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What's What When It Comes To Cannabis Measurements

When you visit a marijuana dispensary, you're likely to encounter several cannabis-specific measurements and terms. It's important that you understand these so you can make informed decisions about your purchases.

If you're just beginning to explore marijuana, buying weed can be a little confusing and even intimidating at first. Remember that budtenders are there to help you find what best suits your needs. They're not trying to push something on you. If you ever have a question, don't hesitate to ask!

Learning about cannabis measures can be easy. The metric system has been around for a long time, but it takes some getting used to. However, you can easily understand it and be ready to make an informed cannabis purchase.

We hope this post helps explain some of the basics of cannabis measurement, and we encourage you to ask the budtenders at your local dispensary for more information. Just remember that it can take some time to get used to the language. Once you've picked it up, though, you'll be speaking like a pro in no time!

Pounds and ounces are traditional measurements that aren't always available to the general public. Dispensaries that use the metric system of measurement employ more readily accessible alternatives such as grams. The system's complex nature makes it difficult for customers to try other methods of measurement.

The metric system is used in most cannabis measures seen in dispensaries. Cannabis is weighed in grams (metric system) as well as ounces (imperial system). This is why cannabis measures might be perplexing for beginning users. They are a mash-up of many measuring systems.

To make matters more complicated, dispensaries round down when converting ounces to grams. One ounce of cannabis, for example, is officially 28.35 grams. One ounce will be rounded down to 28 grams at a dispensary.

If you're a newcomer to the cannabis scene, you might not know all of the slang terms for marijuana. Budtenders, for example, may call weed Mary Jane, bud, ganja, or chronic.

Other terms you may not be familiar with are eighth, ounce, full O, dime, quarter, dub, and Z. Dime and Dub is another term for $10 or $20 in cannabis. The weight of an eighth, half, or quarter ranges from 3.5 to 14 grams. Twenty-eight grams equals one ounce, Z, or full O.

While slang cannabis phrases are mostly employed by black-market dealers rather than budtenders at regulated dispensaries, you may hear them used there as well. Here's a basic primer on cannabis measuring jargon:

  • Dime bag - A dime bag is a $10 cannabis measurement. It's generally roughly 1 gram of cannabis.

  • Dub bag - A dub sack, commonly known as 2 grams of cannabis, is $20 worth of marijuana.

  • A slice - A slice is a word used to indicate one eighth of cannabis (3.5 grams).

  • A zip - A zip is one ounce of marijuana (28 grams).

What are the most frequent cannabis metrics used in dispensaries?

In a hurry? Here's a useful reference guide for typical weed measurements:

  • One-eighth of an ounce – 3.5 grams

  • One-quarter of an ounce – 7 grams

  • One-half of an ounce – 14 grams

  • One ounce – 28 grams


A gram is enough for 2-3 normal pipe or bong bowls. If you're the only one smoking, it might be enough to fill a normal joint or two smaller joints. If you start with a gram, your purchase will probably be enough for multiple sessions. It's great if you want to try a new strain without committing to a larger amount.


One eighth of an ounce, or 3.5 grams, is referred to as an eighth. An eighth of an ounce is a common quantity of cannabis and one of the smallest amounts you might find at a dispensary. For most users, one eighth will last them at least a week before they need to restock.


A quarter refers to a quantity of marijuana weighing approximately 7 grams. This can be broken down into two eighths. A quarter ounce is a sufficient amount for one or two people.


Half refers to a half-ounce of cannabis, or 14 grams. Two quarters or four eighths make up a half. Half ounces and larger amounts are priced much better than the smaller amounts.


An ounce, sometimes known as a zip, is equal to 28 grams of cannabis. In most legal states, an ounce is the maximum amount you may purchase at one time. Purchasing an ounce of cannabis at a time, if possible, can provide consumers with the most bang for their dollars when compared to purchasing lesser amounts.

We hope that you've found this information helpful. If you've never been to a dispensary before, the vast array of measurements can be confusing. But there's no need to stress—just make sure you read the packaging carefully and do your research before making a purchase. Remember, when it comes to cannabis, the more knowledge you have, the better!

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