Modified Atmosphere for the Cannabis Industry

Posted on 16 October 2020

There’s a relatively new market slowly but surely transitioning to Modified Atmosphere as the standard for packaging: the cannabis industry. Hemp is a special and delicate product, of which quality is its main concern. Modified Atmosphere comes to the rescue. Here’s how.

The challenge of packaging for cannabis

The quality of hemp quality naturally breaks down over time. Immediately after being harvested, the product starts to degrade. More precisely, its bioactive components: CBD and THC. To slow this down, one should shield the product from oxygen, humidity, light, and temperature fluctuations.

Packaging plays a crucial role in preserving the quality of cannabis throughout the distribution chain

How MAP Helps hemp distributors maintain quality

As you might know, Modified Atmosphere does just that. New to the concept? Check out this video to understand how Modified Atmosphere works.

In a nutshell, Modified Atmosphere prevents pests, contamination, mold, and bacteria, keeping the product safe during the whole supply chain. It actively prevents oxidation and preserves the smell and color of the cannabis.

Benefits for your supply chain

For cannabis specifically, Modified Atmosphere helps maintain an optimal respiration rate. This is key for the THC levels, but also taste and color of the product. The more optimal this respiration rate, the longer the shelf life will be. This comes with extra benefits for the distributors:

  • Distributors can expand their distribution areas.
  • They get more control over product quality, and with that over costs and availability.
  • Longer shelf life means less product rotation, meaning lower costs in labor and less waste disposal.

The future of cannabis packaging

Want to take control of your supply chain, costs, and the quality of your product to expand your business? Modified Atmosphere might be the key. Get in touch with our experts to find out how we can help you.

Want to work towards sustainable supply chain management?

At Masterpack, we are continuously working towards better ways to pack and protect products. We proudly present our newest solution: Modified Atmosphere for FIBC’s. Download our latest whitepapers:

Testing and improving your packaging (1,6MB)
Modified Atmosphere in FIBC's (6,4MB)
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