Top 20 Lucid Dreaming Supplements And How They Work (2021)

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We’ve collected the most powerful lucid dreaming supplements on the market, and explained what they do, and how they work We’ve also listed where to get them and how to use them safely.

Lucid dreaming SUPPLEMENTS can be in the form of tablets, pills, or even liquid, and leaves that you smoke. Anything which alters the way you experience dreams can be considered a lucid dreaming supplement.

Before you try any of these, remember that you do so at your own risk, and you must research and make sure you know all about the supplement you wish to try. Most of them are harmless, but just in case, read our Disclaimer for more information.

The best lucid dreaming supplements in 2021

There are many different pills and supplements available, and they all affect dreams in slightly different ways.

We’ll explain some of the basic ones, and the most common. There are literally hundreds of them out there, and it’s very important to know as much as you can about them before you use them, if in doubt, don’t use it.

Here’s a useful list of these supplements. If you click these links you’ll be instantly taken to a website where you can BUY them. If you want to read more about each one and how they work, scroll down until you find the section about what you want to read about. That was a mouthful!

1: Calea Zacatechichi (The Dream herb)

This is a small Mexican plant which when the leaves are ingested produces powerful dream effects. It increase the clarity of the dream, makes it feel ‘more real’ and makes the dream last longer. It’s also know as the Dream Herb, Leaf of god, Bitter Grass etc. It’s said to taste disgusting when drunk in a tea, and that when it’s smoked, the smoke is very dry and rough.

It’s been said that the best way to take Calea Zacatechichi for dreaming is to crush the leaves and smoke them through a water filtered bong, preferably with ice to chill the smoke, making it smoother to take in.

2: Vitamin B6 (Dream memory supplement)

This is a vitamin supplement which is said to be able to make your dreams more vivid, and mainly improve dream recall. It’s sometimes know as the ‘dream pill’ because it’s very effective at improving your dream recall, and helping you to remember what you dream about. This isn’t really a lucid dreaming pill as such but it’s certainly useful for improving your dream recall. It’s been used for several decades as a dream recall booster and there are practically no side effects.

3: Galantamine (The lucid inducer?)

Galantamine is probably one of the more harsh supplements you could try. Still worth a go but bare in mind it can be a bit rough on your body and people report feeling a bit sick sometimes on this one. Make sure to do your own research before using Galantamine to try and lucid dream and never exceed the safe dosage.

4: LucidEsc by Vividream

Lucidesc is An effective, natural lucid supplement designed to help you become lucid when you sleep. This is actually a great one for anyone because it’s not harsh on your body and it works very well!

My lucidesc review explains a lot more about how it works and how to use it best. I tried it for a few weeks and kept notes on the best ways to take it but the gist of it is take one a night after 6 hours of sleep, and you can get some pretty good WBTB lucid dreams with this one!

Lucid dream supplement lucidesc by Vividream

5: Melatonin (The hormone of darkness)

Melatonin has the power to affect lucid dreams in a huge way. This is more of a hormone but I felt it fitted in here. It’s the hormone that makes you feel tired at night and can be used to have deeper and more vivid dreams when taken at the right dosage. There are almost no side effects as it’s a naturally produced hormone. It’s very cheap as well!

6: DHAE

DHAE is actually not a lucid dreaming supplement at all. Don’t ignore this just yet though, it has a BIG purpose. When you’re trying to lucid dream with the wake back to bed technique, the hardest part (for me and others at least) is actually FALLING BACK asleep!

That’s where DHAE comes in. It’s a natural sedative that can help you fall asleep quickly. It also has a mild boosting effect on things like Huperzine A, so it’s actually a really good ingredient to have in a dreaming supplement.

7: Choline bitartrate

Choline can give you better dream memory but it has other benefits as well. It is more of a memory boosting supplement that has strong links to lucid dreaming. It can be found very easily on Amazon and using it is very easy.

8: DreamLeaf (The red and blue pills)

These beautifully designed pills are modeled on the colours from The Matrix. Containing active and powerful lucid dreaming ingredients, they’re a very good choice for beginner lucid dreamers!

Dream leaf pills

9: Claridream PRO from World of Lucid Dreaming

This fairly new supplement is a great dream enhancement pill. It’s designed to make your dreams more vivid, easier to remember and more powerful and profound. Very interesting ingredients in this one, such as Red tiger lilly extract! What I love about this supplement is that they’ve not been scared to include STRONG doses, so it actually works.  You might want to read my review of Claridream PRO before buying.

Claridream PRO bottle

10: Ginkgo Biloba

Ginkgo Biloba affects your dreams by improving memory and increasing brain function. This is a really effective dream supplement that can easily boost your lucid dreams with not much effort at all! The way this works is by increasing the blood flow to your brain. This makes you slightly more alert and aware, as well as more likely to become lucid.

11: Mugwort

Mugwort is actually both a herb and a supplement but I thought I’d include it here because it can have powerful effects on your dreams. Typically Mugwort is used for dream enhancement. I’ve written about Mugwort and lucid dreams before.

The dosage for mugwort is ideally about 150mg per day/night but you can change that as you discover what your tolerance is and how much it’s having an effect on you. It’s historically used for dream recall and vividness.

Mugwort for Lucid Dreaming

VERY IMPORTANT: Mugwort is also used to aid menstruation in women and can cause miscarriages if you’re pregnant! Do NOT use if you’re pregnant or think you could be pregnant. 

12: Valerian root extract

Valerian root extract is not always available to buy online, but if you can get hold of it, it’s a powerful dream aid. Typically Valerian root reduces anxiety and improves dream recall. There are other uses for it as well, and it can even reduce inflammation, but its effect on dreams is long known.

Valerian root

Interestingly, Valerian root is well known as being a SEDATIVE! We all know that for lucid dreaming it’s very useful to sleep DEEPER and be able to prolong dreams, well this is the key for some. By falling into a deeper, undisturbed sleep, you’re able to have more profound and detailed lucid dreams.

You can’t always find the root extract, and sometimes you can only find it rom random websites but I’ve found the best place to get it is on Amazon here. Sometimes websites pop up that sell it more directly or in higher strengths, but these sites often go down every few months for some reason. 

13: Peppermint

Peppermint is most often used as an essential oil for dreams but it can also be bought in supplement form as well. It has a relaxing effect on the body and mind, and you can even diffuse it in an oil diffuser.

As a supplement, peppermint is best taken as you’re trying to fall asleep as it relaxes and sedates you in a way. There are many ways you can buy it online for example here on Amazon there are many options for ingesting peppermint. 

14: DMAE

DMAE stands for Dimethylethanolamine (WHAT a mouthful! let’s stick to calling it DMAE) and has a profound effect on dreaming. It’s been known to help clear up your skin and give you more lucid dreams, although the results from the studies showing this are not SUPER clear.

What we do know is that there’s lots of subjective evidence from people swearing that taking DMAE has helped THEM have more lucid dreams, but the science behind it isn’t as clear.

It’s believed to sharpen your focus like other nootropics and give you clearer dreams. Like I said though the evidence isn’t there to support this, only subjective stories and beliefs. that being said, there’s not really BEEN much research into the effects of DMAE on dreams as it’s primarily used as a skin treatment.

15: 5-HTP

5-HTP is thought to have been the first real lucid dreaming supplement, made popular by the film Inception. Although 5-HTP was never MENTIONED in the film, it was made popular by many forums and lots of people thought that if there was going to be a ultimate lucid dreaming pill, it would be 5-HTP based.

We now know that there are more reliably and safer ways of aiding lucid dreaming, but it still works as a dream support and it’s available EVERYWHERE. You can get 5-HTP cheaply on Amazon!

From my experience, the best results come from taking one normal capsule before bed with a strong dose, and when another SLOW release capsule when you’re doing the WBTB method or something. That slows the effects down and gives you more chance of lucid dreaming on 5-HTP. 

16: Huperzine A

Huperzine A is another lucid supplement that’s actually found in a lot of the foods we should be eating. You an get it in supplement form too though, and it’s a prominent ingredient in most of the lucid dreaming supplements like DreamLeaf.

The history is Huperzine A is interesting. It’s been used by the ancient Chinese as a treatment or prevention method for memory loss. The actual supplement itself comes from Chinese club moss, but it has a GREAT effect on lucid dreams.

Because it works to prevent memory loss, it ends up making you remember more of your dreams. A lot of lucid dreaming is founded in MEMORY and building a stronger memory is very beneficial to controlling your dreams.

It’s a big ingredient in things like Claridream PRO and Lucid Dream Leaf, because it’s so potent! You only need tiny fractions of a gram to have a big effect on your dreams and lucid dreams. 

17: Calea Zacatechichi

Calea Zacatechichi is often also called the dream herb or the mind opener, and it has a great effect on lucid dreams. The only thing is, it’s pretty difficult or annoying to get it in your system. At the time of writing, there’s not really any supplement form of this, and the only options are to smoke the leaves or drink a tea made from the leaves.

A tea made from calea z leaves

The trouble with that is not everyone smokes, (it’s bad for your lungs!) and the tea tastes AWFUL. Even with lots of honey or sugar it tastes really bad and you’ll not want to carry on using it! That being said, the dream results sort of make up for it, as you’ll discover!

You can get the leaves on Amazon most of the time and there are sometimes other websites that sell the leaves although not for very long. 

18: Alpha GPC

Alpha GPC and dreams go back a long time. To start with, we know that CHOLINE has an effect on dreams. Alpha GPC is simply a natural source of Choline that our bodies contain. It’s super useful for maintaining and fixing brain cells, and it’s very healthy for people to reduce the risk and symptoms of Alzheimer’s.

Alpha GPC is a main ingredient in Dream Leaf and for good reason. It can help with focus, as well as short and long term memory. 

19: Mucuna Pruriens

I bet you weren’t expecting to read this one! Most people don’t actually know what this is. Mucuna Pruriens (Velvet bean) is a natural legume found in only remote places of the world. It can support cognitive function, memory and intelligence.

Interestingly, people report having MUCH more vivid dreams after just a single dose of this supplement, and it’s fairly cheap to buy as well! 

It contains high levels of L-dopa the precursor to DOPAMINE! So it can make you feel good, relaxed and happy. There are many other reasons it effects lucid dreams, but for the most part, it’s best to just try it for yourself! The supplement is for sale on Amazon and other sites. 

20: Yohimbine

Yohimbine is a substance taken from the bark of an African tree, Pausinystalia johimbe. What a mouthful! Lots of these have complicated names and tend to be from remote parts of the world. Probably no surprise then, that it’s been used for thousands of years by the locals as a dream enhancing herb!

Despite how rare or difficult to obtain it is, you’ll be surprised to hear there are LOTS of people selling it online on Amazon! It’s cheap, easy to take, and the effects can be seen within one dose. What’s not to love?

How to use these supplements to have more lucid dreams

In order to actually have more lucid dreams by using these pills, herbs and supplements, you’ll need to be doing a few things. Please don’t assume that you can just take a pill and instantly lucid dream perfectly. It doesn’t quite work like this but it doesn’t matter, because what I’m going to suggest isn’t actually that crazy!

Learn to lucid dream BEFORE using a pill

Before even taking any pill, you should at least know how lucid dreams work, and how you can induce them. Learn at least a couple of techniques and make sure you’re open minded to the whole thing. If you’re not open minded, taking a pill won’t work for you because lucid dreaming is all about being open.

Learning to lucid dream with pills

You need to believe you can control your dreams, and it’s hard or impossible to build a habit if you don’t believe the skill even exists. If you learn to lucid dream first, you’ll have MUCH better results using pills and supplements! Take my word for it, I’ve been a lucid dreamer for several years and this tip will save you lots of frustration.

Keep practicing WHILE using supplements!

Lots of people take lucid pills and then sort of stop practicing things. This isn’t the best way to go about it. Ideally, you should experiment with supplements for sure but ALSO keep practicing things like reality checks and certainly writing your dreams down.

Expect dream support not induction

No pill can 100% GUARANTEE a lucid dream when you take it. If they could, that pill would be very expensive. What supplements CAN do however, is provide dream ‘support’. This means they optimise your brain and make it more LIKELY that you’ll lucid dream.

They also make it more likely that when you do become lucid, the dream will be that much more vivid, that much longer, and that much more enjoyable. Just be aware of this and don’t EXPECT a pill to give you an instant lucid dream. That being said, taking even the entry level supplements will give you noticeably more vivid dreams.

There’s a big chance that even without practicing, by taking some of the things listed on this page, you’ll have a lucid dream. I’m just a big believer that if you want to get into this lucid dreaming thing you should at least try and learn it naturally instead of resorting to only using pills.

That was a lot of writing, long story short, experiment with these supplements, and ENJOY YOURSELF! Lucid dreaming is and always should be, a whole lot of a fun.

Where to get these dream pills

For those of you who skim read this, its fine, I get it! I skim read too sometimes. Here is the supplements mentioned and where to get them. The links open in new tabs.

 

  • Calea Z (dream herb): Improved dream vividness, recall, increased chance of lucid dreams
  • Vitamin B6: Dream recall booster, improved memory and cognitive function day and night
  • Galantamine: A harsh lucid dreaming inducer, research before trying please
  • LucidEsc: A custom lucid supplement with many of these other supplements and ingredients in it anyway
  • Melatonin: More vivid and bizarre dreams. A natural hormone/sleep aid
  • Choline bitartrate: Increased dream recall, cognitive function, dreams more likely to be lucid
  • DreamLeaf: A powerful blend of everything that can help you lucid dream
  • Claridream PRO: A dream recall and vividness supplement
  • Mugwort
  • Valerian root extract
  • Peppermint: A relaxant that can help you fall asleep faster
  • DMAE
  • 5-HTP: Could be said to be the original lucid dreaming supplement!
  • Huperzine A: A natural lucid dreaming supplement, and a popular ingredient in lucid pill blends
  • Calea Zacatechichi: The dream herb (but it tastes horrible)
  • Alpha GPC: A memory compound
  • Mucuna Pruriens: A lucid compound from a remote part of the world
  • Yohimbine
  • Any of these supplements work REALLY well when combined with binaural beats by the way