Confusing cannabis amounts: grams, quarters, dimes and ounces
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Have you ever bought weed and felt confused by all the talk of grams, eighths, quarters and halves? Sometimes it feels like you need a math degree just to figure out exactly how much weed you’re buying.
To help clearing up the confusion, we took it upon ourselves to convert some of the most popular cannabis weights so you can rest assured you know exactly how much weed you’re getting.
We’ll explain everything from common cannabis amounts (like quarters and eighths) to less common amounts like dimes, nickels, dubs, sticks, and 50s. So, read on, and happy smoking!
If you’re buying small amounts of weed, you’ll usually be buying it in terms of grams. Most dealers or dispensaries (if you’re lucky enough to live in an area where pot is legal) won’t sell you less than a gram.
For any of you unfamiliar with the metric system, a gram is equal to 1000 milligrams, or 0.002 pounds. And yes, 1000 grams is a kilo.
How long a gram lasts depends entirely on your tolerance and habits. Irregular smokers might be able to make a gram last multiple smoke sessions, while veteran stoners might pack an entire gram into a single joint or blunt.
EIGHTHS, QUARTERS, HALVES, AND OUNCES
When buying in larger amounts, weed is commonly sold in ounces or parts of ounces, namely eighths, quarters, and halves.
One ounce is equal to roughly 28 grams (or 28.4, if you want to be exact). That being the case, an eighth is equal to 3.5 grams; a quarter is equal to 7 grams, and a half is equal to 14 grams.
Again, how long each of these amounts last you comes down to how much and how frequently you smoke. However, an ounce of weed should last a daily smoker between 1-2 months.
POUNDS AND KILOS
Large amounts of weed are generally sold in pounds and, to a lesser extent, in kilos. A pound is equal to about 453 grams while a kilo is equal to 1000 grams.
Unless you’re planning on giving out weed to your family and friends or preparing for the apocalypse, you generally won’t be buying pounds or kilos of weed as a user.
OTHER CANNABIS AMOUNTS: NICKELS, DIMES, AND DUBS
While weed is generally sold by its weight, it can also be sold in dollar amounts such as dimes, nickels, and dubs. Here are the conversions:
- 1 nickel= $5 worth of weed
- 1 dime= $10 worth of weed
- 1 dub= $20 worth of weed
How much weed you get for each of these amounts varies greatly depending on the quality of what you’re buying and of course on where you’re buying it.
For example: the average price of an ounce (28 grams) of high quality weed in the US is $320.65, while in legal states like California and Colorado, the average price for high quality weed is roughly $240 per ounce.
LESS COMMON CANNABIS AMOUNTS: STICKS, TWENTIES, AND FIFTIES
The amounts we’ve covered above are by far the most common used when buying cannabis. However, in some countries or states, people may buy weed in terms of sticks, twenties, and fifties.
This system is similar to that of nickels, dimes, and dubs. Twenties and fifties refer to cash amounts of weed ($20 and $50, respectively), while a stick generally refers to 1 gram of weed.
WHY WEIGH YOUR WEED AND WHAT TO USE
Now that you know all about grams and ounces, why not put your knowledge to practice? Weighing your weed might seem like an unnecessary task, but in reality it can be quite helpful. For one, it allows you to keep track of your consumption and will help you realise if you’ve lost any buds, or a fellow smoker took more than you agreed on.
Weighing the amount of weed you add into each joint or bowl will also allow you to accurately dose, and you’ll become aware of your tolerance for each specific strain. Over time, this will allow you to make your stash last longer and will prevent you from overpacking joints. Research published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence estimated that the average amount of cannabis in a joint is 0.32 grams. Of course, there are many different variables at play here, as 0.32 grams of THC-rich weed is going to have a much more profound effect than the same volume of a CBD-high strain. It’s interesting to weigh out your flower to see where your consumption falls against this data.
But what’s the best way to calculate the amount of weed you’re using? A simple set of scales can do the job. There are many types of scales and each has advantages and disadvantages. Pocket scales are great for weighing out small amounts of cannabis at a time, are highly accurate (up to the nearest 0.01 gram), and are portable. They are useful when weighing before rolling a joint, or if you plan on microdosing the herb during the day. The downside is they are able to weigh between 50–500 grams.
Kitchen scales offer the advantage of weighing larger amounts of weed at a time. However, they are larger and therefore less portable and more obvious. They are also less accurate and often only give readings to the nearest gram.
Stealth scales have been developed for those who like to keep their herbal affairs to themselves. They often take the form of everyday items, such as lighters or computer mice. Although they look the part, they are mostly less accurate than other scales.
Another type of scales you might consider are powder scales. These are highly accurate and give readings in milligrams. However, they are much more expensive than other scales and aren’t necessary, unless you want to measure out very specific values.