When it comes to concentrated forms of cannabis like wax, shatter, hash and edibles, the weed measurements switch from a percentage to milligrams. A gram of concentrate such as shatter may be 80% THC, but it is labeled as 80mg of THC per dose. Similarly, edibles are given a THC in milligrams dose, with the average dose for edibles begin 10mg. Suffice to say, concentrates are much stronger and work much faster than an edible, but the effects of an edible can last much longer. Learn to make your own edibles by setting up your own cannabis kitchen first.
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.
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.
Twenty-eight grams make up one ounce, so fourteen makes up a half. Most people won’t go above this range as an ounce (28 grams) is plenty to last one person quite some time, ranging between $80 to $160 — though some places may charge more for their top shelf ounces. Common names for an ounce are “O” or “zip”, which comes from the old days when an ounce would usually take up a whole zip-lock bag. Luckily in recreational places like Denver, just asking for an ounce is perfectly acceptable.
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”?
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.
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.
Cannabis has come a long way since it was made illegal in the 1930s, with new methods of growing, cultivating, and manufacturing sprouting up over the years. There is one thing about cannabis that has changed very little over the years, however, and that is weed measurements.
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.
Your budtender should weigh out your cannabis in clear view; this way, you can see exactly how many grams are being weighed out — and how that corresponds to how much you asked for. If you get to the dispensary and can’t remember the gram conversions, just ask your budtender; he or she will be able to tell you how many grams are in an eighth, quarter, half, or ounce — and then can weigh out your weed to show you that the cannabis you’re taking home is the accurate weight.
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.
- 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
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.
The rest of the units of measurement for cannabis have to do with ounces — either in full or a fraction.
The eighth is one of the most popular, if not the most popular, weight to sell cannabis. (Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps)
Here’s a quick reference chart of how weed is measured — and how much each measurement weighs in grams:
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?
Gram. Eighth. Quarter. Half. Ounce.
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.