This extract from plantation grown, Red Spider Lily (Lycoris radiata) has a rich history of use in herbal treatment. For thousands of years people have used it for dream enhancement, as a headache treatment and for its positive effect on recall.
A Surprise Discovery
In the early 1990’s Janssen pharmaceuticals (in conjunction with Johnson and Johnson) sought a drug to improve the cognitive ability of Alzheimer’s patients. They had heard of the claims that an extract from the common snowdrop plant had long been used for improving memory in eastern European herbal lore. They successfully created a synthetic version of this extract and proved in experiments for the Food and Drug Administration that indeed the extract known as galantamine improved the memory of those ravaged by the disease. In their studies they also noted an odd “side effect,” namely that those in the study reported significantly more dreams and enhanced dream recall.
This “side effect” excited dream researchers who further studied the natural plant extract and found that indeed several plants including the red spider lily and the common snowdrop had the effect of lengthening dreams, making them more vivid and easier to recall in the morning. Those taking galantamine at bedtime reported more dreams and described themselves as being “totally engrossed in a movie or fiction where on one level you really feel as if you are there and on another level realizing you dream.” A particularly interesting effect is that someone can wake up from a galantamine dream in the middle of the night and choose to go back to sleep and reenter the same dreamscape again.
How it Works
Galantamine is an acetylcholinesterase inhibitor (AChEI).
The neurotransmitter acetylcholine (ACh) is the chemical nerve cells use to communicate with each other. Galantamine blocks the degradation of the acetylcholine by blocking the action of acetylcholinesterae, the enzyme responsible for the destruction of acetylcholine. This leaves more acetylcholine available in higher concentrations in the brain.
Lucid Dreamer combines galantamine with choline, an essential component in creating acetylcholine in the body. So, Lucid Dreamer not only prolongs the life of acetylcholine in the brain with galantamine, it also supports its production with choline. This is how Lucid Dreamer is able to raise awareness of the dream, lifting you into the lucid dreamstate.
Dreamscape combines galantamine with melatonin, a hormone that occurs naturally in your body. Melatonin has been linked to regulation of your circadian rhythms and is produced by your body cyclically throughout the day and night. Decreased levels of melatonin during the night can cause difficulty in falling asleep and reduces the restfulness of sleep. The melatonin in Dreamscape helps ensure you get a deep sleep, increasing your dream activity and the intensity of your dreamscape.
Here are links to some of the research that has been done on galantamine and its effects on humans. Please note that we do not produce the information on the following links and as such must rely on the information they supply.
Galantamine & Alzheimers (smart-drugs.com)
Galantamine: Therapeutic Effects Beyond Cognition (pubmed.gov)