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Smokeless cannabis composition and method of manufacture

Updated Time 12 June 2019

Patent Registration Data

Publication Number

US9901607

Application Number

US15/219051

Application Date

25 July 2016

Publication Date

27 February 2018

Current Assignee

SILEN, MARK J.

Original Assignee (Applicant)

SILEN, MARK J.

International Classification

A61K36/185,A61K47/46,A61K31/352,A61K47/10,A61K36/064

Cooperative Classification

A61K36/185,A61K9/0056,A61K9/08,A61K31/352,A61K35/644

Inventor

SILEN, MARK J.

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Abstract

A cannabis composition includes a cannabis material and an additive solution. Cannabis material includes flowers, sugar leaves, and fan leaves from a cannabis plant, and can be configured to be finely cut or coarsely cut. An additive solution includes honey and a cannabis extract. Further disclosed is a method of manufacture of a cannabis composition, including a method for allowing a cannabis composition to ferment and a method of heating a cannabis composition.

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Claims

1. A cannabis composition adapted for oral use, comprising: a) a cannabis material; and b) an additive solution, comprising honey and a cannabis extract; wherein the cannabis extract is a cannabis extract oil comprising a concentration of tetrahydrocannabinol in a range of 15 to 70 percent by volume of the cannabis extract oil; wherein the cannabis extract oil is in a range of 0.25 gram to 1 gram per ounce of the cannabis material, and the honey is in a range of 2.5 to 10 ml per ounce of the cannabis material.

2. The cannabis composition of claim 1, wherein the additive solution further comprises rectified alcohol with a concentration in a range of 90 to 98 percent alcohol by volume.

3. The cannabis composition of claim 1, wherein the cannabis composition is configured as a dip, such that the cannabis material has an average particle size in a range of 0.3 mm to 2 mm, wherein the cannabis material comprises flower material from a cannabis plant.

4. The cannabis composition of claim 3, wherein the cannabis material is the flower material from the cannabis plant.

5. The cannabis composition of claim 1, wherein the cannabis composition is configured as a chew, such that the cannabis material has an average particle size greater than 2 mm, wherein the cannabis material comprises a fan leaf material from a cannabis plant.

6. The cannabis composition of claim 5, wherein the cannabis material is the fan leaf material from the cannabis plant.

7. The cannabis composition of claim 1, wherein the cannabis composition is configured as a stick, wherein the cannabis material comprises a sugar leaf material from a cannabis plant, wherein the cannabis composition is compressed to a stick shape, and wherein the honey is in a range of 2.5 to 10 ml per ounce of the cannabis material.

8. The cannabis composition of claim 7, wherein the cannabis material is the sugar leaf material from the cannabis plant.

9. The cannabis composition of claim 1, wherein the cannabis material comprises at least 70% of the total dry weight of the cannabis composition.

10. The cannabis composition of claim 1, wherein the cannabis material is made from a cannabis plant that has been grown using a fertilizer comprising Saccharomyces cerevisiae.

11. The cannabis composition of claim 1, wherein the additive solution further comprises Saccharomyces cerevisiae.

12. A method of manufacture of a cannabis composition adapted for oral use, comprising: a) providing a cannabis material; b) adding an additive solution to the cannabis material, wherein the additive solution comprises honey and a cannabis extract, thereby creating a cannabis composition; c) allowing the cannabis composition to ferment for a first period of time; andd) heating the cannabis material to a predetermined temperature for a second period of time; wherein the cannabis extract is a cannabis extract oil comprising a concentration of tetrahydrocannabinol in a range of 15 to 70 percent by volume of the cannabis extract oil; wherein the cannabis extract oil is in a range of 0.25 gram to 1 gram per ounce of the cannabis material, and the honey is in a range of 2.5 to 10 ml per ounce of the cannabis material.

13. The method of claim 12, wherein the additive solution further comprises rectified alcohol with a concentration in a range of 90 to 98 percent alcohol by volume.

14. The method of claim 12, wherein the cannabis material has an average particle size in a range of 0.3 mm to 2 mm, wherein the cannabis material comprises flower material from a cannabis plant, such that the cannabis composition is configured as a dip.

15. The method of claim 12, wherein the cannabis material has an average particle size greater than 2 mm, wherein the cannabis material comprises a fan leaf material from a cannabis plant, such that the cannabis composition is configured as a chew.

16. The method of claim 12, wherein the cannabis material comprises sugar leaf material from a cannabis plant, the method further comprising compressing the cannabis composition into a compressed stick shape, such that the cannabis composition is configured as a stick, wherein the honey is in a range of 2.5 to 10 ml per ounce of the cannabis material.

17. The method of claim 12, wherein the first period of time is in a range of 12 to 36 hours.

18. The method of claim 12, wherein the predetermined temperature is in a range of 150° F. to 250° F.

19. The method of claim 12, wherein the second period of time is in a range of 15 to 45 minutes.

20. The method of claim 16, wherein the second period of time is in a range of 45 to 75 minutes.

21. The method of claim 12, wherein the cannabis material is made from a cannabis plant that has been grown using a fertilizer comprising Saccharomyces cerevisiae.

22. The method of claim 12, wherein the additive solution further comprises Saccharomyces cerevisiae.

23. A cannabis composition adapted for oral use, comprising: a) a cannabis material; and b) an additive solution, comprising honey, Saccharomyces cerevisiae, and a cannabis extract.

24. The cannabis composition of claim 23, wherein the cannabis extract is a cannabis extract oil comprising a concentration of tetrahydrocannabinol in a range of 15 to 70 percent by volume of the cannabis extract oil.

25. The cannabis composition of claim 24, wherein the cannabis extract oil is in a range of 0.25 gram to 1 gram per ounce of the cannabis material, and the honey is in a range of 2.5 to 10 ml per ounce of the cannabis material.

26. The cannabis composition of claim 23, wherein the additive solution further comprises rectified alcohol with a concentration in a range of 90 to 98 percent alcohol by volume.

27. The cannabis composition of claim 23, wherein the cannabis composition is configured as a dip, such that the cannabis material has an average particle size in a range of 0.3 mm to 2 mm, wherein the cannabis material comprises flower material from a cannabis plant.

28. The cannabis composition of claim 1, wherein the cannabis composition is configured as a chew, such that the cannabis material has an average particle size greater than 2 mm, wherein the cannabis material comprises a fan leaf material from a cannabis plant.

29. The cannabis composition of claim 1, wherein the cannabis composition is configured as a stick, wherein the cannabis material comprises a sugar leaf material from a cannabis plant, wherein the cannabis composition is compressed to a stick shape, and wherein the honey is in a range of 2.5 to 10 ml per ounce of the cannabis material.

30. The cannabis composition of claim 1, wherein the cannabis material comprises at least 70% of the total dry weight of the cannabis composition.

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    1. A cannabis composition adapted for oral use, comprising:
    • a) a cannabis material; and
    • b) an additive solution, comprising honey and a cannabis extract; wherein the cannabis extract is a cannabis extract oil comprising a concentration of tetrahydrocannabinol in a range of 15 to 70 percent by volume of the cannabis extract oil; wherein the cannabis extract oil is in a range of 0.25 gram to 1 gram per ounce of the cannabis material, and the honey is in a range of 2.5 to 10 ml per ounce of the cannabis material.
    • 2. The cannabis composition of claim 1, wherein
      • the additive solution further comprises
    • 3. The cannabis composition of claim 1, wherein
      • the cannabis composition is configured as a dip, such that the cannabis material has an average particle size in a range of 0.3 mm to 2 mm, wherein
    • 5. The cannabis composition of claim 1, wherein
      • the cannabis composition is configured as a chew, such that the cannabis material has an average particle size greater than 2 mm, wherein
    • 7. The cannabis composition of claim 1, wherein
      • the cannabis composition is configured as a stick, wherein
    • 9. The cannabis composition of claim 1, wherein
      • the cannabis material comprises
    • 10. The cannabis composition of claim 1, wherein
      • the cannabis material is made from a cannabis plant that has been grown using a fertilizer comprising
    • 11. The cannabis composition of claim 1, wherein
      • the additive solution further comprises
    • 28. The cannabis composition of claim 1, wherein
      • the cannabis composition is configured as a chew, such that the cannabis material has an average particle size greater than 2 mm, wherein
    • 29. The cannabis composition of claim 1, wherein
      • the cannabis composition is configured as a stick, wherein
    • 30. The cannabis composition of claim 1, wherein
      • the cannabis material comprises
  • 12
    12. A method of manufacture of a cannabis composition adapted for oral use, comprising:
    • a) providing a cannabis material;
    • b) adding an additive solution to the cannabis material, wherein the additive solution comprises honey and a cannabis extract, thereby creating a cannabis composition;
    • c) allowing the cannabis composition to ferment for a first period of time; andd) heating the cannabis material to a predetermined temperature for a second period of time; wherein the cannabis extract is a cannabis extract oil comprising a concentration of tetrahydrocannabinol in a range of 15 to 70 percent by volume of the cannabis extract oil; wherein the cannabis extract oil is in a range of 0.25 gram to 1 gram per ounce of the cannabis material, and the honey is in a range of 2.5 to 10 ml per ounce of the cannabis material.
    • 13. The method of claim 12, wherein
      • the additive solution further comprises
    • 14. The method of claim 12, wherein
      • the cannabis material has an average particle size in a range of 0.3 mm to 2 mm, wherein
    • 15. The method of claim 12, wherein
      • the cannabis material has an average particle size greater than 2 mm, wherein
    • 16. The method of claim 12, wherein
      • the cannabis material comprises
    • 17. The method of claim 12, wherein
      • the first period of time is in a range of 12 to 36 hours.
    • 18. The method of claim 12, wherein
      • the predetermined temperature is in a range of 150° F. to 250° F.
    • 19. The method of claim 12, wherein
      • the second period of time is in a range of 15 to 45 minutes.
    • 21. The method of claim 12, wherein
      • the cannabis material is made from a cannabis plant that has been grown using a fertilizer comprising
    • 22. The method of claim 12, wherein
      • the additive solution further comprises
  • 23
    23. A cannabis composition adapted for oral use, comprising:
    • a) a cannabis material; and
    • b) an additive solution, comprising honey, Saccharomyces cerevisiae, and a cannabis extract.
    • 24. The cannabis composition of claim 23, wherein
      • the cannabis extract is a cannabis extract oil comprising
    • 26. The cannabis composition of claim 23, wherein
      • the additive solution further comprises
    • 27. The cannabis composition of claim 23, wherein
      • the cannabis composition is configured as a dip, such that the cannabis material has an average particle size in a range of 0.3 mm to 2 mm, wherein
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Description

FIELD OF THE INVENTION

The present invention relates generally to the field of cannabis compositions for medicinal and recreational use, and more particularly to compositions and methods of manufacture of smokeless cannabis.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

Cannabis has been used for thousands of years as a source for hemp fiber and hemp oils, as well as for medicinal and recreational purposes. The tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) found in cannabis, along with numerous of other cannabinoids, can be used to treat a variety of ailments, such as nausea, pain, and neurological problems, in addition to causing psychoactive effects. Modern day patients or recreational users often consume cannabis by smoking or vaporizing the dried flower buds and subtending leaves, also known as marijuana, or by ingesting food made with cannabis extracts, such as hash oil.

There are numerous shortcomings to current cannabis usage methods. Smoking marijuana can cause inflammation of the lungs and reduce lung capacity. Vaporizing can involve expensive, battery powered devices, such as e-cigarettes, that often require recharging and repair. Eating food made with cannabis extracts leads to problems in judging the time necessary for any psychoactive effects to take place, as there are many variables involved, including the user's metabolism and the contents of the stomach at the time of ingestion. In some cases, the psychoactive effects of ingested cannabis can be delayed by up to two hours and may last for hours afterward, making it difficult to correctly estimate the desired amount of cannabis to consume.

As such, considering the foregoing, it may be appreciated that there continues to be a need for novel and improved compositions and methods for consuming cannabis that is not harmful to the lungs, does not require a separate piece of equipment to function, and can easily be discarded during usage.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

The foregoing needs are met, to a great extent, by the present invention, wherein in aspects of this invention, enhancements are provided to the existing model of cannabis compositions and methods of manufacture of cannabis compositions.

In an aspect, a cannabis composition adapted for oral use, can include:

    • a) a cannabis material; and
    • b) an additive solution.

In related aspects, the cannabis material can include flowers, sugar leaves, and fan leaves from cannabis plants. The cannabis material can further include finely cut cannabis material which has an average particle size in a range of approximately 0.3 mm to 2 mm, and coarsely cut cannabis material which has an average particle size greater than approximately 2 mm.

In related aspects, the additive solution can include honey and a cannabis extract, which can be configured as a cannabis extract oil.

In related aspects, the additive solution can include grain alcohol.

In an aspect, a method of manufacture of a cannabis composition adapted for oral use, can include:

    • a) providing a cannabis material;
    • b) adding an additive solution to the cannabis material, thereby creating a cannabis composition;
    • c) allowing the cannabis composition to ferment for a first period of time;
    • d) heating the cannabis material at a first temperature for a second period of time.

In related aspects, the first period of time can be in a range of approximately 12 to 36 hours.

In related aspects, the first temperature can be in a range of approximately 150° F. to 250° F.

In related aspects, the second period of time can be in a range of approximately 15 to 90 minutes.

There has thus been outlined, rather broadly, certain embodiments of the invention in order that the detailed description thereof herein may be better understood, and in order that the present contribution to the art may be better appreciated. There are, of course, additional embodiments of the invention that will be described below and which will form the subject matter of the claims appended hereto.

In this respect, before explaining at least one embodiment of the invention in detail, it is to be understood that the invention is not limited in its application to the details of construction and to the arrangements of the components set forth in the following description or illustrated in the drawings. The invention is capable of embodiments in addition to those described and of being practiced and carried out in various ways. In addition, it is to be understood that the phraseology and terminology employed herein, as well as the abstract, are for the purpose of description and should not be regarded as limiting.

As such, those skilled in the art will appreciate that the conception upon which this disclosure is based may readily be utilized as a basis for the designing of other structures, methods and systems for carrying out the several purposes of the present invention. It is important, therefore, that the claims be regarded as including such equivalent constructions insofar as they do not depart from the spirit and scope of the present invention.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

FIG. 1 is a schematic diagram illustrating a method of manufacture of a cannabis composition, according to an embodiment of the invention.

FIG. 2 is a perspective of a scored cannabis stick, according to an embodiment of the invention.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION

Before describing the invention in detail, it should be observed that the present invention resides primarily in a novel and non-obvious combination of elements and process steps. So as not to obscure the disclosure with details that will readily be apparent to those skilled in the art, certain conventional elements and steps have been presented with lesser detail, while the drawings and specification describe in greater detail other elements and steps pertinent to understanding the invention.

The following embodiments are not intended to define limits as to the structure or method of the invention, but only to provide exemplary constructions. The embodiments are permissive rather than mandatory and illustrative rather than exhaustive.

In a related embodiment, a cannabis composition can be adapted for oral use, such that the cannabis composition can be referred to as smokeless cannabis. Smokeless cannabis allows for the controlled release of cannabinoids, such as THC and cannabidiol (CBD), found in cannabis, thereby providing prolonged psychoactive and/or medicinal effects. Similar to smokeless tobacco products, smokeless cannabis can take the form of a chew, a dip, or a stick that can be placed in a user's mouth, such that the active components of the cannabis mix with saliva and are absorbed into the bloodstream through the mouth tissues.

In a related embodiment, Cannabis is a genus of flowering plant that includes three species or subspecies: sativa, indica, and ruderalis. Cannabis is often referred to generally as cannabis. When referred to hereinafter, a cannabis plant is defined as a plant included in the Cannabis genus, and cannabis material is defined as plant material derived from Cannabis.

In an embodiment, a cannabis composition adapted for oral use, can include:

    • a) a cannabis material; and
    • b) an additive solution.

In a related embodiment, the cannabis material can include material from the cola, also known as the terminal bud, of cannabis plants. Colas can include the calyxes, or the flowers, as well as the small leaves subtending the flowers, commonly referred to as sugar leaves. The flowers and leaves are often referred to generally as marijuana. While flowers usually comprise the major source of THC in colas, sugar leaves can also comprise small amounts of THC.

In a related embodiment, the cannabis material can include material from the fan leaves, which are the large leaves extending from the stems of cannabis plants. Fan leaves are known to comprise small amounts of THC.

In a related embodiment, the cannabis material can comprise finely cut cannabis material. Finely cut cannabis material can include material that has been ground, shredded, sifted, or otherwise broken up into components having an average particle size in the range of approximately 0.3 mm to 2 mm, wherein average particle size is determined as a diameter of a volume equivalent sphere.

In a related embodiment, the cannabis material can comprise coarsely cut cannabis material. Coarsely cut cannabis material can include material that has been ground, shredded, sifted, or otherwise broken up into components having an average particle size greater than 2 mm, wherein average particle size is determined as a diameter of a volume equivalent sphere.

In a related embodiment, the cannabis material can be made from cannabis plant that has been grown using a fertilizer comprising brewer's yeast, more specifically referred to as Saccharomyces cerevisiae.

In a related embodiment, the additive solution can comprise rectified alcohol, which is a highly concentrated ethanol, which has been purified by repeated distillation, and is commonly known as grain alcohol. For example, the additive solution can comprise grain alcohol with a concentration in a range of approximately 90 to 98 percent alcohol by volume.

In a related embodiment, the additive solution can comprise a concentrate derived from cannabis. The concentrate can be configured as a cannabis extract, such as a cannabis extract oil. Cannabis extract oil can have a wide variety of manufacturing processes and ingredients. Certain cannabis extract oils can be made by extracting oil from cannabis material using a solvent, such as grain alcohol. Cannabis extract oils can have a variety of different properties. In one embodiment, a cannabis extract oil can have THC levels in the range of approximately 15-70%.

In a related embodiment, the cannabis extract oil can be manufactured from cannabis material including flower material, sugar leaf material, fan leaf material, or a combination thereof. In certain embodiments, the cannabis extract oil can be manufactured from a whole cannabis plant, such that the oil is simultaneously extracted from the stem of the plant in addition to the flowers, sugar leaves, and fan leaves.

In a related embodiment, a cannabis extract oil commonly known as Rick Simpson Oil™ (RSO) can be produced by combining 750 ml of grain alcohol with 168 g (6 oz.) of a whole cannabis plant and mixing for 5 to 10 minutes. The mixture is then strained or sifted through a fine mesh into a vessel and heated at approximately 65° C. to 95° C. until the alcohol evaporates. The resultant is approximately 10 to 20 g of RSO, which has been used as a topical treatment for a wide variety of ailments.

In a related embodiment, the additive solution can comprise honey. The honey can be configured to enhance the flavor of the cannabis composition during oral use, in addition to honey's preservative, antibacterial, and bacteriostatic properties. The honey can also be configured such that it acts to bind the cannabis material together in order to improve the texture and consistency of the cannabis composition during oral use.

In a related embodiment, the additive solution can comprise honey and a cannabis extract oil, wherein the cannabis material can comprise at least approximately 70% of the total dry weight of the cannabis composition. In certain embodiments, the cannabis extract oil can comprise at least approximately 1% of the total dry weight of the cannabis composition, and the honey can comprise at least approximately 15% of the total dry weight of the cannabis composition.

In a related embodiment, the additive solution can comprise a mixture of grain alcohol, honey, and cannabis extract oil. The grain alcohol can be used to dilute the honey and cannabis extract oil such that the honey and cannabis extract oil can be easily combined with the cannabis material, such as by spraying the additive solution onto the cannabis material. The additive solution can be configured such that the grain alcohol substantially evaporates shortly after the additive solution is combined with the cannabis material, such that the amount of grain alcohol does not factor into the dry weight of the cannabis composition.

In a related embodiment, the additive solution can comprise approximately one part cannabis extract oil, one part honey, and three parts grain alcohol, by volume.

In a related embodiment, the additive solution can comprise approximately 30% honey, approximately 2% cannabis extract oil, and approximately 68% grain alcohol, by weight. In certain embodiments, the weight ratio of honey to cannabis extract oil can be about 10:1 to about 20:1.

In a related embodiment, the additive solution can further include brewer's yeast, for example in range of 0.25-2 grams of brewer's yeast per liter of the additive solution.

In a related embodiment, the cannabis composition can comprise about 0.5 gram of cannabis extract oil per ounce of cannabis material, or a range of 0.25 gram to 1 gram of cannabis extract oil per ounce of cannabis material.

In a related embodiment, the cannabis composition can comprise about 5 ml of honey per ounce of cannabis material, or a range of 2.5 to 10 ml of honey per ounce of cannabis material.

In a related embodiment, the additive solution can comprise a first additive solution and a second additive solution. The first additive solution can comprise a cannabis extract oil and grain alcohol. In certain embodiments, the first additive solution can comprise approximately 4% cannabis extract and approximately 96% grain alcohol, by weight.

In a related embodiment, the second additive solution can comprise honey and grain alcohol. In certain embodiments, the second additive solution can comprise approximately 64% honey and approximately 36% grain alcohol, by weight.

In a related embodiment, the cannabis composition can be configured in a variety of different well-known forms, such as a dip, chew, or stick (also known as a plug or brick). In one embodiment, a cannabis composition configured as a dip can include cannabis material comprising finely cut flower material, and an additive solution comprising grain alcohol, a cannabis extract oil, and honey.

In a related embodiment, a cannabis composition configured as a chew can include cannabis material comprising coarsely cut fan leaf material, and an additive solution comprising grain alcohol, a cannabis extract oil, and honey, wherein the cannabis material has an average particle size of greater than 2 mm. The coarsely cut cannabis material can be in the form of elongated strips.

In a related embodiment, a cannabis composition, configured as a stick, can include a cannabis material comprising finely cut sugar leaf material, and an additive solution comprising grain alcohol, a cannabis extract oil, and honey, wherein the cannabis composition can be compressed into a solid and stable shape, such as a compressed sheet, a bar, or a stick 200, such as shown in FIG. 2. In certain embodiments, the stick or bar can be scored, with scores 202 or notches 202, such that a user can easily break off parts of the stick or bar, similar to a scored chocolate bar.

In a related embodiment, wherein the cannabis composition is configured as a compressed sheet, bar, or stick, more honey can be added to improve the binding capability of the cannabis composition when compressed, such that the cannabis composition can comprise about 10 ml of honey per ounce of cannabis material, or a range of 5 to 20 ml of honey per ounce of cannabis material.

In a related embodiment, a cannabis composition for medical use can include cannabis extract oil, such that single-dosage formulation of the cannabis composition includes 10 mg of THC.

In a related embodiment, a cannabis composition can be packaged in a 7 gram single-dosage formulation for out-of-state patients or other users.

In a related embodiment, as shown in FIG. 1, a method of manufacture of a cannabis composition adapted for oral use 100, can include:

    • a) providing a cannabis material 102;
    • b) adding an additive solution to the cannabis material 104, thereby creating a cannabis composition;
    • c) allowing the cannabis composition to ferment for a first period of time 106;
    • d) heating the cannabis material at a first temperature for a second period of time 108.

In a related embodiment, fermentation can be aided by fungi and/or microorganisms present in the cannabis material, by addition of a yeast, such as brewer's yeast to the additive solution, and/or by use of cannabis material grown with fertilizer comprising brewer's yeast.

In a related embodiment, as shown in FIG. 1, the step 102 of providing cannabis material can include flower material, sugar leaf material, fan leaf material, or a combination thereof, harvested from cannabis plants. The cannabis material can be washed, such as in lukewarm water, in order to remove debris from the material, after which the cannabis material can be allowed to dry or cure to the desired dryness.

In a related embodiment, the cannabis material can be processed by separating the flowers, sugar leaves, and/or fan leaves. In certain embodiments, the cannabis material can be weighed after separation in order to obtain an accurate accounting of the material being used.

In a related embodiment, the cannabis material can be ground, shredded, sifted, or otherwise broken up into finely cut cannabis material and/or coarsely cut cannabis material, either by hand or by machine. In certain embodiments, the cannabis material is ground after it is separated into flowers, sugar leaves, and/or fan leaves. In other embodiments, the flowers, sugar leaves, and/or fan leaves can be ground together.

In a related embodiment, the cannabis material can be disinfected or sterilized. Disinfection can be performed using any suitable method, including using an antimicrobial agent, applying grain alcohol, ultra-violet radiation, or heat to the cannabis material. Disinfection can include eliminating, inactivating or killing a substantial percentage of harmful organisms, such as bacteria, mold, or mold spores, from the cannabis material or completely sterilizing the cannabis material.

In a related embodiment, as shown in FIG. 1, the step 104 of adding a solution can include combining an additive solution with the cannabis material, wherein the additive solution can comprise grain alcohol, honey, a cannabis extract, or a combination thereof, as previously described. The addition of the alcohol solution and the flavoring agent to the cannabis material can create a cannabis composition.

In a related embodiment, as shown in FIG. 1, the step 106 of fermenting can include allowing the cannabis composition to ferment for a first period of time. The first period of time can be in a range of approximately 6 to 36 hours, 6 to 12 hours, 12 to 20 hours, 18 to 30, 24 to 49 hours, or some other predetermined period of time. In certain embodiments, the first period of time can be in the range of approximately 20 to 28 hours. Fermentation of the cannabis material can cause the amount of carbohydrates and polyphenols in the cannabis material to decrease, thereby changing the taste and texture of the cannabis material.

In a related embodiment, as shown in FIG. 1, following the end of the first period of time of fermentation, the step 108 can include heating the cannabis composition at a first temperature for a second period of time. Heating the cannabis composition starts a process known as decarboxylation, wherein the naturally occurring, non-psychoactive cannabinoid tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (THCA) is chemically converted to its psychoactive form, THC. Decarboxylation in cannabis generally starts at approximately 150° F. and continues to approximately 250-300° F., where lower temperatures require longer to complete decarboxylation than higher temperatures.

In a related embodiment, decarboxylation can be used as a final method of disinfecting or sterilizing the cannabis composition, as the heating process can kill remaining harmful organisms in or on the cannabis composition, and can terminate the fermentation process.

In a related embodiment, the first temperature can be in the range of approximately 150° F. to 300° F., 180° F. to 270° F., 200° F. to 250° F., or 220° F. to 235° F. In certain embodiments, the first temperature can be in a range of approximately 150° F. to 250° F.

In a related embodiment, the second period of time can be in a range of approximately 15 to 90 minutes. In certain embodiments, typically when making a chew or a dip, the second period of time can be 30 minutes, or in a range of approximately 15 to 45 minutes. In other embodiments, typically when making a compressed stick or brick, the second period of time can be approximately an hour, or in a range of approximately 45 to 75 minutes.

In a related embodiment, heating the cannabis composition can include gradually raising the temperature of the cannabis composition from the first temperature to a second temperature during the second period of time. The first temperature can be in the range of approximately 100° F. to 150° F. and the second temperature can be in the range of approximately 150° F. to 300° F. In certain embodiments, the first temperature can be in the range of approximately 110° F. to 140° F. and the second temperature can be in the range of approximately 150° F. to 250° F.

In a related embodiment, heating the cannabis composition can include exposing the composition to heat in an oven or similar apparatus. In certain embodiments, the cannabis composition can be heated using microwave radiation. For example, the cannabis material can be heated in a 1000 W microwave for approximately 1-5 minutes.

Here has thus been described a multitude of embodiments of both a smokeless cannabis composition and a process for producing smokeless cannabis, which can be employed in numerous modes of usage.

The many features and advantages of the invention are apparent from the detailed specification, and thus, it is intended by the appended claims to cover all such features and advantages of the invention, which fall within the true spirit and scope of the invention.

Many such alternative configurations are readily apparent, and should be considered fully included in this specification and the claims appended hereto. Accordingly, since numerous modifications and variations will readily occur to those skilled in the art, it is not desired to limit the invention to the exact construction and operation illustrated and described, and thus, all suitable modifications and equivalents may be resorted to, falling within the scope of the invention.

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