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      Dream Masterhood, by Shannon Green

      Dream Masterhood, by Shannon Green
      Introduction:
      In this document I have written advanced instructions on dreaming and a psychoanalysis of dreams. A student to dreams may learn how to dream from this document and become enlightened. This document, however, was intended for intermediate and advanced dreamers.

      Chapter 1: Dream-States
      Dream-states are mental phenomena effected by physical stimuli, and in this chapter I will evaluate dream-states.

      Contrary to modern scientific belief, dream-states and the chemicals which cause them are as significant as each other. The effect and the cause happen simultaneously and in harmony.

      Dream-states are states of mind where the dreamer is taken from reality and into anew; an unreal procedure. The unreality of a dream is more commonly abstract in comparison to human nature; or uncommonly an abstraction of human nature.

      Dream-states can be interpreted to have meaning, and may encompass inherent, symbolic meaning beyond the technicality of word-communication; they may be directly linked past or present stimuli- or you may interpret them as art. People of antiquity thought highly of dreams, and some believed that they were prophecies of future events. I, myself, believe that some dreams are the absolution of equations. From this wise analysis, three primary dream-states become clear.

      The three primary dream-states are as follows: chronicle dreams, prophetical dreams and psychological dreams; each dream-state can be misinterpreted, or interpreted for aesthetic value only.

      The three primary dream-states are a harmonious composition, but the end-result is, however, weighted to a single primary dream-state.

      A chronicle dream-state, is the absolution of an equation of a dreamers defined memories, that causes the dreamer to wake and empathise with the certain memories. A prophetical dream-state, is the absolution of an equation of a dreamer's defined memories, that causes the dreamer to wake and be knowledgeable of a future event. A psychological dream-state, is the absolution of an equation of a dreamers defined memories, that causes the dreamer, to wake and be talented about a subject or subjects.

      Dream-states are affected by past stimuli, which is why sometimes a dreamer wakes from a dream that, in content, is directly or indirectly linked to events that occurred the day prior; a link to chronicle dreams. The dream is a complex nature itself that composes the recent memories into a comprehensible state; a link to psychological dreams. We are sentient mammals with reasoning ability that allows us to form logical conclusions from memory; a link to prophetical dreams. The three primary dream-states are a logical conclusion, especially when compared with the data that has been recorded from dream-philosophers over the past few centuries.

      Chapter 2: Secondary Dream-States and Dream-Grades
      There are four secondary dream-states, and a hypothetical dream-grade spectrum. The four secondary dream-states are: normal, lucid, ritualistic and ongoing; and each secondary dream-state is of a certain quality between low, mediocre and high.

      A normal dream-state is any one of the primary dream-states. There is no control over your experience of the dream- it is predetermined. You may upgrade a normal dream-state through manipulation techniques.

      A lucid dream-state is a normal dream but you are able to control your experience. Metaphorically, you can choose the path you walk or change to a different path.

      A ritualistic dream-state is a lucid dream where you perform a ritual, and this effectively downgrades the lucid dream to a normal dream but with effect of the ritual, often resulting in answers you want, waking bonuses like imaginary companions, and more.

      An ongoing dream-state is a dream that continues from a prior dream either by reference or representation; it can be normal, lucid or ritualistic.

      Normal Dream-State Upgrade Techniques

      You can upgrade a normal dream by any of the following techniques:
      1. A sudden realization that you're dreaming mid-dream will cause lucidity.
      2. In nightmares, facing the fear directly will cause lucidity.


      Ritual Techniques
      There are many types of ritual that you can conduct; the following techniques are my own:
      1. 1. Create a hollow or space, and focus the dream energy into it. After, recite a speech into the hollow or space, or simply think of an image.
      2. 2. Stare into the eyes of a person in a lucid dream, and don't stop.



      Each dream-state can be of a low, mediocre or high quality. There are dreams that you barely remember, dreams that you remember vividly, and between them are dreams partially remembered. Dream-grade is referring to a dreams quality. The memory isn't the only factor which attributes to dream-grade, but also the content. You may remember a dream but it was of low-quality content and intricacy, therefore you must study the memory with conviction.

      Chapter 3: Interpreting Dreams
      Dream interpretation happens upon waking from a dream and may make itself clear to the dreamer some time after. Dreams are personified, an experienced dream-state is impossible to describe scientifically. Further, the virtuous descriptions of dream-states are often too abstract to entertain a reader- there are exceptions. The interpretation of an experienced dream-state is personal, but the inherent meaning can bridge over impersonal horizons.

      A dreamer may dream of 'flying in the sky above the clouds'. In this case, the flight, the clouds and the sky must be taken into account, as well as the whole activity. What does the sky mean, personally? To your present condition and thought-patterns? Which primary dream-state is it? There are many questions to ask, and answering them is how you begin to interpret dreams. The finalization of interpretation is when you've built a meaning that seems suitable. Dream-states correlate with the dreamers intelligence; a dream may depict a meaning that you are not to discover until years later- that you may first misinterpret- but usually, even that misinterpretation is a directive to attaining dream intelligence for to interpret it properly.

      Interpreting dreams is a choice, but if you choose to interpret them, you'll enjoy yourself, it may lead to luck, and it'll help you to increase your knowledge on the subject. The more you know the more complex your dream-states become, and the easier time you'll have interpreting them.

      Chapter 4: Wordless Knowledge
      Wordless knowledge is pure knowledge untouched by words. The more wordless knowledge you have, the more colours on your dream-palate for to paint on the dream-canvass. Experience what there is to experience for the wordless knowledge only; experience kindness, experience evil, experience everything with conviction in effort to become wiser. If you are wise of, for example, evil, when you are met with evil in a dream, you will know how to react. If you must be evil in a dream, you'll understand the methodology to be the greatest evil. Wisdom comes through wordless knowledge and experience, and leads to good judgement.

      Wordless knowledge is hypothetically and theoretically harmonious; you can say clouds are like- anything you want- accuracy is dependent on the context. Here's a few examples, 'a girl had hair like clouds', 'clouds are like empathy that travels far distances, for sometimes no reason', and a final example, 'clouds look like sheep, and the sky is their shepherd'. I have shown contextual metaphors, personal metaphors and impersonal metaphors. There is a language of nature; impersonal metaphors cover this language. Clouds are like empathy, clouds are a bit like sheep, and the girls hair was a bit like clouds. Natural language is, metaphorically, the coding to our humanity; we can be empathetic because of the clouds which played a major role in our evolution.

      To understand this language, please refer to Quad Helix theory. As for contextual and personal metaphors, the more wordless knowledge you gain, the wiser you become- the more skilled you'll be at creating metaphors in context or personally.

      On the other hand we have the theoretical side of wordless knowledge; this cannot be contrasted into word-communication, rather, knowledge is understood wordlessly. This process is called Quad Helix science, or wordless-science. A rain cloud's cause and it's effect happen simultaneously; focusing on one or the other voids this opposite integrity of cause and effect. The theoretical side is faith in wordless knowledge; having faith grants you a higher intelligence- increasing your awareness, visual memory and projections- increasing your enlightenment. This is covered in-depth in Quad Helix theory.

      Metaphors help with interpreting symbolic meaning in dreams, and faith in wordless knowledge will help to stimulate symbolic meaning in dreams, allowing your dreams to evolve.

      Chapter 5: How to, and How to Not Dream

      Dreams cannot be forced, but there are methods a dreamer can take to manipulate the forces of which create dream-states.

      Do not focus on the dream happening when you sleep, but learn to think back to dreaming as soon as you have awoken. Keeping in good health, physically, mentally and spiritually will make it more likely for a dream to occur. Sleeping multiple times in a day, or mediation, may or may not cause a dream-state. The premise is not to expect a dream every night or to be disheartened when you have woke and not dreamt, but to be in reception of dreams that happen sometimes- sometimes daily- sometimes annually but evidently sometimes.

      If you want to have dreams more regularly, spend a whole day pondering on dreams, and remain in stable health. Think of it as a day orientated around a dream, where all experience is stimulation. When the time comes to go to sleep, be so tired as to not remember the thoughts you had about dreams, and lose yourself in the sensory experiences. There are other methods of pressure and release; ideally you don't want to be stressing about the dream, but instead subconsciously expecting a dream to happen. When you wake, if you have dreamt, acknowledge its nature, and think about its content until you feel as if you're satisfied. When you face each new day, do so with a dreamy sustenance.

      Utilize the methods of people who do dream, and the information that's found in this document. Don't think that you're singled out.

      Chapter 6: Rare Dreams, Visualizations and Hallucinations

      As dreams are materialized by past stimuli, if we experience a rare phenomenon while awake, any dream we have may be affected by this memory- a rare dream can manifest. The rare dream can then be referred to in ongoing dreams, or manipulated to make it unique with lucidity techniques or through ritual. A passionate dreamer should pursue rare phenomenon in light of making his dreams greater.

      Visualizations and hallucinations are good sources of rarity; these are directly affected by Dopamine; a chemical metabolism in the body. To increase the amount of Dopamine neurotransmitters, engage in activities that stress the mind, such as the projection of artistic images; which is essentially easy visualization. You can also engage in activities which are thrilling, such as parkour, love and hate based endeavours or prolonged mediation. The more Dopamine in your mental, the more complex visualizations you'll have, to the point where you may experience hallucinations- hallucinations that can be worked by visualization. For example, you may see a consistent image of a human, and if this is so, you may visualize around this imagery, or control the imagery.

      If you want hallucinations try to be chaotic mentally; occupy yourself with spiritual acts that aren't logical and don't necessarily make sense. An example; when you look at light, and it leaves a coloured blur in your closed-eyes, move this blur around and draw with it. If you had drawn tears, perhaps what feels like a tear will fall down your face. The feeling can then evolve until you have a constant feeling of water running down your face. Another example; spend weeks believing you're communicating to someone, mind to mind.

      The mind tries to make sense out of everything, even if that comfort is found through hallucinations or vivid dreams- this is the nature of chaos.

      Look at diagrams of the spirit such as the Otz Chiim or the Quad Helix diagram; or create your own pseudo-science that makes sense to you, even if short-term. Act on your impulses, and do whatever you can to separate yourself from reality, and attune with the unreal. The possibilities are endless; you may find your personal experience of reality becoming more and more dreamy.

      It is wise to keep the fact you're hallucinating to yourself, as it can make you a threat to yourself and others. Hallucinations are commonly associated with schizophrenia.


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      It seems an interesting read but what kind of discussion do you want to start with this? I don't really know what to respond to
      "The scariest, most terrifying thing that I fear?
      My imagination."
      -"I thought you were going to say 'Fear, itself'."
      "Then you have a small imagination."

      "You mustn't be afraid to dream a little bigger, darling."
      "When everything's a surprise, experience takes on a dreamlike quality."

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      What's not to discuss?

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      Do you know why drugs that work a lot on dopamine don't cause hallucinations or very clear mental images? When I take methylphenidate (dopamine reuptake inhibitor) or amphetamines I can't visualize more clearly and I certainly don't experience hallucinations. These drugs causes a huge increase in the amount of dopamine in the brain.

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      It's important to know that dopamine's functionality in the brain is by far not as limited as OP makes it sound. It primarily serves as a neurotransmitter, playing a major role in reward-punishment pathways, positive emotions, motor control (Parkinson's disease is characterised by dopamine deficiency) and can also function as a hormone in multiple intestinal and vascular processes.
      There is absolutely no direct link between dopamine and hallucinating; not much is scientifically proven in that area, anyway. Dopamine is at all times present in most parts of the brain. Some studies do suggest a correlation between higher dopamine concentrations and vivid hallucination, but that might just as well be because the hallucinations cause the increase in dopamine.

      EDIT: There might also be what they call a confounding variable: a certain process in the brain might cause both the increase in dopamine and the increase in hallucinations. Saying the two are directly linked is the same as saying more people drown because they eat more ice cream, while both these things are caused by higher temperatures in summer (more people swimming & more people eating ice cream).

      I still find it really strange, QuadHelix, how you continue to suggest such direct connections between chemical substances with certain biological applications to cognitive or even spiritual experiences.
      Complex concepts such as hallucinations or visualization just cannot be explained by naming one chemical substance; the processes in the brain that convert chemistry to a feeling are immensely complex and largely unknown. Blunt statements, such as "The more Dopamine in your mental, the more complex visualizations you'll have", that you mention in your post, are extremely misleading. First of all, you can hardly measure the 'amount' of dopamine in the brain and the effects of dopamine concentration are completely dependent on the particular area of the brain you find it in. Also, 'your mental' isn't a thing; you are mixing up philosophy with measurable, physical concepts here. Lastly, as I mentioned before, you cannot state that a chemical causally results in complex visualizations because there is just so much more to it.

      I would really like some explanation on how you come to these ideas, that seem like assumptions, and why you think they are true. In an earlier discussion you said that it was based on wordless experience, and how you cannot explain that. I fully agree, you cannot explain wordless experience, but there is no way to merely 'experience' dopamine having an effect on your visualization. I am actually curious as to why you believe in this.
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      "The scariest, most terrifying thing that I fear?
      My imagination."
      -"I thought you were going to say 'Fear, itself'."
      "Then you have a small imagination."

      "You mustn't be afraid to dream a little bigger, darling."
      "When everything's a surprise, experience takes on a dreamlike quality."

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      I haven't limited Dopamine, EddieDean, same as I have contributed to the discussion board with this thread. On the contrary to EddieDean's half Wikipedia half academic pun about Dopamine, my experience is practical whereas 'theirs' is the external looking into the brain and thus, in their eyes, "exploring the mind".

      Dopamine has many functions as EddieDean stated, but thought up imagery, and dreams, are at the forefront of its functionality.

      I ask you to compile an image in your mind space.

      Compile an image of a tree behind you, in Autumn with above it a sky and exactly two birds flying in it. This should work and many people I know have confirmed it.

      As with dreams, this potential sometimes needs to be activated.

      If you take meth, try roll your eyes back into your head rather than tightening your jaw. There is self input regarding these functions of Dopamine.

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      Quote Originally Posted by EddieDean View Post
      There is absolutely no direct link between dopamine and hallucinating
      True. And this is exactly why I asked the question why drugs don't cause the effects mentioned by OP.


      @QuadHelix, We just don't understand how you link hallucinations with one neurotransmitter. How can you feel that dopamine is responsible for certain actions like imagery? I would really like to know this.

      I suggest you buy a book or two about the brain, especially focussing on synapses. You are practically trying to say that chemical X is responsible for event Y. You are clearly not well educated about this topic and there are huge holes in your logic too.

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      I would like to keep this discussion on the topic at hand, QuadHelix, instead of accusing me of a 'half wikipedia, half academic pun'. While your experience may be practical, it is by no means more valid than academic research. For starters, your experience is singular, and it is just ignorant to convert the experiences of one person to a generalised theory.
      Also, external looking into the brain is much more objective, in any situation, than basing a theory on a personal experience, which is by definition subjective. Furthermore, there is no way to 'experience' dopamine as I said before, your experience is merely a perception of very complex cognitive processes that are part of a large network with multiple feedback loops between different parts of the brain.

      I don't know how compiling an image in my mind space would convince me of the truth in what you are saying. I know it is possible, as I think most people do, and have done it. I am not denying the potential of visualization and I don't know why you think I do.
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      "The scariest, most terrifying thing that I fear?
      My imagination."
      -"I thought you were going to say 'Fear, itself'."
      "Then you have a small imagination."

      "You mustn't be afraid to dream a little bigger, darling."
      "When everything's a surprise, experience takes on a dreamlike quality."

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      Anphetamines are known for causing hallucinations, even by academic standards. I don't see what your point is other than you love "quacka"demia. I know MDMA causes hallucinations, and furthermore allows one to visualise, in a more furfilling way than shrooms.

      At no point think I'm focused only on you, your presupposed 'point', and ignorant of other more intellectual readers.

      You came in asking a leading question to build an opinion- in disagreement- because you thrill off of social power, and more precisely you don't actually know what your talking about.

      You are academicians after all.

      It's also affected by Serotonin substantially. You're the ones making my post 'limited' with your closed minds.

      Quackademic research consists of things like heat-scans to determine, sometimes in well people's minds, why they behave- or think- in certain ways. These heat-scans are far less advanced than minds, using them as a measurement of thought is far less advanced than using the conscious self.

      Don't believe the stories! They're here to promote the exact things that cause void dreams.


      P.S. We = you and whoever posts in disagreement.
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      The mind is everything but a good thing to measure things objectively.


      Our point: your "theory" about dopamine is built on absolutely nothing. I haven't seen one decent counter-argument. Please, tell us why you think dopamine does these things.

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      "Modulation of memory" or "Imagination" are not functions of a neurotransmitter. A neurotransmitter is a chemical that through binding on receptor proteins conveys a signal between neurons. There are large holes in your reasoning where you just skip the parts you cannot explain.

      I'm not even going to respond to your rant about academics and until you manage to show some substantial arguments that don't come down to the same unsupported reasoning everytime I am not going to spend my time arguing against these arguments. I'm not trying to sound arrogant here, but I feel there is nothing for either of us to win in this discussion and in my opinion it does not at all contribute to these forums anymore.
      "The scariest, most terrifying thing that I fear?
      My imagination."
      -"I thought you were going to say 'Fear, itself'."
      "Then you have a small imagination."

      "You mustn't be afraid to dream a little bigger, darling."
      "When everything's a surprise, experience takes on a dreamlike quality."

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      Like dreams, EddieDean, like dreams.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Forg View Post
      Do you know why drugs that work a lot on dopamine don't cause hallucinations or very clear mental images? When I take methylphenidate (dopamine reuptake inhibitor) or amphetamines I can't visualize more clearly and I certainly don't experience hallucinations. These drugs causes a huge increase in the amount of dopamine in the brain.
      It's important to understand pharmacology at this point. Methylphenidate is much more potent as a norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor than a dopamine reuptake inhibitior, of which it is both. Amphetamines function quite differently, but even they are much more potent in "releasing" and preventing the reuptake of methylphenidate. Taking small doses will not cause hallucinations. A simple increase does not mean you will hallucinate. However, substituted amphetamines (of which methylphenidate and regular amphetamine salts are) are known to cause psychosis in those who are bipolar or schizophrenic, and in high enough doses or as a result of constant redosing, stimulant psychosis can occur.


      Quote Originally Posted by QuadHelix View Post
      Anphetamines are known for causing hallucinations, even by academic standards. I don't see what your point is other than you love "quacka"demia. I know MDMA causes hallucinations, and furthermore allows one to visualise, in a more furfilling way than shrooms.
      MDMA is far less potent as a DRA (dopamine releasing agent) and NRA (norepinephrine) than as an as a serotonin releasing agent. I know you said you haven't limited hallucinations to dopamine and maybe you used the example of MDMA to say you are implicating serotonin too, but in both cases I feel like you lack a good understanding of hallucinations work as a phenomenon. Simply pointing to a neurotransmitter and leaving out which sub-receptors they affect, where the receptors they affect are located, and what the implications of all of that are. Also, saying MDMA allows you to visualize better than shrooms is a personal experience, not all people would agree with you. As a matter of fact, most people would say that dissociative drugs, on a whole, are far better at allowing you to visualize or experience closed-eye visualizations than just about any other drug group (barring deliriants, which are incredibly toxic and a waste of time if you are trying to use something for visualization anyway).

      Your ability to experience closed-eye hallucinations and visualize is increased when you deprive yourself of sensory input. Trance states and meditation help. It all has to do with how the brain constructs reality, which it is always doing--whether awake or asleep. If you deprive yourself of sensory input, those circuits decouple and stop feeding information to the brain about the outside world. Thenceforth, anything you experience an attempt of the brain to make sense of what isn't there in the first place, allowing suggestion and other techniques to guide the experience. If you want to best visualize, meditate in an isolation chamber or run a Ganzfeld experiment.

      On the topic of hallucinations again, it is far too complicated to pin anything on some neurotransmitters. You need to look into the various theories out there about schizophrenia. Glutamate seems highly implicated, even if dopamine or serotonin are implicated as well (in both cases they affect glutamatergic activity anyway). You have to read all the information and come to the best conclusion. It's also helpful to read up on how consciousness is formed and the models of consciousness. You can't just pick something that sounds good and go with it, or you won't get anywhere. For instance, many people on DV think that serotonin is helpful in having more vivid lucid dreams, and so recommend that you eat a banana or something like that in order to increase your chances of having more vivid dreams. Some even claim it works, but serotonin isn't even able to pass through the blood-brain barrier. It has other functions in the body outside the brain, mostly in the gut. If anything, they are helping their digestion, and that's it. The serotonin they are consuming is having no effect on the vividness of dreams whatsoever. You have to do lots of research, and there really isn't ever a point where you can stop.

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      Snoop; I understand the prevailing complexity of the mind; but to the one experiencing their own mind, it's more like a 'toy to be played with', or a personal process, rather than a specimen to conduct scientific analysis and experiment- however, you are right, it's not only serotonin and dopamine. From my own experiences I've noticed that while on anti-psychotics that agonise or are antagonists of D2 receptors, my image compilations are less accurate and of a lower quality.

      When not taking them I have great visualisations and hallucinations in both my closed and open eyes. Some of which have been life changing. I've also isolated myself, and meditated to achieve such results. What agrees with you, is the fact I've had one of these sessions on anti-psychotics and it was probably the best session I've had. It is the nature of the agonist and antagonist on D2, as well as having many hallucinations and visualisations, that has given me the incentive to write about the Dopamine aspect.

      However, since you're only posting external to internal, and calling all hallucinations and visualisations of anphetamines schizoprhenia, rather than drug induced psychosis- not a disease but a short term illness (or even a power in the opinion of some)- I can dismiss most of what you say in disagreement with my text, and prompt any other readers to be confident in my advice.
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      Quote Originally Posted by QuadHelix View Post
      Snoop; I understand the prevailing complexity of the mind; but to the one experiencing their own mind, it's more like a 'toy to be played with', or a personal process, rather than a specimen to conduct scientific analysis and experiment- however, you are right, it's not only serotonin and dopamine. From my own experiences I've noticed that while on anti-psychotics that agonise or are antagonists of D2 receptors, my image compilations are less accurate and of a lower quality.

      When not taking them I have great visualisations and hallucinations in both my closed and open eyes. Some of which have been life changing. I've also isolated myself, and meditated to achieve such results. What agrees with you, is the fact I've had one of these sessions on anti-psychotics and it was probably the best session I've had. It is the nature of the agonist and antagonist on D2, as well as having many hallucinations and visualisations, that has given me the incentive to write about the Dopamine aspect.

      However, since you're only posting external to internal, and calling all hallucinations and visualisations of anphetamines schizoprhenia, rather than drug induced psychosis- not a disease but a short term illness (or even a power in the opinion of some)- I can dismiss most of what you say in disagreement with my text, and prompt any other readers to be confident in my advice.
      I think you are misunderstanding a lot of what I am saying, especially in regards to schizophrenia. Just because I am on the topic of something else and segue to schizophrenia, doesn't mean I believe that those things are schizophrenia. Granted, I could have done a better job making this clear, so the misunderstanding is... understandable.

      Now, as far as anti-psycotics go, which ones have you taken? Some of them affect so many neurotransmitters it's crazy. For instance, seroquel doesn't just affect dopamine receptors, it affects histamine, serotonin, adrenergic, and mAch (a specific sub-type of acetylcholine receptors)--and it is an antagonist at all those sites. If you took an anti-psychotic with this broad of an effect, using something's effects on D2 receptors as an example goes out the window, because you can't differentiate the effects.

      Also, there are such a thing as autoreceptors, and D2 long and D2 short, along with pre- and post-synaptic receptors. Autoreceptors act as a braking system using the same neurotransmitter that normal elicits an action potential, to stop further action potentials from happening. D2 often specifically acts as a "braking system" when it comes to dopaminergic activity, although depending on if it's D2 short or D2 long, and whether it binds at the pre- or post-synaptic location on a neuron, the effects can be entirely different.

      If you truly wish to make any headway with this, stop watching youtube videos and start reading peer-reviewed scientific papers.

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      Ok snoop, thanks for the heads up.

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