#SelfCare | Interview with Sistah Yaya Love of Soul Tribe Heals

The industry has been flourishing with different types of strains and compounds being discovered that benefit a variety of purposes.

In traditional Caribbean culture, people would gather herbs as a form of healing. They would gather various types of flowers, leaves, and roots to make a tea or a liquid concoction to help cure various physical, mental, and spiritual ailments.

It is well known that cannabis was introduced to the Caribbean by African slaves and East Indian laborers who brought with them their knowledge of the plant. This knowledge was quickly absorbed by those in the Caribbean and many new traditions and customs were created.

That’s why I am super excited to be interviewing Afro-Caribbean Traditional Herbal and Spiritual Healer Sistah Yaya Love of Soul Tribe Heals!

Want to learn more about the power of plants? This article is for you.

Let’s Get Lifted!

Drops or salve; Why?

Drops for sure! I enjoy the immediate effect I get from the sublingual application. Sometimes when I manage many projects, I am not aware when I need extra pain relief support, so when I take the drops, they know exactly what to do and where to go!

If you could be a cannabis superhero, who would you be?

Funny you asked this question. I would be Grand Nanny, the Queen of the Maroons of Jamaica. She used her spiritual gifts and knowledge of herbs and natural medicine to not only heal her people but to fight off the invaders that threatened her people, land, and culture. In addition, she made sure that future generations would have land to live and sustain their families. I would definitely be her!!

“You must thank everything in your life. Because it is perfect.”

Sistah Yaya

Dab into Business!

How did you get started Soul Tribe Heals and why?

I was born into this healing tradition. My mom is Jamaican and is an oracle, seer, and spiritualist. My dad is Haitian, and we have heavy ties to spiritual and healing traditions of the Caribbean, in addition to a Pentecostal upbringing. So to ask when I started, I came to Earth with this gift and developed it over time.

There were times when I walked away from it to pursue other careers such as finance, modeling, charities, and more, but I always came back. When I was pregnant with my second child, I decided I didn’t want to work a job anymore. The rest and income that I wanted were not going to come from a job, so together in 2018 with my Spirit Team, we created Soul Tribe Heals.

What’s your niche and how did you find it?

Interesting question. When we were children, my grandfather used to make us Cannabis tea – it would help us sleep better, so I always had an awareness of its healing power. My niche in using this sacred herb is Spiritual Healing or Energy Healing.

My focus is on the healing effects of Cannabis to reach self-forgiveness, love, grace, and ease. I also focus on using Cannabis in helping to manifest as well.

In addition, I use it with other herbs to help improve the mind.

What are some talents, skills, experience, and knowledge you transferred to Cannabis?

Yes, I took my knowledge of Kromanti herbal medicine and applied it to the use of Cannabis. I also have a background in Public Health, so I spent a lot of time studying how this plant can help others heal themselves.

Since I speak several languages, I have had the fortune of working with other healers worldwide about the uses of Cannabis and how we can help others with this collective knowledge. And with my background in business and finance, we have been able to build a solid business model, helping spread the word about this sacred herb.

What are some talents, skills, experience, and knowledge you have picked up while in the space?

I have learned greater patience, love, and appreciation since really getting into Cannabis. I have learned how to open my heart be receptive and honest. These are some of the intrinsic things I picked up with Cannabis, and I have picked up amazing friends along the way.

Which tech tools did you use to start your Soul Tribe Heals?

I am NOT a tech person at all! I started this business 100% using Facebook. Later on, I got on IG, then YouTube (with much resistance, I’m still old school), and now we have a website – soultribeheals.com


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How does Soul Tribe Heals stand out from other brands within your target population?

Our Company is based on the Healing Traditions of the Maroons of the Caribbean. Kromanti or Kromantism is our Spiritual Science. Our brand stands out because we are based on OUR own unique culture and ways of doing things. In addition, we have many testimonies of people helping themselves to be healed in their minds, bodies, and souls.

We practice many of the traditions the way our Ancestors did.. we remember them, and they remember us. We remain close to our culture, values, and morals, which makes all the difference.

Tell us about your top product or service.

Caribbean Healing & Herbalism 101

Caribbean Traditional Healing has its roots in both Herbs and Magic. This is especially true for the Maroons (Community of Indigenous People that banned their energies together) of the Caribbean.

They are those who have escaped enslavement (of mind, body, soul, and Spirit) and fled into the mountains and forests to live in freedom and independence.

The heart of Maroonage lies the essence of Kromanti, or Spirit Language, that is, a collection of the most effective Spiritual Practices during times of birth, marriage, divorce, war, peace, and more.

Kromanti comprises a vast array of methods and practices, allowing the individual and community to connect to their highest self, heal and transcend their circumstances.

This course intends to share Traditional Maroonage Medicine and Practices that have assisted us for generations to heal and renew the body, mind, and soul.

From our perspective, herbs and magic go hand in hand, and we learned how to see, speak and work with plants to invoke their magical essence to heal ourselves and our environment.

What Can You Expect to Learn:

  • Various Caribbean plants, roots, and barks & their uses.
  • Kromanti Chakras System and Energies/Herbs that govern them
  • Kromanti Numerology
  • How to use Caribbean herbs in healing Chakras and improving Spiritual Energy
  • How to energetically diagnose physical conditions, learn how and where they started
  • Uses of Caribbean herbs internally
  • Uses of Caribbean herbs externally
  • Caribbean Herbs & Uses for Women’s Health
  • Caribbean Herbs & Uses for Men’s Health
  • Caribbean Herbs & Uses for Babies & Children

Pass it Around!

What have been some of the highlights of marketing your Soul Tribe Heals?

We focus on Kromanti Healing, which is not widely known. We focus on our culture, healing, and our values.

What have been some of your challenges?

Since we are not widely known, we have to educate people about who we are. This takes time and patience, and it takes time for people to get to know us.

And since I am not tech-savvy, I spend a lot of energy to find effective ways to market – this is a challenge for me as I like to focus on my craft.

What’s the silver lining to it all?

That I am doing the work of my Ancestors.

What are some best practices for advertising Soul Tribe Heals?

Be consistent. Lead with your heart in whatever you put out for the world to see. Work social media as much as possible. Gather email addresses and contact your people often.

What are some best practices for growing an audience on social media?

Talk to them. Be authentic. Share your life. Let them know that you are human. That you care about them – always let them know that you love and care about them.

Forget trying to look perfect and polished – throw that away. Be yourself!

What’s some advice you have for folks that want to enter the space?

Do it! Don’t wait. If the Spirit is calling you into this space, then the Divine will make way to happen. Focus on the lessons Cannabis has taught you – follow your heart!

Conclusion!

How can people reach you?

Sure, we can be reached at info@soultribeheals.com. We are also on FB/IG and Youtube: Soul Tribe Heals

Which Social media platforms do you use?

What is the link to Soul Tribe Heals’ website?

soultribeheals.com

Any Shout outs?

I would like to Shout out to my Most Honorable and Beloved Ancestors, my husband & children, and of course, my Soul Tribe Family!

STAY LOCAL! Take a 4/20 Tour In Your City

If you’re looking for a way to kick off your 4/20 experience, it’s time to break out the map. With CBD shops popping up everywhere, there are tons of fun opportunities to partake in the festivities in your city.

This article is the perfect ice-breaker for the CBD curious.

Take a 4/20 Tour of Local CBD Shops

Touring pushes you to take roads and corners you’ve never taken before. Walking around places you haven’t been to is a great way to learn more about your city.

Best of all, combining this with CBD curiosity, and you’ll find a community you never knew were there… and learning new things makes you see your town differently.


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Here’s some steps to help set up your 4/20 tour experience:

  • First, whip out your trusty phone and click the Google Maps icon.
  • Then, tap the microphone and ask Google “CBD near me” for shops in your area. To expand your search, you can change the keyword CBD to cannabis, hemp, weed, or marijuana. Try adding black-owned, woman-owned, covid-19 or LGBT attribute to further customize your experience.
  • Third, map out the shops by saving them and adding the location to your “Want to Go” folder in Maps. It’s a good idea to contact the CBD shop via Google Maps chat to find out the store’s hours of operation on holiday.
  • Next, invite some fellow tourists for a day of exploring by shooting them the location links of your mapped-out 4/20 experience.
  • Afterward, mask up and pick up the gang or meet up at the location. Add some snacks and plenty of water.
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Do the 4/20 Most

In addition to your dope agenda, dress-up in your 4/20 best to really get your green vibe going.

Plus, everyone can participate in the adventure. On the way to the destination, each group member gets a CBD shop on the list to highlight to group. An excellent place to start is reading aloud the company reviews in their Maps listing. Moreover, don’t forget to add your “if you look over to the right…” tour guide voice.

Importantly, once inside the shops, spend some time educating with staff. The visit is your opportunity to ask burning questions about CBD and its available products and services.

Lastly, get up close with their 420 friendly goodies and freebies. 

Voila!

You just created an amazing 4/20 experience! What ideas do you have for celebrating this year? Drop us a line below to let us know.

Get Ready to be Blown Away by These Jazz and Blues Women

It’s Black History Month, a time to honor the accomplishments of black people and culture.

Importantly, it’s also essential to highlight black people’s contributions to cannabis culture.

We’ve compiled a list of jazz and blues songs celebrating famous female cannabis connoisseurs. Enjoy!

Ella Fitzgerald – When I Get Low, I Get High

“My fur coat’s sold

Oh Lord ain’t it cold

But I’m not gonna holler

’cause I’ve still got a dollar

And when I get low Oh, I get high”

Fitzgerald picked up her first two Grammys in 1958, making history as the first African American woman to win the award — for best individual jazz performance and best female vocal performance.


Cleo Brown – The Stuff Is Here

“Everybody grab a glass

‘Cause the good stuff’s about to pass

Hey, hey, let’s get gay,

‘Cause the stuff is here!”

Cleo Brown, aka Cleopatra Brown, was the first woman instrumentalist to receive the NEA Jazz Masters Fellowship.


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Trixie Smith – Jack I’m Mellow

“I’m so high and so dry

I’m sailing in the sky

Just smoked some gage

I’m on a rampage

Jack, I’m mellow”

Smith was billed as the “southern nightingale.” During a blues singing contest at the Inter-Manhattan Casino in New York, she sang her composition “Trixie’s Blues” and won first place and a silver cup.


Julia Lee – Marijuana

“Soothe me with your grace

Sweet Marijuana

Marijuana

Help me in my distress

Sweet Marijuana, please do”

As she put it, Lee is best known for “the songs my mother taught me not to sing.”


Bea Foote – Weed

Weed,

Weed,

Weed,

All day long

This artist’s singing style was about drugs and sex. She was one of the better singers in the class, and she had a powerful vibrato. For decades, Foote’s song “Weed” has been regarded as the best song about the plant.


Josie Miles – Pipe Dream Blues

I couldn’t find the lyrics to Pipe Dream Blues. The words are difficult to understand, but I can hear this.

“Had the sweetest dream

Dreamed I was (inaudible)

Feeling happy so it seems

(inaudible) and loaded down”

In 1923 she toured the African-American theater circuit with the Black Swan Troubadours and played in New York City in James P. Johnson’s show Runnin’ Wild at the Colonial Theatre.

Resources:

Bea Foote Biography, Songs, & Albums. (s. f.). AllMusic. Recuperado 10 de febrero de 2022, de https://www.allmusic.com/artist/bea-foote-mn0000154167/biography

Cleo Brown. (s. f.). Wikipedia. Recuperado 10 de febrero de 2022, de https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cleo_Brown

Wikipedia contributors. (2022a, febrero 2). Josie Miles. Wikipedia. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Josie_Miles

Wikipedia contributors. (2022b, febrero 2). Julia Lee (musician). Wikipedia. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julia_Lee_(musician)

Wikipedia contributors. (2022c, febrero 2). Trixie Smith. Wikipedia. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trixie_Smith

Wikipedia contributors. (2022d, febrero 7). Ella Fitzgerald. Wikipedia. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ella_Fitzgerald

Cannabis and Self-Care: Two Sides of the Same Coin

The Coin: Our Endocannabinoid System

First, let’s define endocannabinoids. Cannabinoids, as you can guess, come from the word cannabis. The “endo” stands for is endogenous, which means that it is made naturally in your body (and not consumed via an external substance). So endocannabinoid system simply means the naturally occurring system of cannabis-like substances inside all humans.

On One Side, Cannabis

Cannabis is a powerful wellness tool for many people. Cannabinoids within the plant are chemical compounds that that has many therapeutic properties. The plant has been found to contain over 80 different cannabinoids. However, THC and CBD are the most prevalent.

These cannabinoids interact with the human endocannabinoid system (ECS), which regulates various functions in the body, including mood, memory, appetite, and pain.


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On the Other Side, Self-Care

Self-care is an investment in yourself. Therefore, stress-relieving activities are vitally important for a healthy endocannabinoid system. Incorporating self-care practices such as yoga and social interaction in your daily routine will boost your ECS. The caveat is choosing an activity you enjoy.

Studies found that people who exercise voluntarily have greater endocannabinoid levels than those who exercise under coercion. As a result, if you force yourself to exercise, your ECS will translate the exercise as stress.

Thereby, integrating cannabis into your self-care routine can be a double whammy for healing.

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Cannabis and Self-Care

Here’s a breakdown of four techniques, along with tips to help you boost your endocannabinoid system.

Clean Up the Crib

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Many people feel much better when their space is clean. A quick pick-up can really help you feel more calm, happy, and balanced. Start with a room or a small area in your home, then build your routine out.

It’s also a dope way to organize your thoughts before starting your day.

Sativa dominate hybrid strain

Do you need a puff to get started or a drag to keep you going, or a whole vibe to reward yourself when it’s done? Sativa-dominant strains are described as energizing, mood-uplifting, and creativity-inducing.

Practice Packing a Pre-rolled Smoking Cone

Being an expert joint roller isn’t necessary to experience a genuinely gorgeous joint in 2022. Want to know why? Because self-care includes developing a skill. Learning a new skill like twisting up the perfect joint reportedly increases self-esteem and our ability to cope with stress.

Indica dominate strain

If you’re planning on using cannabis as a way to increase your focus, then indica dominate strains are an excellent choice for you. This type of strain will typically relax you and make you feel less anxious.

Keep a Journal

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Living with anxiety means you’ll often go over things that make you nervous or focus on challenging tasks. Therefore, make a note of what’s going well in your day. Be kind to yourself and praise yourself often.

Sativa strain 

Sativa strains can help shift or unblock creativity or generate new ideas for some. Not limited to creativity, Cannabis sativa strains can provide you with more introspective experiences.

Fade to Black

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Don’t sleep on sleeping. Suppose you’re among the many people that suffer from anxiety over not being able to sleep. Studies show a connection between cannabis and a good night’s sleep, so the plant might do the trick for those restless nights.

Indica strain edibles

You may be interested to hear that edibles could provide beneficial anxiety-relieving properties. An indica gummy before bed could help relax your thoughts and muscles to allow your imagination to wander away on more fun, dreamy adventures.

The Future of Self-Care with Cannabis

Self-care and cannabis are undergoing a revolution. With the emergence of new wellness practices that are more inclusive than ever before, we must take the time each day to practice caring for ourselves.

To note, not all types of cannabis will provide the same benefits for everyone. Speak with a cannabis professional before beginning a self-care plan.

References

Collaborator, B. C. (2020, May 12). Endocannabinoid-Enhancing Foods and Activities. Treadwell Farms. https://www.treadwellfarms.com/blogs/cbd-education/endocannabinoid-enhancing-activities-1

Robertson, K. (2021, February 26). Cannabis 101: A Guide to Sativa Strains. Healthline. https://www.healthline.com/health/sativa-strains#common-effects

Stahl, A. (2020, June 2). 5 Unexpected Self-Care Practices To Weave Into Your Work Day. Forbes. https://www.forbes.com/sites/ashleystahl/2020/06/02/5-unexpected-self-care-practices-to-weave-into-your-work-day/?sh=276312d51e11

WayofLeaf. (2020, June 5). 5 Best Cannabis Strains for Focus. https://wayofleaf.com/cannabis/ailments/best-marijuana-strains-for-staying-totally-focused

What Is the Endocannabinoid System? (2020, February 10). Verywell Health. https://www.verywellhealth.com/what-is-the-endocannabinoid-system-4171855

#Relevnt | Interview with Candis Dyer of The Human Solutions International

Candis Dyer started her cannabis career boots to the ground with Dallas, Texas-based Cannabis Open Carry Walks (COCW). She soon found herself in a leadership position within the organization.

Then, Candis’ desire to do more for the community led her to The Human Solution International – Texas Chapter.

Importantly, society is demanding more from people who have been released from prison. As a result, The Human Solution International offers peer-to-peer support to combat the disparities in cannabis offenses

Therefore, Candis is helping in a mentorship program that helps fight cannabis court cases and offer guidance with essential life skills for those reintegrating back into society.

She notes some of their needs include:

  • Understanding how to use your cell phone as a computer.
  • Help with financial management and budgeting.
  • Obtaining identification.

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CBD for Depression: What Would MLK Do?

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is known for his work in the Civil Rights Movement and nonviolent activism against racial inequality. MLK is importantly considered one of the most influential leaders in U.S history who suffered from depression.

It is a common mental health disorder that affects people of different ages, backgrounds, and ethnicities. People who suffer from depression may experience persistent sadness, hopelessness, and worthlessness. 

Symptoms can also manifest as anger or irritation, such as feeling like everything is an effort to do something. Depression is a disease that impacts brain chemistry and spreads into all aspects of life.

MLK

MLK Growing Up

MLK experienced both ups and downs growing up. An exceptional kid, he skipped his last two years of high school and enrolled at Morehouse College when he was 15.

On the other hand, following his grandmother’s passing from a heart attack on May 18, 1941, MLK attempted suicide twice by 13.

MLK

MLK Sr. noted, Martin Luther King, Jr, jumped from the second-floor window of his house after her death. He went on that Jr. would have crying spells, and was unable to sleep.

Dr. King had bouts of severe depression in adulthood. As we are still fighting the stigma around mental health today, he was concerned that people who opposed the civil rights movement would use it as a way to discredit him. As a result, he kept his symptoms a secret.

Suicide Prevention

Stigma in the Black Community

Fundamental research suggests that the rates of depression in African-Americans are roughly equal to or slightly less than Whites.

However, much of the research into Black people and depression find that it lasts longer in African-Americans than Whites. They may have other health issues, too, such as addiction, PTSD, and generalized anxiety.

Certainly, mental health stigma is strong in Black communities. Moreover, it affects Black men more strongly.

Stigma might affect someone who has depression, so they:

MLK
  • Instead of seeking treatment, many people avoid seeking help because they are afraid of admitting they have a problem.
  • Think that their depression is all in their head or the result of being a failure
  • Feel like they’re letting others down or like they don’t deserve help from others.
  • Worry about how racism in the medical industry affects their mental healthcare experience.

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What treatments are available?

However prevalent mental health stigma is in the Black Community, we don’t have to suffer in silence. Even if it doesn’t feel like it, symptoms can be managed with treatment. Many people have to experiment with different treatments to find which one works best.

The most common treatments for depression include:

  • Self-care is the act where people put themselves first every day. Self-care includes getting enough quality sleep.
  • There are a variety of medications you can take for depression. A person might need to try different ones or different doses of one to feel better.
  • Going into therapy is a great idea. You’ll be able to process negative emotions, strengthen your coping skills, heal your relationships, and understand the connection between your thoughts and feelings.
  • Lifestyle changes like more exercise and healthy eating can make a huge difference
  • Some people with severe depression might need to stay at a residential rehab center
  • A growing number of people find additional support from CBD, meditation, and other alternatives.

CBD for Depression: What Would MLK Do?

Now it’s 2022 and cannabis research is spreading worldwide. What stance would Reverend Martin Luther King Jr might have taken on CBD as a potential weapon to combat mental health issues.

Would he himself sought to treat his symptoms of depression with medicinal cannabis?

MLK

Dr. Livingston, the Senior Pastor of the Church of God by Faith #1 in Gainesville, Florida offers his point of view stating,

“I see pain daily. I lay hands on them, I do all the spiritual things I need to do, but sometimes the pain continues. So, compassionately, I want to support whatever it takes to relieve pain. If a doctor prescribes medical marijuana, you have my support. I’m not going to put you on the altar and send you to hell.”


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Conclusion

This MLK Jr. day, amid change and hope, let’s pay tribute to him by opening conversations every day with individuals in our communities suffering from mental illness.

Resources:

55 Mental Health Resources for People of Color. (s. f.). Social Work. https://www.onlinemswprograms.com/resources/social-issues/mental-health-resources-racial-ethnic-groups/

Brownlee, C. (2021, 2 junio). Black Pastors Have Faith in Medical Marijuana Treatment. BNC. https://bnc.tv/black-pastors-have-faith-in-medical-marijuana-treatment/

By Elissa Robinson, Detroit Free Press, Detroit Free Press. (2015, 19 enero). 5 things you might not know about Martin Luther King Jr. Detroit Free Press. https://eu.freep.com/story/news/nation/2015/01/19/martin-luther-king-jr/21988849/

Evans, J. O. (2021, 15 enero). How the Ebenezer Baptist Church has been a seat of Black power for generations in Atlanta. The Conversation. https://theconversation.com/how-the-ebenezer-baptist-church-has-been-a-seat-of-black-power-for-generations-in-atlanta-152804

Jennie Celeste Parks Williams (1875–1941) – Find. . . (s. f.). Find A Grave. https://nl.findagrave.com/memorial/13275867/jennie-celeste-williams

Johnson, D. T. B. H. (2019, 18 enero). Martin Luther King Jr. and combating mental health stigma. Times Herald. https://eu.thetimesherald.com/story/opinion/2019/01/18/martin-luther-king-jr-and-combating-mental-health-stigma/2618430002/

Journal, M. C. (2021, 2 junio). Black Pastors Have Faith in Medical Marijuana Treatment. Milwaukee Community Journal. https://communityjournal.net/black-pastors-have-faith-in-medical-marijuana-treatment/

Talk To Someone Now. (s. f.). Suicide Prevention Hotline. https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/talk-to-someone-now/

Villines, Z. (2020, 27 julio). What to know about depression in Black communities. MNT. https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/black-depression#treatment

Walter, K. (2021, 26 enero). Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: The Depression and Empathy That Contributed to His Humanity. Constellation Behavioral Health. https://www.constellationbehavioralhealth.com/blog/dr-martin-luther-king-jr-the-depression-and-empathy-that-contributed-to-his-humanity/

#Relevnt | Interview with Chris Marks of Your Cyber Guide

Louisiana-born Chris Marks of Your Cyber Guide always wanted to work in cyber security. He shares with us that he didn’t know of a degree program for cyber security where he was from. So, he went to college, graduated, then took it upon himself to learn the skills on his own and become an expert in the field.

Chris advocates for increasing the black and brown presence in the industry while building security awareness for the green industry. People don’t look like me. So I feel that people are trying to get just dispensaries. There are other things in this green industry that we can do if you don’t want to own a dispensary. We’re talking about creating an ecosystem.

He’s now in Dallas, Texas working with small-to-medium-size cannabis companies, trying to find people who need or might not even know they need to talk security. Chris asks business owners the tough questions like:

  • Are your people on your register logging in with one password? If so, why?
  • Do you have an acceptable usage policy to know what they can work on and what they can not use on your internet?

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#THC2021 | Interview with Nikita Seal, Owner of Pretty Rolls™

In this week’s post, we’re highlighting Nikita Seal, the owner of Pretty Rolls™. She shares with us that she didn’t know how to roll a joint, so it inspired her to bring luxury to the smoking experience for the “feminine” smoker by launching her own pre-rolled cone brand.

Fire it Up!

Tell us about Pretty Rolls™ and how you got started.

I’m a smoker who can’t roll a proper joint to save my life. So, I started using cones and had the idea to start my own pre-rolled cone company. Therefore Pretty Rolls was born.

Pretty Rolls is a play on words (Pre-Rolls). Pretty Rolls™ is not just a company that sells cones; we create luxury experiences for feminine smokers. We host private parties such as Puffin in the Park, Blunts, and Brunch, and our next event will be blunts and yoga.

What motivated Pretty Rolls™ to travel to The Texas Hemp Convention?

Although this was my first one, it only felt right to get my feet wet and be a part of this convention. Second, to meet so many people worldwide in this industry in one place was a no-brainer.


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Pretty Rolls at THC convention 2021

Tell us about your top-selling product or services.

Our top-selling product is our cones. They are slow-burning, with no runs or tears. Pretty Rolls™ are made of rice paper and natural dye which gives them that pretty pink color.

Pretty Rolls Mobile billboard

What were some challenges you faced entering the cannabis space?

Social media is banning my page and all the censorship. Also certain  family members not being supportive initially due to their judgmental way of thinking.

How do you maintain a positive outlook through it all?

I’m a naturally optimistic person. However, I meditate, pray and do a lot of self-care to keep myself grounded in the reality that I choose.

The fact that I choose is the one where everything always works out for me at the end. Even when the outcome is not the one I would have chosen.

Let’s Get Lit!

What have been some of your best practices for promoting Pretty Rolls™?

My best practice is to be authentically me and share the journey with my supporters. In a world filled with so many fakes and illusions. Real people respect REAL.

Pretty Rolls

What do you hope people take away from Pretty Rolls™ after leaving the convention?

I hope that people see that black women in this industry are here, we’re here to stay and more of us are on our way.

What would you like to see more of at the convention?

I would love to see more people of color in this space.


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What’s some advice for folks that want to get in the industry?

Know the laws and connect with everyone you can in this industry. People in this industry are some of the coolest people you’ll ever meet.

Nikita Seal

Pass It Around!

What’s next for Pretty Rolls™?

I see Pretty Rolls as a global brand in every smoke shop worldwide. Next year, I plan to tour, host our private parties, and spread pink love to everyone I meet.

How can people reach you?

Follow us on IG @Prettyrolls420 or email us if you’re interested in wholesale at prettyrolls420@gmail.com.

Any shout-outs?

I’d like to shout out my other two companies, Anxiety is a Mutha, our lit ass podcast on Apple podcast, iHeart Radio, etc., and my food truck ZZ’s Ice Cream Puffs.

#THC2021 | Interview with Troy, Creator of The Crazy World of Roach & Budd

L.T. Mock aka (Troy) , the creator of Dallas, Texas-based The Crazy World of Roach & Budd, brings his hilarious cartoon idea to the cannabis space. However, it is about more than illustrations, the Roach & Budd family brings love, laughter, and light to the cannabis industry.

Fire it Up!

Tell us about The Crazy World of Roach & Budd and how you got started.

The Roach & Budd brand started as a funny cartoon idea – The Crazy World of Roach & Budd. After years of planning and preparation with storylines and character development, we finally got the ball rolling. I began with a few designs that I would eventually turn into comic strips, The Roach & Budd “Chronicles”. After a few years of promoting and selling merchandise to help boost awareness, the brand grew. It was time to take the next step and bring the characters to life.

It took several attempts to find the right look as close to my vision as possible, but it finally came together. I went with my sound/production crew to record voiceover/sound for the Animation into the studio. It took a few hours…. and a couple of weeks, lol, to construct our first short episode.

Innovative work and dedication will take you a long way. The first episode has yet to be released,  but you can find clips via our social media sites/YouTube (Roach & Budd TV) as well as our website www.roachandbudd.com.

The actual release date has yet to be confirmed, but it’s estimated to be the first quarter of 2022.


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The Crazy World of Roach & Budd
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What motivated The Crazy World of Roach & Budd to travel to The Texas Hemp Convention?

I am a Texas native born and raised, and I have been in the hemp industry for years now. I’m still learning and understanding what all it has to offer. I attended the first hemp convention to see what it was all about.

Then, this year they reached out to me to be a vendor and ended up a sponsor.


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Texas Hemp Convention 2021
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Tell us The Crazy World of Roach & Budd’s top-selling product or service.

The top-selling product would be stickers and our Nurse Sweetie T-shirts. And, the top-selling service would be the Pothead Mascot. Everyone wants to chill with Pothead!

We get a lot of requests for him to make an appearance while I get to sign posters and meet our supporters.

What were some challenges you faced entering the cannabis space?

Not to play the race card, but being a Black man in the cannabis industry is tough. You see what’s going on in the world, and it’s like adding fuel to the fire.

I have had my encounters, but thankfully I have been blessed to see different turnouts my condolences  to victims who weren’t as lucky as I was., may they RIP. 

The cannabis industry is such a fun market. The people are kool and the energy is different from what I’m used to. But understanding the laws from state to state can be a bit of a challenge since they are constantly changing.

Not getting the initial support from most of your family or peers was a good one. People looked at me and kind of laughed since I’m always joking and playing, and I guess they didn’t take the idea seriously. I can also say some weren’t too thrilled at me joining the cannabis world.

How do you maintain a positive outlook through it all? 

I like to be an example to my children as they grow as well as others. The universe has a funny way of aligning us with our purpose and showing us things, and teaching us stuff through failure and falling on the way.

Things on a day-to-day may not go your way, but sometimes if you are patient enough and strong enough to endure whatever life throws at you at those moments, you will see the light at the end of the tunnel. And, even still, you have to focus and lean on your determination and faith to get to where you vision yourself to be.

Knowing that you will be stronger and very much prepared to overcome whatever comes after you reach the light.

I could go on and on.

Let’s Get Lit!

What have been some of your best practices for promoting The Crazy World of Roach & Budd?

  1. Going to different events and meeting people face to face. I love to see everyone’s reaction to the the brand as a whole 
  2. The Animation clips are super dope. People love to see the characters in action.
  3. Aligning with the right people who have good intentions and love to spread the word. 
  4. The music behind Roach & Budd allows us to be free ranged and enjoy the fun of creating at a HIGH level. “pun intended” LOL. It also gives us a chance to reach other artists with dope music that are interested in being involved in something special.

What do you hope people take away from The Crazy World of Roach & Budd after they leave the convention?

That we aren’t just any brand, we are a family. Above all else, we wish to bring light to the cannabis industry and break these stigmas. Helping to do our part in the fight.

We encourage others to not be afraid and to educate and medicate themselves naturally in a time where the use of opioids is rapidly increasing. Letting them know what’s behind the brand, fully functioning on love, great energy, and bringing people together.

But I do it the best way I know how by laughter and entertainment.

What would you like to see more of at the convention?

Education on the different laws and how to protect themselves if needed. Best strains for specific ailments and how they help fight certain symptoms.

The Crazy World of Roach & Budd
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The Crazy World of Roach & Budd
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What’s some advice for folks that want to get in the industry?

Educate yourself the best you can and don’t be afraid of not knowing. You never know who or how you help someone by enlightening yourself.

Don’t get overwhelmed by all the propaganda.

Pass It Around!

What’s next for The Crazy World of Roach & Budd?

Getting the world more acquainted with the brand. Getting the cartoon to new levels and putting myself and others in better positions to help and make a difference somehow.

How can people reach you?

Several ways social media Instagram @roachandbudd_official or via email roachandbuddmedia@gmail.com.

Also, shoot me a text at 8176304930

Any shout-outs?

Too many to name but to everyone who believed from day one. To my team, of course, to all of our Buddies out there, we highly appreciate the love and support! To CannIWork, for this beautiful opportunity to be heard.

Last but not least, shout out to myself for not giving up on a vision and a dream.

#Relevnt | An Interview with Peter Labat IV, Owner of The Labat Wood Shop

Chicago-based The Labat Wood Shop owner,  Peter Labat IV loves to work on his woodworking, so much so that he’s turned it into a thriving business. He began storing projects that looked amazing, affordable, and easy on Pinterest in 2016. Soon, Peter was into various woodworking like carvings and furniture.

“The thing that captivated me about woodworking, is that it could be both beautiful and functional.”

Peter Labat IV

He started by making things for his home and gradually collecting tools. He spent four years perfecting his woodworking craft then in 2020, Peter lost his job as a navigational watch officer in the Gulf of Mexico.

Instantly he knew he’d be starting his own furniture company. Thus, The Labat Wood Shop was born.

The Labat Wood Shop

Let’s Get Lifted!

Drops or salve; Why?

I’m embarrassed to admit I haven’t had either. We don’t get many of these options in New Orleans, and I imagine it’s the same way in other places where cannabis isn’t legal. I’m hoping that as my business grows into stronger cannabis marketplaces, I’ll get to try things like this.

If you could be a cannabis superhero, who would you be?

I think I would be ‘Super Chill”. A guy who can make everyone sit down and be quiet haha. I love peace, quiet, tranquility, and calm. I hate commotion, chaos, and confusion.

What are your top 2 smoking songs?

This might be the hardest question. Curren$y is my favorite canna-rapper and one of my top of 5 overall favorites. His whole library is filled with smoking hits. But the two most acclaimed are Famous – from Pilot Talk 2 and Surface to Air from the How Fly mixtape with Wiz Khalifa

Dab into Business!

How did The Labat Wood Shop get started?

So, The Labat Wood Shop is a woodworking company first and foremost. We specialize in custom furniture building and design; it just so happens that our signature product is a premium rolling tray made from exotic hardwood. So we are not necessarily a cannabis brand. We’re more cannabis adjacent.

I started woodworking as a hobby in 2014. I loved how versatile and creative you could be with wood. You can carve and sculpt it to make artwork or use it to build furniture. You can paint it, stain it, toggle between classic and vintage styles, build coasters to houses, and everything in between.

I had already fallen in love with the craft, and planned to monetize it in some way before the pandemic. So when I got laid off from my job due to Covid, I already knew that I’d be starting a woodworking company. Now here we are, still charging ahead, trying to stay afloat!


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Describe your niche in the cannabis space.

As I said, our signature product is a premium rolling tray made from exotic hardwood, but it’s much more than that; it’s a Companion! See, your typical rolling tray is made from cheap, thin metal easily dented or damaged and has those goofy Scooby-Doo graphics printed on it.

That might be cool when you’re in college, but not when you’re a seasoned stoner. Most avid cannabis users are grown-ups, businessmen, and women who are working professionals and even have kids. No one who pays a mortgage should have to roll their flower on one of those goofy trays. We offer a more mature option to the marketplace.

We named it the Companion to show people that this is a LIFETIME smoking accessory. The last rolling tray you’ll ever need. We all cherish those moments when we finally sit down to roll up. Whether it’s the wake and bake or the nightcap, and when you pull out your one-of-a-kind smoking Companion, it makes that moment even more special!

Did you face any legal or criminal barriers to cannabis entry? If so, how did you overcome the barriers?


Thankfully, I’ve never faced any issues like this. The closest criminal encounter I’ve had was being busted hotboxing in my homeboy’s car down the road from our college. We saw the police car rolling upon us so I hurried up and swallowed the blunt.

The cop told us to exit the car, and when we did, of course, hella smoke poured out, but there was nothing left for him to find. He asked us what we were doing here, and we told him we were students. He just told us to go and never come back. We were so shook I think we quit smoking for about a week haha.

WHAT ARE SOME TALENTS, SKILLS, EXPERIENCE, AND KNOWLEDGE that YOU have TRANSFERRED TO CANNABIS?

I think I’m a very sociable person! I enjoy conversing with people about interesting topics. Hobbies, jobs, life, and whatever gets us both excited enough to truly engage with one another.

I’ve always been organized and structured though as well. So I know how to use my time wisely, accomplish tasks, and stay productive.

WHAT ARE SOME TALENTS, SKILLS, AND KNOWLEDGE that YOU Have PICKED UP WHILE IN CANNABIS?


How to be a salesman! I’ve had to really sharpen my sales skills since being in business. Knowing how to talk to customers, tell them what they want to hear, and explain my company and product well. Learning where to find customers and how to attract them.

Which tech tools did you use to start The Labat Wood Shop?

  • Wix for my website
  • Quickbooks for bookkeeping
  • Instagram and Facebook for marketing/sales.
  • Getting into Tik Tok now.
  • Inshot for photo/video editing

How does The Labat Wood Shop stand out from other brands within your target population?

The Labat Wood Shop stands out as a brand because there aren’t any household woodworking brands inside the cannabis space that I’m aware of. Raw makes wooden rolling trays, yes, but not out of exotic wood, and their trays don’t tell a story or have a name like ours do!

For them, it’s just another product in their line, and that’s okay. We want to be a household name for wooden rolling trays inside the cannabis space. What Raw is to rolling papers, we want to be to rolling trays.

I’m a woodworking enthusiast, so I’m more passionate about woodworking than cannabis, and I think that’s what makes us unique.

Tell us about The Labat Wood Shop’s top products and services.

Our signature product is The Companion, a premium rolling tray made from exotic hardwoods such as maple, African Mahogany, and walnut, just to name a few. Each Companion is completely unique because no two trays have the same grain, just like no two people have the same fingerprint.

It’s a classier/more mature option than the rolling trays you see on the market, and every hardworking, seasoned smoker should have a premium rolling tray in their collection. They’re built to last a lifetime, so you’ll literally use them every day.

The Labat Wood Shop

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What have been some highlights with marketing The Labat Wood Shop?

Actually getting recognized! We’ve been on the front page of the newspaper, interviewed by blogs and great organizations, I’ve been recognized in the street by people who follow our Instagram, and have made some really great new friendships on social media as well.

All of it is extremely wonderful, and we couldn’t be more grateful! We take advantage of every opportunity we possibly can to network and grow our brand.

What have been some challenges THE LABAT WOOD SHOP has faced with marketing?


Actually making sales!! Actually generating revenue!! I think a lot of people like our product, but we’re just not seeing the numbers. We don’t have enough outreach! Not enough people are seeing us, and when they do see us, I don’t think we present like a “company.”

I think we present ourselves as an artist/woodworker/small business. But we have a lot of “irons in the fire.” There’s a lot of momentum generating, and we’re expecting a really big boost in November and December. The holidays will obviously be huge, but we’ve also got the Black Cannabis Conference in November, and I am 100% confident that we will meet the people who will help catapult us to the next level!!


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What’s The Labat Wood Shop’s silver lining to it all?


Knowing that if you push through, you will succeed!! You gotta go through the grit and grind to come out on top.

The Labat Wood Shop

What are some best practices for advertising The Labat Wood Shop?

We don’t advertise well. So we rely solely on social media posting for advertising. We haven’t fully implemented our budget yet, so we don’t run “ads”; we just post. And we don’t really post strategically. We just…post. Our real advertising strategy is about tapping into influencers.

We will definitely skyrocket if we can get our trays to Curren$y, Wiz, and Snoop.

What are some best practices for growing your audience on social media?

I wish I knew. Nothing I do seems to work, lol. I just be pouring my Lil heart into those reels. Still waiting for one to go viral.

What’s some advice you have for folks that want to enter the space?1 response
Find your niche and dig into it. There are so many people going into business. Not just cannabis, all businesses.

If you want to set yourself apart, you have to brand, and branding is nothing more than telling your story.

Engage!

How can people reach The Labat Wood Shop?

+1-504-782-7747

The Labat Wood Shop Social media pages


@thelabatwoodshop on all platforms

The Labat Wood Shop website


www.thelabatwoodshop.com

Any Shout outs?

Peter Labat IV of The Labat Wood Shop would like to give thanks to…

🥰 “My wife, for doing all she can for supporting me in our business and life. And, shoutout to my son, Peter Labat V (the Fif) for being the future of our company, even if he doesn’t know it yet.”

Giving special daps to…

📣 @grindngrowchicago @morefyaherbal @bellapipes @woodworkingesquire @mikejonesmadeit @dunnswood