Lucid Dreaming Chemistry

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Previous studies have shown an increase in Acetylcholine (ACh) in neocortex and hippocampus during different activities of wakefulness and REM sleep. 
Where if you want to have less, you would increase things that help reduce or remove ACh.

Muscarinic cholinergic receptors are essential for REM sleep, as it has been demonstrated with the knockout of the Chrm1 and Chrm3 genes. 

Neocortical activation in REM sleep is sustained mainly by ACh, this creates a state of arousal without any simultaneous input from other neurotransmitters, and this may be responsible for the incoherent and bizarre character of some dreams. ACh has also got a definitive role in memory consolidation and retrieval. Cortical cholinergic neurons, which are stimulated by RAS may be responsible for the retrieval of events, facts, figures, places, etc. This phenomenon is substantiated by the fact that adults with certain brain areas damaged may not be able to dream at all. 
Children don't have a developed cognitive domain, and they only develop dreaming after cognition development. 

People blind from birth do not dream with any visual data, they do not visualize things they have never seen. This should also make everyone question "visions" and all things psi phenomena related that deal with visual phenomena.

It is likely then, that all of the dream content is using memory to reconstruct visual data.

The significance of ACh in dreaming is further substantiated clinically, as Galantamine (Acetylcholine esterase inhibitor) is considered to be an effective agent to induce lucid dreams.
The most common naturally occurring cholinesterase inhibitors, the SGAs, are found in plants of Solanaceae such as potato, eggplant, and tomato. The main SGAs in potatoes are α-solanine and α-chaconine, both triglycosides of solanidine, a steroidal alkaloid derived from cholesterol.

Considering the activity of ACh in maintenance of REM sleep and induction of lucid dreams by cholinergic potentiating agents, it is possible that cholinergic activity is essential for generating the contents of dreams. Further, there is possibility that dreams are secondary to cholinergic activation, as ACh is primarily responsible for generating REM sleep. 

Choline is an essential nutrient and a building block of acetylcholine. Foods that are naturally high in choline include whole eggs, meats and fish, and whole grains. Studies in laboratory animals and humans suggest that consuming foods or supplements rich in choline may elevate levels of acetylcholine in the brain.

More details for the below can be found here:

List of Lucid Dreaming herbs
I have provided a list below of the lucid dreaming herbs most used in lucid dreaming and out of body experiences. I have broken them up into sections of what they most seem to be doing, however, they can do many things at once. I also grouped some together as they are doing the same things.
Improving Memory
Improved Quality of Sleep
Improving Vividness

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