7 03 2014

Galantamine or galanthamine is an alkaloid used in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease, dementia and other memory related conditions.

It is derived either synthetically or from the bulbs and flowers of certain types of Caucasian snowdrops, snowflakes, daffodils and lycoris, the red spider lily.

Other brand names include: Nivalin, Razadyne, Razadyne ER, Reminyl, and Lycoremine.

Galantamine was first developed in the Soviet Union in the early 1950s by two Soviet pharmacologists.

Sopharma of Bulgaria began the first industrial process in 1959 where Nivalin (galantamine hydrobromide) was extracted from a snowdrop species known locally for its medicinal properties.

Field of snowdrops - galantamine molecule

“I love the smell of galantamine in the morning…”

Galantamine acts as an acetylcholinesterase inhibitor which has the effect of increasing acetylcholine in the brain.

Acetylcholine itself being one of the many neurotransmitters found in the central nervous system.

The absorption of galantamine is rapid, with a peak ACh inhibition within 1 hour, whilst the half-life is about 7 hours.

Side effects can include gastrointestinal symptoms and insomnia.


Galantamine and lucid dreaming

Galantamine is probably the best known dream-enhancing supplement used in the lucid dream community where it has developed a cult status where even Thomas Yuschak has an exclusive chapter on the subject in his book ‘Advanced Lucid Dreaming – The Power of Supplements.’

Stephen LaBerge has a patent application (US20040266659) which relates to lucid dreaming, dream recall and the use of memory enhancing drugs which includes the class known as acetylcholine esterase inhibitors, namely Donepizil, Rivastigmin, Galantamine and Huperzine.


I present this as a guide only. It is not intended to be seen as an endorsement.

Galantamine is usually taken orally where it is supplied in 4 or 8 mg tablet form, although it is usually combined with chlorine (like choline bitartrate) as a precursor is needed for galantamine to work more effectively.

The supplement is best taken after 4 or 5 hours of sleep when a person’s R.E.M. periods are longer, therefore increasing the likelihood of a vivid or lucid-type dream, along with better recall of the event.

I should point out that any person who considers taking supplements for the first time should thoroughly research the topic and/or seek medical advice where necessary.

Tell your doctor if you are using any other drugs, medicines or herbal products which could interact with galantamine, especially if they are chlorogenic or antichlorogenic, SSRI anti-depressants, heart drugs such as beta-blockers and NSAIDs including aspirin.

It is advisable the lucid dream student does not to take galantamine too frequently. Galantamine itself takes approximately up to 48 hours to leave the body.

It is strongly recommended not to take it on two consecutive nights.

Yuschak recommends a period of between 4 days in between individual dosage, although he recommends the use of the Nootropic piracetam to counter the desensitization of acetylcholine receptors in the brain from the galantamine immediately after having a lucid dream.

I personally have no experience in using piracetam in this instance so I cannot comment further on this.

I have found a 4/200 mg galantamine/choline combination useful where I have experienced a lot more transition and false awakening episodes, although I have found the dream control using galantamine difficult at times.


The NovaDreamer 2 – N2D2

15 02 2014



The Lucidity Institute have announced in their February 2014 newsletter in regard to the new and eagerly anticipated NovaDreamer 2.

R2D2 wearind a dream mask

R2-D2 v N2D2


Here is the official announcement:

*INTRODUCING N2D2: Landing sooner than you’ll believe.
We’ll be beta-testing N2D2, the lastest re-reVision [sic] of the 7th Generation of our LDIDs at the DA2 program next month in Hawai2. General release is projected for another quarter revolution of the orbit of the home planet.

However, the first opportunity to test the N2D2 will go to participants of the March 2014 Dreaming and Awakening program in Hawaii.”



The N2D2 has been refined for over 5 years thanks to the participants at the Hawaii retreat made famous by Stephen LaBerge. It will include the latest technological innovations, REM detection algorithms and interactive user-friendly capabilities.

When compared with its earlier more expensive predecessor, the NovaDreamer 2 will have greater programming flexibility and the ability to store data which is more akin to the original DreamLight.

The user will be able to personalize settings, download and view your results.

You will also be able to download your dreams ‘directly.’

According to the ‘Lucid Dreaming Induction: The State of the Art 2014’ page source, the NovaDreamer 2 will provide ‘memory cues.’



According to the Lucidity Institute the NovaDreamer 2 will be one-tenth of the cost of the original DreamLight which cost $1200 back in the 1990’s.

According to these figures you will be looking at about $120 per unit (providing inflation hasn’t been taken into account!)



Work is still taking place on the software.

Readers are invited to fill out a questionnaire if they are interested in being the first to obtain the new N2D2.

Short manufacture runs are likely based on likely orders with an initial short supply predicted.

People are invited to be beta-testers, although there is a qualifying criteria to be met.

General release is anticipated in about 3 months according to my astronomical calculations.


Initial thoughts

Maybe the Lucidity Institute were inspired by the little robot droid named R2-D2 who most famously featured in the ‘Star Wars’ series of sci-fi films.

The mask will no doubt make funny bleep noises and flash lights just like him!

It could have been a lot worse however: just imagine if the acronym ‘H1N1’ had been chosen as the code name instead?

The important thing is that the wait is finally over it seems! Zzz

Lucid dream related jokes

24 01 2014
LaBerge parody of Chris Rea Auberge record cover

Chris Rea Auberge record cover parody

We have a selection of lucid dreaming inspired jokes for you to read and enjoy whilst reading our blog, so enjoy!

Nightmare by Henry Fuseli

Oh no, not another Brony dream!


Q. What’s an oneironaut’s favourite drink?

A. A pint of mild.


Q. Why did the astral projector cross the road?

A. To get to ‘the other side.’


Q. What’s a lucid dreamer’s favourite band?

A. R.E.M.


Q. Why did the oneironaut go to the bank?

A. To cash a reality check.


Q. Name a lucid dreamer’s favourite actor?

A. Gene Wilder.


Q. What type of train does a dreamer catch?

A. A sleeper.


Q. Why are lucid dreamers considered generous people?

A. Because they like to share their dreams with you.


Q. Why did the meditator cross the road?

A. To see the optician and get a pair of spectacles for their 3rd eye.


Q. What type of radio does a clairvoyant own?

A. A crystal set.


Q. What is an oneironaut’s favourite type of music?

A. Trance or anything with a good binaural beat.


Q. What jewellery does a girl wear in bed?

A. Sleepers.


Q. And her favourite film is…?

A. Sleepless in Seattle.


Q. What size clothes does a clairvoyant buy?

A. Medium.


Q. What’s a lucid dreamer’s favourite mode of transport?

A. Flight.


Q. How many lucid dreamers’ does it take to change a light bulb?

A. None. They are all too busy trying to flick the light switch off.


Q. What is an oneironaut’s favourite drug?

A. L.S.D. LaBerge acid diethylamide.


Q. What have DILD and dildo got in common?

A. They are both used for sex.


Q. Where can I find achievements like the longest lucid dream ever?

A. Look in the Akashic book of world records.


Q. How does an OBE student watch a film?

A. He uses an astral projector.


Q. What is a lucid dreamer’s favourite game?

A. Oneironauts and crosses.


Q. Why did the clairvoyant get dressed up and cross the road?

A. To get to the crystal ball.


Q. What have Terry Wogan, David Beckham and Katherine Jenkins got in common?

A. They all have OBE’s.


Q. What supplement do dream sharer’s use?

A. Galanta-mine.


Q. Where do New Age people shop?

A. TK Maxx.