For those looking to start medicinal and or recreational marijuana use, one of the first things to know is how much to buy. Marijuana is a very light substance that is typically sold by the gram or ounce to recreational consumers. Since marijuana is so light, an ounce of weed is actually a sizable amount and is the most common unit of weight that weed is thus broken down into grams from. From the 28 grams of weed in an ounce, it is then divided down into halves, quarter ounces, 1/8 ounces and then individual grams that dispensaries sell. We break down each popular size of cannabis sold with pictures to help people understand these sizes. It's more typical for a beginner to start off buying a gram of cannabis before they move onto an oz of weed.
A gram of weed is good enough to last any beginner a few sessions with a glass pipe or one with a blunt. Regular cannabis smokers will typically smoke a blunt or joint with 1 gram of weed inside. The price for a gram of weed depends of course on the quality and location of purchase. High-grade cannabis where its legal like in Washington can cost as much as $25. If your not too worry about the highest quality and can settle for some cheap cannabis, there are grams of weed for only $5.00 in California and Colorado. This cheap cannabis in legal states is typically grown outside and has less THC content than indoor grown weed. In illegal states, you can expect high prices for low-quality cannabis and extremely high prices for good weed.
For people that are beginner consumers of marijuana, it’s helpful to know what slang terms refer to what quantities of weed you may be buying. The term “Dub Sack” refers to the usual $20 one would spend and usually comes out to about 2 grams. Dime bags and nickel bags also use this same concept in that Dime bags are worth $10 and nickels worth $5. Those dollar amounts will purchase you roughly 1 gram and a Half gram. Or a “0.5” as it would appear on the scale. The dub sack is almost non-exist in California now where it used to be very popular. I can now buy from my street connect an eighth of weed for $20 and the quality is comparable to cannabis in the clubs that cost $55.00. The prices in legal states have adjusted based on the market having more cannabis growers and smokers now. We explain what an 8th of weed is next with pictures and video for reference.
The most common amount of weed casual smokers purchase is typically an 8th which is 3.5 grams. This amount is a good quantity to start with if you plan on making your weed last and smoking socially. In regions like the Bay Area in California, weed prices from the street can run anywhere from $25 to $35 an 8th. Below is a picture with a lighter next to an eighth of weed for scale. This can be helpful when purchasing cannabis without a scale, it helps eyeball it more accurately.
Licensed dispensaries that provide some of the best weed in the world can go for as high as $65 an 8th. When getting into smoking marijuana it becomes crucial to be able to determine the quality of the weed you smoke so as to feel confident in how much you pay for it. You’d never want to pay upwards of $50 an 8th for weed you can get for $25/8th.
For more frequent smokers that roll up several times a day, a common quantity is usually a quarter to half ounce. In this day and age it isn't really cost efficient or worth your time to purchase a single gram unless it happens to be a high-quality strain that you may just want to be testing out. 7 grams worth of weed is a good amount to really get to know the weed you're smoking as it’ll yield several decent-sized joints or blunts for the consumer to familiar with.
Half ounces are one of my personal favorite amounts of weed to buy because it makes me feel as if I have a lot, but not enough to get tired of smoking the same strain day after day. Depending on the grade of weed, a half-ounce, or 14 grams can run you anywhere from $80 all the way up to around $200 if you get it from a trusted dispensary. Half ounces are great quantities to take on weekend trips with a significant other or a couple of friends. If smoking with wraps, 14oz can yield you anywhere from 8-14 decent sized to small-sized joints or blunts.
More commonly referred to as a “Zip” in some regions, which is slang for the zip-lock sandwich bags ounces of weed are typically sold and stored in. An ounce of weed is a total of 28 grams and the prices of which can vary drastically depending on the quality. Decent to mid-high level quality marijuana from street growers and distributors can usually range from about $150-$200 an ounce depending on the harvest times. When getting high grade top-shelf quality marijuana from reputable dispensaries, prices can vary anywhere from around $250 to near or more than $500. A 1 ounce of weed can roll 28 joints each one gram.
Vaping cannabis or using a glass pipe is the most effective methods at stretching cannabis. Smoking bong hits and backwoods can make even 1 ounce of weed go fast.
Now that you've learned how many grams are in an ounce of weed, the next step might be buying a Quater pound for additional savings. Buying in bulk with cannabis will unlock wholesale prices which are much lower than retail. A quarter-pound of weed in grams is 112. That's a total of 4 ounces which makes a quarter-pound of weed.
The market varies with supply and demand, and as well as the quality. It is helpful to shop around first when considering buying an ounce to in a way, “price match” and see who has the best bang for your buck. All too often weed smokers are plagued with making a decision to invest in a certain grade of weed for a certain amount, and then find out they could've gotten better quality marijuana for the same price if not lower, somewhere else. Don't be that person. Treat it like buying a car. Ask around, ask questions and make sure the price and quality is something that feels right for you. Otherwise: don't buy it!