Timber’s Guide to Cannabis Weight Measurements

Timber’s Guide to Cannabis Weight Measurements

[vc_custom_heading]Here’s everything new Michigan dispensary visitors need to know about cannabis flower weights.[/vc_custom_heading]

First-time Michigan dispensary visitors are frequently taken off-guard by the complexity of our modern cannabis industry. Unfamiliar terms like terpenes, cannabinoids, and sativa and indica are confusing. And cannabis weight measurements can befuddle new consumers even more. Gram, eighth, quarter, half-ounce, full-ounce – what does it all mean? 

As you might have already guessed, cannabis is usually measured in increments within an ounce. Of course, you can purchase marijuana from a Michigan dispensary in smaller quantities – a gram at a time, or in more significant amounts up to the legal daily limit (2.5 ounces of flower). 

Depending on the dispensary, there could be a cost-benefit to purchasing more substantial quantities. For example, it’s usually more cost-effective to buy an eighth (one-eighth of an ounce/3.5 grams), rather than purchasing three separate grams – it’s similar to a bulk discount. 

No matter the quantity, as we’ve mentioned, cannabis dispensary measurements represent weed in relation to a full ounce. An eighth is ⅛ an ounce of cannabis, a quarter is ¼ an ounce, and a half is ½ an ounce.

[vc_custom_heading heading_semantic=”h3″ text_size=”h3″]Keep reading to learn how cannabis is measured, weighed, and sold in Michigan dispensaries (like ours).[/vc_custom_heading]

A gram is the baseline measurement for your Michigan dispensary purchases. It’s the smallest cannabis quantity by weight that you can buy. One gram is often enough to roll and enjoy a couple of joints (if you practice), or a few hearty bowls. 

One gram of cannabis can fit in the palm of your hand. If you’re a craft beer fan, you might think of one gram as the cannabis world’s taster glass. Gram purchases are great for sampling different cannabis strains.


An eighth is one-eighth of an ounce and is arguably the most popular cannabis quantity purchased in Michigan dispensaries. An eighth by weight is 3.5 grams of cannabis, and for many Michiganders, it’s the perfect quantity – enough to always have weed on-hand without any going to waste. With an eighth, you can roll 7 half-gram joints or 14 quarter-gram bowls.


A quarter is one-quarter of an ounce and weighs roughly 7 grams. You might consider purchasing a quarter when you find a strain (or strains) you love. You’ll enjoy many joints and bowls with a quarter ounce of weed.


We’re entering committed cannabis consumer territory. If you’re getting the hang of this whole weed measurement game, you’ve probably figured out that half refers to a half-ounce of cannabis or 14 grams. If you’re an aspiring cannabis chef, you’ll likely purchase a half since most infused recipes call for a half-ounce of dried marijuana.


A full ounce of cannabis weighs roughly 28 grams. Purchasing weed by the ounce is often the most cost-effective approach. Still, it’s a substantial quantity – we suggest that you work up to an ounce after experimenting with different strains to learn what kind of consumer you are – casual, daily, or many times per day.

[vc_custom_heading heading_semantic=”h3″ text_size=”h3″]Our quick cannabis flower conversion guide (ounces to grams):[/vc_custom_heading]
  • Eighth (⅛) ounce = 3.5 grams
  • Quarter (¼) ounce = 7 grams
  • Half (½) ounce = 14 grams
  • Full (1) ounce = 28  grams

Here’s a pro tip; invest in a cannabis grinder. 

Grinding your weed in a cannabis grinder ensures slower-burning bowls and joints, and helps you get the most out of each batch, regardless of quantity/measurement. 

Are you confused? We’re here to help! Get in touch, and we’ll guide you.