The cannabis culture has come a long way since the days of outright prohibition. Or at least, this is the case in some of the more forward-thinking North American states – the UK and vast swathes of Europe having fallen dangerously behind the curve.
Still, evidence would seem to suggest that when it comes to cannabis measurements, even the most dedicated pot-heads sometimes struggle to do the math. How many ounces in a pound? How many grams in an ounce? How to convert ounces to grams?How to maximise value for money? All the kinds of questions hammered into Google millions of times a day by cannabis fans worldwide.
So with this in mind, we thought we’d share a brief guide to common weed measurements, covering most of the everyday measurements you’ll need to buy right. If in doubt, simply print yourself a handy visual guide or cheat sheet – there are tons available online – and pop it in your purse or pocket for future reference.
The Gram / “dime bag”
The dime bag gets its name from the fact that it was traditionally sold in the form of almost exactly half a gram, costing approximately $10. These days however, the vast majority of sellers and dispensaries in general won’t sell cannabis in quantities lower than one full gram. You can still pick up a gram for $10 though, given how quality and demand have driven down prices significantly. Nevertheless, the highest-quality or strongest cannabis on the market may sell for as much as $20 per gram. Yet, it will still be referred to as a dime bag by purists. This is the smallest amount of cannabis you’ll be able to be buy commercially – the answer to how many grams in a pound being 453.
The “Eighth” (of an ounce)
Taking things a small step further, an ‘eight’ refers to an eighth of an ounce, which equates to approximately 3.5 grams. In this instance, an eighth can cost anything from $20 or so right up to $50 or more for the finest bud money can buy. These days, it’s becoming comparatively rare for anyone to buy anything less than an eighth from a dispensary. Primarily due to the fact that buying a gram at a time is not only inconvenient, but can also work out significantly more expensive. The eighth has become the unofficial primary measure for cannabis across much of the world.
The “Quarter” (of an ounce)
Next up comes the quarter, which as the name suggests is more or less exactly a quarter of an ounce. Perform the very remedial calculation required and you’ll work out that this is also around seven grams. As with most things, buying cannabis in large quantities means gaining access to more bud for your buck. If opting for the lowest-quality shake on sale, you’ll have no trouble picking up a quarter for around $20. By contrast, something of significantly superior quality is going to cost you $50 or more. A handy and affordable measure to keep you going for a while.
Last but not least, the ounce weighs in at a generous 28g and is typically the largest quantity you’ll be able to buy at any one time. At least, legally speaking. This is usually more than enough to keep the average stoner going for quite some time, with prices for an ounce currently ranging from around $80 to $150 and up. While there are many opportunities to buy quality cannabis by the kilo, it’s unlikely you’ll be able to afford it and could technically be looking at a hefty jail sentence.
Plus, with the value for money the average ounce represents these days, there’s really not much point going for anything weightier.