How Much Is A Dime of Weed? + Dub Sacks and Nickel Bags

dime bag of weed

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.

Nickel Bag

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. 

Dub Sack

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. 

Conclusion

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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12 Comments

  • Patti says:

    I know folks who still sell dime bags and the weed is pretty good. The problem is you hardly get enough to roll a joint. Me I don’t like wasting money or keep going back so I tend to buy a half Oz at a time. Those who can’t afford that much at one time rely on the dime bags…

    • Rain says:

      In my city Reggie tends to run for about 10/g, so it’s not THAT weird to hear dime and dub, but they’re pretty much shorthand for weight. With my reggie guy I tell him a dollar amount, with my med guy I usually just get a zip since they don’t come in less than q’s anyhow.

  • Leon says:

    When what we call Reggie is sold we refer to them in the terms blunt dime or dub.
    A dub is good for a 1/4oz( 7grams)
    A dime is good for 1/8oz(3.5g’s)
    A blunt is good for 1/16oz(1.7g’s)
    At least that’s what it is in my state
    For the last 15 years no matter who I have gotten it from the same rule applied

  • Derrick says:

    when i started smoking a dime bag was a 1/4 oz and a nickle was an 1/8 oz.

  • kid cannibis says:

    Can I get away with 7 for a nik

  • Micky says:

    In England an oz of decent weed you can pay between £180/£200
    Half oz you can pay from£90/110
    A quarter you can pay £65/£75
    Eight you can pay £35/£45
    So a big difference to America
    And as you know it’s not legal in Europe

    • Rain says:

      Being on an island doesn’t help either.

    • Rain says:

      Actually, I just did a search on the exchange rate and that’s pretty comparable to US rates in states. Like a 20% mark-up on an 8th (I tend to pay $35 for reggie, $45 for the lower end of medical grade). Not bad for being on an island.

  • Edmund says:

    Yeah I remember nickels and dimesand 20s all the way up the food chain lol. But I also remember they used to sell trade bags and straight out joints lol. Trade bags were half a Nick and sold for 2 to 3 bucks and were often given away for free as a sample of the weed they had. And there was also compressed weed called brick or pellet witch had a much denser weight to it . Basically weed that was pressured into a brick for smuggling purposes. It’s in between weed and hash in its characteristic. But that was over 20 to 30 years ago. I can’t imagine that it’s still around these days with pot almost finally leagal.

  • Matthew Renaud says:

    This is incorrect for many parts of Canada, we use the term Nickel or “Nick” instead of the term Quarter (7grams), and we use Dime instead of the term Half (14grams) we do use the term Half but we use it instead of the term Eighths (3.5grams)
    It’s where your from initially. Hope this cleared things up

  • drummerboy says:

    I am just getting back into smoking weed cause it is so hard to get my pain meds filled. Weed has been great for pain and anxiety. I do widh I had a scale to weigh out what I buy. I am so glad that it is legal in my state. I can have six plants anf ly wife have six which then means…wait for it………..12 plants altogether. I am going to take advantage of that.

  • This will definitely give away my age but in high school when I smoked pot, a Dub was equal to an ounce and cost $20.00 A Dime bag was equal to a half ounce and cost $10.00. A Nickel bag was a quarter ounce and cost $5.00. Of course, it was usually that crappy pot with lots of seeds. We didn’t know any better back then, all we knew was it was so cheap we could buy that “Nickel” bag equal to a quarter ounce and roll one really big fat joint. Life was great!

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