Purple Rose Supply's cannagar mold is a simple way to create a unique cannabis experience
Of all of the ways to consume cannabis, the "cannagar" might be one of the most elegant. It's essentially a cannabis wrap packed very densely, and usually wrapped in a leaf, like a cigar. Because of the expertise and quality of product needed to make one, it can also be notoriously expensive, however. Even if you don't go for the record-setting $11k option, making a good cigar is already expensive, and adding cannabis to the mix only makes things even pricier.
Enter a company called Purple Rose Supply, whose stated mission is to help you "elevate the way you medicate" (and we can certainly get behind that cause). Their flagship product is the CannaMold, designed to let you build your own cannagars easily and quickly. Instead of paying someone else a premium, the idea is that you can buy a mold from Purple Rose, insert and pack your own cannabis, and just by following directions, you can live the cannagar high life at a fraction of the cost and effort normally involved.
Purple Rose was kind enough to send us one of their personal CannaMolds for review, and we dutifully ran the unit through its paces. The first thing to note about the mold is that it's built very well -- it's very sturdy and strong. Unfortunately, Purple Rose doesn't say exactly what the material the mold's made from, but it's something that's almost quite but not exactly wood -- probably a wood imitation plastic of some kind. At any rate, it's strong and durable, and the sleek black surface is smooth and easy to clean. The surface even feels almost like a wood grain, and there's a Purple Rose logo engraved on the side as well, which is a nice touch. The mold comes with a latch on one side and a hinge on the other, and while the hinge is a bit wobbly, unfortunately, once the mold is latched in, it's definitely strong enough that you can load and pack your cannabis in forcefully without having to worry about the whole thing falling apart. The packing tool is also well-built -- it fits well inside the mold, the orb at the top is easy to grab and push down on, and there's a hole down the middle that fits around the skewer.
And that's exactly how it works, as you can see in some very clear videos from the founder on their website. You put a skewer in (a pack of 10 are thoughtfully included with the mold), pack in your cannabis around it(from 2-14 grams -- more on that in a moment), let it settle in for a few hours, and then you can pull it out, wrap it with papers of your choice, and it's cannagar time. The mold also includes a wooden tip as well, which is helpful, especially when you're puffing and passing the cannagar around.
Packing your herb perfectly does take some experience -- if you pack too loosely, the whole thing will fall apart, and it can be hard to tell exactly how much to put in for the perfect burn. You also need to be consistent, which can be tough, since you can't really open the mold mid-pack to check your progress (though you can always dump and re-pack if you mess things up completely). There's also a small issue with herb getting stuck in the packing tool -- while it's easy to clean, it can be a bummer when you grind the herb too fine and it gets lost in the gap there until you wash it out (maybe the skewer hole could be extended through the top so you could blow out anything that gets stuck in there).
So there is a bit of technique involved for sure. The mold doesn't make things perfectly foolproof, but we actually enjoyed experimenting with it, and ending up with a well-made cannagar you can be proud of (and show off) can be really fun. We didn't try putting in some oil or concentrate, but just like a regular joint, you can play with that as well if you want.
A fully packed cannagar will take up to 2 hours to burn through, and as we said, can be up to 14 grams of weed in the largest mold they sell (which is, honestly, probably too much cannabis for one session). The personal mold holds about 2-4 grams, and even that is a lot for a single person -- even if you're an experienced stoner, four grams at a time is pricey, and a reliable vape or pipe will be much more efficient. For that reason, the CannaMold definitely seems like more of a showpiece than an everyday item. Instead of packing and using this thing every day, this is more like something you pull down for a special occasion, when you want to make a one-of-a-kind cannagar to take to a party full of friends who will appreciate it with you (you can decide for yourself if you want to be generous and smoke them out, or ask for a few bucks to cover the $100 of weed you packed into this thing).
If we have one major complaint about the CannaMold, it's that papers aren't included with it at all. We used standard Raw papers, and they worked just fine, but if you want something more premium or even actual leaves, you'll have to source and buy them separately. The CannaMold does include skewers and a wooden tip, but it's too bad they couldn't also throw some leaves in to complete the package. They do sell some pre-made shells, but they're expensive (and currently out of stock anyway), so it's a strange choice not to at least have the option to include some kind of quality wraps with the mold.
Other than that, however, the CannaMold does exactly what it promises: It's a quick and easy way to put together a custom-made cannagar. The personal and small molds are available for $44 each, or you can go with the large mold for $49. Though we specifically used the personal mold, the best choice for most people interested in smoking cannagars is probably the small mold -- it will pack up to 7 grams (enough to get a room full of people lit up), and create a cannagar that burns over a few hours. The large mold goes up to 14 grams, and if you're regularly going through 14 grams of cannabis in a day, well, please invite us over the next time you have a party, because that sounds like a blast.
And that's our best recommendation for this product: get a group of friends together, pull out the mold to show off your cannagar rolling skills, pack in as much product as you can, and then enjoy a nice afternoon of chilling with a movie, listening to music, or just talking as the cannagar slowly burns down. If cannagars are your own personal smoking method of choice, the CannaMold is obviously a great investment, but if you're mostly a solo smoker or want to be more efficient with your weed, this is probably a bit too involved to bother with. But if you regularly have a social circle that could make good use of cannagars, the CannaMold definitely deserves a spot on your shelf. It certainly makes making a quality cannagar easier and cheaper, and while there are some cheaper wooden molds available, the build quality here is impressive and reliable, and the device itself is stylish and clean. If you're interested in cannagars but don't want to pay a premium to have one made for you, this is a great and relatively cheap way to try making your own.