What Is An Eighth Of Marijuana?

 Posted by at 11:45 PM on December 29, 2011  Cannabis Tips and Tricks
Dec 292011
 December 29, 2011

eighth of weedThis Is One Of The Most Basic Questions In The Marijuana Culture

A very interesting thing happened to me today. I was minding my own business riding the city bus (my car is broke down) and I overheard some old ladies talking about medical marijuana. If I had to guess, the ladies were into their 70′s. I read that there are more and more senior citizens consuming medical marijuana everyday, but this was the first time that I saw it in real life. They were so open about it, talking about how none of ‘marijuana now days’ makes sense.

The older looking of the two sweet old ladies was talking about how much medical marijuana costs. You could tell 40+ years ago that she had some great times smoking marijuana in the late 1960′s, because she spoke of marijuana memories so fondly. She said back in her day, she would pay five bucks and get a ‘big old bag full!’ (exclamation added to mimic her enthusiasm). But nowadays, it costs 40 to 50 dollars for an ‘eighth’ and she doesn’t know what that means but it ‘sure doesn’t seem like much.’ That’s when I realized, there are still people out there that don’t know what an ‘eighth’ of marijuana is! I thought just you rookies had this kind of question, not senior citizens. Mind Blowing.

So as a public service announcement to any old ladies, young rookies, newbies, wannabies, or anyone else that has been sleeping under a rock and doesn’t know what an eighth of marijuana is, here is my breakdown. Everything in the marijuana sales industry is based off of the pound. If you are breaking it down by the kilo, you are dealing with the wrong people and the wrong caliber of marijuana! A pound consists of 16 ounces. An ounce is a little over 28 grams, but for rounding purposes, the industry standard is 28 grams per ounce. An ounce is broken up into 8 equal increments of 3.5 grams, hence the ‘eighth.’ Why it was divided into eighths, as opposed to sevenths, I have no idea. Back in the day it seems like everything was measured by the unofficial standard of a ‘lid’ and somewhere it evolved into the gram system.

To those out there that this information is new for, be advised, the ‘forty sack’ and an eighth are not necessarily the same thing. They can be, but not always. Most lowest level marijuana dealers, medical or recreational, mainly sell ‘dubs’ and eighths. A dub is 20 dollars worth of marijuana, and is different for every area. 20 bucks will get you over 2 grams in most parts of Oregon, but only gets you 1 gram in Las Vegas (if you’re lucky!) A forty sack will be two dubs put together, so you can see how it differs from an eighth, which is always 3.5 grams. If it’s not 3.5 grams, than you have been shorted, unless it’s over, at which point congratulations!

P.S. – I apologize to people that this seems such a simple concept and therefore doesn’t necessitate an explanation, but just think of the little old ladies out there. They need to learn somehow!

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  • molesworth_1

    If you’re weighing out an ounce of weed with a set of pan-scales, but no calibrated weights, the easiest thing to do is to to first halve it, then half each of the halves, then halve each of the quarters etc etc. that way you end up with deals that are halves, quarters, eighths & sixteenths of an ounce.
    As an aside, certain coins in the UK are still minted in imperial weights. The half-penny, one-penny & two-pence piece respectively weigh one sixteenth, one eighth & one quarter of an ounce. which is handy.

    • YGS

      Reading through the old posts for some info, so this is just for anyone else reading for shits and giggles, but haha the half penny hasnt been used in the UK in decades…

  • Tony Aroma

    Just wondering what portion of your readers would be considered “little old ladies” in need of such helpful information?

    • lisa

      I am one of those Little Old Ladies…….smoked all my life..but never understood the measurement concept….still really don’t…….but if it takes my pain away…..I’ll pay asking price…

    • Dene’ Jones

      We are a larger portion than you might think!

  • ilovewhitegirls

    We call them trey fives in the city (3.5 gms) if sombody would to ask me for an 8th I would think they ment 8gms……

    • Jordan Knotts

      That’s cause you’re stupid. Learn the measuring system.

  • http://www.facebook.com/sway.sunshine Sway Sunshine

    so is an eighth more or less than a quarter? math is my worst subject! lol

    • johnny

      dude. think. an eight is 1/8. a quarter is 1/4.Youre stoned and havent ate in 3 weeks and you find a pizza that is 12 inches round, would you rather cut it up into 8 pieces and eat only one, or cut it up into 4 equal pieces and eat only one?

  • sir smoke a bit

    thanks dude just moved from philly to ga. and was use to getting nicks and dimes its hard for me to find a good connect out here but when i did find someone they mentioned an 1/8 to me and i was like what is that your sight helped alot and im not an old lady im a man of 40+ in age just not use to buying in that form .thanks for the info its true what they say u learn something new everyday.if u know any good connects help please

  • T

    Yeah yeah, responding to an old thread but somehow I came across this. Back in my teen days (late 80′s early 90′s in Oregon) a gram of weed ran ya $10. Most of the guys I bought from would part with an eighth for $30. The logic was, 3.5 grams for the price of 3 (buy in bulk!). Somewhere along the way the price rose to $35 and I remember feeling ripped off when it went to $40…I mean all the sudden I was paying more than $10/gram! haha times change

  • Mela Rose

    LAS VEGAS NEEDS HELP WHEN IT COMES TO THIS LOL

  • Tommy Edwards

    I don’t know where they are paying $40-$50 for an 1/8th. I get 14 grams a 1/2 oz for $30. It is $20 for a gram of Hydro

    • ali

      That’s because you’re buying crap weed from mexico

    • phi

      Regs or piff? Dro isnt regs or piff its diff prices as well. Ny long island

      • GADGET

        “Ny long island” Where???

    • Scott

      Lmfao this guy said 30 for a half hahahah of some strait Mexican dirt shwag brown shit I pay 45 for a 8th of piff Smoke hash oil DABS are better

    • Octavian Barksdale

      Cause you’re smoking garbage. The good stuff goes from as low as 30 to as high as 70 for an 1/8.

    • juan Leal

      You smoking reg. Step it up buddy

    • Brendan Walsh

      Tommy we’ll have to chat soon you must live in paradise ;0)

  • Nuya

    Only In Las Vegas

  • widow

    I’m horrible with math, so your basic bbreakdown helped me get it straight, thanks.

  • josh

    Where I live around Cincinnati area we don’t sell eighths u get a gram for 5 dollars and two grams for 10 three for 15 and 4 for 20 so I would hate to pay the price people b tryin to say bud is worth

    • Ravarshi Kashaku

      Question is, what’s the quality, does it even begin to hold a candle to west coast bud? cuz 4 grams for a dub sounds a lot like brick or mexican dirt weed to me.

    • Kmlj

      This guy knows how it is, people need to realize its 5 a G

  • blazed

    200 to 280 an oz and an eighth is 3.5 grams….. ten bucks a gram hence the 35 dollars an eighth…. some charge 40 but thats when you go there for last resorts…..

  • Tadej

    Here in my country we pay 13$ (10€) for 1 – 1.2 grams, 20$ (15€) for 2.2 – 2.5g and 48$ (35€) for 5 grams,…
    We don’t calculate in ounces or eights, so it was kinda hard for me reading about marijuana on foreign forums and blogs, so thank you for this basic breaktrough
    ps. sorry for my english, not a native speaker

  • fatty

    here in louisiana we get the “good” for $15 a g which is ok i guess?

  • jendubs

    I pay 30ish for a 8er… 50 for a quarter and usually 175 for a oz here in michigan and its usually 2 hitter quitter stuff

    • Samuel Hulin

      I’m here in Colorado and it turns out… Tolerance is a bitch! There is no such thing as “two hitter quitter”

      • Samuel Hulin

        But hell, I’m getting wax for $15 a gram… And it’s legal.

  • rich

    well in the great pass. there was nickel and dine bags. nickel was five dollars and you got 7 joints. normal looking joints. not fat not pinners. a dine bag was 10 dollars and you got 13 joints. and in the pass in chicago area. people were selling half oz bags. for 20 dollars. and this was back in the early 80′s. every week on friday i got paid. i went to my good stop and got three half bags for 60 dollars. good pot. yes seeds and steams. but still good pot. now these days 60 dollars gets you an 8th. yes good weed. but stillan 8th

  • Kmlj

    Anybody can get a pound of shwag for the price of an ounce of dro, I can smoke shwag, stems and seeds aside, I would have to smoke 5x the amount of flower to just get a headache were as medical just one bowl and my pain is gone for hours, to be honest if your paying over $200 an ounce for medical its because your being taxed like a mofo, and the prices should be 5 a gram, regardless your location in the world, I’ve only paid 20 a gram here in vegas when buying from dispensaries, who want 3-4 hundred an ounce from them when locals grow their own, way better, and real prices, its medication and should be viewed that way, Marijuana is a patent by the us government 20+ years ago as the cure to cancer…

  • neal

    We still get pretty good commercial here in texas for 50 an oz and 150 for a QP but I still like this new ass kicker stuff. Payin $100 for a quarter oz.

  • Brendan Walsh

    Our nice dealers in Ireland are charging $70 for an ‘eight’ but some where in the conversion to metric your lucky to get 3 grammes, though the 18-29 year bracket are only getting 2.5 grammes for their ‘eight’ ! and a lot of these boys won’t sell you an oz! the world is mad

  • Rod

    Thanks, but this “elderly gentleman” knew that ;-)

  • chizzy420

    I can get an eighth for 20 bucks lol gotta love Colorado!

  • Sarah Kose

    I can get an 8th for $15 here in sacramento, ca

  • Tommy Edwards

    Everybody wants to talk shit. It depends on where you are too. I live next to a major city massive amounts come through here so it is cheap. Though I no longer Coc. is the same way used to be $100 a G. I have lived in many states and the price has varied. I have seen a 1/4 of crap go for $50 on the east coast. Yes it is reg. I have smoked the Dro. over rated and overpriced. It is better in some ways but not all. I have been smoking for 33 yrs. I know what I am buying and what it is. I am far from uneducated in the subject

  • Bryan King

    Out here in Massachusetts, g is 5 dime 10…for commercial bud… But medical headies is 40 an 1/8..20 a gram

  • alexx

    las vegas isnt that bad there getting low on prices i personally havent paid for a $40 8th for a while max is $25 now but thats if youu find thoses good connects

  • Paggoddess

    Reading a lot of these comments made me laugh. I live in Cali and we get some of the best shit you can get. I’ve tried “medical” stuff from all across the country, nice when you travel and have friends in high places. Nothing, besides Washington and Oregon, even comes close to the stuff that we get here. Sure you can get an 8th from a shop here from anywhere from $15 to $70 but you sacrifice quality the cheaper you go. For the kind of bud I smoke, usually only P.R. I pay $50 for a 4 gram 8th. I love getting my friends from the East Coast and Midwest high with mine cuz they trip out

  • http://www.caminonotchemo.com Inge Cheatham

    Careful with the ‘name calling.’ :-) I am one of the little ol’ ladies but my story is different. Never had POT/cannabis. Do not like the taste, smell, etc. BUT it is the ONLY thing keeping me alive. Was re-diagnosed in 2010. Changed diet, more exercise (walked 500 miles the Camino de Santiago.) But, had been ‘roped’ in to do chemo or ‘I’d be in a very dangerous position’. So. I got scared and had 1 round (16) plus 2 chemo’s. They gave me terrible side effects: Blood clots, BSB (small bowel syndrome) worst pain!! Nausea. Vomiting, depression. THEN they stopped working. ALL that misery, ALL that MONEY for NOTHING except higher cancer count!! AND PAIN! THEN I found ‘Tears of Phoenix.” Since I am on SS ONLY, I can’t afford an additional $1200.00 a month to keep alive. Sold everything already. (Ins pays $5000.00 for ONE chemo!) Making the oil myself now. (There’s the little ol’ ‘Winemaker. :-) Could you PLEASE tell me, if EVERCLEAR is enough Proof to ‘cook’ the buds? ( I got a bad batch not too long ago, where they did NOT make the most important step and BURN the alcohol OFF. When THAT hit my stomach, I thought I’d die. NO fun at all. For any info how to better do this oil, I’d be extremely grateful.

  • Jay

    I pay $80 for 100 grams i.e around 3.5oz