A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from August 09, 2020
“The ‘devil’s lettuce’ is actually coleslaw, not weed”

Amsinckia tessellata is a species of fiddleneck known by many names, including “devil’s lettuce.” This name was used in the book A Flora of California (1943) by Willis Linn Jepson.

Marijuana has also been called the “devil’s lettuce,” but the date for this nickname is uncertain. It’s sometimes claimed that it comes from a poster for the anti-drug film Devil’s Harvest (1942), but it does not appear that “devil’s lettuce” was used at this time.

Some people insist that the “devil’s lettuce” is coleslaw. “When people say the ‘devils lettuce’ they’re talking about coleslaw not weed” was posted on Twitter by Ant on July 20, 2016.

“The ‘devils lettuce’ is actually coleslaw, not weed” was posted on Twitter by Tracey on May 28, 2020. “The “Devils Lettuce” is cole slaw, not weed” was posted on Reddit—StonerPhilosophy on June 2, 2020.


Wiktionary: devil’s lettuce
Noun
devil’s lettuce
(uncountable)
1. (slang) Marijuana.

Wikipedia: Amsinckia tessellata
Amsinckia tessellata is a species of fiddleneck known by the common names bristly fiddleneck, tessellate fiddleneck, checker fiddleneck, and devil’s lettuce.

The plant is native to dry regions of western North America, more specifically eastern Washington and Idaho, much of California and the Great Basin, to southwest New Mexico (U.S.) and northwest Sonora and Baja California in Mexico, usually below 6,000 feet (1,800 m) elevation.

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Ant
@Alanaleeo
When people say the “devils lettuce” they’re talking about coleslaw not weed
5:55 PM · Jul 20, 2016·Twitter for Android

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Tracey
@TMack1of1
The “devils lettuce” is actually coleslaw, not weed
8:23 PM · May 28, 2020·Twitter for iPhone

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Showoff Swagga®
@ShowoffSwagga
The “devils lettuce” is actually coleslaw, not weed.
4:40 AM · May 29, 2020·Twitter for Android

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OG Albert E.
May 29, 2020 ·
The “devils lettuce” is actually coleslaw, not weed.

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D
@imjus_D
The “Devils lettuce” is Cole slaw not weed
7:30 AM · May 29, 2020·Twitter for iPhone

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The Woo
@grownbihhh
Somebody said the “devils lettuce” is actually coleslaw, not weed !
9:36 AM · May 29, 2020·Twitter for iPhone

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MC’Funniez
May 29, 2020 ·
The “devils lettuce” is actually coleslaw, not weed.

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Gill
@GillyT7
Someone said the devil’s lettuce is cole slaw not weed and idk why my stoned ass thought it was so funny
10:52 PM · May 29, 2020·Twitter for iPhone

Reddit—StonerPhilosophy
Posted by u/rubywavess June 2, 2020
Take My Energy
The “Devils Lettuce” is cole slaw, not weed.

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𝕾𝖕𝖑𝖎𝖋𝖋𝖒𝖊𝖎𝖘𝖙𝖊𝖗
June 30, 2020 ·
The “devils lettuce” is actually coleslaw, not weed.

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Therapy and Vodka
@therapyandvodka
The ‘devil’s lettuce’ is actually coleslaw not weed
11:25 PM · Aug 9, 2020·Twitter for Android

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • Sunday, August 09, 2020 • Permalink