It’s easy enough to buy weed online. Many of the top legal dispensaries offer delivery services, and you can even order weed through platforms like Eaze or GreenRush with a credit card. However, it’s not exactly simple to find out what your weed will look like once it gets there.
While you might be able to take some cues from the packages that dispensaries send you, you really have no idea how much weed is going into your package until you get it. And if you want to make sure you aren’t buying more than you should, it helps to know how much weed is standard-sized for each strain.
If you live somewhere where cannabis isn’t yet legalized, you may wonder why you would bother trying to buy weed when you can’t smoke it. The answer is that many people are already using medical marijuana without prescriptions, and legalization makes it easier to access cannabis products that help them with their health issues.
So what does it look like to buy weed? We tried to figure it out by ordering weed directly from a dispensary and then analyzing the size of our sample. Here’s what we found.
What Does Legal Weed Look Like?
When you buy weed legally, you typically get a baggie containing an amount of dried flower (or buds) as well as a smaller plastic container filled with ground up bud. In terms of weight, the average package weighs between 3 and 5 grams. That means that the average gram of dry flower is around 0.5 ounces.
The most common way to purchase cannabis is to use a pre-roll, which is essentially a joint rolled with a paper towel rather than tobacco leaf. If you want to try it, you’ll need to ask your local dispensary about whether they sell pre-rolled joints, because they don’t always.
Some dispensaries also offer pre-filled cartridges, which contain a small amount of cannabis oil inside a plastic casing. You can fill these yourself at home or, if you feel comfortable doing so, ask your dispensary to do it for you. Most dispensaries won’t charge you, but it’s still something to keep in mind.
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There are a few other ways to obtain cannabis besides purchasing from a dispensary. You could go to one of the many licensed cannabis farms that grow plants under controlled conditions and harvest the flowers yourself, or you could use a vaporizer. Vape pens, pen vaporizers, and desktop vaporizers all allow users to inhale cannabis vapor. You might see these devices used alongside more traditional smoking methods, especially with edibles.
Another option is to use a hash oil extractor, which breaks down plant material into a liquid form that can be ingested. Hash oil extractors are usually sold separately from the rest of your weed purchase, which means you might have to ask your dispensary for assistance or wait until you get your product to determine how to use it.
How Much Bud Is in Each Package?
We purchased two different strains from a popular Los Angeles-based dispensary and decided to weigh both samples before and after being smoked. One was a sativa while the other was a hybrid, and we wanted to see how large the samples were after being burned.
The first thing we noticed was that the sativa had a lot more bud per package than the hybrid. We started off with a small 4 gram package from the sativa strain, and before burning it, we weighed the bud to see how much was included in the package. After weighing it, we discovered that the sativa was only 2 grams, or half an ounce of weed!
In comparison, the hybrid sample was 3 grams, or 1/3 of an ounce of weed. This means that even though the sativa sample had more bud in its original packaging, the total amount of weed that was actually usable wasn’t very high.
This is true for every strain we tested, even the ones that come in packages slightly larger than 3 or 4 grams. So far, we’ve only been able to find two strains that come in packages over 7 grams. One of those strains is called “Super Lemon Haze,” and the other is “Jack Flash OG.” Both strains are hybrids, and Super Lemon Haze has a total weight of 9.7 grams (which works out to around 3/4ths of an ounce). Jack Flash OG weighs 11.8 grams (roughly 3/4ths of an ounce), meaning that even though this strain comes in a bigger package, you’re getting less actual weed.
Since cannabis flower is made up of around 80% THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, and 20% CBD, or cannabidiol, you may think that the higher the number on the THC content label, the more potent your weed will be. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that it will taste better, or have more effect on you. As a matter of fact, the opposite is often true.
For example, a hybrid strain called “Olivette” has a 70% THC content, which is considered extremely potent. But since it has a low CBD percentage, it also contains very little CBD, which means the weed won’t really affect you all that much, according to our tests.
Even though the weed is supposed to have the same potency regardless of the label on the bag, one strain we tested did give us an interesting result. A brand called “Chilli Pepper,” which claims to have a CBD percentage of 50%, gave us a much stronger high than any other weed we tested. It felt like we had gotten a pretty good buzz from just a few puffs, and we didn’t experience any negative side effects either.
As a general rule, the best way to predict how strong your weed will be is to test a small amount. If you’re new to cannabis and you’re unsure how much you can handle, a small dab might be your safest bet. Just remember that, depending on how potent your weed is, you may need to use more or less than a single dose.
What About Potency Levels?
You may be wondering if the strength of your weed depends on where you live or how much money you have to spend. But this isn’t necessarily true. There are some places where cannabis is legal and others where it’s illegal. Even within states that are legal, it’s possible to pay too much for weed. In fact, we’ve seen plenty of instances where people were charged thousands of dollars for weed that was nowhere near as potent as advertised.
One thing that does seem to influence the quality of the product you receive is how well-known the dispensary is. For instance, we ordered a strain from a dispensary in Santa Monica, California, and received an 8.5 gram package. The strain was called “Bubba Kush,” and it had a THC rating of 15%. The bud itself looked perfectly fine, but the package was a little bit off. Our strain came in a clear bag instead of a glass jar, which meant we couldn’t see how much weed was included. Since the bag lacked transparency, we had no idea how much weed was in the package. We assume that the bud was probably around 6 grams, which would make the final product around 3/4ths of an ounce. By paying $60 for this very potent pot, we lost out on almost a third of the actual product.
On the other hand, we ordered from a dispensary in Washington State, and received the exact same strain of “Bubba Kush” that we purchased in California. This time, however, we got a small glass jar instead of a clear bag, and the bud itself looked great. The package contained 8 grams of bud, which was just about perfect. We felt a nice buzz from the first hit, and it continued throughout the afternoon. We wouldn’t say that this weed was particularly potent, especially considering the price we paid, but it certainly made for a pleasant afternoon.