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6 Types of Legal Cannabis and CBD Packaging Options to Get Your Products Into the Hands of Customers

Medical cannabis packaging.

The days of distributing marijuana in baggies are long past. There are many different types of legal cannabis products on the market, from oils to flower, edibles, and more. How you package them really matters.

Packaging keeps your product fresh and provides valuable data, plus it gives you great opportunities for branding. The legal cannabis industry is growing exponentially. Research shows the combined legal sales of cannabis for medical and recreational use is estimated to reach $35 billion by 2025. 

The cannabis packaging market is on the rise as well, showing a value of $101.48 billion in 2020. It will reportedly reach $297.51 billion by 2026.

Regardless of the product types you sell, there are many cannabis and CBD packaging options. Here are six to consider.

Glass Jars and Bottles

Glass packaging enables customers to see the product before opening it. This is especially suitable for cannabis products in the form of flowers and leaves.

These are the most recognizable parts of the plant, so using glass or cannabis packaging that includes a see-through window will show them off. The flowers and leaves also contain chemicals that have a unique flavor and scent depending on the strain. You want to protect these with airtight packaging to ensure the optimal customer experience.

Glass is known for not reacting to most chemicals. This means the THC or other active chemicals won’t leech into the packaging. 

Resealable Containers

Since cannabis is a dried plant product, you need packaging that protects it from moisture and sunlight. This preserves its herbal properties.

Use opaque cannabis packaging that is resealable, much like that of herbal teas. Many states require childproof seals when packaging leaves and flowers. These include locking screw tops, plastic slides, or any seal that locks.

Silicon Jars

Silicon jars are great for cannabis concentrates like wax because of their nonstick properties. This enables the customer to get all of the product out of the container, thus eliminating waste.

The silicon you will use for cannabis and CBD packaging is medical grade. This means there is no chemical leeching like with regular plastic. You can also use these containers for high-quality cannabis strains.

Cannabis oils.

Tin Containers

Tin containers typically have a clear plastic window that enables consumers to view the product. Solid lids keep out moisture and sunlight, so the product remains fresh and protected.

You can vacuum seal these containers with shrink wrap to retain product properties. Clear tops work well for displaying your product. These make it possible for a budtender to open so customers can smell before buying.

Plastic Vials

Plastic vials work well for packaging single cannabis cigarettes, plus small quantities of cannabis flowers and leaves. Many of these cannabis packaging vials include child-resistant lids that open by pushing down and turning, similar to how you open many prescriptions medicine bottles.

Because of this, these vials also work well for medical cannabis products. They are also easy to label.

Mylar Bags

Companies often use mylar (plastic) bags for packaging foods and organic items. These work well for cannabis and CBD packaging because they can hold a lot of a product and are easy to label. Rather than using completely clear bags, package products in opaque bags with plastic windows.

This is important because you don’t want to make any references to the days when cannabis was illegally distributed in plastic baggies. Using mylar bags with clear plastic windows looks professional while enabling customers to still view the product inside.

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