An increasing number of US state laws have been amended to support the usage of cannabis throughout time. This has made room for additional cannabis products to enter the market, especially those containing the chemical substance cannabidiol (CBD), which is produced from cannabis. Right now, CBD products intended for medical use are ruling the cannabis market. Even though a lot of company owners in this sector are knowledgeable about cannabis and CBD items, they can require assistance with packaging. But fear not—this article will discuss creative packaging options for cannabis and CBD that will undoubtedly get your creative juices flowing.
Primary Vs. Secondary Packaging
You can include the following packaging types in your product packaging design:
Primary packaging comprises the materials that enclose the product directly. For instance, CBD oil is usually packaged in a glass dropper container, but CBD gummies are usually packaged in a plastic bottle or a zipper bag.
Secondary packaging is usually utilized for branding display in a retail context. For example, the company name, logo, and unique graphic designs of the product will be displayed on a box holding a bottle of CBD oil. Additionally, secondary packaging can be employed to keep different containers together. Examples of this include the placement of pre-rolled paper cannabis cones within flip-top boxes and the bundling of CBD products for a two-for-one offer. The mailer box can be used as supplemental packing in an online store. Since the delivery CBD packaging is the first thing your customer sees and handles, it is essential to your cannabis branding. For this reason, you need to make sure that your mailer box provides your online clients with an enjoyable unwrapping experience.
Cannabis/CBD Product Packaging Options
The product container you should utilize will mostly depend on the kind of cannabis/CBD product you have.
Flower and pre-rolls
The dried herb or buds, which are the components of the cannabis plant that have been cured and dried, are referred to as the cannabis flower. It can be arranged within a variety of container types:
Glass suction jar
This preserves the freshness of the flower by keeping out oxygen and moisture, which cause the product to dry out or get moldy.
Mylar bags are foil pouches that provide defense against oxygen, moisture, and punctures.
like tea leaf packaging, these canisters shield contents from water damage and unintentional rips and breaks.
The identical pop-top tubes that are used to store pills and capsules of medication
Reversible cap vial
With an airtight push-and-turn cap that keeps the flower fresh and prevents kids from opening the vial, the reversible cap vial
Contrarily, pre-rolls are cannabis flowers that have already been rolled by dispensaries into paper cones, ready for consumption. Each of them can be packaged separately in a sealed pouch, plastic pop-top tube, or glass tube with a cork or twist closure. They can also be packaged together in a metal tin box, a sealed bag, or a paper box with a ribbon pull button or a flip-top cover (like the ones on cigarette packets).
Concentrates, Cartridges, And Extracts
Concentrates are cannabis products that have had the desired cannabinoid—such as THC, CBD, or other—removed from the plant. They are typically kept in little receptacles known as dab jars, which are subsequently encased in additional packaging (such as a paper box) to accentuate the branding. Vape cartridges are concentrated, high-dosage consumables that come with a battery accessory. They are usually packaged in cardboard blister packs, just like lip balms. Certain high-end cannabis manufacturers package vape cartridges in hard boxes, similar to how fountain pens are. One kind of concentrate that is made just with a solvent is cannabis extracts. They have cannabinoid concentrations that are higher than those found in the cannabis plant naturally. Oral sprays, capsules, and tinctures are examples of cannabis extract products. These are alcohol-based extracts of cannabis that are frequently taken sublingually (much like lozenges). Cannabis extracts are available for purchase in tincture dropper bottles, plastic or glass spray bottles, or capsule blister packs, depending on the form they take.
Cannabis edibles come in two varieties: liquid and hard.
Hard edibles are baked items, gummies, and chocolates that have been infused with cannabis. Cannabis chocolate bars are wrapped in thin aluminum foil and then wrapped in paper or placed in a box, while cannabis chocolate bits are typically packaged in paper boxes, stand-up pouches, or plastic containers, just like ordinary chocolates. Tin canisters (similar to mint tins) are commonly used to sell cannabis candies, as are plastic containers with twist closures, pop-top tubes, reversible cap vials, stand-up pouches, or blister packs of medication packaged in a box. Baked products containing cannabis, including brownies and protein bites, are typically packaged in jars, film pouches, or zipper bags.
Conversely, cannabis-infused soft drinks or alcoholic beverages are referred to as liquid edibles. They can be packaged in glass bottles (for sparkling beverages), PET bottles (for sports drinks), or aluminum cans (for beer).
Topicals are non-psychoactive, CBD-infused lotions, balms, and oils that are applied directly to the skin to reduce inflammation, pain, and soreness. Topicals can be packaged in a variety of containers, depending on the product format. Examples of these containers are:
- lids on jars (like those used for skin balms)
- Dab jar, akin to those of eye creams
- Dropper bottles for tinctures
- Stylus for dab
- crystal vials
- Tube squeezers
- Spritz container
- Bottle pump
- Glass roll-on bottle or plastic
- Additional thoughts on packaging for cannabis/CBD
Consider packaging made of recyclable or biodegradable materials, such as kraft cardboard, hemp materials, or bioplastics, if your company is concerned about the environment. Compostable poly envelope courier pouches, which quickly break down in most landfills, are a good option for online retailers. Include tamper-evident features (such as a perforated laser-lined tear notch above the package opening) and child-resistant locking mechanisms in your packaging to ensure compliance with federal and local standards.