The spines hurt, but is this cactus fatal?
There’s a belief that if you’re looking for water in the desert you can split open a large cactus and drink the water inside.
Other barrel cactus contain toxins that give you diarrhea and make you vomit, which can kill you if you’re dehydrated and lost in the desert.
Also, the barrel cactus pictured above are designed for comfort, not pain. They’re actually a sofa designed by Maurizio Galante, with a cactus photo printed on the fabric.
This cactus couch is made of fabric, with no toxins.