Do you tell your budtender to just give you $20, $50 or $100 dollars worth of weed without knowing how much actual medicine you’re getting for your money? It’s ok, you’re not alone, many people who are green to buying pot tend to do this. Have you ever felt embarrassed when your budtender asks if you want a dub or an eighth because you have no idea what they are talking about? Does the world stop making sense when your budtender tells you how much an ounce of your favorite strain costs? Weed measurements no longer need to be a mystery.
We’ve all been there, but this guide will help you understand the marijuana metric system and we’ll explain all the ganja jargon commonly used among cannabis users in the United States. We’ll break down some regional pot prices per size so you can make sure you’re not getting ripped off by your reefer retailer. We’ll also throw in cannabis concentrate conversions so you know roughly how much marijuana it takes to make butter for concentrates, edibles, oil and tinctures.
Marijuana Measurement Madness
Marijuana is a “gateway drug” that opens the minds of many North Americans who are used to measuring things with the United States’ Customary Units as opposed to the International System of Units better known as the Metric System. Indeed, one of the most confusing things about purchasing and consuming cannabis in the United States is that we use a combination of international metrics and US units to describe the quantities of cannabis we use in our everyday lives. Do you remember when Snoop Dogg rapped “So we gonna smoke an ounce to this” in his 1993 hit Gin and Juice? Do you remember when Ice Cube told us in 2000 “You can try to smoke an ounce to this” in You Can Do It. Wiz Khalifa has a mixtape titled 28 Grams which of course is equivalent to one ounce.
Ounces and pounds are examples of US Customary Units which we borrowed from the British before General Washington’s hemp-clad continental army won our nation’s independence from them. The gram, a measurement of mass from the International System of Units originally referred to the weight of a cubic centimeter of water. A gram is now more simply defined as one one-thousandth of a kilogram which is the current base unit of the international metric system. The general confusion and vague jargon that every single cannabis consumer has to comprehend in order to keep track of how much medicine they buy and use is the result of the discrepancies between international and United States scientific measurement systems.
Ganja Jargon for Measuring Weed
Your budtender will typically sell you “a dime,” “a dub,” “an eighth,” “a quarter,” “a half,” or a full “O” r “Z.” A dime bag or a dub sack of weed is stoner slang for $10 or $20 dollars worth of weed respectively. The amount of weed you’ll actually get in exchange for $10-$20 varies wildly depending upon which part of the world you’re buying your pot from. The terms “an eighth,” “a quarter,” and “a half” are slang for portions of an ounce of pot. An eighth therefore equals 3.5 grams, a quarter equals 7 grams and a half equals 14 grams of weed. “An O” or “a Z” are slang terms for a full ounce or 28 grams of marijuana. An ounce is also the most marijuana that a resident of Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, and Washington can legally possess in public.
Asking for a dime usually means you are asking for $10 worth of cannabis which is often half a gram (0.5g), which is typically just enough weed to roll into a decent sized joint. It is becoming increasingly rare to find so-called “dime-bag dealers” who will sell such a small amount of sinsemilla however.
Asking for a dub usually means you are asking for a full gram of cannabis. One gram’s worth of weed is what you’ll typically find in a single typical blunt, or cigar leaf joint. $20 dollars for a dub of weed is what you can expect to pay in major cities in the midwest such as Chicago all the way to cities on the east coast such as Boston. However, Harrison Tesoura Schultz co-founder of Occupy Weed Street has paid up to $50 for a single gram of pot from delivery services in New York City. Anything less than 1.5 grams for $20 was a rip off in Oregon prior to July 8, 2014 when recreational cannabis became available for sale. Now it’s common to get 3.5 grams or “an eighth” of high-quality cannabis for $20 in Oregon.
The cost of an ounce of weed will vary widely according to the quality and popularity of the strain of course. However regulating and taxing marijuana drives down the price of pot and helps cannabis consumers save lots of money. A high-quality ounce of weed typically costs between $200 and $245 where recreational reefer use is legal in California, Colorado, Oregon and Washington. An ounce of pot costs comparatively more in states where marijuana hasn’t been legalized yet. Cannabis costs close to $300 in Florida, nearly $340 in New York, and just over $350 in Illinois per ounce according to priceofweed.com.
The price for an ounce of pot is the basis of the prices for the other common portions of weed that are typically sold. $45 dollars for an eighth of an ounce is the best deal you’ll probably be able to find in New York City, also known as the marijuana arrest capital of the world where an ounce (eight times an eighth of weed) equals well over $300 for example. However, you can potentially purchase the same amount of high-quality cannabis for as little as $20 dollars in certain cities in Oregon for example.
Purchasing a small electronic scale is the best way to make sure that you’re not paying more than you should be for pot and also the most accurate way to measure your doses of medicinal marijuana. You can also get a sense of how much you can expect to pay for pot in your part of the world from priceofweed.com, a global database of crowd sourced cannabis prices. We highly recommend reporting any really good as well as any really bad deals you get on your medicine to priceofweed.com in order to continue to make the average prices of marijuana increasingly affordable for us all.
Cannabis Concentrate Measurements
It’s typical to produce about two to six grams of dabs, or butane hash oil such as ear wax from a full ounce, or 28 grams of ganja. Vaporizable cannabis concentrates can cost anywhere between $20 (if you’re lucky) up to $100 per gram.
An ounce of pot will also produce about three to four grams of the same cannabis oil that Rick Simpson used to save himself and thousands of other medicinal marijuana patients from terminal cancer. Colorado residents can buy Rick Simpson oil for $25 dollars a gram from legal dispensaries such as Caregivers for Life.
You can make way more cannabutter than you would ever want to eat in a single weed edible serving with an ounce of weed depending on how well you can make it. Most marijuana users make their own cannabutter, however you can buy a one and a half ounce jar of high-quality cannbutter from top THC chef Julie Dooley for $35-$30 dollars.
One eighth of an ounce of high-quality cannabis produces about 30-34 doses of marijuana tincture if you make it yourself and a small bottle of about 100 drops costs around $20 dollars.
Making the Marijuana Math Make Sense
Is the marijuana math adding up? You should be able to calculate that Snoop Dogg is smoking not quite three (2.89) ounces of cannabis a day since he says he smokes 81 blunts every day, given that 1 blunt equals about 1 gram and since there are 28 grams in one full ounce of marijuana. It is entirely possible that Snoop has smoked nearly an entire ton of cannabis over the course of his lifetime if we take his estimate as accurate.
The marijuana metric system is a confusing class of Standard International Units and US Customary units. However the main cannabis conversion that you need to remember is that a full ounce of weed equals 28 grams of marijuana. It’s pretty easy to decipher the ganja jargon to calculate that “a half” equals 14 grams, “a quarter” equals 7 grams, an eighth equals 3.5 and “a dub” will typically equal 1 full gram of marijuana. Once you know how to do the math, you can determine if making your own marijuana concentrates, oils, edibles and tinctures will help you save on cannabis costs based upon the price of weed in your area. Make sure to support legalization efforts on behalf of groups such as NORML and the Marijuana Policy Project if you want to help make marijuana increasingly more affordable for yourself and your community.