The most common cannabis measurements
Across the world, cannabis flower is usually measured in increments within an ounce - a gram, an eighth, a quarter, a half, and an ounce. Although cannabis can also be sold in pounds, this is typically reserved for industrial spaces, as purchasing and possessing cannabis of this weight is illegal in most recreational and medicinal markets in the United States. Yes, cannabis may be legal in one way or another in most states, but there are still regulations on the quantity one can purchase.
At CarePac, all our CBD and THC packaging is made-to-order, meaning it can be purchased in any size, color, or material. For the purpose of this article, we’ll discuss the most common cannabis measurements so you can purchase the cannabis packaging in the size that’s right for your products.
Weed measurements 1: Gram
Outside of one-hitters, a gram is the smallest weight of weed a customer can purchase at a recreational or medical dispensary. This size is often reserved for new customers to try something new, without having to waste money in case they don’t like the strains, taste, or product. This amount will fit into the palm of your hand and is enough marijuana to fill one average-sized joint or two smaller ones.
It’s important to note that all cannabis sizes, grams included, are measured by weight -- so a very dense nug of cannabis flower will weigh as much as a few fluffy pieces of cannabis. Additionally, pre-rolled joints are often sold in one-gram sizes. Inform your customers that all your marijuana is weighed for accuracy, as this is a common misconception in the industry.
Weed measurements 2: Eighth
An eighth of marijuana equals 3.5 grams, and this is the perfect amount for the average cannabis user. It may seem small compared to a quarter, half an ounce, or a full ounce, but it is the most popular amount purchased in the United States. So, if you’re shopping for CBD and THC packaging, you’ll definitely want to stock up on eighth-sized packaging.
The reason it’s popular often comes down to freshness. Many customers don’t consume cannabis daily, so this amount is enough to last them up to a few weeks. To enhance the freshness of your cannabis, make sure to purchase cannabis packaging that has a built-in zipper.
Weed measurements 3: Quarter
As you probably guessed, a quarter ounce of weed is double that of an eighth -- so 7 grams if you want to get technical. A quarter ounce can fill about 7 joints or 10 bowls, depending on the size of your customer's pipe or bong. This is also a great amount for customers who are interested in making home made cannabutter for edibles, as cannabutter does require more cannabis than you’d think!
Weed measurements 4: Half
A half-ounce is 14 grams of cannabis. This is a pretty substantial amount of cannabis and is often purchased by customers who consume cannabis daily. If you’re purchasing cannabis packaging in half-ounce sizes, a built-in zipper is essential for freshness.
Weed measurements 5: Ounce & Pound
One ounce of flower is 28 grams, and this is usually the highest volume a customer can purchase at one time. An ounce is commonly called a “zip” because this amount of weed usually fills a small Ziploc bag. Often times dispensaries don’t have an ounce bag -- they’ll divide the cannabis into multiple smaller bags. Fortunately, CarePac does sell ounce-sized bags, so you can impress your customers with one bag for their ounce purchase.
We do also sell 1-pound-sized stand-up pouches. As mentioned previously, this is best reserved for wholesale cannabis companies that sell to buyers or dispensary owners.
Features to include in your cannabis packaging
As a leading manufacturer of cannabis packaging, there are a few features many of our clients include in their cannabis packaging, including:
Design features like holographic elements or soft-touch materials
To learn more about our custom cannabis bags, click here.
Trust the experts in cannabis packaging
As you can see, there’s a lot to consider about cannabis packaging - including the size. Fortunately, we’re here to help! As a trusted cannabis packaging manufacturer, we’ll help you every step of the way. We’ll help you select the right size, font, and colors to make your cannabis packaging shine.