Getting to know weed measurements

Published Jan 29, 2019 02:00 p.m. ET

How much weed is in that bag?

  Getting to know marijuana’s measuring lingo can be confusing. The terms used in street lingo and the pharmaceutical term do intersect when addressing how much weed you are purchasing. Knowing how to ask for the product you are purchasing is a good idea. Knowledge makes you a much smarter consumer.

When learning about weed measurements, there are two styles used for the descriptions. The street terms and the pharmaceutical metric measuring term, here they are.

Street measurements terms are grams and ounces, kilos and pounds. The average weed smoker will never purchase pounds and kilos, butyou never know, so the info is provided. Let’s make a comparison of the measurement terms on both sides.

Marijuana measurements

Frequently asked questions:

How much is a gram of weed?

1g = 1000 mg or about one big bud, densely packed or spread out, about enough for 1 big joint or 2 average sized joints.

How many grams in an ounce?

There’s 28 grams in an ounce.

How much is a zip of weed?

A zip is equal to an ounce or 28 grams of cannabis.


How much weed should I buy?

When there are no scales close by, an effective way of measuring weed is to use the finger method. Some may call it the baggie measuring method. It works when a scale is not available. Hold the baggie and lay you pointer finger horizontally along the bottom of the bag. However high up the bag, your finger reaches will represent 1/8 of an ounce. Two fingers up the bag represent a quarter ounce, and our fingers is a ½ ounce.  

To be able to figure out how much weed you will need to ask for when purchasing, a good rule of thumb is that most people will usually roll a joint containing 1 gram. Most of the pre-rolled joints that you can purchase at dispensaries are usually 1 gram in weight.

Depending on the type of weed you purchase visually they could look different. Sativa weed is fluffy and lighter than Indica. This makes Indica buds look like you receive less due to the bud’s compact form. Looks can be deceiving so they say, and it is true in this instance.

When purchasing weed weight is not the only measurement you need to concern yourself with. THC is another measurement you need to be aware of. THC levels are based on the amount of THC in comparison to the whole plant material. The typical THC level or measurement per plant is 15% to 30%.

When you are purchasing concentrates like oil, tinctures, waxes and shatter the measurements may be different from when you are purchasing weed. Here you may use terms like ounces and grams, but also the percentage to milligrams comparison will be used.

When purchasing your weed from dispensaries,read the manufacturers labels. All your measurements and weights should be clearly posted.

Take time to read what it is you are purchasing, be informed know how much and what your purchase should look like. Remember weight and price go hand in hand.

Now that you are an informed consumer roll up that gram and a half joint and enjoy yourself, you deserve it.



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