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What Is An Eighth (1/8) Of Marijuana?


weed-measurements_5-500x375 and an eigth of marijuana scaleWhy is an eighth of marijuana important to know? I am so far in the ‘marijuana fishbowl’ that I often forget that most people aren’t. There are a lot of new marijuana consumers entering the ‘cannabis space’ as it’s now being referred to, and there are even more people coming back to the marijuana world from a long hiatus. Marijuana is now legal in four states and Washington D.C., and as the new laws are implemented in those states, I’d expect to see this trend continue. As a result, I’ll be posting some articles that seem probably too simple to marijuana veterans, but involve answers to questions I’ve been getting from newbies.


I remember when I was growing up, and there was no Google searching abilities, I had to begrudgingly ask one of my friends or family members questions about marijuana slang and other marijuana related things that I needed answers too. I was always embarrassed, because they were things that  it seemed most other marijuana fans already knew. But, without being told at least once, there was no way for me to know what people were talking about. A question that I had early on, and a question that I was recently asked by an older reader who was new to consuming marijuana, is ‘what is a marijuana eighth (1/8)?’

An ‘eighth’ is a marijuana slang term for roughly one eighth of an ounce of marijuana. An eighth is 3.5 grams of marijuana. Now I know, some veterans may be thinking, what do you mean ‘roughly one eight of an ounce?’ I think even some experience veterans don’t realize that ‘marijuana math’ is a bit off. An ounce in the marijuana world is almost always measured at 28 grams. However, a true ounce weighs 28.375 grams. So one eight of that would be 3.54688 grams. Now before you try to call out your dealer, realize that most scales don’t measure 1/100ths of a gram. Also, it has been the socially accepted norm for many decades that an eighth is a flat 3.5 grams.

So, marijuana rookies, there you have it. Now you can go out into the marijuana world and know exactly what people are talking about when they are saying eighth, and you don’t have to be embarrassed to ask a marijuana veteran what they mean, like I had to once upon a time. If you have a question that you think is too simple, and you don’t want to ask your friends for fear of ridicule, feel free to send me an e-mail and I’ll try to answer your questions in article form so that others searching on Google can benefit from your curiosity.


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  1. sounds about right…the way i remember it,it went oz $40, lid $35, 1/2 oz $20, 1/4 oz (dime bag) $10, 1/8 oz(nickle bag) $5. this was late 70’s early 80’s.

  2. I wish you were in philly. You’re a real ass dealer. There’s a lot of schemes out here, I’m thinking about growing my own

  3. I giv 3.5 away for $5.00. N its gud A$$ smoke too. No sticks or seeds straight buds. N not none of that bammer A$$ junk either.

  4. 3.5 without the bag unless you are a twat and why dont you call a 1/8 a joint anyway..lol wtf

  5. Lawrence Hambrick on

    Ok!…Here in the GREAT Northwest, I can get a Q for $45 on some FIRE!…$80 for a half on some FIRE 14.3 gm!…And $160 for an Oz 29-30 gm or so.

  6. 1971 some Army friends made a trip to Mexico, came back selling for what they paid (no markup, not even a pinch less of weight), $10/lid, $40 for a quarter pound. Street buyers never had scales. A good deal was a “4 finger lid”. We’d take a “3 finger lid” if that’s all we could find. $5 would get you a matchbox of weed. We’d have turned down sensemilla, cuz if you didn’t see seeds it could be dried seaweed or oregano. Premium weed was Panama Red or Panama Gold, but chances were good that no matter what it was called, it was prolly ditchweed.

  7. So, you are saying, that this site should not post an article about the topic, because people can just Google it. But if everyone thought that, then there would be no articles for Google to display. Not to mention that by posting the article on this site, when someone does Google it, it can bring them to this site, and the person could then search the site for more articles, resulting in more traffic for this site.

    Just something to think about.

  8. Holly VanScyoc on

    If that’s an ounce, then I’m Harry Potter!! lol or you’ve got the lightest bud in town.

  9. Ahh tai-sticks havent heard those words in a bit i wish i could get som of that now, i wonder if people even still sell it? LOL

  10. damn Sari…..sounds like you were there…lol i know i was there, and that;s how it worked…

  11. Not necessarily true MrPC. I smoked herb overseas that was killer, and some red bud colombian here in the states that was very good. Some names given back “then” to herb was, Mesmahcan, rainbow, and tai-sticks. Be nice to see some genetics with todays crossed with todays herb. Peace

  12. I remember those $15.00 lids. I paid $17.00 for a four finger lid and it was a cause for alarm til we started twisting. It was great with a good glow, but nothing compared to the herb today. Peace

  13. I would like to know if I make a tincture with a Magic Butter machine, can I use it in a Vap apparatus? What genetics do I want if I want to smoke or Vap for euphoria and what for Cancer? What methods are best for each?

  14. I wonder too, but it’s just another slang term that came from a subculture of the MJ subculture just like all the other slang terms. I grew up in the greater NYC burbs, and back in the day a lid was less than an oz but way more than 1/2 oz. You would buy a quarter lb, split it into 4-1oz bags, pull a bit out of each of the four bags making a fifth bag for the gipper, and sell the other four as lids…unless you were an ass@#*e who sold them as ounces.

  15. Delighted you are aware of those “behind” you. It’s true. I have my notebook w/ questions. I tried hard to find websites/blogs that I could trust and work with so I’d go [to the dispensary] prepared. One only needs 2 sites/blogs. I don’t believe at 12/hr, staff is NOT required to do my work for me.
    I did take their advice, most of the time, and I’m grateful to them, always.
    Pictures: I love visuals. Thanks for the 1/8th foto. Most appreciated.

  16. True. But you had to smoke about 10 times more to get the same effect as today’s top-shelf product, so maybe not really so different.

  17. in the eighties in Florida we would get a ‘sack’, it weighed about 3/4 of an ounce, in California(Berkley) we would get a ‘bag’ that weighed an ounce but always had a gram of hash in it.

    At least the term eighth has a real relationship with weights!

  18. Oh for the good old days. 1970 – 1971 a lid of decent to good grade pot was $15.00 for a lid, which was close to or sometimes a bit more than an ounce.
    I wonder where the term lid came from?

  19. Back in the 70’s the minimum purchase was a “quarter ounce” for $10, of course that was Mexican “brick” weed which included quite a bit of seeds and stems. But it still did the trick.

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