So, you want to buy some weed... problem is you have no idea what to look for or how much to buy. Most importantly, how much will it cost you? How do you know if you are getting your money’s worth or being ripped off? Is it better to buy in large amounts or smaller quantities? What is a gram? What is an ounce? An eighth?
How much is a gram of weed?
Going to the dispensary for the first time can be a bit overwhelming. That’s why we put together this guide to prepare you!
How much does a gram of weed cost?
First, you need to understand the most basic unit of measurement when it comes to weed: the gram. An excellent trick for learning the exact amount of a gram is to look at the pre-rolled joints the dispensaries sell, which are usually 1 gram of weed, though some might be 2 grams of weed.
You may find that a gram might be a little more than you thought! An eighth is just over 3 grams of weed or 3.5 grams of weed. A quarter is 7 grams, while a half-ounce is 14 grams of weed. Then we have the ounce, which is 28 grams (well, actually 28.345, but for the sake of simplicity, we will call it 28 grams of weed).
The cost of a gram of weed depends on the quality of the strain, where obviously, top-shelf bud costs more per gram. Grams of weed usually go for $5-$15. Since this is the smallest quantity sold, buying a gram of weed at a time is not at all cost-efficient. However, it is a great way to sample the shop’s wares and find a strain you like, rather than buying an ounce of something you don’t love. Once you find your favorite strain, it’s time to start buying it in eighths, quarters, or ounces. This will end up saving you money in the long run, which means you can buy more weed!
How many grams is a quarter pound of weed?
Now we get into the larger amounts, which become more cost-effective, the bigger you go. Big buyers usually prefer marijuana purchases by the quarter pound or four ounces. How many grams is a quarter pound? Remember, an ounce is 28 grams; multiply that by four, and you get 112 grams!
How much will such a large amount of weed cost you? It’s less than you might think. Lower to middle-quality bud will run you anywhere from $550 to just over $600. The higher quality chronic will cost closer to $700. Consider that an ounce costs on average $100-300 depending on the quality. If you were to buy a quarter pound of weed an ounce at a time, it could cost you $400- $1200! Now think if you were to buy a quarter of an ounce one gram at a time (not that anyone would actually do this). Using the $5-$15 price range from earlier, we get $560-$1680!
You can clearly see that buying in bulk is the way to go if you’re trying to get more bud for your buck.
How much weed does a marijuana plant yield?
This is not a question with a very straight answer because many factors can affect how many ounces or weed grams your marijuana plant can produce. Depending on the strain and growing conditions, you could end up with anywhere between 28-1000 grams.
You can yield quite a lot from one plant under the right conditions. First, you have to consider whether you are growing photoperiod or autoflower plants. Photoperiods are the typical marijuana plants that require a change to 12 hours of light and 12 hours of darkness to begin flowering. Autoflowers don’t require a change in lighting; they simply begin blooming on their own. There’s a trade-off, however. Autoflowers don’t need much maintenance, but your yield will be much lower, closer to 120 grams.
Lighting plays a vital role when it comes to yield. High-Pressure Sodium or HPS and metal halide grow lights will produce the highest possible yields; however, they use a lot of energy, are expensive, and attract attention. LED lights are more energy-efficient and cost-effective, but do not expect 1000-gram yields.
Naturally, giving your plants the right type and amount of nutrients will affect your yield. Using soil with the essential NPK (nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium) nutrients will produce impressive yields. On the other hand, if you use soils with time-release nutrients such as Miracle-Gro, you may kill your plants.
Yield also depends on your preferred strain. Indica plants will produce a greater yield than sativa plants. The difference in yield isn’t substantial, but you may notice it.
As you can see, the yield from a single plant can vary greatly. As long as your plants are under ideal conditions, you can obtain those vast fields of green that you are looking for (in more ways than one).
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How much does it cost to grow a marijuana plant?
First off, you will need some seeds. You could go the bag seed route and plant seeds that you find in your herb. These seeds are free, but you are taking a big risk as you do not know if they will even be viable. Even if you can get a bag seed to grow, you have no guarantee it’s female, which means you’ll have wasted time and a ton of cash on plants that won’t even produce a smokable gram of weed. This is why we recommend going to a seed bank, which will cost you around $80-$100 for a pack of 5.
Once you have your seeds, you will need your medium. If you’re a beginner, we strongly suggest sticking with soil and leaving the hydroponics to those with experience. Good soil (not Miracle-Gro!) is as easy as purchasing our Superb Soil (included in our Complete Kit), or you could pay as much as $75. Next, you will need something to grow your plants in. A set of 5-gallon planters will cost around $80-$100.
Now that your seedlings are growing into plants, you will need nutrients and fertilizer to help them thrive. Quality nutrients will cost you around $50. If you are growing indoors, you will also need lighting. Depending on the type of lights you are using, this can cost you anywhere from one to several hundred dollars. You will also need equipment for monitoring and controlling the temperature and humidity in your grow room. Good fans will cost upwards of $80. Thermometers and humidity monitors will cost you around $50 for quality. Lastly, there is the grow tent, which can cost anywhere from $100-150. It can get quite expensive, but the more you grow, the more you break even or even *gasp* profit!
Yes, acquiring all of the things you need to grow good weed can be costly, but not If you go the Pot for Pot route! One of our growing kits comes with almost everything you need, such as a germination kit, soil, coco bricks, and even a 5-gallon fabric pot to grow in, all for only $100. The kit even comes with a $40 off coupon for purchasing seeds, nearly half price on some 5 packs!
Going to the dispensary can get pretty expensive, even when buying in bulk. Why drop hundreds of dollars on one trip when you can save money by growing your own high-quality pot?
Looking to save even more money? Check out our complete grow kits! You can get almost everything you need for a successful grow for the price of less than an ounce!
Here’s to great growing!