Stoners Math: The Most Important Numbers in Biz

Stoners Math - The Most Important Numbers in Biz

There are 16 ounces in a pound. While it would be ideal for everyone to memorize this, it is especially crucial for weed users and connoisseurs. In our industry, a slight error can cost a significant amount of money. That said, the correct knowledge and tools are key to making sure that you are getting the best high for your hard-earned buck.

Let’s review the most important math lesson you ever learned.

Use the Right Unit

Weed is measured by weight. The US uses the imperial system: ounces (oz.) or pounds (lbs.). In other parts of the world, the metric system is more favored where the unit used to measure weight is grams (g). With weed, we use them both: metric for small amounts, and imperial as it increases.

Here is a quick table of known conversions:

28 grams 1 oz.
16 oz. 1 pound


Dispensaries use grams for pre-rolled joints. This is typically the smallest amount of marijuana that you can buy. On average, a joint contains 0.5 grams of cannabis. Getting a gram or two should be enough for a quick fix if you don’t have much cash on you.

Having 1 ounce of weed is already pretty huge. Some dealers refer to an ounce of weed as a “zip”. There are several speculations with regard to the term’s origin, but the most known is because of how an ounce can easily fit in Ziploc containers. Condensed, they started to be referred to as “zips”.

Weed is commonly purchased through fractions of an ounce: eighth, quarter, or half –eighth, being the most popular. This is also referred to as a “slice”, getting its name from huge pizzas that were usually split into 8 slices.

An eighth represents ⅛ of an ounce (3.5 g). This is good for casual to moderate smokers. For those who are a little more indulgent when burning through their stashes, a quarter of an ounce may be a more economical investment.

Another great way to enjoy weed is through delectable edibles. As standard recipes typically produce a huge number of servings, it is necessary to purchase a large amount of weed as well. For such purposes, about half an ounce would be a good buy.

To summarize, grams and ounces are the best units of measurement to use for end-users. Anyone who buys in pounds is surely going to use it for business.

I mean, just try to imagine the number of joints a single pound can make: that’s about 800+!

Invest on A Digital Scale

Getting a digital scale can help you save a lot of money.

No matter how long you’ve been smoking weed, it is still highly discouraged to measure by sight. There are a lot of things that affect the weight of a bud, such as moisture level and density. Moreover, indicas are usually denser than sativas. By sight, the same amount of indica in weight may look smaller than its sativa counterpart.

While many weed sources are already equipped with their own scales, it is still recommended to have your own where you are sure of its precision.

Pick one that fits your budget and fulfills the following guidelines:

  • It’s precise. A quick way to check this is by measuring a nickel and making sure that it reads 0.5 grams. Try putting more than one and see how it stays accurate as it scales.
  • It has a good range. It should be able to measure as low as 0.1 g (or even better, 0.01 g), and as high as 200 g.
  • It’s energy-efficient. Most scales now are battery-powered. If you plan to use it regularly, you may want to invest in those that plug into a socket. Of course, rechargeable batteries are also options, but this may only be economical if you already own rechargeable batteries and a charger. Rechargeable batteries are usually more expensive than regular ones, so be sure you do the math to check where you’re saving more if this is something that matters to you.

For entrepreneurs who need to measure by the pound, large platform scales are what you need. These scales go for an average of 36 square inches. In choosing containers, be sure to choose those with sides to avoid leaves from spilling.


Weed is most commonly measured by weight. It pays to know your numbers for manual conversion, but it is most advisable to invest on a reliable digital scale for maximum certainty.

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