It is an opportune time to be a part of the cannabis industry. With more and more markets opening up, and with more people who are curious to try this newly legalized product, cannabis-related businesses are making a killing. Like every other product, you will need to package your cannabis-related inventory to make it appealing to buyers.
All in the Bag
Most cannabis businesses use either single-use bags or resealable bags for their products. If you are going to use single-use bags, then be sure that this contains only food grade compounds. You should also make sure that these single-use bags are tamper evident. That will help you communicate that your products are fresh.
Others use resealable bags that are vacuum sealed. Some packaging might have zippers to make it easier for you to close it properly. If you have particularly pungent or smelly cannabis, such as those with high THC content, it is best to put them in resealable bags because these are smell-proof.
Kids are often very curious about what’s around them. For this reason, you should be very careful to keep marijuana out of their reach. If they do get their hands on your cannabis, it helps if you keep them in a kid-resistant packaging.
Child-resistant packaging, by definition, is those that are designed in such a way that kids five years old or younger will not be able to open them. As retailers, manufacturers, and sellers of cannabis products, you might want to use child-resistant packaging for your products.
Required by law
By law, you are expected to be very transparent about the information you put on your packaging. The requirements differ depending on where you are, but generally, it needs to be in an opaque bag that is not attractive to children. It should be appropriately labeled with the manufacture date and source, a list of active ingredients, weight, and time of cultivation, harvesting, and manufacture.
You should also include specific language. For instance, in California all medical marijuana packaging should have the following phrases:
- Schedule I controlled substance.
- For medical use only.
- Keep out of children’s reach.
- It might take two hours for the intoxicating effects of this product to be felt.
- This product might impair your ability to drive or operate machinery. Use with extreme caution.
You should also have a very detailed label. You should be able to list down the terpenes found in your product, how potent it is, and if any solvents are used.
If you pack your own cannabis product, then there are also two methods that you should know. If you want to lower the chances that your product will oxidize, then you should consider vacuum packaging. Air will oxidize the marijuana so you should suck out all the air in the bag before you seal it.
You should also consider nitrogen gas flushing if you want to avoid mold growth. For liquid products, you might want to use dark colored bottles to help preserve your product.
You have tools for all these
The good news is that manufacturers and sellers will not have a hard time packaging their products. You can buy machinery and tools that will help you with your packaging. You can purchase vacuum-gas flushing machines, bag sealing machines, and shrink wrappers.
Consider glass packaging
Plastic bags are inexpensive and popular packaging for cannabis. However, if you are selling something that is not consumable in one sitting, then maybe you should consider getting glass bottles for your product. Glass is not porous, so your cannabis has a longer shelf life. Plus it is less likely to smell.
Glass bottles or jars also look better than plastic packaging. Your buyers will also like it that they can see what’s inside and what kind of stain your cannabis product is.