Types of Cannabis Containers

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Safe, Secure & Compliant Packaging

Cannabis comes in a variety of different forms, all requiring unique packaging. Cannabis containers are crucial for the quality of the product. Without the correct containers, your product can be affected from light, heat, cold, or moisture, and customers could receive your products not how they were intended. 

So, which type of cannabis container and material is compatible for your needs?  

Choose From 9 Different Styles:

The cannabis industry is rapidly growing. With that, making sure your containers are compliant with your product will make it will be safe for those it's intended for. Browse our selection of CBD packaging for your products.

1. Glass Pre Roll Tubes

Glass pre roll tubes are made from a high quality, durable glass that can withstand extreme temperature changes. These clear tubes make it easy to see contents inside and can be recycled. 

Use glass pre roll tubes for: 

  • Cigarettes
  • Joints 
  • Vape cartridges
  • Hemp flowers
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2. Plastic Vials

Plastic vials come in a variety of colors that can be color coded based on your needs. Made from a sturdy construction, plastic vials have good chemical resistance and are very durable. Child resistant closures help keep the contents safe for only those intended to use it.

Use plastic vials for:

  • Medications 
  • Supplements 
  • Vitamins
Plastic vials for cannabis  uses.Plastic vials for cannabis  uses.

3. CBD Tincture Bottles

CBD tincture bottles are used to store and contain oils and extracts. These bottles have a dropper cap that allows for precise dosing. These bottles are made from durable, high-quality glass. Amber glass and cobalt bottles provide UV protection over clear glass bottles. The bottles are child resistant, making it difficult for children to access the contents inside. 

Use CBD tincture bottles for:

  • CBD oils
  • Hemp oil 
  • Essential oils
Glass tincture bottles for cannabis uses. Glass tincture bottles for cannabis uses.

4. Concentrate Containers

Concentrate containers keep products with more potency contained within the container. The products will be protected from exposure to air, heat, and humidity from the secure closure. Having the correct concentrate container will allow for a longer shelf life and a high-quality product. Plastic and glass containers are available in these styles to easily fill and dispense products.

Use concentrate containers for:

  • Oils
  • Shatter
  • Wax
  • Crumble
  • Rosin
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5. Flower Packaging

Cannabis Flower containers have a wide mouth opening, making it easy to dispense products. These containers can provide an airtight seal to mask the scent of the product when paired with the correct lid. These containers can be used for edibles and items with high potency concentrates. 

Use cannabis flower packaging for: 

  • Hemp flower 
  • Edibles 
Flower packaging for cannabis products.Flower packaging for cannabis products.

6. Edibles Packaging

Edibles are one of the fastest growing aspects within the CBD industry. These containers are available with child resistant closures and come in glass and opaque colors. Edibles packaging have wide mouths, making it easy to fill and dispense products. 

Use edibles packaging for: 

  • Edibles 
  • Gum
  • Herbal-Infused Teas
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7. Barrier Bags

Providing the same protection as containers, barrier bags are an ideal choice for storing and transporting CBD items. These bags provide an airtight seal that keeps moisture and water out while containing the smell within it. 

Use barrier bags for:

  • Hemp flower
  • Edibles
  • Concentrates
Barrier bags for cannabis products. Barrier bags for cannabis products.

8. Exit Packaging

Exit packaging is child resistant and made from a food safe quad-layer plastic with a foil barrier. These protect the contents within it that helps you meet regulatory compliance. 

Use exit packaging for:

  • Vitamins 
  • Edibles 
  • Pharmaceutical items
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9. Dispensary Storage Jars

Dispensary storage jars are bulk-sized containers that are wide mouth, making it easy to access the contents within it. Made of high quality glass, these jars are smell proof and airtight when paired with the proper closure. These glass storage jars are great for convientent opening and dispensing that need to be acessed quickly and regularly. 

Use dispensary jars for: 

  • Hemp flower
  • Extracts
Glass jars for cannabis products.Glass jars for cannabis products.

Choose a Compatible Package Material For Your Product 

Selecting the proper material for your cannabis products will affect the shelf life and purity it is indented to have. Glass, metal, plastic, and bags are common cannabis storage options, each having their own benefits. It is best to determine which kind of packaging is most important that suits your product so your customers are recieving the products in the best way possible.


Glass containers provide an airtight seal that prevents the contents from drying out or allowing moisture to get in. Glass is reusable and recyclable and will not affect the taste of the product like other containers could. Using glass for cannabis products will not decrease the potency of the items.  


Metal containers lock in odors to keep items fresh and are easy to clean. Metal packaging will not crush your products during transportation and will prevent damage from light exposure. 


Plastic is a great alternative to glass since it won’t break as easily. Using plastic containers can decrease the potency of cannabis due to it being porous. Plastic is a lightweight option that is versatile for a variety of products.

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Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) offers similiar characteristcs to glass. Plastic has a high durable impact resistance and protects contents again oxygen, moisture, and light. PET plastic is recignized by uts clear and non-streaky finish.

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High-density polyethylene (HDPE) is known for its frosted, translucent finish that is flexible and durable. HDPE is known to have good chemical resistance and us used in a variety of industries including food and beverage, chemicals, households, and more. These types of containers are BPA free.

PP plastic logo.PP plastic logo.


Polypropylene (PP) plastic bottles are a versatile plastic used in many industries. They feature good chemical and impact resistance due to its high temperature tolerance and are used for hot fill applications. This plastic is less widely recieved by recycling facilities over other resins.

PS plastic logo.PS plastic logo.


Polystryrene (PS) plastic bottles are clear and inflexible plastic. They also have low impact resistance and are durable. PS bottles are commonly known for their clarity. These bottles reisist bacterial growth to keep items fresh.


Barrier and Exit bags are a low-cost option for storage of cannabis. Exit bags have a zipper to maintain freshness if being used over multiple periods. These bags are lightweight to ship and store products in. An airtight closure ensures freshness until your customers are ready for use.

Pick a Closure

Picking a closure for your container will be important for the shelf life and safety of those that can get to the product. Available child resistant closures styles include Pictorial, PDT or "Push Down & Turn", smooth and EZ-Safe®. These child resistant bottle caps meet Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) standards and are an ideal closure option for storing and packaging pharmaceutical products, household cleaning agents, and other products that require extra security.


Looking for the Perfect Cannabis Container? 

At The Cary Company, we know the importance of container compatibility and what that means for your products. Our wide variety of products allows you to explore the different types of containers that can be compatible for your cannabis needs. 

For label design help, our talented Cary Design Team can walk you through the process of custom label design to get your product ready for the shelves. Shop our collection below to find the packaging solution for your cannabis product. -- Call 630.629.6600 or email us at sales@thecarycompany.com