When doling out weed, there are two main schools of thought. One leans on the judiciousness of “eyeballing it.” The other adheres to empirical evidence. Since you’re here, browsing for a scale to measure out loose (as in, not in concentrate form) cannabis, we’ll assume you favor the STEM approach. It’s a good one. It makes portion control, whether for grinding and vaping or baking into meals, more manageable. For medical marijuana users especially, dosage matters. Should you be paranoid that your dealer, dispensary, or buddy is shorting you, a scale will tell you what’s really up. And in legal states where there are weight limitations on how much marijuana you can possess, a scale can help you stay above the law.
Weed scales aren’t marketed as “weed scales,” because really, they’re just kitchen scales or jewelry scales that have certain useful features. One is the ability to measure in hundredths of grams, which is more precise than many kitchen scales. Rounding to the nearest gram might not matter much if you’re weighing rice, but the difference between a quarter of a gram of cannabis and full gram is definitely noticeable. But a scale should be able to handle different types of measurements outside of weed, which is why all the scales here are able to convert to units beyond your standard weed units of grams and ounces. The first four scales are also equipped with a Tare function, meaning you can measure the weight of the cannabis in a container in a way that negates the weight of the container itself.
And now, onto the scales themselves, each of which is best for a slightly different kind of weed-ingesting lifestyle. Pair one with responsibly and fairly grown product—seriously, be a conscious consumer in this realm, because its rife with inequalities—and a fresh pack of AAA batteries. No USB-C cords to be found here.
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For Everyday Use
Brifit Digital Kitchen Scale
For no-fuss, everyday use, this Brifit scale is a strong contender. It measures in .01 gram increments up to 500 grams—though it won’t correctly read the weight of anything below .05 grams, so be aware if you’re working with tiny portions. The two plastic trays it comes with, one of which is slightly smaller than the other, are removable and washable, so if you’re interested in using the scale for items that don’t produce highs, there won’t be cross-contamination. And at five-inches by four-inches, it won’t hog counter space. (If red doesn’t vibe with your energy or whatever, the base also comes in black and silver.) Takes AAA batteries.
For Portable Use
Brifit Mini Digital Weighing Scale
Another Brifit scale, this model flips open to reveal a small platform and LCD screen, then closes right back up so you can stick it in a bag or tuck it away in a drawer until weed must be measured again. In other words, it’s the same price and measures to the same .01 grams of accuracy—although it’ll read anything above .03 grams, and it comes with a calibration weight—but for a different lifestyle. After all, with its industrial look, it’s not exactly the type of appliance we’d recommend you display next to the Smeg blender and the KitchenAid mixer; and the other color options are just as vibrant. Takes AAA batteries.
For the Utmost Precision
GEMINI-20 Portable Digital Scale
One of the most precise scales you can choose—and if you’re one for nit-picking, then in all likelihood you will choose it—the Gemini measures whatever is in its cup to .001 grams of accuracy, but maxes out at 20 grams. And with the shield that flips down over the scale, even a huff of air won’t disrupt the measurement of the smallest tuft of weed. Beyond the pinpoint accuracy, this scale comes with that removable cup, which can be a blessing for less dextrous fingers, and two calibration weights to keep it accurate. The longest side is five inches across, and made with sturdy stainless steel, you can take it outside the house with few worries. Takes AAA batteries.
For the At-Home Chef
Dual Platform Digital Kitchen Scale
The larger scale on this dual set-up holds and measures up to a whopping (relatively speaking) 11 pounds. Do you have that much weed to weigh? Seems unlikely, but we don’t know you. It’s the smaller scale that’s perfect for weed-related tasks, as it measures in .01 gram increments; the scales can work in tandem or separately. As a package, this scale is downright handy for people who spend time in the kitchen, following recipes (THC-containing or otherwise) and taking measurements big and small. Give it a dedicated spot on the countertop. Takes AAA batteries.
For Covert Measurements
Horizon LS-100 Digital Lighter-Styled Scale
This scale is practically a novelty item, but useful nonetheless. While there’s nothing illegal about a scale in and of itself, weed is iffy. And so this scale, disguised as a flip-top lighter and only three-by-two inches big, can lend you some secrecy. It’s not exactly a fine-tuned piece of machinery, but it’ll get you close-enough measurements to the a hundredth of a gram, up to 100 grams, and it comes with a plastic platform you can pop onto the scale to give you more room to work. Takes CR2032 batteries.
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