Ultimate Weed Measurements Guide

All you need to know about marijuana quantities, prices, and weights 

If you are a newbie exploring the world of weed, you’re probably a little taken aback by the math involved.

Generally speaking, when it comes to weed measurements, the first question is: how much is an ounce of weed?

Typically, you will find all marijuana strains are measured in terms of an ounce.

Of course, it’s not always that straightforward. You buy marijuana in smaller amounts, usually using metric grams, or you can buy in bulk. Weed measurements will undoubtedly test your math abilities.

For example, an eighth (one-eighth of an ounce or 3.5 grams) usually costs substantially less than buying three separate grams of marijuana.

If you are still with us, weed measurements also include:

  • a quarter ounce (7 grams)
  • a half ounce (14 grams)
  • or a full ounce (28 grams)

So the more you purchase, the smaller the price tag. 

Of course, you can save time and buy bigger weed measurements. But once you go past an ounce, it gets cost-prohibitive. And in many states, you would be in trouble with the law.

To date, many states that legalized cannabis allow possession of up to one ounce of marijuana.

Admittedly, that’s a drive-by shooting regarding typical weed measurements and the legal landscape. However, let’s address such questions as:

  • How much is an ounce of weed? 
  • How much is a quarter of weed?

Weed measurements in-depth

The marijuana gram

Grams are the base weed measurements. One gram is sufficient for a couple of joints, depending on how you like to roll them. It’s enough for one or two moderately potent blunts.

A gram is the smallest of the weed measurements. A gram is equivalent to one twenty-eighth of an ounce (1/28th). 

Are there slang terms for grams?

Predictably, cannabis culture is jam-packed with slang. Indeed, there’s an entire language dedicated to marijuana. While it’s not essential to understand all the lingo, a little knowledge is valuable. 

For instance, one of the most frequently used slang terms for marijuana is a ‘dime bag.’

What’s a dime bag?

What is a Dime Bag

A dime bag is the smallest of the weed measurements. The dime bag consists of a standard one gram of marijuana.

However, in settings that are not strictly legal, dime bags may well mean different things to different people. Equally, dime bag takes on different meanings based on geography. Many areas have their own definition, but it’s always the smallest quantity of marijuana you can buy.

How much does a dime bag cost?

So what’s the cost of a dime bag? 

Conventionally, you will pay the going rate of $10 for a one-gram dime bag. 

In reality, though, it’s not nearly as uniform as that. Just like any other commodity, the market price of cannabis varies frequently. Many different factors come into play to determine how much you get charged for a dime bag, not least your location.

How much is a gram of marijuana in California and Colorado?

Due to supply outstripping demand in places like California and Colorado, the price of marijuana is slumping right now.

But not all cannabis is created equally. The price will vary depending on the strain’s potency. Typically, in states with cannabis legalization, you can count on paying around $12 to $20. The price of legalization, it turns out, is taxation. 

The dub of bud, aka two grams of marijuana

While some folks use dubs and dime bags interchangeably, they are quite distinct in industry terms.

How many grams to a dub?

The general definition is that a dub is equivalent to two grams of marijuana.

That said, the actual quantity can vary depending on your location. But two grams is pretty much the benchmark.

What does a dub cost?

Generally, a dub of marijuana will set you back $20. Though, as previously noted, the actual weight may vary depending on the current market value in your area.

For easy reference, you can consider a dub a catch-all term for any $20 bag of grass. However, when talking about a standardized by weight two-gram bag, the actual cost could, on average, be nearer $30.

Here, too, there is wide variation. In some places, you will pay more, and in others significantly less. But, again, this is because the tax take can be heavy in legal cannabis states.

What does a dub actually look like?

A dub is not a vast amount of marijuana. However, once broken up, a dub will be sufficient for several blunts or around five joints.

An eighth – 1/8 of marijuana

What is an Eighth

Of the weed measurements, the all-time classic is the eighth. The eighth is also marginally cheaper than buying a dub at per gram prices. So an eighth is overall a better price. 

How many grams are there in an eighth?

An eighth of an ounce comprises 3.5 grams. For once, this particular unit of measurement is much more clear-cut than the others. This is primarily because no matter where you live, an eighth of an ounce is always 3.5 grams.

However, many of the more upscale legal cannabis dispensaries offer slightly more generous four-gram eighths instead. This is a marketing ploy to incentivize bulk buying rather than per gram purchases.

What price is an eighth?

Again, the price varies wildly depending on your state, hometown, and the individual dispensary. A ballpark figure for an eighth would be $25 to $35.

Once more, the eighth is a better way to buy your marijuana rather than by the gram. Buying three grams in one gram transactions will cost you around $15 to $20 each time. This, of course, works out substantially more expensive.

Are there slang terms for eighths?

Yes, you’ve guessed it. The pure math-related name for this most popular of all weed measurements has its fair share of less formal nicknames.

At the regional level, there are almost countless slang terms for the eighth, including:

  • half a quarter
  • slice
  • eify
  • and cut, to name but a few.

As usual, there is no set in concrete regulations on naming an eighth. So long as the other person knows what you are on about, everything is cool.

A quarter – 1/4 ounce of marijuana

Moving on, we now reach the quarter. But how much is a quarter of weed exactly?

Well, the bag is now getting bulkier, which is handy if you are a heavy user. Or those who like to get as much marijuana as possible for their dollar. 

How much is a quarter of weed in grams?

For future reference, how much is an ounce of weed might be a better question. 

The answer is 28 grams, which therefore means a quarter of weed weighs in at 7 grams.

For context, this means a quarter of an ounce is good for about ten blunts or somewhere between 12 to 15 joints. However, if you prefer glassware or a bong, how far a quarter will stretch depends on how you like to load your bowls.

How much is a quarter of weed going to cost?

As per usual, there’s no standard price you can expect to pay; it’s more of a price range. In this instance, we have a range spanning $50 to $70. The price will depend on where you buy the cannabis and its quality.

Higher potency ‘private reserve’ weed sets you back closer to the $70 mark. However, mid-range and lower high-end merchandise will prove to be more affordable.

Are there slang terms for quarters?

You bet there are. How much is a quarter of weed renamed in proportion to its popularity?

The slang norm for a quarter, though, is a quad that neatly derives from two eighths. However, there are variations by region so that you can anticipate a quarter having a laundry list of nicknames.

So long as you and the other person understand what’s being discussed, that’s all that’s important.

Half Ounce – Half a Zip / ½ an ounce of marijuana

What is a half ounce

Now we are into big boy/girl territory with one of the more hefty weed measurements. Half an ounce should last you for quite a while. Or give you a weekend you won’t remember in a hurry.

What is a half-ounce in grams?

A half-ounce is precisely 14 grams. So on the blunt scale, that’s around 20 to 28, or about 30 joints, depending on how heavy-handed you are.

In other words, if you smoke about a gram or less per day, a half-ounce will see you through two or three weeks.

What does a half-ounce cost?

A half-ounce of cannabis comes in, on average, at $100 to $120. This places the per-gram price at around $7 to $10, about half what you expect to pay via one gram purchase.

Are there slang terms for a half-ounce?

By now, you probably know what the answer is going to be. Unsurprisingly, there are several slang names for this larger example of weed measurements.

The most common terms are:

  • half O (oh, not zero)
  • half an O
  • or half a zip

One ounce or a Zip – 28 grams

Yay, we made it at last to the full ounce, the king of the weed measurements.

How much is an ounce of weed, you may ask?

This is the last stop in states where cannabis is legal. Over this and you are almost certainly into illegal territory in many parts of the US.

For example, in legal cannabis states like California, the maximum quantity you can legally possess at any given time is one ounce.

This is the cut-off point for the law. Once you go over an ounce of marijuana, the presumption in law is that you have intent to supply/distribute. Therefore, always keep your stash below an ounce to keep on the right side of the law in legal cannabis states.

How much is an ounce of weed in grams?

As previously stated, there are 28 grams in one ounce. That’s enough for anywhere between 28 to 56 blunts. Or near enough 100 joints.

How much for an ounce of weed in dollars?

The price will vary markedly depending on the quality.

For entry-level, lower-quality weed, you can anticipate paying somewhere between $150 and $220 an ounce. For high-end marijuana, you’re paying closer to $240 to $280.

However, private reserve stock will put a $280 or more dent in your wallet for one ounce.

There are slang terms for an ounce, too, right?

Oh, yes. The most common term you may guess by now is a zip. Alternatively, you may hear the full ounce being referred to as a lid or the O Zone.

The quarter pounder or QP – ¼ lb. of marijuana

And we don’t mean burgers. This is the daddy of weed measurements. It’s not for novices due to its size but will keep even the biggest smokers puffing away for a long time.

But you should note that most territories prohibit possession of this volume of cannabis. In addition, in some parts of the US, possession of a marijuana quarter pounder is a serious criminal offense.

The exception is people who require cannabis for medicinal purposes. Medical patients can quite legally possess this substantial amount of cannabis without any problems.

Depending on which state they live in, medical patients can legally hold up to 36 ounces of marijuana.

What is a quarter pounder in ounces and grams?

A quarter-pounder is equivalent to four ounces, which, in turn, is 96 grams. This represents about 60 to 100 blunts or over 200 joints. That’s plenty of marijuana for anyone.

How does a QP cost?

It is not just a case of scaling up the price point as many factors influence the price.

For example, in Colorado, you can get your hands on a QP for about $800. In other places where supplies are less abundant, you can expect to pay substantially more.

In states where cannabis is still outlawed, a price of a QP could set you back anywhere between $1,000 to $1,500. As is always the case, it is supply and demand.