Bags - they seem like such a simple product, don’t they? They’re just flexible packaging shaped into containers with openings at the tops, right? Right - but when it comes to bags for cannabis products, things get a little more complicated. Personal preferences, legal requirements, brand vibes, and customer demands have all played a role in the evolution of cannabis packaging bags.
That isn’t to say that classic paper bags aren’t still used as shopping bags or “exit bags,” in some areas, because they are! However, not all states allow open-topped bags as exit bags, and many even require tamper evident, resealable, or child resistant exit bags. As legal cannabis sweeps the nation, so do appropriate safety regulations to keep everyone - businesses, customers, and bystanders - protected.
Exit bags are just one tiny piece of the puzzle, though. Those are just what the budtenders put the products in for customers to leave the store, which can range from plain paper bags to double-zipper, fully opaque, tamper evident Mylar pouches. Exit bag laws are often different from actual cannabis packaging requirements; AKA, what flower, edibles, concentrates, etc. can be packaged in.
Some states have super strict laws about the containers that various products are packaged in. For instance, Colorado requires that ALL cannabis products be in opaque, child resistant containers. However, in California, flower can be in vista bags or clear jars, but edibles must be in opaque bags or containers. It’s all a bit of a headache, but thankfully, we carry wholesale bags and other containers that can work for every product in every state.
Beyond meeting legal requirements, sturdy, resealable airtight bulk bags are one of the very best ways to keep your cannabis flower and edibles fresh. Plus, wholesale pouches made from Mylar are space-savers compared to jars (which, don’t get us wrong, we LOVE as much as Mylar bags). They’re also highly customizable and come in several compliance packaging options. If you’ve been looking for a weed, edible, or exit bag in bulk, we definitely have something for you in our diverse and extensive wholesale packaging bags collection.
What Are Packaging Bags for Marijuana?
Packaging bags for marijuana are traditionally made from Mylar and are designed to keep weed, hemp, or edibles fresh, potent, and safe from harm, even after the customer first opens them. Mylar, which was invented by DuPont Company in the 1950s, is a specialty kind of polyester film made from stretched polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastic called biaxially oriented polyethylene terephthalate (BoPet).
Mylar zip lock packaging bags started becoming a standard for marijuana bags after the food industry latched onto them decades ago. One Mylar-encased product, in particular, showed that Mylar may be a revolutionary flexible packaging material for weed: coffee. Coffee is an ultra-fragrant product that, when exposed to air, can lose its aromatic, flavorful, and potent qualities. Plus, not everyone enjoys the strong smell.
Thanks to Mylar bags, coffee manufacturers found a way to package their product in airtight, smell proof, light proof, resealable bags. No one is bothered by the scent in the store, in a grocery bag on a crowded train, or even in the kitchen (unless the coffee is being brewed, of course)! If Mylar pouch packaging can work to conceal the pungency and protect the potency of coffee, it can certainly do the same for the pungency and potency of cannabis!
Various types of Mylar resealable bags wholesale have since become a staple for cannabis grow operations, dispensaries, and all kinds of businesses. Mylar resealable packaging bags are simply one of the best ways to securely package your cannabis products, especially flower, in a smell proof, airtight, impact proof way. Plus, they come in flat pouch and stand up pouch varieties that make displaying these bags an easy peasy dream.
What About Exit Bags?
Don't worry, we definitely haven’t forgotten exit bags - those things are crucial as can be. Exit bags are used as super secure shopping bags, essentially, that are intended to conceal the cannabis products within. Most states have pretty strict exit packaging requirements that include partial to full opacity, tamper evidence, child resistance, and sometimes resealable qualities.
Because of those requirements, businesses in many states have to use our larger high-tech (yet affordable) Mylar wholesale bags in bulk. These are typically at least 8 × 6 inches but most people opt for the 12 × 9 inch or even 14.6 × 16.4 inch Mylar exit bags. Those hardy yet flexible packaging bags are large enough to hold smaller pouches or jars of weed, edible packages, concentrate jars, and more! However, there are some states (like Colorado) where you can still use classic paper bags as exit packaging, although they may require cannabis safety labels or verbiage from your state.
What Types of Packaging Bags Are Available?
What types of packaging bags AREN’T available, you mean? We make a huge variety of Mylar bulk packaging bags in numerous sizes, styles, and colors! From 1 gram to 448 gram capacities, we have all the weed bags you need for flower portioning and exit packaging. We also carry paper and plastic exit bags! Let’s take a closer look at some of our most popular flexible packaging bags!
Popular Resealable Packaging Bags for Flower and Edibles
3.5 Gram Bags - 3.5 grams is an 8th, AKA the most popular weed purchase. We make 24 varieties of 3.5 gram bags in several colors/finishes, like matte or glossy black or white. We even make silver or gold vista 3.5 gram aluminium pouch packaging! Some are equipped to be child resistant and all are tamper evident.
7 Gram Bags - 7 grams is a 4th of an ounce, which is a nice step up from an 8th for people who smoke a little more frequently. These are available in many colors, finishes, and styles, including child resistant, tamper evident, metallic, and vista.
14 Gram Bags - 14 grams is a half ounce - a fairly popular choice for regular flower smokers. We make a number of 14 gram wholesale bags in bulk that are perfect for storing and displaying your half ounce bud offerings. All of these 14 gram bulk bags are tamper evident, some are child resistant, and they come in either opaque or vista!
28 Gram Bags - 28 grams is a full heady ounce of weed, which fills out our 28 gram pouch packaging nicely. Serious stoners often buy ounces of their favorite strains so they don’t have to keep making dispensary trips every couple of days. We make beautiful, durable 28 gram Mylar bags in black, white, brown kraft, and gold or silver vista with various compliance features available. Some of these can also be used as exit bags for some cannabis purchases.
448 Gram Bags - 448 grams is a pound of flower, which some people do buy! Thankfully, Mylar bags’ resealable, airtight qualities can keep that bud fresh for them for weeks on end. However, our 448 gram bags, which are 14.6 × 16.4 inches, are popularly used as exit bags as well! They can fit all sorts of products and provide secure, smell proof protection as your customers leave your store.
Popular Exit Bags
56 Gram Bags - 56 grams is two ounces of cannabis flower - a decent supply, but not a full pound! However, many of our clients like using our 56 gram Mylar bags, which are 12 × 9 inches, as compliant exit bags! They come in opaque or vista, black or white, matte or glossy, and even metallic varieties!
Prescription Bags - Paper prescription bags for medication pouch packaging are still common "exit bags" in some areas that allow them. They look just like regular Rx pharmacy bags and feature the classic blue and yellow mortar and pestle. We also make a paper thank you bag in bulk that features light watermarks of cannabis products like joints, bubblers, and oil dropper bottles.
Now remember, those were just a few of our most popular Mylar wholesale pouches and Mylar or paper exit bags. We have a vast collection of flexible bags packaging that can work for absolutely everything! We even make Mylar sleeves for pre rolls or dab syringes. Plus, we can also make full custom pouch packaging to really bring your vision to life!
Does Flexible Packaging Prolong the Shelf Life of Weed?
Absolutely! In fact, that’s a major reason why dispensaries use Mylar wholesale packaging bags so often. Mylar is incredibly impermeable to air and moisture, which are both kryptonite to cannabis products. Mylar flexible packaging bags protect flower or edibles from those elements, and fully opaque ones can also block light - another enemy of cannabis.
Beyond blocking air, moisture, and light, Mylar is also impact resistant. We absolutely adore glass jars, but there’s just no denying that they are breakable. While many are willing to take the calculated risk of shipping, storing, and displaying dazzling glass jars, Mylar wholesale bags make it so you can breathe a little easier throughout the entire process.
If your bulk bags order gets somehow crushed en route to you, there’s unlikely to be any damage beyond a busted cardboard shipping box. If a shelf in your back room is knocked over, your floor may be scratched, but your Mylar pouches of weed will remain intact. And if overly curious customers get a little too up close and personal, you can feel confident that they won’t accidentally break or damage your Mylar weed bags.
Mylar wholesale pouches are also awesome for those businesses that send their flower out to other dispensaries. When your precious harvests are encased in Mylar flexible bags packaging, there’s no stress that a shipping disaster will result in your partners receiving faulty products. Plus, unlike glass jars which need a fair amount of padding to ship safely, you can fit a whole bunch of Mylar weed bags in one cardboard shipping box.
Does My Business Need Wholesale Bags?
If you’re running a dispensary, you definitely need at least some type of wholesale bag in bulk. Whether or not you choose to use Mylar wholesale zip lock bags as your flower’s direct containers, all states with recreational and/or medical cannabis have some sort of exit packaging laws. If you’re running a delivery service, the same types of exit packaging laws typically apply to the delivery. So either way, you’re going to need wholesale bags in bulk of some sort.
If you’re interested in using Mylar wholesale pouch packaging as your flower and edible pouches, welcome to the club! Numerous other cannabis businesses have made the same choice, but don’t worry, yours won’t disappear in the crowd. Thanks to our extensive collection of wholesale packaging bags and customizable wholesale bags, we can make yours stand out in a unique and enticing way.
Even if you’re not interested in bulk pouches for flower and edibles, you definitely still need an exit bag in bulk. Whether you want classic paper bags (and your state allows them) or you need some sort of tamper evident, high tech, opaque contraption bulk bags, we can absolutely help you. It all comes down to your state's laws and your vision for your brand.
Where to Buy Packaging Bags Wholesale?
We have the widest, most diverse collection of wholesale bags online that are beautiful, functional, and varying levels of compliant. From small gold foil pouches wholesale for a luxuriously elite vibe to a fully opaque, no frills matte black bag in bulk, we have it all.
Our Mylar resealable pouches wholesale are one of the best choices for keeping bud and edibles fresh, potent, and effective. Plus, buying bulk bags is a fantastic way to save - the more you order at once, the lower the price per unit. In combination with our price beat guarantee, it’s clear there’s no better place to purchase wholesale zipper pouches than right here at Marijuana Packaging.
Ordering flat or stand up foil pouches wholesale as exit bags isn’t an option for many cannabis businesses anymore - it’s a requirement. But that doesn’t mean we make the bags fun, interesting, ultra-protective, and uniquely you.
Packaging Bags - The Bottom Line
Mylar resealable packaging bags are a top notch choice for flower and edible packaging - they’re airtight, smell proof qualities are nearly unmatched in the industry. Their impact resistance is certainly unmatched, as is their ability to be made tamper evident - one of the most common compliance regulations.
Nearly our entire collection of Mylar bags can be tamper evident by heat sealing them - a super easy process done with a simple heat sealer machine. We carry a few different heat sealers, including a semi automatic one that can seal 30 bags in about one minute!
Frequently Asked Questions About Packaging Bags
Are Bags Better Than Jars For Weed?
Both bags and jars are wonderful containers for flower, but each has its advantages. Both are resealable, airtight, and often customizable! Jars are great for proudly displaying your flower, but not all states allow clear packaging. We do make opaque jars (both glass and plastic), though, if you prefer those over opaque bags. The one downside of glass jars is that they’re breakable. Mylar bags are much more durable and can be fully opaque or vista. Both can come with various compliance features.
What Size Bags Are The Most Popular?
3.5 gram Mylar bags for flower are by far the most popular in our collection - 3.5 grams (an 8th) is the most popular weed purchase across the board. Our 7, 14, and 28 gram bags are also popular, but not as popular as the 3.5s.
Where To Buy Wholesale Zipper Pouches Near Me
The very best place to get competitive pricing on wholesale Mylar zipper pouches is right here at Marijuana Packaging. The more Mylar bags you order, the more affordable your bulk order becomes. Plus, we have an incredibly wide selection of styles, sizes, colors, and compliance features.
What Is Flexible Packaging?
Flexible packaging is exactly what it sounds like: a container (typically a Mylar bag) that can bend and move to accommodate its contents. Mylar flexible bag packaging is flat when it’s empty, then bulges as it’s filled with flower, edibles, etc.
Can You Recycle Flexible Bags?
Unfortunately, Mylar flexible bags are not recyclable through most common recycling programs because of their combination of metal and plastic. There are specialty locations and programs where they can be recycled, though! We encourage everyone who uses Mylar flexible bags to look into their local programs for recycling those combined materials.