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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.

From a half-gram to an ounce, Leafly's visual guide is all you need to identify cannabis quantities.

How much is an eighth?

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  1. How many grams are in an eighth? And other cannabis conversions.
  2. Dispensary conversions
  3. International conversions
  4. Order like a local
  5. Frequently asked questions

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

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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

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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.

Retail weights

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

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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

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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.

Dispensary conversions

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.

International conversions

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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