Marijuana Sizes and Prices
Do you know enough about marijuana prices and the amount you can buy at one time? This is your guide to making good purchases when you visit your marijuana dispensary.
When you walk into a dispensary, do you ask for $20, $40, or $100 dollars worth of marijuana? Are you supposed to ask for marijuana by weight? How do you know if you are getting your money’s worth?
Most marijuana dispensaries use a standardized measuring system to weigh out the marijuana you purchase. Today, you’ll learn the increments in which marijuana is sold, what marijuana prices you should expect to pay, and other factors that can affect your final marijuana purchase price.
Marijuana Flower Amounts
Marijuana purchasing amounts have been largely standardized in dispensaries. When purchasing marijuana flower from a dispensary, it will typically be sold in either fractions of an ounce or in grams.
- 1G = 1 gram
- ⅛ ounce = 3.5 grams
- ¼ ounce = 7 grams
- ½ ounce = 14 grams
- 1 ounce = 28 grams
In some instances, a dispensary may round an “eighth” up to 4 grams or promote a 5 gram eighth on certain days to drive traffic to their shop.
How Much Marijuana Should I Buy?
In most legal states, you can purchase and carry up to one ounce of marijuana flower at a time.
Many new users are curious how much marijuana flower they will need each day. This will depend entirely on how much and how often you will want to smoke. Do you just need it a once or twice a day? Or will you be smoking often throughout the day? The answer to this question often comes as you build experience with the plant.
Depending on the experience of a user, a gram can last anywhere from a single session to a day or more. Start off small – you can always visit the shop again.
*Remember, you can’t bring marijuana over state lines, so if you are traveling, only buy what you know you will need during your trip.
Currently (January 2018), you will find cannabis for sale at the following prices. These prices will vary depending on your location, the individual dispensary, the quality of the cannabis, and the taxes that need to be paid. Most often, the more you buy, the less you will pay per gram in total.
Typical marijuana prices:
- One Gram : $7-$20
- Eighth : $30-$60
- Quarter : $50-$120
- Half Ounce : $100-$225
- Ounce : $170-$375
What Affects Marijuana Pricing:
When shopping for marijuana flower, there are a number of factors that may affect pricing to keep in mind.
Potency : One of the main influences on marijuana prices you pay is how potent the marijuana is. As a general rule, the higher a percentage of cannabinoids like THC and CBD in a sample of marijuana flower, the more expensive it will be. Potency can be linked to a strain’s genetics, and some marijuana strains are naturally more potent than others. It can also be linked to how well a strain is grown. Many dispensaries can provide you with independent lab testing results showing potency for individual strains they are selling.
Freshness : Another factor affecting marijuana prices will be its freshness. Older, drier marijuana will lose some of its fragrance, flavor, and even potency as terpenes and cannabinoids begin to break down from exposure to the environment around it. THC, the psychoactive compound in marijuana, degrades to CBN through decarboxylation, making it less potent. You can often determine freshness by smelling and visually inspecting marijuana flower. Fresh, carefully stored marijuana should be fragrant and smell fresh.
Quality of buds : Finally, the overall quality of the marijuana buds themselves can affect how much you pay. If a strain is mostly larger, thumb sized buds, it can command a higher price. Popcorn buds or smaller will often see a reduction in price. How well a strain is trimmed can also affect price since excessively leafy buds can negatively affect the smoke.
Often, dispensaries will categorize their offerings by “shelf”, taking the above factors into consideration. Top shelf signifies a premium product which will command a higher price, while bottom shelf denotes a lower quality product which will be offered at a discount price.
State and local marijuana taxes will also affect the final price of marijuana flower in a legal dispensary.
Recreational marijuana states have added specialized marijuana taxes to all purchases.
- California: 15% sales tax, $2.75–$9.25 cultivation tax per ounce.
- Oregon: 17% sales tax
- Washington: 37% sales tax
- Nevada: 15% sales tax
- Colorado: 15% excise tax, 10% sales tax
- Alaska: $50/ounce
- Maine: 10% sales tax
- Massachusetts: 3.75% sales tax
These taxes may exist along with standard retail sales tax, excise taxes, and any local taxes that are added, which can significantly drive up final costs to users. According to the Tax Foundation , consumers in Colorado may face up to 5 taxes:
- 15 percent excise tax
- 10 percent state tax on retail marijuana sales (falling to 8 percent as of July 1, 2018)
- 2.9 percent state sales tax
- local sales taxes (the average rate in Colorado is 4.6 percent)
- local excise taxes on marijuana, such as the 3.5 percent tax in Denver
Some states also levy a tax on medical marijuana. California has added a 15% sales tax on all cannabis sales, including medical marijuana. Similarly, the following states have added taxes to medical marijuana.
- Arizona : 6.6% medical marijuana sales tax
- Colorado : 2.9% generic sales tax
- Hawaii : 4.5% generic excise tax on Oahu; 4% generic excise tax everywhere else
- Illinois : 1% sales tax under the state’s pharmaceutical rate; 7% privilege tax paid by sellers and growers
- Maine : 5.5% medical marijuana sales tax
- Nevada : 2% medical marijuana excise tax
- New Jersey : 7% generic sales tax
- New York : 7% medical marijuana excise tax
- Pennsylvania : 5% medical marijuana excise tax
- Rhode Island : 7% generic sales tax; 4% medical marijuana surcharge paid by the seller
- Washington, D.C. : 5.75% generic sales tax
Getting Started with Marijuana
You can find all the information you need about marijuana, including how to get a medical marijuana card, how to grow your own cannabis at home, and which strains are the most popular on our Cannabis 101 page .
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How much is an eighth?
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How many grams are in an eighth? And other cannabis conversions.
So, you’re ready to purchase your marijuana. You’ve selected your flower and the budtender asks, “How much you would like, an eighth, maybe a quarter?”
If you’re not already familiar with cannabis weights, you might be wondering “how much is an eighth? Is that too much? Can I just buy one gram? How much is a gram?”
Marijuana dispensaries and delivery services weigh cannabis products such as flower and concentrates in grams. Concentrates can be purchased in half-grams and full grams, while cannabis flower is measured in grams.
What is a gram, and how much is it exactly?
One gram, sometimes called a dime-bag or dub, is the perfect amount for cannabis consumers who prefer to smoke out of a handpiece, bong, or joint.
One gram is the perfect amount for cannabis consumers who prefer to smoke out of a handpiece, bong, or joint. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
How much is an eighth in comparison to a gram?
When purchasing cannabis from a dispensary, an eighth is the most common form of marijuana measurement. But how much is an eighth? In the cannabis marketplace, an eighth is 3.5 grams.
In the cannabis marketplace, an eighth is 3.5 grams. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
The term eighth refers to the fact that it is an eighth of an ounce, but those savvy with measurements know one-eighth of an ounce is actually 3.543603875 grams. Yes, the industry rounds down.
With an eighth of weed, you’ll be able to roll two to three blunts or a handful of joints. Eighths are also known as a half-quarter or a slice.
A quarter of weed clocks in at 7 grams. A quarter-ounce of marijuana is enough for five to seven blunts and an arsenal of joints.
A quarter of weed clocks in at 7 grams. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
A half-ounce is 14 grams. This quantity is also referred to as a half or half “O.” With a half-ounce, you can roll between 7 and 14 blunts.
A half-ounce of weed is 14 grams. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
How many grams are in an ounce?
An ounce weighs in at 28 grams, equating to four quarters or eight eighths. Ounces are also referred to by other names like a zip or an “O.” The possession limits for most states and countries are cited in grams and ounces. Some states and countries place restrictions on how much weed you can possess at a given time and how much you can purchase per month.
A quarter-pound is 113.4 grams, which also equals 4 ounces. Quarter-pounds are often called QP for short.
The next step up from the quarter-pound is a half-pound. Weighing at 226.8 grams, a half-pound, or 8 ounces of cannabis is also known as half-pack and half-pounder.
1 pound is equivalent to 453 grams or 16 ounces, enough to put a dent in the bank account. A pound can cost up to $3,000 and can be called a pack or an elbow.
Have you ever seen or heard the term “5-gram eighth” and wondered what it means? We just identified eighths as 3.5 grams so how can dispensaries rewrite the metric system and declare eighths to equal 5 grams? Just how much is a five-gram eighth?
Five-gram eighths describe the price point for the amount of cannabis. For instance, a customer who selects a 5-gram eighth will receive 5 grams of cannabis for the price of the strain’s eighth. Any “eighth” that’s more than 3.5 grams is basically describing bonus weed.
How do people around the world weigh weed?
Every country except Burma, Liberia, and the United States uses the metric system. With different units of measurements around the globe, how do other countries weigh their weed if they’re on a different system? Most of the world has adopted the metric system. The decimal system of measurement is known as the International System of Units (SI). In short, cannabis is measured by grams no matter where you go. Beyond grams, cannabis weights outside the U.S. are typically referred to in kilograms, or 1,000 grams. One kilo, as it is often called, is 2.20462 pounds.
Order like a local
Grams may be the universal weed measurement, but what we call cannabis changes based on your location.
Countries all over the world use different slang terms to refer to marijuana. So, if you want to shop like a local, it’s best to talk like one, too. In North America, cannabis is referred to as weed, reefer, marijuana, Mary Jane and a host of other words, while other parts of the world like Australia use slang terms like “hooch” and “choof.” People in Jamaica say “dagga.” And while you’re doing some research on ordering like a local in your vacation destination, check up on the laws and regulations before you go.
Frequently asked questions
How many bowls can I get with 1 gram?
How many bowls you can get from a gram of cannabis depends mostly on the size of the bowl you’re smoking out of. On average, one gram of cannabis will pack 2-3 average-sized bowls.
How many grams is the average bowl?
Glass bowls vary in size, but on average bowls hold .3 to .5 grams of cannabis.
How many bowls are in an 8th?
You can get seven half-gram bowls out of an eighth of cannabis.
How many bowls are in an ounce?
An ounce is 28 grams, which means you’ll get 56 half-gram bowls out of an ounce of weed.
How many hits are in a bowl?
How many hits a bowl will net depends on the size of the hit you take. Everyone inhales differently, so a bowl can last anywhere from 3-8 hits depending on the size of the bowl and how much you and/or those in your sesh inhale.
What’s a 10 sack?
A “10 sack” refers to a bag of weed that costs $10. It usually amounts to about a bowl’s worth of weed.
How much is a dub?
“Dub” is a term that refers to a “twenty sack” of weed. On the unlicensed market, a dub costs $20 and usually contains between 1-2 grams of weed, sometimes more depending on where you get it.
What is the usual amount for a 25 sack?
A “25 sack” on the unlicensed market could contain 2.5 grams to 3.5 grams, or an eighth, of weed.
How long does a 1/4 ounce typically last?
How long a quarter ounce of cannabis will last depends largely on the frequency and method of consumption you choose. A ¼ ounce of weed, also known as a “quarter,” is 7 grams.
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