01 May Pure Terpenes for Flavor and Aroma
There is a large emphasis in the industry on terpenes and terpene content of oils and their role in flavor and aroma. This is true in both medical and recreational markets. In medical markets, patients have preferences in taste as they move into a “prescription” based dosage form of the medication. In recreational markets, flavor can trump potency as consumers seek a full experience.
For the producer, there are some important facts about terpenes that should be considered when formulating a product. First fact is that most terpenes are highly reactive and react with the matrix and with each other and can produce off odors and off flavors. This reaction starts to occur upon exposure to air and continues through processing. A product leaving your production facility that has the desired taste may not have the desired taste a week later when it is sold to the customer. The terpene conundrum is more pronounced because there really is no standard on taste. In fact, some people may prefer the off odor of flavor. Therefore it is important to take steps to prevent degradation of the terpenes in your formulation.
One way to do that is to remove the terpenes from the oil during production, then add them back in just before shipping in a very small amount. A GRAS preservative can also be added to the formulation if allowed. We show you how to do this separation. The adjacent picture shows a strain specific pure terpene mixture that is free from any actives. These terpenes are great for flavor additives in butane and supercritical Co2 extracts. If you are interested in obtaining some terpenes, we sell them to you by the gram. Please fill out the form and note that you are interested in pure strain specific terpenes.