March 18, 2024 5 min read

Understanding the THC content in a joint is essential for cannabis consumers looking to make informed decisions about their consumption. In this article, we delve into the intricacies behind the question “How much THC is in a joint?” and explore five key facts that shed light on exactly what you can expect from each puff. 

Here's the break down:

Table of Contents

How Much THC is in a Joint?
Fact 1: ThC THC Content in Weed Varies
Fact 2: The Amount of Weed in a Joint Also Varies
Fact 3: THC isn’t Just THC Anymore
Fact 4: One Joint Can Equal as Much as Ten Edibles
Fact 5: Hemp Joints are Federally Legal
How to Calculate the THC Content of a Joint
Where to Buy Hemp THC Flower and More

Key Takeaways

  • THC content in a joint varies widely based on factors such as the potency of the cannabis used and the amount of cannabis in the joint, typically ranging from 75 to 150 milligrams.
  • Variability in THC levels between different strains of cannabis highlights the importance of understanding strain characteristics for desired effects.
  • Different sources of cannabis, such as dispensary products, homegrown cannabis, and hemp-derived THC products, present varying levels of consistency and legal implications, impacting consumers' choices and experiences.

How Much THC is in a Joint?

A women holding a lit pre-roll cannabis joint

Unfortunately, there is no straightforward answer to help us understand exactly how much THC is in each joint. The THC content of a joint depends on the THC potency of the cannabis used in the joint, as well as how much cannabis the joint contains. 

On average, a joint can contain anywhere from 75 to 150 milligrams of THC. We’ll delve into some facts about the THC content of the joint, and down below we'll give you a simple formula for calculating the THC content of your joint.  

Fact 1: The THC Content in Weed Varies

THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, serves as the primary psychoactive compound in cannabis. Its chemical composition influences the range of effects experienced by users. While some strains boast high THC levels, others may have a more balanced cannabinoid profile.

The psychoactive effects of THC are well-documented, encompassing sensations of euphoria, relaxation, and altered perception. Understanding the THC content of your joint is crucial for users seeking a particular experience.

The THC content in weed can vary significantly by strain, with baseline ranges typically falling between 15% to 30%. Strains that are direct descendants of landrace strains usually have a lower THC content, while newer modified strains contain the highest THC content. 

For this reason, you must understand which strain you have in order to determine the overall THC intake from a joint.

Fact 2: The Amount of Weed in a Joint Also Varies–Even for Prerolls

Joints can vary in size, with some containing as little as 0.05 grams of cannabis. This size difference directly influences the total THC intake per joint.

If you buy your joints as pre-rolls from the dispensary, the label should indicate how much flower is in each joint. If you're rolling them at home, break out the scale and weigh your cannabis before filling your joint paper or cone. You'll need a letter scale or another scale that reads to a tenth of a gram to get a more accurate measurement. 

Knowing exactly how much weed is in your joint is required before you can use our joint THC calculation below. 

Fact 3: THC isn't Just THC Anymore

Modern cannabis products introduce new variants like delta-8 and delta-10 THC, each with varying potencies.

These variants impact user experience and health risks differently, necessitating an understanding beyond raw THC percentages.

The source of the product, whether from a dispensary, home grown, or hemp-derived, can impact THC levels and the type of THC present. 

Here's a quick look at the differences:

Dispensary Joints

  • Dispensary products are often tested for potency, providing more reliable THC information.
  • Dispensary joints are likely to have more accurate THC labeling, instilling confidence in consumers.

Home Grown Joints

  • Home grown products may lack consistency in THC content, leading to unpredictability for consumers.
  • In some cases, you can default to the general THC content of the strain being cultivated. However, light and nutrient exposure also affect THC content. 

Hemp THC Joints

  • Hemp-derived THC products should give a specific THC content, but different forms of THC have different effects. 
  • For instance, Delta-8 is around half as potent as traditional THC, so 10 milligrams of Delta-8 is equivalent to approximately 18-20 milligrams of Delta-9-THC. 
  • Because hemp THC flower is federally legal, it's highly accessible and provides a good lab-tested alternative to dispensary flower

Cannabis preroll and cannabis infused edible suckers for comparison

Fact 4: One Joint Can Equal as Much as Ten Edible Doses

To put THC content in joints into perspective, let's consider the comparison between joints and edibles:

A 1/2-gram joint of 20% THC weed equates to approximately 100 mg of THC, which is equivalent to ten standard 10mg edible doses.

Factors like sidestream smoke loss and different physiological effects make this comparison approximate. Of the 100 milligrams in a joint, you may actually consume 80-85%, assuming you only spend a little bit of time holding the joint and letting it burn up between puffs.

As you can see, joints usually contain enough THC to share with a friend or two or to smoke in multiple sessions, even when using a moderately potent weed. 

Convenience of Joints vs. Edibles:

  • Joints offer quick onset, allowing users to adjust dosage gradually, while edibles provide an all-or-nothing experience.
  • Edibles take up to 90 minutes to kick in, limiting the ability to fine-tune the dosage.

Fact 5: Hemp Joints are Federally Legal

Marijuana-derived THC products are subject to strict regulations, varying by state and country. Legal consequences for exceeding THC limits in marijuana products underscore the importance of understanding and adhering to local laws. Of course, it's unlikely that a single joint will exceed the THC allowance in any area where cannabis is legal for recreational use. 

Still, it's worth noting that Hemp-derived THC products, like Delta-8 and Delta-10 joints, are federally legal, offering consumers a legal and accessible alternative. 

There are specific distinctions between marijuana and hemp products–hemp products must contain 0.3% Delta-9-THC by dry weight. But that still makes it possible to legally pack up to 9 milligrams of Delta-9-THC into a 3 gram gummy. Or, hemp manufacturers utilize other forms of THC, like Delta-8, Delta-10 and THC-O to create legal, accessible hemp products with varying potencies and effects. 

How to Calculate THC Content of a Joint

To calculate the THC content of a joint, start by determining the total THC percentage of the original strain. For our example, let's say it's 20%. 

Next, calculate how many milligrams of THC are in 1 gram of the strain. This is done by multiplying the total THC percentage by 10 (since 1 gram equals 1000 milligrams). In this case, 20% of THC would be 200 milligrams per gram. Now, if you're rolling a half-gram joint, divide that by 2 to get 100 milligrams of THC per half-gram. If it's a full-gram joint, then it's the original 200 milligrams. 

So, depending on the size of your joint, you can estimate the THC content accordingly. Keep in mind, that actual THC content can vary based on factors like rolling technique and flower density. Always consume responsibly and be aware of your tolerance.


The THC content in a joint is a multifaceted aspect of cannabis consumption. To calculate the actual THC content of a joint, you need to understand the variability in THC levels, the influence of joint size and source, and the many different THC variants available.

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