How Much Is a Quarter Pound (QP) of Weed?

Sophia Delphi May 14, 2022 - 6 min read
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You’ve just spent a very enjoyable evening at your luxury condo with twenty of your closest friends. The music was good, the conversation was better, and the chronic was top-shelf. Now everyone understandably has the munchies, so you volunteer to make a quick run to the McDonald’s around the corner.

When you get back, you spread the food out, and then make an exciting announcement: I also picked up another QP!

The immediate response is confusion; there are already two dozen quarter pounders with cheese sitting on the table. What’s the big deal about another one?

The confusion clears up when the group realizes you’re not talking about food. Your stash was running low, so you just bought another QP of weed.

Twenty people aren’t going to wipe out your new supply before they head home, of course. But it certainly will ensure that everyone goes home very, very happy.

That brings up an interesting question: exactly how long will a quarter-pound of weed last?

Let’s find out.

How Much Is A QP Of Weed?

Image of Hemp Buds on a Scale

It varies, but it can be anywhere from $600-$1200, depending on the quality and prevailing prices at the time.

Oh – that’s not what you meant? Gotcha.

A quarter-pound of cannabis is a lot. There are 16 ounces in a pound, meaning a quarter-pound of the pot is four ounces. To put it in more “user-friendly” terms, buying a QP of weed is the equivalent of buying 16 quarters (quarter-ounces) or 32 eighths (eighths of an ounce).

Looking at it another way for those in states where marijuana is legal, you’d have to stop at a dispensary four days in a row and buy a full ounce each time, to accumulate a QP.

Do you buy your flower measured in grams, not ounces? We can do that math, too. A quarter-pound of weed weighs 113.4 grams.

And if you’re a casual user, here’s one more way to explain it. You can make approximately 96 normal-sized joints from a QP of weed.

As we said, a quarter-pound is a lot.

Who Would Buy A QP Of Weed?

In the not too distant future, when cannabis is inevitably legalized at the federal level, almost everyone will have to patronize dispensaries. At that point, it’s likely that only licensed distributors will easily be able to purchase cannabis in bulk. That means the possibility of an individual buyer purchasing a quarter-pound will probably vanish – or at least, become quite a bit more difficult.

Under existing laws in “legal” states, you can’t walk into dispensaries and buy as much pot as you want. Most limit you to buying an ounce at a time or per day. Since there are four ounces in a QP of weed, the days of seamlessly purchasing enough bud to last you and your friends for a month or so may be on their way out.

Right now, though, those living in prohibition states can only buy from dealers (unless they take a road trip), and dealers are still very much available in states where pot has been legalized. Some people patronize them to avoid paying tax on the purchase, some do it for convenience, and others get their weed from dealers because there are no limits on how much they can buy.

So who would buy a QP of weed (or more)?

  • Heavy smokers
  • Folks who entertain regularly
  • Groups of people who live together, or families (yes, we went there)
  • People who sell small amounts to their friends and acquaintances
  • Smart consumers who want to get a good deal

That last one may be the most important reason why people would buy a QP of weed.

You can get a bargain when you buy bigger packages of toilet paper, batteries, or chicken. Those who are old enough to remember cigarettes (just kidding, sort of) know that buying ten packs costs a lot more than buying a carton.

And when you purchase a quarter-pound of bud, you’ll end up paying a lot less than you’d pay for four ounces or 32 eighths, purchased separately. The quality of the product and where you’re buying it (region of the country, dealer, or dispensary) makes a big difference, of course.

But an ounce may normally run you $200-$350, which means four individual ounce purchases would cost $800-$1400, quite a bit more than the $600-$1200 price for a QP we cited earlier. Buying pot by the eighth, at a cost of around $40-$60 apiece, would total somewhere between $1300 and almost $2000.

There can be drawbacks to buying so much bud at one time. The biggest one: it’s usually all going to be the same strain. It’s possible that you discover that the strain you purchase isn’t really to your liking. Tough luck; you’re stuck with it for quite a while. And some people develop a tolerance to particular strains, so toking up may not do much for you by the time you finish your quarter-pound stash. Oh, and one other thing – do you really have somewhere safe, dry, and smell-proof to keep that much weed?

It’s easy to understand why purchasing a QP of weed would be a smart investment – that is, if you have the money to do it.

A QP Of Weed FAQ

Q: If you can roll about 96 joints from a QP of weed, how many bowls does that make?
A: You should be able to get about 225 fully-packed bowls (filled with half-a-gram apiece) from a quarter-pound.

Q: How long would a QP last the average user?
A: Define average, and we’ll have a good answer for you. Seriously, if only one person is partaking and they’re not a heavy smoker, it should last for months. It might make more sense, though, for that “average” user to set their sights a bit lower when deciding how much bud they want to buy at one time.

Q: Is it legal in any state to possess a QP of weed?
A: Not unless you’re a licensed dispensary, or in some states, a medical marijuana patient. In California, for example, you can possess more than a quarter-pound if you’re a patient with anorexia, arthritis, cancer, chronic pain, HIV/AIDS, glaucoma, migraines, nausea, seizures, or another debilitating illness – as long as you have a valid medical marijuana card. In some states like Colorado, possession of a QP by someone who’s not a patient would be a misdemeanor and a fine, while in others like Maine it can be punished with up to six months in jail. And needless to say, in the majority of states it’s still illegal, period.