Grass Measurements Guide: Quantities, Weights, and Prices

Grass Measurements Guide: Quantities, Weights, and Prices

Whether you’re new to marijuana or have been using weed for a while, you’ve probably noticed that weed is often measured using standardized weighing systems. You’ve probably heard someone ask for a gram, an ounce, or even a pound.

Understanding the systems used to measure buds will ensure you’re not stumped when a busy budtender asks how much Northern Lights flower you need.

It will also be easier to buy marijuana online when you understand the metric system. Otherwise, you may end up asking for much less or much more weed than you need. How Much Is A Gram Of Weed? 

How do you measure grass?

In the United States, measurements are based on the imperial system, not the metric system, as in other parts of the world. However, cannabis is measured in grams (including in the United States), a unit of measurement used in the metric system. Therefore, it is essential to know how the imperial unit is converted from ounces to grams.

You can use this list as a reference:

  • Eighth (⅛) ounce = 3.5 grams
  • Quarter(¼) of an ounce = 7 grams
  • Half (½) ounce = 14 grams
  • Ounce = 28 grams
  • pound = 453 grams

Grass Measurement Guide

It is important to understand the measures used to quantify marijuana in the United States. This is because certain state laws only allow you to purchase or carry a certain amount of marijuana at a time.

For example, in New York you can only legally carry up to three ounces of weed; being found with more than three ounces is a crime. And in some states, the legal limit is just one ounce.

Knowing how weed is measured means knowing how much each measure costs and how much weed you should expect from each measure.

This will come in handy if this is your first time shopping at an online dispensary or retailer. Here’s what you should know about these grass measurements:


You can buy as little as one gram (g) at an online marijuana dispensary near you. This is a good way to try a new strain (cultivar) to find out if it is compatible with you and if you are committed to buying more.

If you’re new to smoking weed, one gram is a fair amount to start with. One gram of marijuana is equivalent to a medium-large bud or possibly two small buds.

One gram of weed can roll a well-packaged joint, two decent-sized half-gram joints, or three one-gram joints.

A gram of cannabis usually costs less than $20, but the price can vary depending on where you buy it and the quality of the bud you buy. One gram is generally the smallest measure of herb that can be purchased at most dispensaries.

Common slang terms for a gram of marijuana are dub sack and 20-sack.

eighth (⅛) ounce

An eighth of an ounce of weed adds up to just over three grams (about 3.5 grams, to be exact). It is usually made up of between two and four flower buds, depending on how big and tight the bud is. However, you can get an eighth made up of smaller “popcorn” shaped buds. In some places, you can also buy eighths of “powder” or “shake” of grass or kief.

Most local cannabis dispensaries sell their brightest, most colorful, and most dense flowers by eighths, as this is the amount most consumers buy at one time.

With an eighth of an ounce, you can roll about three fat one-gram joints and one half-gram joint. You can also get about seven joints by rolling joints smaller than half a gram. If you prefer to smoke using a bong or pipe, an eighth of an ounce could pack at least six bowls.

Since it’s not that much weed, relatively, you can buy an eighth when you want to try a new strain.

If you buy weed at a dispensary in Los Angeles, Arizona, Colorado, and most other states, an eighth of weed typically runs between $30 and $70.

This price can vary depending on the type of strain, the THC concentration, and the quality of the weed, among other factors.

If you are a light cannabis user, an eighth of an ounce of weed could last up to two weeks. However, if you smoke a couple of joints a day, you can burn off an eighth of an ounce in just a few days.

quarter (¼) ounce

A quarter ounce of marijuana equals about seven grams of weed. A quarter ounce is made up of one to two handfuls of cannabis buds, depending on their size. You can buy a quarter ounce, also known as a dime bag or quadruple of weed, at a local dispensary near you.

A quarter ounce can roll at least seven one-gram joints, 14 half-gram joints, or as many as 30 one-gram joints. This is a significant amount of marijuana that should be able to last you for at least a week but could sustain you for much longer.

The price of a quarter ounce of weed usually depends on the quality of the bud, where you buy it, and the season. For example, during harvest season, you can get a quarter ounce of weed for as little as $20, especially for shake weed.

In some states and cities, like Los Angeles, the same amount of weed can cost you up to $100. If you’re going to spend that much money on an ounce, make sure the quality is up to the mark and that the cannabis has been grown organically and comes from local farmers.