The media and government officials have been posing the question of ‘How many joints are in an ounce of cannabis?’ for a while now, as it’s a simple, visual measurement that can be understood by individuals who don’t consume or fully understand cannabis.
Of course, veteran cannabis users already know this answer and the truth is that it depends. Some cannabis enthusiasts will roll joints that can be nearly two grams in size, whereas others will make smaller joints that weigh much less; Because of this, there isn’t really a standard answer, as there is no “uniform” joint size that people use.
Despite the fact that there isn’t exactly a correct or wrong answer to this question, it is possible to find an estimate on joint sizes and find out how many joints could be made from an ounce. First, you should find out how much an ounce weighs in general, as this is a uniform number that we can quantify. Consistent consumers of cannabis may be immediately stating that an ounce is 28 grams, and while that is close, it isn’t exactly correct as that number is rounded down; Most people arrive at this conclusion because they purchase cannabis in eighths, which is the most common quantity purchased by cannabis consumers, which weighs 3.5 grams, and 3.5 times 8 equals 28. However, this isn’t exactly true, as an ounce truly weighs 28.3495 grams when it isn’t rounded. Of course, a third of a gram in difference isn’t much, but if we want to correctly quantify the answer to this question it is necessary to use the exact number.
Next, we’ll look at the weight of a tobacco cigarette, as this is an easy reference for people who don’t consume cannabis and assume they have a similar weight to cigarettes; To be fair, it is a decent assumption as cannabis joints can, at times, be very similar in size to tobacco cigarettes. After some “Google-Fu” we were able to find that the average weight of the traditional cigarette is .7 grams. So, if we divide 28.3495 grams by .7 grams, we would get 40.499 tobacco cigarettes in one ounce, which is a decent estimate on how many joints are in an ounce of cannabis as well.
Granted, this estimate can’t be taken too seriously, as some joints can weigh as little as .3 grams and in extreme cases where a giant rolling paper or large amounts of rolling paper are used, joints can weigh a full ounce themselves; Some festivals and events even have joints that weigh multiple ounces being passed around the entire crowd. It’s also a common practice in some areas to mix tobacco and/or other plants into joints, which can affect how much cannabis is used. If you really want a definitive answer, you can use the typical pre-rolled joint size that legal dispensaries are using, which is 1 gram, which would mean there is about 28 joints in one ounce of cannabis. However, when it comes to joints that are personally rolled, it’s almost impossible to give a correct estimate as each cannabis user will typically roll a different amount into their joints and there isn’t a standard size that people use when rolling their joints.