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How Many Joints Are In An Ounce Of Marijuana?


world's largest marijuana joint seattle hempfestI’ve been asked more and more lately by members of the media ‘how many joints are in an ounce of marijuana?’ Using the ‘joint measurement’ is very popular for journalists who are trying to quantify how much marijuana is in an ounce to their readers who likely don’t consume marijuana. Marijuana veterans of course already know the answer, which is ‘it depends.’ It depends on how big the joints are, which vary in size. Asking ‘how many joints are in an ounce of marijuana’ is similar to asking ‘how many drinks are in a can of soda.’ Obviously, it depends on the size of each drink, which are not uniform.

However, despite the fact that there is no right or wrong answer to the question posed in the title of this article, it is possible to give an estimate that is fairly accurate. First, let’s start with how much an ounce of marijuana weighs. Even the most experience marijuana veterans get this wrong sometimes. Marijuana veterans will be quick to throw out the number of 28 grams. That’s based off the ‘eighth,’ which is the most common quantity of marijuana purchased by most consumers. An ‘eighth’ weighs 3.5 grams, so multiply that by 8, and you arrive at the round number of 28 grams in an ounce. However, an actual ounce weighs 28.3495 grams. Feel free to have this conversation with your dealer, who will likely maintain that an ounce is 28 grams, period.

Next, let’s turn to how much a tobacco cigarette weighs, because that’s really what non-marijuana consumers and most mainstream media consumers are trying to compare the size of a joint to. Admittedly, I don’t smoke tobacco cigarettes because they are basically poison and highly addictive, so I had to turn to Google. Tobacco cigarettes themselves come in different sizes, but it seems that the most common answer is that the tobacco in a cigarette most often weighs .7 grams. So there are roughly 40.49929 tobacco cigarettes in an ounce, which would be about my guess for how many joints there are in an ounce of marijuana.

I have seen joints rolled with as little as .3 grams (they are called ‘pinners’ in case someone is reading this that isn’t hip to the lingo), and some joints that have multiple ounces in them, as they make rolling papers these days that can be about as big as you want them to. Hangout at the right marijuana festivals and events, and it’s not uncommon to see a joint being passed around that is 4-16 ounces in weight and beyond. To sum up, there is no easy answer to this question, but if I had to give an answer that was true ‘most of the time,’ I’d say there are between 28 and 56 joints in an ounce of marijuana. Of course, there will no doubt be someone out there that says ‘there is only one joint in an ounce of marijuana,’ and that would be true too!


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  1. 1 ounce lasts me around 100 joints cause i smoke 1/4 gram joints (easier to hide a few pinners than a 1 gram joint) so i get around 4 joints per gram and smoke 2-4 at a time

  2. Funny, someone with a degree in public policy writing an article about math to spaced out drug users. I am glad that he didn’t get into long division.

  3. hmm..tough question..depends on moisture sticks seeds and everything you don’t need..Then there are the rip offs who weigh the bag with the pot..and then there was that little trick with the orange peels to make the pot moist..I would have to say 27.5 good joints at the most..the point 5 fell on the floor…lol

  4. Id say 2 joints a g so 28g ×2, id if he hooks it up some you can probably make 3 joints a g on some

  5. Odd, the dispensaries in Oregon sell .5 and more commonly 1g pre rolls for $5 and $10 respectively, sometimes less for the 1 gram j’s. I’ve yet to see a .5 for less than $5 but probably because it’s not worth selling anything for less than $5. Anyway, it’s interesting that they do .7’s.

  6. The response I am inclined to make is, “plenty when you first get the ounce, never enough when you run out”. As an old guy who has enjoyed for decades, I have so much trouble with the current lingo. I am old school all the way. It reminds me of my mother who still had a rotary phone, rented from the phone company, long after touch tone phones were available at every retail outlet on the planet. I guess sometimes old dogs just want to lay on the porch and soak in the sun and let the young dogs enjoy chasing all the new smells.

  7. Speaking as someone who came to cannabis culture VERY late in life, I always appreciate it when these articles include little linguistic tidbits. ‘Pinner’ is certainly a new one. Although my all-time favorite was learning that, once upon a time, an eighth of an ounce was nicknamed a ‘Henry’ — still makes me smile.

    Admittedly, I’ve never been asked how many joints there are in an ounce, but the comparison to how many sips are in a can of soda is one I fully intend to use if I’m ever asked to convert from quantitative to qualitative.

  8. I don’t think you’ve accounted for the weight of the stems, sticks, and any seeds for any given strain.

    I don’t calculate the cost of my medicine by the gram, but by the joint. And my joints range from about 1 to 1.5 grams (of cleaned bud). If I roll less than that, I feel like I’m just smoking paper. I’ve paid anywhere from $10/joint, all the way up to about $27/joint. I love bud, but anything over $15/joint is just a rip off.

  9. 90% of Dispensaries here in AZ usually have pre-rolls that have .7 grams in each. Do where are we? Around 40 joints to an ounce give or take a VERY few.

  10. That ain’t nuttin’. I can tell what friend rolled the joint, just by looking at it. I can tell you that all joints are not created equally.

  11. With a 1/4″ rolling machine you are likely to get six to eight out of an eighth, accounting for re-adding back in your roach weed. This is only my experience, mileage may vary.

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