Marijuana Packaging: Factors That Affect Product Quality

Just a few years ago, the only people who paid much attention to marijuana packaging were “dealers” who sold the drug on the street. These days, legally selling medical marijuana and recreational marijuana has turned into a burgeoning cottage industry supported by state laws and city ordinances.

Packaging and Product Quality

Because marijuana is now a legal consumer product, growers and distributors of the plant are naturally concerned with using packaging that protects product quality. However, to choose the right marijuana packaging, sellers must first decide the form(s) in which they plan to distribute the drug. Below, we look at four common forms of marijuana and identify marijuana packaging for each.

  1. Plant Form

When people think of marijuana, they usually envision it as plant, especially in the form of “buds” that are smoked in traditional pipe or vaporized in an herbal vaporizer. When the plant is packaged in the form of buds, maintaining an airtight seal is crucial for product quality.

Marijuana is “dried” before it’s packaged, but some moisture remains. If the moisture evaporates, the plant becomes dry and smokes faster than newly harvested buds. In addition, dry marijuana starts to fall apart and loses much of its distinctive smell. Now that they have the opportunity to buy high-quality marijuana legally, consumers are less likely to accept these drawbacks.

  1. THC Edibles

If you want the benefits of marijuana, and smoking isn’t your thing, you can skip the coughing fits by eating marijuana. Preparing edibles that contain THC — the chemical in marijuana that makes people feel “high” — is a bit more complex than it seems. The plant must be exposed to stove level heat to release the THC so it can pass through the blood-brain barrier.

THC edibles come in various forms, from cookies to gummy candy. So far, the best practice is to package edibles in the same containers they would be packaged in if they didn’t contain THC. These types of packages have already been developed to preserve freshness. When it comes to marijuana packaging for edibles, marijuana producers already have some of the work done for them.

  1. Canisters of Oil

You can also experience the effects of marijuana by vaporizing pre-packaged canisters of marijuana oil with a vapor pen, such as the kind people use to operate electronic cigarettes. Because the canisters are typically made of glass and lightweight metal, they should ideally be packaged thoroughly in bubble wrap.

Using canisters of oil is becoming highly preferred because the vapor emission doesn’t smell like marijuana. In fact, it has practically no scent at all, even when it’s blown directly in your face at close distance.

  1. Pill Form

Marijuana is also available in pill form — a form that’s produced explicitly for medical treatment and not recreation. The pills could be housed in a traditional medication vial or placed in a blister sheet that features information about how the drug works, when you’ll start to feel the effects, foods and drugs to avoid while using, etc.

Marijuana is a newly legal drug in many states — especially for medical use — and many simply aren’t accustomed to using it. So, it makes perfect sense to put the pills in booklet style blister packs that can be labeled with essential information about usage protocols.

Marijuana Packaging Options from Drug Packaging   

A few years from now, marijuana will likely be legal in a vast majority of states, both medicinally and recreationally. If you plan to distribute the plant legally when the opportunity arises, we can work with you to create packaging for marijuana and labeling that protects the integrity of your products. To learn more, please call us today at (800) 325-6137, or send us an email through our contact form.