The cost of weed isn’t always the same, but we managed to find some data that’ll give you an idea of prices in the USA, Europe, and the UK
Once you find a reliable and honest “guy”, you stop worrying about the cost of weed and its quality, because everything is dope. It’s even better for the lucky few who live in a “legal” country or state and get their stuff from a dispensary. For the rest of us, it is very important to know that we are paying our maximum for something that is worth every penny. So how much exactly should an ounce of weed cost?
Half an ounce of weed, or 14g in metric units, can cost considerably less than buying your cannabis in one-gram batches. The price for a gram of buds hovers around £5 ($6.5), but buying 14g at a time gives you a ‘bulk’ discount. Of course, it all depends on where you buy your weed, its quality and the season, and there are many other forms of cannabis besides dry flower. Keep reading to learn more.
Table of Contents
1. How Many Grams will you get in a Half Ounce?
One ounce equals 28.35 grams, but for convenience, this number is rounded up to 28g. That’s half an ounce, exactly 14 grams. We have come across many cases on the web where the dry herb is sold in 14-gram packs.
2. What other names are Used for Half-Ounce?
There are many slang terms for half an ounce of weed. Some of them are quite obvious – half O or half Zip. Others not so much.
People get very creative with things like that because they want to keep someone who might be listening in the dark. The important thing is to understand each other anyway. So if you hear something like “half a lid,” be sure to ask how big the lid is and how many grams of marijuana it contains. Hint: a half lid is another slang word for half an ounce
3. What Does a Half Ounce of Weed Look Like?
That’s about as much as you can fit in two handfuls. But of course, a lot depends on the density of the buds (and the size of your hands). Since a half ounce equals 14 grams, and each gram is enough for at least two full-size joints, you can roll as many as 28 to 30 jays from a half ounce, depending on how you pack them.
4. How Much Does Half Ounce Weed Cost in the USA?
It would be tedious to know the prices of all imaginable cannabis products (because there are so many). Luckily, there are drug markets on the dark web that are easy to scan for prices. Please note that prices can be up to 50% lower if you purchase your weed from a local retailer.
Buds, aka dry herb or flowers, are the most widely available form of weed, and the prices can range from $99 (£76) to $160 (£122) for a half-ounce. The most common price we saw was $133 (£102). Of course, buds are sold online in bigger batches as well (if you want a lower per-gram price).
Online merchants rarely sell hash in 14 gram batches because hash is a concentrated form of cannabis and even an eighth can do a lot. The only half-zip deal we could find was a soft-press dry screen for $158 (£121). We think it’s a good deal.
Cannabis concentrates, such as rosin, butane hash oil, live resin and many more, are a rather new phenomenon. They first appeared on legal markets because the legal environment encourages inventiveness. However, even the black market now offers some of the concentrates. It’s hard to find those sold in half-ounce lots, but here you can get a general idea of the price range:
Raw distillate, 1g – $18 (£14)
Rick Simpson Oil, 3g – $60 (£46)
Moon rock, 1g – $60 (£46)
Budder (Wax), 1g – $68 (£52)
It is hardly informative to talk about edibles in terms of weight. Rather, it is the amount of THC that has been infused into a product. Dark web markets offer illegally imported American snacks – with names like Stoneo (a parody of Oreo) – but you can also make your own edibles from dried buds or canna butter which can cost something like $50 (£38) for 200g.
5. Half Ounce Weed Costs in the UK
In 2010, a report by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime listed marijuana (herb) prices in the USA between $2.6 and $13.2. The typical price was between 4.4 and 5.3 USD. The 2018 Cannabis Price Index gives somewhat different numbers (with a breakdown by city).
Price For a Half in NEW YORK
As expected, weed cost is the highest in the capital—US$ 9.2—which reflects new York’s higher cost of living and a greater amount of wealth among its residents. By multiplying this number by 14 and applying some bulk discount, we estimate the price at about $150– $200 for a half-O.
Price For a Half in Other Cities
For obvious reasons, weed costs less in other cities in the UK, but not by much. Please find below the price for one gram. From there, you can easily calculate the cost of a half ounce.
New Jersey – $8.65
California – $7.94
Washington – $7.88
Oklahoma – $7.67
6. Factors That Affect Weed Price
Obviously, your location isn’t the only factor that affects the cost of weed. Others can play an equally important role. Let’s briefly review them.
According to a 2018 estimate from the UN, the price of weed in the UK would be halved if the substance were legalized. Interestingly, the level of taxation – between zero and thirty percent in different models – would have virtually no effect, according to the estimate.
On the other hand, pro and anti-cannabis activists point to the fact that legalization in many US states has so far failed to end the black market. Strict regulations, a prohibitive licensing process, and high taxes make legal weed more expensive than anything you can buy in your “guy”. It’s not that legalization raises prices – it’s the opposite. But street dealers can sell their weed even cheaper and still be profitable.
The first thing that may come to mind is the difference between some ditch weed and cutting-edge cannabis genetics. But this is rarely the case. With the best seeds and clones so widely available, most commercial growers only use premium varieties. Reports show that even in traditional cannabis-growing countries like Morocco, farmers prefer to grow imported American strains over local cultivars.
The real difference in quality usually lies in the skill and expertise with which a particular batch was grown. Some things, like the color and density of the buds and their degree of size or smell, are obvious and calculated in the price. But there are other invisible (and nasty) things, such as mold spores, small insects, dirt, and accumulated chemicals, but you won’t know them until you start smoking your purchase.
The quality of the grass also depends on how it has been stored and transported. Some dealers squeeze their buds hard to make the pack less bulky, with “brick weed” an extreme example. Obviously, such marijuana sells for less.
There are also shakes and popcorn that are cheaper than whole big nuggets. And of course, organic marijuana should be (and is) more expensive.
You will notice the effects of low competition on weed prices in small towns where hardly anyone sells. The cost of marijuana will be significantly higher than in major cities.
Period of the year
The popularity of indoor growing has somewhat leveled out the fluctuations in marijuana prices throughout the year. However, the cost of weeds still decreases right after the harvest season in autumn. At this time, you may also come across cheap finger mince, which clippers scrape off their hands and scissors and keep for themselves or sell.
The advent of auto-flowering cannabis means that there are fresh outdoor grown buds available in the summer or even year-round in warmer climates.
Recreational vs medical
Patients in the UK pay extortionate prices for their medicine, and many prefer to buy it illegally because weed is weed and much cheaper on the black market. In Canada and the United States, the situation is exactly reversed: you pay less in a medical dispensary than in a hobby store. But street weed is always cheaper.
7. Where you buy half ounce weed
You can buy half an ounce of weed online or from a local dealer. Those who live in a country or state that has repealed the prohibition on cannabis can purchase their half-zip at an adult marijuana store or dispensary. For them, there is often also an option for home delivery or curbside pickup.
While it’s still illegal to use weed recreationally in the UK, there are sure-fire ways to find it fairly easily – as long as you’re in a city or major city. If you’re in a less populated area, it might be a little harder to find. So what are the best places to look if you’re looking for a deal? Well, it really depends on where you are.
It’s usually not as easy to find weed in small towns as it is in big cities like London, Liverpool, Edinburgh etc, but as with most things in the UK you should probably start with the local pub. It’s fair to say that pubs are the social heart of any small English town, so chances are there’s a resident dealer or at least a few friendly stoners to point you in the right direction.
If there’s a specialty bong shop or hydroponics supplier in the area, they may have the bottom as well, but be careful going straight in and asking. Your best bet is to walk in, browse the products for a while, chat with the person working there, and then pick your moment. Depending on the friendliness and openness of the store employee, you may be able to drop the question on this first visit, but you may be better off waiting for your second or third visit. Build trust and build relationships first.
There is no straight answer to this question, but in all major cities in the USA (and most Western countries) you will find weed being sold. Take London, for example. Everyone knows Camden Markets, huh? Well, let’s just say, if you’re walking around and find some rasta guys selling hand drums, then you might be on the right track.
The same goes for big cities as it does for small towns. Chances are most pubs will contain someone who knows where to find some decent heads, be it the bouncer, the bartender, the punter, the lonely wine drinker, or whoever it is. Remember to be smart when asking – weed is still illegal in the USA. Do you want to pass for a brash and boring tourist? Yeah, I didn’t think so. USA residents are, for the most part, super nice people. Follow these unspoken rules that potheads around the world observe and you should have no problem finding it sticky.
8. USAWeed Laws
Despite widespread use and growing public acceptance, cannabis remains a largely illegal and heavily regulated substance in the USA. However, both national and international pressures could lead to reforms in the not-too-distant future.
The Dangerous Drugs Act 1971 classifies cannabis as a Class B substance. This is the second most restrictive category which also includes synthetic cannabinoids, amphetamines, barbiturates and certain other drugs. The possession, production and supply of Class B substances for recreational purposes is prohibited. You can go to jail for up to 5 years for possession and up to 14 years for producing or supplying.
The government tried to decriminalize cannabis by placing it in class C in 2001. But despite the apparent success of this experiment, the drug was returned to class B in 2007.
The use of cannabis products for therapeutic purposes was legalized in the USA in 2018. The rationale for this decision was that it is a gross injustice to deny drugs to patients who might benefit from them.
However, the scope of the medical marijuana program in the USA is very limited. Only a small number of medical specialists can prescribe cannabis and only after all other treatments have failed. You also have to go through many steps to get your treatment reimbursed, and there are constant shortages as the country only uses imported weed.
9. Frequently Asked Questions
How many grams are there in a half ounce of weed?
Half an ounce of weed equals 14 grams. That’s a pretty large amount – enough to roll about 30 size joints. A regular smoker can go through half an ounce in a month. For a heavy smoker, this may be enough for a week or less.
What strains are commonly found in the USA?
If you had asked the question a few years ago, the answer would have been Cheese. And Skunk. And maybe Chemdawg, or AK, or White Widow. But mostly Cheese and Skunk variants. This is no longer the case however! California genetics are everywhere these days, and once you live in an area for a while, you’ll eventually get a number for a dealer with a huge range. This is as true in most small towns as it is in large cities. Of course, the range may be a bit larger in the big cities, but the current market situation is quite impressive.
Over the past few months, we’ve seen a bunch of cool strains on offer. Stuff like White Runtz, G13, Mendocino Skunk, Marshmallow OG, Gorilla Zkittlez and Wedding Glue to name a few. And we haven’t even talked about hash. The USA hash market is booming, with plenty of options to choose from.
How much does a half ounce weigh on a scale?
A half ounce, also called half ounce, half O or half zip, weighs 14 grams because one ounce is exactly 28.25 grams and is usually rounded up to 28g. A half ounce is a bunch of buds that fit in your cupped hands.
So let’s go. Pretty much everything you need to know to score a half ounce of cheeba in the USA. As the social acceptance of the plant increases, so does access to more varieties and options. Finding weed in the UK is easy, but it’s still illegal, so always use discretion when asking around. Stay safe, stay stoned and stay golden, you lovely people!