Cactus juice is a naturally occurring, psychoactive substance found in certain succulent plants of the Si Wong Desert. It contains hallucinogens, and causes those who consume it to temporarily fall into a deranged mental state.
While wandering around Si Wong Desert, Team Avatar stumbled upon a cactus. Parched, Sokka sliced open the plant, and he and Momo quenched their thirst with the juice within. However, the juice contained a powerful hallucinogen; Momo began to soar in the sky aimlessly, while Sokka advertised the dangerous liquid and asked nonsensical questions.
Seeing the effect the juice had on her brother, Katara poured the liquid on the ground before Toph could have a sip as well. The hallucinogenic effects of the juice eventually wore off by the next morning.
- After arriving in Ba Sing Se, Sokka cautioned the group not to get their hopes up, suggesting highly illogical and supernatural disasters that could still befall them, such as getting attacked by an exploding Fire Nation spoon or finding out that the city had been submerged in a sea of killer shrimp. Toph addressed his paranoia by asking whether he had been "hitting the cactus juice again".
- Although the plant Sokka and Momo drank from resembled the fishhook barrel cactus in appearance, it shares the same hallucinogenic properties as the peyote cactus, which is native to southwestern Texas and central Mexico.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Hedrick, Tim (writer) & MacMullan, Lauren (director). (July 14, 2006). "The Desert". Avatar: The Last Airbender. Season 2. Episode 11. Nickelodeon.
- ↑ Hedrick, Tim (writer) & MacMullan, Lauren (director). (September 22, 2006). "City of Walls and Secrets". Avatar: The Last Airbender. Season 2. Episode 14. Nickelodeon.