From a Gram to an Ounce: Weed Measurements for Beginners

New to the cannabis scene and looking to buy some weed? If you’re a beginning cannabis consumer and you’ve done a bit of research, you might feel a bit overwhelmed by the overload of information that’s out there. From various strains to different methods of consumption, if you’re not familiar with the modern world of cannabis, it can be a lot to process. Beginning with the basics, let’s start with buying weed. Part of being a well-informed cannabis consumer is understanding the different measurements that marijuana is typically sold in. 

How Much Weed am I Getting? 

It’s wise to know the measurements weed is sold in. If you’re going to consume cannabis, knowing the different weights weed is usually sold in, as well as what each weight looks like and typical costs are things to familiarize yourself with. It makes it a lot harder for you to get shorted if you can 

No matter where you go across the country (legal states or not) weed is usually sold in the following weights:

  • Gram
  • Eighth
  • Quarter
  • Ounce

Here we’ll go over each so you, the cannabis consumer, have the information you need to make an informed decision when purchasing marijuana.

A Gram of Weed

A gram of cannabis nugsA gram of weed is roughly enough weed to pack a few decent sized bowls or roll a couple small joints. Most prerolls that are sold in dispensaries usually weigh one gram, as well. In a gram, you’ll likely get a few small to medium sized buds. Indica strains are usually more compact, while sativa strains tend to be a bit fluffier. Keep this in mind when looking at the size of the buds in your gram.

How Much is a Gram of weed?

The average price for a gram of weed in states with recreational cannabis laws is between $8-$10. There is where the term “dime bag” comes from. In Washington DC, however, a gram of weed could cost you as much as $18. Even though the nation’s capital has passed recreational cannabis laws, it’s still really hard to obtain it. If you’re headed to the dispensary to buy a gram of weed in most legal states it will cost you right around ten bucks.

An Eighth of Weed

An eighth of weedAn eighth of weed is an eighth of an ounce, which weighs 3.54375 grams. Most everywhere you buy weed (dispensary or otherwise) will round the weight of an eighth to 3.5 grams. Comparatively speaking, a nickel weighs 5 grams, which can help you gauge just how much weight an eighth would carry when held in your hand.

An eighth will contain several small to medium sized buds, and typically loosely fill about an index finger worth of height at the bottom of a sandwich-sized Ziploc baggie. Depending on how much you smoke, an eighth can last for a good couple of weeks, especially if you’re only consuming once or twice a day.

How Much is an Eighth of Weed?

The cost of an eighth in recreational states will vary depending on both the state and the quality of the weed. Top-shelf strains can run anywhere from $30-$70 and higher depending on the state you’re buying in. You should be able to get an eighth of a decent strain for around $40 in most legal states across the country. Many might consider any more to be too high. However, the costs can vary considerably depending on where it’s purchased.

Black market prices for an eighth are typically higher in states that haven’t passed cannabis laws. In Dallas, for example, the price of weed for a medium quality an eighth run right around $50.

A Quarter of Weed

A quarter of weed is considered a quarter ounce and weighs 7 grams. Speaking in basic math terms, a quarter can be thought of as two eighths.

A quarter of weed will contain double the amount of buds found in an eighth. Loosely speaking, a quarter of weed is too much to fill a standard sized prescription bottle. A quarter will generally fill around half of a tall prescription bottle (around 5 inches) depending on the type of strain you’re purchasing. Thinking in terms of the Ziploc bag, a quarter is about two fingers high worth of weed.

How Much is a Quarter of Weed?

The cost of a quarter of weed also varies from state to state. In legal states across the country, you can expect to pay roughly $50-$100 for a quarter depending on the quality. As a rule, top shelf weed costs more, so expect to pay higher prices for a quarter of the best herb regardless of where you’re buying it.

An Ounce of Weed

An ounce is generally the legal limit for purchasing marijuana in any one transaction in most legal states. Maine is an exception to this law, where residents can purchase up to 2.5 ounces. In Washington DC, people can possess up to two ounces and “gift” up to an ounce.

One ounce contains 28 grams of weed. If your ounce of weed ends up in a sandwich-sized Ziploc bag, a general rule of thumb could be an ounce filling the bag with the height of four-fingers across. Remember, however, that how much an ounce looks like is largely determined by the type of weed you’re buying. Indica buds will be more compact (resulting in “less” weed), where sativa buds will be more light and airy (resulting in “more” weed).

How Much is an Ounce of Weed?

The cost of an ounce of weed will run you anywhere from $100-$350 and more in legal states. Always keep in mind that you’ll pay more for top-shelf quality strains.  If you’re looking for an ounce of herb on the black market in Florida, you can expect to pay around $650.

Understanding the different weights of how weed is sold is paramount to being a cannabis consumer. Whether buying a gram, eighth, quarter, or ounce, you’re now well-versed in what to expect for your future pot purchases. How long your stash lasts is completely up to you and 100% dependent on how much you consume. An eighth, for example, might last the daily smoker around a week, while lasting the occasional toker a few weeks or more.

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Jen Keehn

About the author: Jen Keehn is a Colorado-based writer focused on inspiring others to live their best lives. She writes regularly about recreational and medical cannabis, holistic health, addiction, and psychedelic therapy.