7 best packaging practices for cannabis marketers: Page 7 of 7

By Tom Newmaster in Packaging Design on August 02, 2019

7. Don’t think of cannabis as an exotic category—consumer behavior is still in play

Cannabis/marijuana (TCH or CBD/cannabidiol) is a regulated product, and so it’s subject to government oversight. However, when you think of all the products that include cannabis, it almost covers all the major product categories. The spectrum goes from inhalants (buds/vape oil) to edibles, personal care products, pharmaceuticals, confections and snacks, even creams and oils for pain relief.

In fact, it’s just another ingredient layer and so, each iteration needs its own TLC when it comes to communicating the THC.

For edibles, sensory testing should be part of the branding strategy. If you’re marketing a baked good, like a brownie, is the flavor profile and texture competitive with non-cannabis brands, or does it disappoint? It must look delicious, include flavor cues and be made of wholesome/clean ingredients. It’s not just about the CBD or THC.


As the legacy brands begin to enter the cannabis marketplace, competition for consumer loyalty is going to get fierce. Do your homework. You might find that the tried is truer than you expect.



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Tom Newmaster

Tom Newmaster is the founder of Central Pennsylvania-based FORCEpkg. He has more than 25 years of experience in branding and package design for consumer packaged goods. From 1998 to 2016, he was a principal and co-owner of WFM where he led creative and won awards for The Hershey Co., Pfizer, Stoner Car Care and Zippo. Newmaster has launched new products for Fresh Solutions Network, Koch’s Turkey, Klamath Basin Fresh Organics and Wolfgang Candy, to name a few. He has become a leading voice in the package and design industry and, more recently, a trusted source in the cannabis industry, as it relates to packaging and design. He serves as an adjunct instructor at Pennsylvania College of Art and Design.

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