How to weigh your weed

Published Jan 29, 2019 02:41 p.m. ET

One of the first things you need to know about weighing weed is that it’s almost always measured and sold by the gram, ounce, eighth, quarter, or pound. You may be wondering things like, how many grams in an ounce or how to weigh without a scale (you can’t). If you are unfamiliar with these terms, then to begin with, you need to know what these various measurements mean. Below you will find a list of what each word means alongside the average price you should expect to pay for each one in Canada.

One Gram - So what does a gram of weed look like? 1 gram is usually the smallest amount of weed you can purchase at a time. 1 gram is the equivalent of 3 smaller joints or 2 larger ones. It isn’t much and likely won’t go far. 1 gram sells for $6-$12 per gram on average.

1 Eighth- 1 eighth contains 3.5 grams and comes with an average price of $20-$35 per eighth.

1 Quarter- 1 quarter contains 7 grams or 2 eighths. A quarter ranges from $40-$75 depending on quality and source.

1 Ounce- One ounce contains four quarters, eight eighths, or 32 grams. The average price of an ounce is $100-$300.

1 Pound- There are 16 ounces in a pound. It can be broken down further with 128 eighths or 444 grams.

Best scales for cannabis

Now that you have familiarized yourself with the measurements, you need to know how to weight it, and what kind of scale you should use. It is always recommended to go with the most accurate scale that measures down to at least 0.01 grams. Otherwise, your scale can be off by almost a gram which is a big deal when working with smaller amounts. The highest the scale should go will depend on personal preference and need. So, if you are going to be handling more substantial amounts, you may want to go with a higher-grade kitchen scale that will measure up to 20 pounds, but for the average person, a scale that will go up to 1 ounce is plenty. The more the scale needs to weigh, the larger it will be so if you don't have a lot of room to store it out in the open then that’s another thing to consider. Digital scales will always be more precise and most user-friendly. When purchasing scales, the prices can range anywhere from $10- $500 CAD so shop around. If you decide to buy online than make sure you use the search terms kitchen scale as most online stores like Amazon still have strict rules surrounding the terminology, they can use in their listings. Still not sure where to start? Below we have compiled a list of the three highest rated scales in Canada. one for each range of measurements that could be required.

Scales according to need

Pocket Scale


If you only need to measure a small amount, like a gram or an ounce, then this pocket scale just might be for you. This scale comes highest rated with a 9.2 average user approval rating according to Canada Best Reviews Guide and is incredibly affordable at $16.49 CAD. With a digital backlit display, easy calibration, and the ability to read from 0.01g to 100g. For this one there is no need for access to electricity so it’s perfect for on the road since it runs off 3AAA batteries that will last for weeks at a time. You can buy it here on Amazon.

Weigh Per Gram

Mid-Range Pocket Scale- 0.01g-600g

This scale comes with an average rating of 9.2 Canada’s Best Review Guide. With a slightly higher range than the first. With the ability to weight over a pound, this one offers more to those buying bulk amounts. At a price of $16.50, this one will be the biggest bang for your buck. With all the great features still light a lit digital display, it has the added bonus of a cover to keep it clean and protected. Backed by a ten-year warranty, for $16.40, there no way you could be disappointed.

Large Scale

Ohaus CS Compact Scale- 1g-2000g

While this one lacks the ability to measure accurately under a gram, it is a better choice for anyone needing to weigh up to 4 pounds of weed. It is small enough that you can still stash it away, but this one will never fit in your pocket. Ohaus CS compact scale costs $160 from ULINE and has features such as a high contrast LCD display, auto shut-off, and battery indicator, and is powered by either 3 AA batteries or an AC adapter with are both included in the price.


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