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    Thread: Supplement / Herb / Drug Repository

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      Supplement / Herb / Drug Repository

      This is a repository for information about supplements, herbs, and legal drugs that are known to increase your chances of having lucid dreams. Please read the entire post before making a decision about starting a regiment on them. Lots of posts in this forum simply talk about how substances effect their lucid dreams, but fail to discuss possible side effects and what to take with it. Also notice that some of the substance should be taken together, but at different times.

      Supplements
      Vitamin B5
      Vitamin B6
      Vitamin B12
      Choline
      Melatonin
      Niacin (B3)
      Tryptophan

      Herbs
      Calea zacatechichi (Dream Herb)
      Artemisia vulgaris (Mugwort)
      Silene capensis (African Dream Root)

      Drugs
      Galantamine
      Nicotine
      Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)

      *Dreamviews does not advocate taking any of these chemicals, this is simply here for educational purposes. Consult a doctor before changing your diet or if you feel ill after ingesting any substance.

      *ninja9578 is not a medical doctor, the information here was taken from websites and textbooks, there is no guarantee that it is completely accurate. If you see a mistake or would like a substance added to the list then please PM me.
      Last edited by slash112; 12-18-2010 at 01:35 AM.

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      Vitamin B5

      B5 is an essential nutrient for life and is used for the metabolism of carbohydrates, protein, and fatty acids. The United Kingdoms RDA recommends 6 mg every day for both men and women.


      Effects on Dreaming
      B5 is used along with Choline to produce the neurotransmitter Acetylcholine, which is the primary neurotransmitter used in REM sleep. This increases the vividness and the recall of dreams.


      Take With
      Protein
      Carbohydrates
      Choline


      Time to Take it
      Before Bed or WBTB, this vitamin acts fairly quickly, but also stays in the system for a long time.


      Sources of B5
      Vitamin Supplements
      Royal Jelly
      Legumes
      Whole grains
      Meats
      Eggs


      Other Side Effects
      There are no known side effects for this drug.


      Cautions


      Interactions
      There are no known interactions with other drugs
      Last edited by ninja9578; 04-09-2008 at 10:25 PM.

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      Vitamin B6

      B6 is a water soluble vitamin which is essential for amino acid (protein) metabolism.
      The United States RDA recommends a daily intake of 1.3 mg of Vitamin B6 every day for both healthy men and women, slightly higher for those who are over fifty or pregnant women.


      Effects on Dreaming
      B6 has a large role in converting tryptophan to serotonin, which helps produce more vivid dreams and makes them easier to recall. In order to maximize the effects of the B6 tryptophan must be in your system as well.


      Take With
      Tryptophan


      Time to Take it
      Before Bed or WBTB, this vitamin acts fairly quickly, but also stays in the system for a long time.


      Sources of B6
      Vitamin Supplements
      Green and leafy vegetables
      Legumes
      Fruits
      Whole grains
      Meats
      Fish
      Poultry
      Shellfish


      Other Side Effects
      B6 has been shown to reduce the risk of Parkinsonís disease. It has also been shown to alleviate the effects of alcoholic hangovers and morning sickness in pregnant women, most likely due to the fact that it is a mild diuretic.


      Cautions
      Even though this is a water soluble vitamin, it is possible to overdose on it. There have never been any cases of overdose from food, but the supplements must be taken with care. One should not exceed 100 mg per day.


      Interactions
      There are no known interactions with other drugs
      Last edited by ninja9578; 04-09-2008 at 10:25 PM.

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      Vitamin B12

      B12 is a vitamin that is important for the creation of blood and synthesis of DNA. It is used in every cell in the body to assist in the production of energy.


      Effects on Dreaming
      B12 can produce Acetylcholine which are the neurotransmitters used during REM sleep. It does not do so, however, as aggressively as it's cousins B5 and Choline.


      Take With
      Protein
      Folic Acid (B9)
      Methionine
      Serine


      Time to Take it
      Before Bed or WBTB, this vitamin acts fairly quickly, but also stays in the system for a long time.


      Sources of B12
      Vitamin Supplements
      Eggs


      Other Side Effects
      Rashes
      Gastrointestinal diarrhea


      Cautions
      If you have a sensitive allergy to cobalamin or cobalt, then you should not take B12.


      Interactions
      Should not be taken with alcohol
      Should not be taken with antibiotics
      May cause decreased effectiveness of birth control pills
      Last edited by ninja9578; 04-09-2008 at 10:25 PM.

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      Choline

      Choline is an essential nutrient that is usually classed with the Vitamin B group. It is recommended that the average daily intake be between 425 and 550 mg for both men and women, however there is no RDA standard for it.

      Effects on Dreaming
      Choline is used along with B5 to produce the neurotransmitter Acetylcholine, which is the primary neurotransmitter used in REM sleep. This increases the vividness and the recall of dreams. This claim is reputed by the medical community as a modern myth.


      Take With
      Protein
      Carbohydrates
      B5
      B12
      Galantamine
      Folic Acid (B9)
      Methionine
      Serine


      Time to Take it
      Before Bed or WBTB, this vitamin acts fairly quickly, but also stays in the system for a long time.


      Sources of Choline
      Dietary Supplement (lecithin)
      Egg yoke
      Soy
      Liver


      Other Side Effects
      Increased Focus
      Prevents gallstones


      Cautions
      People suffering from Trimethylaminuria should not take Choline


      Interactions
      There are no known interactions with other drugs
      Last edited by ninja9578; 04-09-2008 at 10:53 PM.

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      Melatonin

      Melatonin is a hormone that plays a role in the regulation of the circadian rhythm of all living things. It is also a powerful antioxidant and plays a role in preserving DNA.


      Effects on Dreaming
      Melatonin puts you to sleep faster and into non-REM sleep (deep sleep,) however there is a rebound effect in the early morning where there is a dramatic increase in REM sleep and dreaming. Users usually dream more vividly and longer.


      Take With
      Vitamin B6
      Calcium


      Time to Take it
      Before Bed, because it works by the means of REM rebound you need to take it before several hours of deep sleep.


      Sources of Melatonin
      Melatonin Supplements
      Everything has Melatonin


      Other Side Effects
      Melatonin has been shown to reduce the frequency and severity of migraine headaches as well as focus ADHD sufferers. It also stimulates the immune system.


      Cautions
      Because it stimulates the immune system, it is ill advised that individuals with auto-immune diseases to take melatonin.
      Those with poor circulation or low blood pressure should also not take melatonin.
      Melatonin is illegal in Canada


      Interactions
      There are no known interactions with other drugs
      Last edited by ninja9578; 04-11-2008 at 10:28 PM.

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      Niacin (B3)

      Niacin is a vitamin that assists in DNA repair and production of the steroid hormone.

      Effects on Dreaming
      Niacin helps the production of serotonin, which helps you sleep and adds more dreams.


      Take With
      Zinc
      Calcium
      Magnesium


      Time to Take it
      Before Bed or WBTB, this vitamin acts fairly quickly, but also stays in the system for a long time.


      Sources of Niacin
      Meat; especially heart, liver, and kidney
      Leafy vegetables
      Fruits
      Nuts
      Whole Grains
      Legumes
      Mushrooms


      Other Side Effects
      **See Cautions


      Cautions
      Even pharmacological doses of Niacin is toxic and can cause liver problems and birth defects, so pregnant women should never take niacin.


      Interactions
      There are no known interactions with other drugs
      Last edited by ninja9578; 04-09-2008 at 10:29 PM.

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      Tryptophan

      Tryptophan is one of the 20 standard amino acids as well as one of the essential amino acids for humans.


      Effects on Dreaming
      Tryptophan is metabolized into serotonin and niacin. Both increase dreaming.


      Take With
      B6
      **Galantamine


      Time to Take it
      Before Bed, tryptophan has a side effect of REM rebound as well as being metabolized into serotonin so you should take it before several hours of deep sleep.


      Sources of Tryptophan
      Amino Acid Blends
      Turkey
      Cheese
      Meat
      Caviar
      Milk
      Egg
      Seeds


      Other Side Effects
      Possible side effects include fever, increased blood pressure, blurred vision, upset stomach, dizziness, and a mild rash.


      Cautions


      Interactions
      There are no known interactions with other drugs


      Other Information
      It is a misconceptions that Tryptophan was responsible for 1500 cases of permanent disability including at least 37 deaths in 1989. This was due to an EMS contamination, not the Tryptophan itself.

      **When taken with galantamine the likelihood of having a lucid dream goes up, but it comes with an increased chance of waking up.
      Last edited by ninja9578; 04-09-2008 at 10:53 PM.

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      Calea zacatechichi (Dream Herb)

      Calea is a plant native to Mexico that is used by the indigenous Chontal of the Mexican state of Oaxaca for communicating with the gods through dreams. It is also used to reduce fevers and gastronomic disorders.


      Effects on Dreaming
      This plant has been shown to increase the vividness and recollection of dreams. It has also been known to increase the frequency of dreams.


      Take With


      Time to Take it
      WBTB, this is a fast acting herb that reacts as soon as it hits the brain, so it should be taken right before expecting to dream.


      Sources of Calea
      This plant can be grown from seed**
      Calea is also found in teas


      Other Side Effects
      There are no known side effects for this drug.


      Cautions
      **This plant is illegal in the state of Louisiana, and there is legislature in Tennessee that is attempting to make it illegal.


      Interactions
      There are no known interactions with other drugs
      Last edited by ninja9578; 04-09-2008 at 10:33 PM.

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      Artemisia vulgaris (Mugwort)

      Mugwort is a plant that is native to Europe, Asia, and Northern Africa. It is also found in North American where it is an invasive weed. It has many myths or spiritual powers around it, which is why it is commonly used in witchcraft.

      Effects on Dreaming
      This plant has been shown to increase the vividness, recollection, and control of dreams.


      Take With


      Time to Take it
      WBTB, this herb acts fairly quickly, but not immediately so take it about thirty minutes to an hour before expecting to dream.


      Sources of Mugwort
      This plant can be grown from seed
      Green Rice Cakes


      Other Side Effects
      It increases energy


      Cautions
      It contains thujone, which is toxic. It is rarely used in cooking and only in very small amounts because of this.


      Interactions
      There are no known interactions with other drugs
      Last edited by ninja9578; 04-09-2008 at 10:53 PM.

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      Silene capensis (African Dream Root)

      Silene capensis is a root that is sacred to shamans of the verdant river valleys of the eastern cape province of South Africa.


      Effects on Dreaming
      Silene capensis is a root that contains the chemical triterpenoid saponins which promotes colourful, vivid dreams and aids in recall.


      Take With
      An empty stomach


      Time to Take it
      Because the alkaloids travels through the system very slowly one will not see the effects immediately and may take up to three days of daily use to have results.


      Sources of Silene capensis
      This is rarely found outside of Africa, however it can be grown from seed


      Other Side Effects


      Cautions
      In very large doses nausa and vomiting have been reported


      Interactions
      There are no known interactions with other drugs
      Last edited by ninja9578; 04-09-2008 at 10:36 PM.

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      Galantamine

      Galantamine is a drug developed in the 1950s as a treatment for Alzheimer's disease. It is synthesized from extracts from bulbs and flowers of Voronovís snowdrop, Red Spider Lily, and Amaryllidaceae.


      Effects on Dreaming
      It is believed it works by enhancing cholinergic function by increasing the concentration of acetylcholine in the brain, which is the neurotransmitter used in REM sleep.


      Take With
      B5
      Choline
      **Tryptophan


      Time to Take it
      WBTB, Galantamine is a fast acting drug so take it right before expecting to dream. Taking it before bed will do very little.


      Sources of Galantamine
      Tablets in 8mg, 16mg, and 24mg form


      Other Side Effects
      There are no known side effects for this drug.


      Cautions
      Galantamine can cause decrease in gastrointestinal functionality.
      Galantamine should not be use by patients of mild cognitive impairment (MCI)


      Interactions
      There are no known interactions with other drugs

      **When taken with tryptophan the likelihood of having a lucid dream goes up, but it comes with an increased chance of waking up.
      Last edited by ninja9578; 04-09-2008 at 10:45 PM.

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      Nicotine

      Nicotine is an alkaloid found in the nightshade family of plants.

      Effects on Dreaming
      Nicotine mimics the chemical acetylcholine which is the main neurotransmitter used during REM sleep. This means that the body doesn't need to make as much acetylcholine to produce vivid dreams.


      Take With
      Galantamine


      Time to Take it
      WBTB, Nicotine is absorbed directly though the mouth so doesn't need to be digested so it works extremely rapidly. Expect to dream immediately after taking Nicotine.


      Sources of Nicotine
      Tobacco
      Coca
      Cigarettes
      Nicotine Patch


      Other Side Effects
      **See Cautions


      Cautions
      Nicotine is extremely addictive (both physically and psychologically)
      Cigarettes have over 100 chemicals known to cause cancer
      Cigarettes have over 200 chemicals that are toxic
      Nicotine in itself is toxic at more than 40 mg
      Nicotine raises blood pressure
      Nicotine has been linked to both Parkinson's disease and Alzheimer's disease


      Interactions
      There are no known interactions with other drugs
      Last edited by ninja9578; 04-09-2008 at 10:39 PM.

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      Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)

      THC is a psychoactive chemical produced by the cannabis plant as a defense mechanism. It is a popular recreational drug.


      Effects on Dreaming
      THC's hallucinogenic properties stimulate the centre of the brain that creates dreams. It is said to create very surrealistic dreams, however it has an extremely detrimental effect on dream recall.


      Take With


      Time to Take it
      WBTB, THC works very rapidly and it's effects don't last so taking it before bed will do very little.


      Sources of THC
      Marijuana


      Other Side Effects
      THC has been shown to reduce nervous tics.

      Cautions
      Marijuana is illegal in almost every country.
      THC in large doses can cause psychosis.
      Contrary to popular belief, THC is physiologically addictive; in fact it's nearly as addictive as caffeine.
      Marijuana has been linked to heart disease in long term use
      Marijuana has 5 times as much ammonia (a poisonous and cancer causing agent) as cigarettes.


      Interactions
      There are no known interactions with other drugs
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