Cannabis Packaging Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2023 - 2028)

The Global Cannabis Packaging Market is segmented by Type (Rigid Packaging, Flexible Packaging), Packaging Materials (Glass, Metal, Plastic, Cardboard Containers), and Geography. The market sizes and forecasts are provided in terms of value (USD million) for all the above segments.

Cannabis Packaging Industry Overview

Cannabis Packaging Market Size
Study Period: 2018 - 2028
Fastest Growing Market: North America
Largest Market: North America
CAGR: 24.3 %

Major Players


*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order


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Cannabis Packaging Market Analysis

The Global Cannabis Packaging Market is expected to witness a CAGR of 24.3% over the next five years. The cannabis packaging market is anticipated to witness notable growth in the next few years, owing to the rising demand for medical and recreational cannabis products. The increasing legalization of cannabis in various countries will likely drive the future market.

  • The recreational cannabis application is expected to drive the market in the future, as it has shown unprecedented growth in recent years. The Marijuana Business Daily reported flowers as the most preferred form of cannabis sold in the United States. The flower is packed in jars or flexible packaging bags.
  • The rapid legalization of the consumption of cannabis in the United States and the existing free environment in Canada is anticipated to drive the ancillary demand for the packaging of cannabis. 36 out of 50 states in the United States allow patients to use medical cannabis with a proper prescription. The growth of the cannabis market in the North American region indicates that the area is expected to witness the rapid development of the studied market.
  • A notable trend in the cannabis packaging industry is to tap into the rising consumption of recreational cannabis amongst the younger population. Due to high brand saturation amongst cannabis players, packaging plays an increased role amongst smaller and emerging players to strengthen the brand image.
  • The cannabis packaging market growth is restrained due to challenges that many cannabis packaging businesses face in order to comply with child-resistant (CR) packaging regulations. According to the rules, cannabis product packaging must be strong enough that a child cannot open it on their own.
  • The announcement of a nationwide lockdown during the COVID-19 outbreak sparked increased demand for cannabis products. Multiple retail stores registered havoc traffic from consumers as the general idea of stocking up on cannabis products in fear of scarcity took the center stage. Relevant statistics suggest the high retail sales growth of cannabis products in March last year, creating an ancillary demand for cannabis packaging products.
  • The focus on sustainability, regulations, and branding has heavily impacted the packaging of cannabis and has facilitated the shift from traditional methods, which relied on manual labor for processing and packaging, to more sophisticated methodologies involving automated machines. The incorporation of automation is slowly gaining traction in the cannabis packaging industry as the industry players become aware of the benefits of automating packaging processes. This is envisaged to become more popular with the standardization of the legal landscape of cannabis.

Cannabis Packaging Industry Segments

The packaging of cannabis is the most crucial process, owing to various regulations imposed by the governments of different countries across the world. This report provides a comprehensive analysis of the cannabis packaging market classified based on type including rigid packaging and flexible packaging, based on packaging materials including Glass, Metal, Plastic, and Cardboard Containers.

The Global Cannabis Packaging Market is segmented by Type (Rigid Packaging, Flexible Packaging), Packaging Materials (Glass, Metal, Plastic, Cardboard Containers), and Geography. The market sizes and forecasts are provided in terms of value (USD million) for all the above segments.

By Type
Rigid Packaging
Flexible Packaging
By Packaging Materials
Cardboard Containers
By Geography
North America
Latin America
Rest of the World

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Cannabis Packaging Market Trends

This section covers the major market trends shaping the Cannabis Packaging Market according to our research experts:

Plastic Packaging Holds a Significant Market Share

  • Plastic packaging has been preferred for different cannabis consumption forms, such as tinctures, flowers, oils, patches, and pills. Plastic can help cannabis manufacturers overcome various challenges and are the most commonly used material for cannabis packaging for a variety of reasons, including the strict cannabis packaging regulatory environment and product preservation. Primarily, cannabis is a perishable product, and plastic packaging significantly increases the shelf-life of perishable products.
  • Cannabis-infused extracts and tinctures utilize plastic in the form of containers, droppers, and caps. When it comes to containers, the low weight of plastic has made it a material of choice for packing Cannabis. The containers used for packaging are very small and sold in 15 to 30-ml sizes, so the manufacturers cannot add regulatory information on the labels. The manufacturers usually have a carton-based secondary packaging in which the container is packaged with the pamphlet containing the required information. Similarly, droppers and closures are also manufactured using plastics.
  • Bottles and closures made of high-density polyethylene (HDPE), low-density polyethylene (LDPE), polypropylene (PP), and polyethylene terephthalate (PET) have become widely accepted packaging options within the cannabis industry. 
  • Further, creating child-resistant locking mechanisms out of sustainable materials is extremely difficult. Every legal cannabis market requires some form of child-resistant packaging, whether the primary product is in contact with the packaging or the secondary layer, such as an exit bag.
  • Owing to several benefits of plastic packaging and sustainability concerns, players are introducing new plastic packaging for cannabis. For instance, this year, Hippo Packaging came with cannabis packaging, which includes compostable containers and flexible bags, hemp packaging, and ocean-reclaimed plastic in response to sustainability initiatives.
  • Furthermore, the flexible pouches can meet the stringent regulations for packaging cannabis. The Chinese suppliers have captured the flexible packaging market due to their low-cost offerings and the absence of major players.
Cannabis Packaging Market

North America Holds Significant Market Share

  • North America is one of the major contributors to the worldwide cannabis industry. Growth in this region is attributed to the widespread adoption and farming of cannabis in countries such as the United States and Canada.
  • The recent shift in the regulatory landscape has resulted in more people using medicinal cannabis to address conditions like chronic pain, depression, PTSD, social anxiety, cancer, multiple sclerosis, and epilepsy, all of which are linked to changing lifestyles. Furthermore, due to these strict laws, suppliers must adhere to proper safety control methods and provide consumers with high-quality products, thus promoting market growth in this region.
  • The growing legalization and regulation of cannabis in the North American market have created numerous opportunities for the packaging industry to innovate in response to new demands. Among them is the need for child protection, especially with regard to beverage products, which are more easily consumed than smoking products. As a result, the demand for child-resistant or tamper-evident packaging has increased in the United States. In response, last year, US-based PakTech introduced a child-resistant cannabis beverage cap of 100% recycled high-density polyethylene (rHDPE).
  • Moreover, last year, California's office of environmental health hazard assessment (OEHHA) approved listing "cannabis smoke" and THC as reproductive toxins under Proposition 65, and, in one year, the cannabis vendors in the state will need to label their products with a Prop 65 warning label.
  • According to the National Institutes of Health, Marijuana and hallucinogen use in the past year reported by young adults 19 to 30 years increased significantly in 2021 compared to the last five years. Moreover, the five new states in the United States that have passed measures to legalize medical or adult-use cannabis in the November 2020 elections include New Jersey, Arizona, South Dakota, and Montana. In addition, Mississippi passed medical legalization. When all these states begin operations for cannabis, they could collectively add more demand for cannabis, and the packaging will grow significantly.
Global Cannabis Packaging Market

Cannabis Packaging Market Competitor Analysis

The global cannabis packaging market is a highly consolidated market with few top players dominating the market's significant share. Some of the dominant players in the market are KushCo Holdings Inc., JL Clarks Inc., Kaya Packaging, Impak Corporation, Funksac LLC., Dixie Elixirs & Edibles, and Pollen Gear LLC., among others. 

In September 2022, Cannabis packaging company RXDco, a maker of child-resistant containers and bags, introduced eco-friendly, sustainable, and renewable packaging collections: Atid, PearlLoc, and EcoPro. These are paper-based biodegradable, recyclable, child-resistant packaging solutions created with the trending requirements in the cannabis industry for environmentally sustainable packaging.

Cannabis Packaging Market Top Players

  1. KushCo Holdings Inc.

  2. JL Clarks Inc.

  3. Kaya Packaging

  4. Cannaline Cannabis Packaging Solutions

  5. Berry Global Inc.

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order

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Cannabis Packaging Market Recent Developments

  • January 2022: Origin Pharma Packaging launched a piece of packaging dedicated to the medicinal cannabis industry, a child-resistant Jar to support the 'flower# product, which is often prescribed in certain European countries.,
  • November 2021: The Niagara Herbalist, an independent cannabis store in St. Catharines, Ontario launched a packaging buyback program. It has started paying customers for empty cannabis packages with store credits after similar programs offer cash for empty alcohol containers. The store is offering customers a store credit of 10 Canadian cents (8 U.S. cents) for glass jars or bottles and Canadian USD 0.05 for plastic jars and other recyclable outer packaging, including cardboard containers and plastic pre-roll or vaporizer containers.

Cannabis Packaging Market Report - Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions and Market Definition

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Market Overview

    2. 4.2 Industry Attractiveness - Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.2.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      2. 4.2.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers

      3. 4.2.3 Threat of New Entrants

      4. 4.2.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.2.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry

    3. 4.3 Industry Value Chain Analysis

    4. 4.4 Assessment of the Impact of COVID-19 on the market


    1. 5.1 Market Drivers

      1. 5.1.1 Rising Demand for Medical and Recreational Cannabis Products

      2. 5.1.2 Legalization of Cannabis in Various North American Countries

    2. 5.2 Market Restraints

      1. 5.2.1 Stringent Regulation Related to Cannabis Packaging


    1. 6.1 Medical

    2. 6.2 Recreational


    1. 7.1 By Type

      1. 7.1.1 Rigid Packaging

      2. 7.1.2 Flexible Packaging

    2. 7.2 By Packaging Materials

      1. 7.2.1 Glass

      2. 7.2.2 Metal

      3. 7.2.3 Plastics

      4. 7.2.4 Cardboard Containers

    3. 7.3 By Geography

      1. 7.3.1 North America

      2. 7.3.2 Europe

      3. 7.3.3 Latin America

      4. 7.3.4 Rest of the World


    1. 8.1 Company Profiles

      1. 8.1.1 KushCo Holdings Inc.

      2. 8.1.2 JL Clarks Inc.

      3. 8.1.3 Kaya Packaging

      4. 8.1.4 Cannaline Cannabis Packaging Solutions

      5. 8.1.5 Dymapak

      6. 8.1.6 Diamond Packaging

      7. 8.1.7 Greenlane Holdings Inc.

      8. 8.1.8 N2 Packaging Systems LLC

      9. 8.1.9 Green Rush Packaging

      10. 8.1.10 Elevate Packaging Inc.

      11. 8.1.11 Berry Global Inc.

    2. *List Not Exhaustive


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Cannabis Packaging Market Research FAQs

The Cannabis Packaging Market is studied from 2018 - 2028.

The Cannabis Packaging Market is growing at a CAGR of 24.3% over the next 5 years.

North America is growing at the highest CAGR over 2018 - 2028.

North America holds highest share in 2021.

KushCo Holdings Inc., JL Clarks Inc., Kaya Packaging, Cannaline Cannabis Packaging Solutions, Berry Global Inc. are the major companies operating in Cannabis Packaging Market.

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In-depth industry statistics and market share insights of the Cannabis Packaging sector for 2020, 2021, and 2022. The Cannabis Packaging research report provides a comprehensive outlook of the market size and an industry growth forecast for 2023 to 2028. Available to download is a free sample file of the Cannabis Packaging report PDF.

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