A guide to weed weights
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- Breakdown of weed measurements
- How to make sure you’re getting what you pay for
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Gram. Eighth. Quarter. Half. Ounce.
If you’re not familiar with how cannabis is weighed, measured, and sold, all of those terms can feel like a huge question mark. It’s clear they’re units of measurement for weed — but what exactly do they all mean?
Breakdown of weed measurements
Let’s start with the smallest unit of measurement and work our way up.
A gram is defined as “metric unit of mass equal to one-thousandth of a kilogram.” A gram is a small unit of measurement, which makes it a solid choice for cannabis consumers who don’t want to purchase weed in small amounts. For example, if they’re looking to try a new strain or don’t consume cannabis frequently.
The rest of the units of measurement for cannabis have to do with ounces — either in full or a fraction.
An eighth is an eighth of an ounce — or 3 .5 grams of weed. The eighth is one of the most popular, if not the most popular, weight to sell cannabis. For many people, an eighth of weed is the perfect amount; it’s enough to feel like you have plenty of weed at your disposal, but not so much that you feel like you have too much weed and not enough time to consume it.
The eighth, 3 .5 grams of weed, is one of the most popular, if not the most popular, weight to sell cannabis. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
The next unit of measurement is a quarter. A quarter refers to a quarter of an ounce, and it weighs approximately 7 grams. Technically, a quarter weighs 7.0874 grams, but the industry standard is to round down to the nearest gram.
A quarter refers to a quarter of an ounce, and it weighs approximately 7 grams. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
A half is a half-ounce of weed, which weighs 14 grams.
And a full ounce? An ounce weighs 28 grams.
When you’re purchasing weed in a dispensary, typically, the highest volume you can buy at any one time caps out at an ounce. But people who work within the cannabis industry, such as buyers and dispensary owners, can buy in larger quantities — including pounds and kilograms. One pound is made up of 16 ounces — which weighs in at a truly impressive 448 grams.
Here’s a quick reference chart of how weed is measured — and how much each measurement weighs in grams:
- 1 eighth = ⅛-ounce = 3.5 grams
- 1 quarter = ¼-ounce = 7 grams
- 1 half = ½-ounce = 14 grams
- 1 ounce = 28 grams
- 1 pound = 16 ounces = 448 grams
How to make sure you’re getting what you pay for
When you purchase weed at the dispensary — whether you’re getting a single gram to test out a new grower or investing in a full ounce of your go-to strain — you want to make sure you’re getting what you paid for. And the only way to know for sure that your cannabis is the proper weight is to weigh it.
Your budtender should weigh out your cannabis in clear view; this way, you can see exactly how many grams are being weighed out. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
Your budtender should weigh out your cannabis in clear view; this way, you can see exactly how many grams are being weighed out — and how that corresponds to how much you asked for. If you get to the dispensary and can’t remember the gram conversions, just ask your budtender; he or she will be able to tell you how many grams are in an eighth, quarter, half, or ounce — and then can weigh out your weed to show you that the cannabis you’re taking home is the accurate weight.
In some states with adult-use cannabis laws, flower is required to come pre-packaged and was measured prior to arriving to the dispensary. If you still want to ensure that its the weight indicated on the packaged, you can weigh the flower with a scale at home.
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Weight and price of weed chart
When it comes to bud, the choices at modern-day dispensaries are seemingly endless. Once you’ve dedicated some time to deciding what flower strain you’ll be bringing home, there’s also the matter of just how much of it you’ll need.
Understanding how cannabis is portioned is an excellent way to feel more confident when making a purchase. Buy too much cannabis and it risks going stale. Buy too little and… well, who wants to imagine a fate that bleak? Instead, let’s go over all of the different options you’re likely to encounter when it comes to cannabis costs by weight.
Note on Prices / Weights
Prices noted below refer to expected cost at licensed, legal dispensaries. Expect prices on the unregulated market to vary wildly. It should also be noted that eighths, quarters, half-ounces, and ounces are all commonly-rounded to even numbers when sold but actually run to the thousandths place. For instance, an ounce of weed is technically 28.345 grams. We’ve all just agreed to be cool with 28 grams, so let’s go with it.
Ounces: The Holy Grail
Okay, we’re starting large (but for good reason). Some cannabis consumers will not be interested in purchasing an ounce, but it’s important for anyone buying weed to understand the vital role ounces play in how we measure cannabis.
An ounce — sometimes called a “zip” — is the equivalent of 28 grams, thus common measurements like an “eighth” or a “quarter” refer to a percentage of an ounce. Do the math and you’ll find that an eighth equates to 3.5 grams. A quarter, by extension, is then 7 grams.
For reference, pre-roll joints available at dispensaries often weigh either a gram or, in the case of “mini” joints, half of a gram. This means purchasing an ounce is the equivalent of buying 28 joints or 56 mini joints. Now that we have a baseline, let’s get into how the pricing for cannabis works.
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What Does It All Cost?
A gram of cannabis is likely to be the smallest quantity available for purchase at a dispensary. While some may feel that a gram is all they’re likely to need, the only true purpose for buying weed at a size this small is to “test” a strain you’re curious about before making a bigger commitment. Regardless, one should expect to pay between $5 and $15 for a gram. As we’ll see throughout this guide, it’s necessary to offer a range, as prices tend to be higher on the East Coast (where resources are far less abundant).
In the past, we’ve explained what a “dub” of weed means (a $20 purchase from the black market), as well as a “dime” of weed (a $10 purchase from the black market). Sometimes a dub or dime may equal a full gram, but that all depends on the person selling you bud under the table. If you go into a dispensary, asking for a “dub” might result in some blank stares from your budtender.
If an eighth is 3.5 grams, and a gram costs between $5 and $15, what does an eighth cost? Do you feel an attack of standardized testing PTSD coming? Don’t worry, we’ve got the answer. By the logic above, eighths should cost between $17.50 and $46.50. That’s not exactly the range one should expect, but it’s not miles apart either.
It’s probably safer to think of eighths as being in the $25 to $50 range. Anything less than $25 (not including discounts and sales etc.) and one should give some serious thought to the quality of the flower in question. For eighths priced in excess of $50 — of which there are many — feel free to ask a budtender what makes it so costly. It could be that you’re about to get something super rare and delicious, but it could also be a red flag that your dispensary is jacking their prices up.
Now we’re talking! If an eighth is the gold standard for a moderate cannabis consumer interested in trying different strains, a quarter (aka 7 grams) is like buying it at Costco. If you love a strain and don’t want to have to make a quick return visit to grab another eighth, a quarter is definitely the better way to go. Let’s continue on to see where the savings really start to add-up.
Half-Ounces & Ounces
We’re going to group half-ounces and ounces together because the main talking point for both is the idea of savings. Half-ounces equate to 14 grams and often costs between $100 and $150, although there are definitely deals to be had at this quantity. For instance, Bay Area delivery service Eaze offers half-ounces of Old Pal for $50. That’s partially because Old Pal is pre-ground flower only suitable for joints. The point here is that anomalies to the cannabis price structure are anomalies for a reason.
Ounces, meanwhile, equal 28 grams and are priced anywhere from $100 to $300. Many dispensaries offer deals on ounces, which accounts for the lower end of this range. In any case, if the quantity isn’t overwhelming, there’s no question that your wallet will thank you for buying in bulk.
Now hopefully your next dispensary trip will be easier to navigate, sans-confusion. But when in doubt, ask your budtender questions! They’re there to help. And, oh yeah, you can and should leave your scale at home — the dispensary won’t short you on a purchase! Happy toking, y’all.A primer on the cost of cannabis by volume: ounces, eighths, grams, and so on! ]]>