Hemp Labels for Medical Marijuana: What You Need to Know

As of October 2020, 33 states in the United States (plus Washington, D.C.) have legalized the use of marijuana and cannabis products for medical use. Ten states allow recreational use of marijuana. In this burgeoning industry, accurate hemp labels for CBD products are crucial. Label Solutions explains what you need to know.

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Laws Vary by State

The first thing you need to know is that medical marijuana laws vary by state. If you’re a CBD distributor, a label that works for Missouri may not work for Michigan. Generic labels that comply with all states’ laws have little information on them. This plan may not be a good investment in your money for beautiful hemp labels that catch someone’s attention.

Type of Container 

How you package your medical marijuana determines the type of hemp label you need. Two popular container choices are vacuum-sealed bags and prescription bottles similar to canisters. Both containers are disposable, but you have more options when it comes to bottles. Bags require labels that won’t come off with lots of movement. You’ll want labels that resist oil because hemp oil is a common CBD product. If someone in your store handles CBD oil and gets some on their hands, it could get on other product labels. Better to be safe than sorry when you have oil as a product on the shelf.

Use 

Ten states allow for the sale of recreational marijuana. Regulatory compliance for labeling on recreational marijuana is different than what’s required for medical marijuana labeling. You don’t need a doctor’s prescription to buy medical marijuana in those states. Therefore, CBD labels differ. Prescription labels must include a doctor’s instructions and dosing information in many instances.

Warnings 

Warnings on CBD products vary by state. For example, Oklahoma mandates that all medical marijuana product labels state, “This product has been tested for contaminants.” Other states warn to keep the products away from kids or pets. Most warning labels say pregnant or nursing women shouldn’t use medical marijuana at all.

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Hemp and CBD Labels From Label Solutions

Have questions about hemp or CBD labels? Talk to the team at Label Solutions and we’ll help you design custom medical marijuana labels for your products. Contact us or call toll-free 1-800-299-9200 for more info.

Why Are White and Clear BOPP Labels So Popular With CPGs?

White and clear BOPP labels are one of our most durable and popular products for the consumer packaged goods (CPG) industry. Biaxially oriented polypropylene is a low-cost material used not only in labels but also in shrink wrap for food packaging. In today’s blog from Label Solutions, we examine why white and clear BOPP labels are so popular with CPGs.

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The “No Label” Look

Many CPG brands rely on visual presentations to make their products more appealing to consumers. Clear BOPP labels provide a “no label” look for brands when visual appeal is a must. Think of candies, cookies, meats, prepared salads, and fresh fruits. Much like consumers look at photos on restaurant menus to order food, the same is true for CPGs. They want to see that the fruit is ripe, the vegetables are crisp, and the cookies have lots of chocolate chips. Items that have a distinct color also benefit from clear BOPP because those colors will stand out among other products on the shelf.

Flatness

White and clear BOPP labels are flat, which means they conform well to containers. This is particularly true for items that aren’t necessarily uniform in shape, such as fresh meats, or unusually shaped packages such as spheres. White and clear BOPP labels can fit on just about any product package you can imagine.

Oil & Water Resistance

Both white and clear BOPP labels offer oil and water resistance. Salad dressings, juices, packaged fruits and vegetables, herbs and spices, honey, and personal care items that go in the bathroom all benefit from having BOPP labels. Items that go in the garage, such as paints, motor oil, and grease, are also great candidates for these labels.

Low Toxicity

The low toxicity of white and clear BOPP labels make them ideal for CPG brands with regard to food. Polypropylene is a sturdy material that doesn’t seep into other items or onto people’s hands. BOPP is made from FDA-approved resins, so it’s safe to use on CPGs. 

Superior Strength

BOPP is made by mechanically stretching a clear film in the machine direction and the transverse direction (hence the name, “biaxially oriented”). This process creates a stronger product compared to cellophane or similar materials. The manufacturing process also allows for cheaper materials costs.  

Low Costs

Items made of BOPP have been around since at least the early 1980s. Because of nearly 40 years of investment by large companies in this substance, white and clear BOPP labels are an industry standard that can lower your costs as a CPG brand. Combine the low cost of BOPP with a professional labeling company, and your products receive a boost when vying for attention on store shelves in the highly competitive CPG space.

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White and Clear BOPP Labels From Label Solutions 

Label Solutions is one of the top producers of product labels in the country. We serve many industries with custom labels that look great, comply with regulations, and improve your time to market. Contact Label Solutions today or call toll-free 1-800-299-9200 for more details on our white and clear BOPP labels.

WBENC Certifies Label Solutions Inc. as a Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE)

Label Solutions Inc., one of North America’s leading producers of durable product labels for the manufacturing industry, is proud to announce certification as a Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE). With this certification, Label Solutions adds the distinction of becoming one of the printing industry’s few women-owned businesses in the United States. This certification also enhances their long-standing reputation as specializing in both regulatory compliant and high-quality prime product labels for some of the country’s top brands.

The company’s president, Karen Stevens, is excited about the new certification, but recognizes the importance of continuing to deliver exceptional product labels for manufacturers and their private label customers.

“Earning our WBE certification is an exciting opportunity,” stated Stevens. “As a small business located in Southwest Missouri, this will help us offer even better competitive pricing when bidding on projects against our largest competitors. What’s more, our WBE certification will help several of our largest Fortune 500 accounts achieve their own corporate initiatives.”

Label Solutions was certified by the Women's Business Development Center-Midwest, a Chicago based regional partner organization of the Women’s Enterprise National Council (WBENC), utilizing WBENC’s national standard of certification. The process is meticulous and includes an in-depth review of the business to confirm it is at least 51% owned, operated, and controlled by women.

ABOUT LABEL SOLUTIONS INC.

Label Solutions Inc (video)  is a commercial label converter that produces durable pressure-sensitive product labels for some of the top industrial manufacturers and retail brands in North America. Located in Missouri, they specialize in digital printing, flexography, and wide-format solutions which gives them the ability to adapt to their client’s time-sensitive needs, product development, and ongoing label changes. Label Solutions now offers a new cloud-based technology that gives their customers a faster way to expedite artwork approval revisions more efficiently from multiple locations around the world.

How Humidity and Moisture Affect Adhesive Labels

Adhesive labels must achieve two missions. They must convey the right messaging, and they must remain durable on the substrate for as long as possible without degrading. In today’s blog from Label Solutions, we explain how humidity and moisture affect adhesive label performance.

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Affixing Labels

Some adhesive labels are hard to affix to surfaces in high heat and humidity. If possible, you should attach labels in a carefully controlled environment before the items leave your facility. Improperly affixed labels can fall off. On certain products, retailers can’t sell them without a label. You lose money because the retailer has to either return the product or throw it away.

Adhesive Label Storage 

It is important to always store adhesive labels in a climate-controlled environment. Maintain relative humidity as close to 50% as possible. Room temperature should be around 70 degrees Fahrenheit (21 Celsius). Although you might need to affix labels to products or containers that are cold, storing labels in the proper conditions lets them last longer. 

Problems Due to Humidity

Adhesive labels face several issues due to high humidity. Edges may lift or curl. Lifting and curling could make the label fall off eventually. Added moisture can cause labels to fade quickly, rendering them useless. Soft pressure adhesives may fail altogether, while ink may smudge or smear in high humidity.

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Problems Due to Heat

Humidity and heat go hand in hand. Because adhesive labels absorb moisture more readily than the substrate, high and low temperatures affect the labels first before the substrate. Quick changes in temperature could lead to curling and peeling. Low temperatures could turn moisture into ice crystals, which then quickly cover the label in moisture when the temperature rises quickly. Sudden temperature changes degrade the labels faster than gradual changes.

Solutions

A viable solution to mitigate humidity and temperature problems is to go with adhesive labels that aren’t made of paper. Polypropylene and vinyl are two common materials that resist moisture and temperature swings. Another way to combat degradation via environmental conditions comes from acclimating the labels to their surroundings. Before affixing labels, store them at the same temperature as the substrate for several hours.

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Label Solutions and Adhesive Labels

Label Solutions can help you mitigate or eliminate problems of moisture and temperature for your adhesive labels. Our team can design labels with sharp graphics, outstanding adhesives, and high-tech products that stick to many types of substrates. Contact Label Solutions today or call toll-free 1-800-299-9200 for more details.

Why You Need Sharp Graphics on Custom Labels

A well-written custom label allows you to engage customers with your message and branding. Your label can also provide important instructions or warnings for customers, businesses, and regulatory agencies. However, a great label requires more than just words and text. In today’s blog from Label Solutions, we explain the benefits of sharp graphics on custom labels.

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Better Visuals

Graphics on custom labels create better visuals. Your products stand out with intelligent and creative graphic design elements. Consider developing a branded color palette and font portfolio for your business. This will ensure that every product and promotional material is complementary and cohesive. 

Warning and instructions labels need sharp graphics to draw attention and communicate clearly. A custom label with a large flame on it instantly lets someone know there’s a fire hazard. There’s no question of what the label is trying to convey.

Instant Communication

Excellent graphics on custom labels communicate what else is on the label or in the container with just a glance. A bottle of mayo looks white, but a graphic with a sandwich on it denotes the product without looking closely at the label. Supplements are the same way: consider a nutraceutical that supplies vitamin A. 

In the vitamin A label design, you might include a branded orange carrot graphic to intuitively communicate what nutrient is in the bottle. That particular color orange might be a part of your branded color palette, and is reinforced when used elsewhere in the design.

Warning or instruction graphic design elements can help to communicate clearly and quickly. A broken glass graphic denotes something fragile is on the inside. A hazard graphic with a man trying to lift a large parcel denotes the object is heavy and needs special treatment. Graphics make these warnings stand out on a box, container, or apparatus.

Brand Identity

Custom labels give you distinct advantages in product sales. If all things are equal with a rival product, a great graphic design on your label makes you stand out from the competition. Suppose your wine bottle looks exactly like a competitor’s. Even the text uses the same font. However, your label has a distinct graphic that showcases the name of your brand. Better brand identity expands your customer base, wins new customers, and improves your market share.

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Custom Labels by Label Solutions

Label Solutions provides all sorts of labels for your company. We make labels for individual products, large boxes, warnings, machinery, parts, and more. Contact Label Solutions today or call toll-free 1-800-299-9200 for more details.