How Much is an Ounce of Cannabis & What Can You Do With It?

January 22, 2024

Understanding the lingo and measurements can be a journey in itself when it comes to diving into the cannabis world. One term you might hear regarding marijuana measurements is "ounce." While most people easily understand what an ounce is, it’s hard to figure out exactly how much an ounce of cannabis flower equates to when you’re in the dispensary. That’s where this guide comes in. We are going to make sure you know exactly how an ounce measures out when it comes to the quantity of bud you’re purchasing.

What is an Ounce of Flower?

An ounce, otherwise referred to as an O, lid, or zip, is a unit of measurement widely used in the cannabis realm both in dispensaries and in state regulations. An ounce of marijuana equates to 28 grams of your favorite products. Many states limit your marijuana possession to around an ounce, so it’s important to understand what an ounce of cannabis looks like. That way, you can make sure you don’t miss out on your favorite products when you go shopping at a dispensary.

What Does an Ounce of Cannabis Look Like?

You might think that an ounce isn’t a lot of marijuana. After all, an ounce is about what a pencil or CD weighs. An ounce, translated into nugs of marijuana, is actually a lot of cannabis—enough to get most cannabis enthusiasts through a few weeks of consumption. In fact, on average, an ounce of flower can fill a sandwich-sized plastic bag. Just keep in mind that the appearance can vary based on factors like strain density and bud size.

How Much Does an Ounce of Flower Cost?

The cost of marijuana can fluctuate based on factors such as location and product quality. On average, an ounce of cannabis can range from just under $200 to as much as $500 if you’re looking at some high-quality strains. That said, if you’re looking at a high-quality strain that is also rare? The price could get even higher. While it may seem expensive, it is typically more cost-effective to purchase an ounce of marijuana if you’re a regular consumer and you store flower properly. If you’re a semi-regular or special occasion consumer? An ounce is likely more marijuana than you would need, and your product might get stale before you can enjoy it.

What Can You Do with a Ounce of Flower?

Once you've secured your ounce of flower, the exciting part begins—exploring all the ways you can enjoy it. Here are a few creative ideas to make the most of your green:

Roll 28 Joints

If you like a thick joint, you’ll get about 28, one-gram joints out of an ounce of marijuana. And remember, you don’t have to smoke an entire joint at once. You can save it for later if you find that’s way too much cannabis for you. 

Cannabis joint on a white background

Pack 120 One-Hitters

If discretion is your preference, packing one-hitters is an excellent way to enjoy your cannabis. With a full ounce of marijuana, you should be able to get about 120 sessions with an average-sized one-hitter.

Pink glass one-hitter with a small amount of cannabis in the bowl

Roll 20 Blunts

Blunts are larger, fatter joints that swap rolling papers for hemp leaves or cigar paper. Depending on how you roll your blunt, you likely use an average of 1.5 grams of cannabis. This means that you can get around 20 blunts if you’re rolling with precision.

Cannabis blunt in light brown paper on a white background

How Long Will an Ounce Last?

The longevity of an ounce largely depends on your consumption habits. For casual cannabis enthusiasts, an ounce can last up to six weeks, while more frequent consumers might go through it in a shorter period (about a month). If you’re a super casual consumer, your ounce might last a couple of months. 

How Does an Ounce Compare to Other Marijuana Measurements?

Understanding how an ounce fits into the broader spectrum of marijuana measurements is crucial for navigating the purchasing process. Here's a quick breakdown:

How Many Grams Are in an Ounce of Marijuana?

There are 28 grams in an ounce of marijuana. This conversion is essential for those accustomed to the metric system.

How Many Eighths Are in an Ounce of Marijuana?

An ounce is equivalent to eight eighths, where each eighth represents 3.5 grams. This is a common unit for purchasing smaller quantities.

How Many Quarters in an Ounce of Marijuana?

An ounce breaks down into four quarters, with each quarter constituting 7 grams. This measurement is commonly used for mid-sized purchases.

Answering FAQs About an Ounce of Cannabis

Getting a hang of marijuana measurements is the first step in becoming a seasoned cannabis pro. Here are a few answers that might help you:

While many states allow you to possess an ounce of flower, it’s always smart to check your state’s local regulations. Your budtender will also be able to help you learn the rules of your area, and they won’t let you purchase more than legally allowed.

It is likely worth it to buy an ounce of flower if you’re a regular cannabis consumer. For many canna-connoisseurs, an ounce along with regular sessions will last about a month.

Yes, the term "zip" is slang for an ounce of marijuana. You may also hear it called an O or lid.

Buying an Ounce of Flower

If you’re a regular cannabis consumer, buying an ounce of flower is a smart way to make the most of your bud budget. You can purchase an ounce of a single strain or create a cornucopia of cannabis strains that you enjoy. We also recommend being a smart dispensary shopper and talking to your budtender ahead of time about your purchase. They may put you on to upcoming sales that will allow you to save even more. 

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