It can get pretty confusing out there when trying to figure out marijuana weights. If you’re new to purchasing marijuana from a shop and remember something about dime bags back in the day but don’t know exactly what that means, we’ve got you covered. With questions like how many grams are in an ounce and how many grams in are an eighth, it’s easy to get lost in the weight of marijuana.
In Colorado, it is legal to possess an eighth. But how much is that? Knowing your conversions and marijuana metrics from low to high will help you navigate your way through a dispensary to get the correct amount for your needs.
Dispensaries can be intimidating and overwhelming if you’re a little green behind the ears. Discovering what strain and amount works for you is a fun adventure that will likely take you some time to perfect.
This comprehensive guide will help you determine your marijuana weights and make an informed decision on your next trip to your local dispensary. The more you know, the better decisions you can make that are best for your needs and consumption rate. Don’t forget to factor in THC content in these weights. The average THC content is around 12% but you can find strains that contain up to 25% in Colorado.
Gram, aka “dime bag”
The old school dime bag was traditionally half a gram, and sold for $10, thus the name dime bag. Now a gram is the smallest amount you’ll be able to find at a dispensary and usually goes for between $10 and $20. With marijuana prices dropping, the likelihood that a gram of marijuana will drop drastically in price in the near future. Technically, a gram is defined as, “the absolute weight of a volume of pure water equal to the cube of the hundredth part of a meter, and at the temperature of melting ice.” You, however, can just remember that it’s the smallest amount of marijuana you’ll be able to buy.
You can buy pre-roll joints that contain a gram or a half gram at most dispensaries. This is a great way to gauge the amount of a gram and how long it will last you.
How many grams are in an eighth? There are 3.5 grams in an eighth. The next largest amount on the metric scale of marijuana weights, an eighth refers to ⅛ of an ounce. Buying an eighth is the most cost effective way to go as you’ll get more for the money and it will likely last you much longer. Less trips to the dispensary, and it can be kept fresh in an airtight jar or container. Eighths can go for anywhere between $20 and $50 and are the most common sale in a dispensary.
An eighth is also a great amount to cook with if you enjoy making edibles at home. Don’t know how to make edibles? We’ve got a great recipe!
How many grams are in a quarter? There are 7 grams in a quarter, or 2 eighths. A quarter is often referred to as a “quad” and goes for anywhere between $30 and $60. This is a decent amount of marijuana and will likely last a long time. The regular smoker will typically get a month’s worth of sessions out of a quad, but it’s also good for sharing with friends, or responsibly smoking all by yourself!
A Half Ounce
Next up is a half ounce. How many grams are in a half ounce? This is 2 quarters, or 4 eighths, or 14 grams. A half ounce is a ton of marijuana and goes for anywhere between $100 and $150. This is the second largest amount of marijuana you can buy from a dispensary and is going to last you a long time. A regular smoker can get anywhere from 1 to 2 months out of a half ounce.
How many grams are in an ounce? An ounce is 4 quarters, or 8 eighths, or 28 grams. This is the most amount of marijuana you can buy from a dispensary and fills up about half a gallon-sized ziplock bag. This is also the most amount of marijuana you are legally allowed to possess in the 420 friendly state of Colorado. Depending on the quality, an ounce will run you anywhere between $215 and $300. If you are in love with one particular strain and want to exclusively smoke that strain, an ounce is a cost effective way to go.
Cost Effective Marijuana Weights
When it comes to marijuana, more is actually less … money that is. As you may have noticed, the more marijuana you buy, the more cost effective it becomes. Knowing this can help you save money and support other things you love doing like traveling or eating out. And you’re going to be hungry, so that’s a win-win situation!
There are also different prices in different states, which is typically dependent upon whether or not recreational marijuana is legal or not. In states where only medical marijuana is legal, and not recreational, prices will be higher than in state where both are legal. In Colorado, for example an eighth at The Spot 420 is between $20 and $50 depending on the strain and quality. In Nevada, where only medical marijuana is legal, that same stain can be up to $150.
There are many benefits to recreational marijuana being legal, and one that is high on the list is definitely the cost.
The More You Know…
Knowing your marijuana measurements makes you an informed marijuana consumer. There’s a lot to know and then decide once you walk into a dispensary, and the more you know beforehand, the better off you’ll be. Although all our bud tenders at The Spot 420 are incredibly knowledgeable and very helpful, it’s empowering to be as informed as possible.
In regards to all these weights, we aren’t considering the percentage of THC, the psychoactive effect of marijuana, and so that must also be taken into consideration when shopping. If the THC content is higher, you won’t need to smoke as much, and therefore can usually buy a lesser amount. However, if you like a strain that has a low percentage of THC, then you may want to buy in bulk so that you have more on hand and at the ready.
Everyone will be different with different needs, and it all starts with trial and error—but hopefully less error and just some trial after trial.
Once you find a strain that tickles your fancy and hits all the right buttons, the amount and dosage are the next step to perfect harmony and balance.
For all your needs, we’ve got all the goods at The Spot 420, so swing in and ask us all the questions and we’ll help you find your new favorite strain.