If you’re not familiar with how cannabis is weighed, measured, and sold, all of those terms can feel like a huge question mark. It’s clear they’re units of measurement for weed — but what exactly do they all mean?
A gram is defined as “metric unit of mass equal to one-thousandth of a kilogram.” A gram is a small unit of measurement, which makes it a solid choice for cannabis consumers who don’t want to purchase weed in small amounts. For example, if they’re looking to try a new strain or don’t consume cannabis frequently.
When you’re purchasing weed in a dispensary, typically, the highest volume you can buy at any one time caps out at an ounce. But people who work within the cannabis industry, such as buyers and dispensary owners, can buy in larger quantities — including pounds and kilograms. One pound is made up of 16 ounces — which weighs in at a truly impressive 448 grams.
- 1 eighth = ⅛-ounce = 3.5 grams
- 1 quarter = ¼-ounce = 7 grams
- 1 half = ½-ounce = 14 grams
- 1 ounce = 28 grams
- 1 pound = 16 ounces = 448 grams
Gram. Eighth. Quarter. Half. Ounce.
The next unit of measurement is a quarter . A quarter refers to a quarter of an ounce, and it weighs approximately 7 grams. Technically, a quarter weighs 7.0874 grams, but the industry standard is to round down to the nearest gram.
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The rest of the units of measurement for cannabis have to do with ounces — either in full or a fraction.
Your budtender should weigh out your cannabis in clear view; this way, you can see exactly how many grams are being weighed out. (Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps)
If you’re not familiar with how cannabis is weighed, measured, and sold, all of those terms can feel like a huge question mark. It’s clear they’re units of measurement for weed — but what exactly do they all mean? Learn the differences between a gram, eight, quarter, half, and ounce of cannabis.
From a gram or two, we jump up to an “eighth”, or one-eighth of an ounce. This comes out to roughly 3.5 grams, and prices range from $20 on the low end to $50 for top-shelf quality cannabis. Most people who don’t want to visit a dispensary day for a gram will pick up an eighth at a time to last them through the week. For those that want more, we move up to a quarter in the weed measurements scale.
Let’s start with how weed is measured before we jump into all the different names. Fun fact: weed measurements start low in grams from the metric system but move into ounces from the US or imperial system as weight increases. Confusing, right? Just how we like it.
The measurement of THC content in any given cannabis plant is taken as a percentage that the compound makes up of the plant’s flower compared to the other lesser-known compounds and plant matter. Average THC content in Colorado varies between 15% and 30%, with more potent strains being created every year.
So, we’ve covered the amounts and names for the most common cannabis purchases, but what about how weed measurements regarding actual THC content? There is a plethora of different chemicals that make up the cannabis plant, but THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) is the main psychoactive ingredient that gives users the euphoric and relaxed feeling that is commonly associated with cannabis.
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Commonly known as a “Q”, a “quarter” is self-explanatory. It equals a quarter of an ounce or seven grams. Prices vary on quarters anywhere from $20 for very low-end shake up to around $60 for higher quality bud. When you want a larger quantity that will last a while longer than a quarter, you can purchase a half ounce or an ounce.
There is always more that can be purchased, although the most one can buy in Colorado is an ounce per visit. This isn’t to say you can’t just go to three different dispensaries and pick up three separate ounces, but a single person won’t need much more. It usually takes a regular cannabis user between two weeks and a month to consume an ounce. Any more than that, and you may end up wondering if freezing marijuana is a good idea. Hint: it’s not.
While the different slang names for different weed measurements may have been upgraded since the 20th century, the actual amounts and measurements of weed sold in above-ground dispensaries today are very similar to those once found on the prohibition-era streets of America. But what are the most common weed measurements and what are the terms to know before you go asking your local 420 friendly budtender for “a half cup of weed, please”?
So, a gram is the most common small amount of cannabis that you can purchase at most places in a variety of ways, whether in flower form or pre-rolled joints. Simple enough, right? Well, this is where weed measurements can get confusing.
What are the most common weed measurements and what are the terms to know? We break it down, from a gram to an eighth to a pound.