Units of Measurement for Marijuana
When you are visiting your local dispensary, you should never ask the budtender for “one marijuana, please.” Never. Quantities of cannabis have to be measured (duh) and these a few popular terms and phrases for commonly-purchased amounts. Keep in mind: most regulated markets will measure product amount by grams, but you will also need to consider the potency. Luckily there are testing labs out there that analyze legally-grown cannabis for total THC and CBD content as well as pesticides. Take a look at this comprehensive list of cannabis measurements.
A term used by dealers and buyers to indicate the amount of weed in a bag. The amount and quality of weed can vary between sellers, especially in prohibition states where you may not have the luxury of choice. Some dealers may also be more generous than others, so you may even receive more than your money’s worth at times! A 40 sack contains $40 worth of cannabis, and similar terms such as 20 sack and 50 sack refer to receiving $20 and $50 worth of weed.
“Can I have a 40 sack of that Blue Dream?”
A unit of measure for purchasing cannabis, originating from a 1950s term. During that time, cannabis was sold in tobacco tins, and people would purchase one can at a time. It’s roughly analogous to an eighth of an ounce, or 3.5 grams.
“We’re out of White Widow. Would you mind picking up a can?”
Ten dollars worth of weed. This term is often used when buying from dealers in a prohibition state. A dime bag usually contains a single gram, but depending on your seller, you can get more or less for the price. The term ‘dime bags’ has been in use for decades, long before dealers started pricing by weight. But more and more dealers are doing away with the terminology.
“After my T-break a dime bag is more than enough to get me through the weekend.”
Roughly USD 20 worth of cannabis. “Dub” as a term is borrowed from West Coast car culture, as many in the scene use it to refer to the oft-coveted 20-inch tire rim. As measuring by weight and not monetary value becomes more common, this term is slowly leaving the stoner lexicon. However, it may continue to prevail in prohibition areas, where monetary value continues to be the standard measurement when purchasing cannabis.
“Before I moved to Colorado, I had to buy dub sacks from some guy in my physics class.”
One of the standard measurements for purchasing cannabis flowers. “Eighth” refers to one-eighth of an ounce or roughly 3.5 grams. Pricing for this amount tends to vary depending on location, quality of the product, and availability, but it can range anywhere from $25 to $60. Because cannabis is measured by weight and not the number of buds received, first-timers may think they’re being cheated if they receive only two or three dense nugs as an eighth, but it should all measure out to the appropriate weight.
“I just got paid, so it’s time to hit up the dispensary for an eighth or two.”
One gram of cannabis. Cannabis is measured in metric grams, and the symbol of this measurement (g) soon integrated into stoner slang. Usually, one gram is the smallest amount of flower available for purchase in a dispensary or adult-use storefront. While it may not seem like much, a gram is good for at least two or three decently sized joints–or, you can go all the way and put it all into one fatty.
“Let me get a G of Green Crack. If I like it, I’ll come back for an eighth.”
A standard measurement for purchasing cannabis flower, equivalent to half an ounce. While price varies depending on location, it tends to cost around $100. However, consumers receive a lot of product in return–enough for at least 30 joints if measured out properly. People tend to buy halves of strains that they already know they enjoy, which means they don’t have to stock up as often.
“I can go through a half in about a month, but that’s because I don’t smoke as much as I used to.”
London street slang for an eighth of an ounce of marijuana flower. This term is a tongue-in-cheek reference to former king Henry the 8th and is often used as a replacement in mixed company to talk about weed without being outed as someone who smokes weed.
“We should get our flatmates to pitch on a Henry this weekend.”
Common terminology used in the United States during the 1960s and 1970s to describe approximately an ounce of cannabis. While the origin of this term varies, many agree that it comes from the specific style of coffee cans used during the 1960s, the lids of which peeled off like sardine tins. A lid can also be equivalent to about four fingers’ (measured horizontally against the container) worth of weed.
“Gonna need a Lid for the concert tonight, I love lighting up before hearing live music.”
The traditional measurement of cannabis in edible products, such as chews, tinctures, and drinks. It’s usually shortened to mg. Most edibles contain about 5-10mg of THC, CBD or both. The near-universal metric system is used for the sale and dispense of medication so that physicians and patients alike, regardless of their backgrounds, understand how much product is being discussed. Using the metric system for cannabis emphasizes its medicinal benefits and allows for dosages to be adjusted accordingly.
“My dealer says she has a matchbox of Jack Herer for $20.”
The universally understood metric system is used for measuring dosages of medication, so it makes sense for cannabis to be measured similarly for consumers’ convenience. Most cannabis products such as tinctures, edibles, and chews are measured in milligrams (mg). Most of these products contain 5-10mg of THC, CBD, or both, which allows for users to dose appropriately.
“Edibles affect me much more strongly than flower, so I rarely eat anything over 10 milligrams.”
A standard measurement of cannabis sale and purchase, equivalent to one ounce (oz). The price of an ounce varies depending on legality and location, but consumers should expect to pay at least $150 to $200 USD in a storefront setting. One ounce of weed equates to about 28 grams, which means that it’s an investment that should last even an avid smoker a good while.
“The dispensary finally has Durban Poison so I’m going to buy an ounce and stock up.”
Also known as a quarter, this measures out to approximately 7 grams–exactly one-quarter of an ounce. This is one of the standard quantities cannabis can be sold in, and it usually ranges in price from $50 to $90 depending on location and legality. One Q is enough for about 15 generously sized joints, and depending on your experience level, a bulk purchase like this can last a good while.
“I was wondering if you had a Q of Haze in stock.”
Quarter pound, a standard measurement of cannabis purchasing. Approximately 113 grams or four ounces, this constitutes a large bulk purchase of cannabis. QPs are usually purchased by sellers in black market settings, and the quality of weed can vary anywhere from dank to ditch weed. Consumers in legal states cannot purchase this amount in dispensaries, as most laws allow up to an ounce at a time.
“If we all chip in, we can probably afford a QP of dank.”
Also called “baggies,” sandwich bags are the common packaging method of cannabis in prohibition areas. Sandwich bags are cheap, easy to obtain and allow consumers to carry the product without being too smelly. In legal dispensaries and storefronts, this method of packaging has been replaced by glass jars and vacuum-seal mylar bags that give the product longer shelf life.
“My dealer gives us a discount if we bring back the empty sandwich bag from our last meetup.”
Ten dollars worth of cannabis as sold by Chicago street dealers. The term originates in the eighteenth century when an x-shaped sawhorse was called a sawbuck. Also, the ten-dollar bill was prominently labeled with an X (the Roman numeral for 10). Because of this commonality of X’s, the ten-dollar bill was referred to as a sawbuck and the slang stuck around with Midwestern street dealers.
“I’ve only got a ten-spot so hook me up with a sawbuck.”
A common term for an eighth of an ounce, or 3.5 grams, of cannabis used predominantly in the sale of black-market street dealers to keep the subject of their conversation low-key. The term derives from the fact that a pizza is generally cut into eight slices. The origins of this slang are unknown.
“Looks like I’ve only got $35 so I’ll just take a slice this week.”
In New Zealand, a tinnie refers to $20 worth of cannabis on the black market. The name comes from the fact that many Kiwi cannabis dealers would package a dub sack in tin foil. Not that we want to compare Aussies & Kiwis (because they hate that) but in Australia, the term used is foilie, which is different but has the same origin of the flower being packaged in foil.
“Just a tinnie of herb will get me through til payday.”
A slang term for an ounce of marijuana flowers, approximately 28.5 grams. This code name is used by black market dealers on the phone or other communications to not get caught up by the police. The name got its origin because an ounce generally fills up a Ziplock baggie.
“Pick up a zip and then we won’t have to visit our dealer again for a few weeks.”
The origins of this cannabis slang word are hard to locate, but zone is another term used by dealers to signify an ounce of cannabis flowers. It is possible that this term developed in progression first as an ‘O’ for an ounce, then an ‘O-Zee’, then ‘O-Zone’ and eventually simply to zone. However, this is just speculation.
“Bought a zone, want to come over and roll a tulip?”
Units of Measurement for Marijuana When you are visiting your local dispensary, you should never ask the budtender for “one marijuana, please.” Never. Quantities of cannabis have to be measured