Do you always find yourself asking your favorite budtender to give you weed worth 50 USD, 80 USD, or some other amount?
Have you ever felt a little weird when your budtender asked you whether you would prefer an eight or a quarter of weed?
You don’t have a freaking idea about what your budtender is talking about – and that can be kinda annoying.
It’s fine – you are not alone. We have all been there.
And there are so many people out there who have gone through similar problems. That is because the marijuana metric system is completely messed up.
Yep, we said it! Marijuana measurements are all messed up – and it feels so much better to get it off our chest. It was about time someone stepped up and reformed this speed bump in the cannabis industry.
In fact, this confusion has gone on for so long that now it feels almost impossible to change – it’s better just to get used to it.
Or, so we thought.
That is precisely why experts at the CBD Mag thought it was about time someone discussed the marijuana metric system in depth. This will help you to understand the different standard amounts that are available in local dispensaries.
That way, you will not have to appear like a noob when you are ready to make your first purchase. Weed measurements are no longer a mystery – stay tuned to find out more.
The Marijuana Measurement Craze: How Much Is A Quarter Of Weed?
So, how much is a quarter of weed? Or an ounce of weed, for that matter? In the United States, most people are familiar with the US Customary Units when it comes to measuring anything.
But the world is more comfortable using the International System of Units, which is popularly known as the Metric System.
Perhaps, one confusing thing about consuming or even purchasing cannabis in the US is that the country depends on a combination of their units and the international metrics for describing different quantities of marijuana that we use in our daily lives.
Ounces, Pounds, And Grams:
Pounds and ounces are instances of the United States Customary Units borrowed from the Brits even before the Washington-led hemp-clad continental troops won their nation’s independence.
The gram, on the other hand, is a measuring unit hailing from the International system, originally defined as “the weight of a cubic centimeter of water.” Now, a gram can be defined simply as 1/1000th of a kilogram – it’s the base unit of the International Metric System currently.
That is why the marijuana metric system can be so confusing – the entire system blends two types of measurement units. It feels like you are watching a film that begins like a romantic comedy, only to change into a horror movie suddenly. In the end, you are just confused – wait, what just happened?
And it just does not stop here.
Before you can find out how many grams in a quarter of weed, you have to understand that there have been a pretty long lost of different slang terms that have appeared and disappeared over the years – keep reading to find out more.
Marijuana Jargon And Measuring Weed: How Much Is A Quarter Of Weed?
There are multiple marijuana slang floating out there. Generally, it revolves around certain terms – some specific choice terms. On most occasions, your budtender will typically refer to their weed by the names mentioned below.
- Full O, and
Scroll down to check out the definition of each term mentioned above.
Dime And Dub:
A dub sack or dime bag of marijuana is your everyday stoner slang – it refers to weed worth 10 to 20 dollars, respectively. In fact, the quantity of marijuana you will get when you pay 10 or 20 USD can vary widely depending upon where you are purchasing your pot.
Eighth, Quarter, And Half:
So, what is a quarter of weed? Or, rather, how much is a quarter of weed? The terms ‘eighth,’ ‘quarter,’ and even ‘half’ are all terms for denoting an ounce of marijuana. To make things easier, check out the gram-to-ounce equivalents,
- An Eighth = 3.5 grams.
- A Quarter = 7 grams.
- A Half = 14 grams.
Ounce, Full O, And Z:
‘Ounce’ is not really stoner slang, but both ‘Z’ and ‘Full O’ certainly are slangs! Basically, a ‘Z’ or a ‘Full O’ refers to a full ounce of marijuana, that is, 28 grams. Plus, an ounce of marijuana is what you can legally carry in public if you reside in Washington, Colorado, Oregon, and Alaska.
The term ‘Full O’ is self-explanatory – it’s a short form for a full ounce. But what about ‘Z?’ – unfortunately, like most things in the cannabis industry, the origins of ‘Z’ are also lost in fuzzy pages of pot history.
But a majority of long-time stoners do agree that their canna-foremothers and forefathers did use the term ‘Z’ like a code letter for an ounce of weed.
Why The Term ‘Z?’
Now, you are obviously thinking, ‘why could not they just say ounce?’ – you forget that not very long ago, marijuana was seen in the same light as a host of nasty drugs like crack and heroin – most of these drugs were sold in measurements like an ounce.
So, naturally, if someone heard you asking about buying an ounce, people would automatically assume you were ‘scoring’ something illegal – hence, the code word or, in this case, letter, ‘Z’ to make matters simple.
But why the letter ‘Z’ and not ‘J’ or ‘R’ for that matter? Again, we have no idea, but we do have an assumption. Earlier, when marijuana was not even legal in most places, there was no cool packaging. During this time, glass jars were not considered ideal simply because they could break easily – plastic baggies were the only alternative.
But when Ziploc bags entered the scene, it was only normal for connoisseurs to sue these bags for purchasing marijuana. Fortunately, an ounce of weed would easily fit into these bags, making these containers ideal for storing marijuana.
See, where are we going with this?
You could actually walk into a dispensary and just say, “I need a Z,” instead of, “I would like to buy a ziplock baggie containing an ounce of marijuana, please.”
How To Get The Bang For Buck!
Measuring cannabis is a valuable information. But, how to get your bang for buck? How do you ensure that you are paying the right amount of money for the cannabis you are paying? This section will explore that facet of measuring cannabis.
The most basic information that I can give you is to use a weighing machine in order to measure your cannabis. If you are buying from a dispensary, the budtender will use a scale right infront of you to weigh and pack your cannabis. But you need to remember the aforementioned gram convversion in order for it to work. You can ask the budtender himself to know how much gram is in an eight, quarter, half, an ounce, etc. This will ensure that you are not overpaying for your ‘jah.
However, things might get triuckier if you are living in a state where Marijuana Laws are different. In some states, cannabis cannot be sold in a wholesale format. Rather, it comes in a packaged format. In such cases, take a tissue paper, and pour out the cannabis on a tissue paper. And place that paper onto a scale. This will tell you about the correct dry weight of the cannabis. But in my experience, packaged cannabis are quite true to their claimed weight. You might see a gram here or there and nothing more than that.
If you are looking for strong powerful strain that has more THC per ounce than your other run of the mill ‘jah, we still got you. Here are a few strongest cannabis that you can opt for if you are looking to get some premium cannabis with the money you pay:
Gorrila Glue #4
Ghost Train Haze
Wrapping Up The Marijuana Metric System:
So, now you know how much is a quarter pound of weed, what are your thoughts? A quarter of weed is basically 7 grams of marijuana. The next time you visit the local dispensary, you don’t have to be confused – instead, you can just have clarity about the quantity you actually need as opposed to buying less or extra.
Tell us your thoughts on the marijuana metric system – while sharing your thoughts, feel free to tell us about your experiences related to this mysterious metric system in the comments below.
Barsha Bhattacharya is a senior content writing executive. As a marketing enthusiast and professional for the past 4 years, writing is new to Barsha. And she is loving every bit of it. Her niches are marketing, lifestyle, wellness, travel and entertainment. Apart from writing, Barsha loves to travel, binge-watch, research conspiracy theories, Instagram and overthink.