Weed Weights: Everything You Need To Know
How many joints can you get from a gram? What’s the local lingo? What’s the deal with metric vs. imperial? Read on as we break it down, just like that sweet bud you smoked last night.
Give me an eighth… give me an ounce… give me a clue! If you’re new to the cannabis game, understanding all the metrics and terminology can be confusing. Knowledge is power, and nobody wants to feel like a noob.
Luckily, we’ve got your back. This blog is all about giving you the information you need to navigate your weed needs with ease. Say that ten times fast after a few hits.
How Much Weed Do You Need?
First, let’s get one thing straight: joints vs. spliffs. In North America, a “joint” is a marijuana cigarette without any tobacco in it. A “spliff” is rolled with both tobacco and marijuana. In the UK and other places, it’s the reverse. Oh, Mary, Mary, quite contrary, how does your garden grow? Well, for our purposes, it grows with pure cannabis, baby!
When we mention joints, we mean weed, pure and simple. Keep this in mind, because if you’re rolling with tobacco, these numbers will not apply.
Now let’s get to it…
How Much Cannabis Do You Need To Roll A Joint?
Obviously, the size of a joint can vary depending on how fat you like to roll ’em. That said, there is some science behind what makes an “average” joint. According to drug policy researchers, an average joint is filled with 0.32 grams of cannabis.
That means one gram of weed shakes out to around three joints. Depending on THC content and your tolerance, three joints should get you high about six times. How many grams you’ll need depends on how frequently you smoke.
The more you smoke, the more it makes sense to get into larger quantities of measurement. Buying in bulk is usually cheaper, and cutting down on your cannabis costs only makes each toke more enjoyable. That said, make sure you’re aware of local laws before you stock up for the apocalypse.
Most of the world uses the metric system of measurement. The main exception is the US, which continues to use the imperial system.
Cannabis has its own thing going on. Weed weights are traditionally measured using a unique mixture of the metric and imperial systems—clearly the work of a well-intentioned stoner. Confused yet? Don’t be. Cannabis measurements may be particular, but they’re pretty easy to get the hang of.
A gram is more or less the base measurement for weed. Dealing in smaller quantities is pretty rare. Even pre-rolled joints sold by dispensaries tend to either be 0.5g or full-gram roll-ups.
But we didn’t come to play, so let’s get into those higher metrics. “Eighth”, “quarter”, “half”—these are all fractions of an ounce. If it’s not obvious already: grams hail from the metric system, and ounces from the imperial system. Since they don’t teach marijuana metrics in school, let us lay it out for you.
“eighth”, “quarter”, And “half”
An eighth is standard slang for ⅛ ounce or 3.54 grams of cannabis. In some places that are heavier on the metric system, it might be casually referred to as a “three-five”. An eighth will last a moderate smoker about a week and yield around 10–11 hand-rolled joints.
Likewise, a “quarter” or a “seven” is ¼ ounce or 7.08 grams of marijuana. A quarter is a solid, moderate amount to purchase at once and should shake out to 21–22 joints.
If you’re a heavier smoker, consider levelling up to a “half” or ½ ounce. That’s 14.17 grams and twice as many joints as a quarter.
Need even more? You might be ready for…
A “full O”
First, get your mind out of the gutter! We’re talking plants here! An “O” or a “full O” is casual slang for an ounce or 28.35 grams of weed. While we hope you’ll be able to drop these terms with the best of ’em, we also recommend just saying “ounce” for clarity.
If you’re a regular user, an ounce should last you two weeks to a month. If you’re stateside, it’s also the maximum personal amount you can carry in most legal jurisdictions.
A Cornucopia Of Cannabis
If you’re having trouble visualising how much weed we’re talking about, let us paint a picture using your favourite fruits. Be warned, we can’t promise that you won’t get the munchies as you go! Here’s a chart to remember the important stuff:
|1 gramme||un gramme c’est un gramme||raisin|
|3.54 grammes||⅛ once (un « huitième »)||kiwi|
|7,08 grammes||¼ once (un « quart »)||pomme|
|14,17 grammes||½ once (une « demie »)||pamplemousse|
|28,35 grammes||1 once (une « once » ou un « O »)||noix de coco|
A Glossary Of Ganja
We encourage you to stick with the basics, but here’s a little extra slang you might hear, just in case. Keep in mind this isn’t an exhaustive list!
- “Dime-bag” or “Dime”—American street slang for $10 worth of weed, usually around a gram
- “Dub-sack” or “Dub”—Similar to the above, but $20 worth
- “Blunt”—A large joint rolled with repurposed cigar paper
- “Dank”—High-quality cannabis with a potent scent and sought-after sticky quality
- “Nug”—A nugget of unground cannabis
- “Pinner”—A skinny joint containing about ¼ gram of weed
- “Roach”—The butt-end of a smoked joint
- “Teenth”—¹/₁₆ ounce or half of an eighth
Blending With The Locals
So, we’ve defined some lingo and talked about cannabis culture’s unique weighing system. Even though we love this hybrid measurement method, we still encourage you to have a “when in Rome” attitude.
If you’re headed to an Amsterdam coffeeshop, it makes sense to just talk in grams. Most of Europe is a metric system stronghold, so adapt accordingly for the smoothest experience. Conversely, if you’re headed to a US dispensary, eighths, quarters, and ounces are your friends.
All of this is great, but how can you be sure how much weed you’re actually looking at? Don’t worry, there’s a better way than grabbing the nearest grape.
We recommend getting a high-quality scale. It’s a great tool to have if you want to weigh out your homegrown stash. A good scale can also help you make sure you’re not getting ripped off. Zamnesia offers a wide variety of digital scales, selected for precision and ease of use.
You should also consider the best way to store your cannabis, especially if you’re purchasing larger amounts. Bone-dry weed will still get you high, but it makes for a harsher smoke. Luckily, there are some tricks you can use to keep it fresh and even revitalise a dried-out stash.
We hope this info empowers you to get the most out of your marijuana, wherever you find yourself. Now go forth and puff, puff, pass!
What are the most common measurements for weed? How many grams are in an eighth? check out our complete guide to weed weights, including some key slang terms.
How Much Weed Is in a Joint? Pot Experts Have a New Estimate
How much marijuana is in a typical joint? Believe it or not, the question has perplexed experts for years. A new study claims to have an accurate estimate based on federal arrest data, and it’s less than regular users think.
Arriving at a trustworthy estimate is important for many reasons, including informing policy makers, law enforcement officials, health care providers and researchers.
Casual and scientific analyses have yielded a wide range of guesses as to the average contents of a marijuana cigarette, whether purchased or prepared at home.
At least one study placed the typical weight at 0.66 grams. The federal government has said it is closer to 0.43 grams.
The estimates from pot smokers are, shall we say, higher: Roughly one in four people responding to an informal poll last year by High Times, the cannabis magazine, said a typical joint contained one gram of marijuana. But nearly as many said it contained half that amount. Perhaps it depends how you roll.
The actual average may be much less. The new study, an analysis of federal drug arrest data published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence, found the average amount of weed in a joint to be much smaller than those estimates: just 0.32 grams.
Such estimates about more than better understanding a high. Many users report marijuana consumption in terms of joints smoked, a statistic that is useless to researchers, authorities or policy makers without an accurate approximation of what that means.
“In order to get good projections, you need to be able to turn those answers — ‘I’ve had one joint in the last 30 days’ — into a quantity,” said Greg Ridgeway, a professor of criminology and statistics at the University of Pennsylvania who helped write the study with Beau Kilmer, a director of the RAND Drug Policy Research Center.
“These estimates can be incorporated into drug policy discussions,” the two researchers wrote, “to produce better understanding about illicit marijuana markets, the size of potential legalized marijuana markets, and health and behavior outcomes.”
Their estimate is based on marijuana purchase data collected from interviews with people who were arrested from 2000 to 2003 and from 2007 to 2010 under a Department of Justice program. While the answers came in many forms, Dr. Ridgeway and Dr. Kilmer focused on the more than 10,000 responses in which marijuana was measured in grams, ounces or joints.
The average price per gram, they found, was $6.81; the average joint was $3.50.
They couldn’t stop there. Although dividing the joint price by the gram price yields a rough estimate of a joint’s weight — about half a gram — it ignores how prices vary by location, time and quantity.
Those factors can significantly influence the estimates. Bulk discounts, in particular, modulate price. For example, the average price per gram jumps to $9.30 if the analysis is limited to purchases of five grams or less.
“When people buy an ounce of marijuana, they get a real volume discount,” Dr. Ridgeway said.
To account for those variations, the researchers applied a mathematical drug pricing model to the data, yielding their answer of 0.32 grams in the average joint.
Dr. Kilmer and Dr. Ridgeway acknowledge that their estimate is imperfect. It reflects just one population of marijuana consumer — people who have been arrested — and only in a smattering of counties across the United States.
But it is a convincing measurement nonetheless. Indeed, in 2015 a global drug survey conducted by academics found that most users get about three joints from a single gram of marijuana, or roughly 0.33 grams per joint.
Of course, weight is just a piece of the puzzle. Tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, the chemical that produces the main psychoactive effects of marijuana, matters. And, like weight, THC content fluctuates, too: In a 2014 report, the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy estimated that marijuana’s average THC content rose from roughly 5 percent in 2000 to 8 percent in 2010.
Data from drug-related arrests offered a new insight into a matter critical for marijuana research and drug policy.