They’ve come to see a man and to drink his tea.

Julian Palmer is an ayahuasca facilitator. For more than a decade he has been hosting small ceremonies all over the country and making his homemade brew.

“These are plants that are on this earth for us to use,” he says.

“We humans find value in this all over the world. Why should it be criminalised? Why should it be criminal? It shouldn’t … I call myself a chai peddler. You know being a facilitator of ayahuasca is very different to selling someone a pill, cause you’re responsible for them and they expect a certain duty of care towards them so it’s cute different.

Ayahuasca brews have been used by Amazonian shamans for hundreds if not thousands of years.

It’s advocates say the powerful hallucigenic brew is also a powerful source of healing.

“No, for me I wouldn’t call it a drug: it’s a tool, you know?” says Kodi, who is an ayahuasca user.

“I believe that we’re so caught up in the outside world that we’re looking in the wrong places for the answers when we should be looking inside our own minds.”

The ayahuasca brew is made by combining the South American vine and the leaves of other plants that contain the psychedelic compound dimethyltryptamine and DMT.

DMT is classified as a Schedule 9 substance – just like marijuana, LSD and ecstasy. In other words, it’s illegal.

But it’s also a naturally occurring substance that is found in many forms of organic life, including ourselves.

And there just so happens to be very high quantities in some Australian species of Acacia.

Overseas, ayahuasca has been studied as a possible treatment for everything from diabetes to drug addiction.

In Peru, where ayahuasca is legal and widely available, a steady stream of returned US serviceman have been taking part in ceremonies to get relief from post traumatic stress.

“Psychedelics are really hot in research,” says Dr David Caldicott, an emergency medicine specialist and a senior lecturer at the Australian National University in Canberra.

“The reason why they’re hot is because we just haven’t done any of the research we should be doing, because there’s been a blanket ban on all of them, and they are providing us with the keys that can unlock the human mind.

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Ayahuasca being brewed.

“DMT should certainly not be in the same class as a drug like methamphetamine and heroine, it could be argued, quite vigorously that has potential through therapy to benefit and therefore doesn’t belong in that class.

DMT’s classification is currently being put to the test. Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration is reviewing submissions to legalise a small amount of DMT for religious ceremonies.

It’s an approach that the Brazilian Christian Spiritual Religion – the Uniao do Vegetal or ‘the union of plants’ – has used to have DMT legalised for ceremonies in six US states.

One element the TGA will have to consider is ayahuasca’s dark side: there have been a number of deaths and disappearances blamed on the substance.

Just last year in Peru a British man was stabbed to death by a Canadian tourist. Authorities ruled he acted in self defence when his friend attacked him after taking ayahuasca.

The TGA says its advisory committee on medicines scheduling will meet next month to discuss the fate of DMT’s legal status.


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Julian’s website:

A good 8 years after Australian people first began extracting DMT from these trees in 1991, Julian Palmer was introduced to DMT. This experience catalysed him on a path of exploring, working with and understanding the acacias, as well as many other psychoactive plants and compounds.

During 2003 and 2004, Julian developed a smoking blend of herbs into which was infused acacia alkaloids, especially including Ayahuasca vine and/or leaf. He gave this blend its colloquial or common name, “Changa”, which has since taken off around the world, being the preferred medium for many to smoke DMT rather than crystal DMT. Changa can allow people to access DMT, with the state being more like smokeable ayahuasca, than the completely immersive and often very intense breakthrough states that smoking crystal usually offers.

Julian Palmer ayahuasca dmt articulations

Julian Palmer is an ayahuasca facilitator and has been hosting small ceremonies all over the country and making his homemade brew.

‘Articulations’ presents an understanding and evaluation of many different plants and compounds, including for example, the art of combining intramuscular DMT and Ketamine. This book is a compendium of findings, understandings, even internal and cultural issues that individuals may face. ‘Articulations’ was designed to give the reader a good ontological footing in this territory, which can be undeniably strange, fraught with difficulty and yet, also incredibly beautiful, fulfilling and healing.

An guidebook for the explorer.

Full of useful information and some solid trip reports, ‘Articulations’ is something of a guidebook, designed to bring any reader, beginner or seasoned explorer, understandings which are going to be helpful for them in order to delve deeper and more consciously into the extraordinary, mysterious and powerful states that psychedelics can catalyse.

Apart from DMT, the acacias and Changa, Julian has explored many psychoactive compounds, including Iboga and various research chemicals.

Julian’s book Articulations:

ARTICULATIONS: Table of Contents


Chapter One : The Revelation of DMT

First Steps
Smoking Crystal DMT
Rational Interpretations

Chapter Two : The Meaning of DMT in The Trees

There is a Neurotransmitter in Acacia Trees
The Sentience of Plants
Australian Acacia Species Containing DMT
The Harvesting of Acacias
Drinking an Acacia Floribunda Brew

Chapter Three : Espiritu Naturale

How the Plants can Work with Us
Mescaline from the Cactus
Psilocybin Mushrooms
Psychoactive Plants around the World
Iboga and Ibogaine

Chapter Four : Ayahuasca

Introduction To Ayahuasca
The Religion of Ayahuasca
How I Facilitate Ayahuasca Groups
Dosages of Tryptamines and Beta-Carbolines
Two Ayahuasca Experiences

Chapter Five : Considering Other Beings

“But are the Beings Real?”
Malevolent Beings and Schizophrenia
A Simple Analysis of the Perspectives of Benny Shanon      


 Chapter Six : Synthetic Chemicals

Phenethylamines and Tryptamines (or Research Chemicals)
MDMA and Love

Chapter Seven : The Crisis and the Construct

The Shaman vs God
The Manual of Western Spirituality
Pitfalls along the Way

Chapter Eight : Working with It

The Benefits of Pure Awareness
The Shadow
Processing and Integrating
Feeching, Sound Navigation, and Telepathy
The Guide
Mebbing and Sex

Chapter Nine : This Time and These Experiences

Exploring New Age Transpersonalism
The Follies and Pitfalls of Shamanism
Thoughts on the Global Dance Party Scene

Chapter Ten : The Challenges and Meanings of Drugs

The Recreational Use of Drugs
The Drugs don’t Work
Credible Futures

Appendix I : Changa: Smoking DMT infused into Ayahuasca and other Herbs

Appendix II : The Origin and Utilisation of Changa