Measuring out portions of bud is a huge part of the cannabis scene. Sellers and buyers both need a standard system to know how much herb is being bought and sold. And one of the most common questions weed smokers run into is how many grams in a pound.
Unfortunately for those of us who are not math fans, this means we have to deal with numbers. But don’t worry. It is actually pretty simple once you know a few basic units. This guide will give you everything you need to know so you can navigate the world of weed like a pro. In particular, the main question we’re going to answer is: How many grams in a pound?
The Hard Math: How Many Grams In A Pound?
The tricky part about figuring out how many grams in a pound is that you are going from metric (grams) to imperial (pounds). To do this conversion we have to do a little bit of extra math.
Since some of you out there may actually like math, we’ll walk you through the full process. And for those of you who aren’t math fans, we’ll boil it all down to just the key stuff you need to know.
For starters, 1 gram = 0.00220462 pounds. Since we are trying to figure out how many grams are in 1 pound, we need to divide 1 by that long decimal 0.00220462.
It should look like this: 1/0.00220462. And the answer we get is: 453.592. That’s the basic conversion. There are 453.592 grams in 1 pound. One way or another—whether you care about how we got here or not—that is the answer to how many grams in a pound.
Cannabis Math: How Many Grams In A Pound?
Knowing that there are 453.592 grams in a pound is fine, but what does it actually mean in terms of cannabis? After all, that is what we really care about. That is what we really want to know.
As it turns out, the answer to that question kind of depends on where and how you are buying your weed.
The standard way of selling cannabis on the black market is in eighths. As in 1/8 of an ounce. To give you some context, an eighth of weed typically lasts the average smoker two to four days.
Now, this is where cannabis math starts diverging from the hard math. An eighth of an ounce is technically equal to 3.54369 grams. But the huge majority of dealers keep it simple. They round it down to a nice clean 3.5 grams.
Since there are 8 eighths in an ounce, weed dealer math says that there are 28 grams in a full ounce of cannabis (3.5 x 8 = 28).
And if we keep going, since there are 16 ounces in a pound, cannabis math concludes that there are 448 grams of bud in a pound (28 x 16 = 448). So if you try to buy a pound of weed on the black market, chances are you will get 448 grams.
But remember, the hard math is very different. There are technically 453.592 grams in a pound. That means that if you try to buy a pound of weed on the black market you will probably get ripped off by 5.592 ounces, which is actually quite a bit. That much weed would keep the average weed smoker going for 15-20 weeks.
Things are different if you are buying your cannabis at a legal dispensary. There the measurements are likely to be more precise and truer to the hard math. But the problem is that it is also more regulated.
Currently, there is no state that will allow you to walk into a dispensary and buy a full pound of bud at one time. In most places, you will have to settle for an ounce at a time.
Final Hit: How Many Grams in a Pound of Weed?
The last way we should break all this down is in terms of actual smokeability and value. For the average smoker, here’s the breakdown:
- an eighth = 2-3 days of smoking or 7 average-sized joints
- an ounce = 2-3 weeks or roughly 56 average-sized joints
- a pound = 32-48 weeks or roughly 896 averaged-sized joints
Clearly, nobody would ever buy a full pound of herb for their own personal smoking. It would pretty much only make sense for selling purposes.
Calculating the monetary value of weed is tricky. There are too many variables. The biggest ones are where you live and the quality of the bud. But on average, it’s safe to assume that an eighth of good weed will cost $45. With that as our starting place, here’s the breakdown:
Now that we have gone through all the math, hopefully, you have a better sense of how many grams are in a pound. The key thing is that the cannabis math—how much weed is in a pound of bud on the real-world market—is very different than the hard math.
If you are for some reason trying to buy a full pound of weed, you will definitely have to go through the black market. And you will just have to accept the fact that you will get 448 grams of weed rather than the mathematically correct 453.592 grams in a pound of weed.