The term ‘dime bag’ has been around for decades. Put very simply, a dime bag is $10 worth of weed. This term of measurement for cannabis is slowly going away.
The common way to measure weed is by weight. That is, you would sell a gram for a certain amount. Then you have eighths and quarters and so on. If you’re not familiar with weed weights then check out one of my other posts: Marijuana Weight: Grams, Quarters, and Ounces. Oh my!
But, some people still use the term dime, as well as, nickel and dub so I’ll break it all down for you below.
How Many Grams in a Dime Bag?
Here’s where things get fishy, and why people are using the dime bag less and less. A dime bag is a set dollar amount of weed and no set weight. This means the amount you get is going to weigh differently between sellers. Of course, the quality is going to greatly affect how much you get. Depending on where you are a dime bag will typically have between .5-1 grams. Of course, you could have a better hookup that gives you a bit more. Like I said, it’s going to vary greatly.
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.
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.
What do you think? Do you still know people who use dimes instead of grams? Let me know in the comment section below.
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