Buying weed from a dealer or dispensary can be tricky if you don’t understand some basic units of measurement. Especially if you’re new to the realm of marijuana, terms like eighth sound foreign. Like, how many grams are in an eighth? What is it a 1/8th of? Etc.
Don’t stress it; we’ll go into all the details for you, and by the time we’re done, you’ll be making marijuana purchases like a pro.
Measuring Weed: The Basic Units
Users and sellers of cannabis use both the imperial system and the metric system. However, the imperial system and slang are often used in place of the metric system.
It’s important to know both and some conversions to understand what you’re getting. New smokers will need to be familiar with the eighth because that’s about how much a regular user picks up at a time. So, let’s get into what this exactly this “1/8th” is.
An eighth is short for a 1/8th of an ounce, making it a part of the imperial scale. And to put that into a scale, an ounce should last a regular user about two to three weeks. So, an eighth is good for a few days of smoking.
Weight Conversions – How Many Grams Are In An Eighth?
Understanding grams is necessary because dispensaries most likely label their products in grams. Furthermore, most weed measurement done on a scale is done in grams.
To better understand how we get the number of grams in a 1/8th, we’ll need to go over the number of grams in an ounce.
Technically there are 28.3495 grams in an ounce unit. However, in the world of weed, we simplify that to 28 grams. Take that number and divide it by eight and you get 3.5 grams.
That means the eighth consist of 3.54688 grams. So, if you’re paying for a 1/8th and you’ve got a scale at home make sure it weighs out to 3.5 grams or higher.
- 3.54688 grams = An eighth
- 28.3495 = One ounce
Grams And Ounces In Dollars And Cents
Now, you understand how to get the number of grams in an eighth. What you need to know next is how much a 1/8th is worth. This will vary depending on where you’re at and the quality of the weed. But we can give you a general idea.
A gram is usually between $12-15 depending on where you’re at. Since you need 3.5 grams, expect to pay about $35-45 an eighth. In fact, in many places, an eighth of quality nugs will run you $50.
How Much Am I Smoking?
Another way to understand the number of grams in an eighth is to put into smoking terms. One study found that the average joint had .66 grams of marijuana inside. Another study said that most joints contain only .32 grams.
For our purposes, let’s average the two, which comes out to about .5 grams per joint. This means a gram is equal to two joints of pure weed.
So an eighth is good enough to roll seven medium sized joints. You can make that last you a week or a few days depending on your smoking habits.