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Weed Measurement Guide – How many Grams in an ounce?

Weed Measurement Guide – How many Grams in an ounce?

You might wonder why there is an entire guide on weed measurement. How hard could it be to measure and buy your favourite strains and buds?

Well, it’s not all that simple.

Weed is measured in all sorts of ways, from just a “dub” to an ounce, there isn’t a single metric system used by budtenders everywhere. So if you know what an ounce is, and you want to buy it in a smaller quantity, you need to know what a gram is. And if you always buy a gram or smaller quantities, and you need to stock your favourite strain for the quarantined season, you need to know what an ounce is.

Whether you’re a regular cannabis consumer or someone who occasionally tokes it, here’s your measurement guide for every occasion.

Weed Measurements – The Broader Look

We are all familiar with large quantities like pounds or kilos, but when it comes to weed, the measurement is usually based around pounds. Even if you’re an ardent smoker, you wouldn’t need kilos of stash at your service. Moreover, having a large quantity of cannabis is illegal even in those states where the consumption is legal.

So what’s the one unit around which all the smaller units are measured? It is the ounce.

An ounce is a unit of mass, weight, or volume that is equal to one-sixteenth of a pound. If you’re looking for smaller quantities, you can just go ahead and buy an ounce. But what if you want less than a pound? How do you measure that when it comes to weed? The answer is Fractions. No, you don’t need to pick up your maths book, I’ll simplify it for you.

Fractions of an ounce are a popular unit for measuring and selling cannabis. It can be an eighth, a quarter, and a half—all of which represent the weed’s weight relevant to a full ounce.

Making things more clear, an eight is ⅛ an ounce of weed, a quarter is ¼ an ounce of weed, and a half is ½ an ounce of weed.

Now that we have a clearer picture of the ounce, let’s move onto a smaller unit for weed measurement- the gram.

Weed Measurement Guide-How many grams of weed is in an ounce?

Let’s start with what is a gram.

Gram is usually used by people who are looking to buy smaller quantities of cannabis. For example, if you’re looking to try a new strain, you won’t go ahead and buy an ounce. What if you don’t like the hit? Or the taste, or the high? In that case, you would get a gram.

Defining a gram, it is “a metric unit of mass equal to one-thousandth of a kilogram.” And it is not limited to smaller quantities, you can use the gram to measure larger quantities including the ounce.

Now coming to the larger question here- How many grams of weed is in an ounce?

Grams are the most common measurement used by cannabis budtenders, which is why you need to know the answer to the question- How many grams of weed is in an ounce?

Technically speaking, an ounce is equal to 28.3495 gram, but we won’t be using the decimals so let’s round it off to the nearest number, i.e., 28.

Time to take out the thinking cap!

If 1 ounce = 28 grams, how much weed would there be in an eight?

The answer is simple, you would have to divide the total grams with 8, to get the value of the grams in an eighth. 28 divided by 8? That’s 3.5 — so there are 3.5 grams of weed in an eighth.

  • 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

You should know these numbers to make an informed decision. Many a time, the budtender may use your lack of knowledge to their advantage and you would lose on a quite a good amount of weed. And when you talk in the same jargon and measurement, it looks like you know what you’re buying and therefore eliminate the chances of getting cheated.

Weed Measurement Guide-How to weight your buds

The Scale Method

It is the most obvious and the easiest method to weight your bud and flowers. Having a scale helps to determine the accurate grams of cannabis. The only thing that you have to keep in mind to get a scale that is accurate within 0.1 grams for the most precise measurements. You don’t need to shed a lot of bucks for the scale, just get the accurate one.

Not the most accurate method, but still used very prominently, the eyeballing method is for those who don’t want to invest in a scale.

This method is based on judging the weight by the size of the bud. However, there are some factors which need to be taken into account.

Density and moisture content are crucial determinants that affect the look and feel of the cannabis buds. Since different strains have different characteristics, some are packed densely together, while others may contain less moisture and are lighter and fluffier.

Because of the variants, it is almost impossible to judge a bud accurately unless you’re a connoisseur or have superpowers.

The Ruler and Penny Method

Now we get creative with the measurement of the cannabis strains. Since a penny is exactly 2.5 grams, you can use the ruler to make a scale, and place the weed on one end of the scale to judge whether your buds weigh more or less than 2.5 grams.

The Smartphone Method

When they say you have the world in your hand, believe them!

You can download any measuring scale app and use them to give yourself a pretty accurate result. Nothing beats the actual scale, but in a crunch, you can use this method.

The DIY Method

I told you, we were getting creative with our methods!

Here’s what you’ll need to create a plastic hanger scale.

  • A long piece of string,
  • Drill,
  • Pair of scissors, and,
  • a nickel (Weighs five grams)

The first step is to get rid of the top part of the hanger using the scissors. Once done, use the drills to make a hole in the centre at the top of the hanger. Drill two holes on each side of a hanger, ensuring that they are both an equidistant from the centre hole.

Now make use of the string and cut it into three equal lengths. They go on each side on the hanger, into the hole, and the centre. The centre string will hold the weight.

And Voila! You have your own DIY Scale!

A Visual Guide for your weed measurement

We know what is ounce and gram, and how we can measure them, but let’s see what they actually look like.

A gram of weed:

As you can see, it is a small portion of the bud, usually known as a “nugget”. As stated before, it is not accurate to decide the weight by the eyeballing method, but a visual representation will be enough to give you an idea of how much it should look like.

An eight of a weed:

An eight of a weed or 3.5 grams of weed is the go-to amount for most smokers who use cannabis regularly. It owes its reputation to its affordability, however, the price may differ depending upon the quality and the location of the buds.

A quarter of a weed:

A quarter of a weed or 7 grams is perfect for those who are ardent and frequent smokers. If you’re looking to stash good quality weed without making it too heavy on the pockets, get a quarter.

A half-ounce of weed:

Now that’s some huge quantity!

You can hoard a half-ounce of weed when you like to mix it edibles since most recipes call out for a half an ounce. On the other hand, if you have the money and the capacity, you can always buy and store the weed.

An ounce of weed:

Not meant for occasional smokers, an ounce of weed can be pretty expensive. However, if you’re a regular and frequent smoker, this is the most cost-effective method to get your weed.

Weed Measurement Guide-How much should you purchase as a first time user?

Consuming cannabis is a tricky thing as there is no guideline or set rules which have to be followed. The lack of defined quantity stems from the fact that everybody reacts differently to the stimulants. For someone, the first time can hit beautifully while others may not even feel the effect.

As a first time user, it is prudent to start with a smaller quantity and gradually build your capacity towards the optimum level. Once you get used to the weed, other factors set in. You may consume cannabis differently which may influence your usage. For example, you may use vapes to smoke it or grind it to roll a spliff. The effect also depends on the quality of the weed- the higher the quality, the less you will need to get high and lastly the amount of money you are willing to spend.

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Weed Measurement Guide-Slang Cheat Sheet

We all know that a familiar lingo is very important to strike a connection. The next time you’re out to buy weed, use these slangs to ease your transactions.

  • Weed equivalent to $10 is termed as a “dime-bag”. It contains around 1 gram of weed.
  • A “nickel-bag” is half of a dime-bag, which means it has $5 worth of weed, measuring half a gram.
  • A “dub” is used to refer to a full 3.5 grams of low-quality product or a bit less of higher quality stuff. It can cost you around $20.
  • A “quad” of weed contains about 7 grams of weed.
  • “Slice” is commonly used to refer to an eighth of weed. It gets its name from the term “slice of pizza”, as there are 8 slices in a large pizza.

Weed Measurement Guide-Tips for the Weed Users

  1. Even though we have emphasized it enough previously, but here it is again! Use a precise scale for your weed measurement. You cannot use the kitchen scale as it is not accurate up to 0.1 gram and may give you incorrect values.
  2. A tiny decimal number can make a great difference when you’re buying in larger quantities frequently. Make sure you round to the most exact number whenever possible, as it will give you more product.
  3. Keep an eye on the wastage of the weed by grinding them into a fine texture before smoking. Without proper grinding, you risk air pockets and uneven burning which simply wastes the precious weed. Ground weed, using a herb grinder , also ensures a smoother and slower burn.
  4. The smartest thing you can do is budget your weed consumption because we know how much you end up spending. Let’s give an example if your ounce costs you $100, and you roll about .5 grams of that ounce into each joint, then you know you are spending about $1.8 on each joint you roll. You can do these calculations to budget and adjust spending habits so you are spending — and smoking — wisely!

This brings us to the end of the Weed Measurement Guide. Hope this was able to answer all the questions you had.

If you have any doubts, feel free to comment below.

This weed measurement guide is here to answer the most asked question “How many grams in an ounce of weed?” It also sheds light on buying tips, slangs and much more.

Weed Measurements: weights chart, prices and tips

Whether we grow our own cannabis or buy it from someone else, we like to use familiar terms for the amount we are buying. If you’re new to the world of cannabis you may feel surprised by the number of slang terms used for various weights of weed. Often, the starting point for weed weights is usually an ounce. Numerous sub divisions of an ounce have evolved, often with their own unofficial names.

How many grams are in an eighth of an ounce of weed?
Weed measurement chart in ounces and grams
Other slang terms for weed amounts
How to measure your weed weights easily
Growing your own weed from cannabis seeds is easy and cheap

How many grams are in an eighth of an ounce of weed?

Here is a list of some of the most commonly purchased weights of weed.

Ounce Gram
1/28 of an ounce (‘a gram’, ‘a dime bag’) 1 gram
⅛ of an ounce (‘an eighth’) ≈3.5 grams
¼ of an ounce (‘a quarter’) ≈7 grams
½ of an ounce (‘a half’) ≈14 grams
1 ounce (‘an ounce’, ‘a zip’) ≈28 grams

The cost of cannabis

The amount you will pay for cannabis can vary greatly. Whether you are in a legal or illegal cannabis country, the more you buy the cheaper it gets. Costs also vary significantly from country to country. An ounce of weed in Colorado (where it’s legal) will cost you less than it would in Saudi Arabia or Singapore (where prohibition is violently enforced).

If you know the person growing the cannabis then you may be able to buy it at cost/discounted prices. If you are new to an area with no contacts you may have no choice but to pay expensive street prices. But for many people in Europe, UK and USA prices of around €200/£200/$200 are not untypical if you are buying around an ounce of mid-range cannabis. Of course, you can pay a lot more for the very finest produce.

This article assumes typical street pricing of around €200/£200/$200, though we appreciate this varies significantly even within the same country. It’s also worth adding that even in areas with legal cannabis supply, there are those that will offer black market budget priced cannabis at prices that undercut ‘official’ prices and can be cheaper than the €/£/$200 level suggested here. However, quality/purity can’t always be guaranteed.

Conversely, in countries with regulated cannabis supply, some connoisseur black marketeers sell at prices higher than dispensary prices. Here, the reasons often given (sometimes with justification) is that the best of the black market weed is superior, grown from better genetics, or is truly organic.

An eighth of an ounce of weed:3.5 grams of weed. Working on a typical street price of around €200 per ounce, an eighth of an ounce should cost around €/£/$25. However, small purchases of weed are usually the least affordable way to buy it. Typical street costs can be nearer €35-40 or more, thats around €10 per gram for mid range cannabis. Higher quality strains can be twice the price!

In big cities, street prices can be higher with no guarantee of quality. Disillusionment with high weed prices is one of the main reasons people decide to grow their own.

Grams Cost
7 grams €/£/$50-60
14 grams €/£/$100-120
28 grams €200/£200/$200

A quarter of an ounce of weed: 7 grams of weed. Often this can cost around €/£/$50-60.

Half an ounce of weed: 14 grams of weed. Cost is usually around €/£/$100-120.

A full ounce of weed: 28 grams of weed. Usually you can pay around €200/£200/$200 for an ounce of mid-range cannabis, much more if you are in an expensive area or have few contacts. Even in legal dispensaries, the best quality strains can cost upwards $300 per ounce. That’s up to twice the price of the cheapest budget strains. Those with a friendly network of good growers may be able to buy weed for less.

Weed measurement chart in ounces and grams

Often the metric/imperials systems are used alongside each other. Just like other commodities, cannabis is more affordably priced when bought in large quantities. However, cannabis is far more than a commodity.

Large quality differences can exist from grower to grower, with much depending on the quality of the cannabis seeds, grow conditions and grower expertise.

Most cannabis supply networks, whether legal or illegal, have a pricing structure for budget, average and premium strains. Therefore pricing for a given weed weight can vary according to the quality. Sometimes the real challenge can be working out whether a strain is really worth the premium being asked.

Most of the day-to-day cannabis purchases are relatively small ones, a quarter ounce or less. Those buying in countries with regulated cannabis sales may have restrictions on maximum purchase amounts. In a Dutch coffeeshop you are usually restricted to buying a maximum of 5g of weed at a time.

Other slang terms for weed amounts

Lots of different local terms can be found for describing weed measurements. The origins of these terms is often unclear, with some of the original meanings being lost over time.

Dime or Dime Bag

A dime bag is often regarded as the smallest weed amount. If you are short of cash and just need enough weed to roll a joint or two then a dime bag is just what you need.

How many grams of weed is a dime bag?

1 gram of weed is typical. Often you will see just a single small bud if you are lucky.

How much does a dime bag cost?

Historically a dime bag cost around $10, hence the name ‘dime’ bag. But even that can change. These days, if the bud is particularly good quality, you may be asked more than $10 for it.

What does a dime bag look like?

Usually you can expect a small plastic bag, not much bigger than your thumb. But with any luck you can get one decent sized joint from your dime bag, maybe two if you don’t mind moderating the joint size a little.

Dub of bud

If you have a little more cash to spare you may wish to buy a dub of bud. The word ‘dub’ is thought (no-one can be 100% sure) to stand for ‘double dime bag’. In other words, twice the size of your standard dime bag.

How many grams of weed is a dub of bud?

2 grams of weed.

How much does a dub of bud cost?

Good question! Typically you would expect to pay around $20 for a dub of bud. But quality conscious dealers often offer high quality dub bags for premium prices, $30 or even more.

What does a dub of bud look like?

Expect a small bag that comfortably fits in the palm of your hand. Usually you get a self sealing transparent plastic bag with enough weed for around 4-5 joints. Usually you will get a couple of buds in your dub bag.

Eighth of bud

An eighth of bud is one of the more common weed amounts to purchase. Buying a dime bag can seem like an expensive way to purchase cannabis. But buying an eighth of bud allows you a little more buying power and perhaps a slightly better value deal

How many grams of weed is an eighth of bud?

3.5 grams of weed, one eighth of an ounce.

How much does an eighth of bud cost?

Prices vary so much even within a single country. An eighth of budget weed would be a lot cheaper than a eighth of premium quality weed in a big city. But for a mid-range ‘eighth’ you might expect to pay around €30/$30/£30.

What does an eighth of bud look like?

You might expect to see about 6 or 7 buds. Some generous dispensaries will upgrade you from 3.5g to a 4g deal for free. For many people, buying an eighth of cannabis is more cost effective than buying 2 or 3 dime bags.

Quarter of bud

A ‘quarter of bud’, or quarter ounce, is one of the larger weed amounts for a personal purchase. Perhaps you like the idea of getting a better value purchase. Or perhaps you simply love your cannabis and enjoy having enough to last you the week.

How many grams of weed is a quarter of bud?

7 grams of weed.

How much does a quarter of bud cost?

Expect to pay around €/£/$50-70 for a mid range deal. Prices can vary greatly of course, with premium buds coming in at higher prices.

What does a quarter of bud look like?

Expect a chunky sized bag that will fit in your palm. You might be able to get around a dozen joints from your quarter, maybe more

Half Ounce or Half a Zip

Many serious cannabis lovers hate to run out of their cherished buds. That’s why many buy in bulk and always have a few spare buds, just in case. A half ‘zip’ is one of the more ‘serious’ purchase quantities.

How many grams of weed is a half ounce?

14 grams of weed.

How much does a half ounce cost?

Much depends, of course. But for a mid range half ounce, you can expect to pay upwards of €/£/$100-125.

What does a half ounce look like?

You can expect a small bag, around the size of a modest bag of potato crisp snacks. If you use around a gram of weed every day or two, then you can expect a half ounce bag to last you around 3 weeks.

Full Ounce or Zip

In many dispensaries, an ounce is the largest amount of weed you are allowed to buy in one transaction. You get the best value when you buy in larger quantities. If you find a high quality strain which you simply love, and if you can afford it, an ounce of weed is a great stash which removes the anxiety of running out.

During the recent COVID-19 pandemic, many cannabis lovers bought (or grew) themselves ample inventories to allow them to get through lock down.

How many grams of weed is a full ounce?

28 grams of weed.

How much does a full ounce cost?

Around €/£/$ 200 for a mid-range quality level.

What does a full ounce look like?

You would need to ‘cup’ your hands to hold an ounce of buds in them. For most serious cannabis users, an ounce of weed would last a month or two. Some people call an ounce of weed a ‘lid’.

Quarter Pound or QP

Few of us ever buy a ‘QP’ or quarter pound of weed. Often it tends to be professional dispensary/coffee-shop owners that buy in wholesale quantities. Often the more professional vendors will have full cannabinoid and terpene analysis available on large purchases, this way you know exactly what you are buying.

How many grams of weed is a full quarter pound?

About 113 grams of weed, or 4 ounces. In many countries possession of such a quantity would be regarded as a serious crime. However, in some USA states, medical marijuana patients can own 3-6 ounces of cannabis.

How much does a full quarter pound cost?

In a legal USA state, you might expect to pay somewhere around $750 for a QP. Over the last few years, as US supply has occasionally exceeded demand, wholesale prices of cannabis have been lower than many of the licensed producers would have liked.

What does a full quarter pound look like?

Expect a large bag of weed! Similar in size to a large family bag of potato crisps or snacks.

How to measure your weed weights easily

When buying from a trusted supplier, it’s customary not to weigh your weed purchases and trust the person selling it. But not everyone agrees! Some people carry a simple set of digital scales around with them so they can double check that they are not being ripped off with their weed weights.

Others, especially those that live in areas with illegal cannabis, are reluctant to travel with a digital (or analogue) set of weighing scales. The concern would be that, if caught, they could be accused of being a cannabis dealer themselves.

Growing your own weed from cannabis seeds is easy and cheap

If the price of weed is restricting your ability to buy and enjoy it, then you may want to consider growing it yourself. The high cost of buying weed is often given as the main reason why people start growing it themselves. Once you have grown your own weed and realised how easy it is, you will feel reluctant to go back to buying it.

If you have never grown cannabis before the easiest way to start is probably with some autoflower seeds. These are easy to grow indoors or outdoors. Indoors, you can grow an autoflower seed in around 10-11 weeks. If you do well you may quite easily get 50-100g per plant. Even with the cost of buying a grow light, tent, extraction fan/filter and nutrients, your first cannabis grow will probably pay for itself.

Growing weed from feminised cannabis seeds is also a straightforward experience with modern cannabis genetics. Indoor growers of feminised seeds just need to reduce daily light hours to 12 in order to induce bloom in a feminised seed variety.

Many people also get great results growing cannabis outdoors or in a greenhouse. You can use either autoflowering cannabis seeds or feminised seeds. Yields can be very high, several hundred grams per plant are quite possible. You can save yourself lots of cash and grow a years supply of cannabis from just a few cannabis seeds.

Time to discover our biggest yielding cannabis strains

If you do decide to grow your own cannabis you will join the millions that already grow their own cannabis around the world. Cannabis is easy to grow. You can buy cannabis seeds easily online and select next day delivery.

Companies like Dutch Passion, which began in the 1980’s, have enjoyed many decades of successful cannabis breeding. During that time they have won numerous cannabis cups and made several breakthroughs. This includes Dutch Passion being the first to invent feminised seeds and the first (alongside the CBD Crew) to sell CBD rich seeds. Recently Dutch Passion became the first cannabis seed company to offer cannabis seeds rich in THCV and CBG.

If you want to grow your own cannabis all you need do is decide which type of cannabis seeds to buy and grow. The following articles may be very useful.

Heavy yielding strains guarantee you a heavy harvest. But you may be a connoisseur that really enjoys an exquisitely enjoyable terpene profile and taste. If so, you may be interesting in trying some particularly fruity tasting strains.

Whether you buy your weed or grow it yourself, make sure you enjoy the best quality you can!

Read on if you are keen to find out more about the different amounts of weed that are commonly purchased as well as their official (and slang!) names. ]]>