What to consider when choosing the packaging of cannabis products

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If you use cannabis for medical or other purposes, there is a good chance that you are purchasing products from third-party suppliers. and that the items you buy come in some sort of container. While most of us focus on the contents of the package, the way cannabis is stored can play a big role in its quality and in the customer experience. It turns out that there are many factors that need to be considered when packaging cannabis products, ranging from loose flowers and pre-rolls, to drinks and edibles.

Why is packaging important? If you think about it, cannabis is an agricultural product and, as a natural element, it is sensitive to outdoor conditions including cold, humidity, heat and light. Any of these factors can negatively affect the quality of cannabis, or even ruin it altogether. This is why it is essential for traders who sell cannabis to ensure that the items they are selling are carefully stored to avoid spoilage and negative user experiences.

Opacity

As a starting point, let’s look at the light. While many cannabis retail stores feature items made of glass, they are almost never exposed to direct sunlight. A little light from LEDs and other sources is usually not a problem, but direct sunburn can not only dry out the product, but also release THC, terpenes and other compounds from the product. sheets. The last thing you want is for people to buy cannabis products only to find that they have lost their effectiveness because they were improperly stored. As a result, most products sold in cannabis stores come in opaque containers, and even glass containers can be heavily tinted to prevent damage. So why do so many people store cannabis products in clear glass jars and bottles? The simple reason is that it looks really good – it has the classic ‘apothecary’ feel, and it’s also easy to tell how much product is left.

Anti-humidity

Moisture is another major source of damage. It takes surprisingly little water for a batch of cannabis to mold very quickly – and there is nothing less pleasant than opening a container to find that its stash is unusable because it is spoiled. It is extremely important to store cannabis products in airtight containers due to the risk of water damage. On an industrial scale, licensed producers keep their picked cannabis in sealed cans, and then it ends up being placed in increasingly smaller containers that keep moisture out. By the time these products arrive at the store and are ready to be sold, they are usually in small containers that only hold a few grams of cannabis or a few pre-rolled joints.

Convenience

Not only must the type of storage protect cannabis, it must also be convenient for retailers and customers. This is why the clear Ziploc bags have moved away from more sophisticated packaging, durable enough to withstand some jostling of the contents. This is actually where modern packaging bags play a vital role in meeting the needs of everyone in the cannabis supply chain.

Of course, there are plenty of other storage options. Most Canadian retailers sell cannabis in government-approved, child-resistant plastic containers to maximize safety. Tin containers are also sold, although they tend to be less common than they were a few years ago. They are incredibly practical and durable, but the problem arises when they are opened because it is difficult to seal them completely to protect the contents from heat and moisture. Zipper pouches are also very common, although most of them are sold separately from cannabis. These are incredibly convenient and are popular among regular cannabis users. One of the biggest issues with zippered packaging, however, is that they aren’t completely sealed and it’s easy to spot the smell of cannabis if someone is wearing a zippered pouch. This might be OK at a rock concert, but there are definitely times when you wouldn’t want to draw attention to the fact that you are carrying cannabis.


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