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How many Grams are in an Ounce? How to Weigh Marijuana

You may be wondering just how to measure cannabis to determine how much of it that you have. The measurements for marijuana can be technical. Here is how you measure cannabis no matter what you’re doing with it. The best way to measure pot is by using ounces and grams as this is convenient, and it’s a universal measurement for cannabis that most people recognize.

Common Measurements

Eighth or (⅛)

In one-eighth ounce, there are 3.54688 grams. In general, eight is around 3.5 grams. This is the most commonly purchased size of weed. For those that don’t smoke often, widely used measurements are sixteenths of an ounce and half-eighths of an ounce. These options equate to 1.772 grams.

A quarter (¼)

One-quarter of weed is measure in two-eights or around 7.0874 grams. One quarter is usually rounded to around 7 grams for easier measuring.

Half Ounce (½)

When it comes to a half-ounce of weed, you have 14.17475 grams or 14 grams when you round it off.

One Ounce

One ounce of weed is around 28.3495 or 28 grams. For an infrequent smoker, one ounce is quite a lot of marijuana. If you’re a heavy smoker, then one ounce is the right amount of pot to purchase. In States that are legalized such as Washington or Colorado, expect to pay around $150-$300 for this amount of weed. Of course, the price all depends upon the quality of it.

One Pound

You get 16 ounces of marijuana in one pound. Buyers usually go for half-pound and quarter measurements as well.

Why You Need to Know Measurements

For the average smoker, the measurement won’t matter much. If you buy large quantities can make a significant difference when you round off the amounts. A small dealer will round down so that the consumer doesn’t notice much or case. When you factor fractions of a gram when you buy several ounces, this can be noticeable.

When you know the numbers, you’ll get your money’s worth when you buy a lot of weed with larger orders. You will be knowledgeable and can beat the scammers who will try to sell you less marijuana when you’re owed more for your purchase.

Methods for Weighing Cannabis

Scales for Weighing Weed

A scale is the best way of weighing out cannabis. It will give you an accurate reading. If you want to be precise, consider spending the money to get the one that works best for this use.


Get a scale that is accurate within 0.1 grams, so you have more precision in your measurements. Don’t use a kitchen scale as these won’t give you the precise reading that you desire

You want one with a 200-gram capacity to weigh more significant amounts.

Try to buy online as you can save money compared to buying from a regular store.

You can get good scales for not a lot of money. You don’t have to spend a ton on your cannabis scale to get a good one. You may need a better quality option if you’re weighing a lot of cannabis. When you have the right measuring device, it’s easier to buy and sell weed since you’ll have accurate measurements.

Eyeball Method

If you don’t plan to buy a scale, you can use the eyeball method. There are some trick that you can employ to get accurate measurements, but it’s the least effective method of measuring weed since you don’t know the amount by looking at it even if you have a lot of experience with pot. Moisture and density play a factor. Some types of cannabis are packed together tightly, while others are loose. You will get a measurement that is not that accurate with this method.

Penny and Ruler

You can make a scale yourself with a penny and a ruler. Lay your ruler flat and then take a penny and put that in one of the rulers ends. On the other end, you want to add the weed.  A penny weighs 2.5 grams, so you will know when there are 2.5 grams on the other end.

Smartphone Method

A smartphone scale app can help, but don’t rely on them exclusively. They can provide decent results if you have no other scale.

Plastic Hanger Scale

You need a long piece of string, plastic hanger, pair of scissors, drill, and a nickel. The nickel weighs five grams and acts as a counterweight.

Here is how to construct this scale:

  1. Use the scissors to cut the top off the plastic hanger. Take the drill and put a hole in the center. Then make a hole in both the right and the left of the hanger.
  2. Use a ruler to ensure that the holes are distanced apart equally from both the middle and each other.
  3. Cut two pieces of equal length from the string and hang these on each side of your hanger.
  4. Cut more line and tie this through the center hole. This string will hold the weight

Attach the string pieces to the side and hang the hanger up. You can then weight the pot

  1. These methods will help you weigh your weed, so you get accurate measurements no matter how much grass that you’re trying to weigh.

Visual Guide for Eighth, Ounce, and Quarter of Weed

The scale you use will be based upon the ounce scale — a quarter of weed in a quarter of an ounce of weed. The eighth measurement is an eighth of an ounce of weed.

Gram of Weed

A gram is usually a small nugget of pot. The weight depends upon the moisture and the density of the weed. Some product will look like a penny-sized nugget, and others may seem as big as a half-dollar. It all depends upon the content of the pot in question.

It’s not a good idea to just eyeball the weed. You will never know if it’s a gram or not only by looking at it as there are too many factors. A gram is the smallest amount of weed that you can buy, whether this is done legally or through the illegal marketplace. At a dispensary, one pre-rolled joint is about a gram. A gram can go for around 7-15 dollars depending upon the type of weed that it is.

An eighth of weed

An eighth (an eighth of an ounce) is a relatively reasonable amount of weed purchased. This amount is affordable, and it’s for those that are casual to moderate smokers. It will cost around $20-60 depending upon the variety. One eighth is 3.5 grams of weed.

Quarter of Weed

You get 7 grams with one quarter. A quarter is another standard measurement of pot. It will disappear quickly if you’re a frequent smoker, but it’s a good bargain for the consumer or someone that doesn’t smoke it all that often.

Half an Ounce of Weed

You get 14 grams with half an ounce, and this is ideal for a heavy smoker. You may not have enough money for a full ounce or the time to smoke that much. A half-ounce is measured on a per gram basis. Edible cannabis recipes usually call for a one-half ounce of weed.

Ounce of Weed

This amount is for the frequent smoker. It’s cost-effective for the smoker as you won’t have to keep buying. Prices will vary depending upon where you are and the type of weed.  An ounce is around $150-$300.

Tips and Tricks for Weighing Pot

Here are some tips to ensure that you get the most for your money when you buy your pot.

  • Scale – Get the right one as this will help you a lot. The one you buy should be accurate to 0.1 gram. You don’t want to use a kitchen scale as these aren’t good enough. The scale you need gives you an accurate measurement of the weed. You want to save money, so get a good one. It’s an essential investment for the cannabis smoker, baker, or seller.
  • Round Off – Try to round off when you can. You want to round to the exact decimal as this gives you more product and this adds up over time. A tine decimal may not seem like much, but it will over time.
  • Grind the Weed – Grind the weed with a grinder to get a slower and a smoother burn. If you don’t grind for a joint or a bowl, then there are air pockets that form, and the burn is uneven. You end up wasting a lot of product
  • Know the slang – It’s easier to make a pleasant transaction when you know the slang. A dime bag is around $10 of weed or around 1 gram. A nickel bag is about half that amount and $5. A dub of weed is $20 and can be approximately 3.5 grams or a bit lower for higher quality weed. A quad of marijuana is a quarter or around 7 grams. A slice refers to an eighth of weed. Knowing these types of terms will make your transactions easier for you.
  • Pounds and kilos – You don’t want to buy this much weed as it’s illegal for one person to have this much at one time. It is even illegal in states that have legalized cannabis. You want halves and ounces only to avoid problems.
  • Money expenditure – once you know your measurements, then you’ll know how much you spend per bowl or joint that you smoke. It will be a rough estimate, but you’ll get close. If an ounce is $200 ad you roll around .5 grams into a joint, then you’re spending around $3.60 for each one of the joints that you roll. The math is 56 joints in your ounce or $200/$56 = 3.57 each joint.


These measurements will help you when buying or selling weed. You need to know how much you’re buying or selling as accuracy matters on how much money you make or spend for your cannabis products.