Galantamine is not at all a recent drug. It has been used for centuries by different cultures around the world. The Chinese for example have used it for enhancing memory, the Greeks for its ability to induce the mind.
In recent times, Galantamine has found popularity as the no 1 lucid dreaming drug. It can indirectly induce the state when used correctly. Unfortunately, most people who practice lucid dreaming are simply not using it well or have the wrong information.
Here we wish to make clear on how to use Galantamine for lucid dreaming, the appropriate dosage as well as how it affects the brain. But first..
What is Galantamine?
Galantamine hydrobromide is a compound found in many plant species. The most common is the daffodil(Narcissus pseudonarcissus). It can also be extracted from the red spider lily, snowdrop plant or the golden spider lily.
Medically, it is used for memory enhancement especially in Alzheimer and Dementia patients.
It received FDA approval in the USA in 2001. While there is no cure for these two diseases, they can be controlled via the use of galantamine. Such patients report improvements on their short as well as long term memory.
Galantamine and the Brain
Once you take galantamine, it is broken down inside the liver. It will then enter the blood stream and be transported to the brain.
A chemical called acetyl cholinesterase is responsible for breaking down acetylcholine which is a neurotransmitter. Galantamine prevents this from happening resulting in an increase in acetylcholine. In turn you receive higher memory allowing you to remember dreams as well as to lucid dream.
Galantamine can also be used to enhance our cognitive abilities whether it’s your ability to learn, improvements in your concentration levels or simply remembering things.
How to use Galantamine to lucid dream
When lucid dreaming, there are a lot of neurotransmitters that work to determine your moods and as well as the type of dreams you are going to get.
During rapid eye movement or REM, the primary neurotransmitter at work is acetylcholine. It influences your memory, perception of one’s own sense as well as muscle control.
With an increase in acetylcholine, the duration of time during rapid eye movement will be prolonged. This will in turn increase the duration of your lucid dream.
Since your memory as well as other cognitive abilities are enhanced, you are also able to have more exciting experiences. When you are finally awake, you will be able to recall the better part of the dream.
Some Side Effects of Taking Galantamine
Drugs such as galantamine interfere with the natural chemistry of the brain. They should therefore be approached with care.
Galantamine has a few physical effects. These include anorexia, vomiting, weight loss, nausea, and diarrhea. However, you don’t need to worry too much as these usually occur in the beginning of the dosage.
Psychologically, galantamine will leave a few effects as well. One of them is feeling unrefreshed in the morning when you wake up. You could also experience sleep paralysis which is where you are in your REM sleep but you can’t move your muscles. During this time you could also get nightmares.
The right dosage for lucid dreaming
Having swallowed the pill, galantamine will gain full activity within an hour. In order to enhance your lucid dreaming, the right dosage is between 4-8 milligrams which is way less than with Alzheimer patients.
REM cycles have been shown to occur more frequently past midnight. It is therefore best to take galantamine at midnight to take advantage of this. Swallowing the pill before this time can result in the sleep paralysis and nightmares as we saw above.
You need to make yourself mentally ready before lucid dreaming and before taking galantamine. The best way to do this is by performing certain practices.
For example, you shouldn’t try to lucid dream after having a few drinks or after a horror movie. Instead, do something that will help you relax and place you in a state of calm such as listening to soothing music.
Another way to use galantamine is via a strategy commonly referred to as wake-back-to-bed WBTB. Here, you simply sleep for between 4 to 5 hours, wake up, then fall back asleep again. There are two main benefits of this method. First, in case you are having nightmares, you can cut them short. Secondly, you increase the odds of having lucid dreams.
So how do you use the WBTB method? Start by setting an alarm before you go to bed. It should wake you up 4 or 5 hours into your sleep. Take galantamine then go back to sleep. Note that for first time users, you will need to begin with a small dose of 4 milligrams. This will likely be a single tablet.
The effects will not be immediate however. It will take a complete hour for the drug to be broken down and reach your brain. Keep in mind that using galantamine does not guarantee that you will achieve lucid dreaming. However, your odds are greatly improved. In case you fail to lucid dream on the first try, continue until you are successful. When the dreams finally do come, you will find that they will be consistent from then on.
A study done by Stephen LaBerge has shown that galantamine, when used correctly can increase the chances of lucid dreaming by up to 5 times.
Get started by getting some basic galantamine and trying it combined with a method of lucid dreaming like the WBTB. I’d suggest also going through the bootcamp course, and trying to use galantamine with that!