to create a mix that is 20–50% DMT,[1] akin to a smokeable ayahuasca.[2]

Difference between changa and DMT freebase[edit]

The effects of Changa are considered by many to be more grounded than just DMT freebase smoked on its own.[3]


Changa smoking blend

Changa was created by Australian Julian Palmer in 2003-2004[4] and named when he 'asked' for a moniker for the drug during an Ayahuasca session.[5]

The substance became highly popular in Australia in the mid 2000s,[6] but its widespread introduction outside of Australia appears to be dated to the Boom Festival in Portugal in 2008.[citation needed]

Changa was growing in popularity as of 2015 due to its ease of smoking and longer duration (approximately 10-20 minutes) compared to smoking freebase DMT crystal.[7]

In popular culture[edit]

Australian electronic trio Pnau titled their November 2017 album Changa in homage to the substance.[8] It reached a peak of number 11 on the ARIA charts.


  1. ^ St. John, Graham (2015). Mystery School in Hyperspace: A Cultural History of DMT. Berkeley, USA: Evolver Editions. ISBN 978-1583947326.
  2. ^ Cusack, Carole; Norman, Alex (2012). Handbook of New Religions and Cultural Production. Leiden, Netherlands: BRILL. ISBN 9789004221871.
  3. ^ "Changa - DMT-Nexus Wiki".
  4. ^ St. John, Graeme (2016). "Aussiewaska: A Cultural History of Changa and Ayahuasca Analogues in Australia.". In Labate, Beatriz; Cavnar, Clancy; Gearin, Alex (eds.). The World Ayahuasca Diaspora: Reinventions and Controversies. Routledge. pp. 143–164. ISBN 978-1-4724-6663-1.
  5. ^ Berger, Markus (2017). Changa: Die rauchbare Evolution des Ayahuasca. Nachtschatten Verlag. pp. 10–11. ISBN 3037883561.
  6. ^ Palmer, Julian (2014). Articulations: On the Utilisation and Meanings of Psychedelics. Julian Palmerisms. ISBN 9780992552800.
  7. ^ Lyden, John C.; Mazur, Eric Michael (2015). The Routledge Companion to Religion and Popular Culture. Abindgon, UK: Routledge. ISBN 9781317531067.
  8. ^ McGrane, Danielle (2017-11-09). "Pnau release drug-inspired album". The West Australian. Retrieved 2018-01-01.