How Much is an Ounce of Weed?


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When it comes to weed, flower for sale is broken down into specific quantities based on weight. And, an ounce of cannabis is one quantity you may encounter as a dispensary shopper, but how much is an ounce of weed?

It’s always helpful to be ready to walk into the dispensary knowing exactly what and how much you want when it comes to buying flower. Take a look at how much an ounce of weed actually is, in terms of weight, volume, and cost.

First, the Terminology Associated with the Ounce of Cannabis

When you walk through the door of a dispensary for the first time, it may sound as if the people around you are speaking a foreign language. They may be asking for an eighth of weed, a zip of weed, a half-O, or even asking about the price of a QP (quarter-pound). And, an ounce of marijuana is not always called an ounce in the world of weed. Just as it is with most other measurements, an ounce has been given a few other names, such as a “zip,” an “Oz,” and simply an “O.” So, a half-O would be a half-ounce of cannabis or a quarter Oz would be one-fourth of a cannabis ounce.

So, how much is an ounce of weed by weight?

Simply put, an ounce of weed is a quantity of cured flower that weighs exactly one dry-weight ounce. In most states, an ounce just happens to be the most you can buy at one time, including in the state of Massachusetts and Vermont. In Maine, you can actually purchase up to 2.5 ounces of weed in one day.

Keep in mind, it takes 16 ounces to make a pound, so an ounce is essentially 1/16th of a pound of weed. Make no mistake, even though an ounce doesn’t sound like a lot, this is an impressive amount of cannabis—about 28 grams to be exact.

What does a cannabis ounce look like?

To better understand what an ounce of weed looks like, here are a few good references. Most blunts will have about a gram of weed in them. So, in theory, if you buy an ounce of weed, you could roll 28-gram-sized blunts. While the exact quantity can vary because every strain weighs differently due to moisture content and density of the flowers, an ounce is going to be quite a few nuggets, usually about two handfuls.

How does an ounce of weed compare to a pound?

A zip of weed is definitely a lot! However, compared to a full pound, an ounce would be a relatively small quantity. You would have 16 times as much bud with a pound as you would with a marijuana ounce. A pound of weed could give you around 453 gram-sized joints versus 28. Of course, you will rarely hear anyone asking for a pound of weed, while asking for an ounce is common. That is unless you are hanging around wholesalers or cannabis retailers.

How much does an ounce of weed cost?

Costs can vary drastically from one geographic location to the next, from one strain to the next, and even from day to day due to supply and demand. According to Green Flower News, an ounce can cost anywhere from $160 to $350, depending on all the aforementioned factors. The average for a high-quality ounce as of 2022 was right at $318.

While this may sound high for an ounce of cannabis, this is a substantial amount of cannabis. A lot of people prefer to buy their flower in bulk, so they don’t have to make so many trips to a dispensary or to secure a favorite strain to make sure they have what they like on hand. It is a good thing to note, if you buy a lot of cannabis, it can be more cost-effective to buy larger quantities than to buy it by the gram.

The Marijuana Ounce – Other FAQs

How many eighths are in an ounce of marijuana?

The measurement “eighth” in terms of weed actually means an eighth of an ounce of cannabis. Therefore, there are eight eighths in a single cannabis ounce.

Why is an ounce of cannabis referred to as a zip?

While a “zip” may sound like an odd designation for an ounce of weed, this actually has a very basic root cause. A long time ago, people often stored an ounce in a zipper storage baggie. And, an ounce would usually take up the full standard zip-style plastic bag, so this quantity often got referred to as a zip.

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Once you’ve purchased an ounce of weed once, you will have a good reference point to pull out of your memory down the road. Whether you come to the dispensary to buy an oz of weed or you want something smaller, we’ll make sure you know exactly what you need when you visit us at Silver Therapeutics. From the zips to the eights to the Os and slices, we’re happy to help you navigate through the terminology.

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