Thanks to a Vitamin B supplement I had some very long and detailed dreams last night. I still didn’t manage to get them recorded due to my unabated laziness, but I was able to commit most of them to memory. Funnily enough, one of my dreams actually involved me recording my dreams into the voice recorder, probably because I’d had it on my mind so much. I woke up and checked the recorder but sure enough nothing had been recorded! I even dreamed of being lucid last night which I’ve never done before. No, it doesn’t count as a lucid dream because I wasn’t lucid within it, meaning that I had absolutely no control over it or knowledge that I was dreaming. I woke at about 5.30am after a series of dreams, absolutely amazed that we are able to create such detailed and vivid full HD dream scenes. I wonder what facility we have that can possibly create such amazingly vivid dreams. I also wonder how we could possibly unleash such creative abilities in day to day life.
Further to my recent posting on more supplements that can help with dreaming, I wanted to add a quick update on the B complex vitamins. I and others have taken a single B complex multivitamin containing high doses of the majority of the B vitamin range, rather than individual B5, B6 and B12 capsules that are known to help with dream vividness. What harm, vitamin B is good for you right?
I’ve talked about the dreaming supplements Galantamine, Acetylcholine and Choline in previous postings. While it’s important to remember that these supplements will not make you lucid alone, they can dramatically increase the chances. It’s important not to become reliant on such supplements to induce lucid dreams, as with experience, this is not a path to ongoing dreaming in the long term, and any experiences and practices gained will be tainted by the unnatural effects of additional supplements. There are some more natural vitamins and supplements less certain to produce lucidity but more likely to result in a natural sleep.
Galantamine is by far the most well known and popular lucid dream supplement. I and numerous others have found it to aid greatly with lucid dreaming. Galantamine is a natural Acetylcholinesterase (AChE) inhibitor found in the bulb and flowers of the Galanthus Caucasicus species. To explain what this is in a little detail, Acetylcholine (ACh) is an essential neurotransmitter. Acetylcholinesterase is the enzyme that breaks down Acetylcholine and ‘clears’ it from the brain. Galantamine as an Acetylcholinesterase inhibitor, inhibits this enzyme and temporarily prevents it from doing so. The net result is that more unmetabolized Acetylcholine remains in the brain. It is possible to supplement Galantamine further by taking a Choline supplement. Acetylcholine is formed by choline bonding with acetyl- groups. There is an abundance of acetyl- groups and so the only necessary addition is choline itself to ensure the highest level of bioavailable acetylcholine possible. As Galantamine begins acting within minutes, it MUST be taken at WBTB time. It should never be taken before sleep. I choose to take a Choline supplement, and Galantamine together at WBTB, usually about 5 to 6 hours after sleep, whenever I wake up naturally.
The product ‘Galantamind’ is a good source of Galantamine and also contains Choline Dihydrogen Citrate. I supplement this with 200mg Alpha-GPC, which is a natural Choline compound and reaches peak performance earlier than other forms of choline. Continue reading
An excellent guide book by Thomas Yuschak, Advanced Lucid Dreaming – The Power of Supplements details experiments with known dream related substances. The book is an excellent guide to the correct usage of substances to improve the chances of lucid dreaming. Artificial substances alone can not make you lucid, however can greatly increase the chances of becoming lucid and remembering the experience. My only criticism of the book itself is that the success rates of various substance regimes within the book often involve experiments that he conducts on himself alone. Whilst his experimentation protocols may be good, as this is such a highly individual area, the statistics are pretty much worthless in my opinion.