Common Cannabis Conversions

Understanding cannabis measurements is more than just knowing your "zip" from your "eify." It's about connecting with a culture that has its own unique language – from the discreet "pinner" to the substantial "elbow." Additionally, we provide the latest average prices in both Canadian and US dollars as of 2024 for each quantity.  This guide is here to clarify these terms and quantities, whether you're a long-time enthusiast or new to the cannabis scene.

Under a Gram

The rising popularity of pre-rolls under a gram mirrors the market's shift towards moderation and convenience. Quantities under a gram, specifically 0.25g, 0.35g, and 0.5g, offer a subtle yet satisfying cannabis experience. The 0.25g "pinner" is a slender, short joint reminiscent of a cigarette, ideal for a quick session. The 0.35g "dog walker" is perfect for a brief, leisurely activity like a walk outdoors. For those looking for just a bit more, the 0.5g "quickie," provides a modest dose, suitable for sampling different strains or enjoying a moment of relaxation without the commitment of a larger roll.

What does Less than a Gram of Weed look like?

Quantities under a gram, including the half-gram and smaller amounts like a quarter gram or tenth of a gram, represent only a fraction of the standard cannabis measure. A half-gram is about the size of a small coin, while a quarter gram is akin to a few pinches of herbs.

How Much are Pre-Rolls that are Under a Gram?

0.25g – 0.30g Pre-rolls (Pinners)

  • Canadian Price (CAD): Typically, around $2 to $4 each
  • United States Price (USD): Generally priced from $2 to $3 each.

0.35g – 0.4g Pre-rolls (Dog Walkers)

  • Canadian Price (CAD): About $2.35 to $4.60 each
  • United States Price (USD): Approximately $3 to $6 each

0.5g – 0.75g Pre-rolls (Quickies)

  • Canadian Price (CAD): Usually around $2.50 to $5.60 each
  • United States Price (USD): Commonly $4 to $7 each

The Gram

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A "dime bag" reffers to a $10 gram of cannabis, while "sawbuck" referenced the same amount, linking back to the Roman numeral X on ten-dollar bills. "Dub" is a more modern term for a $20 gram. These slangs persist despite changing prices.

How Big is a Gram of Weed?

A gram of weed, equivalent to the size and weight of a grape, is a popular choice for casual users or those wanting to sample a new strain. This amount is just right for rolling a single joint or for a few uses in a pipe or vaporizer, making it ideal for occasional or experimental use.

How Much is a Gram of Weed?

  • Canadian Price (CAD): $10 to $15 per gram.
  • United States Price (USD): $10 to $20 per gram.

An Eighth

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An eighth, or 1/8 ounce, is a standard measure for cannabis. Commonly called a "slice," akin to a slice of pizza, this quantity is also known as "eify" and "henry" in some circles. Additionally, it's sometimes referred to as a "half-quarter," indicating its half the amount of a quarter ounce.

How Big Is an Eighth of Weed?

An eighth of weed, or 3.5 grams, mirrors the size of a kiwi. This quantity is perfect for those who enjoy a joint or two during the week, offering enough cannabis for several sessions without going overboard. It's a versatile amount for trying out different strains or for a weekend's enjoyment.

How Much is an Eighth of Weed?

  • Canadian Price (CAD): $30 to $50 ($8.57 to $14.29 per gram)
  • United States Price (USD): $25 to $40 ($7.14 to $11.43 per gram)

A Quarter

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The term "quarter" represents a quarter of an ounce and is sometimes referred to as a "quad," especially in North America. Another term used for this quantity is "seven," denoting the approximate gram weight.

How Big is a Quarter of Weed?

At about 7 grams, a quarter of weed is comparable in size to an apple and has the weight of a standard No. 2 pencil. This amount suits regular users who prefer having a steady supply. It offers a balance of quantity and freshness, ideal for those with a consistent but moderate consumption rate.

How Much is a Quarter of Weed?

  • Canadian Price (CAD): $50 to $80 ($7.14 to $11.43 per gram)
  • United States Price (USD): $50 to $80 ($7.14 to $11.43 per gram)

A Half

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A half-ounce is commonly known as a "half," or sometimes "half a zip" in slang terms. In cannabis circles, the term "half-O" is also popular, directly indicating half of the standard ounce measurement.

How Big is a Half Ounce of Weed?

A half-ounce of cannabis, which is 14 grams, is similar to an orange in size and the weight of a teaspoon. It's a substantial quantity, perfect for those who consume regularly or for social gatherings. This amount ensures a lasting supply, reducing the need for frequent purchases.

How Much is a Half Ounce of Weed?

  • Canadian Price (CAD): $90 to $160 ($6.43 to $11.43 per gram)
  • United States Price (USD): $100 to $180 ($7.14 to $12.86 per gram)

An Ounce

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An ounce is often referred to as an "O" or a "zip." The term "zip" comes from the Ziploc bag, which commonly holds an ounce. Another slang term for an ounce is "lid," often used in regions where the term historically meant a larger quantity. "O Zone" is another colloquial term used in some areas. It represents the maximum amount an individual can possess in many jurisdictions for personal consumption.


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How Big is an Ounce of Weed?

Weighing in at 28 grams, an ounce of weed is about as big as a small coconut and as heavy as a slice of bread. This is a significant amount for avid users and is often the upper limit for legal possession. It provides plenty of cannabis for regular use over an extended period.

How Much is an Ounce of Weed?

  • Canadian Price (CAD): $160 to $300 ($5.71 to $10.71 per gram)
  • United States Price (USD): $150 to $300 ($5.36 to $10.71 per gram)

Cannabis Possession Laws in North America

In Canada, under the federal Cannabis Act, adults aged 18 and older can legally possess up to 30 grams of legal dried cannabis in public. This limit is raised in most provinces and territories to age 19, and in Quebec, it is 21. In addition to dried cannabis, individuals can share up to 30 grams with other adults, purchase cannabis from authorized retailers, grow up to 4 plants per residence from licensed seeds or seedlings, and make cannabis products at home as long as no organic solvents are used for concentrated products.

As of December 2, 2022, adults can also possess up to 17.1 liters of cannabis beverages in public, which is equivalent to 48 cans of 355 ml each. Penalties for possessing cannabis over the legal limit include fines for small amounts and up to 5 years in prison for larger amounts. At home, there are varying limits depending on the province, with some provinces like British Columbia having a limit of 1,000 grams, while others like Alberta, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, the Northwest Territories, Nova Scotia, Ontario, and Prince Edward Island have no set limit for possession at home.

To ensure you're always up-to-date with the latest legal guidelines and to make informed decisions, I encourage you to visit the Government of Canada's Cannabis Act page or use the official government-provided calculators for precise calculations of legal possession limits. Stay informed and compliant by checking these reliable resources regularly.

In the United States, cannabis laws vary by state, and it's crucial to check the specific regulations of each state for possession limits and legality.

A Quarter Pound

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The term "quarter pound" is derived from its weight, being a quarter of a pound (lb). In slang, it's often abbreviated to "QP." The term "QP" is widely recognized in the cannabis community and is often used in markets where larger quantities are bought and sold.

How Big is a Quarter Pound of Weed?

A quarter pound, or 113 grams (4 ounces), of weed is similar in size to a grapefruit and has the heft of a bar of soap. This larger quantity is often sought after by seasoned users or those who prefer to stock up, ensuring a long-lasting supply for continuous enjoyment.

How Much is a Quarter Pound of Weed?

  • Canadian Price (CAD): $560 to $1,400 (approximately $4.96 to $12.39 per gram)
  • United States Price (USD): $560 to $1,400 (approximately $4.96 to $12.39 per gram)

A Half Pound

A "half pound" directly refers to its weight – half of a full pound. In cannabis slang, it's sometimes referred to as a "half pack" or "half P." These terms are commonly used among users and sellers who handle cannabis in larger volumes.

How Big is a Half Pound of Weed?

Resembling a pineapple in size, a half pound of cannabis (226.8 grams or 8 ounces) carries the weight of about 1 cup of water. It's a substantial quantity commonly used for distribution or by individuals who prefer to have a large supply on hand, catering to long-term needs.

How Much is a Half Pound of Weed?

  • Canadian Price (CAD): $1,120 to $2,800 (approximately $4.95 to $12.37 per gram)
  • United States Price (USD): $1,120 to $2,800 (approximately $4.95 to $12.37 per gram)

A Pound

A pound of weed, a large quantity primarily for distribution, is often abbreviated as "lb" (from the Latin 'libra'), which stands for pound. In street slang, it's sometimes referred to as a "pack" or "elbow," with "elbow" being a play on the letter 'L' in lb.

How Big is a Pound of Weed?

A pound of weed, totaling 453 grams, is as big as a watermelon and as heavy as a block of butter. This amount is typically reserved for larger-scale distribution and is far beyond what a casual or even regular user would possess. It's a significant volume, primarily for those deeply integrated into the cannabis industry.

How Much is a Pound of Weed?

  • Canadian Price (CAD): $2,000 to $3,500 (approximately $4.42 to $7.73 per gram)
  • United States Price (USD): $2,000 to $4,000 (approximately $4.42 to $8.83 per gram)

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Marijuana Measurement Cheat Sheet

Measurement By Grams By Ounce Canadian Price (CAD) United States Price (USD) Almost the size of...
One Gram 1 g - $10 - $15 $10 - $20 A grape
One Eighth 3.5 g ⅛ ounce $30 - $50 $25 - $40 A kiwi
One Quarter 7 g ¼ ounce $50 - $80 $50 - $80 An apple
One Half 14 g ½ ounce $90 - $160 $100 - $180 An orange
One Ounce 28 g 1 ounce $160 - $300 $150 - $300 A coconut
Quarter Pound 113 g 4 ounces $560 - $1,400 $560 - $1,400 A grapefruit
Half Pound 226.8 g 8 ounces $1,120 - $2,800 $1,120 - $2,800 A pineapple
One Pound 453.6 g 16 ounces $2,000 - $3,500 $2,000 - $4,000 A watermelon