"there is always soma, delicious soma, half a gramme for a half-holiday"
Soma is mentioned in the Avesta, the sacred texts of Zoroastrianism
Public DomainSoma is mentioned in the Avesta, the sacred texts of Zoroastrianism - Credit: Shaahin/Wikimedia Commons

Soma is the narcotic yet innocuous dream-inducing drug taken by citizens of the new world to relieve bad feelings or to take a break from life. It is the government's way of controlling individuals through pleasure. Soma is consumed in various situations: for confidence, to relieve bad feelings and thoughts, for sex, and for a soma-holiday (in which the consumer is unconsciously transported to an imaginary holiday).

Ephedra plants - one of the possible sources of Soma
GNU Free Documentation LicenseEphedra plants - one of the possible sources of Soma - Credit: Zeimusu/Wikimedia Commons

Soma originates from 'sauma': the ritual drink taken by the early Indo-Iranians and the later Vedic and Persian cultures. Worshippers believed that taking soma would make them immortal:

a ápāma sómam amŕtā abhūmâganma jyótir ávidāma devân
c kíṃ nūnám asmân kṛṇavad árātiḥ kím u dhūrtír amṛta mártyasya
We have drunk Soma and become immortal; we have attained the light, the Gods discovered.
Now what may foeman's malice do to harm us? What, O Immortal, mortal man's deception?

 Link to the origins of soma.