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Afghan units of measurement

A number of units of measurement were used in Afghanistan. A number of units was used to measure length, mass and capacity. Those units were similar to Iranian, Arabian and Indian units.[1] In 1926, Afghanistan has been adopted to metric system.[2]

Pre-metric Units

A number of units which were similar to the units which were used in Persia, Arabia and India, was used in Afghanistan before 1926. One notable unit used to measure length was goes, which was equal t 1.16 m (45.67 in).[1]

Narcotics Units

A number of narcotics units are used in Afghanistan. Some of units are provided below:[3]

1 Kharwar = approximately 1000 lbs (454.5 kg)

1 Khaltar = approximately 7 kg

1 Maan = 4.5 Kg (usually for narcotics weight (cannabis, opium and heroin)

1 mon (used in Quetta) = 50 kg 1 Puri = equivalent to just under 1 kg

1 Tulee = typically user's amount of opium, which is a hearty amount of opium to be smoked in a day (This is roughly one AK-47(7.62 × 39 mm) bullet or 10 g. Some Tulee may be upto 30 g.)

1 ha = 5 jerib = 2000 m2 (land measurement)

1 Biswa = 1/20 jerib = 100 m2.


  1. ^ a b Clarke, F.W. (1891). Weights Measures and Money of All Nations. New York: D. Appleton & Company. p. 10. 
  2. ^ Cardarelli, F. (2003). Encyclopaedia of Scientific Units, Weights and Measures. Their SI Equivalences and Origins. London: Springer. p. 7. ISBN 978-1-4471-1122-1. 
  3. ^ DuPee, M.C., Afghan Narcotics Terms and Phrases, Naval Postgraduate School/Program for Culture and Conflict Studies