Ounce, eighth, quarter, half, grams - what does it all mean? If cannabis measurements at an Arizona dispensary confuse you, our blog will clear things up.
When discovering the world of cannabis, newcomers are often left with many questions. What do the slang terms mean? How do you begin to understand the mixed-up world of marijuana measurements?
We decided to help out by putting together a handy guide that includes standard weed weights and more.
If you’re still confused after reading this blog, stop by your local Sol Flower location to chat with our expert budtenders about marijuana measurements and more.
Keep reading to learn everything you need to know about cannabis weights.
Let’s start by reviewing the most common cannabis weight measurements. Here are the standard units you’re likely to find in an Arizona dispensary.
Whether you buy pre-rolled or roll your own, the average joint in the United States weighs about .3 grams. Thicker blunts can be almost double, while pinners (a small, thinly-rolled joint) are much lower. But, of course, it all depends on your smoking style!
The amount of cannabis in your edible will vary considerably based on the manufacturer and what the edible is designed to do (medical or recreational). Check the packaging to see how much your particular edible contains, or ask your budtender for inside info.
If you’re starting your cannabis journey, you’re likely purchasing flower by the gram. But what is a gram of weed? Let's take a closer look.
Most commercial cannabis products available for purchase in legal Arizona dispensaries are measured in grams.
A gram contains about enough cannabis flower for a substantial joint or 2-3 mini joints. Imagine the size of a typical nug of flower - containing enough grams of weed for a few regular-sized bowls.
While there’s a range of pricing depending on the type and quality of flower you chose, the price of weed grams tends to range between $10-20 per gram.
At Sol Flower, we tend to steer clear of classic cannabis slang. Here’s why - slang terms highlight the stigmatization of our favorite plant and its consumers, and we’re all about normalization.
Still, many folks use slang terminology, so we think you should know a few standard terms. It all depends on the region you’re in, but here are some terms used to describe a gram of weed:
While the term is used less frequently now that most people purchase their cannabis through dispensaries, in the old days (pre-legalization), dime bag was the term used to describe the amount of cannabis available to buy for ten dollars (aka a “dime”).
An eighth of weed, the most common cannabis weight unit purchased in dispensaries, is the next step up from grams. So how many grams in an eighth? About 3.5, or an eighth of an ounce, which is how the eighth got its name.
Now we know how many grams is an eighth of weed; let’s see what that looks like on a consumable level. An eighth is a generous handful of flowers, producing between four and seven joints, depending on how generously you like to roll ‘em.
We know what it looks like, but how much is an eighth of weed? As you might expect, it’s more than the price of a gram, around $20-70 dollars, depending on various factors.
However, buying larger quantities means that gram for gram, your cannabis costs are lower if you buy by the eighth.
The big kahuna of weed purchases, a quarter of weed is usually where most casual cannabis users top out unless they have Snoop and Martha over for dinner! But how much is a quarter of weed in grams? And is it worth going big? How much is a quarter ounce of weed, exactly? Let's take a closer look.
How much is a quarter of weed in practical terms? Also known as a quad or a quarter, buying a quarter at a time means you can roll a generous amount of joints, typically ten or more, and an even larger number of bowls.
So how many grams in a quarter? “Quarter” stands for a quarter of an ounce, aka seven grams of marijuana. Easy, right?
Again, it all depends on where you go, but expect to pay about $60-90 for a quarter of cannabis. If you’re a household that goes through a lot of cannabis, buying in bulk could save you money per ounce.
Second from the top of the cannabis heap is the mighty half-ounce. So how many grams are in a half ounce? And how much do you get when you buy one? Let's take a closer look.
Also known as a half-ounce, a half of cannabis is fourteen grams. This is enough for about 30 joints or roughly 50 bowls.
A half-ounce of cannabis will cost you between $100-200. And good news for bargain hunters - with many delivery and dispensary sellers, this is where the best bulk deals begin to kick in.
Since an ounce of weed is the most significant quantity individual consumers can purchase in most states where cannabis has been legalized, this one’s the big daddy. But how many grams is an ounce of weed? And what do you get when you buy one?
If you buy an ounce of cannabis, you’re getting enough to roll over 60 joints or more than 100 bowls.
How much is an ounce of weed in grams? An ounce contains 28 grams.
So you’re ready to go big, but how much is an ounce of weed? Expect to pay between $150-400 - the wider range is because some Arizona dispensaries will give you a good deal if you buy in such high amounts.
It will probably be too much for any but the most serious cannabis-smoking households to finish off before the quality starts to diminish, but it can be a great way to go in with a group of friends to save money on each bowl. It’s the stoner version of splitting one of those giant toilet paper flats from Costco.
Since most states cap the amount of cannabis individual consumers can buy at the ounce level, this information is more theoretical. But let’s take a closer look at the prices wholesalers pay for cannabis by the pound:
A pound of cannabis contains enough for many joints or bowls (about 900 joints and over 1,000 bowls!). And in terms of other cannabis measurements:
There are around 454 grams in a pound of weed.
There are sixteen ounces in a pound of weed.
While official numbers are hard to pin down, experts estimate that the average price in states where cannabis is legalized hovers between $1,500-2,000. In areas where it’s not yet legal, prices are double.
Like all states offering legal recreational and medical cannabis, Arizona has state-determined purchasing limits.
Arizona's recreational consumers can legally purchase up to 28 grams of cannabis per dispensary transaction. Of that 28 grams, 5 grams can be concentrates like edibles, vape cartridges, or extracts.
Arizona's recreational cannabis edibles are limited to 10 milligrams of THC per serving (or 100 mg per package).
Medical patients in Arizona can purchase up to 2.5 ounces (70 grams) in 14 days. Dispensaries (like ours) use a state-provided tracking system to track your purchase.
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