Flavoring CBD Oil or CBD Wax Flavoring Agents
Flavoring CBD Oil or CBD wax is different than flavoring candy, vapor, or even chocolate. CBD oil, wax and the “pens” that may be used as a delivery system require a very potent oil based flavor formulation that is not normally offered by flavor houses due to the very potent nature of the esters and the problem of “perceived” value. In short, Cannabis wax flavoring is very expensive to make so small amounts are pricey. We do not sell CBD oil or wax and this needs to be made clear. We sell flavoring for it. We do not know the efficacy of CBD oil nor do we agree or disagree what it contains or what it does or does not do.
Because of clever marketers CBD Oil means different things to different people. To some, it means Cannabis oil with the THC extracted (making it legal in most states) and to some, such as Californians it probably means with THC. The most popular medically used isolate is known as “Marinol.” Marinol, (prescription required) is a synthetic version of delta-9-THC that truly does help chemo patients desire food as well as a myriad of other benefits for physically ill persons. The amount of states approving it with a prescription is growing and both markets [with or without THC] is rapidly growing. Regardless of which Cannabis botanical product you are trying to flavor in this area – you need a very potent concentrated flavor that can flavor at 2-4% not ten times that as is true when flavoring vapor products. One of many reasons vapor requires more flavor is because a lot of flavor is lost in “vapor clouds.” Another important reason is because Cannabis derived oils are not cheap and each ounce is far more pricey than say PG or VG. So Cannabis oil products do not require “fillers” in the actual flavor formula that we do use to make typical flavor compounds such as water based vapor compounds or even sweets such as hard candy.
Back then, flavor houses denied vehemently that their flavor could be reduced to be more powerful. I found out after flavor chemistry school this was not true and the primary reason they could not reduce the flavor potency further was because they had CHINA really manufacturing their orders. I forgot to mention it was taking me three weeks to ever get flavor or a correction of a flavor from the time I paid. So my cash flow of thousands was always suspended in air for three weeks before I even got the first drop of a new flavor order. Typically I had $30,000 in this three week suspension. Learning flavor could be more potent in many cases, but it was really coming from China, I realized they would never be able to do much. It became clear they would never be able to speed up orders, speed fixing an order, or much of anything. The flavor houses always needed three weeks to get it from China was the truth. Since the vapor market – many began having more flavor in stock so the three week secret was not so apparent, and to be competitive.
In Summary: All this to say Cannabis, hemp oil and wax related products need an oil based high potency formula that can flavor at 2-4% not ten times that. We now sell a line of our flavor formulas in this manner and skip adding “fillers” on our end. Not all of my flavor formulas have been converted over or even can be reduced to tiny amounts. Some do need the dilution of PG or canola oil (depending on end use) and the entire gallon space to reach the target flavor. Cotton Candy would be the best example of a flavor that a gallon needs almost a gallon. The dessert family is the hardest and I am still working at reformulation to offer a true low percent flavor for CBD, Wax or hemp oil. This is because dessert flavors need vanilla and the best throwing vanillas are water based. Cotton candy is one prime example of a flavor that needs a lot of space.
Starbust “Type” Flavor Perfected “Hi-Chew”
This flavor is most suitable for candy makers or vaporizers. It is not suitable for coffee, chocolate, cbd oil or wax. My favorite candy is Starburst Strawberry Fruit Chews and when Taco Bell came out with a Strawberry Starburst drink I was one of the first to stand in line. The drink is close enough to the real candy, and very tasty, but missing something, and I knew what it was missing. I definitely did not use the drink to inspire from when I perfected our new formula, but I did drink copious amounts of their product because the Taco Bell drink is a major league kidney stone breaker upper. For that purpose I was drinking a few quarts a day for a few weeks. I had three stones to move along in February. “Oh, YOU again?” As I pretty much went to Taco Bell a lot during that period, opening, close and popping my head into the drive through window. I was not the only one who knew this drink helps stones so they were OUT of it every other day. Why is the Starburst drink so effective on kidney stones? It is full of citric and other fruit acids which break away at stones as well as a tasty way to stay hydrated when perhaps not staying hydrated caused issues in the first place. I can probably make my own now, although flavoring water is the only market I have not worked as a flavorist.
The Starburst “type” flavor is better known in Europe as a totally different brand called “Hi-Chew.” Hi-Chew a very popular candy that comes from Japan. I perfected the Starburst or Hi-Chew “type” flavor better than any other flavor I have ever formulated in my life. It is ethereal, creamy, slightly tangy, sweet, milky, tart, juicy, mouthwatering very pleasurable. It was formulated to be a “BASE” because my biggest followers are “blenders” who will inevitably will add my formula’s to their own secret flavor arrangements. So, the Fruit Chew Flavor Base can be used as it is, or with another flavor to compliment it. “As is” the fruit chew base is slightly fruity, very subtle fruit. We tested the new flavor at only 10% in the rest VG. It was dynamite. That is half to typical use for vapor.
After I perfected the Fruit Chew base my staff added Cherry to see at what level is that tasty? They went with 50% FCB to 50% Cherry and liked it at 1:1. [FCB means Fruit Chew Base]. So, five percent BASE, five percent Cherry Flavor, remainder of 90% VG for purpose of vaping it and all agree very balanced flavor. Regardless of what flavor brand – most people are used to using 20% or 25% flavor in ALL VG formulations and experts will say our flavors do tend to taste better at lower levels. More flavor often is not “better” flavor. But all fruits cannot be simply blended at the same level, each one will be different. We have not had the time yet to do many variations. We are very busy with CBD flavor oil market (article below this one.)
Adding your own fruits to the base can be endless and can extend WAY beyond the original four flavors of that brand. But each flavor will need to be formulated at a different level. Our lemon, for example, is so strong we will be trying 20% of that to 80% of Fruit Chew Flavor Base. That means we will try it at 90% VG 8% Fruit Chew Flavor base and 2% Lemon Flavor and expect a really good fruit chew flavor.
Fruit ideas to add off the top of my head would be: Apple, Banana, Coconut, Hypnotic (Passion Fruit), Mango, Pineapple, Watermelon, or even a combination such as Tigers Blood-like Strawberry, Watermelon, Coconut.
Another flavor we have had that is a best seller among my private clients for the last six months and never was posted on any website until this newsletter is “Iced Donut w Sprinkles” and it tastes just like eating cake sprinkles. For vapor flavor it is located here: Iced Donut w Sprinkles. This flavor is really good for candy, flavor and coffee beans as well. It contains no Diacetyl or cousins of Diacytel.