Galamantine and Choline: The Acetylecholine Boosters

(Note: if you’re a beginning dreamer you should probably go through the Introduction to Lucid Dreaming series before beginning this one)
Supplements may have unforeseen consequences, and using any brain altering substance may have consequences later.

Galamantine and Choline are going to be the primary aids that we use to help us induce lucid dreams. The combination of the two have specific effects on the neuro-chemistry of the brain, inducing a favorable state for dreaming. Simply put, both Choline and Galantamine increase the levels of acetylecholine (ACh) levels in the brain. Galantamine by inhibiting ACh’s breakdown and Choline by promoting its production. Why are increased ACh levels desirable? ACh and serotonin control the state of sleep we’re in. Serotonin promotes deep, dreamless sleep, and ACh promotes REM sleep. ACh has also been linked to memory formation and brain function. From my experience it helped my dream recall and my general awareness in the dream, from asking questions of the dream environment and using some of my waking logic although not actually gaining consciousness, to lucidity.

Now that you have a basic idea of how this works, Here’s how you use these two supplements to aid you in dreaming:

SAWBTB: Supplement Assisted Wake Back To Bed

This is not really a technique in itself, just as WBTB is a method for improving your success of other methods, so is SAWBTB. Used in conjunction with MILD, Simplified MILD, and WILD it can greatly increase your odds for lucidity. The technique is effectively the same as a typical WBTB:

Go to sleep around your normal time, do not consume any alcohol or caffeine or any other dream altering substances. Sleep for about 5 hours. (Anywhere in 4:45 to 5:05 is about right. Check out the REM graph to see the zone you want to land in. Remember you want to have some REM still left to dream in when you wake up) Get up out of bed when the alarm goes off (or when your internal clock does, or whatever method you use to wake up by.) My typical dose of Galamantine was 4mg and 500mg of Choline. Both are well below dangerous levels. Thomas Yuschak (The Author of Advanced Lucid Dreaming: The Power Of Supplements) recommends 4-8 mg of Galamantine and 250-500mg of Choline. The next part is dependent on how quickly you fall asleep and how groggy you are, as well as the technique you are attempting. You want to remain awake for a fair amount of time (or all of it, if you are doing WILD.) The peak blood plasma level of Galamantine is around 60 minutes, which is what you should try to land on for the end of your technique. For example, you’d want to fall asleep after having laid your intentions for MILD, or transition into the dream around now for WILD. I will leave the rest of the MILD or WILD details up to you, oneironaught.

Important Notes:

Choline Absorption

Choline increases the amount of ACh in the brain by a sort of diffusion. The higher the levels of ACh in the brain, the less Choline puts into it. This means that Choline is effective early on and not as much later, even though it’s peak blood plasma time is three hours. If you think you’re going to fall asleep more quickly then you want, you might consider taking a 500mg of choline to get more a higher ACh level more quickly. (Really put an effort not to, by the way. Adding a little choline won’t fix dosing off in a minute)

Galamantine Half Life
Galamantine plasma levels may peak relatively quickly (around 60 minutes) but the half life is a long one. This means that it takes a long time for it to filter out of your system. It takes roughly 48 hours to get the rest of the Galamantine out of your system. To avoid building up a tolerance to it (and ruining its effectiveness) try to space your attempts at least 48 hours apart. Three days is a nicer spacer. This also gives your sleep cycle a little time to recover from your meddling with the WBTB.

Using Galamantine or Choline Without a WBTB
Using these supplements before bed without a WBTB is a bad idea. As the REM chart demonstrates, the first half or so of the sleep cycle is mainly deep sleep. Taking Choline and Galamantine increase ACh levels, which promote light sleep. Pitting your body against external supplements does not cause success, generally it causes conflict and a messed up sleep cycle. (The reason this doesn’t happen as much in the second half of the sleep cycle if because it is primarily REM sleep.)

Part II may take a while to write. (Don’t wait around for it.) I do however plan to write it though, so it’ll be here eventually. I also plan on updating more frequently again, so check by again soon.


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As I’ve hinted at and alluded to a new series of articles that I would post soon. The time is nigh, and I present to you a recent and exciting method of achieving lucidity: Supplements.

SALD stands for Supplement Aided Lucid Dream. I italicized the “aided” to draw attention to the fact that although these supplements are a great aid to achieving lucid dreams, they are no magic pill. They will not give you the powers of a Tibetan monk or the equivalent value of practice. What they will do is give you about as favorable setup as you can ask for. These supplements work by altering brain chemistry (because of this, they aren’t recommended for anyone under 18, you don’t want to mess up what’s still developing) to give you various situations which are beneficial to dreaming.

The information I draw upon in these articles was gleaned from the book Advanced Lucid Dreaming: The Power Of Supplements. To Be clear about a few things: These articles represent my experiences with these substances.I recommend the book as it has a lot of great information about supplements and how to use them. One more formality: I am not a doctor, so everything in these articles is yours to use at your own risk, and should not be attempted if you are 18 or under. It is also worthy of note that supplements may have unforeseen consequences, and using any brain altering substance may have consequences later.

One more thing: These are more advanced practices, and won’t benefit the new dreamer as much. If you’re a new dreamer, I’d suggest going through my Introduction to Lucid dreaming, then coming back to this series.

Without further ado, here is the first in the series.

Part 1: Galamantine and Acetylcholine

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