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Perhaps you’ve made a trip to your local dispo and have admired the lush green ganga, its pearlescent trichomes, its sweet smell of pine, lemon and skunk and thought to yourself, “I love this so much I could smoke it by the pound!”

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When you see that packaged eighth – the most common denomination of pot sold in a dispensary – you are looking at about an 1/8 ounce of herb, or 3.5 grams. With a pound of weed weighing 453 grams, you would have to buy 128 eighths to reach that high of a number. 

Here’s the good news/bad news about having a pound of weed around: on the good news side, over time, you can definitely smoke a pound of weed, especially if you are a medical cannabis patient who needs a steady supply, or like to share the good stuff with your friends. The bad news is, your licensed, legal dispensary will never, ever sell you a pound of weed.

How Much Weed is a Pound?

Unless you are an industry insider, run a marijuana business, or work on a cannabis farm, you are unlikely to come across enough weed to fill a watermelon (unless you live in New York; beginning April 2022, residents may keep up to five pounds of weed in their homes).

But if you did have access to that much weed at once, you could

  • Roll 453 one gram joints
  • Pack 1,000 bowls
  • Make 89.6 grams of wax

Let’s say you did get your hands on a pound of weed. The challenge would be to store it properly. After all, if you spend anywhere from $1,000-4,000 on a pound, you wouldn’t want to let those hard-earned Benjamins go to waste. When cannabis is stored properly in something like a mason jar in a cool, dark place like a cupboard, you’ll keep the mold away, and cannabinoids and terpenes may stay active up to two years beyond the purchase date.

Grams Vs. Pounds

Or, shall we say, the metric system versus the Imperial system. Here’s where the confusion comes in. Legal and illicit market consumers alike ask for cannabis in Imperial weights, but —  cannabis is weighed out in grams. 

Cannabis inside of a dime bag

A dime bag is a gram of weed in a small bag for $10. photo credit

To elucidate, let’s take a look at the dime bag. Though this term is falling out of the cannabis lexicon in the days of legal weed, a dime bag containing about one gram of weed could be purchased for $10 – hence the term “dime.” It’s this mix of old school cannabis lingo and the U.S. insistence on sticking to the Imperial system of weights and measurements that we have this nomenclature mishmash.

The Wrap-Up

As an average cannabis consumer, it’s unlikely that you’ll ever be able to legally buy a pound of weed at one time. Nonetheless, there are 453 grams in one pound (16 ozs.) of weed. Rosin, edibles, joints or bowls, whatever you choose to do with your cannabis, you’ll have plenty to work with.


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Though this number is not fixed, the price of one pound of weed in 2021 can range from around $1,500 to $2,000 in legal states. In illicit market states, a pound will cost approximately double, from $3,000 to $4,000.


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There are 453 grams in one pound, or 16 ounces of weed.


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With one pound of weed, you could roll approximately 453 one gram joints, depending on how fat you like your roll.


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Are you good at math? According to the folks at The Weed Blog, “flower has an ‘in versus out’ ratio of 20 percent, meaning one pound of flower will produce 89.6 grams of wax (448 grams in a pound x.20).” Good luck.


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By Aardvark

How's it going fellow growers and smokers! I'm the Aardvark and have been growing and doing grow shows online for many years now. I have helped various companies launch as well as helped test grow for specific breeders trying to prove out certain strains and traits.