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Solventless: Unlocking the potential of ice water extraction

An extract made without ever touching a chemical. 

Jetty Co-founder and head of production Nate Ferguson has been on a mission to make a cleaner vape since he and his partners started Jetty back in 2013, and R&D has always been at the forefront. Jetty innovation led to the first vape (we think!) free of cutting agents. That led to better and better techniques for modern solvent-based extraction, used today in just about every vape product on the market. 

In many ways though, Solventless marks a milestone in the clean vape quest: An extract made without ever touching a chemical. 

We sat down with Nate to get the story behind Jetty’s new Solventless Vape ahead of a limited-release launch in late 2020 and broader rollout in 2021. 

Q. What is Jetty Solventless Vape?

Nate Ferguson: The simple answer is it’s extract made without any solvents or chemicals. We only use ice, water, heat and pressure in the entire extraction and purification process, so it’s super clean. Some people like to point out that water is actually a solvent—and they’re technically right. But when we say “solventless” most people know that we mean no ethanol or chemicals like that. 

Q. Jetty Solventless Vape is a unique product and solves a pretty important problem...

NF: Definitely. The knock against solventless vape and live rosin is that the flavor usually degrades as you heat it and get through the cart. Starts out amazing but ends up not so great. That’s because the ice water extraction not only preserves the full spectrum of terps and cannabinoids, but it also includes lipids and the undesirable stuff. We’ve been working on this at the lab for a long time and developed a natural purification process that removes the undesirable stuff that can mess with the flavor, while preserving everything we want to keep. 

Q. So is Jetty Solventless Vape considered live rosin? 

NF: Not exactly, We extract really good live rosin and then do an extra purification and processing step. So that extra step makes it a little different than a typical live rosin. 

Q. Who supplies the cannabis for Jetty Solventless Vape? 

NF: We do! We’ve been setting up the Jetty Farm for a while now, getting ready for this. We control the whole process now: getting the right phenos in the ground, controlling the harvest. That’s really important when you’re growing for solventless. The first strains came down in October and they are amazing. We flash freeze them right on the farm. We’re also growing everything we’re using for our UNREFINED Live Resin too. 

Q. How would you describe the high? 

NF: With the processing we’re doing—starting with a really nice live rosin—the potency is very high. You’re gonna see an average of 80%, 85% THC. But you're also getting all the terps available too, which leads to a strong entourage effect. So it’s a unique, complex high...It’s clean, light on the body. It’s exceptional. 

Q. What’s next?

NF: Well, we all like to dab...We’re gonna have solventless concentrates on the menu soon. A bunch of live rosin, Tropicana Cookies, Cake strains. It’s gonna be fun!

Q. If you were a budtender for a day, how would you describe Jetty Solventless Vape to a customer?

NF: I was a budtender! And ran a dispensary in the early days...Well, I’d probably say that it’s the cleanest vape product on the market. It’s made without ever touching any chemicals and it’s extracted in a way that preserves all the flavor and all the best parts of the plant. There’s nothing cleaner or more flavorful, and it has a strong, uplifting high. It really is something special.