units of measurement

Weed Measurements

 

When you are visiting your local dispensary, you should never ask the budtender for “one marijuana, please.” Never. Quantities of cannabis have to be measured (duh) and these a few popular terms and phrases for commonly-purchased amounts. Keep in mind: most regulated markets will measure product amount by grams, but you will also need to consider the potency. Luckily there are testing labs out there that analyze legally-grown cannabis for total THC and CBD content as well as pesticides. Take a look at this comprehensive list of cannabis measurements.

20 Bag

20 Bag

A bag containing 20 dollars worth of marijuana. The total volume of product you will receive for 20 dollars depends on who you buy it from and where you are located. Typically, a 20 bag contains about 2 grams of weed.

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Eighth

Eighth

One of the standard measurements for purchasing cannabis flowers. “Eighth” refers to one-eighth of an ounce or roughly 3.5 grams. Pricing for this amount tends to vary depending on location, quality of the product, and availability, but it can range anywhere from $25 to $60. Because cannabis is measured by weight and not the number of buds received, first-timers may think they’re being cheated if they receive only two or three dense nugs as an eighth, but it should all measure out to the appropriate weight.

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Zip

Zip

A slang term for an ounce of marijuana flowers, approximately 28.5 grams. This code name is used by black market dealers on the phone or other communications to not get caught up by the police. The name got its origin because an ounce generally fills up a Ziplock baggie.

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Zone

Zone

The origins of this cannabis slang word are hard to locate, but zone is another term used by dealers to signify an ounce of cannabis flowers. It is possible that this term developed in progression first as an ‘O’ for an ounce, then an ‘O-Zee’, then ‘O-Zone’ and eventually simply to zone. However, this is just speculation.

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Tinnie

Tinnie

In New Zealand, a tinnie refers to $20 worth of cannabis on the black market. The name comes from the fact that many Kiwi cannabis dealers would package a dub sack in tin foil. Not that we want to compare Aussies & Kiwis (because they hate that) but in Australia, the term used is foilie, which is different but has the same origin of the flower being packaged in foil.

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Sawbuck

Sawbuck

Ten dollars worth of cannabis as sold by Chicago street dealers. The term originates in the eighteenth century when an x-shaped sawhorse was called a sawbuck. Also, the ten-dollar bill was prominently labeled with an X (the Roman numeral for 10). Because of this commonality of X’s, the ten-dollar bill was referred to as a sawbuck and the slang stuck around with Midwestern street dealers.

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