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How To Measure Marijuana

When you are looking into purchasing cannabis, you need to understand the complicated ways in which they’re weighed and sold. You might have heard of terms like gram, eight, dime, quarter, but what do they actually mean?

Part of the problem is because weed is measured with two different measurement systems – both metric and imperial. But it doesn’t stop there. Even if you understand the whole grams-ounces-pound thing, you still have to contend with the long list of slang terms that have come and gone over the years.

Here we’ll go over the list which will hopefully clarify the different cannabis measurements so you can jive with what they really mean.


Marijuana Measurements

Let’s start with the smallest unit of measurement and work our way up.



The gram, a measurement of mass from the International System of Units, is originally referred to as the weight of a cubic centimetre of water. A gram is now more simply defined as one one-thousandth of a kilogram, which is the current base unit of the international metric system (we use that in Canada). A gram is a small unit of measurement, which makes it a good choice for cannabis consumers who don’t want to purchase weed in large amounts. This is especially relevant for those who are looking to try a new strain or don’t consume cannabis as frequently.

To make things more confusing, the rest of the units of measurement for cannabis have to do with ounces — either in full or a fraction.


An Eighth

An eighth is just what it sounds like – an eighth of an ounce – or 3 1/2 grams of weed. The eighth is one of the most popular choices – most because it just sounds cool to say. For many people, an eighth of weed is just the perfect amount for personal use.



The next unit of measurement is a quarter. A quarter refers to a quarter of an ounce, and it weighs approximately 7 grams.



A half is a half-ounce of weed, which weighs 14 grams.



A full ounce is for people who use weed frequently and weighs 28 grams. This is one of the most common cannabis measurements and most other measurements revolve around an ounce.


Large Amounts

When you’re purchasing weed in a dispensary, usually the highest volume people buy at any one time is an ounce. But people who work within the cannabis industry, such as buyers and dispensary owners, can buy in bulk at Cheapbud Canada. One pound is made up of 16 ounces — which weighs at 448 grams.


Cannabis Jargon

Now that we’ve cleared up how weed is measured, we now must tackle the jargon that has been associated with cannabis since its rise in popularity.

There’s a lot of marijuana slang floating around out there. For the most part, though, it all revolves around a few choice terms. Your dispensary will typically refer to their cannabis by its proper names but on occasion, you might hear the following names:

  • Dime
  • Dub
  • Full O (or just O)
  • Z

Here’s the definition of each.


Dime & Dub

A dime bag or a dub sack of weed is slang for roughly $10- or $20-worth of weed, respectively. The amount of cannabis you’ll actually get in exchange for $10-$20 will obviously vary depending upon the quality of pot you’re buying.


Full O and Z

“Full O” is short for a full ounce, but you may be wondering where the term “Z” (or “zee” if you are Canadian) originated. As with a lot of cannabis slang, the exact origins of the word are lost in the pot haze of time due to its underground origins.

Most cannabis experts agree the term was a sort code so they didn’t have to say ounce directly. This was to throw off any authorities, but it was also to distinguish marijuana from a bunch of other really nasty drugs like heroin and cocaine which are also typically sold in ounces.

But why “Z” and not “R” or “J” or something else entirely? Again, we don’t know for sure, but the consensus usually falls into one of two camps, with the second being the most common.

“Z” refers to the final letter in the abbreviation for the word ounce or oz. This may be the case but there is also another explanation that may be as likely. Back in the day, cannabis sellers would carry around their weed in Ziplock bags which kept the product fresh and easy to transport while not being too obvious about it. The theory goes that marijuana uses would abbreviate a Ziplock bag with “Z”.



Now you know more about cannabis measurements, you can buy your weed more confidently and understand what the retailer is talking about. Never again will you end up with too much or too little. It’s also never a bad practice to measure the weed before purchase to ensure that you’re getting what you paid for. At Cheapbud Canada, we go through several quality checks to ensure that you get the right amount of marijuana. If you need to make a purchase, please check out our selection here.



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