What Does a Dime of Weed Mean?
Basically, a dime of weed — also called a “dimebag” — is $10 worth of pot. Dime is code for 10 as a dime in US currency is equivalent to 10 cents. (Did we blow your mind with that hard knowledge?)
How Much Pot Is in a Dime of Weed?
The amount of pot you can get in a dime of weed varies from place to place, and from dispensary to dealer. To understand if you’re scoring a deal or getting ripped off, you need to get comfortable with the metric system.
US dispensaries (and the rest of the free world) operate in terms of ounces and grams. One ounce is quite a bit of bud and is equal to 28 grams. OK, technically you can buy pot by the pound, but that’s a whole lot of herb.
On average, a dime of weed, dimebag, or ten bag is equal to about half a gram of pot, which equates to about two average-sized joints (or two large spliffs). However, the overall amount you get from your dime depends on several factors.
What is a Dime Bag Today?
Even if a dime bag doesn’t truly exist anymore in legalized states, some places and some aging dealers might still use the terminology. Before agreeing to buy a dime bag off your dealer, be sure to get a good look at it first. Smell it, weigh it, and decide if it’s really worth 10 dollars.
In a dispensary, both recreational and medical marijuana is sold by weight, typically by the gram. Some places may have discounts if you buy in bulk, like a quarter or an eighth of weed, but likely most stores will sell on a per gram basis.
There are still prices differences between states with legal access, but now the industry is much more regulated. In Washington for example, the average for high-quality medical marijuana is over 18 dollars a gram. Low grade medical is 9.25 dollars per gram. In Arizona, the price is slightly better. High-grade medical marijuana is just over 13 dollars.
Canadian prices through a dispensary are also better, ranging from 10 to 13 dollars depending on quality. As a comparison on how regulation effects price, in Australia, there are no legal budtenders and the prices can get out of control. The average street price ranges from 10 to 18 dollars, quality dependent.
What Are the Factors That Impact the Price of Marijuana?
Although you may not use the terms nickel, dime, or even a dub sack any longer, it is important to understand the reasons why the price of weed varies so significantly from state to state. At the beginning of the year, you could purchase an ounce of medium quality weed in Colorado for approximately $200. Meanwhile, in Washington D.C., it could cost you more than $500!
Legal status certainly plays a role. It seems obvious, but let’s reiterate the point: If weed is legal recreationally in a state, it should be cheaper than in a state where cannabis is only legal for medicinal purposes. If you live in a state where it is outlawed, you will probably pay triple the normal price. There are several other factors to consider, however.
Dime Bag Size
The traditional dime bags are the mini ziplock-style bags like the one shown in the cover photo of this article. Sometimes the bags will display a printed design. The size of these bags usually range between 1-1.5 inches on each side, but you can get bags in every size imaginable. You can buy these bags on Amazon for pretty cheap.
With that said, it does not have to actually be a mini ziplock to be a dime bag. If you’re buying $10 of weed then it’s a dime no matter if it’s in a sandwich bag or anything else.
If you live in a ‘legal’ state, you can purchase marijuana from a licensed and registered dispensary. In a state where it is illegal, you have no choice but to go on the black market. When you buy from a dealer on the street, there is no telling what you’re getting, and the cost could be sky-high.
In contrast, dispensaries are legally obligated to follow strict guidelines. In one sense, you may have to pay more from a licensed seller because they have to pay staff, taxes, and don’t receive the kind of tax breaks and other benefits afforded to other businesses. Therefore, their overheads dictate their price points.
The old saying “buy cheap and pay twice” has never been more applicable than with marijuana. While you may find a black-market dealer who sells you cheap weed, you are probably getting schwag compared to the top-shelf bud you’ll find in a dispensary. Let’s say an eighth costs $35 in a dispensary – perhaps you’ll get it for $25 on the street. However, while you get your $35 worth in the store, the dealer might be selling you the dregs which has a ‘real’ value of about $7.
Dispensaries carry high-quality bud that is grown, transported, stored, and sold, according to strict guidelines. These businesses also make sure the herb is pure and can classify strains based on their THC level. Indoor grown weed is pricier than outdoor or sungrown cannabis, due to production costs like electricity, water, and other factors related to licensing. With higher quality, comes higher cost, which translates to less pot in your dime of weed. Still, though, if you go to a dispensary and only drop 10 bucks, the budtender is likely going to roll his eyes at you…
Time of year
Most outdoor farms have their harvest season in the early fall. If you time your purchasing right, you can take advantage of the influx of new herb and get a little extra in your dime. Additionally, the more you buy, the lower the cost per unit. Just like Costco, buying in bulk gives you the best deal in the long run (just make sure you store all of your weed correctly for later use).
A nickel bag (we always used to call them ‘nicks’) is $5 worth of weed. This is the absolute smallest amount that anyone would sell you. Most often it’s going to be low-grade because $5 worth of high-grade would only be .25 grams or so. Usually, you’re going to get half a gram of low-quality stuff. It’s typically the same size bag as a dime with half the amount of cannabis inside, however, sometimes you will see even smaller bags used for nicks.
A dub sack is $20 worth of weed. The term dub was originally used to describe 20-inch rims. Again, the amount will vary depending on quality n’ such, but you’ll probably get anywhere from 1-3 grams. Of course, the size of a dub bag may be slightly larger than a dime bag – 2 inch x 2 inch is a common size.
Like I said before, the terms nickel, dime, and dub are becoming antiquated. Using actual weights like grams and ounces lets you know exactly what you’re getting. Of course, there are still plenty of people who still use the term dime so it’s good to know.