A guide to weed weights
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- Breakdown of weed measurements
- How to make sure you’re getting what you pay for
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Gram. Eighth. Quarter. Half. Ounce.
If you’re not familiar with how cannabis is weighed, measured, and sold, all of those terms can feel like a huge question mark. It’s clear they’re units of measurement for weed — but what exactly do they all mean?
Breakdown of weed measurements
Let’s start with the smallest unit of measurement and work our way up.
A gram is defined as “metric unit of mass equal to one-thousandth of a kilogram.” A gram is a small unit of measurement, which makes it a solid choice for cannabis consumers who don’t want to purchase weed in small amounts. For example, if they’re looking to try a new strain or don’t consume cannabis frequently.
The rest of the units of measurement for cannabis have to do with ounces — either in full or a fraction.
An eighth is an eighth of an ounce — or 3 .5 grams of weed. The eighth is one of the most popular, if not the most popular, weight to sell cannabis. For many people, an eighth of weed is the perfect amount; it’s enough to feel like you have plenty of weed at your disposal, but not so much that you feel like you have too much weed and not enough time to consume it.
The eighth, 3 .5 grams of weed, is one of the most popular, if not the most popular, weight to sell cannabis. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
The next unit of measurement is a quarter. A quarter refers to a quarter of an ounce, and it weighs approximately 7 grams. Technically, a quarter weighs 7.0874 grams, but the industry standard is to round down to the nearest gram.
A quarter refers to a quarter of an ounce, and it weighs approximately 7 grams. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
A half is a half-ounce of weed, which weighs 14 grams.
And a full ounce? An ounce weighs 28 grams.
When you’re purchasing weed in a dispensary, typically, the highest volume you can buy at any one time caps out at an ounce. But people who work within the cannabis industry, such as buyers and dispensary owners, can buy in larger quantities — including pounds and kilograms. One pound is made up of 16 ounces — which weighs in at a truly impressive 448 grams.
Here’s a quick reference chart of how weed is measured — and how much each measurement weighs in grams:
- 1 eighth = ⅛-ounce = 3.5 grams
- 1 quarter = ¼-ounce = 7 grams
- 1 half = ½-ounce = 14 grams
- 1 ounce = 28 grams
- 1 pound = 16 ounces = 448 grams
How to make sure you’re getting what you pay for
When you purchase weed at the dispensary — whether you’re getting a single gram to test out a new grower or investing in a full ounce of your go-to strain — you want to make sure you’re getting what you paid for. And the only way to know for sure that your cannabis is the proper weight is to weigh it.
Your budtender should weigh out your cannabis in clear view; this way, you can see exactly how many grams are being weighed out. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
Your budtender should weigh out your cannabis in clear view; this way, you can see exactly how many grams are being weighed out — and how that corresponds to how much you asked for. If you get to the dispensary and can’t remember the gram conversions, just ask your budtender; he or she will be able to tell you how many grams are in an eighth, quarter, half, or ounce — and then can weigh out your weed to show you that the cannabis you’re taking home is the accurate weight.
In some states with adult-use cannabis laws, flower is required to come pre-packaged and was measured prior to arriving to the dispensary. If you still want to ensure that its the weight indicated on the packaged, you can weigh the flower with a scale at home.
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Make cannabis buds harder and more dense with one simple operation
A week or six ago, we asked Doc Green, to test a technique on one of his cannabis plants that would make the buds thicker, more compact and heavier. Although at first it sounded incredible, the simple intervention did really produce spectacular results.
It seemed too good to be true, with a single action making it possible to harvest more weed. That is why we asked Dr. Green to test the technique. He applied the trick to one of his Night Queens and was positively surprised by the extreme amount of trichomes that the plant subsequently produced.
In the case of Dr. Green, the buds did not grow significantly thicker, but they did produce more resin. The buds on the plant in question are also considerably more dense than those of the other plants. Below you see on the left a bud that is not treated, and on the right one of the buds on which Dr. Green did apply the technique, the difference can be clearly seen. The bud on the right seems more white and the leaves also contain much more trichomes in the treated plant.
The technique with which Dr. Green experimented is called Bud Swelling, it’s surprisingly simple and goes as follows: Once the cannabis plants get their first real bud around the third week of the flowering phase , you start with it. Don’t be scared but you should remove the upper part of the bud. It may seem scary, but in the end you just cut away a very small piece, about 3 millimetres. Below you can see how Dr. Green did it.
Next, according to this movie it is the intention that you repeat this every 10 to 14 days. You probably can also use one treatment because according to other manuals one treatment is sufficient. Doctor Green is enthusiastic and will apply it more often.
Bud Swelling in the picture
Below you can see three videos in which the technique is used. In the first video the technique is demonstrated and in the other two you see the surprising result. The treated buds have clearly become much thicker by cutting the buds. As you can see, it does not only work for indoor cannabis plants, but also for outdoor cannabis. Take advantage of it!
Make cannabis buds harder and more dense with one simple operation A week or six ago, we asked Doc Green, to test a technique on one of his cannabis plants that would make the buds thicker, more