The term ‘dime bag’ has been used to describe $10 worth of weed since somewhere in the 60’s, not to be confused with dearly departed legend and metal guitarist, Dimebag Darrell (RIP). While the dime bags hay day has seemingly come and gone, this nostalgic cannabis measurement is still worth learning about.

With most high-quality modern ganja, the way to measure weed is by weight. If you are familiar with grams, eighths, and quarters, etc. If you’re not familiar with weed weights then check out one of our other posts on weed weights.

But, there are definitely still people using the terms dime, nickel and dub so here are how those work.

How Many Grams in a Dime Bag?

Right from the jump, dimes can be a moving target in terms of weight. The dime is a reference to the cost, $10, and not necessarily the weight you are getting. This means there are a few factors that determine just how much weed this will be, from the dealer to the density of the herb and quality. For most people buying quality herb, a dime is going to be around .5-1 grams. If it’s your homie, you can absolutely get hooked up with more for $10.

Dime Bag Size

The dime bag we all know and love is a little miniature ziplock bag, like one of these:


Sometimes the bags will display a printed design, there are thousands of different designs from weed leaves to smiley faces. The size of these bags usually range between 1-1.5 inches on each side, but you can get bags in every size imaginable.

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, wrapped up in some newspaper, or a loose nug.

Nickel Bag

A nickel bag (back in my day we called them ‘nicks’) is $5 worth of weed. This is for sure smallest amount that anyone would or could sell you. A lot of times people associate this with low-grade weed because $5 worth of high-grade would only be .25 grams or so. Although, in college, I used to be able to buy a bowl’s worth of good nug off my buddy. But most nicks are going to be 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 nickel bag is either for the broke or the rookiest of rookies, one with clean enough urine to pass a drug test.

Dub Sack

A dub sack is $20 worth of weed. Again, the amount will vary depending on quality and other specific factors, 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. If you are buying some quality ganja, you will probably be getting 1-1.5 grams.

While the terms nickel, dime, and dub are going the way of the dodo, 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.