There are a lot of names for the weight of cannabis. It is therefore sometimes difficult to know how much you get for your money. In this article we'll explain everything you need to know about different cannabis quantities.

The terms for quantities of cannabis vary depending on where in the world you live. This also applies to the measurement system, imperial or metric. However, there are a few standard sizes that are well known in various parts of the world. Read on and learn all about the different measurements and the weight at which cannabis is sold.


A gram of weed is the smallest amount of weed that you can buy. The amount of weed in 1 gram depends on the weight and size of the buds.

A small, compact weed top usually weighs around 1 gram. And that's usually enough for 2 joints, depending on how thick or thin you roll your joints and whether or not you use tobacco.

The designation '1 gram' is used in many places in the world including North America and Europe.

⅛ ounce / or eight

1 ounce is approximately 28g. So ⅛ ounce (often simply called 'eighth') is approximately 3.5g. For an eight you generally have 3 good buds. This depends on how large and heavy the buds are. Depending on how you roll, you can make 4 joints out of this.

Eight is not used everywhere in the world, but it is used in (parts of) Canada, New Zealand, UK and USA. You don't see the term that often in Europe.

¼ ounce / quarter

A ¼ ounce is 7 grams of weed. It is also called "quarter" or "q". For a quarter you get around 8 compact tops. Enough, therefore, to get along for a while.

The quantity quarter is widely used in Canada, NZ, US, UK and Australia.

1 ounce

With 1 ounce you have enough for a few weeks, it equals 28.35 grams. Depending on how much you use and how much you use per joint, of course.

The quantity 'ounce' is common in the UK and the US, because the imperial system is still used here. But even if the metric system is common in other countries where English is spoken, an ounce is also used for weighing weed.

Even more terms

Gram and ounce are the most common weight indications. But there are many more terms used to indicate the weight of a quantity of marijuana. You may have heard of the following terms ...

  • • A 'dime bag' is equal to 1 gram of cannabis. This term is used almost exclusively in America.
  • • A 'stick' is also equal to 1 g weed. This term is used in NZ and Australia.
  • • The term '20' means: € 20 in weed. This is used in many English-speaking countries.
  • • A 'tinger' is 1 g or € 10 worth of cannabis. Used in the UK.
  • • A 'nick' is $ 5 in marijuana. A 'sawbuck' is $ 10 worth of weed. And a '50' stands for € 50 worth or cannabis. Used primarily in the US.