If you enjoy leafy greens and I’m not talking about a bowl of salad, then chances are you’ve heard many different references when it comes to weight. Dubs, dimes, lids, QPs, elbows, zips, wait…what does that all mean? The slang terms used to refer to the weight of weed are typically the same when purchasing it in the legal market. However, the black market has a wide variety of names that vary by location.
Breaking it Down
- The smallest weed weight that most people purchase is a gram. A gram is sometimes referenced as a “G”.
- It then moves up to a “dime bag” which is typically 1 and a half grams or sometimes a bag that costs $10. This also depends on where you’re purchasing it from.
- The next phase up is an eighth. An eighth weighs 3.5 grams. This is commonly referred to as a dub in many places. According to Urban Dictionary, many (Eastern) Canadians refer to this as a “half-quarter”.
- After an eighth comes a “quarter” which weighs 7 grams. A quarter of weed is sometimes called a “quad” or a “quatch”.
- Then there’s a half ounce at 14 grams, sometimes referred to as a “half oh”.
- Ounces weigh in at ~28 grams. People often refer to an ounce as a “zip” or an “oh” and occasionally you will hear some of the old school hippies refer to it as a “lid”.
- Getting into slightly larger amounts, four ounces works out to a quarter pound or “QP” and eight ounces comes in at a half pound or “HP”.
- Then there is the slang term “elbow” or “P”, which refers to a pound (or lb.) of weed which weighs ~448 grams, or 16 ounces. Yes, there is actually a little bit more for those who want to get extraordinarily mathematical and scientific, but we’re just going to go by normal people calculations.
With Legalization, Not Much Has Changed
Thank goodness with all the new rules and regulations ushering in the legal cannabis industry nobody has instituted a new form of weight measurement. Could you imagine having to learn an entirely new system of measurement to buy weed? Talk about sending a market into chaos.
Thankfully, the terms associated with the weight of cannabis are acknowledged by consumers all across the globe. You may have to explain yourself a little, but the fun side of it is that most of the time people will tell you the right term for the area you’re in after explaining yourself. This will vastly expand the amount of information you have when referencing the different weights of cannabis. During your next session don’t wait, have a weight debate and see how many different terms you know.