What Is A Nick, A Dime, A Dub And A Key?
In states with legalized marijuana, most weed is measured in grams or ounces. There are eighths, quarters, halves and full ounces. Before weed was legal, code terms were assigned to different quantities of cannabis to keep things discreet. The terminology still lives on to this day as a part of the culture. Dealers in states without legal marijuana still use terms like nick, dime, dub and key with their clientele. Each term represents the price or quantity of weed. We’ll go over the differences so you can be sure that you know what you’re paying for when someone offers you a dime or dub.
When it comes to a term like dime, only one thing is consistent: the amount you’re paying. A dime is basically ten dollars worth of weed. The actual amount will vary by dealer. Some dimes are close to a gram in weight while others will barely fill a single blunt. Tiny plastic baggies referred to as “dime bags” are designed to hold half a gram to a gram of weed.
The actual name comes from the fact that the word dime has been used as a slang term for the word ten for a long time. For example, saying someone is a dime is synonymous with calling them a ten.
Similar to the dime, the only thing consistent about a dub is the amount you’re paying. If your dealer is giving out discounts they might offer a “fifteen dollar dub” which means the same amount they usually give you for twenty but for five dollars less. The quantity is usually a gram or higher. If someone you never met offers you a fifteen dollar dub it probably won’t be much more than a gram. On the other hand, a standard dub is anywhere between one to one and a half grams of weed.
The actual name comes from the word “dubs” which is a slang term for rims that are at least twenty inches. A dub sack refers to a plastic baggie designed to hold a gram or more of weed.
Key is a term you’ll only here when you’re around large quantities of cannabis or cocaine. It’s short for the word kilo which means thousand. In this case, it refers to one thousand grams. One kilo is about 2.2 pounds. The price of a key isn’t as consistent as it is with a nick, dime or dub.
In the most desperate of times, dealers get asked for nicks. A nick is short for a nickel which refers to half of a dime. Five dollars will get you a quarter of a gram of some fine organic weed or about a half gram of some trash. Either way, it’s just enough for a couple of bowl packs. A nickel bag has just enough space for about a quarter gram of weed.
Final Hit: A Dime, A Dub And A Key
Dime, dub, nick and key are all slang terms used to refer to different prices or quantities of cannabis. If you live in a state that has yet to legalize marijuana, you may still have to utilize these terms to communicate with your supplier. To people in states with legalized marijuana, words like nick are probably just a reminder of their former struggles.
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How much is an eighth?
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How many grams are in an eighth? And other cannabis conversions.
So, you’re ready to purchase your marijuana. You’ve selected your flower and the budtender asks, “How much you would like, an eighth, maybe a quarter?”
If you’re not already familiar with cannabis weights, you might be wondering “how much is an eighth? Is that too much? Can I just buy one gram? How much is a gram?”
Marijuana dispensaries and delivery services weigh cannabis products such as flower and concentrates in grams. Concentrates can be purchased in half-grams and full grams, while cannabis flower is measured in grams.
What is a gram, and how much is it exactly?
One gram, sometimes called a dime-bag or dub, is the perfect amount for cannabis consumers who prefer to smoke out of a handpiece, bong, or joint.
One gram is the perfect amount for cannabis consumers who prefer to smoke out of a handpiece, bong, or joint. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
How much is an eighth in comparison to a gram?
When purchasing cannabis from a dispensary, an eighth is the most common form of marijuana measurement. But how much is an eighth? In the cannabis marketplace, an eighth is 3.5 grams.
In the cannabis marketplace, an eighth is 3.5 grams. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
The term eighth refers to the fact that it is an eighth of an ounce, but those savvy with measurements know one-eighth of an ounce is actually 3.543603875 grams. Yes, the industry rounds down.
With an eighth of weed, you’ll be able to roll two to three blunts or a handful of joints. Eighths are also known as a half-quarter or a slice.
A quarter of weed clocks in at 7 grams. A quarter-ounce of marijuana is enough for five to seven blunts and an arsenal of joints.
A quarter of weed clocks in at 7 grams. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
A half-ounce is 14 grams. This quantity is also referred to as a half or half “O.” With a half-ounce, you can roll between 7 and 14 blunts.
A half-ounce of weed is 14 grams. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
How many grams are in an ounce?
An ounce weighs in at 28 grams, equating to four quarters or eight eighths. Ounces are also referred to by other names like a zip or an “O.” The possession limits for most states and countries are cited in grams and ounces. Some states and countries place restrictions on how much weed you can possess at a given time and how much you can purchase per month.
A quarter-pound is 113.4 grams, which also equals 4 ounces. Quarter-pounds are often called QP for short.
The next step up from the quarter-pound is a half-pound. Weighing at 226.8 grams, a half-pound, or 8 ounces of cannabis is also known as half-pack and half-pounder.
1 pound is equivalent to 453 grams or 16 ounces, enough to put a dent in the bank account. A pound can cost up to $3,000 and can be called a pack or an elbow.
Have you ever seen or heard the term “5-gram eighth” and wondered what it means? We just identified eighths as 3.5 grams so how can dispensaries rewrite the metric system and declare eighths to equal 5 grams? Just how much is a five-gram eighth?
Five-gram eighths describe the price point for the amount of cannabis. For instance, a customer who selects a 5-gram eighth will receive 5 grams of cannabis for the price of the strain’s eighth. Any “eighth” that’s more than 3.5 grams is basically describing bonus weed.
How do people around the world weigh weed?
Every country except Burma, Liberia, and the United States uses the metric system. With different units of measurements around the globe, how do other countries weigh their weed if they’re on a different system? Most of the world has adopted the metric system. The decimal system of measurement is known as the International System of Units (SI). In short, cannabis is measured by grams no matter where you go. Beyond grams, cannabis weights outside the U.S. are typically referred to in kilograms, or 1,000 grams. One kilo, as it is often called, is 2.20462 pounds.
Order like a local
Grams may be the universal weed measurement, but what we call cannabis changes based on your location.
Countries all over the world use different slang terms to refer to marijuana. So, if you want to shop like a local, it’s best to talk like one, too. In North America, cannabis is referred to as weed, reefer, marijuana, Mary Jane and a host of other words, while other parts of the world like Australia use slang terms like “hooch” and “choof.” People in Jamaica say “dagga.” And while you’re doing some research on ordering like a local in your vacation destination, check up on the laws and regulations before you go.
Frequently asked questions
How many bowls can I get with 1 gram?
How many bowls you can get from a gram of cannabis depends mostly on the size of the bowl you’re smoking out of. On average, one gram of cannabis will pack 2-3 average-sized bowls.
How many grams is the average bowl?
Glass bowls vary in size, but on average bowls hold .3 to .5 grams of cannabis.
How many bowls are in an 8th?
You can get seven half-gram bowls out of an eighth of cannabis.
How many bowls are in an ounce?
An ounce is 28 grams, which means you’ll get 56 half-gram bowls out of an ounce of weed.
How many hits are in a bowl?
How many hits a bowl will net depends on the size of the hit you take. Everyone inhales differently, so a bowl can last anywhere from 3-8 hits depending on the size of the bowl and how much you and/or those in your sesh inhale.
What’s a 10 sack?
A “10 sack” refers to a bag of weed that costs $10. It usually amounts to about a bowl’s worth of weed.
How much is a dub?
“Dub” is a term that refers to a “twenty sack” of weed. On the unlicensed market, a dub costs $20 and usually contains between 1-2 grams of weed, sometimes more depending on where you get it.
What is the usual amount for a 25 sack?
A “25 sack” on the unlicensed market could contain 2.5 grams to 3.5 grams, or an eighth, of weed.
How long does a 1/4 ounce typically last?
How long a quarter ounce of cannabis will last depends largely on the frequency and method of consumption you choose. A ¼ ounce of weed, also known as a “quarter,” is 7 grams.
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