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May 4, 2017 12:05 PM

Weed Measurements: Understanding Marijuana Metric System

Most Americans never even bothered trying to learn and understand the International System of Units also knows as the metric system. But once you decided to make cannabis a part of your daily life, you will need to learn how to measure weed using both the U.S. Customary Units and the metric system.

Why is it so important?

There are a few reasons why you'd better know all the tricky jargon words for various marijuana measurements and learn the difference between pounds, ounces, and grams. First, it will help you feel more comfortable when buying weed. There are a lot of people who just ask their budtender to give them $10 or $20 worth of weed, and there is nothing wrong about it. But how many times have you wondered if your budtender gave you the exact amount of marijuana you paid for? When you know at least the most common weed measurments, it is easier for you to understand how much cannabis you can get for a certain price.

Secondly, knowing different measurements of marijuana may help you avoid having troubles with the law. Even in the states where cannabis was legalized for both medical and recreational use, the amount of weed you can purchase, possess, and use is still strictly limited. And in the states where marijuana is not legal yet, an extra gram makes you cross the thin line between a misdemeanor and a felony.

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The Metric System of Marijuana

The most curious thing about cannabis measurements is that we use a mix of two systems: the U.S. Customary Units and the metric system. And while we deal with pounds and ounces on a daily basis, using grams as a measurement remains a mystery for most of us.

When it comes to measuring weight, the basic unit of the metric system is a kilogram. And a gram is one one-thousandth of a kilo, as well as the weight of one cubic centimeter of water. It may seem tricky and hard to understand, but the only thing you need to remember is that one ounce equals approximately 28 grams.

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Weed Measurement Jargon

Since you already know how to convert ounces into grams, let us get to the more useful stuff. When we talk about different amounts of marijuana, we usually use certain jargon words. All you have to do is to memorize both the words and the weight they represent.

Here are the seven most commonly used jargon words for measuring cannabis:

  • a dime;
  • a dub;
  • a teenth;
  • an eighth;
  • a quarter;
  • a half;
  • an O or Z.

A dime is a $10 worth amount of marijuana. How many grams of weed you can purchase for ten dollars totally depends on where you are buying it, but usually, it equals around half a gram of weed, just enough to roll a joint.

A dub is an amount of marijuana you can purchase for $20. Usually, it is about 1 gram of marijuana―enough to roll two average joints or one decent blunt.

A teenth is a 1/16 of an ounce or about 1.25 grams.

An eighth is one of the most commonly used measurements, and it equals 1/8 of an ounce or 3.5 grams. Quarter means ¼ of an ounce and equals 7 grams. Half is a term for ½ of an ounce and equals 14 grams.

“O” or “Z” is what they call an ounce or 28 grams of cannabis. An ounce is the most important measurement because, in most legal states, one ounce is the highest amount of marijuana you can possess without breaking the law.

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Now you know how is weed measured, so you can feel more confident when talking to your budtender and won't get into trouble for possessing more cannabis than allowed by the law. Enjoy your cannabis experience every day and subscribe to our newsletter for new stories and useful marijuana tips.