Weed Measurements: Beginner’s guide – Measure Your Weed Like a Pro

Weed Measurements: Beginner’s guide – Measure Your Weed Like a Pro

Weed measurements can be a real headache if you are just starting out and looking into it. There are many terms and names that can many you feel a bit overwhelmed by the overload of information that’s out there. From a gram to an ounce, if you’ve done your research you will see that as a newbie and unfamiliar with the modern world of cannabis, it can be a lot to process especially with the various strains to different methods of consumption and buying.

Weed measurements: Buying weed in different sizes

So, 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. You should always know how much weed you are getting because 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 differentiate between different weed sizes. This being said, you should know that no matter where you go across the country (legal states or not) weed is usually sold in the following weights:

  • Gram
  • Eighth
  • Quarter
  • Ounce

In order to have the information you need to make an informed decision when purchasing marijuana, let’s go over each one and explain them separately.

Buying weed in grams

The weed measurements are most commonly expressed in grams. Namely, a gram of weed is roughly enough weed to pack a few decent sized bowls or roll a couple of 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.

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The cost of a gram of weed

When it comes to the cost, you can expect to pay between $8-10, however, depending on where you are and where you buy your weed from, a gram of weed could cost you as much as $18. 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.

Buying weed as an ‘Eighth’

Weed measurements go into fractions as well. For instance, an eighth of weed is an eighth of an ounce, which weighs 3.54375 grams if you prefer the metric weed measurements. Mostly an eighth of an ounce will weigh 3.5 grams which is the size most readily available on the market whether you buy from dispensaries or otherwise. 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 when buying. In an eighth, you should get 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.

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Weed in a bag by internationalhighlife.

The cost of an eighth of weed

Just like with the gram of the weed, the eighth will surely vary in price depending on where you’re getting it from. Both state-wise and dispensary-wise. The price of weed measurements also varies depending on the quality and the state of the plant. For instance, the 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 countries. However, the costs can vary considerably depending on where it’s purchased, especially if buying illegally. Like this, an eighth of an ounce can be priced as high as $50.

Buying weed as a ‘Quarter’

Quarters in weed measurements, logically, can be seen as 2 eighths, so approx. 7 grams of weed if, as we said, one eight in 3.5 grams. So, containing double the amount of buds found in an eighth, a quarter of weed is too much to fill a standard sized prescription bottle. It should 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.

The cost of a quarter of weed

When it comes to the cost, weed measurements as high as a quarter can be priced anywhere from $60 to $100. No need to mention that this also varies greatly from state to state, and from country to country depending on where you are in the world. As a general rule, the top-shelf weed plants will cost more, so expect to pay higher prices for a quarter of the best herb regardless of where you’re buying it.

Buying an ounce of weed

An ounce among the weed measurements is the limit of the legal amount of weed you can buy in one transaction in most states and countries where weed, in general, is legal. One ounce of weed contains 28 grams of weed and 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).

The cost of an ounce of weed

To buy an ounce of weed you will need to save some $100-$350 and possibly more in countries that sell weed legally. If you are buying on the black market you might get it a bit pricier even and needless to say, it all depends on the quality of the plant you are getting. Also, popular weed strains and plants with higher THC to CBD ration will also be pricier than the given amount based on their popularity. It is reported that buying weed on the black market in some states in the USA might cost you up to $650 simply because the prices aren’t regulated when selling illegally. That surely is quite a lot.

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