Measurements of Weed

Measurements of Weed

If you are stuck figuring out how many grams are in an eighth of an ounce of weed or how much common weed measurements cost, then do not worry; we got you. It is easy to get confused about the various weed measurements, especially when mixing the dispensary measurements with street slang and ganja jargon.

To put it simply, weed measurements are confusing due to the metric and imperial systems of measurements. Only three countries worldwide use the imperial system of measurements, including Liberia, Myanmar, and the United States.

The imperial system relies on measurements that can be traced back to everyday items and body parts. On the other hand, the metric system is used by the rest of the world, and it has the kilogram as the basic unit for mass, with gram as its divisor.

You may ask, “So, why does this matter?” The difference between the metric and the imperial system is important to the weed community because it can drastically change how much you spend on weed and how much you can buy.

When you convert 1 pound of weed to grams, you will get it equates to 453.5 grams. However, 1 pound is equal to 16 ounces, and there are 28 grams in one ounce. This means that if you were to buy 1 pound of weed but in portions of ounces, you will get 448 grams instead of 453 grams. But if you buy 1 pound of weed in bulk, it will equate to the correct 453 grams.

A difference of 5 grams is a lot. According to a 2015 global study, the average weed smoker gets 3 joints from 1 gram of cannabis. Of course, the number will vary from user to user and the amount of weed stuffed in one joint. However, this number roughly indicates that 5 grams can give you 15 average-sized joints. And that is why knowing weed measurements are important when buying cannabis from a dispensary.

Summary table of imperial, metric, and street weed measurements

We will talk about the various ways weed is measured in terms of metric form, imperial form, and the weed slang spoken in the streets. Below is a summarized version of the measurements and how they compare for a clear overview. The list has the approved measurements for most dispensaries in the United States,

You should note that some measurements will vary depending on where you are in the world and buying from a legitimate dispensary or private seller.

Imperial measurementMetric measurementStreet measurement/ slang terms
1/28 of an ounce1 gramDime bag or dime/ Gram /Dub/ 20-sack
1/8 of an ounce3.5 gramsA slice
¼ of an ounce7 gramsA quarter
½ of an ounce14 gramsA half
1 ounce28 gramsZip
1 pound453 gramsElbow/bow/L/pack

The standard weed measurements

You can buy weed in its raw form, or you can opt for joints or edibles. There are different ways the joints and edibles can be measured, but for simplicity, we will focus on the measurements of raw weed that you will have to roll yourself or make into edibles.

We will stick to the five main measurements used in most dispensaries across Canada with that in mind. These include the grams, an eighth, a quarter of an ounce, half an ounce, an ounce, and a pound of weed. Every portion is meant for specific buyers with specific usage, and it is advisable only to buy as much as you can consume and not more. This is because weed can go bad if not stored properly.

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1.      Gram

This is the smallest measurement of weed that you can purchase at any given time in Canada. You can expect to get one joint out of a gram of weed or two small-sized joints for the beginners who need to take it slow. However, the gram is the best option for any weed smoker who wants a small portion to avoid excessive consumption or experiment with a new strain.

A gram is equal to 1/28 (twenty-eighth) of an ounce and is usually a single small bud that you can hide in the palm of your hand. The average price of a gram can be as low as $10 but will go higher depending on the region and strain.

2.      An eighth of an ounce

Also called an eighth of weed, an eighth of an ounce comes in at about 3.5 grams of pot which is the second smallest portion you can get in dispensaries. Most places stock more of these portions than a gram since the average user won’t be satisfied with the smallest portions.

Additionally, you will get the most out of your money by buying an eighth instead of several 1-gram portions. An eighth can yield two to three sizeable blunts and cost between $22 and $30, but three 1-gram portions of weed may set you back more than $30.

3.      A quarter of an ounce

A quarter refers to a quarter of an ounce of weed, which translates to 7 grams in metric terms. That is double the amount of weed in an eighth and gives you around 7 full joints or 14 small-sized joints.

For the average user who smokes one joint or two half-joints a day, you can expect the quarter of an ounce to last you an entire week. However, the number of joints you can get will vary since some measurements are rounded off to fit the industry standards. Also, the way you roll your marijuana will determine the number of joints you can make from any given portion.

4.      Half an ounce

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Half an ounce of weed or just ‘half’ refers to 14 grams of weed. This is considered one of the serious purchase quantities from avid weed smokers and enthusiasts. It is enough to keep you stocked for a while so that you can cherish the buds for long periods without needing to restock quickly.

A half can cost between $100-$120 and yield around twenty to twenty-eight full-sized joints and up to double that for half-sized joints. This is enough to last the average pot smoker for about two and a half weeks.

5.      Ounce

In many states in the United States, an ounce is the maximum amount of weed you can buy at a time without breaking any possession laws. Moreover, an ounce is the legal limit of the amount of weed you can own at a given time.

As per federal law, weed is still a Schedule I drug, same as LSD and heroin. This limits the amount of weed that dispensaries can sell to deter people from distributing it further. However, an exception is made for dispensary owners and licensed distributors who can buy huge amounts of weed in several kilograms and pounds.

Some states like Florida have an allowance for a purchase of up to 4 ounces in the case of medical use. For example, according to the Florida Medical Marijuana Law, qualified patients are permitted to possess up to four ounces of herbal cannabis if a recommending doctor decides “that the benefits of smoking marijuana for medical use outweigh the risks for the qualified patient.” Qualifying conditions include ALS, cancer, Crohn’s disease, epilepsy, glaucoma, multiple sclerosis, PTSD, and a few more.

An ounce of weed equals 28.3 grams, but budtenders round it off to 28 grams to make the purchase much simpler. Some may round it off, and others may choose not to, but most stick to the 28 grams. So you can expect to get around one hundred joints from an ounce of weed.

The cost of an ounce varies from region to region and the quality or strain. Poor quality marijuana will cost you as little as $150 for an ounce to as much as $220. A higher-quality bud will range from $240 an ounce to $280. In rare cases, especially when buying a rare strain and private reserves, you can spend over $280 on an ounce of weed.

6.      Pound of weed

A pound equals 453 grams or 16 ounces of weed, but as earlier stated, you can expect to get 448 grams if you do not buy in bulk. However, the average customer won’t be able to buy this amount off the shelf at a go or even possess all of it at any given time due to law limitations. Therefore, the only individuals allowed to hold this much weed are growers and dispensary owners who sell bulk to customers and other sellers.

Street/slang measurements of weed

1.      Dime bag or simply ‘dime’

A dime or ten bags is a slang term for 10, meaning 10 cents per the United States currency. The term arose from the price of buying a gram of weed which historically costs $10. Therefore, when you hear someone mentioning a dime bad or dime, they refer to a weed measurement worth $10.

That means you will not get the same amount of weed in every portion that costs $10 since prices vary from dispensary to dispensary and dealer to dealer.

2.      Dub

A dub of weed or a dub sack refers to a bag or sack that contains a small portion of weed that cost around $20, hence its other name; 20-sack. Like most ganja jargon, it is used interchangeably to mean different sizes, which are 1 gram and 2 grams. However, any amount that is referred to as a dub must cost $20.

The term originated from a nickname given to tire rims that were 20 inches in diameter. It evolved to a slang word when the black market was prevalent with weed distribution, and people needed discrete terms to avoid getting caught.

3.      Slice

A slice is used to mean an eighth of an ounce. The term originated from the way pizza is divided into eight pieces to give you the eight slices. It is equal to 3.5 grams of weed. It is also used interchangeably with other ganja terms to keep the black market deals low-key.

4.      Zip

A zip, a Lid, O Zone, O, or a zip bag. These are the slang terms that refer to an ounce of weed or 28 grams. The term is said to have risen from an ounce (oz) abbreviation, but others say it is dated to the Ziploc bag, which can fit an ounce of weed perfectly.

The term has also been used illegally to prevent suspicions from the police or relevant authorities. A zip is equal to 8 eighths or 4 quarters. And a pound of weed, also referred to as a “pizzle,” can contain 16 zips.

5.      QP

A QP refers to a quarter of a pound of weed. The QP is both a slang term and an industry-standard measurement used as the abbreviation for a quarter pound. This portion is not for beginners, and even avid smokers will take a long time to smoke the entire batch.

Since it is above the 1-ounce limit, possessing such an amount may land you in jail in most states in the United States. However, the rules are different for medical marijuana users who can keep huge amounts depending on the state and the doctor’s prescription.

Final thoughts on weed measurements

As you can tell, it is a good idea to buy in bulk, especially when you are a regular smoker. A few dollars’ difference may not be much when buying small portions over long periods. But the more you buy, the more apparent the price difference becomes. For regular weed smokers, an ounce is enough to last you for a while whilst still saving you a few bucks. However, it is advisable to start with a gram first or at most 1/8 of an ounce if you are a beginner.

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