For the familiar cannabis dispensary customer, shopping for weed is not much different than shopping for products at the grocery store. You go in, you pick the strain you like, pay according to the weight of what you buy, and go on about your day. However, newcomers can be a little uncertain when it comes to things like weight measurements, quantities, and price.
You probably won’t be shopping for an Ib of weed ever if at all, but certain questions do come up a lot about a pound of weed specifically. How much is a pound of weed in terms of cost? What about quantity? Below we’ll cover the answers to both.
How much is a pound of weed?
Cannabis prices vary by state, supply and demand, taxes, and several other factors related to the cannabis itself, like strain and potency. Generally speaking, the higher the demand for any certain strain, the more expensive a pound of the strain would be.
As of June 2021, the average price for a pound of weed was $1,616. Prices were slightly higher per pound for medical and indoor-grown, and slightly lower for recreational and greenhouse-grown. Pricing can also differ according to whether you are talking about dispensary cost versus street cost. For example, the average street price for a pound of high-quality weed in Massachusetts in 2021 was $2,694, but high-quality weed at a dispensary was valued at just over $2,000.
How much does an Ib of weed weigh?
A pound contains 16 ounces, so a pound of weed is simply 16 ounces. Shopping for weed by the pound is not the norm for the average customer, and not even legal in most states unless you’re a vendor. Therefore, it can be a little hard to understand just how much an entire pound of weed actually is.
For reference, just one pound contains over 453 grams. So, if weed was always measured in pounds, you’d head to the dispensary and ask for 1/453rd of a pound instead of a gram, which wouldn’t make a lot of sense. Instead, dispensary customers shop for smaller quantities that are measured in smaller weight increments, like ounces and grams. You may get an eighth (an eighth of an ounce), a quarter (a fourth of an ounce), or even just a gram or half a gram.
Now, vendors and wholesalers may use pounds instead of ounces or grams because it’s more logical when working with large quantities of cannabis. For example, a wholesaler is not likely to call a supplier and say they need 453 grams; they’re going to be asking for pounds or ounces at the least in most cases.
What does a pound of weed look like?
This, too, can be hard to envision. To help you get a good visual, let’s break this down into joints. On average, about one gram of weed makes one rightly sized joint. So, if you have a pound of weed, which is roughly 453 grams, you’d have about 453 joints.
So, even if you never actually walk into a dispensary and order up a pound of weed, hopefully, you can walk away from this article with a better understanding of what that would look like and maybe even how much a pound would cost.