In North America, late 20ᵗʰ – 21st centuries, a unit of mass used in retail trade in cocaine, in theory = ¹⁄₁₆ of an avoirdupois ounce (1.77 grams), but in practice often 1.5 g. Also called a “half ball”, because two teens is an “eightball” (⅛ avoirdupois ounce), which is usually 3.5 grams. Other terms for the eightball include “ball”, “pool”, “an 8”, “skate”, “bitch” and “full guy”.
It is interesting to note that while the buyers and sellers usually measure in grams, the names of the units of mass refer to the avoirdupois ounce. Continuing the series above:
For greater weights the names are based on grams, based on the “key” (kilogram).
drugs-forum.com/threads/quantities-cocaine-is-commonly-sold-in-and-slang.52133/ Retrieved 14 February 2017. The entries are dated from 2008 to 2014.
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