October 31, 2014

How Many Ounces Are in a Pound of Weed?

October 31, 2014
Want to know how many ounces are in a pound? The official guide to weed measurements for smokers, no matter which strain you're smoking.

A pound of weed is an enormous amount of pot, even for the most passionate cannabis connoisseur. Unless you’re Snoop Dog or Willie Nelson, you won’t need to consider purchasing an entire pound for your own consumption. However, as an informed cannabis consumer, it is important to understand both standard weight and cost of marijuana when purchasing for either medical or recreational purposes. The cost of your weed may vary depending on the strain purchased and geographical location, but the weight increments will always remain constant. Use the marijuana math guide below to get the most weed for your hard-earned dollar. 

Pound of Weed

1 pound bag of weed

There are 16 ounces (oz) in (1 pound (lb) of weed). This unit of measurement equivalence is the same across all US regions as the population uses imperial measurements where the relationship between ounces and pounds is always consistent. It doesn’t matter if you’re measuring the latest concentrates or traditional dry herb, 16 oz will always equal 1 lb. 

Historically, the cannabis industry has employed both the metric and imperial measurement systems when dividing and dispensing cannabis. Converting measurements between the metric and imperial systems seems confusing at first, but it isn’t complicated when taking into account the general measurement approximations used in the cannabis industry:

  • 1 lb = 16 oz
  • 1 oz = 8 eighths
  • 1 lb = 128 eighths
  • 1 oz = 28 grams
  • 1 lb = 448 grams
  • 1 eighth = 3.5 grams

How Much Is a Pound of Weed worth?

On the black market, a pound of weed costs between $2000 and $4000. This inconsistent range is due to many factors too numerous to discuss here. In states with legal marijuana, individual consumers aren’t allowed to purchase an entire pound of weed anyway. Instead, consumers are only allowed to purchase in smaller increments such as ounces, halves, quarters, eighths, and individual grams depending on the regulations in place.

How Much is a Pound of Weed in Grams?

There are 448 grams in a pound of weed. The average price per gram in the US is approximately $14. $14 X 448= $6,272. Therefore, if you were to buy a pound of weed in individual grams, this would set you back about $6,272. However, legal consumers usually have the option of buying amounts of cannabis larger than a gram – eighths, quarters, halves, and ounces – with the gram price lowering as the total amount purchased increases. For example, an eighth usually costs around $40 ($11.43 per gram) while an ounce costs about $250 ($8.93 per gram). 

Effectively measuring your weed 

weed scale
A small digital scale perfect for the individual cannabis consumer. 

Any respectable cannabis enthusiast seeks accuracy when buying weed. This can be accomplished by purchasing a small digital scale online or from your local head shop. Fortunately, with increasing legal cannabis markets, the days of getting ripped off by an unscrupulous dealer with whom you despised interacting are long gone. 

Small digital scales are ideal for weighing small amounts of cannabis ranging from a gram to an ounce with accuracy close to 0.1 gram. While large scales may be slightly more accurate (0.001 gram) with the ability to weigh several ounces or pounds, those larger weight increments and extreme accuracy capabilities are not needed by the individual consumer. 

Using a small digital scale is so easy, it can be done while under the influence of even the strongest strain. Turn on the scale, place the cannabis on top, and the weight of the cannabis will be displayed. Most scales will have a button used to toggle between gram and ounce measurements as well. Keep in mind: if you use a container for the cannabis to place on top of the scale for measurement, you’ll want to factor in the container’s weight by pushing the “tare” button on the scale while the empty container rests evenly on top. This “tare” function removes the weight of the container so you can accurately measure your weed.

The Average Price for a Pound of Weed

The average price for a pound of weed is about $3000; however, no need to panic. Don’t let that huge dollar amount compel you to grab your bong in an attempt to reduce anxiety; Snoop Dogg himself would have difficulty smoking an entire pound in a month.  Now, you clearly understand common cannabis measurement increments as well as the price of a pound, though, this is hardly practical knowledge for the daily toker.

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