A guide to weed weights
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- Breakdown of weed measurements
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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?
Breakdown of weed measurements
Let’s start with the smallest unit of measurement and work our way up.
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.
An eighth is an eighth of an ounce — or 3 .5 grams of weed. The eighth is one of the most popular, if not the most popular, weight to sell cannabis. For many people, an eighth of weed is the perfect amount; it’s enough to feel like you have plenty of weed at your disposal, but not so much that you feel like you have too much weed and not enough time to consume it.
The eighth, 3 .5 grams of weed, is one of the most popular, if not the most popular, weight to sell cannabis. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
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.
A quarter refers to a quarter of an ounce, and it weighs approximately 7 grams. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
A half is a half-ounce of weed, which weighs 14 grams.
And a full ounce? An ounce weighs 28 grams.
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.
Here’s a quick reference chart of how weed is measured — and how much each measurement weighs in 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
How to make sure you’re getting what you pay for
When you purchase weed at the dispensary — whether you’re getting a single gram to test out a new grower or investing in a full ounce of your go-to strain — you want to make sure you’re getting what you paid for. And the only way to know for sure that your cannabis is the proper weight is to weigh it.
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
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.
In some states with adult-use cannabis laws, flower is required to come pre-packaged and was measured prior to arriving to the dispensary. If you still want to ensure that its the weight indicated on the packaged, you can weigh the flower with a scale at home.
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How many grams is 20 dollars of weed
Hello, dear MERRY JANE readers. We love you! Today we’re back with another lesson in cannabis semantics. We all know there’s a wide range of THC terminology, and pot slang has evolved in tandem with cannabis culture. While some turns of phrase are commonplace for longtime smokers, there are new consumers getting into grass on a daily basis, and not everyone knows the definition of, say, “FECO,” “shatter,” or “the entourage effect.”
That said, we’re not trying to patronize tried-and-true tokers — so if you consider yourself an endo expert, this article may seem a bit 101 to you. But hey, we all need a refresher now and then, and consider this post something you could send to your mother.
Anyway, we defined what a “zip” of weed was the last time we offered a lil lesson on linguistics. (In case you forgot, it means an ounce of pot.) This time, however, we’re going smaller: What exactly is a “dub” or “dubsack” of weed, and how much pot is that?
Gallery — Fuck-Tons of Weed That Will Never Get Smoked . Except Maybe By Cops:
To be clear, the term “dub” does not refer to the music genre popularized by Jamaican artists, nor the electronic music genre “dubstep,” despite marijuana’s connection to both. The term “dub music,” popularized by geniuses like King Tubby, refers to a dublate, or an acetate recording disk that studios would use to test recordings prior to mastering them on vinyl.
In the context of cannabis, however, dub is a unit of measurement that derives from “dubs,” which is slang for car rims that are at least 20 inches in diameter. For reference, peep Master P’s 2005 track “I Need Dubs,” featuring the lyrics: “Cruisin with my girls even rollin with thugs / I need dubs, 22’s, 24’s.”
So a dub refers to the number 20, and in pot parlance that means a bag of weed that costs $20. Historically, 20 bucks will get you a gram of weed if purchased on the black market. Back in the day, it was common to slap a street dealer a bill with Andrew Jackson’s face on it in exchange for a small baggie that could fit a sizeable nug or two. Today, though, underground dealers and delivery services will rarely make a sale that’s less than an eighth of an ounce of weed. And in legal markets, grams can go for as low as $10 bucks these days. If you buy in bulk, the price of a gram could even be less.
A dub does not necessarily equate one gram, but rather a $20 purchase. Depending on the dealer, a dubsack could be anywhere between 0.7 grams (if they want to rip you off) and 1.5 grams (if the plug is feeling generous). Sometimes a dealer might offer a discount and say they’re doing a “ten dollar dub,” suggesting that you’d get the weed at half price.
To recap, a dub or dubsack of weed means a $20 purchase, typically from an underground pusher. Like last time, we want to add some pop culture into our lesson, so here are some rippin’ tunes where the artist references a dub or dubsack:
“We bangin’ out, that Taylor Gang / Dub to your face, baby ’til you say my name”
Wiz Khalifa on “Black and Yellow”
“I know that you’ve been smoking all my tumble weed / I looked into my dub sack all I seen was stems and seeds / You better get dressed, hit the door / Go to the dub spot and buy some mo’”
Afroman on “Afroman Is Coming to Town”
“I stay gettin green or the cheese, I’m with it / In the backstreet with the Bs that lit it / Dub sacks in the stash, plus the weed is hittin”
Lil B on “I’m Just Livin”
“Midi-mapping hats, yo, tryna get cake / Waitin’ on a dub cause the weed man’s late”
Awkwafina on “Marijuana”
“Take a turn, at this point my main concern / Where the bud’s everyday I burn so I can grub / I need at least a dub.”
Wiki on “3 Stories”
“And when I’m smokin’ dubs, you can’t hit my weed / Gold diggin’ bitch don’t get no love from me”
Tay-K on “The Plug”
“Make a visit, stop by the weed spot grab a dub / I know grams gon’ have me a grub”
Beanie Sigel on “Mom Praying”
“If you find a bag of weed on the floor, pick it up / And if you find it I got 10 on the dub / I’m hard to find like pickin weed out a rug”
Redman on “Gilla House Check”
So now you know the definition of the slang — may you smoke many dubs in peace, and don’t let anyone charge you more than $20 for a gram!
A look into the origins of the THC terms "dub" and "dubsack." If anyone tries to sell you a dub for more than $20, you're getting played!