“How much hemp (or weed) am I purchasing? Is it enough? How does it look?”
When you enter the dispensary for the first time, the budtender will ask what you’re looking to buy and how much. Here are some things to keep in mind.
3.5 grams is the most frequently purchased quantity of cannabinoid nationwide.
These are some of the most common questions people ask when buying marijuana or smokable cannabis flower. It is definitely worth knowing what you’re buying in order to figure out how long it will last or to ensure you get your money’s worth.
Knowing the different weights that cannabis flower is most commonly sold in is essential to being a cannabis consumer.
Whether you are buying an eighth, quarter, ounce or gram of cannabis flower, this article will give you a good idea of what to expect from your next purchase.
When it comes to figuring out the best option for you and where to begin when it comes to cannabis quantities, Chronic Guru has got your back!
Get familiar with what weights marijuana and hemp flowers are typically sold in. It also helps to be familiar with the average costs and how they are priced so you know you are not getting ripped off.
No matter where your travels take you, cannabis flower is usually sold in the following weights:
Measurements for Hemp and Weed: Gram, Eighth, Quarter, Ounce
The Gram: This is the standard unit of measurement in all recreational and medicinal cannabis products. In ounces, you can either buy an eighth (3.5gs), a quarter (7gs), or a full ounce (28gs). (Sometimes ounces are referred to as “Onions.”)
For your reference, here’s a conversion chart from ounces into grams:
1/8 ounce= 3.5 grams
1/4 ounce = 7 grams
1/2 ounce = 14 grams
1 ounce = 28 grams
Cheap scales usually measure in tenths or less grams, so kitchen scales won’t accurately weigh your cannabis flower. Analytical balances and jewelry scales can accurately weigh grams due to their level of precision and sensitivity.
In addition, it’s important to remember that the type of bud being weighed will affect how heavy it will be and what its total weight will look like. All buds are not created equal. More dense buds will weigh more and look smaller per gram than fluffier nugs.
The eighth or 3.5 grams are the next size up. It is often cheaper to buy an eighth than three and half grams each. This is a popular choice as it provides more than just a few joints of value and can be kept for a while if properly conserved.
How Much Does a Gram of Weed Typically Cost?
A gram contains enough weed for you to roll a few small joints or bowl packs. Expect a few medium-sized to small buds in a single gram of cannabis or hemp flower.
Cost: A gram of marijuana is usually between $8 and $15 in the United States. If you live in an area where cannabis can be difficult to find, a gram might cost you $20.
You can expect to pay between $10-$15 for a gram of cannabis in recreationally licensed states if you go to a dispensary.
What is the Average Cost of 3.5 Grams Of Weed?
An eighth of cannabis is equivalent to an eighth (1/8) of an ounce. That’s about 3.54 grams. Most places you purchase weed, either dispensary-style or otherwise will round it up to 3.5g.
An eighth contains several small-to-medium-sized buds. An eighth, depending on how much you smoke, can last up to a week, especially if you only smoke a small amount once or twice per day.
Price: The cost of an eighth of cannabis flower in recreational states will vary based on the state and quality of the flower. An eighth of weed costs $30-$50 per 3.5g. If you live in a state where marijuana is legal for recreational use, an eighth of a quality strain should cost you no more than $40. Comparatively, Chronic Guru offers 3.5 grams from $12-$15.
Should I Get an Eighth (3.5 grams) or A Quarter (7 grams)? Which Is Better?
It has been quite some time since working on mathematical fractions in school. Let’s break it down:
One-quarter of an ounce is equal to 1/4th of an ounce, and weighs 7 grams. So, a quarter of an ounce is more flower than an eighth. Furthermore, a quarter of weed or hemp flower is quite common as it is enough for a moderate user to last several weeks.
A quarter is always going to be more than an eighth. But it is not necessarily better. You can start saving money by purchasing a half-ounce or ounce. This is where the price per gram starts getting a bit better.
What To Expect When Buying A Half Ounce of Cannabis
One-half ounce (or 1/2 ounce) of hemp flower is equal to 14 grams. In terms of price per gram, substantial price cuts are usually available starting at the half-ounce quantity.
Half ounces typically cost between $90-$160 in dispensaries. Again, in areas with no legal market, the prices are often substantially higher.
How Much Is an Ounce of Cannabis? (28 grams)
One ounce of cannabis weighs 28 grams. The cheapest way to buy weed or hemp flowers is to buy them by the ounce. Many dispensaries offer ounce specials, just ask next time you go to get your dose of cannabis flower.
For daily cannabis and hemp flower consumers, ounces are your best option. An ounce costs between $100-$350, and is generally cheaper in states with recreational cannabis legalization. Remember that top-quality strains are going to be more expensive.
We’re not talking about burgers. A quarter-pound contains 113.4 grams of cannabis. A quarter-pound of marijuana is 16 ounces. You can also consider it four ounces. Are you impressed by our math skills yet? Quarter-pounds are commonly called QP by stoners (they tend to have a slang term for just about anything)
With this weed weight, the clue is in the name. The half-pound weighs 226.8g, which is the next step above the quarter-pound. A half-pound is eight-ounces of cannabis. This is also known casually by the name half-pack or half pounder.
Buying A Pound Of Weed (454 Grams): What To Expect
A pound contains 454 grams!
We know that not many people buy hemp flower or weed by the pound. But we want to include this for those who are curious so you know how it looks! Most people who are buying by the pound are buying for product creation whether it be edibles, prerolls, or other herbal products.
Price: Due to the legal status of cannabis, many distributors use this opportunity to increase product prices. A pound of marijuana in Colorado costs about $1500, which is for premium quality.
California is the cheapest place to buy a pound of marijuana at around $900 per pound. Pounds can range anywhere from $900 to $3,000 depending on where you are and the quality.
Dispensaries typically do not allow retail customers to purchase flower by the pound. However, hemp flower can generally be bought by the pound. A pound of cannabis is also known as a pack or elbow.
Just For Fun: What Is The Cost of 10 Pounds of Cannabis?
This is a lot of hemp or weed flower. To be exact, 4,540 grams. What could a single individual do with 10 pounds of marijuana? The answer is, there’s a whole lot one could do with that amount of cannabis.
Here’s A Quick Recap:
- 1 gram: $8-$15
- 2 grams: $20-$25
- 3.5 grams (⅛ ounce): $35 -$40
- 7 grams (¼ ounce): $70-$90
- 14 grams (½ ounce): $90-$160
- 28 grams (1 Ounce): $100-$350
Keep in mind that these prices will always vary depending on the strain and legality in the state you are in.
Common Slang Terms for Cannabis Measurements
A Dime Bag refers to small plastic bags or “baggies” containing weed. A dime is a code word for $10 worth, which is usually approximately 1 gram. Sometimes it is written as one word: dimebag. Because more marijuana is being packaged in eighths, dime bags are less common.
A Dub is 2 grams of weed. It could also refer to $20 worth of weed. This is logical in the world of weed lingo, as 2 grams of marijuana costs twice as much as a dime.
A Slice can be used to identify an eighth of marijuana or 3.5 grams.
A Zip of bud is an ounce or approximately 28 grams. It is believed that an ounce of weed fits neatly into a Ziploc bag. Other sources claim that zip comes from the abbreviation oz, short for ounce.
Measuring Without a Scale?
A ruler and penny are all you need to measure your cannabis without a traditional scale. Because it is simple, this method is commonly used for weighing cannabis without a scale. The penny must have been made after 1982 and weigh 2.5 grams. The ruler can be used as a balancer with the flower on one side, and the penny the other. An eraser can be used as the pivot.
Seasoned cannabis users have the ability to “eyeball” their bud. This means that they have seen the different weights and amounts enough times to use their eyes as a tool of measurement. However, if you are looking for accuracy, always use a scale.
Here’s Some Tips on How to Use a Scale
You should place the container you use for your marijuana first on your scale. This will help neutralize the weight of the container so it doesn’t factor into the final weight. This is also known as setting the ‘tare.’ After you place the container you are going to use, make sure you press ‘tare’ and the numbers should go back to 0 on your scale.
You can then place your cannabis in your container, the digital number that appears on the screen will tell you how much cannabis you have. This should be the weight of the cannabis itself, not the container.
How Many Bowl Packs Can I Get with 1 Gram?
Glass bowls can vary in size, however the average bowl can hold 0.3 to 0.5 grams of flower.
How Many Times Can I Hit My Bowl from an Eighth of Weed?
Some simple math will show you that you can get around seven half-gram bowls from an eighth of cannabis. Keep in mind, the smaller the bowl, the more you will get out of it in the end.
How Many Hits are in One Bowl Pack?
The size of your hit will determine how many hits you get from a fresh bowl. Every person inhales differently so a bowl can last from three to eight hits, depending on how big it is and how many hits you take.
How Do People in Different Parts of The World Weigh Weed?
All countries, except Myanmar and Liberia have adopted the metric system. It is also known as the International System of Units. With some exceptions, cannabis is usually measured in grams.
Images sourced from Leafly, High Times, Education Post, Plug Talk 101, and Mr. Hemp Flower.