How much is an eighth of weed? Price, weight, photos, size, slang and more
This story is part of aВ series on legal marijuana, answering common questions about smoking, vapingВ andВ edibles.
Back when the idea ofВ marijuanaВ legalization was just a twinkle in some stoner’sВ eye, weed was commonly sold in “eighths”В вЂ”В and today, in legal dispensaries, things are much the same. But if you’re just getting started,В you may be wondering: What’s the price of an eighth of weed? What’s the weight of an eighth of weed? What’s the size, exactly? Or even:В An eighth of what?В Or:В What about the first seven?В And: Do I really have to do fractions?
Don’t fret. Weed lovers would never make anything needlessly complicated, and indeed, with enoughВ experience, an eighth will come to feel like an intuitively graspable measurement, like a tablespoon. For now, though, let’s start with the basics.
How much does an eighth of weedВ weigh?
While the size and density of an eighth of weed depends very much on the strain you’re buying, what never changes is the weight. Quite simply, an eighth weighs an eighth of an ounceВ вЂ”В hence the termВ вЂ”В which comes out to about 3.54 grams, if you’re metrically inclined, and often just a flat 3.5 grams, at least on the street.В In other words, it’s pretty light; by comparison, a nickel coin weighs exactly 5 grams.
What’s the size of an eighth of weed?
Cultivated cannabisВ is relatively light, so it can take a surprising number of buds to weigh out to an eighth of an ounce. Again, there’s a range, because some weed is fluffier and some is more packedВ together, but in general you can consider an eighth to be a decent pocketful, or enough to fill the bottom of aВ standard plastic sandwich bag.В В
Eighth of weed price:В How much does an eighth cost?
In states where marijuana is still illegal, dealer prices for an eighth can be somewhat unpredictable, depending on availability, riskВ and demand. Where the weed industry operates legally, things are more stable, though still variable.
Quality, of course, is the surest indicator of price. Top-shelf strains can fetch $60 or even $70 per eighth after taxes, though many would consider this too expensive. According to analysis by Perfect Price, for instance, the average price of a full ounce in OregonВ is $214, which puts an eighth at $26.75. California, with an average ounce price of $299, offers average eighths at $37.38В вЂ”В more likely, you’ll pay an even $40. Of course, dispensaries also love to attract repeat business withВ deals, so you might run across a two-for-one special.В Other sellers advertise a “cap,” meaning they will not charge more than that amount for an eighth. If you see a place with a $35 cap, that’s a guarantee that their best weed costs $35 an eighth.В В
Eighth of weed slang:В What else is an eighth called?
The term “eighth” is fairly universal, especially where weed is sold legally, but people disposed to working with larger amounts may also say “half quarter.” On the black market, you’ll occasionally hearВ terms like “a slice” (because a slice of pizza is usuallyВ an eighth of the pieВ вЂ”В get it?) and “a cut.” But by and large, “an eighth” is one of the most universally understood concepts in a weed culture that is more typically overrun with differences ofВ slang.В
How long will an eighth of weed last?
This is perhapsВ the most important (and by far mostВ subjective)В question that people face in managing weed quantities. An eighth is considered an ideal unit in part because it’s affordable, but also because you’re unlikely to smoke it all at once. That said, people have certainly rolled an entire eighth into a single blunt, whether for a group of friends or just to see if they could.
By another anecdotalВ estimation, an eighth is perfect “for 2-4 people lasting about a weekend rolling gram blunts.” And if you’re using a bong or bowl, those typically fit somewhere in the range of half a gram or less per use, which means an eighth could pack it eight to 10В times over.В
As always, your preferred method and rate ofВ smoking makes a difference.В For light smokers who bring outВ a one-hitter now and then, an eighth can easily last two weeks; habitual joint-smokers could burn through an eighth in just a couple of days.
At any rate, it’s the perfect amount for a first-timer to buy. Sure, you could play it safe with just a gramВ вЂ”В but since you’re gonna like it,В you may as well save yourself that second visit to the weed store.В
This article was originally published on Jan. 17, 2017
This story is part of aВ series on legal marijuana, answering common questions about smoking, vapingВ andВ edibles. Back when the idea ofВ marijuanaВ legalization was just a twinkle in some stoner’sВ eye, weed was commonly sold in "eighths"В вЂ”В and today,вЂ¦
Weed slang and prices
When I was a teenager, I remember texting a classic high school dealer, asking if he was “around to chill.” This dude was the archetypal suburban nug slanger, who drove a janky used Honda with a custom spoiler that was worth as much as the actual car. You know, the type who’d force you to watch him feed his pet lizard whenever you rolled over to his mom’s crib to pick up mids.
Rather than reply with something vague or cryptic, as he usual did, the pot dealer texted back something like: “Ay bro, got two kind zips from my plug in Mendo. Serious headies.” This was during the flip-phone era, so there were no emojis, but he might as well have added five-to-ten fire symbols.
A relative novice to weed at the time, I had no clue what the hell this dude was saying. “Two kind zips”? Was it code or slang? Was he trying to tell me his stash was stolen and now he had zip, as in “zilch” left? Was this causing him a serious headache — thus the “serious headies”? What the hell was a “zip” of weed?
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Now, well over a decade later, this dealer’s text makes perfect sense. Apparently, I just wasn’t yet fluent in dealerese. Still, the term isn’t really common parlance, and you shouldn’t feel bad for not knowing the definition of a “zip.” And, as always, MERRY JANE is here to bloom your brain and educate you in all things grass. Let’s dig into the roots of this reefer term.
A zip of weed refers to an ounce of cannabis, typically in the form of flower. An ounce equals just over 28 grams. In case you forgot, an eighth — or a “slice” — refers to an eighth of an ounce, or 3.5 grams of weed. So a zip is also eight eighths of an ounce, like a full pizza, whereas an eighth is like one slice of the whole pie / the whole zip.
1 ounce of weed (Photo by Spencer Strayer)
To get more granular, most pre-rolled joints in legal markets contain about a half gram of flower. So a zip of weed equals about 56 joints. And currently, a zip/ounce of weed goes for about $150-300, depending on the quality of the cannabis and where you’re buying it from.
Where did the name come from? There’s no definitive answer about who coined the slang, but its origins likely relate to some mundane logic. An ounce is abbreviated as an “oz,” and you can usually fit a full 28 grams into one of those large Ziploc bags your parents use to freeze peas or fruit inside. So take the z from both “oz” and “Ziploc” — and there you go: A zip of weed.
Pretty simple, no? To add some pop culture to our lesson in semantics, here are some tunes where the artists reference a zip:
“Ziplock bag of kush double cup full of drank / I get so damn trippy in my mind I go blank”
Juicy J on “Zip and a Double Cup”
“Fully loaded whip tote fully loaded clips / fucking with my niggas, I’ll smoke a zip”
Future on “Stick Talk”
“Dippin’ away, time keeps slippin’ away / Zip in the safe, flippin’ for pay / Tippin’ like I’m drippin’ in paint / Up front, four blunts, like, Khalifa put the weed in a J”
Snoop Dogg on “Young, Wild & Free”
“Beat that pussy up, I need riot gear / Any volunteers? / Gas in a Ziploc, now that’s loud and clear”
2Chainz on “It’s a Vibe”
And, finally, to decode that text sent from my dealer’s burner, oh so long ago. “Ay bro, got two kind zips from my plug in Mendo. Serious headies.”
This means he’s got two ounces of kind bud — meaning top-shelf flower — that his supplier in Mendocino, California sent him. The weed is seriously strong, or “heady.” So there you go.
Now, if anyone tries to sell you a “zip” and the package contains just a couple buds, you know you’re getting played. Happy smoking y’all!
What does a "zip of pot" mean? And what are the roots of the reefer slang? We've got all the answers, fellow tokers.