Get schooled on weed weights: Grams, Eighths, Quarters, and Ounces decoded

Get schooled on weed weights: Grams, Eighths, Quarters, and Ounces decoded

Yo, what’s good, my fellow stoners? If you’re new to the weed game or just clueless when it comes to figuring out how much green to ask for, don’t trip. Let us break it down for you in a way that even the most mathematically challenged can understand.

So, first things first. All strains of weed are measured in ounces. However, you can buy smaller amounts, like a gram or an eighth of an ounce (that’s 3.5 grams). But, let’s be real, buying in bulk gets you more bang for your buck. Cop an eighth and it’ll usually be cheaper than buying three separate grams.

Now, if you’re tryna ball out and buy a larger amount, watch out for the law. Some areas may consider having any amount of weed on you as an offense, and even in areas with legal cannabis reform, the max amount you can carry is one ounce. More than that and the po-po might think you’re trying to distribute. So, always check your local laws before getting lit.

Alright, let’s get into the nitty-gritty of weed weights:

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A gram is the base unit for measuring weed and is one twenty-eighth of an ounce. It fits easily into the palm of your hand and is the smallest amount you can buy. Grams are commonly used across North America, Europe, and the UK.

Eighth (3.5g)

An eighth of an ounce is enough to roll about 6-7 joints or pack 7-10 bowls. It’s commonly used in North America, Australia, New Zealand, and the UK but not so much in Europe. Over in Amsterdam, weed is usually sold in quantities of 1, 3, and 5 grams.

Quarter (7g)

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A quarter of an ounce will give you about 12-14 joints or 14-25 bowls. It’s a familiar term used primarily in North America, Australia, New Zealand, and the UK.

Half (14g)

Half an ounce will fill around 30 joints and roughly 40-50 bowls. It’s used across most Western countries like the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the UK.

Ounce (28g)

A full ounce of weed can roll up to 60 joints or pack over 100 bowls. Ounces are a standard measurement in regions where people still use imperial units. But even in places where the metric system prevails, ounces are occasionally used for measuring weed.

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Pound (453g)

The pound is an imperial measurement commonly used in the US. A pound consists of 16 ounces of weed – that’s sixteen times the max amount you can legally have on you at any given time in many places. But hold up – if there are 16 ounces in one pound and 28 grams in one ounce, wouldn’t there be 448 grams in a pound? Well, not exactly – because grams are metric units.

Now that we’ve got that covered, let’s talk slang terms for weed weights:


A nick is worth five bucks of weed – about half a gram – enough to roll up a spliff when you’re desperate. It’s used primarily in the US.

Dime / dime bag

This is a ten-dollar bag of bud that usually contains somewhere between half a gram to a gram. It’s not an exact measurement but will go further if smoked from a pipe rather than rolled up. Dime bags are also commonly used in the US.


A dub will cost ya $20 and give you roughly 1.5-2 grams of weed. Some dealers might offer a discount like a “15-dollar dub.” It’s also used mainly in the US.


Refers to a kilo – approximately 2.2 pounds – which isn’t a set price and not all dealers will trade such large amounts. A key is typically bought for reselling rather than personal use and is used mostly in Europe and the UK.


Another word for an eighth – used mainly in the US and Canada.


This term means an ounce of weed – allegedly coined because an ounce fits comfortably into a Ziploc bag. But other theories suggest it comes from the abbreviation for “ounce,” oz., that is primarily used across the US.


Ten dollars worth of dank – mainly used in the US.

“A 20”

Twenty dollars worth of weed – used mainly across North America and Australia/New Zealand.

“A 50”

Fifty dollars worth of bud – same as above.


A stick is comparable to one gram of cannabis – used mainly in Australia and New Zealand.

Now let’s say you don’t have a scale handy to weigh your bud. No worries! One way to weigh your weed without a scale is by using coins like pennies or cents along with a ruler or tape measure. A UK penny weighs around 3.56g; a US cent weighs around 2.5g; and one Euro cent weighs about 2.3g – by knowing this info; you can create your own balance scale with your ruler along with some coins!

Finally (and most crucially), how much does it all cost? Weed prices are always fluctuating depending on factors like potency or rarity – strains that are high in demand but low in supply will cost more! Even how or where it was grown can impact pricing as well as who you’re buying it from (friend/dealer/budtender/etc.). Whether weed is legal or illegal also makes a big difference – some black market dealers will undercut legal prices while some top-grade dealers might sell at higher-than-legal rates just because they know their product is better quality!

On average though: here are some rough estimates on how much one gram costs:

New York — $11

Los Angeles — $8

Toronto — $8

London — $9

Amsterdam — $11

But hey! You can avoid all this weighing-and-pricing hassle by growing your own! That way you get way more value for your money plus grow whatever strain you want! So go out there and get lit fam!

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