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Guide to Weed Measurements

Guide to Weed Measurements

How much weed is in a zip? What’s a dimebag? Let us guide you in a world of old and new lingo when it comes to measuring cannabis.

There are many reasons we have so many names for the different weights of cannabis which usually refers back to the times before weed legalization. People who were fans of some “kind bud” needed a way to keep it on the down-low, and of course also because slang is fun and creates a tight community.

In countries and states, today, where weed has finally become legal there really isn't a need to keep using these measurements as you'd buy by the gram from a dispensary. But as said, it is still a part of the cannabis culture and companies might still market their legal products as dime-bags as an example. 

If you're aiming to be a true stoner, other than repping our stoner t-shirts, you should definitely know all the different code words for marijuana and its weight. Have a look at the table below and read on for more information.

Weed Measurement Chart

In this infographic you get a visual aid of what the common measurements of marijuana looks like as well as what a pre-roll looks like and its weight. Since cannabis flower can weigh differently the pictures are an approximate.

Weed measurement chart - visual of joints, cannabis flower, weights and slang

What is a Zip of Weed?

A zip equals an ounce of marijuana. An ounce or 28 grams of weed is usually packaged in a Ziploc bag, which is where the term “zip” was inspired from. 

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What is a dime bag?

A dime bag is an older term but can still be a favorite amongst older stoners. Basically, a dime bag is $10 worth of weed. As you can understand this isn't a very useful measurement where cannabis is legal.

What is a nug?

A nug is not a real measurement but usually slangily refers to a chunk of high quality cannabis. It is usually one whole piece of cannabis flower after it has been trimmed. The term comes from the word “nugget”. Here’s a prime example on our McNuggs weed shirt.

measuring and rolling a joint of cannabis

What is a dub of weed?

A dub is similar to a dime bag also referring to the price of the weed and not the weight. The word was derived from the slang word, "dubs", for car rims that were at least 20 inches in diameter. From there the link was drawn to the number 20, meaning $20 worth of marijuana.

How much does a Zip of Weed Cost?

Depending on where you're getting your weed from and its quality, you can buy a zip of weed for about $100 for low-quality to $300 for high-quality weed. 

How Can You Keep Your Weed Fresh

When handling and storing large amounts of marijuana it's probably going to last you a while and it's important to keep your buds fresh to keep its flavor, potency, and aroma.

Weed won’t stay fresh for long in moist areas, high temperatures, or when exposed to oxygen. Moisture encourages the growth of mold and mildew. Keeping your weed in a controlled environment of relative humidity of 55% to 65% goes a long way.

The same goes for temperature – high temperature causes terpenes and cannabinoids to dry out. Terpenes affect the taste and the aroma of weed. The right temperature to store your weed is about 60°F to 70°F. The ideal storage of weed also includes keeping it in an airtight container and in a cool dark place.



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