How much is an Eighth of Weed?

Do you know how much is in an eighth of weed and why knowing this is important? I’m not too fond of math, but I love this question. Getting used to cannabis lingo can be confusing, especially for new users. But it’s crucial to know the answer when making buying decisions and for legal reasons.

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How much is an Eighth?

When buying weed from a dispensary, an eighth is a standard marijuana measurement to be familiar with. So, you want to buy an eighth? But an eighth…of what?

An eighth of weed is one-eighth of an ounce or 3.5 grams. For comparison, some other things that weigh around 3.5 grams include:

  • 2 ½ paperclips
  • 3 jellybeans
  • 1 sheet of paper
  • 1 large button

Eighths are a popular purchase option for people who are regular smokers. You’ll almost always get a better price if you buy an eighth instead of a gram at a time. Of course, if you buy more than an eighth, you’ll usually get an even more significant discount.

Sometimes you might see a dispensary selling half eighths, which is really just 1/16th of an ounce. A half of an eighth of weed is 1.75 grams.

Cannabis Quantities and Why Knowing This is Important

Knowing this is important as a consumer, so you know how much weed you can legally possess.

For instance, if you live in Colorado, you can possess up to one ounce of bud or less without penalty. Possessing over one ounce can net you a fine of $100,000 or up to six months in jail.

Heading over to Texas, where everything really is bigger in the Lone Star State (including its cannabis penalties), you can end up with a misdemeanor charge for possessing two ounces of weed or less. That means any amount of weed in Texas could get you into trouble, but the amount of trouble directly correlates with the amount of marijuana you have. Anything less than two ounces of weed can also get you 180 days in jail and a $2,000 fine. If you’re caught with more than two ounces, you’re getting a felony charge, jail time for up to two years, and a fine of up to $10,000.

These state laws are just a few reasons why knowing how much is an eighth (in grams or ounces) of weed is so important. Knowing how much cannabis you have with you and how much you consume, especially for medical cannabis patients, is crucial. Also, when it comes time to buy your cannabis, it helps to be familiar with amounts, measurements, and costs.

For people buying legal weed, the denominations rarely exceed one ounce. While some states allow extremely ill patients to purchase and possess larger amounts of cannabis, those units typically remain packaged in ounces despite a larger total. Cannabis growers, manufacturers, and retailers buy, sell, and transfer in large quantities as well.

Two Measuring Methods, One Product

Understanding how much weed is in an eighth is only part of your problem if you’re bad at math. The other issue that keeps measurements confusing is that cannabis weight jumps from metric (grams) to the Imperial (ounces and pounds) system. As weed weight increases, the measurement system changes. Marijuana measurements begin at grams at the bottom of the scale and transition to ounces or pounds as the quantity increases. So, if you never learned how much an eighth of weed is, don’t feel bad. It isn’t very clear.

This cannabis cultural standard is a holdover from the more illicit days of weed-smoking, and it’s unlikely to change anytime soon. The “two methods, one product” measuring fiasco is so pervasive that instead of choosing a system, most of the pot industry has just learned to convert quantities mentally.

Common Cannabis Measurements

I promise you don’t need to be a math genius to do these conversions. It may sound intimidating, but it’s actually quite simple once you get the hang of it. At Flavor Fix, we’re here to provide you with all the tools to be a canna user in the know, so we’re going to dig into just how much is in an eighth of weed and other common amounts.

How many Ounces in a Pound?

There are 16 ounces in a pound. This is very good to know.

How much is an Eighth in Grams?

An eighth is the most common quantity when buying weed, and it’s the first step in the imperial system. An eighth refers to 1/8th of an ounce of flower or about 3.5 grams. You may hear someone refer to an eighth as a slice, which is a term that comes from your favorite marijuana munchie, pizza. Pizza is usually divided into eight slices, so one-eighth is a slice.

How much is a Quarter?

A quarter is one-quarter of an ounce or 7 grams. Some people might call it a “Q,” but a quarter ounce of weed doesn’t really have any alternative slang terms.

How much is a Half Ounce?

That makes a half ounce, well, a half an ounce of marijuana. A half-ounce is 14 grams and is sometimes referred to as a “half O” or “half zip.”

How many Grams are in an Ounce of Weed?

One ounce of weed is 28 grams. A lot of states use ounces to determine legal possession limits. Although eighths are the most popular and common, in cannabis, the ounce is king.

Now You Know Your Marijuana Measurements

Now that you know how much is in an eighth of weed, you can make smart choices wherever you live.

Knowing these basic marijuana measurements and their slang can help you look less like a newb and make the right (frugal) purchasing decisions the next time you visit the dispensary.

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Brooklyn native, accent-having, travel lover, wordsmith and bud enthusiast. Versed from the streets of NYC, mixed with some world influence, writer/editor and medical user extraordinaire, JJ is here to tell you like it is and guide you to the finest. Brooklyn's favorite feminine stoner, your neighborhood contributor, wrapping leaves like a bandage and bringing you along for the ride.

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