Weed weights and measurements

Understanding marijuana measurements can be downright confusing. Thankfully, once you learn it the first time, it’s easy to remember. Seeing that knowing the standard measurements for purchasing marijuana is important, I will explain it. This article explains every measurement, from a single gram to pounds of weed.

Keep reading to learn how to buy marijuana like a pro.

Common cannabis measurements

MeasurementBy gramsBy ounce
1 eighth3.5 grams⅛ ounce
1 quarter7 grams¼ ounce
1 half14 grams½ ounce
1 ounce28 grams1 ounce

Why does this matter?

I realize the focus of my blog is growing marijuana for personal consumption, but I also recognize that sometimes you need to know exactly how much you have. This is especially the case in places that limit how much you can have. Even if you are not planning to grow it, if you plan to buy it, you need to know how it’s measured.


There is a weed measurement system, which follows the metric system, and this article serves as your handy guide. I plan to clear up the differences between marijuana in terms of grams, eighths, quarters, halves, ounces, pounds, and kilos.

I can’t say this enough:

The world of marijuana has an entirely new vocabulary that comes with it, so newcomers, especially medical marijuana patients buying medicinal marijuana for the first time, are often confused. Don’t be discouraged! There are plenty of newcomers now that the legalization movement is well underway, and this means that you are not the only one looking for answers.

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Some people can eye these things, but if you are new to this, it’s a good idea to buy a scale. That way you can weigh weed and know for sure.

Here’s the deal:

Size is different than weight. A fat juicy bud may look like it weighs half a gram, but if it’s fluffy rather than dense, it probably does not.  On the other hand, I’ve grown some tiny, dense buds that would knock you out cold. My point is, without a scale, it is easy to confuse size for weed weight when you do not use a scale.

MetricsWeed measurements
1 gram1 gram
3.5 grams ⅛ of an ounce (referred to as an eighth)
7 grams ¼ of an ounce (referred to as a quarter)
14 grams ½ of an ounce
20 grams 1 ounce (referred to simply as an ounce)
448 grams 1 pound (referred to as a pound)

How to measure a gram of weed or “Dime bag”

A gram, also known as a ‘dime bag’ or a ‘dub sack,’ is the typical unit for people looking to buy a small amount of weed, and it generally doesn’t get any lower than one gram. One gram typically comes in a small plastic bag and is often referred to as a ‘dime bag’ because the typical street price is $10, or a ‘dime.’

2 ounces of weed

For most people, one gram of weed will last them a couple rounds of smoking, some a few days or weeks depending on your intake level.

Some prefer to put the entire gram into one blunt to achieve a more intense high. At the end of the day, smoking marijuana comes down to your personal preferences!

To learn how much weed typically costs in your area, check out this post on cannabis costs and marijuana prices.

How many grams in an eighth?

Simply put, an eighth of weed is the same as one-eighth of an ounce in weight. While this may be true, I should also point out that marijuana weight doesn’t quite follow the rules of other weights.

An ounce of marijuana is 28 grams. A real ounce, however, is 28.375 grams. So technically speaking, an eighth should weigh 3.54688 grams — but in reality, it only is 3.5 grams.

how much is one ounce of weed

How Much Does an Eighth of Weed Cost?

The cost of marijuana can vary by location, strain, and quality. We found the average cost in recreational states across the country with prices of middle-grade and top-grade cannabis as well as buying options locally.

  • California: $40 – $56
  • Oregon: $25 – $37
  • Washington: $30 – $43
  • Alaska: $40 – $60
  • Nevada: $30 – $55
  • Colorado: $20 – $30
  • Michigan: $40 – $60
  • Massachusetts: $45 – $60
  • Vermont: $40 – $55
  • Maine: $35 – $50

Why is it done this way?

This isn’t to rip you off but rather a simpler way of measuring using grams (since only the more sophisticated scales measure hundredths of a gram), but rather way to measure weed and keep consistent with weed measurements. Be careful if you’re a medical marijuana patient when buying weed because they always try to give you the smallest weed.

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In general, buying weed in eighths is going to be a better deal than if you bought it in grams. It’s also important to note that half-eighths are also a common measurement for weed dealers and buyers, weighing in at 1.75 grams.

How many grams in a quarter?

A quarter of weed is the equivalent of two of the above-mentioned eighths, and it consequently weighs around seven grams. It is also called a quarter of an ounce.

Quarter of weed

Quarters can also go by the name of ‘quad,’ and it is generally bought by people looking for an intense high or a long-term solution to purchasing weed less often. Many cannabis users looking to purchase weed and save money by splitting it will also purchase a quarter of weed.

How to measure half an ounce of weed

One-half ounce of weed refers to a half of an ounce, or a half ounce, also known as a half ounce or half an ounce, which, as logic dictates, is twice the amount of two quarters.

If you want to get even more in-depth with it, it is also the equivalent of four marijuana eighths, which is the same as the weight of 14 grams.

This is a lot of weed, only the biggest parties or regular medical marijuana patients might need that much. Make sure it comes in a proper half ounce bag.

half ounce of weed

How to measure an ounce of weed

A full ounce of weed is two halves, or four quarters, or eight eighths. It measures up to 28 grams and is often called by its first letter, ‘O.’ Buying a full ounce is a huge amount of weed.

ounce of weed
Full Ounce

Finding this much at one time legally is rare. It’s also the legal limit in many recreational cannabis states. So, if you do have that much, it will provide you and all of your friends with enough of your own cannabis flower for a long while.

An ounce of weed has the following slang terms: 

  • O
  • zip bag
  • zip
  • O zone
  • lid

How many ounces in a quarter pound of weed

A quarter pound can also be measured in the following weed weights and slang terms: 4 full ounces, 8 half ounce bags, 16 quarters, 32 eighths, 64 half-eighths; or about 112 grams. A quarter pound is one of the larger quantities in the cannabis world and it is typically above the legal maximum limit to have that many grams of weed outside of your home, even in states where recreational cannabis and legal dispensaries are allowed.

How to measure pounds and kilograms of weed

As is normal in the American Imperial System of measurement, one pound of marijuana is equal to sixteen ounces. This is the equivalent of 64 quarters, 128 eighths, or 448 grams.

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At any rate, it’s a gigantic amount of weed. This is probably not the size anyone intending to smoke is going to buy, so they probably are already aware of how the measurements work

In case you are not familiar with the Metric System of measurement, it’s important to note that one kilo (or kilogram) equals 1000 grams. It is the largest unit of measure in which you might buy weed (and is more than twice the weight of one pound).

pound of weed

For this reason, it is typically related to traffickers. Simply put, amateurs or newbies wouldn’t be buying a kilo of weed.

Once you remember to weigh your weed, instead of merely eyeing it, you’ll quickly get the hang of marijuana measurement. Plus, most dispensaries do that part for you, so if you are buying legally, you just need to figure out how much is enough.

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Frequently asked questions

Where can I find a scale?

You can buy marijuana scales anywhere. You don’t need an incredibly fancy one, either. Anything that can measure a gram will work. Here’s a review of one that I like.

How much does a gram cost?

In legal states, a gram of marijuana averages at around $10. This can vary by market of course. Learn more about the price of marijuana in this article.

What does one half of weed refers to?

One-half of weed refers to a half of an ounce, which, as logic dictates, is twice the amount of two quarters.

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