Ask any dream supplement enthusiast about the best lucid dream pills and you'll soon run into Galantamine and Choline. Let's look at these dream pills in combination and the effects they have on dream recall, dream intensity and the likelihood of inducing lucid dreams.
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An extract from the Red Spider Lily, Galantamine is proven to temporarily but significantly improve cognitive function and both waking and dream memory.
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.
Today Galantamine is used to treat Alzheimer's Disease, a degenerative condition characterized by 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) indicates that Galantamine significantly increases cognitive clarity, lucidity, recall, control, bizarreness and visual vividness of dreams versus a placebo.
Galantamine is an acetylcholinesterase (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.
Start with a small 4mg dose of Galantamine - this should create a noticeable effect on your dream life. Increase to 8mg over time if you need to. This should certainly yield significantly more vivid and memorable dreams, and quite possibly lead to lucid dreams as well.
If for some reason you don't respond to these typical doses, you can build up to the maximum recommended dose: for Alzheimer's patients this is 24mg, although this is probably way more than you'll need in a single night for dream enhancement.
Aim to get at least 4-6 hours of sleep before taking your Galantamine dream pills. 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.
After taking your pills, lay quietly in bed incubating your lucid dream intention. The hypnagogia should come fast - use this state to visualize your desired dream scene and repeat in your mind statements like: "the next scene will be a dream!"
Galantamine is a prescription-only drug in some countries - however in the US it can be bought online from Amazon or from your local drugstore.
To facilitate the production of acetylcholine and enhance the intensity of your dreams further, try to get more Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic acid) and Choline into your diet.
Vitamin B5 is easily gained from healthy foods like liver, bran, sunflower seeds, mushrooms, cheese, fish, sun-dried tomatoes and avocados.
Choline is a little harder to obtain from food, so you can take a Choline supplement at the same time as your Galantamine pill. This should maximize the effects.
A lot of people find that taking Galantamine increases the occurrence of WILDs, OBEs and sleep paralysis - especially if they are prone to such experiences in their typical dream life.
As you return to sleep after downing your lucid dream pills, 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 Galantamine as a dream enhancer should be used only occasionally. 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. So take it sparingly for some fascinating and memorable experiences which may well inspire your lucid dream life.
A lot of people seek the magic bullet solution to lucid dreaming, and it may be tempting to think that so-called lucid dream pills like Galantamine and Choline are the answer. Of course, you realize now that while these supplements can have a dramatic effect on your dream life, they are in no way a permanent nor a guaranteed access point to lucidity.