How Much Weed Costs and How Much to Buy
So you’re going to get some weed. Hooray! But wait… how much should you get? How much does that amount cost? How much does the average person consume per day? This guide will give you some reference points on how much weed to buy during your next Colorado weedcation, and it’ll give you a good idea of how much to pay for your stash. No one wants to overpay for pot and then have so much extra they leave it behind. Be sure to have a plan for traveling with your stash safely!
Gram or 8th: Buying Weed Samples
If you’re new to a strain, a gram or a 3.5 grams (known as an 8th of an ounce) is a perfect amount to test it out. For reference, dispensary pre-rolls typically weigh in at a gram. Grams will cost anywhere from $5-15 and are the least efficient from a cost perspective. So if you’re looking to give a strain a couple tries and get a real feel for it, we recommend an 8th. It's the most common weight purchased by most cannabis consumers due to it's affordability. The price of an eighth can vary greatly around the country, but they generally range from $25-$55 in Colorado and West Coast, to upwards of $60 on the East Coast. Most people will be happily buzzed on a budget of 1-2 grams per day. I've tested it and you can even fit an 1/8th of weed the Safety Case.
Quarter: Weed for Strain Variety
A quarter is 1/4th of an ounce and weighs 7 grams. Quarters typically range from $50 to $80 in legal markets with premiums in non-legal markets. If you like having different strains on hand – like sativa in the morning and indica in the evening, this quantity level is perfect for keeping a good sized stash on hand. Minor price breaks can be seen at a quarter (depending on the specific dispensary or caregiver), but don't expect them. Note that price breaks refer to price per gram as opposed to aggregate dollars.
Half Ounce: Price Breaks on Weed
Weighing in at 14 grams, this quantity level is where you’ll start to see quantity price breaks. Half ounces generally cost between $90 and $160 in dispensaries. Once again, pricing is typically higher in non-legal markets. I recommend buying at this quantity for heavier smokers and those with high tolerances. If the dispensary lets you mix and match the eighths that comprise the half ounce, you get a nice balance of affordability and strain variety.
Ounce: THC Bang for Your Buck
Looking for the biggest bang for your buck? Get ready to shell out for an ounce. This is the legal limit one person can purchase in many legal markets. Most dispensaries have ounce specials that range between $160 and $300. Almost any caregiver or dispensary is going to offer an ounce special in some capacity. Additionally, some dispensaries will let you mix and match strains in eighth quantities that when combined, weigh an ounce. This is the smart quantity to purchase if you’re a heavy user, and it’s also a great way to stock up the entire smoking circle. If you corral a few friends who each want a quarter, you can all save money and purchase a sizeable stash.