The Definitive Beginner Guide for Canadians
When you first get started with cannabis, it’s never easy to determine measurements. Despite what the rest of the world is doing and their use of the metric system, cannabis is still stuck in that weird 70s and 80s twilight zone where pot is referred to as an eighth, a quarter, or an ounce.
It’s not just limited to Canada or the United States either. All around the world, there are a variety of unique local colloquialisms for talking about cannabis. For example, in Australia, you would buy a stick, a quarter, half a bag, or a bag. Different countries and states within the same countries have their own unique and interesting ways of referring to different amounts of cannabis.
The legalization of cannabis across Canada for both medicinal and recreational customers has led to a massive influx of new people looking to try cannabis for the first time in a long time. For anyone that is new to cannabis language, walking into a dispensary or ordering any cannabis online can be an intimidating and confusing experience.
Stop worrying right now! In the following article, we’re going to give you a comprehensive breakdown of how to measure cannabis and what the different cannabis measurements mean.
The cannabis industry largely uses the ounce as a unit of measurement. However, across Canada and around the world, many cannabis companies are trying to make the switch to grams as a unit of measurement for cannabis. You’re still going to run into some of the other units of measurement and terms, including the eighth.
However, you buy your cannabis, and it’s measured, it’s important to understand as a new buyer or beginner to cannabis what it is, you’re paying for and ultimately what you are going to get. An eighth is one-eighth of an ounce. An ounce equals twenty-eight grams. If you divide an ounce, which is twenty-eight grams by eight, you get three-point five grams. Therefore, when you’re buying an eighth, you’re getting 3.5 grams of cannabis.
- The Imperial or American System versus the Metric System of Measurement
- How to use both the Imperial and Metric Systems of Measurement
- How to Move From Kilo to Ounces
- How do you Measure Your Cannabis?
- What Do the Measurements Look Like?
- The Tricks and Tips that will help you Enjoy your Cannabis like a Professional
- The Status of Different States Across the US where cannabis is regulated
- How Much Does Cannabis Cost?
- How much Cannabis Should you Purchase as a First Time User?
- How Much Should an Eighth Cost You?
- How Much Cannabis do you Need to Feel the Effects?
- An Additional Breakdown on the Cost of Weed
- Different Factors Which Affect the Price of Weed
- The Definitive Beginner Guide for Canadians Conclusion
1. The Imperial or American System versus the Metric System of Measurement
Both grams and ounces are two completely different measurement systems. Grams are part of the metric system, and ounces belong to the imperial system. The imperial measurement system is a base-twelve system, while the metric system is a base-ten system.
What does this mean? It means that in the metric system, weights are divided into tens. For example, a kilogram is 1000 grams, half of a kilogram is 500 grams, and a quarter of a kilogram is 250 grams and so on. It’s an easy and effective way to breakdown measurements and is used by a variety of different countries around the world as their unit of measurement.
There are only three counties in the world where the metric system hasn’t been widely adopted, the United States of America, Liberia, and Myanmar. In these three countries, they largely use the imperial system for measuring weights and lengths. The metric system was developed much later than the imperial system as a more convenient and simplified system.
2. How to use both the Imperial and Metric Systems of Measurement
If you find yourself in the United States buying cannabis or in Canada sometime, you’re going to run into both units of measurement whenever you’re buying cannabis. For some reason, cannabis companies and cannabis dealers have never quite been able to step entirely into either the imperial or metric camp. Most sit halfway, using pieces of both measurement systems whenever they’re selling cannabis.
Most of the cannabis producers that are producing large quantities of cannabis prefer to deal with the metric system as it’s easier to manage large amounts. Most of the time, cannabis producers are going to sell their cannabis by kilograms.
It starts to get a little bit funny from there. The people buying cannabis from producers or growers usually sell their cannabis in bars or half bars. A bar equals approximately nine ounces, and half a bar is four point five ounces.
For the average person walking into a dispensary or buying weed online, they aren’t going to buy it by the ounce. They are more likely to buy their weed in smaller quantities. This is where you’re going to run into the smaller weed measurements, such as an eighth or a tenth. Like we already mentioned above, an eighth is one-eighth of an ounce while a tenth is a sixteenth of an ounce.
The table below breaks it down and makes it a little easier for you to understand:
|Weed Measurement||Weight in Grams|
|An eighth ounce (1/8) Ounce||3.5 grams|
|A quarter ounce (1/4) Ounce||7 grams|
|A half-ounce (1/2) Ounce||14 grams|
|Three quarter (3/4) Ounce||21 grams|
|1 ounce||28 grams|
|1 pound||16 ounces|
|1 kilogram||1000 grams|
3. How to Move From Kilo to Ounces
As we discussed a little earlier in the article, a kilogram can be broken down in ounces, but how many ounces are in a kilogram? Most people that have ever had to break it down would tell you that there are 36 ounces in a kilogram. That’s pretty close, but there are actually 35.274 ounces in a kilogram. If you’re buying weed by the ounce and you want a kilogram’s worth, and you get thirty-six ounces, you’re actually coming out in front every time.
4. How do you Measure Your Cannabis?
Now that we know how much an eighth is and how many grams there are in an ounce of cannabis, it’s time to start moving on! In the following section of the article, we’re going to take a look at different ways that you can accurately measure your cannabis when you are buying it.
- Using a Scale – One of the easiest ways to measure your cannabis and ensure that you are getting what you want is to use a scale. If you’re using and buying a lot of cannabis, then an accurate scale is a great way to ensure that you’re getting what you paid for. It can cost a little bit of money upfront, but if you’re using it frequently, then it’s going to pay for itself quickly. You want your scale only to be accurate, but it needs to be able to measure up to approximately 200 grams. There are a variety of different places that you can buy an accurate scale, including in a brick and mortar store or go online and buy one from places such as eBay or Amazon. Check out the different reviews and make sure that you’re getting a high-quality scale.
- Using your Eyesight – This method isn’t one of the most accurate ways to measure your weed. Many professional cannabis users can tell fairly accurately how much their weed weighs just by giving it a good look over with their eyes. The advantage of measuring your weed this way is that you won’t have to pay for a scale, but there are some obvious drawbacks to this method. Different strains of cannabis are all going to have different levels of denseness. They could also be slightly damp or green still, which will make them look dense and weigh more.
- Using a Ruler and a Penny – This is a real and effective way to measure 2.5 grams of cannabis effectively. A penny weighs 2.5 grams. If you balance a ruler with a penny on one end, then place the cannabis on the other end, when it balances, you’ll have 2.5 grams of cannabis. The obvious drawback to this method is that you can only measure 2.5 grams of weed, and you always have to carry around a penny and a ruler.
- Using your Smart Phone – With the rise of technology and smartphones, we have been lucky to see a variety of new applications hit the market, and one of those apps is a scale app. Some smartphones have the ability to measure weight with the right application installed.
Advancements in technology across a variety of different sectors have made it much easier to weigh things like cannabis. However, if you’re buying cannabis from reputable sources, the chances are pretty high that they are providing you with accurate amounts of cannabis. If you have any worries, you can always weigh the weed yourself afterward and address it directly with the company or dispensary if there are any discrepancies.
5. What Do the Measurements Look Like?
- A Gram of Weed – When you’re looking at a gram of cannabis, it’s usually just a very small nugget or bud of cannabis flower. The size can be influenced by how dense or fluffy the cannabis strain is. Some could be as small as a penny or as large as a crumpled up note. The smallest measurement of that most people will sell cannabis in is an eighth or teenth. Some dispensaries, however, will sell their small amounts of cannabis as pre-rolled joints or spliffs.
- An Eighth of Weed – This is probably the most common amount of weed that you’re going to buy in a dispensary or online. If you haven’t used a strain before, then an eighth is a great way to try it and see if it’s something that you like. An eighth of weed should weigh approximately 3.5 grams.
- A Quarter of Weed – As we talked about earlier in the article, a quarter of weed is approximately two eighths. If you know that you already like the strain, then a quarter of weed is a great way to buy it. Frequent buyers will usually buy their weed in a minimum of a quarter ounce at a time.
- A Half Ounce of Cannabis – A good half ounce of cannabis should weigh 14 grams and is a great way to get good value for money when you’re buying weed. We don’t recommend buying a half-ounce of cannabis unless you’re sure that you like the strain of cannabis.
- An Ounce of Cannabis – If you’re going through quite a lot of weed, and you already know that you love a particular strain of cannabis, then an ounce is the most cost-efficient way to purchase your cannabis. The price of an ounce can vary greatly depending on where you but it and what type of cannabis you’re buying.
6. The Tricks and Tips that will help you Enjoy your Cannabis like a Professional
If you are new to cannabis, then below, we have some tips and tricks that will help you enjoy your cannabis like a professional.
- Tip One – To get the most enjoyment out of your cannabis, it’s important that you grind it correctly. You can grind your cannabis by hand, using a small hand-powered grinder or an electric grinder. It helps to reduce the air pockets in the cannabis and ensure that it vapes or burns more evenly.
- Tip Two – There are a variety of different names for cannabis, and if you know them, all you’ll be more prepared for when you have to purchase your cannabis. Small bags of weed are sometimes referred to as a dime bag and weigh about one gram. A nickel bag is half the size and price of a dime bag. A dub is about twenty dollars and can measure close to three point five grams. A quad is approximately a quarter of weed and measures roughly seven grams. Some people also call a quad a slice.
- Tip Three – The larger amount of cannabis you buy, the lower the price usually is. When you’re buying large or bulk amounts of cannabis, you usually get a much better price compared to when you buy in small amounts. It’s important to ensure that you don’t go over the limits that are imposed in the state or country where you live.
7. The Status of Different States Across the US where cannabis is regulated
If you’re planning on traveling across the border to the United States with your cannabis to a state in the US where weed is legal, don’t! Even though cannabis may be legal in Canada and also in the state you’re traveling to, it’s illegal to transport cannabis from one country to another.
It’s also important to check on the legal status of cannabis in the state that you’re traveling to. Not all states have legalized marijuana in the US, and some states still carry very hefty fines and jail sentences for possessing even small amounts of cannabis.
The legality of both medicinal and recreational cannabis across the United States is very fluid. So far, approximately 33 states have some form of legalized cannabis. Some states are medicinal only, while others have simply decriminalized marijuana. Marijuana is still a schedule 1 narcotic, according to the federal government in the United States. It’s important to do your homework before buying or using any cannabis in the United States to avoid finding yourself in legal hot water. Ignorance of the law is no excuse!
If you’re a US Citizen visiting Canada, there are a variety of dispensaries open, depending on which province you visit. However, there are laws in place which control how old you must be, and where you can smoke cannabis once purchased. It varies from province to province, but the average age to purchase cannabis is 19.
8. How Much Does Cannabis Cost?
This is one of the hardest questions to answer without knowing a variety of different factors. You need to think about the area you’re buying the cannabis, the type of cannabis you’re buying, and how much cannabis you are buying. Some people prefer to buy their marijuana in small amounts, which is always going to be more expensive while others buy in bulk, which will ultimately secure you a better price.
If you want to know if you’re paying to much for your weed, do some homework and check what other companies or dispensaries are selling their weed for. It doesn’t hurt to shop around and see what the competition has to offer.
9. How much Cannabis Should you Purchase as a First Time User?
We get asked this question quite a lot. How much cannabis should you purchase as a first-time cannabis user? How much cannabis you use will largely depend on how your body reacts to cannabis products. No two people are the same, and no two people will react exactly the same way to cannabis products.
Some people can tolerate extremely potent and large amounts of cannabis, while others only need to use a small amount to feel the effects. It’s important when you first start using cannabis. You should start off by using small amounts. Especially if you are buying potent strains of cannabis or strong cannabis products.
Once you start to use cannabis more frequently, you may notice that you begin building up a tolerance to cannabis, and you may start increasing how much you use. Start off slowly until you find out what a comfortable level is for you and then start to increase the amount and the frequency of how much you use.
Some other factors can influence how much cannabis you use, including how you use cannabis in general. There are a variety of different ways to smoke cannabis, including traditional methods such as bongs and joints, new methods like vaping and dabbing, and then there are edibles and oils. They all affect how much cannabis you use and how strong the effects of the cannabis are.
Start by buying small amounts of different products until you find the types and strains that you like, and then you can start buying larger amounts, which will save you some money.
10. How Much Should an Eighth Cost You?
When it comes to determining how much an eighth of cannabis is going to cost you, it’s important to consider all the other factors that come into play. You need to think about the quality of the cannabis, the grade of the cannabis, the strength of the cannabis, availability, and how the cannabis was grown.
To get an average price of cannabis in Canada, let’s take a look at some of the average prices of cannabis across the different provinces and see how they stack up:
|Burlington, Ontario||$7||A Gram||Medium Quality||2020-05-05|
|Regina, Saskatchewan||$106||An Ounce||High Quality||2020-05-05|
|Calgary, Alberta||$64||A Half Ounce||Medium Quality||2020-05-04|
|Abbotsford, British Columbia||$59||An Ounce||High Quality||2020-05-03|
|Ottawa, Ontario||$65||An Eighth||High Quality||2020-04-30|
|Vancouver, British Columbia||$5||A Gram||High Quality||2020-04-28|
|London, Ontario||$35||A Half Ounce||Medium Quality||2020-04-27|
|Edmonton, Alberta||$177||A Half Ounce||Medium Quality||2020-04-27|
|Brampton, Ontario||$298||5 Grams||High Quality||2020-04-25|
|Toronto, Ontario||$298||An Ounce||High Quality||2020-04-24|
|Peterborough, Ontario||$113||An Ounce||High Quality||2020-04-24|
|Montreal, Quebec||$100||10 Grams||High Quality||2020-04-23|
|London, Ontario||$71||An Ounce||High Quality||2020-04-23|
|Toronto, Ontario||$42||10 Grams||Medium Quality||2020-04-23|
|London, Ontario||$42||10 Grams||Medium Quality||2020-04-21|
It’s important that whenever you’re buying cannabis, you should always buy from reputable companies that back up their products. Look for cannabis companies that back up their cannabis with independent laboratory reports, which ensure that you’re getting an exact number of cannabinoids such as THC and CBD and that products are free from pesticides, herbicides, and heavy metals and toxins.
11. How Much Cannabis do you Need to Feel the Effects?
As we have already discussed in the article, how much weed you need to use will vary greatly from person to person. No two people are the same, and how their bodies process cannabis is always going to be a little different.
Another factor that you need to consider is the quality and strength of the cannabis that you’re using. A new user may only need to smoke a small bowl in a pipe or bong to begin feeling the effects, while an experienced smoker may need to smoke half a dozen. Again, the quality of the weed will play a large role in how much of it you need to smoke, and it’s always important to start slowly.
Start slowly and learn what your tolerances are for different types of cannabis and cannabis products. Learn where your limits are, and you’ll have a better cannabis experience. If you overdo it, there are often negative side-effects such as nausea, anxiety, and paranoia that can turn off further cannabis use.
12. An Additional Breakdown on the Cost of Weed
Believe it or not, only a few years ago, across Canada and many countries around the world, weed or marijuana weren’t openly talked about. Now, things have changed. People, especially in Canada, are more open to talking about marijuana and things like how much it costs, where to buy it, and different types of cannabis. Despite this openness, there are still many places where weed is still a very taboo subject.
As you travel across Canada and visit states in the US where cannabis has been legalized, you’re going to encounter a variety of different prices. Like we discussed above, some different factors will always influence the price of cannabis. There are also seasonal price fluctuations and supply and demand issues which can cause prices to go up and down.
- The Price of a Gram – A gram of cannabis is generally the smallest amount of weed that you’re ever going to buy. A gram of weed is usually a small bud about the size of a bottle top. It can also vary depending on how dense or fluffy the cannabis is.
13. Different Factors Which Affect the Price of Weed
One of the biggest factors to how much your weed is going to cost is where you live. We are lucky that we live in a country (Canada), where marijuana has been legalized across the country and all provinces. People that live in the United States aren’t all as lucky. If you live somewhere that weed is illegal, drug dealers are going to charge you more to compensate for all of the risks that are involved in selling weed.
Legalized states in the US and Canada have a fairly stable price for weed, and the other factors start to impact the price of weed more than the location. Factors such as how much weed is being produced and the type of weed or cannabis strain that you’re buying. Sometimes, producers have good harvests, and there is an excess of cannabis available on the market. This forces the price down, but when reversed, you might see the price of your favorite strains increase.
The Definitive Beginner Guide for Canadians Conclusion
As Canadians, we are lucky to be living in a time where everyone across the country has access to high-quality, legal marijuana. Some states in the United States of America are also fortunate enough to be in this situation, but not everywhere is as lucky. Overall, marijuana is enjoying a change of opinion as countries around the world rethink their strategy on cannabis and the effects it has on their people.
Not only are the medicinal properties of cannabis being studied at an ever-increasing rate, but more and more countries are also starting to look at cannabis as an economic win-win for their country. Some of the revenue that is being generated through the legal sale of cannabis and taxation of cannabis products is being pumped back into community drug problems to help address more serious drug addiction problems caused by opioids and other narcotics.
Only a century ago, everyone around the world was using cannabis openly and legally. It was only 70-80 years ago that marijuana was declared a narcotic and outlawed by many countries. That has all changed over the last twenty years as more and more countries look at marijuana in a new light.
If you have any questions about how to weigh cannabis or how much cannabis you should be using, we hope that we have answered them with the above guide. If you have further questions, then don’t hesitate to comment below or message us directly. We’ll do our best to answer any questions and keep you up-to-date with any developments in the cannabis industry.