What Is a Gram of Weed and Did You Receive the Amount You Ordered?

One of the most confusing aspects of purchasing cannabis are the different weights and measurements. Newbies aren’t fully sure how much marijuana they need but are definitely not sure what each measurement should look like.

Here’s the easiest fact to remember: marijuana is measured in grams.

Going to a dispensary is easy because the budtender weighs out the marijuana nugs for you.

But what if you order marijuana online? How do you know if you’re getting the amount you ordered? Don’t worry — there are ways you can check and see if you’re getting ripped off.

Here’s your guide to ordering marijuana online. Continue reading and learn about a gram of weed, other common buying amounts, and knowing you’re not getting ripped off.

So What is a Gram of Weed?

A gram is pretty self-explanatory: it’s a small amount of marijuana that’s a gram in weight.

But most Americans are confused by this because of the metric system, which will be discussed later. This is why grams are only used to identify small quantities of marijuana.

The amount of nugs you receive depends on the size of the nug. Three small nugs can equal a gram while two large nugs can be the same measurement. You can also order two grams, which is double the amount of one gram.


After you order three grams, the size becomes ounces. This is the amount that most marijuana users order.

When converting grams to ounces, 1 gram = 0.035 ounces. This makes grams bigger than ounces.

Americans popularized the ounce label. American use ounce measurements rather than the metric system — it’s just easier for Americans to understand and gauge an ounce vs. a gram.

But what about the first two grams? Since 1 gram is a tiny ounce fraction, it’s silly to say “I want 0.04 ounces of marijuana.”

There’s another reason why most people buy marijuana in ounces. You get a larger quantity and it’s worth the extra money. First-time smokers may only want to buy a gram or two at a time, but you’ll start ordering ounces.

When ordering marijuana in ounces, you express them as a fraction. Here are the common marijuana terms and the ounce-gram conversions.

  • 1/8 ounce = 3.5 grams (simply called “an eighth”)
  • 1/4 ounce = 7 grams (simply called “a quarter”)
  • 1/2 ounce = 14 grams (simply called “a half”)
  • 1 ounce = 28.35 grams

Depending on the location, you can’t buy up to four ounces at a time.

Other Marijuana Consumption Methods

While these measurements help a lot of marijuana newbies, it still goes more in-depth.

The easiest way to gauge your quantity is in dry herb or flower, which is just the plant. But marijuana has two other common consumption methods: concentrate and edibles.

Concentrate, also known as dabs, is the waxy or liquid form of cannabinoids that were extracted out of trichomes.

Since this holds a higher amount of cannabinoids such as THC, you only need to buy a small amount.

Therefore, you only need to purchase a small amount. If you’re new to concentrate, only purchase a gram — it will go farther than you think.

As a good rule of thumb, you shouldn’t need more than two grams of dabs. Even one gram will last a beginner several days or even weeks.

Edibles are a little different. Since they’re food products, the weight varies with each product.

You can get a pack of 25 gummies or get a package of four cakes or brownies. But you should always be careful with edibles — they’re highly potent and beginners should proceed with caution.

Were You Ripped Off?

Now you understand different marijuana measurement facts and terminology. Do you still believe you were ripped off? Here are some rules you should know before coming to that conclusion.

Gram Per Price

Before you discover if you were ripped off or not, you should know the general prices of marijuana per gram. Each dispensary and online store has their own pricing and buys from different growers, so these rates are pretty flexible.

  • 1 gram = $13-$16
  • 2 grams = $23-29
  • An eighth = $35-$45
  • A quarter = $75-$80
  • Half = $145-$150
  • Ounce = $285-$290

If you notice you paid a certain amount that was higher than the chart, here are some other factors to take into consideration.


Each marijuana strain has different price factors. Certain strains are rare, have more potency or require more difficulty or time to produce. Therefore, growers will upcharge.

If you think this is the case, research the strain you ordered. See if there’s a reason why it’s possibly more expensive. If you can’t find anything, research the price the dispensaries in surrounding areas are charging.


Since dabs have a higher concentration of THC and other cannabinoids, they will be more expensive. Even buying two grams can get the same price as an eighth or a quarter of dry bud. Here are some general prices:

  • Half gram = $25-$50
  • Gram = $45-$95
  • Two grams = $65-$140

The prices are higher and you get a smaller amount, but you only need a small amount. Because of the potency, you only need a tiny piece of dabs to get you high. Beginners shouldn’t have to buy more than a half gram.

The prices are also flexible because of quality. Typical but quality shatter will cost around $20 per half-gram, but the extremely high-quality dabs will cost close to $50 per gram. Any more than that, and you’re probably getting ripped off.

Time to Buy Marijuana

If you’re a beginning marijuana user, you probably have no idea what a gram of weed is. Whether you buy flower or concentrate, it’s important to understand these measurements. Measurements also dictate price.

If you believe you’ve been jipped, pay attention to the different pricing and strain quality.

But there are many factors that go into marijuana pricing — unless the amount you pay is extremely higher than what’s mentioned in this article, call the dispensary and ask for a refund.

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