When you go to a marijuana dispensary, ask yourself the bud attendant for a certain amount of cannabis or refer to the cannabis measurements provided? As a cannabis user, it’s important to understand the unique measurement system and slang commonly used in dispensaries.
You shouldn’t have to feel embarrassed about buying cannabis for the first time. You might not even understand when the budtender tells you how much it costs for an ounce of your favorite marijuana strain. And that’s okay. Not everyone will know how to buy weed right away, but you can let the bartender know you’re new to cannabis measurements. It may take you a while to learn, but always ask questions if you are unsure.
The heavy marijuana user
Understanding cannabis metrics can be a learning process. The metric system itself, although it has been around for a while, takes some getting used to. However, you can easily learn it and be ready to make a smart cannabis purchase in no time.
We hope you find this article useful and we’ll do our best to explain it in a simple format. You can also ask the budtender at your local cannabis dispensary for an explanation. You shouldn’t feel bad if you don’t get it the first time. It may take you some time to understand the jargon and the method of converting cannabis measurements. Before long, you could be talking like an avid user once you get the gist of it.
Various measurement systems for cannabis
Many people in the United States are used to measuring things using the imperial system (feet, inches, pounds, ounces, etc.), but not everyone understands cannabis measurements. Cannabis measurements use the metric system and imperial system. Having an idea of how the systems work will be helpful.
Measurements in pounds and ounces are part of the imperial system and are generally only available for purchase by licensed operators. Dispensaries that use the gram form of cannabis measurements are taken from the international system of units or the metric system. Most of the confusion stems from the shift from the general cannabis measures system to the international cannabis measures.
Common cannabis measurements that you will see at dispensaries use the metric system. Cannabis is measured in grams (metric system) but also in ounces (imperial system). This is why cannabis measurements can be confusing for new users. They are a mixture of different measurement systems.
To complicate matters, dispensaries round down when converting ounces to grams. For example, one ounce of cannabis technically equals 28.35 grams. At a dispensary, an ounce will be rounded up to 28 grams.
Cannabis Measurement Jargon
If you’re new to the world of cannabis, you may not know all the jargon used by avid users. For example, your budtender might refer to the herb as Mary Jane, bud, ganja, or chronicle, for example.
Other lingo you may not be familiar with yet are eighth, ounce, full O, penny, quarter, dub, and Z. Dime and Dub is another lingo for $10 or $20 cannabis. An eighth, half or quarter weighs between 3.5 grams and 14 grams. One ounce, Z or full O is twenty-eight grams.
While cannabis slang terms are usually used by black market dealers instead of budtenders at licensed dispensaries, you may also hear these terms used there. Here’s a quick primer on common slang terms for cannabis measurements:
- Dime Bag – A dime bag refers to a measure of grass that is $10. This is usually around 1 gram of cannabis.
- Dub sack – A dub sack, also known as 2 grams of cannabis, refers to $20 worth of marijuana.
- One Slice – A slice is a term used to describe one eighth of weed (3.5 grams).
- One zip – One zip refers to one ounce of weed (28 grams).
Cannabis purchase limits
The maximum amount medical or recreational users can purchase varies by state, product category, time period (daily, 14-day period, monthly, etc.), and even between medical and recreational programs. In fgeneral, medicinal users are able to buy larger amounts of weed at a time compared to recreational users.
It is important to note the difference between purchase limits and possession limits. Possession limits are the maximum amount of weed a user can own. In some cases, users may have more weed at home than outdoors.
Here are some cannabis purchase limits in major cannabis markets:
- Medical – 2.5 ounces every 14 days
- Recreational – 1 ounce of flower or 5 grams of concentrates every 14 days
- Medical – 8 ounces of cannabis per day
- Recreational – 1 ounce of cannabis and up to 8 grams of concentrate per day
- Medical – 2 ounces of cannabis flower daily or 40 grams of concentrate or 20,000 milligrams of edibles
- Recreational – 1 ounce of cannabis flower per day or 8 grams of concentrate or 800 milligrams of edibles
- Medical – 2.5 ounces of cannabis every two weeks
- Recreational – 1 ounce daily
Cannabis Metrics: Explained
What are the most common weed measures used in dispensaries?
Press? Here is a handy reference guide for common weed measurements:
- One eighth of an ounce – 3.5 grams
- Quarter ounce – 7 grams
- Half an ounce – 14 grams
- An ounce – 28 grams
A gram is the smallest amount you can buy at a dispensary. Grams is a good choice for users who want to try a different strain or those who are not regular users. This can be enough to fill a standard joint or two smaller joints, if you are the only one smoking. One gram is enough to fill between 2 and 3 standard pipe or bong bowls.
One-eighth refers to one-eighth of an ounce of weed, or 3.5 grams. One-eighth is the most popular amount of cannabis and one of the lowest amounts available at dispensaries. For most users, an eighth is enough to last you a good while (at least a week) before you need to restock.
If someone talks about a quarter weed, they are referring to a quarter ounce, also known as a quarter or quarter, weighing around 7 grams. A quarter is equal to two eighths of weeds. A quarter ounce is a perfect amount for a large gathering with friends.
A half is short for half an ounce of cannabis, or 14 grams. A half ounce, also called a half zip, is equal to two quarters or four eighths. Half an ounce and higher amounts of weed are generally a better deal than small amounts.
An ounce, also called a zip, refers to 28 grams of cannabis. Most of them legal states, one ounce is the most you can buy at one time. Buying one ounce of cannabis at a time, if possible, can give users the best value for money compared to buying smaller amounts.
Quarter Pounder, also known as QP, is not generally available to cannabis consumers, only to licensed operators (retailers, processors, etc.). A quarter pound equals four ounces or 112 grams of cannabis. In most states, possession of a quarter pound of cannabis is prohibited.
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A pound of weed is not available for purchase by cannabis consumers. Only producers and retailers can buy such quantities. One pound of weed contains 16 ounces of cannabis or 448 grams.
Measurements of cannabis edibles
Cannabis-infused edibles are measured in milligrams for the entire pack. Some edibles like mints and gummies may list the number of milligrams available per serving. Generally, edibles have a limit of 100 mg of THC.
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