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A Comprehensive Guide to Weed Measurements

Buying weed for the first time? It sounds easy but it’s quite complicated especially if you don’t know the different weed measurements and terminologies. You need to learn about the different terms used to measure weed to properly make your purchase and to dose up. 

Also, it’s best to sound like you know something about measuring weed even if you’re a novice. Don’t wing it. Learn the following terms before you head off to the nearest dispensary. 

Why these weed measurements are important?

You need to learn these terms so you’ll know if you’re overpaying for weed or any cannabis product and of course, you need these if you’re planning to use cannabis as medicine or for therapeutic reasons. Understand how much cannabis you can get for every dollar so you can look for a better deal. There are so many legal dispensaries and online cannabis shops so take your time 

Weed measurements and are very important especially when you’re using edibles and cannabis concentrates. In Canada where cannabis use is legal, knowing the different measurements can help standardize regulations. 

According to Canadian laws, you can possess 30 grams of dried cannabis at one time. This means 150 grams of fresh weed, 5 grams of cannabis concentrates, 450 grams of edibles, and 2250 grams of liquids. All of these measurements are in grams but the weed measurements are in ounces. 

The different weed measurements in the US

It’s confusing when measuring cannabis in the US as the country is still using imperial units while everyone else is using the metric system. Therefore, if you want cannabis measurements to, at least, make sense, you must learn how to convert units. 

You must first have a good baseline unit with the GRAM as the lowest amount of weed that you can purchase online. A gram is approximately the size of a grape. A gram is also enough to roll two joints with each one having 0.5 grams of weed. After this, understand some imperial to metric unit conversions. 

An ounce is 28 grams and is the highest amount that you can legally purchase. A quarter of a once is 7 grams. Keep these values in mind so you can get a good estimate of the amount in grams.

Common weed measurements usage

Aside from the metric system, some code words and words based on buying weed make up the most common terms in weed measurements. Learning these terms is important as you may encounter these in dispensaries, on the street, and even online.


A dime is a term that refers to $10 packs. This is a measurement that’s based on the amount of money you pay for weed. Take note that the amount of weed you get from a dime depends on where you’re located plus the quality of the products your supplier has.


Dub is another weed measurement that’s according to how much you pay. Dubs refer to $20 packs or bags. Reliable online cannabis dispensaries don’t use the dub and dime and will simply stick to using weight measurements whether imperial or in the metric system.


Eighth is short for an eighth of an ounce. This is about 3.5 grams. The eighth is a good amount of weed for first-time users and casual smokers; they can use this amount moderately for a week. The eighth is also just the right amount of weed if you’re trying out a new marijuana strain. Take note that experienced smokers will not be contented with an eighth and they may consume this small amount right away.


The quarter is short for a quarter of an ounce. This is about 7 grams and it is the amount that’s preferred by most cannabis users. A quarter of an ounce can last for a long time for an experienced user. With this measurement, you are saving for every gram of weed in bulk.

How much is a quarter of weed? A quarter would be as big as an apple. Veteran smokers may be familiar with the quarter as the nickel bag while half a nickel is about an eight. This may sound confusing and thank God it’s no longer used. It’s simply a term that was used way back in the 1970s and 1980s.                                                                                                                                                                                    


This refers to a half an ounce or around 14 grams. Half an ounce is for regular smokers who want to purchase weed occasionally. With a half, you can save per gram in bulk. You’ll get more from your money. Buying half an ounce is a good amount to start if you wish to stock up on weed for the weekend or enough weed to share with friends.


An ounce is around 28 grams and known as one of the most solid weed measurements in buying. Usually, you don’t need to buy more than 28 grams because buying more will only lead to a stale stash unless you want to use an ounce of weed right away.

An ounce is nearly the amount that you are allowed to carry or possess according to Canadian cannabis laws. But if you use cannabis as medicine or as a medical treatment, you are allowed to carry as much as 150 grams. 

An ounce of weed is also referred to as the Full O or the Z or simply zip. The term zip was from the time when an ounce of weed fits easily inside a Ziploc bag. Zip meant zipping or locking the bag. 

Weed Measurements for cannabis edibles

Cannabis edibles are also measured in ounces and other measurement terms but it’s more important to consider the percentage of THC in a regular edible. 

Cannabis edibles like the popular THC chocolate are mostly dosed by dividing a bar to several equal parts. Consumers merely had to cut and consume one or two parts depending on how much their dose is. To find out how much THC is in an edible, look for the amount usually written on the packaging.

Measuring weeds don’t have to be complicated. As long as you know how to identify the different terms and how to use these in common every day cannabis purchase or dosing, you’re ready to enjoy cannabis safely and effectively.

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