Since marijuana legalization, some crazy things have been happening.  You can see lots of folks rushing to dispensaries with bright eyes to buy a variety of items not clearly knowing how to use them. What about you, are you a novice in buying marijuana? You don’t know how much weed is in a pre-roll, don’t you? We’ve got you covered. Read about how to measure weed and you’ll be able to buy pot like an expert. It’s time you became a well-informed consumer.         


Cones of cannabis flowers on the scales. Measuring of Buds of medical marijuana. Weighing marijuana for sale.
Cannabis buds on scales

With the evolving attitude, dispensaries are growing out of nowhere like mushrooms, selling a vast assortment of cannabis and pot-related items. Simply put, you can now easily enter any local dispensary and buy cannabis never before seen in circles of black-market commerce. But do you know how much you actually need? Typically, one single gram might be enough for a few joints (of course, it depends on how you roll) or one or two moderate blunts. Hey, do you think that can buy one single gram and that’s it? Not always. Let’s check it out.

If you make an informed decision, it’s less annoying than when you try to guess about things, right? That’s why it’s important to understand the different measurements of how weed is sold.


When it comes to cannabis buying, you can hear people saying grams, ounces, halves, and eighths. What do you need? Here are the explanations. 

A gram

A gram of cannabis
One gram of cannabis

Thisis a main unit of measurement when it comes to buying marijuana. It’s a well-known fact that it consists of 1,000 milligrams. But bear in mind that while there are nugs that are loose and fluffy, others can be compact and dense. Hence, two totally different size nugs can, in reality, have the same weight. By the way, one cannabis seed is regarded as a legal equivalent of one gram of dried cannabis.

So, you need to properly understand this. Do you know how to visibly determine this? Here’s how: It should look like enough weed to roll a joint that you can share with a friend or two. Of course, it’s rather abstract, but still, you can get a general understanding.

Here’s a useful tip for you: If you’re about to test out a new strain or it’s your first time smoking cannabis, a gram makes a good starting point. Indeed, the bigger part of pre-rolls sold in dispensaries weigh one gram. Besides, if you are a new consumer, you can find lots of freebies of the other strains with your purchase that weighs one gram as well.

An Eighth

An Eighth of weed refers to an eighth of an ounce. Actually, it’s 3.5 grams. Typically, it’s enough for a few sessions, so it’s the number of weed people who consume cannabis moderately.

A Quarter

A Quarter is regarded as the second most commonly used measurement for weed buying. When it comes to its exact number, there are only 7 grams in a quarter.

A Half

A high grade hydrophonic Cannabis (Marijuana) bud resting on a pile of various USA coins - pennies, quarters, dimes, nickels. White background.

A Half is 14 grams. Note that it’s the biggest quantity of cannabis you’ll see for sale before an ounce.

It is interesting to add, that typically, the dealer number of one half in terms of cannabis is 14 grams whilst the real number is a bit bigger, it’s 14.1747 grams. Depending on the dispensary and bud grade you desire, a half will cost somewhere between $90 and $200.

An Ounce

Cannabis ounce
Here is what a cannabis ounce looks like

An Ounce consists of 28.3495 grams or 4 quarters. Many casual weed smokers prefer to get an ounce of bud, so they do not need to attend their local dispensary so often. Here’s a little secret for you: buying in bulk provides tangible cost savings. You can find an ounce of feed priced at somewhere around $150 to $300+ depending on the quality and the vendor.

A Pound

Cannabis pound in a pack
Cannabis pound in a pack

A Pound is a huge amount of marijuana (that’s roughly 453.6 grams), and not one that you can legally get on the recreational market. In most cases, a pound of cannabis is used in a medical segment.

Just for the record, a long time ago, you could buy a half-gram of cannabis for $10 and it was commonly named as a simple ‘dime bag.’  But things have changed dramatically and now, a dime bag is not the half, it has been altered in a full gram. Regarding the price, it has also changed. Depending on the cannabis item and the store, you will need to pay up to $8-$20 for a full gram. Needless to note, there’s a visible difference in price per gram between the purchases of commercial (average $8.20/g) and designer (average $18.02/g) marijuana.

With that in mind, you can now buy the exact amount of pot you need. But wait for a little. If you are thinking that if you buy one gram of any cannabis, you may count on similar results, surprise! You are wrong.


Naturally, most strains contain anywhere between 5-25 percent THC. And it’s obvious that the lower the number, the less stoned effect you may count on. Moreover, one single strain can have varying effects on different people. Individuals who consume marijuana on a daily basis and have more than one joint per day , are at the greatest risk of problems with brain and anxiety. Besides, cannabis simply can bring different changes depending on the individual. For somebody, one dose is enough whilst others would need more to feel the effects. Still, there’s a common number. Generally, the cannabis smoking effect can last for up to 2 hours.

And one more important thing to ask yourself, do you know how much weed it is possible to legally buy? As it was already said, you cannot legally buy a pound of pot. But still, how much can you legally buy at once? The answer is as follows: An ounce is the biggest amount of weed you can get at a dispensary.


Now that you have a basic understanding of the various metrics that go into weed measurements, you can buy dry buds from your local cannabis dispensary like a pro. So, if you can’t escape a craving for cannabis, opt to find a good local one, and select a strain that best suits your taste.


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