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Guide to Cannabis Measurements

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One of the biggest anxieties we hear from cannabis newcomers is centered around measuring marijuana. How much is enough? How much is too much? Do I ask for specific measurements or should I use slang terms? These are all great questions, so we put together this guide to cannabis measurements to ensure you have all the answers you need. 

How Do You Measure Marijuana?

When placing a cannabis order for products such as flower or concentrates, you’ll find that most dispensary menus use gram and ounce marijuana measurements. This allows dispensary staff to be more precise when weighing products. You can also use the same marijuana scale measurements when dosing your consumption to ensure you are using the appropriate amount. 

We’ve compiled the most common marijuana measurement terms to help you understand what they mean and what they translate to when it comes to how many sessions you can get out of each amount. You may have heard these units referred to in slang terms like “dime bag” or “slice,” but these are not used in modern dispensaries. Here are the amounts you will typically find today: 

Gram = 1000 mg 

A gram is about the weight of a paperclip, and it’s one of the smallest amounts in which flower is sold. In general, you can fill a pipe a maximum of two times with just a single gram. 

When it comes to concentrates, typically, you can order product in either grams or half grams. This amount can last you up to 20 sessions with a dab rig and possibly more in a vape pen, depending on how much you consume per session. 

Eighth = ⅛ of an ounce or 3.5 grams

This amount tends to be the most popular among cannabis enthusiasts. It’s enough to enjoy as an individual over a period of time. For most people, you can roll up to seven slim cones with this amount of cannabis.

Quarter = 7 grams in ¼ ounce

If you laid out a single dollar bill, a quarter of marijuana would cover half of it. You can typically get up to 14 slim cones - or “joints” - from this amount. This is not an insignificant amount, which is why it is more appropriate for a regular cannabis consumer or a medical cannabis patient. This is also what most people consider to be a pricey purchase, especially if you’re consuming premium flower.  

Half = 14 grams in ½ ounce

This is a large amount of flower that can be used for a variety of sessions. You can create up to 28 cones, though it can certainly be used in more than just rolling papers. 

Ounce = 28 grams

In most locations, this is the most marijuana flower a customer can order from a dispensary, due to legal requirements. With an ounce of marijuana, you can create 56 cones–that means if you consume one a day, this amount will last you approximately two months. 

While there are measurements that go higher (pounds and kilograms), these are reserved for state-licensed cannabis dispensaries that order those amounts to sell to medical cannabis patients and consumers. 

Knowing the various amounts you can order cannabis in is just the first step in actually purchasing cannabis. Every state also has purchase limits for marijuana.

How Much Cannabis Can I Buy? 

You can’t have a conversation around cannabis measurements without understanding exactly how much you are legally allowed to purchase. While every state is different, they usually have different purchase limits for adult-use customers and medical marijuana patients. These purchase limits let the consumer know how much marijuana product you can actively purchase in a single day at state-licensed dispensaries. 

There are also a few additional factors to consider when deciding what and how much to purchase in a dispensary.

Medical vs Recreational Consumer
States often allow medical cannabis patients to purchase more marijuana products than recreational customers. For example, medical marijuana patients in Massachusetts are allowed to purchase up to 10 ounces of product. However, a recreational customer can only purchase up to 1 ounce of flower or 5 grams of concentrates. 

Resident vs Visitor
In some recreational cannabis states, residents are able to purchase more cannabis products than out-of-state visitors. Check the local laws in the state you’re visiting before venturing to a dispensary. 

Purchase Limit vs Possession Limit
While you are able to purchase the state maximum per day from state-licensed recreational dispensaries, you can’t carry around an unlimited amount of cannabis product with you. In Illinois, you can purchase up to 30 grams of flower per day, but you cannot carry more than 30 grams by law. 

Understanding Cannabis Measurements 

Slang terms are a thing of the past, so it’s important to know and understand modern marijuana dispensary measurements to ensure you are getting exactly what you want. And if you don’t know, just ask a budtender! They’re there to help you through your entire purchase process.

Recreational Cannabis is not available in all states. Cannabis is for medical use only and may only be used by certified patients in Maryland, New York, and Pennsylvania. State laws impact what dispensaries can and can’t sell to recreational customers and medical marijuana patients. Not every type of product, consumption method, dosage form, or potency mentioned on this blog will be permitted in all locations.

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