Purple Rose Supply

Cannabis connoisseur and owner of Purple Rose Supply, Sid, saw his first cannabis cigar, also known as a cannagar, on Instagram in 2016. From that moment on he was immediately hooked.
“My combined love of cannabis and cigars made me feel like I had to get my hands on one,” Sid explained. “When I tried to buy one; however, I realized they cost a few hundred dollars and were only sold in Washington at the time. You can call it a lack of class or being cheap, but I’ve always been a no-frills kind of guy that generally stays away from exclusivity and eliteness. I loved the concept of smoking a cannagar but didn’t want to pay the high price tag so my only option was to learn how to make them myself.”

After deciding not to pay the hefty pricey, Sid took it upon himself to research cannagars and its predecessor Thai Sticks. He learned the current process was extremely outdated. It involved a lot of patience and practice putting cannabis on a skewer and tying it very tightly.

CannaMold
“I could barely get it to work and it never looked anything like the ones I saw online. I needed a more efficient way to create cannagars, which is how the idea of our CannaMold was created. I developed a rough prototype and it worked like a charm.”
It felt like Sid had cracked the code. He now had his own super easy way of creating an expensive product at a fraction of the price. He was happy but still bothered with the high price tag of pre-made cannagars and the way they were being marketed.
“Luxury”, “1%”, and “elite” were the words he kept seeing associated with all cannagars. This is not what he thought of when he thinks of cannabis. In his mind, it should always be inclusive.
Sid wanted to make cannagars affordable and accessible, so he created Purple Rose Supply and embedded his personal values into the company’s mission of, “creating products that give people the best smoking experience possible without breaking the bank.”
I recently caught up with Sid where he chatted more about his inspiration behind the brand. Check out the interview below:
Growing up and still to this day who are your inspirations? How did they impact your life?
For the first half of my life, I was mainly raised by my older cousins and the lessons they taught me affected me every single day. From as early on as I could remember they never let me say  “I can’t” or “It’s too hard”. My oldest cousin coached a lot of sports and the other one was a star athlete, so they made sure I knew what it meant to have heart. They constantly pushed me beyond my limits and showed me that even when I think I’m done, I could always push even harder. For better or worse, this type of grit and determination has gotten me to where I am now.
My other inspiration is my Dad. He’s the most level-headed person I know and through him I’ve learned being strong is more than just brute force, it’s also compassion and treating others with respect.
How old were you when you first started smoking marijuana?
I started smoking cannabis when I was 13-years old and it’s been love at first inhale ever since!
When did you develop the passion to get into the Cannabis and cannabis accessories industry?
I’ve always loved and advocated for cannabis from an early age. With the recent legalization and change in public perception, I realized I could make a career out of something I’m so passionate about. The industry has come a long way, but we definitely need to go a lot further.
What inspired you to make such an impactful product like a cannagar making kit?
I’ve touched on this in an earlier answer, but it’s really due to my beliefs. I don’t like when people make things exclusive or act as if they’re better than anyone because they have a little more money or status. It hit a nerve when I saw the price and marketing for pre-made cannagars. Cannagars are definitely an amazing experience, but I don’t believe it’s something that should be reserved for people that can drop $200+ on a single smoke session.
I understand the artistry that goes into making them, and I’m not trying to hate if people want to drop crazy amounts of money on them, but I believe everyone should get to enjoy them.
People can buy an expensive pre-rolled joint with some high-quality product or they can just roll their own. Why shouldn’t it be the same for cannagars? I want to give people the option and hopefully, one-day cannagars will be enjoyed as regularly as joints and blunts.
Can you walk us through the process of developing your unique kit?
Once I had the rough idea, it was a lot of testing and surveys that got us to the product we have now. I created the design, tested it myself and later asked friends for some product feedback. I would use their feedback to create the next design and from there it was rinse and repeat.
How long did it take you and your team to develop the perfect kit?
It took about two years to get where we are with our latest model. It was moving really slowly at first because I was just doing it for myself. I had a few friends that would help with the design and iterations, but once I decided I wanted to share this with others, I taught myself how to design via YouTube and bought a 3D printer. From there, things moved a lot quicker and I finished the designs for our G2 CannaMold by 2018.
Once I had the designs, I had to secure funds so I could manufacture the product to produce some high-quality goods for everyone.
Could you tell us the process/procedure for properly using the kit and getting a perfect cannagar?
Step 1: Assemble your CannaMold by closing the latch and inserting the skewer through the bottom hole. Put a small amount of ground up flower into the funnel and tap it so it goes all the way down the mold cavity. This part is really important, press down firmly on the packing tool so your flower is compressed tightly. Repeat this process until your CannaMold is full
Step 2: Store your packed CannaMold in a cool dry place for at least 3 hours. I always do mine overnight, then roll them when I wake up. This storing process gives the cannabis time to mold together and cure for a smoother smoke.
Step 3: After storing your CannaMold you can unlatch it and carefully remove your cannagar core. From here, you can get creative and top it off with whatever concentrates you’re feeling. When it comes to rolling cannagars, they’re traditionally rolled in cannabis leaf, but not everyone has access to that. We want to make cannagars as accessible as possible, so our cannagar cores allow our customers to roll with whatever wrap they want.
Step 4: After rolling your cannagar, simply light and enjoy. We also include a wooden tip to throw on the cannagars to make it easier to smoke.
How many products does your brand make and sale?
We currently sell our generation 1 and generation 2 CannaMolds in 2 different sizes: small and large. The small holds between 3.5-7 grams and the large holds 12-15 grams.
What great advice and words of wisdom can you offer our readers and Cannabis enthusiasts?
At the end of the day, we’re all people. We all deserve to enjoy a great experience whether or not we have hundreds to throw away on a single smoke session.
To learn more about Purple Rose Supply, visit purplerosesupply.com.

Taken By Hate

Walking down the street day or night,
Without staring eyes in any let alone my own neighborhood,
I can’t relate.
Unnecessary gestures stopped and thrown to the ground because the skin I’m in
Our worldly sin,
Opposed by politicians and presidents who were Klu Klux Klan.
Committing crimes some as worse as treason,
A bitter and dark feeling for no apparent reason,
And no time for the non existence racial debates when our leaders suffer death as fate.
Killed with no repercussion,
Slaughtered by the masses like beef or lamb,
Inequality is real,
Murdered on camera.
No justice served,
But I gotta remember for 400 years,
We’ve only been 3/5 of a man.

Keep Your Head Up

Yea I was a loner until I played sports.

Only reason I joined because the support was brotherly.

My father wasn’t shit,

My family was no better,

I’m not trying to hear you can do better,

Y’all support I had no love.

Everything I have I got out the mud,

Nothing was given,

I was taught and learned hard work always overcomes.

I was stuck in the the hood,

A corrupt government inescapable system,

I had to let go of the thought that I was a victim of oppression.

I could’ve gave up on myself like my family,

But I chose I was worth construction not destruction.

It was the right side I chose (BLOOD),

Brotherly, Love, Overcomes, Oppression, & Destruction.

Kxng Rvlph The Reemergence of Hip Hop

Can you please tell myself & the reader’s about yourself?
 
KR: Hey Everyone, I’m Kxng Rvlph A Very Lit & Drippy Underground Music Artist. Born & Raised In South New Jersey. I Just Moved To Atlanta A Week Ago, I’m Starting My Own Label Called “Quvd Gang Ent.” I Love God, My Family & Music 
 
As a underground artist trying to get his music heard what is the hardest part? 
 
  KR: Really The Hardest Parts Are Your Promo Effort, Being Consistent & Up To Date With The Trends & Last It’s Social Media Blocking You From Becoming Famous or Atleast A Little More Popular Then Before. Why? I Honestly Don’t Know & I Wish They Would Fix It. I Would Be Known Globally By Now. Everyday It’s 10% Of My Followers That See My Post Because Of The Algorithms Instead Of 100%. 


What are some things you’ve learned from being an recording artist that you didn’t know or think about before entering the industry?
 
KR:  I’ve Learned A lot About Many Situations Like 360 Deals & How Many Artist Don’t Read Their Contracts. I’ve Learned To Own All Of My Music. I’ve Learned That It’s Not Going To Be Easy Getting In The Industry Unless You Really Have Money To Start With, Most Labels Want Money If Your Not Booming In The Streets Or Have A Certain Look They Want. 


When not in the studio recording, writing, or listening to your own music who are some other underground artist you listen to? 


KR: I Manly Listen To Xavier Wulf or Bones If I’m Not Playing My Own Music. 


We spoke the other day about conscious messages & rap so is it safe to assume your upcoming project will be conscious? 


KR: Yes I Remember That Convo, It Was Dope LoL & Yes My Next Project Will Be Very Conscious On A Scary Level. I’ve Never Liked Making Trendy Music, I Make That Type Of Music. Now I Only Made It Because I Thought I Had To Fit In. 

 

Not Saying It Wasn’t Authentic. I Just Knew What Trends Was Out Musically So I Trained My Self To Fit With The Trends. 

 

Until Now With The Way The World Is Now. I Know People Around The World Need These Words Of Wisdom. So I Don’t Want To Say I’m A Be A Rebel Or Anything Just Trying To Wake Our People Up. So That Whole Vibe Is Going To Be On My Next Project. 
 
Do you believe conscious rap can rehab the current state of hip hop world outside or J Cole, Jay Z, Kendrick Lamar, Nipsey Hussle, Nas, and T.I?
 
KR: Hell Yeah We Need More Conscious Music Because If Not Then Every One Will Still Be Blind To Whats Going On Globally. Building Walls, Bombing Families Instead Of Helping Them Or Talking About Drinking, Getting High Off Anything But Marijuana, Killing Each Other For Nothing Isn’t The Way To Make The World Great A Again. 
 
What are some words of wisdom & great advice you can offer other musicians and future aspiring musicians?
Stay True To Your Self, You Can’t Please Everyone, Do What You Feel Is Right, Help Each Other Out Instead Of Acting Major Because If The Tables Was On The Other Side It Wouldn’t Feel Right. 
 
What are some expectations that you have for yourself and your music career?


KR:  I Will Have Videos & More Music Dropping Soon. I’m Doing Shows This Year Too Be On The Look Out For All Of That!! 


 
Who would you say are mentors or artist that drive you in the game today?
 
   KR: 50 Cent, Meek Mill, Yo Gotti, Money Bagg Yo, Kevin Gates, Thugger, Future, Tyga, Xavier Wulf, Casanova 2x, ASAP Rocky, J. Cole, Kendrick, Drake, Tyler The Creator, and Chris Brown.

Healing with Cannabis

Can you please tell myself & the reader’s about yourself?

Yes, my name is Claudia F. Almanza, I am a proud Latina raised in San Diego, East Dago to be exact. Proud mother of a sixteen year old boy whom I’ve raised on my own with my family. Being a parent changed my life and in many ways lead to where I am now with cannabis.

Growing up & still to this day who inspires you? How did they impact your life?

Growing up I was inspired by music, old school hip hop, like Eric B. and Rakim, Boogie Down Productions, and Gangstarr, to name a few. Music has always inspired me and the culture I grew up in, which was hood-rich. Music and the hip hop genre influenced me and impacted my life because that’s all I had which was motivating and good. My home life wasn’t Disneyland nor was my father around, but music and hanging out on the block was. Break dancing and local kids rapping on the corner or at local parks was a daily routine but so were drugs and gangs. My first romantic song I identified with was L.L. Cool J’s “I Need Love”, man I thought the song was life! My mother is the most inspiring person because she raised us through her struggles and never complained about it. A strong determined Latina whom always treated people with respect and loved to say: “it’s not where you live, it’s how you live”. I have memories of my mom making bean and cheese burritos, all homemade, from government rations she received. She would make there simple burritos and shared them with all the kids in my neighborhood, even some of the dope dealers. So definitely influenced by my mom and hip hop.

What influenced you to get into the cannabis field?

Breaking into Cannabis was out of necessity due to my physical health. Also, when I lost my little brother in 2015 I wanted to do something in his honor and he was a cannabis user and believed in all its medicinal properties. So I knew cannabis is where I needed to be. I developed some topical products for my personal use because dispensary products were mediocre and very expensive to use everyday. I stared with oils and graduated to creams and sports products.

Can you tell about your brand & it’s unique name Mandor’s Magic?

Yes, the name “Mandor” was my brother’s screen name on various gaming sites and Instagram. He referred to himself as Mandor. The “Magic” came from me which is connected to the magical healing properties of cannabis. My brand is me, my brother, my family, my culture, and represents natural healing.

What are some of the products you make & produce? What are their usages & intent?

Some of my products include cannabis infused oils and cannabis creams. The intent is to heal naturally, for example, the oil is used for severe pain and the cream can be used for everyday aches and pains, such as, arthritis, muscle soreness, or even headaches. My oil can be consumed because it is made with olive and coconut oils. Some of my family members currently use my cream for eczema and others use it to treat diabetes. Myself, I used my cream everyday for my knees which are plagued by pain due to meniscus tears.

What upcoming events & products can we expect to see from you?

Currently, I am working on licensing with my local government agency and plan to work with dispensaries on wholesale orders. I also attend various events around San Diego and recently attended the Coachella Valley Cannabis Convention where I passed out over 100 samples of my cream.

Product development leads me to sports related items, such as, the sport stick I created. I call it fire and it’s still under development and testing. I am also working on cannabis sports tapes for turf burn. Which is something I made for my son to help him during football season. The tape minimized his turf burn and healed him quickly.

What great advice or words of can you lend to us millennials?

Millennials, I love y’all! You guys/gals offer fresh perspective on just about anything y’all are passionate about. I embrace your generation because you all believe in cannabis and in general  the right to be who we want to be. The advice I would give is the same I tell my son, the more you know the less others will make choices for you. Read and question everything, have open dialogue with what you do not know about. Continue embracing difference and teach each other about each other. Never let anyone tell you that cannabis is bad and that your opinion isn’t valid.

Poetry Community

420 Green Honey

The revolution in a world of polution your ambience could spark a renaissance,

sweetest solutions most unobtainable with that of dear money.

So bright & cunning most thoughts of evolution, ethereal & stunning every moment with Mary Jane isn’t funny.

Poetry Community

It’s Just The Way It Is

Once ruler’s of many nations never boys always labeled kings.

Stripped and chained cast under struggle never able to reclaim the name.

Just pondering did my ancestors know nothing would be the same.

Lavish life portrayed as drug using, foreign cars, watches, chains, and gold rings.

Only physical royalty perceived to only have money & material things.

Wake up stop being a slave without physical chains.

Don’t continue being their next puppets without strings,

Why do we never understand psychological it can be detrimental.