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Child Resistant Tin Packaging for Cannabis Edibles

How to Choose Child Resistant Tin Packaging for Cannabis Edibles?

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The makers of Cannabis edibles are continuously questing for some new styles and closures for cannabis packaging. Among cannabis packaging, child-resistant packaging plays a crucial role in resisting children from getting access to cannabis-infused edibles. This is especially needed to prevent the kids from eating them as they look quite appealing in their eyes.

Nonetheless, it is not only about the safety issue of choosing child-resistant packaging for cannabis-infused edibles. This type of packaging also helps in increasing the shelf-life and also the cost of them. Besides, the branding potential, environmental impact, reflexive usage, and easy access for senior consumers occupy the top concerned areas.

A child-resistant closure is easy to access for senior consumers with vision impairment, less strength in hands, or low eye-hand coordination. So, the packaging design should be such that only senior consumers could only open and resecure it and manage to resist children from consuming it.

Gruskin Warner states that the cannabis packaging industry sees more innovation in child-resistant styles than in the other markets.

Choosing A Structure

First of all, it is essential to choose a structure for child-resistant packaging. Some options that are available in the market are mainly child-resistant tin packaging, glass bottles, plastic containers, rigid paper containers, blister packs, and adaptable film pouches.

Rigid Paper Containers

Although there are several child-resistant rigid paper containers available in the market, they do not provide a perfect solution to retain the freshness of the product.

Gruskin Warner once said that these types of packaging do not generally offer a shelf life to cannabis-infused foods and beverages. Hence, the edibles must have to be flow-wrapped prior to inserting into the packages. However, if you use child-resistant tin packaging, you don’t have to worry about its shelf life.

Plastic Packaging

Plastic materials are pretty much suitable for the use of child-resistant packaging. They are not only lightweight but need only limited resources for production. Besides, polypropylene is durable, flexible, and consists of tolerance viscosity when the injection is moulded.

However, not everyone wants to use plastic packaging due to its harmful environmental impact. Therefore, most buyers opt for child-resistant tin packaging as they are environmentally friendly, maintain long shelf life and keep it away from the child’s reach.

Multilayered And Flexible Film Pouches

The multilayered film pouches are ideal as it acts as a barrier against the entry of air which moistens the product inside. Additionally, they are suitable for resisting the strong smells from fleeing.

However, unlike plastic containers, they require multiple materials to lower the air and vapour transmission inside and out of the pack. Similarly, they cost less and occupy very little space for storage than rigid packaging. Regardless, this type of packaging is quite flimsy and may cause spillage, which is why people trust child-resistant tin packaging more than any other material.

Child-Resistant Tin Packaging

Perhaps, tin packaging is the ideal child-resistant packaging for cannabis edibles. They come with several benefits, including long shelf-life, different styles, child-resistant, and scope for striking branding compared to other materials. Tin King USA is the leading manufacturer and tin packaging supplier. Their workforce and expertise efficiently customise the tin packaging to source them on the customer’s demand.

Tin King USA, the tin packaging supplier, thinks out of the box to customise the order in a wide variety of sizes and also uses 3-D technology to print innovative designs. If you want to know more, visit us and see how they spoil you with their vast options.

Cannabis Packaging regulation

Federal Laws for Cannabis Packaging

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According to the latest reports, there are now 36 states that have some version of legalized medical cannabis, 14 states that have legalized recreational cannabis and 16 states that have decriminalized its use.  All of this creates much confusion as states try to catch up with all the laws that will be required to accommodate this legalization.

Needless to say, many states are desperately trying to catch up with the required laws and regulations.  Adding to the confusion is that federal laws still classify cannabis as a Schedule 1 drug, which prevents the research so badly needed.  Suffice it to say there is a lot of confusion depending upon which state you reside in.

This brings me to the proper packaging of Cannabis products that contain THC levels above 3/10ths of one percent.  There are federal laws that regulate and require certified child resistant packaging requirements.  There are a few regulatory agencies that will be very helpful in navigating your way through packaging regulation, requirements and laws.

The first agency is the Consumer Protection Safety Commission (CPSC).  By their own definition, the “CPSC administers and enforces several federal laws. These laws authorize the agency to protect the public against unreasonable risks of injuries and deaths associated with consumer products”. I would direct you to their Regulations, Laws and Standards department at https://www.cpsc.gov/Regulations-Laws–Standards.  There is a wealth of information here, but unfortunately the regulations for packaging cannabis products will be found under several agencies, acts and sets of laws and regulations.  It is a lot to read and understand, which is why consultants are a good investment.

We will begin with the Poison Prevention Packaging Act (PPPA), which can be found at https://www.cpsc.gov/Regulations-Laws–Standards/Statutes/Poison-Prevention-Packaging-Act.  As this article is about the regulations of cannabis packaging, I am particularly focused on child resistant (CR) tin packaging, as this is our expertise.  Please keep in mind this information will be very helpful regardless of the type of packaging you intend to utilize.

Other agencies to be familiar with are the Consumer Product safety Act (CPSA), Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) and the Child safety Protection Act (CSPA).  I have provided many references in this article but there is obviously a lot of information to absorb.  Child resistant packaging should include branding, great design and easy to use CR containers.  A great CR container keeps children safe, are senior friendly and tin packaging will stay around for many years.  Other critical considerations for CR packaging are manufacturing automation and fulfillment.

Additionally, please be aware that many states have implemented their own packaging regulations for the cannabis industry and often times do not provide any grace period.  Ignorance of the law is still no excuse so please do your homework and utilize a consultant to be on the safe side.  Federal and state compliance is required – no exceptions.

In the future, I will talk about the importance of CR products being certified, additional compliance issues, automation (you don’t need to be a huge company to be automated) and more.

Thank you for your time!

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