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How Many Grams Are In A Pound Of Weed?

Never get shorted on weed again.

by Michael Hadley – June 20, 2019

Understanding how much of a product you are purchasing seems like a pretty obvious piece of information to know, but many weed smokers don’t really know how simple conversions are, like how many grams are in a pound. Knowing what you are picking up, and how to convert one into the other, can help save you cash and flower.

On top of that, there is plenty of misconception and number-fudging that happens to make scaling easier, including rounding down as a rule. Yes, there are plenty of online converters, but we think knowing how to convert weight is an important basic skill for any smoker.

How Many Grams Are In A Pound of Weed?

Typically, the smallest unit of measurement found for cannabis is a gram. (For the more casual user, that is a typical size for a normal pre-roll.) After grams comes ounces, but this is where things immediately get weird. Dispensaries and dealers alike have been giving out ounces that weigh 28 grams for years, using the number 28 as a way to easily break down halves (14 grams), quarters (seven grams), and eighths (3.5 grams).

The problem with these fractions is they aren’t exactly honest. Instead of being a tidy 28 grams per ounce, there are .35 grams neatly stashed away, rounded down into obscurity. That may not seem like a lot, maybe a small bowl’s worth of cannabis, but it adds up over time. In fact, for heavy cannabis smokers going through an ounce a week, that adds up to over 18 grams per year, more than a significant amount of flower for any kind of consumer.

But the common confusion caused by casual rounding doesn’t end there. When we round, 16 ounces in a pound, multiplied by 28 grams in an ounce, becomes 448 grams in a pound. But because of the rounding done to the weight of the ounce, 16 ounces becomes 453.592 grams.

So, does this mean there are hundreds, or even thousands, of rounded-off grams floating around the world, waiting to be snatched up? Nope!
Because of the massive confusion that can come from rounding – is it 28.35 or 28.4 or 28? – the rule in the cannabis industry is to always round down. I know its technically not right but come on! A pound of cannabis is then easily measured at 448 grams

Many weed smokers don’t really know how simple conversions, like how many grams are in a pound. Knowing what you are picking up can help save you cash.