Why Is It Important To Know How Many Ounces Are in a Pound of Weed?
With more and more states legalizing both recreational and medicinal use of marijuana, more and more people are purchasing this multipurpose green plant for a variety of reasons. Dispensaries and pharmacies that sell cannabis are buying large quantities at a time to keep up with patient and consumer demands. Edible manufacturers may also need to purchase weed in larger quantities to make sufficient brownies, gummies, cookies, and more for their distributors.
The cannabis industry is notorious for dividing the plant for sale into eighths. Eighths represent an eighth of an ounce. It is important to know this because if you are buying a pound of weed, you need to know how many eighths are in a pound so you can plan your resale strategy properly. This is also valuable knowledge for the edible makers and their recipe measurements.
If One Pound Is 16 Ounces, Then…
Because most consumers are not purchasing a pound of cannabis at one time, we should look further into the breakdown of the pound.
If there are 16 ounces in a pound, and an eighth is a common measurement for resale, how many eighths are in a pound?
First, you need to know an eighth means 1/8th of an ounce. Since there are 16 ounces in a pound, you would multiply 8 x 16 to get the number of eighths in a pound; 8 x 16 = 128, so there are 128 eighths in a pound. Therefore, a dispensary could service 128 customers with an eighth, or 256 customers with 1/16th of an ounce from one pound.
This is important when calculating Return on Investment (ROI) for buyers and the cost per pound of cannabis to retail value. Edible makers can also use this when calculating how much they should charge for their tasty treats.
Converting Pounds to Grams
Most countries around the world do not measure in pounds or use the imperial measurement system as the United States does. The majority of countries use the metric system, or kilograms (kg), instead of pounds.
One pound (lb) is equivalent to 0.45 kg, or another way of saying this is 1 kg is equivalent to 2.2 pounds.
There are 453.6 grams in a pound and 28 grams in an ounce. Keep this information handy for recipes and other requests that may come in grams instead of ounces.
Common Cannabis Measurements for Cooking
Since cannabis is fat soluble, most recipes start with a weed-infused oil or butter that is then added to the edible recipe.
A standard cannabis butter recipe calls for one cup of butter and 3.5 grams (about 1/8 ounce) of ground cannabis flower.
If you are looking for a larger batch of cannabis oil to cook with, 1 lb of cooking oil and 7 grams (about 1/4 ounce) of weed is recommended. For cannabis infused avocado oil, use an equal ratio of ground flower to oil.
You can also make canna-simple syrup, alcohol tinctures, and glycerin tinctures for infusing foods with cannabis. Everything from deviled eggs and fruit smoothies to pumpkin pie and chicken stew can be infused. With proper measurements and quality ingredients, you’re bound to create a tasty dish.
Even with proper measurement, it is difficult to get consistent measurements of THC in every batch. This is because each strain of cannabis has varying amounts of THC, usually ranging from 10-30%. Depending on the amount of THC in the strain, the edible will have varying strength as well.
Ounces and Grams in Legalized States
Another reason to know your weed measurements well is due to the varied laws (by state) regarding the maximum amount of cannabis, specifically marijuana, a person can possess without facing criminal charges.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is an independent, nonprofit education-based organization dedicated to reducing injuries, deaths, and property damage from motor vehicle accidents.
These are a few of the marijuana laws by state listed by IIHS that tell how much a person can possess without facing criminal charges:
- Alaska – No more than 1 ounce.
- Arizona – Medical, no more than 2.5 ounces. Recreational, no more than 1 ounce, of which not more than 5 grams can be marijuana concentrate.
- California – Medical, no more than 8 ounces, unless a greater amount is deemed medically necessary. Recreational, under 21 not allowed. Over 21 no more than 28.5 grams of cannabis and no more than 8 grams of concentrate.
- Mississippi – No more than 2.5 ounces.
- South Dakota – Medical, no more than 3 ounces (effective 7/1/21). Recreational, no more than 1 ounce and no more than 8 grams of concentrate, must be 21 or over.
The Big Picture
Whether you are operating a dispensary, stocking a medical pharmacy, ordering for your edible company, or using cannabis as a consumer, knowing how many ounces are in a pound can affect your bottom line, and even your freedom.
Knowing how to price your retail cannabis properly based on how much you pay per pound is essential to a thriving marijuana business. At the same time, knowing the amount of weed allowed to be in your possession for either medical or recreational purposes is fundamental knowledge you must have if you wish to partake in legalized states without repercussions.
No matter your reason, keeping cannabis-related math measurements fresh in your mind, or at least handy on your bookmark toolbar, will help ease the stress of buying weed in bulk while ensuring you have a sufficient supply for your demand.