Pop top bottles are ubiquitous and uniquely loved in the cannabis industry for many reasons, although there are a few main ones that keep pop tops wildly popular among dispensaries. Plastic pop top containers are incredibly affordable, durable, easy to use, effective, child resistant cannabis flower packaging (well, at least ours are all of those things). Oh, and we carry tamper evident options, as well.
As comprehensive compliance packaging laws sweep the nation just as quickly as legal pot, staying up to date on the proper packaging can be exhausting. The nice thing about pop top cannabis storage containers is that they can meet one, two, even three of the most common compliance packaging regulations: tamper evidence, child resistance, and full opacity.
Since every legalized state has slightly varying cannabis laws, we make sure to stock an overwhelmingly large array of pop top vials. In our expansive collection, you’ll find every color of the rainbow and the pot of gold at the end of it. You’ll find fully opaque pop top storage containers and conveniently translucent ones. You’ll find miniature 1 gram pop tops and burly 28 gram ones. You’ll find ones with tamper evident pull off bands and you’ll find that the rest have compatible tamper evident shrink bands available.
Whatever regulations you need to meet, we can help you get there without sacrificing your ideas and vision for your brand. Although some types of child resistant packaging can be clunky and difficult to open, our plastic pop top vials are the essence of simplicity. The simple round pop top bottles are easy to customize with labels and laser printing so you can make your line of flower stand out on the shelves.
Read on to learn more about our full line of squeeze pop top containers, including our vast range of dram sizes, colors, and more!
What Are Pop Top Containers?
Pop top containers are a brilliantly simple form of child resistant packaging that are most commonly used as cannabis storage containers. They’re typically made from PP or PET plastic, which are both highly recyclable, reusable, and durable. We’ve also somewhat recently introduced biodegradable plastic pop top vials, and our plan is to continue in that sustainable direction.
Our plastic pop containers range in size from 6 dram to 90 dram capacities, which can hold 1 and 28 grams respectively, with four other dram sizes in between. Don’t worry, we’ll go over the exact types of pop top bottles in our collection in a later section. For now, let’s focus on what squeeze top pharmacy vials are used for in the cannabis realm.
Pop top storage containers have long been used to package medical marijuana flower. They’re obviously more secure than plastic sandwich baggies, which can easily rip and allow a certain amount of airflow even when sealed. Pop tops are hard shell, steady containers that bounce a little if dropped, depending on how much flower is inside weighing them down. Yet, for all their resilience, they’re surprisingly simple and inexpensive.
Another amazing feature of pop top bottles is their child resistance. But even though they’re designed and tested to be difficult for children, they’re still considered easy-open for adults and seniors. Compared to “Push Down & Turn” capped bottles, pop top pill bottles are undeniably easier to open. That being said, we love our “Push Down & Turn” weed vials for their widely-known security, we just want to highlight the difference in the ease of these two designs.
In this next section, we’ll go over how exactly squeeze pop top containers are child resistant even though they’re so simplistic.
How Are Pop Top Bottles Child Resistant?
Child resistant pop top bottles are a fan favorite for their simplistic design that also manages to be incredibly secure. The bottles are cylinders with fully sealed bottoms and hinged, circular caps. The caps click into place when pressed down onto the containers and fully seals them off. On the tops of the caps, you’ll typically see an engraving that says “Squeeze Below Cap,” which is how the bottles are opened.
When you squeeze on either side just below the caps, the top actually pops up and opens on its hinge, hence the names “pop tops,” “pop up lid containers,” and “squeeze cap containers.” Despite this design’s many names, though, it serves one distinct function: being child resistant certified by the ASTM. Originally known as the American Society for Testing Materials, the ASTM borrows its definition of “child resistant” from the Poison Prevention Packaging Act (PPPA), est.1970.
The PPPA defines child resistant packaging as “constructed to be significantly difficult for children under five years of age to open within a reasonable time, and not difficult for normal adults to use properly.” By “a reasonable time,” the definition has two things in mind: 1) enough time that the child gives up and 2) enough time that a parent would find them and intervene.
The ASTM’s official child resistant standards are only available for purchase, but we’ll link them here in case you’d like to acquire them for your business. In order to be ASTM certified child resistant, each type of packaging has to go through extensive testing with real young kids who attempt to open the various containers. Our pop top vials have been tested and meet ASTM standards, meaning they’re “significantly difficult for children under five” but “not difficult for normal adults.”
The History Of Child Resistant Packaging
In the late 1950s in Windsor, Canada, Dr. Henri Breault was appointed as the Chief of Pediatrics at Hôtel-Dieu Grace Hospital’s Poison Control Centre. He took macabre notice of the strikingly high rate of childhood poisonings, most of which were resulting from toxic household items and parents’ medications. With the rate of childhood poisonings in Canada at ~ 1,000 per year with ~ 100 deaths, Dr. Breault knew he had to take serious preventative action to mitigate those insane and deadly numbers.
Educating children about the dangers of products like bleach and pills can go a long way, but kids are curious, forgetful, persistent creatures. So Dr. Breault teamed up with the president of ITL Industries, Peter Hedgewick, to invent a physical barrier that would prevent kids from opening various containers. A little while later, the “Palm N Turn” cap successfully emerged as the world’s first form of child resistant packaging.
If “Palm N Turn” sounds family, that’s because it inspired the modern “Push Down & Turn” caps, which are now as common as the sky is blue. “Push Down & Turn” caps are what you get your prescriptions in at the pharmacy, and they’re also commonly used as cannabis flower packaging. Thanks to Dr. Breault and Peter Hedgewick’s hard work and innovation, child resistant caps, containers, and packaging of all sorts is now mandated in countries around the world where it keeps kids safe every single day.
The pop top cannabis bottle is just another take on the child resistant cap/container. As we mentioned earlier, they’re just easier to open than the “Push Down & Turn” varieties, which can be helpful for those with physical challenges like arthritis. Both cap types are excellent CR options, it’s really just up to your personal preference when it comes to your brand’s aesthetic.
What Types of Pop Top Vials Are Available?
Our collection of plastic pop top bottles is dizzyingly vast - we have every color you can think of, from green to pink to gold! We also carry a wide range of common/popular dram sizes for flower amounts like 8ths and quarters. Additionally, there are opaque and translucent varieties of nearly every color in the collection, and there’s also biodegradable pop top packaging!
One of the most classic and common colors of medicine and cannabis bottles (which overlap with medical marijuana) is translucent amber, which ranges from a lighter, orange-ish shade to a deeper, brownish red shade. The translucent amber squeeze cap containers in our collection are on the lighter orangeish amber end of the spectrum and are beloved for a specific protective quality.
Amber plastic blocks more UV rays than other colors do, which can degrade cannabinoids like THC and other organic materials. The pharmaceutical industry has long used amber pill bottles with “Push Down & Turn” caps to protect people’s prescriptions, and the medical marijuana industry followed suit as it emerged in the late 1990s and early 2000s. These days, amber pop top vials are commonplace as cannabis storage containers.
That being said, many states have implemented strict compliance packaging laws that require fully opaque containers and tamper evident labeling in addition to child resistant features. So we took the classic “Squeeze Sides Below Cap” bottles and added a wide range of vibrantly colored, fully opaque options. Then, we took it one step further by introducing tamper evident plastic pop top vials.
The tamper evident pop top cannabis bottle comes in either opaque black (five dram sizes) or white (four dram sizes). You can make any of our other plastic pop top containers tamper evident by using our convenient shrink bands, but our tamper evident pop tops are the whole package. They feature a hard plastic tamper evident pull off band then pop open with a firm squeeze just like the rest of the collection.
There’s truly something for every business in our collection of pop top storage containers. From bright strawberry red opaque pop tops to soothing aqua blue ones, from traditional clear to black Rx, we can help you choose and customize the pop tops of your dreams.
Does My Business Need Cannabis Storage Containers?
Wholesale pop top bottles are an effective, compliant, and affordable way to package your cannabis flower and small edibles. Do you NEED them? No, but they sure are a fantastic packaging option that has persisted over the years for a reason. Well, more like the several reasons we’ve gone over thus far!
If you’re operating a medical marijuana dispensary, pop top packaging is a classic and convenient option. Squeeze cap containers are iconic symbols of the cannabis industry as they’re mostly used as cannabis storage containers - everyone knows what they’re getting when they see a pop top. Plus, with the vast range of colors and opacities in our collection, it’s easier than ever to make yours stand out as unique while retaining the classic medical pot vibes.
Marijuana pop top bottles are also super convenient for your customers. Glass jars are beautiful and functional, but they come at a higher price point and can be fragile. Plastic pop up lid containers are durable and keep aromas locked inside, which makes them perfect for travel and on the go smoke sessions. People can toss them in a purse or backpack and not stress that they’ll break OR smell up the place.
Where To Buy Pop Top Containers Wholesale
If you’ve been searching for the perfect pop top bottles wholesale, your search is finally over! Thanks to our expansive, affordable collection, no vision is out of the realm of possibility. If you want glittering gold pop tops with intricate labels and clear shrink bands, we can do that. If you want minimalist white tamper evident pop tops with simple black cursive lettering, we can do that. We bring pop top cannabis bottle dreams to life.
Ordering pop top containers bulk is one of the best ways to save on compliant cannabis packaging. Plus, with our price beat guarantee, you can feel confident that you’re getting the best prices on high-quality cannabis storage containers. Squeeze pop top containers may be classic, but that certainly doesn’t mean they’re outdated. However, because of their sheer simplicity, their prices remain exceptionally low compared to some of the fancy, modern, technologically advanced cannabis containers of today.
Pop Top Containers - The Bottom Line
The pop top cannabis bottle is ubiquitous in the cannabis industry. It’s a brilliantly simple and affordable design that manages to meet one of the strictest compliance packaging requirements: child resistance. Plus, since they can be fully opaque and tamper evident, they’re an overall compliance dream.
While we’ve been obsessing over pop tops for this whole piece, we do want to take a moment to highlight our other fantastic and compliant plastic pill bottle options. Our “Push Down & Turn” prescription bottle collection, which includes a featured economy line, is another fan favorite simplistic packaging option. They’re child resistant, can be fully opaque, and can also be made tamper evident with shrink bands.
Last but certainly not least, we carry ultra-classic amber medicine bottles for cannabis-infused syrups and other liquids. Their deep amber color protects the cannabinoids in cannabis syrup from degradation and the optional oral adapters make pouring and dosing easy as pie. With all of these cannabis packaging options, it’s easier than ever to create a cohesive line of products that give off distinctly medical and healing vibes.
Frequently Asked Questions About Pop Top Containers
What Is A Pop Top?
A pop top is a simple plastic container with a hinged lid that pops open when you squeeze the sides below the cap. This feature (often) makes them child resistant (all of our pop tops are child resistant). Because of this common compliance feature and their optional opaque color varieties, pop tops are a common dispensary choice for packaging flower and capsules.
How Do You Open Pop Top Bottles?
To open a pop top bottle, pinch on either side just below the cap and squeeze. The lid will pop open on its hinge.
What Sizes Of Pop Top Bottles Are Available?
We carry the following dram sizes/flower capacities of pop tops:
6 Dram - 1 Gram
13 Dram - 2 Grams
19 Dram - 3.5 Grams
30 dram - 7 Grams
60 Dram - 14 Grams
90 Dram - 28 Grams
How Do You Test For Child Resistance On Pop Top Bottles?
Child resistant packaging is tested and certified by the ASTM and CPSC. In order to qualify as child resistant, packaging must be “constructed to be significantly difficult for children under five years of age to open within a reasonable time, and not difficult for normal adults to use properly.” That definition is actually borrowed from the Poison Prevention Packaging ACT (PPPA, est. 1970). Containers are tested in controlled environments where real young kids are asked to attempt to open them.
Are Pop Top Bottles Smell Proof?
Our pop top bottles provide excellent protection and discretion for customers, but they, unfortunately, cannot block all wafting aromas. That being said, our mylar exit bags are popular to pair with pop top containers because they ARE smell proof. The nice thing about mylar bags is that customers can keep and reuse them over and over, so if they buy one from your shop they can also buy your pop tops, pop them in their very own mylar bag, and not have to worry about that famously pungent scent.