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What is a “zip” of weed?

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There is a lot of slang and jargon tossed around when it comes to weed measurements and prices. A particularly confusing measurement can be a “zip” of weeds. We all asked, “What is a zip from weed?”

If you are new to cannabis or only occasionally participate in it, a visit to the pharmacy or a chat with your Cannaseur friends may leave you feeling completely perplexed trying to learn strange cannabis terms. There’s inside cannabis jargon all over the product packaging, and words you have never heard of are used all the time by enthusiasts.

It is perfectly normal and natural to wonder and even wonder: what exactly is the difference between a joint, a blunt, and a spliff? What about concentrates like rosin, buds, and splinters? And tribe names – who has them? Alaskan Thunder Fuck, anyone?

There is a good explanation for the confusion, however. Prior to the widespread legalization of cannabis, participants and sellers of the herb had to create and then share inside terms – or even code words – to advocate the cause or issue (in this case, “marijuana”) that was considered too dangerous or taboo to discuss openly.

And much of the language that has found a foothold in the illegal cannabis market in the past is finding a new niche in the legal markets.

What does it mean to buy a zipper?

You may already be familiar with some of the nicknames for cannabis doses that are making their way into the mainstream, such as “cent” (one gram), “dub” (two grams), “eighth” or “slice” (3.5 grams or) one Eighth of an ounce) and “quarter” (seven grams or a quarter of an ounce).

This brings us to a “zipper” – the gold standard for cannabis measurements. A zipper is about 28 grams, four quarters or eight eighths. Or, to be very clear, an ounce.

It is important to familiarize yourself with what an ounce of cannabis looks like, as many states use measurement to determine legal ownership limits. For example, adults 21 and older can own and carry up to an ounce of cannabis under legal pot laws in California and Colorado. For visual reference, consider the useful Ziploc plastic bag. An ounce of cannabis fits nicely in a Ziploc and may have inspired the nickname “Zip”.

While it’s hard to say how the term came about, some basic logic probably applies. In the US we shorten the word ounce to “ounce”. It could be that the abbreviation z became the new abbreviation. We also know that an ounce of weed can fit in a Ziploc. A second possibility is that Ziploc’s Z has prevailed.

Urban Dictionary has definitions for the term dating back to 2002. Most of the definitions cited indicate that “zip” is defined simply as an ounce of weed, while a more thorough definition is “an ounce of any type of illegal drug. Usually used as a code name by paranoid drug dealers over the phone. ”

Zip in mainstream pop culture

The term may not be as familiar to non-consumers, but there are many artists in the music industry who use the term to refer to mainstream television and listening. Among them Gucci Mane, Big Sean, Playboi Carti, Nav and the game.

Here’s how some of them included “zip” in their music:

“A Zip and a Double Cup” by Juicy J:

Ziploc bag full of Kush double cups drunk I get so damn trippy in my head that I get empty

“Stick Talk” by Future:

Fully loaded whip pocket fully loaded clips F ** king with my n *****, I smoke a zipper

“It’s a Vibe” by 2 Chainz:

Gas in a Ziploc, that’s loud and clear now. This one out, this is our year

“Young, wild and free” fby Snoop Dogg, Wiz Khalifa and Bruno Mars:

Zipper in the safe, flippin ‘for a fee, as if I were dripping in paint Upfront, four blunts, like “Khalifa put the weeds in a J”

“Get That Zip Off” by Wiz Khalifa:

28 grams in a Ziploc There is nothing to take off this zip

What does a zipper cost?

In contrast to the above, Let’s say you’re not an exceptional rapper, celebrity, or spokesman and you need to figure out how much you can spend on a zipper. How much is it? As with anything cannabis-related, it depends on many things, such as supply, demand, location, and product quality. However, expect a wide price range between $ 150 and $ 300.

While that seems like a lot of money, keep in mind that buying in bulk – like you would with paper towels or peanut butter at Costco – will save you money in the long run when you factor in the cost per dose.

Think of it this way: a zipper weighs an ounce, as much as six sheets of paper, a slice of bread, or 10 cents. This zipper lets you roll 28-56 joints, 9-14 blunts, and smoke up to 56 bowls, depending on how fat your joint is or how tightly you grip a bowl. A zipper can go a long way.

If you are a daily consumer, a zipper can last a month or more, making it a smart and economical choice. However, zippers are not for everyone. For the casual consumer who likes to kick back with a ganga on the weekend or grab a token or two before bed, it can take 3 to 6 months to finish a zipper.

If you don’t think carefully and consistently about how to store your stash, freshness and flavor will be lost long before the zipper is fully consumed. For the casual drinker, buying in an eighth or a quarter is a better choice.

Featured image by Gina Coleman / Weedmaps

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Robert Dunfee