Marijuana Sizes and Prices
Do you know enough about marijuana prices and the amount you can buy at one time? This is your guide to making good purchases when you visit your marijuana dispensary.
When you walk into a dispensary, do you ask for $20, $40, or $100 dollars worth of marijuana? Are you supposed to ask for marijuana by weight? How do you know if you are getting your money’s worth?
Most marijuana dispensaries use a standardized measuring system to weigh out the marijuana you purchase. Today, you’ll learn the increments in which marijuana is sold, what marijuana prices you should expect to pay, and other factors that can affect your final marijuana purchase price.
Marijuana Flower Amounts
Marijuana purchasing amounts have been largely standardized in dispensaries. When purchasing marijuana flower from a dispensary, it will typically be sold in either fractions of an ounce or in grams.
- 1G = 1 gram
- ⅛ ounce = 3.5 grams
- ¼ ounce = 7 grams
- ½ ounce = 14 grams
- 1 ounce = 28 grams
In some instances, a dispensary may round an “eighth” up to 4 grams or promote a 5 gram eighth on certain days to drive traffic to their shop.
How Much Marijuana Should I Buy?
In most legal states, you can purchase and carry up to one ounce of marijuana flower at a time.
Many new users are curious how much marijuana flower they will need each day. This will depend entirely on how much and how often you will want to smoke. Do you just need it a once or twice a day? Or will you be smoking often throughout the day? The answer to this question often comes as you build experience with the plant.
Depending on the experience of a user, a gram can last anywhere from a single session to a day or more. Start off small – you can always visit the shop again.
*Remember, you can’t bring marijuana over state lines, so if you are traveling, only buy what you know you will need during your trip.
Currently (January 2018), you will find cannabis for sale at the following prices. These prices will vary depending on your location, the individual dispensary, the quality of the cannabis, and the taxes that need to be paid. Most often, the more you buy, the less you will pay per gram in total.
Typical marijuana prices:
- One Gram : $7-$20
- Eighth : $30-$60
- Quarter : $50-$120
- Half Ounce : $100-$225
- Ounce : $170-$375
What Affects Marijuana Pricing:
When shopping for marijuana flower, there are a number of factors that may affect pricing to keep in mind.
Potency : One of the main influences on marijuana prices you pay is how potent the marijuana is. As a general rule, the higher a percentage of cannabinoids like THC and CBD in a sample of marijuana flower, the more expensive it will be. Potency can be linked to a strain’s genetics, and some marijuana strains are naturally more potent than others. It can also be linked to how well a strain is grown. Many dispensaries can provide you with independent lab testing results showing potency for individual strains they are selling.
Freshness : Another factor affecting marijuana prices will be its freshness. Older, drier marijuana will lose some of its fragrance, flavor, and even potency as terpenes and cannabinoids begin to break down from exposure to the environment around it. THC, the psychoactive compound in marijuana, degrades to CBN through decarboxylation, making it less potent. You can often determine freshness by smelling and visually inspecting marijuana flower. Fresh, carefully stored marijuana should be fragrant and smell fresh.
Quality of buds : Finally, the overall quality of the marijuana buds themselves can affect how much you pay. If a strain is mostly larger, thumb sized buds, it can command a higher price. Popcorn buds or smaller will often see a reduction in price. How well a strain is trimmed can also affect price since excessively leafy buds can negatively affect the smoke.
Often, dispensaries will categorize their offerings by “shelf”, taking the above factors into consideration. Top shelf signifies a premium product which will command a higher price, while bottom shelf denotes a lower quality product which will be offered at a discount price.
State and local marijuana taxes will also affect the final price of marijuana flower in a legal dispensary.
Recreational marijuana states have added specialized marijuana taxes to all purchases.
- California: 15% sales tax, $2.75–$9.25 cultivation tax per ounce.
- Oregon: 17% sales tax
- Washington: 37% sales tax
- Nevada: 15% sales tax
- Colorado: 15% excise tax, 10% sales tax
- Alaska: $50/ounce
- Maine: 10% sales tax
- Massachusetts: 3.75% sales tax
These taxes may exist along with standard retail sales tax, excise taxes, and any local taxes that are added, which can significantly drive up final costs to users. According to the Tax Foundation , consumers in Colorado may face up to 5 taxes:
- 15 percent excise tax
- 10 percent state tax on retail marijuana sales (falling to 8 percent as of July 1, 2018)
- 2.9 percent state sales tax
- local sales taxes (the average rate in Colorado is 4.6 percent)
- local excise taxes on marijuana, such as the 3.5 percent tax in Denver
Some states also levy a tax on medical marijuana. California has added a 15% sales tax on all cannabis sales, including medical marijuana. Similarly, the following states have added taxes to medical marijuana.
- Arizona : 6.6% medical marijuana sales tax
- Colorado : 2.9% generic sales tax
- Hawaii : 4.5% generic excise tax on Oahu; 4% generic excise tax everywhere else
- Illinois : 1% sales tax under the state’s pharmaceutical rate; 7% privilege tax paid by sellers and growers
- Maine : 5.5% medical marijuana sales tax
- Nevada : 2% medical marijuana excise tax
- New Jersey : 7% generic sales tax
- New York : 7% medical marijuana excise tax
- Pennsylvania : 5% medical marijuana excise tax
- Rhode Island : 7% generic sales tax; 4% medical marijuana surcharge paid by the seller
- Washington, D.C. : 5.75% generic sales tax
Getting Started with Marijuana
You can find all the information you need about marijuana, including how to get a medical marijuana card, how to grow your own cannabis at home, and which strains are the most popular on our Cannabis 101 page .Marijuana sizes and prices vary depending on multiple factors. Click to read about what can affect the price of cannabis and about common marijuana sizes.
Units of Measurement for Marijuana
When you are visiting your local dispensary, you should never ask the budtender for “one marijuana, please.” Never. Quantities of cannabis have to be measured (duh) and these a few popular terms and phrases for commonly-purchased amounts. Keep in mind: most regulated markets will measure product amount by grams, but you will also need to consider the potency. Luckily there are testing labs out there that analyze legally-grown cannabis for total THC and CBD content as well as pesticides. Take a look at this comprehensive list of cannabis measurements.
A term used by dealers and buyers to indicate the amount of weed in a bag. The amount and quality of weed can vary between sellers, especially in prohibition states where you may not have the luxury of choice. Some dealers may also be more generous than others, so you may even receive more than your money’s worth at times! A 40 sack contains $40 worth of cannabis, and similar terms such as 20 sack and 50 sack refer to receiving $20 and $50 worth of weed.
“Can I have a 40 sack of that Blue Dream?”
A unit of measure for purchasing cannabis, originating from a 1950s term. During that time, cannabis was sold in tobacco tins, and people would purchase one can at a time. It’s roughly analogous to an eighth of an ounce, or 3.5 grams.
“We’re out of White Widow. Would you mind picking up a can?”
Ten dollars worth of weed. This term is often used when buying from dealers in a prohibition state. A dime bag usually contains a single gram, but depending on your seller, you can get more or less for the price. The term ‘dime bags’ has been in use for decades, long before dealers started pricing by weight. But more and more dealers are doing away with the terminology.
“After my T-break a dime bag is more than enough to get me through the weekend.”
Roughly USD 20 worth of cannabis. “Dub” as a term is borrowed from West Coast car culture, as many in the scene use it to refer to the oft-coveted 20-inch tire rim. As measuring by weight and not monetary value becomes more common, this term is slowly leaving the stoner lexicon. However, it may continue to prevail in prohibition areas, where monetary value continues to be the standard measurement when purchasing cannabis.
“Before I moved to Colorado, I had to buy dub sacks from some guy in my physics class.”
One of the standard measurements for purchasing cannabis flowers. “Eighth” refers to one-eighth of an ounce or roughly 3.5 grams. Pricing for this amount tends to vary depending on location, quality of the product, and availability, but it can range anywhere from $25 to $60. Because cannabis is measured by weight and not the number of buds received, first-timers may think they’re being cheated if they receive only two or three dense nugs as an eighth, but it should all measure out to the appropriate weight.
“I just got paid, so it’s time to hit up the dispensary for an eighth or two.”
One gram of cannabis. Cannabis is measured in metric grams, and the symbol of this measurement (g) soon integrated into stoner slang. Usually, one gram is the smallest amount of flower available for purchase in a dispensary or adult-use storefront. While it may not seem like much, a gram is good for at least two or three decently sized joints–or, you can go all the way and put it all into one fatty.
“Let me get a G of Green Crack. If I like it, I’ll come back for an eighth.”
A standard measurement for purchasing cannabis flower, equivalent to half an ounce. While price varies depending on location, it tends to cost around $100. However, consumers receive a lot of product in return–enough for at least 30 joints if measured out properly. People tend to buy halves of strains that they already know they enjoy, which means they don’t have to stock up as often.
“I can go through a half in about a month, but that’s because I don’t smoke as much as I used to.”
London street slang for an eighth of an ounce of marijuana flower. This term is a tongue-in-cheek reference to former king Henry the 8th and is often used as a replacement in mixed company to talk about weed without being outed as someone who smokes weed.
“We should get our flatmates to pitch on a Henry this weekend.”
Common terminology used in the United States during the 1960s and 1970s to describe approximately an ounce of cannabis. While the origin of this term varies, many agree that it comes from the specific style of coffee cans used during the 1960s, the lids of which peeled off like sardine tins. A lid can also be equivalent to about four fingers’ (measured horizontally against the container) worth of weed.
“Gonna need a Lid for the concert tonight, I love lighting up before hearing live music.”
The traditional measurement of cannabis in edible products, such as chews, tinctures, and drinks. It’s usually shortened to mg. Most edibles contain about 5-10mg of THC, CBD or both. The near-universal metric system is used for the sale and dispense of medication so that physicians and patients alike, regardless of their backgrounds, understand how much product is being discussed. Using the metric system for cannabis emphasizes its medicinal benefits and allows for dosages to be adjusted accordingly.
“My dealer says she has a matchbox of Jack Herer for $20.”
The universally understood metric system is used for measuring dosages of medication, so it makes sense for cannabis to be measured similarly for consumers’ convenience. Most cannabis products such as tinctures, edibles, and chews are measured in milligrams (mg). Most of these products contain 5-10mg of THC, CBD, or both, which allows for users to dose appropriately.
“Edibles affect me much more strongly than flower, so I rarely eat anything over 10 milligrams.”
A standard measurement of cannabis sale and purchase, equivalent to one ounce (oz). The price of an ounce varies depending on legality and location, but consumers should expect to pay at least $150 to $200 USD in a storefront setting. One ounce of weed equates to about 28 grams, which means that it’s an investment that should last even an avid smoker a good while.
“The dispensary finally has Durban Poison so I’m going to buy an ounce and stock up.”
Also known as a quarter, this measures out to approximately 7 grams–exactly one-quarter of an ounce. This is one of the standard quantities cannabis can be sold in, and it usually ranges in price from $50 to $90 depending on location and legality. One Q is enough for about 15 generously sized joints, and depending on your experience level, a bulk purchase like this can last a good while.
“I was wondering if you had a Q of Haze in stock.”
Quarter pound, a standard measurement of cannabis purchasing. Approximately 113 grams or four ounces, this constitutes a large bulk purchase of cannabis. QPs are usually purchased by sellers in black market settings, and the quality of weed can vary anywhere from dank to ditch weed. Consumers in legal states cannot purchase this amount in dispensaries, as most laws allow up to an ounce at a time.
“If we all chip in, we can probably afford a QP of dank.”
Also called “baggies,” sandwich bags are the common packaging method of cannabis in prohibition areas. Sandwich bags are cheap, easy to obtain and allow consumers to carry the product without being too smelly. In legal dispensaries and storefronts, this method of packaging has been replaced by glass jars and vacuum-seal mylar bags that give the product longer shelf life.
“My dealer gives us a discount if we bring back the empty sandwich bag from our last meetup.”
Ten dollars worth of cannabis as sold by Chicago street dealers. The term originates in the eighteenth century when an x-shaped sawhorse was called a sawbuck. Also, the ten-dollar bill was prominently labeled with an X (the Roman numeral for 10). Because of this commonality of X’s, the ten-dollar bill was referred to as a sawbuck and the slang stuck around with Midwestern street dealers.
“I’ve only got a ten-spot so hook me up with a sawbuck.”
A common term for an eighth of an ounce, or 3.5 grams, of cannabis used predominantly in the sale of black-market street dealers to keep the subject of their conversation low-key. The term derives from the fact that a pizza is generally cut into eight slices. The origins of this slang are unknown.
“Looks like I’ve only got $35 so I’ll just take a slice this week.”
In New Zealand, a tinnie refers to $20 worth of cannabis on the black market. The name comes from the fact that many Kiwi cannabis dealers would package a dub sack in tin foil. Not that we want to compare Aussies & Kiwis (because they hate that) but in Australia, the term used is foilie, which is different but has the same origin of the flower being packaged in foil.
“Just a tinnie of herb will get me through til payday.”
A slang term for an ounce of marijuana flowers, approximately 28.5 grams. This code name is used by black market dealers on the phone or other communications to not get caught up by the police. The name got its origin because an ounce generally fills up a Ziplock baggie.
“Pick up a zip and then we won’t have to visit our dealer again for a few weeks.”
The origins of this cannabis slang word are hard to locate, but zone is another term used by dealers to signify an ounce of cannabis flowers. It is possible that this term developed in progression first as an ‘O’ for an ounce, then an ‘O-Zee’, then ‘O-Zone’ and eventually simply to zone. However, this is just speculation.
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