Weed Measurements | Gram, Eighth, Quarter, Ounce

If you're buying cannabis, you'll want to know the weed measurements used in the industry to know what to pay and how much you'll get for it.

Ounce, half-ounce, quarter, gram, and eighth; these are all terms that you'll hear when you enter a cannabis dispensary, and if you don't know what they mean you'll find purchasing cannabis quite intimidating.

Those who frequented the illicit market prior to legalization will likely be familiar with these terms, however given the growing momentum of the marijuana industry toward legalization, newer users won't be as well equipped.

As such, we've compiled a list of the various measurements you'll want to know to stay abreast of the marijuana industry and to equip you with the necessary terminology to keep your cool at your local dispensary.

Weed Measurements

Below are the most common measurements/weights of cannabis flower that you'll want to know, beginning with a gram.


A gram can range from USD $9-$13 and is typically the smallest unit of measurement for cannabis. A gram will yield likely 2 medium-small sized joints. Nicknames for grams are a "dime bag" and a "stick."


An Eighth is 1/8 of an ounce, which works out to be 3.5 grams. In the United States, an eighth can cost you between $25-35 depending on where you buy it.


A quarter, naturally, is a quarter of an ounce, or 7 grams. A quarter of marijuana can cost users between $50-70 and is a more substantial quantity of cannabis often purchased by more regular users.


A half-ounce of cannabis is 14 grams and costs roughly $100. As you can see, economies of scale come into effect and as the quantity of cannabis purchased increases, the price per gram decreases. The price per gram of marijuana when purchasing a half-ounce is roughly $7, compared with up to $13 if one were to purchase an individual gram.


An ounce is 28 grams of cannabis and is typically the largest quantity that a marijuana consumer will buy, as purchase limits throughout the United States often stop at 28 grams.

The Price of Marijuana

The prices we've provided are general and will vary from state to state, and from dispensary to dispensary. Additionally, as cannabis legalization continues to unfold, market forces like lowered costs of production, an increased supply of cannabis and dispensaries, and a fine-tuning of regulation surrounding cannabis and the taxation which surrounds it will yield lower costs of cannabis over time.

Additionally, factors such as the strain, THC content, and other traits can cause cannabis prices to vary, hence the price ranges provided.

To learn more about cannabis strains, visit our articles here.

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Louis O'Neill
Louis O'Neill

Louis is a writer based in Sydney with a focus on social and political issues. Having interviewed local politicians and entrepreneurs, Louis now focuses on cannabis culture, legislation & reform.