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Packaging Guide for Cannabis Products

Packaging Guide for Cannabis Products

The cannabis industry is booming. With legalization sweeping the nation, more and more entrepreneurs are taking advantage of this new opportunity to create a product that will be in high demand.

However, with so many choices available on the market, it can be difficult to determine what packaging is best for your brand. 

Let's face it, the world of cannabis is a confusing one. From what to buy to how to use it, there are many unanswered questions. 

First off, let's start with why this is important. The most obvious answer would be that without proper labeling or packaging, people may accidentally ingest something they shouldn't have (either because they didn't read the label or they don't know what all these different letters mean). 

But there are other reasons as well: if someone has an allergy or sensitivity to marijuana, for example, knowing whether the product contains THC can be very helpful information. And lastly but not least importantly - safety! 

Immediate Cannabis Container Requirements

It's never been a better time to be in the cannabis industry. With so many states legalizing and decriminalizing recreational use, it's becoming easier for people to access marijuana products without fear of legal consequences. The problem is that there are still misconceptions about how one should package their product for sale. 

Here are some of the immediate requirements for a cannabis container:

The Container Cannot Contain More Than One Class of Cannabis

With the legalization of cannabis in Canada, new rules and regulations have been put into place to regulate the sale and marketing of this substance. One such rule is that packaging cannot contain more than one class of cannabis. 

For example, a package can only include products that are both dried flowers and pre-rolled joints. This means that if it includes any other product then such as edibles or concentrates, those products must be sold separately. 

The purpose of this law is to keep customers safe by preventing them from accidentally ingesting an edible when they thought they were just buying dried flowers for recreational use.

This is also because Health Canada requires that each product type has its own set of regulatory requirements for safety standards and labeling information to ensure people are aware of what they're consuming (source).

Cannabis products must also be contained within child-resistant packages, which means that they are not easily opened by children under five years old. 

Packaging can also include a warning label to inform the consumer about the potential risks of using cannabis or an informational panel for certain educational purposes in states that have legalized recreational use.

Prevents Contamination of the Cannabis

In the cannabis industry, there are many types of packaging. Some containers are designed to keep dried cannabis and seeds dry; others are made to look attractive on a shelf or in an online store. 

Packaging should be able to protect the product from light and air as well as prevent tampering with labels or seals by unauthorized individuals.

Cannabis is a plant that thrives in hot and humid climates. This means that the packaging of your cannabis must keep your dried product dry. Otherwise, you will end up with moldy weed or seeds. The most important part of the drying process is keeping it safe from moisture so bacteria can't grow on it.

There also must be a way for consumers to identify what strain they're purchasing so that they know exactly what they're getting into before purchase.

Be Opaque or Translucent

A lot of people don't know this, but cannabis packaging must be opaque or translucent. This is due to the fact that there are many pesticides and insecticides used on marijuana plants that can damage human cells when inhaled. 

The US Department of Agriculture has a helpful guide for those looking to get into the weed business with tips such as how long it takes for weed to go bad and what should be inside your stash box.

In recent years, there has been an increased demand for cannabis packaging that is opaque or translucent. This is because consumers want to know what they are getting before they buy it. 

Recently, the state of California passed a law requiring all cannabis companies to use opaque or translucent packaging by 2020.

Be Child-Resistant

It's no secret that children are curious creatures and can't resist shiny objects. It is a parent's job to keep their child safe from harm, including the harmful effects of cannabis packaging. 

The Cannabis Packaging Council has created guidelines for packages, which includes displaying warning labels with no more than six words or symbols on the front of the package, ensuring all parts of the package are child-resistant, and making sure any information about THC potency is only visible through transparent areas on the package.

The Canadian government has also set the regulations for packaging cannabis products that are to be sold in Canada. These include rules about child-resistant containers, warning labels, and other requirements. Packaging must also be tamper-evident, so consumers know if it's been opened or not. 

One of these new rules is that all packages should have a standardized black-and-white appearance with the product name and THC/CBD content arranged prominently on the front panel, while plain packaging will be reserved for certain limited products such as edibles.

Have a Security Feature

Cannabis packaging must have a security feature that prevents the package from being opened without destroying it or making it unusable. This is an important requirement for cannabis packaging because many people are concerned about children getting into their parents' cannabis and accidentally overdosing on THC. 

In order to protect children from accidentally ingesting cannabis, the packaging must have a security feature. This is at the discretion of the person who manufactures or sells cannabis products, and they are not required by law to do so. 

It is important that this be done for safety reasons because accidental ingestion can cause serious injury or death in children under five years old. Cannabis products should also not be packaged in containers that resemble candy, such as gummy bears or fruit snacks.

Not Exceed the Maximum Amount of Cannabis

It's been a few weeks since marijuana became legal in Canada, and the country is still figuring out how to regulate it. But one thing is for sure: cannabis packaging must not exceed the maximum amount of cannabis, or else they could face hefty fines. 

This might seem like an easy rule to follow, but there are many companies that have designed their own packages that go over the limit. 

The packaging of cannabis is crucial to the quality, effectiveness, and safety of the product. The amount that can be sold in a package varies depending on the type of cannabis being sold. 

For example, for dried flowers, you are allowed to sell 1oz per package with no more than 16oz total weight per package. This means that a person will not be able to buy more than one ounce at once without going over their legal limit and getting into trouble with law enforcement officials.

Not Exceed the Maximum THC Quantity

The way a company packages its cannabis products to sell can be the difference between a customer buying or walking away. The right packaging not only makes it easy for consumers to buy but also shows them that the company cares about them and their experience with the product. 

It is important that cannabis packaging does not exceed the maximum THC quantity allowed per package in order to keep up with regulations and maintain safety standards. 

Cannabis products will not be able to exceed one gram per package, and packages must have a THC symbol indicating the amount of THC contained within. Packages must also include an indication that it contains marijuana or cannabis, as well as a health warning message. 

Control Measures for Cannabis Extracts Not in Discrete Units

A recent study published in the Journal of Analytical Methods has found that the cannabis market is changing as more and more people are turning to extracts with high concentrations of CBD. 

The problem? 

These extracts often come in a variety of quantities, which can make it tricky for consumers to know how much they should be consuming at once. 


The cannabis industry is growing rapidly, and we are seeing more and more new products being introduced. However, there can be a lot of confusion when it comes to the packaging of these products. It's important that your product stands out on the shelf, but you also need to follow regulations, so you don't get into trouble with the law. 

Selling cannabis products is a challenge. You need to package your product in such a way that it stands out and looks appealing. It also needs to be safe for transport, so you will want a sturdy container or bag, as well as something that doesn't give off a smell. 

If you are looking for wholesale dispensary products, please feel free to reach out to us. 

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