Our recreational cannabis bag “breaks the rules”

The proportions of most stock unprinted stand-up bags follow, wittingly or not, an ancient mathematic and aesthetic convention. Our newest bag size rejects these traditional conventions in favor of usability for our customers (particularly in the recreational cannabis industry).

What is “normal”?

For most stock bags, the relationship between the width and the height adhere to the “Golden Ratio”. There are many explanations and applications for this ratio, but in its most oversimplified form “if the long side divided by the short side is approximately 1.6, it will be pleasing to the eye”. (The actual number is 1.6180339887498948482…, but for the sake of this post, “roughly 1.6” will do.)

When HQ Packaging first hung out its shingle, so to speak, we carried six different sizes of stand up bags in stock. These are shown in the table below with the dimensions and the “ratio”. If you click on the link in the leftmost column, a new window/tab will open showing all of our offerings in that size.

Overall Dimensions Width Height Height / Width
3.125” x 5.0” x 2.0” 3.125” 5.0” 1.60
4.0” x 6.4” x 2.3” 4.0” 6.4” 1.60
5.0” x 8.0” x 3.0” 5.0” 8.0” 1.60
6.0” x 9.4” x 3.25” 6.0” 9.4” 1.57
6.9” x 11.0” x 3.5” 6.9” 11.0” 1.59
7.6” x 11.75” x 4.0” 7.6” 11.75” 1.55


Why is this a problem for recreational cannabis?

Recreational cannabis, or the “flowers” more specifically, are not simply poured out of the bag like one would pour mixed nuts, tea leaves, or rice. The user typically wants to be able to reach in and pinch of a specific bit of the product without dumping all of the flowers out. In a conventional bag, the smaller sizes do not allow this, leading to end-user frustration.

That is why we have produced the “square bag”. With dimensions of 5.5″ x 5.25″ x 2.0″ it is easy to reach into with your entire hand to pick out exactly what you want. It is suitable for and amount of flowers up to and in many cases exceeding 3.5 – 5.0 grams.

These bags can be purchased at this link: https://www.hqpackaging.com/products/bags/stand-up-bags/square-silver-clear.html

square bag image