Lesson 20 – The Red Pill
Galantamine is the next supplement we are going to deal with. Make no mistake, this is the red pill that Morpheus offers Neo. Taken from the Red Spider Lilly plant, this has been used by various dreaming practitioners for many years and it has a phenomenal effect on lucid dreaming.
It works in two ways to induce lucidity. Firstly it triggers REM activity so we can use it to fire up the REM drive. The strategy here will be to take a 4-8mg dose after 4 hrs of sleep, preferably after taking the blue pill at bed time. We are then going to be compounding the REM rebound to create highly intense REM activity in the brain. This strategy can be used with a WILD or DILD, though I find it super effective for hitting the
WILDs and I suggest this as the best strategy for producing regular high level lucid dreams.
Similar to an MAOI in its effect, it prevents the breakdown of a particular neurotransmitter called acetylcholine. Acetyl Cholinesterase (AChE) is the enzyme responsible for breaking down acetylcholine in the brain. Galantamine is an AChE inhibitor and therefore allows the build up to acetylcholine in the brain which in turn is the neurotransmitter responsible for firing up the REM drive. There is also some evidence to support the idea that Galantamine can itself cause the production of Acetylcholine to be increased.
Another very important property of galantamine is that it can help to increase memory function. The supplement is normally sold as an off the shelf dietary supplement to combat the effects of aging on the memory and is used in higher does for Alzheimer’s Disease. From our HIT model we know that this can cause the mind to become more critically aware and this will fire up the mental faculties in the appropriate way to experience a full on lucid dream.
The dose needed for lucid dreaming is small, though side effects such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea and dizziness may occur. Again, I have not experienced any side effects myself but I would suggest once more starting with a lower dose and gradually increasing to an optimal dose.
A special note should be considered with galantamine due to its rather long half life (this is an indication of how long the body takes to use up the substance). Galantamine can stay in the body for up to 48 hrs and therefore should only be used every 3 days or so to prevent the body from becoming too familiar with the substance. Like anything we consume the body may become toot tolerant to its effects and the response from the substance could become effective. This is due to the physiological desensitisation of the Acetylcholine receptor cells and if proper care is not taken, this may become permanent so take appropriate caution with this.
There is also the psychological element to consider. Taking the red pill is a kind of ritual and overdoing that ritual will reduce the psychological impact on the dreamer.
There is a supplement available for the more hardcore dreamers who want to fly more frequently with Galantamine, This supplement is known as piracetam and it is classified as a nootropic or brain food. Piracetam acts by causing the brain to use up the acetylcholine at a faster level than naturally occurs. Therefore the higher level of acetylcholine produced by taking Galantamine can be counteracted to reduce any potential desensitisation.
A dose of up to 2400mg can be adequate to achieve this and this is the dose I take. As it increases blood flow to the brain, a headache could potentially occur in some people. One could take the dose over a longer period, say 3 800mg doses throughout the day to reduce this effect.
Piracetam has virtually no side effects and as a matter of fact can, according to current research actually make you smarter so this is a supplement well worth a look at. The only drawback I find is that I have to import it from the US at a higher cost but I am very fond of it in my practice and it allows me more frequent supplement based lucid dreams.