The Best Scale for Weed: Never Get Shorted Again!
The best scale for weed is a cannabis enthusiast's best friend.
We’ll get into the reason why you might need a scale in a bit, but just know that you don’t want to buy just any old scale.
You need one that makes sense for weighing cannabis.
Today, I’ll show you how to use and calibrate a scale, plus we’ll review the best herb scales and even take a look at weighing weed on a triple beam.
Quick Top 5 Scales for Weed:
Why Would you Need a Weed Scale?
With the advent of dispensaries, you might think you don’t even need a scale anymore.
Most of us no longer have to weigh out our eighths to make sure our dealer isn’t pinching points.
Instead, we get to watch it weighed out in the store right in front of us.
So, why do we need to weigh our cannabis then?
The biggest reason you’ll need to weigh is if you plan on making edibles, you’ll need to be accurately measuring the THC that you put in each serving.
You can use our calculator to help you out, but you’ll need to know the exact amount of flower you’re putting in a recipe.
Also, if you’re a grower, you’ll want to see how big your harvest was, as well as weighing out specific amounts while you tightvac the rest.
And, well, dealers are still pinching points for a lot of us, so...
How to Use a Scale to Weigh Weed
Using a scale is pretty easy.
- Turn the scale one by pressing the power button
- Tare the scale by pressing the tare button (This sets the scale to 0.0)
If you want to see it in action, you can watch this video. It shows cannabis is various forms being weighed.
Make Sure to Calibrate Your Scale
You can’t always take what a scale says at face value.
You MUST make sure your scale is calibrated before you go trusting it.
A lot of scales these days come with calibration weights, but not all do so you need to learn how to make sure your scale is accurate on your own.
The easiest way is to throw a nickel on your scale.
If it doesn’t weight 5.0g, then your scale is off.
You can also try a normal sized paper clip or a dollar bill—They'll both weigh a gram exactly.
Every scale will have a different process needed to re-calibrate it if it’s off, so make sure to refer to the owner's website for help.
American Weigh Scales (AWS) has long been known as the best portable digital scale manufacturer.
If you ask me, though, the best model they offer is there AWS-600.
It’s the perfect size to carry in your backpack, car or pocket.
And it measures out to the .1g, which is all we need to weigh our cannabis.
What I like about this scale is its weight limit.
A lot of these pocket scales have a pretty small limit.
Usually, around 100 grams is all they can weigh.
This beast can manage all the way up to 600 grams.
So if you’re looking to cook a huge batch off canna cookies, you don’t have to weigh smaller batches just because your scale can’t handle it.
I’m just kidding, you’ll never be weighing out 600 grams to cook with, but just know that if you ever needed too, that you could.
The scale comes pre-calibrated, but I like to calibrate my scales from time to time.
The fact that you have to go out and buy a weight to calibrate it isn’t a huge deal, but it is something you should be aware of.
If you’re concerned with your scale being easy to carry around with you, then this is probably the scale you’ll want to try.
It’s around the size of a credit card, so travel is never an issue.
It weighs out to .01g with reasonable accuracy, and it can weigh up to 300g.
300 isn’t quite as big as 600, but considering 99% of what you’ll be weighing is under 28 grams, so I think you’ll be alright.
If you’re trying to be as precise as possible with your edible doses, you’ll appreciate the .01g capabilities of this scale.
It’s easy to calibrate, but it doesn’t come with a weight.
The scale might not start showing anything until you get to .3g, and some users have reported the scale fluctuates.
This is another excellent digital scale from AWS.
One that might look pretty familiar.
While it may look exactly like the AWS-600, the AWS-100 doesn’t have the weighing power of its doppelganger.
It can weigh 100g vs. the 600g you can get with AWS-600, but it does have one huge thing going for it.
Finally, a digital scale that comes with a calibration scale to ensure you’re always weighing out your cannabis accurately.
And, it also weighs to the hundredth (.01g).
All of these AWS scales are backed by a 10-year manufacturers warranty, so you can rest easy knowing that you’ll probably lose it long before it breaks.
Just make sure you’re using it on a stable surface and trying to get the majority of what you’re weighing as centered as possible, and you can’t beat its accuracy.
Polder is another heavyweight in the digital scale market.
This is one of the best looking scales you'll find, and it’s incredibly comfortable to carry in your pocket thanks to its size.
This one is another monster—weighing all the way up to 500g.
I love the clear cover tray that comes with it.
Though it is both a blessing and a curse.
It’s awesome that it gives you more room to weigh out nugs, but it also means the cover is a separate piece of plastic that you have to keep track of.
If you’re looking for a cheap scale that can weigh out to the .1g, then this Polder Digital Scale will fit your needs just fine.
I understand that you’re probably tired of hearing about AWS, but they dominate this list for a reason.
They just don’t let you down.
And there is a lot to love about this scale in particular.
They wanted to make a model that was even more compact and easier to carry, so they made the LCD screen retractable.
The scale comes with a lid that can be used as a tray, or you can weigh out directly on it.
You’re not going to guess how much weight this scale can handle, though.
You can probably save all your weed for a year and still not have 1000g!
It weighs out to .1g, and if you want to calibrate it, you’ll have to buy a separate weight.
Kick it Old School with a Triple-beam Scale
Let’s be real.
Digital scales are fantastic, but they run out of batteries or go bad.
If you want a scale that will last a lifetime, you need a triple-beam.
You remember, the ones the from 10th-grade science class, right?
They can measure up to .1g, which is exactly what we need, and they’re built to last.
Now, obviously, this scale is never going to be able to leave the house.
That’s the biggest advantage that a portable digital scale has over a triple beam.
But, in reliability, durability and cost of ownership triple-beam scales win every time.
So, just because you buy your cannabis from a dispensary, don’t think you don’t need a scale anymore.
You’ll need it if you ever want to cook any edibles.
From time to time you’ll want to calibrate your scale.
If you don’t have a weight, then you can check it with a nickel (5g) or a paper clip (1g)
There are a ton of scales out there, so it’s hard to tell what is the best scale for weed, and any of the scales on our list will work out great for you.
At the end of the day, we just need a scale that will weigh our weed accurately when we need it too.
Have you tried any of these? If so, what’d you think?
Let’s talk about what you’re weighing in the comments below!