Updated: Feb 6
With the nation gripped in suspense, a historic transfer of power is underway in America. An unprecedented change from the days of low-quality, chemical cannabis extractions and cheaply made trim-run BHO products, pods, and Presidents. With the solventless transition of power unfolding before our very eyes, our community of cannabis lovers are waking up to the benefits of over 200 cannabinoids not present in chemical extractions. With a marketplace packed full of unedible-edibles made from distillates (cheapest and least effective cannabis extract), thank heady-heaven there's Space Gem and their new 600mg THC Gem Guice!
But what exactly is a "tincture" and why does the word "tincture" matter? I'll get there, but after downing three quarters of a shockingly delicious bottle last night, I woke up still feeling good and realized I was still high. I sipped another quarter of the bottle about an hour ago and I am legitimately toasted. Yup, that's about enough for tonight. Wow!
Sorry, now, where was I?
While Space Gem's latest rendition is technically labeled a "tincture," it's a solventless tincture. Let me say it again. Gem Juice is a Solventless Tincture. It took a few times around the block for this to register first hand but began to clarify with a little research. I'll tell you straight out the gate, "tincture" is a category necessary to sell more powerful concoctions under CA state regulations. As a product I've never desired, once again Wendy proves me wrong. After completely changing what I thought an edible can be, the same has already happened for this modern take on a classic cannabis concoction. In order to offer a stronger product, Gem Guice Solventless Tinctures forgo traditional methods, to create a new form of liquid ice water hash.
The Merriam Webster dictionary defines "tincture" as: “A tincture is typically an extract of plant or animal material dissolved in ethanol (ethyl alcohol)". Well then, Gem Guice tincture isn't your Great-Grand-Father's kind of cannabis tincture, that's for sure. Try ice water hash added to a syrup of fresh picked local fruit. It's just that simple, like a liquid hash. Such a thing didn't register to me at first and took a few explanations before things were clear. Before explaining anymore, let's take a look back at traditional cannabis tinctures to understand the premise of one using ice water hash.
Tincture Time in America
By the early 19th century, cannabis tinctures were an easy way to extract a more powerful liquid form of cannabis, which was intended to be taken sublingually, absorbed under the tongue. Cannabis tinctures are said to have been the most widely available preparation for Cannabis in America during the early 1900's, prior to prohibition. Cannabis Tinctures were being produced by a long list of pharmaceutical companies who remain in business today such as, Pfizer, Merck & co, Brystol-Meyers-Squibb, and many more. How nice of Big-Pharma to have profited enormously off cannabis tinctures prior to prohibition, before quickly finding new and deadly prescription pills to flood the nation with.
But in the Cannabis Tincture hay-day, when cannabis tinctures could be bought and sold in every apothecary style of store or pharmacy, it was everywhere. Often manufacturers used custom in-house methods that all worked around the use of what can be considered the first chemically extracted, solvent-based methods of making tincture. After soaking raw cannabis material in ethyl alcohol for extended periods of time, the mixture is strained, squeezed through a cheesecloth to remove plant material and leave only a concentrated liquid behind. Most of the alcohol would eventually evaporate, but it was common for some alcohol to remain and create a cannabis tonic, as well as a tincture. While this method is still in use for herbs and essential oils today, it's much more appropriate for whole leaf herbs and spices, and not cannabis trichome collection.
Traditionally speaking, tinctures take cannabis material and soak it in ethyl alcohol for an extended period. The alcohol is intended to eventually evaporate, leaving behind a concentrated cannabis tincture. NO THANK YOU! We prefer to put our weed in water instead and leave the booze for the bar! With Space Gems edibles flying off the shelves, they have a whole new take on tinctures. Introducing the first Humboldt County sun-grown, solventless elixir of fresh-local fruit and ice-water hash. It's certainly a taste of Humboldt County cultivation, cannabis, hash, berries, and all.
Prior techniques using alcohol solvents could only dream of the optimal quality ice water hash provides. As a tincture is both a product and a form of extraction, Space Gem Gem Guice Tincture refers merely to the "style" of a liquid product and not the method it was made. No alcohol is ever used in the making of Space Gem's "solventless tincture". Since the water hash is removed from cannabis prior, the hash is simply steeped in a syrup. Space Gem’s tincture begins with water hash and foregoes the alcohol.
Since tinctures began with cannabis plant material, the alcohol acted as a solvent to dissolve trichomes from the plant for traditional tinctures. Here lie the roots of BHO history, but this isn't desirable when ice water hash consists of preserved trichomes, the same perfect trichomes alcohol dissolves.
Instead the Ice Water Hash is infused into an elixir of freshly picked Blackberries from Humboldt County's own Small Fruits Farms. Using California's finest cannabis grown by Talking Trees Farms, Space Gem infuses a sweet and delicious syrup of fruit and water directly with ice water hash. Not only the best, but the best tasting liquid hash drink around.
Did Someone Say Cannabinoids?
The 600mg of THC contained in Gem Guice Solventless Tincture is only a fraction of the whole picture. Our understanding of how cannabis works has evolved quicker than the legislation governing it, as THC is almost the only thing labeling laws care to recognize. With over 200 cannabinoids contained within each trichome, there's clearly a whole lot more to be desired in solventless products.
The cannabinoids other than THC, can make up a significant percent of the full cannabinoid profile present in the plant. If you read Space Blog Episode 2, you will understand the significance of cannabinoids and their interactions causing the Entourage Effect. While terpenes are huge in determining effects, the cannabinoids seem to be forgotten again. Thanks to the solventless model, an abundance of cannabinoids remain present and active in the Gem Guice Tincture like: CBG, CBN, CBD, THC-V, CBC, CBDV, and more. As solventless edible options start to infiltrate the market people will immediately realize how much was missing from their prior distillate product of choice.
The more people understand the processes involved in making cannabis products, especially from chemical solvents, the more they realize the significantly improved model for solventless methods. They are distinctly different products in whats included or not. The days of these chemically altered and modified cannabis products are almost up, as people begin to understand the key concepts. Splash some of the new Gem Juice Solventless Tincture down and take a break from the worries of the weirdest world.
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