Overview of Weed Measurements
(Note: The measurements that follow typically only refer to cannabis flower, or buds. Things such as concentrates have their own measurements, which we’ll delve into later in the article.)
As mentioned above, a measured-out amount of marijuana is usually referred to in one of two terms: the cash value of the marijuana being sold, or the total weight of the marijuana being purchased. Typically marijuana is measured out by it’s weight, using the metric system, and sold by the gram; one gram of weed is likely to be the smallest amount of cannabis flower you’ll be able to purchase anywhere. Even then the precise weight can vary slightly (particularly if purchasing from… “non-licensed suppliers”), but typically you know how much you’re getting when you purchase weed by the ounce/gram.
Remembering the most common weed measurements is fairly easy, so long as you can keep in mind that 1 ounce equals 28 grams – From there remembering that an eighth is 3.5 grams and a quarter ounce is 14 grams is just a matter of some quick math. Thankfully with most modern dispensary locations your budtender should be weighing your weed out directly in front of you and on a very visible scale, meaning there should be little doubt as to exactly how many grams you’re getting in your purchase.
Referring to marijuana in the “cash value” sense is somewhat antiquated but still in use, common both in areas where cannabis is still illegal and just by those already used to the slang. These types of measurements usually only refer to a very small amount of marijuana, and weight content can vary depending on the product being bought. We’ll start with these cash-based measurements first, then move into terms for measurements based on how many grams of an ounce are being sold (the eighth, the quarter, the half ounce, the ounce, and the fabled quarter pound).