| July 28, 2019 | Lifestyle
Cannabis is sold in preset denominations. You may have heard some of them before – gram, eighth, quarter. But a quarter of what? What do these numbers mean in practical terms? What does a gram, or a quarter, or an eighth, look like? Good questions.
When people talk about the quantity and price of a given amount of cannabis, the baseline denominator is an ounce. So when you see pricing for eighths and quarters, those are 1/8th’s or 1/4th’s of an ounce, respectively. Let’s put that into perspective.
Note: because cannabis buds are natural products that vary in density and composition, the appearance of a set weight may vary slightly from strain to strain, and even crop to crop. This isn’t meant to be a hard-and-fast rule, just a general guide for “eyeballing it.” Each bag, jar, or bottle will look slightly different, and that’s okay.
Table of contents
What is a Gram of Weed?
A gram is the smallest amount of cannabis that you can reasonably expect to purchase from a caregiver or dispensary. If you aren’t sure whether you’ll like a certain strain, a gram is a perfect amount to give it a test drive without overcommitting yourself.
For reference, a pre-roll from the dispensary typically weighs in around a gram, and hand-rolled joints will range from .25 gram pinnersto 1+ gram cones. Grams of cannabis flower will cost anywhere from $7-15, making them one of the least efficient quantities to purchase in from a cost-saving perspective. This is also true of organic hemp flower from Canna Comforts, which runs about $10 per gram for high-CBD, low-THC strains
A gram is a great amount for testing new flower by packing a one-hitter for just enough to get an idea of the flavors and effects of a particular strain or crop.
What is an Eighth of Weed? (3.5 Grams)
An eighth is 1/8th of an ounce and is equivalent to 3.5 grams. It’s the most common weight purchased by cannabis consumers due to its affordability and convenience.
Eighths are ideal for casual to moderate smokers. An eighth can be rolled into roughly 7 half-gram joints or 14 quarter-gram bowls. The price of an eighth of cannabis can vary greatly around the country, but they generally range from $25-$55 in Colorado/California to upwards of $60 on the East Coast (organic hemp flower runs around $30 per eighth). I’ve discovered you can even fit an eighth of rolled cannabis in a safety case.
What is a Quarter of Weed? (7 Grams)
A quarter – sometimes referred to as a quad – is 1/4th of an ounce and weighs in at 7 grams. Buying by the quarter is also very common as it allows heavier smokers to really get acquainted with a strain – an eighth can go quickly!
At the quarter ounce level, some minor price breaks can sometimes be seen (depending on the specific dispensary or caregiver) but don’t expect them. Depending on your area, a quarter ounce of cannabis can run anywhere between $50 to $100. A quarter of hemp flower will generally run around $55.
What is a Half Ounce? (14 Grams)
A half ounce equates to 14 grams of cannabis. Substantial price breaks, in terms of price per gram, typically begin at the half ounce quantity. For reference, many infused butter/oil recipes (for edibles) call for a half ounce of dried cannabis. You are absolutely free and able to cook with less, just be aware that, depending on your recipe, it may lower the potency of the finished edibles.
What is an Ounce of Cannabis? (28 Grams)
An ounce of cannabis (or an ounce of anything, for that matter) weighs 28 grams. Also known as a zip, buying by the ounce is the most cost-effective way to purchase legal cannabis. In fact, many dispensaries and caregivers offer ounce specials. If you are a daily cannabis or hemp flower consumer, ounces are the way to go.
Side by Side Weed Weight
Pro Tip: Grind Your Cannabis
For slower burning joints and bowls (aka getting more out of your herb of choice), it is imperative that you grind your cannabis into small, even bits. Doing this by hand can be a tedious task, so we recommend investing in a quality grinder that suits your needs and smoking style.
There are a variety of grinders designed to do this – do you know which grinder is best for you?
Bonus: Try High CBD Strains
Bonus: Try High CBD Strains
Did you know that you can purchase CBD legally online now? While there are abundant types of CBD concentrates and isolates, Canna Comforts offers organic, non-GMO hemp flower strains and CBD concentrates (read our review OR just buy it) that look, smell, feel, and smoke just like their high-THC muses, without the high associated with cannabis (Lifter CBD Hemp Flower from Canna Comforts shown below).
Canna Comforts‘ top-shelf hemp flower offers a complete cannabinoid profile in a federally legal form that offers a familiar experience for seasoned cannabis consumers looking to up their CBD intake. We especially like Lifter and Special Sauce (especially topped with a little Elektra kief!), but their rich variety of strains ensures that there’s a flower for every need.
Start with a gram or eighth to try a new strain – It might cost more per gram, but you won’t be stuck with a bunch of a strain that doesn’t work for you!
Price breaks generally start at the half ounce, the weight required for most infused butter/oil recipes (making that batch of brownies you’ve been contemplating a bit more economical).
Buying by the ounce is the most cost-effective, especially if you’re a daily cannabis or hemp flower consumer.
Frequently Asked Questions on How Much Weed Weighs
We realize you may still have some unanswered questions, so we put together this FAQ section so you can quickly reference the answers.
Quick Weed Weight Guide:
|Weed Measurement||Weight In Grams|
|1 eighth of weed||3.543 grams|
|1 quarter ounce weed||7.087 grams|
|1 half ounce weed||14.175 grams|
|3/4 ounce weed||21.262 grams|
|1 ounce weed||28.345 grams|
|1 pound weed||16 ounces (453.592 grams)|
How many grams are in a quarter pound?
A quarter pound of weed weighs 113 grams, or approximately 4 ounces. If you’re wondering how much a quarter pound of weed costs, I’d suggest checking out our article that specifically address how much weed costs.
How many grams are in a quarter ounce?
There are a total of 7 grams in a quarter ounce of cannabis. For more on how much a quarter ounce of weed costs, check out this article on weed prices.
How many grams in an ounce of weed?
There are 28 grams in an ounce of weed. If you’re curious how much an ounce of high quality bud costs, you can find the answer here.
How much is an eighth of weed?
There are 3.5 grams in an eighth of weed. To find out how much an eighth of cannabis flowers will cost you, check out our article on weed prices.
What does an eighth of weed look like?
Great question! Scroll up a ways and you’ll see a photo we took of an eighth of weed so you can see what it looks like. We’ve also photographed some other common amounts of weed for comparison.
How many eighths are in an ounce?
There are eight (8) eighths in an ounce of weed—hence the name!
How much is a half oz of cannabis??
A half ounce (oz for short) of weed weighs in at 14 grams. If you want to know how much a half oz of cannabis costs, we’ve written an article on weed prices that you’ll find helpful.
How much is a zip of weed?
A zip is the colloquial term for an ounce of weed which weighs in at 28 grams. It is called a “zip” because the volume of cannabis generally fills a standard zip lock bag.