What does cannabis look like? A visual guide to cannabis quantities
A gram, an eighth, an ounce–what does it all mean? We’ve all been there at one point. Attempting to make sense of the names associated with different cannabis quantities can be challenging. Central to the confusion is conceptualization of weight, which depends on both product size and density.
If you are new to cannabis, we hope this video and visual guide will provide you with a general framework to wrap your head around the common sale quantities for flower. Keep in mind that these depictions are approximations, given that density varies (at times drastically) between products. In other words, a dense cannabis flower can look a lot smaller than a fluffy bud and still carry the same weight.
Thankfully, cannabis shops and producers use digital scales to determine the exact weight of your weed before it is packaged. And, if you wish to weigh the weed from your own garden or verify your purchased products, digital scales can easily be found for purchase. Remember that moisture is part of the weight. Cannabis flower will lose weight as it ages and dries out.
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How to convert ounces of weed to grams
For reference, here is a quick conversion guide from ounces of weed into grams.
- Eighth (1/8) ounce = 3.5 grams
- Quarter (1/4) ounce = 7 grams
- Half (1/2) ounce = 14 grams
- Full (1) ounce = 28 grams
The price of flower varies depending on the quality of the product and the market in which it is sold. You can expect to pay between $4 and $20 for a gram of flower—sometimes getting a price break when you purchase larger quantities.
Express Summary: Ounces vs grams of weed
Cannabis quantities can be confusing. How much is a gram of weed? How big is an ounce? And an eighth is an eighth of what, exactly? Let’s zoom out. Cannabis flower is often sold in quantities, ranging from one gram to one ounce. Some common terms you hear are an eighth, which means an eighth of an ounce (or three and a half grams), a quarter ounce (or seven grams), and a half ounce, (14 grams).
The smallest amount of cannabis flour you can typically buy is one gram. A gram is going to roll about two joints or three to four bowls, making it a great option for the occasional consumer or when trying a new strain. Next size up is three and a half grams, or an eighth. That’s enough for about seven joints, seven grams or quarter ounce will get you about 14 joints, which means that 14 grams (or a half ounce) can roll nearly 30 joints. So, a full ounce of cannabis, which is 28 grams, can roll nearly 60 joints or pack upwards of 100 bowls. It’s worth noting that pre-rolled joints are often sold in half gram or full gram quantities. You may choose a half gram to share with a friend or a full gram for a larger group.
The last thing to know is about density of your cannabis flower, as it varies greatly by strain. So an eighth of dense gelato buds might look full and dense, while an eighth of Maui Wowie buds look light and fluffy.
This post was originally published on November 18, 2014. It was most recently updated on February 6, 2020.
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How Much is 3.5 Grams of Weed? Is That, Like .. a Lot?
You enter the dispensary for the first time and the budtender asks what you’re looking for. You know you want weed, but you don’t know the answers to the other questions, like “how much” or “what strain?”
Don’t fret. We’re used to people from all walks of life and experience levels coming in to shop for cannabis products and we’re here to help. But sometimes, you just want to know the answers before you get flustered at the checkout counter.
One of the most common questions people have when buying cannabis is, “how much is 3.5 grams of weed?” or, “how much is an eighth?” This is one of the most commonly purchased amounts in dispensaries, so you’ll want to have an idea of how much you’re working with when making a purchase.
At a recreational Cannabis store, you may hear people asking for a “quarter” or “eighth”. Don’t worry – you won’t have to do much math, and once you’ve got down the most commonly purchased amounts of weed, you won’t even have to think about it.
Commonly Purchased Amounts of Weed
Let’s start at the beginning. When you go to the weed store, you’re going to specify how much weed you want. This usually comes from using terms like a gram, an eighth, or a quarter.
A gram is usually the smallest option of flower available, though you can get pre-rolls and other products with less. If you buy a gram, you can expect to be able to roll a couple of joints or smoke a few bowls before using it all up.
The next size up is usually an eighth or 3.5 grams . It’s usually cheaper to purchase an eighth rather than three and a half grams separately. This is a popular choice for many people because it’s more than just a few joints worth and can last a while if conserved properly.
And then there’s a quarter, which refers to 7 grams of cannabis. If you’re a heavy user, you may be more likely to purchase larger amounts like quarters.
Wondering where the word “eighth” or “quarter” is coming from? It means that fraction of an ounce. Most of the sizes you’ll run into at a Washington dispensary are using an ounce as a frame of reference. So an eighth is an eighth of an ounce and a quarter is a quarter of an ounce.
Dispensaries also sell ounces, which are typically purchased by heavy users who want to stock up and save money in the long run.
Pretty simple, right?
Is an eighth the same as 3.5 grams?
You’ll get the same thing whether you ask for an eighth or you ask for 3.5 grams at the dispensary. But there’s one thing to clarify here: dispensaries round down. An eighth is technically not 3.5 grams, but actually 3.5436 grams.
If you were to take an ounce of weed and divide it by 8, you’d end up with slightly more weed in your eighth than you’d receive at a dispensary.
How much does 3.5 grams of weed cost?
If you’re buying weed at a Washington dispensary, you’ve got seemingly endless options to choose from. And that means a huge range in prices, too.
For example, our Seattle weed store has 3.5 ounces of weed available for a variety of prices ranging from $20 to $50. It varies across the state and from dispensary to dispensary.
As a frame of reference, one 2016 report found that the average price for an ounce of cannabis in Seattle dispensaries is $240. That comes out to an average of about $30 for 3.5 grams of weed.
The price for 3.5 grams of will vary based on quality, brand, and the dispensary you shop at. With such a large range in prices, there’s an eighth out there to fit most budgets.
Visualizing 3.5 grams of weed
Is an eighth too much, too little, or just right? If you don’t spend a lot of time surrounded by cannabis culture, you may struggle to visualize exactly how much cannabis you should be buying.
If you ask for 3.5 grams of weed, your budtender may show you several packages and allow you to pick the one you like the most. You may notice that the buds in each package vary greatly in appearance despite all being labeled at 3.5 grams. Some buds are compressed and tight, while others are more fluffy and airy. It all comes to the same weight.
Because the actual appearance of 3.5 grams of weed varies based on density, it’s difficult to give a comparison of what an eighth of weed looks like. It generally is enough to fill the palm of your hand or the bottom of a sandwich bag, though.
Buying 3.5 grams of weed from a Washington dispensary
Struggling to decide how much weed to buy? If you’re considering getting an eighth, you would be in the majority of the shoppers who come in for flower. So many people come in asking for an eighth because it’s the perfect amount for their needs.
Some people will come in and buy 3.5 grams of weed and be set for weeks. Others buy this amount to get them through a few days before purchasing more.
How much you should buy from a Washington dispensary is totally up to you. If you are not sure how quickly you’ll go through the stash, you probably don’t need to buy a large amount. An eighth may be the perfect size to get you acquainted with a new strain over time.
However, if you’re feeling apprehensive, you can always buy a smaller amount. Buying a gram, for instance, will give you enough weed to try out a couple of joints or bowls to see if you like the strain before committing to a larger purchase.
Don’t hesitate to ask our budtender questions. They’re here to help and point you in the right direction for a product you’ll love.
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