All About Weed Measurements: Weight Chart, Price and More

While the imperial system is king in the United States, there is one place you'll always find the metric system–dispensaries. For those that enjoy recreational marijuana or people who grow their own supply in a grow cabinet or indoor grow box, it's important to know your weed measurements.

This article will guide you through the most frequently used terms for weed weights and measurements, as well as their corresponding prices. Read on if you also want to make sure you get your money's worth when buying cannabis from others.

Common Weed Measurements

The most common measurements of weed you should know include an ounce, quarter, eighth, and gram. Let's take a look at their specific definitions in the following sections.

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1. Gram

The smallest weight of weed you can get from most dispensaries is a gram. One gram is usually big enough for a joint or two, or a few bowl packs. How much does a gram of marijuana cost? This depends where you're buying, but generally between $10 to $15.

How many grams in one ounce?

Moving forward, we'll be referring to terms using ounces (oz). One ounce is equal to 28 grams.

2. Eighth

An eighth refers to one-eighth of an ounce of marijuana. For most people, an eighth ounce is the sweet spot. It's usually enough to roll several joints or smoke a few medium-sized bowls. So how many grams are in an 8th of weed? You're looking at about 3.5 grams.

3. Quarter

A quarter in weed terms refers to the quarter ounce. As you may expect, it is twice the size of the eighth. When people ask "what is a quarter of weed?" we will usually say 7 grams. Even though technically it's closer to 7.0874 grams, the cannabis world tends to round to the nearest gram.

4. Half

A half ounce is roughly two handfuls of dense buds. It is equal to about 14 grams, which can roll as many as 30 joints.

5. Ounce

In most states, this is the most amount of weed you can purchase from a dispensary at one time. Equal to about 28 grams, one ounce of weed can provide growers with up to 84 cigarette-sized joints.

6. One Pound

That's a LOT of weed. If you're smoking recreationally, you will likely not be buying this much. Most individuals purchasing this quantity are doing so to sell and not to consume. A pound of weed is equal to 16 ounces and approximately 453 grams.

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Average Price of Different Measurements of Weed

The price of marijuana will largely depend on where you live and the specific content of the weed. For example, CBD flowers and high THC concentrations will likely end up costing you more. Here's how much you can expect to spend on different weed measurements:

How Much is a Gram of Weed?

A gram will usually cost less than $20. Again, this depends largely on where you purchase it though. Always check your local dispensaries to confirm the exact price.

How Much is an Eighth of Weed?

On the west coast, an eighth will set you back anywhere between $30 and $70.

How Much is a Quarter of Weed?

This will depend on the composition of the quarter, the quality of the marijuana buds, the season, and where you purchase it. You can spend upwards of $100 in places like Los Angeles for quality buds. On the other hand, a quarter ounce can go for as little as $20 during harvest season—specifically if it's shake weed.

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How Much is a Half of Weed?

A half ounce of weed from a local dispensary can cost between $90 and $160.

How Much is an Ounce of Weed?

The price of an ounce varies drastically from city to city. You can purchase an ounce of marijuana in the United States for anywhere between $160 and $350. Check prices with your local dispensary to be sure.

How Much is a Pound of Weed?

The average price of a pound stands around $1,600. This is generally the largest among the weed measurements. Please note that having this much weed in your possession is illegal in most areas, regardless if it's for recreational or medicinal purposes.

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Slag Words for Weed Measurements

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If you're new to the world of cannabis, you will likely be able to get away with just using the weed measurements above (gram, ounce, eighth, etc). Dispensaries in legalized states have introduced more standardization to the measurement system.

But if you have older stoner friends, you will likely still hear the following slang terms for weed measurements. We've listed the most common weed weights in ascending order:

Between 0.5 to 1 gram

  • A nickel bag ($5 worth of weed)
  • A dimebag, dime, dime sack ($10 worth of weed)

Both of these quantities depend on the individual dealer and how generous they're feeling on the day of purchase. Both nickel bags and dime bags typically contain between half a gram and one gram.

Between 1 and 3.5 grams

  • A gerb, a deag, a "g" (one gram)
  • Twenty-bag, dub sack, a dub of weed ($20 worth of weed; usually between 1 - 1.5 grams)
  • A sixteenth, half-eighth (1/16 oz = 1.75 grams)
  • A slice (1/8 oz = 3.5 grams)

For 14 grams and above

  • A half zip (0.5 oz or 14 grams)
  • A zip (1 oz or 28 grams)
  • A "qp"; pronounced cue-pee (quarter-pound; 4oz; 113 grams)
  • A pack (1lb; 16oz; 454 grams)

Understanding the various measurements of weed and how much they cost can give you the confidence that you're always getting what you pay for.

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Get What You Paid For

MeasurementOunceGrams
1 eighth1/8 ounce3.5 grams
1 quarter1/4 ounce7 grams
1 half1/2 ounce14 grams
1 ounce
1 ounce28 grams
1 pound16 ounces448 grams

As the recreational cannabis industry expands, dispensaries are now required to weigh and package their goods before reaching the consumer. Of course, to the consumer, your weed weights matter-- every last gram! If you're worried about getting short-ended, we encourage you to weigh your weed as soon as you get home. You can compare the scale weight with the amount listed on the packaging. If there's any discrepancy, take a photo and bring the package back to the dispensary. Most places will replace underweight product and make sure you get your money's worth.

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