June 25, 2021 Blogs

Insights from a Budtender

As the industry matures, it has become much easier to find quality hemp products packaged effectively, cleanly, and sustainably by reliable companies. In fact, you might even find yourself overwhelmed by the vast selection. These industry insider tips, assembled based on the options I’ve seen as a budtender, should help curious consumers and packaging processors alike.

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1. Glass is a Safer, More Effective Hemp Packaging Material

If you’re on the hunt for hemp flower, one of the most important things is to look for glass containers instead of plastic bags, especially if you’re purchasing more than a day or two’s worth of product. Glass is a completely nonporous material, giving your hemp a longer shelf life, and it runs no risk of leaching any of the chemicals used in manufacturing plastic into your flower (and, by extension, your body).

2. Glass Hemp Packaging Gives You a Better Look at Your Strain

Glass packaging usually means a more visible product – a very critical component of the purchasing decision, especially in states where containers must stay fully sealed until after the purchase. Without a clear view of the product (which is available in some plastic packaging as well), the customer is left with essentially no sense to rely on but a gut feeling when it comes to choosing the right strain. This is especially important for consumers in states like Washington, where one cannot smell or closely examine a bud from a large sample jar. Let’s not rob us of our sight as well!

3. For Hemp Concentrates, Medical-Grade Silicone-Lined Packaging is Ideal

When it comes to concentrates, good packaging still means product visibility and preserving freshness, but it also means accessibility: there’s little more frustrating than purchasing a gram of oil and only being able to scrape 80% of it off of parchment paper or plastic jars. What to look for in these situations is highly dependent on the consistency and texture of the product; if you have a knowledgeable budtender, they should be able to help walk you through what different terms (wax, shatter, crumble, distillate, etc.) mean in reference to consistency and extraction method if you aren’t already familiar.

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