Ask any dream supplement enthusiast about the best lucid dream pills and you'll soon run into the dream enhancing compounds galantamine and choline. More recently we're seeing the emergence of huperzine-A as a dream intensifier. These are available in supplements like:
However you brand it, the power of huperzine A or galantamine in combination with choline can have a significant effect on your dream recall, dream intensity and your chances of lucid dreams.
DISCLAIMER: Before taking any herb or supplement, you are strongly advised to consult a qualified physician. I don't know what medication you're already on and how it might interact, for example. What you do with these supplements is entirely your responsibility.
An extract from the Red Spider Lily, galantamine is proven to significantly improve cognitive function and both waking and dream memory. It works as an acetylcholine esterase inhibitor.
The effects of galantamine were discovered more than 3,000 years ago by the Ancient Greeks, when Homer described its effects on dream recall. It has also been used in China for centuries as a memory enhancer.
Galantamine is now used to treat Alzheimer's Disease, a degenerative condition of severe memory loss. A common side effect reported by patients taking galantamine is highly vivid and memorable dreams.
Research by Dr Stephen LaBerge (the father of modern lucid dream research) shows galantamine significantly increases dreaming:
(Contains galantamine and choline)
Galantamine is an acetylcholine esterase (AChE) inhibitor. This means it interferes with the breakdown of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine. Besides preventing memory loss, it increases the length of your REM sleep phases and enhances the intensity of your dreams.
Gastrointestinal side effects like nausea and diarrhea are sometimes seen after prolonged daily use by Alzheimer's patients. However for the typical dream explorer taking much smaller doses, sporadic use over time should not lead to any such undesirable side effects.
To facilitate the production of acetylcholine and enhance the intensity of your dreams further, try to get more Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic acid) into your diet through foods like liver, bran, sunflower seeds, mushrooms, cheese, fish, sun-dried tomatoes and avocados. If you can't see to doing this through diet, Vitamin B5 supplements are available.
(Contains 5-HTP, mugwort, huperzine-A, choline bitartrate and DHEA)
Aim to get at least 4-6 hours of sleep before taking a galantamine or huperzine-A pill. This will give you a decent amount of deep sleep before embarking on prolonged periods of REM sleep (lengthened by the effect of acetylcholine). What's more, your REM periods grow longer toward the end of the night anyway, so this timing makes the most of your active dream phases.
Dosage depends on the brand so check the instructions on the bottle. Typically a 6mg dose creates a noticeable effect on dream intensity, increasing to 12mg over time if necessary.
This dose will yield significantly more vivid and memorable dreams, and will very likely lead to lucid dreams when combined with your regular lucidity training.
After taking a lucid dream pill, lay quietly in bed incubating your lucid dream intention. The hypnagogia should come fast. Use it to visualize your desired dream scene and repeat in your mind the mantra: the next scene will be a dream...
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As you return to sleep after taking a lucid dream pill, you are likely to experience vivid hypnagogia. Try to remain conscious and focused on the emerging dream scenes without "letting go" and drifting into a non-lucid state. Incubate the dream you desire. Hold onto it.
You may run into more micro-awakenings, which is linked to increased sleep paralysis. How you view this depends on your attitude towards sleep paralysis in general. Some lucid dreamers actively pursue this state which acts as a gateway to instant lucid dreams. Others fear and shun it, the very thought of it filling them with dread.
The key - in brief - is to remember that it's all a vivid trick of the mind and to mentally teleport your awareness into your desired lucid dream scene. Keep a cool head and avoid succumbing to fear. Sleep paralysis has led me to some pretty intense and creative lucid dreams. If you're not ready to tackle sleep paralysis head-on, that's totally ok. And if you choose to embrace this state as a lucid dreamer - good for you!
Bear in mind that huperzine-a and galantamine are acetylcholine esterase inhibitors and should only be used occasionally for dream enhancement. Trace amounts will remain in your system and a build-up could create unpleasant dream intensity, not to mention creating a higher tolerance for future use. Take it sporadically for some fascinating and memorable experiences to inspire your lucid dream life.
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