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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Travis Crane
The lowest amount you can purchase (although most dispensaries don’t go this low anymore) is what is commonly called a dime bag. A dime bag almost always equals a half of a gram and costs on average $10, hence the “dime” in the name. However, nowadays as the above-ground market drives the price of weed down from street prices, most dispensaries will sell one whole gram for around $10, reaching up to $20 for top-shelf cannabis.
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.
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.
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.
Anything less than 1.5 grams for $20 was a rip off in Oregon prior to July 8, 2014, when recreational cannabis became available for sale. Now it’s common to get 3.5 grams or “an eighth” of high-quality cannabis for $20 in Oregon.
You can make way more cannabutter than you would ever want to eat in a single weed edible serving with an ounce of weed depending on how well you can make it.
An ounce of pot will also produce about three to four grams of the same cannabis oil that Rick Simpson used to save himself and thousands of other medical marijuana patients from terminal cancer.
In the next section, we’ll clarify the conversion between grams and ounces and introduce you to the corresponding ganja jargon.
You can purchase the same amount of high-quality cannabis for as little as $25 (or less) in certain cities in Oregon.
Most Americans are used to measuring things with the United States’ Customary Units as opposed to the International System of Units , better known as the Metric System.
You might even want to incorporate weed measurements into your next toke sesh with friends. Guessing what weighs what would make an entertaining game to play before, during, and after the smoke circle.
- 1 ounce of weed = 28 grams
And when you think about it, this type of homework isn’t nearly as bad as memorizing multiplication tables (some of us still can’t remember the product of 8×7) because it involves everyone’s favorite topic: dating Mary Jane.
Need help deciphering the common weed measurements? The experts at Honest Marijuana explain the marijuana metric system so you can buy your pot like a pro.